Letter: 100 area residents sign ‘Declaration of Independence from COVID Tyranny & Discrimination’

Rob Anderson, The Recovering Pastor, believes at the heart of mandates, lockdowns and restrictions due to COVID is discrimination

Rob Anderson
The Recovering Pastor

Rob Anderson
Rob Anderson

We believe in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  We ARE anti-tyranny.  We are NOT anti-COVID (i.e., that it doesn’t exist) or anti-vaccination, but we will not be subjected to these oppressions any longer nor be a part or participate in active discrimination. 

The current approach to “fight” to eliminate COVID is a fool’s errand and needs to end now (1). Never before has there been a successful all-or-nothing approach, nor should there be now, because it is irrational and a strategy that is doomed to fail. It took centuries of living with viruses like smallpox, polio, rubella, and measles until vaccines appeared, and it still took decades to “eliminate” them which hasn’t fully happened (2).

The tyrannical edicts that have been commanded by Governor Inslee, other elected officials, and medical bureaucrats here in Clark County have killed countless citizens, devastated businesses, stunted the education and development of our children, discouraged workers from returning to employment, piled on insurmountable debt, and now tragically divides communities (3). 

We cannot keep going like this and we are declaring to all governing officials that it is time to go in a different direction than this “emergency” empowered tyrannical fight to eliminate COVID that will never succeed. 

No more mandates. No more lockdowns or restrictions. No more closing down or restricting businesses, schools, homes, parks, churches, events, etc. No more forcing face coverings and absolutely NO VACCINE MANDATES OR COMPULSORY REQUIREMENTS because at the heart of all these is discrimination. Amnesty International says, “Discrimination occurs when a person is unable to enjoy his or her human rights or other legal rights on an equal basis with others because of an unjustified distinction made in policy, law or treatment.“

Instead, we demand common sense and transparent definitions and data collection, clear and visible formatting of the data, and to be fully informed as a public (4).  We require a focus on resources to the most vulnerable, and to provide the best therapeutics, supplies and support to hospitals and all medical professionals. This isn’t a time to fire or eliminate healthcare staff but to encourage them and hire more. We need to encourage and empower families and communities to join together, rather than be divided (5). We can overcome this together as free people, rather than divided and subjugated. 

We are the land of the free and the home of the brave.  It is time to live this out in the COVID era. 

IN THIS SPIRIT, We The People also petition the Clark County Council to take action and pass the following anti-discrimination  policy …

“We the Clark County Council, acting as the Board Of Health, which is the manifestation of representational government at the Public Health level, empowered by RCW 70.05.060(s3) & Clark County’s Home Rule Charter 8.2 & 8.3 & 8.7, PROHIBIT ANY AND ALL DISCRIMINATORY, including COVID, vaccine & mask, MANDATES OR COMPULSORY REQUIREMENTS WITHIN CLARK COUNTY BUILDINGS OR LAND USE.  No business, government agency, educational institution, religious or private organization that operates on land within Clark County will be allowed to discriminate against any person through indirect methods or by direct requirements to be masked or vaccinated or any other similar Covid restriction that ultimately results in inequity of rights, services or employment. 

As free citizens and legal guardians of children, parents ultimately make all health decisions for their children in Clark County, and vaccinations are a medical health choice for every citizen to make privately.  These rights should never be impeded, nor should their right to privacy (6).  As we acted before regarding discrimination, we act now to protect individuals & groups of people from being unfairly treated, denied basic services, education or right to continue employment (7). 

Reference notes:

1. Jay Inslee declaring that he couldn’t take any more questions from the press because he had to “go fight Covid.” https://www.clarkcountytoday.com/opinion/opinion-gov-jay-inslee-reacts-to-question-about-efforts-to-end-his-emergency-order/

2. Measles outbreak in Clark County WA  https://clark.wa.gov/public-health/measles-investigation

3. Stats of Covid related effects https://www.intereconomics.eu/contents/year/2021/number/1/article/covid-19-lockdowns-fatality-rates-and-gdp-growth.html, https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.com/news/health-55863841.amp, https://reliefweb.int/report/world/red-cross-red-crescent-warns-devastating-impacts-covid-19-pandemic-children-and-young,https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.wsj.com/amp/articles/covid-lockdowns-economy-pandemic-recession-business-shutdown-sweden-coronavirus-11598281419

4. Examples of death counts, hospitalizations & basic stats manipulated with convoluted definitions. https://www.freedomfoundation.com/washington/washington-state-over-reporting-covid-19-deaths/, https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.newsweek.com/studies-suggest-child-hospitalization-numbers-covid-are-inflated-1592911%3famp=1, https://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2021/05/covid-19-hospitalizations-among-kids-likely-overcounted.html, https://www.clarkcountytoday.com/news/icymi-protesters-descend-on-clark-county-public-health-building/

5. Jay Inslee blaming 50-year-old unvaccinated Trump supporters for being “bioreactor facilities” just a week before CDC admits vaccinated individuals have the same viral load as unvaccinated. https://www.google.com/amp/s/mynorthwest.com/3037959/rantz-jay-inslee-trump-voters-bioreactor-facility-covid-washington/amp/

6. Clark County Council authority from RCW https://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=70.05.060& Home Rule Charter https://clark.wa.gov/councilors/article-8-general-provisions 

 7. Clark County Council passed a resolution taking a stand against discrimination on June 16, 2020  https://clark.wa.gov/sites/default/files/dept/files/council-meetings/2020/2020_Q2/2020-06-06.pdf & nondiscrimination language is specifically addressed in the Clark County Home Rule Charter https://clark.wa.gov/councilors/article-8-general-provisions

Signed by…

Sara Tapio, Mike Terry, Alice Terry, Kim Terry, Keith Terry, Mary Ciot, Aurel Ciot, Megan Gabriel, Dave Costanzo, Dianna Costanzo, Heather Deringer, Simon Clow, Joanne Hottendorf, Kelly Fields, Gordon Kelsch, Clayton Myers, Jacqueline Myers, Nancy Lillard, Pam Lickar, Rachel Bosel, Mike Witt, Sharron Gookin, Kris Winters, Ashley Cooper, Deeane Cook, Andrew Alexander, Marsha Brady, Renee Sherman, Doreen Dings, Carol Houwen, Klista Ali, Esmerelda Godinez, LF Martini, Nichol Northrup, Mary Breitenbauch, Carol Bender, Georgia Brinkley, Sharron Gookin, Ray Greene, Glen Serl, Yvonne Cook-Sjogren, Katrina Joy, William Westrem, Ksenia Dorosh, Jim Williams, Val Williams, Teressa Silva, Ray Larson, Michael Jelineo, Ryan Gullstrand, Anja Ullensdatter, Lisa Church, Rob Anderson, Miranda Blackburn, Erin Brands, Bret Morrison, Steve South, Kris Kyle, Darin Kyle, Harlyn Thompson, Shirley Wentworth, Sally Snyder, Adam McKay, Courtney McKay, Tamara Hill, Kristen Markstrom, Kevin Gustafson, Mike Stewart, Beth Stewart, Micah Stewart, Maggie Jo, Angela Westover, Chrys Hust Hauser, Jennifer Warren, Ashley Rappleya, Suzen Cox, Debbie Bennet, Pam Lickar, Dianna Velazoo, Krista Ali, Renee Norton, Natasha Georgescu, Mike Garrison, Anita Gillingham, Jason Bellomo, Debra Kalz, Vanessa Amundson, BillieJo Moore, Wendy Rush, Chuck Miller, George Hacker, David Knight, Bridget Pierce, Bryan White, Naomi Denham, Jerry Krueger, Elizabeth Taylor, Sarah White, Bonnie Suba, Sarah Akey, Robert Freund, Julianne McAndrew

To join this commonsense movement and end discrimination via COVID orders and mandates sign via the following link:

https://wakingupwashington.com/antidiscrimination-petition/

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Thomas casey
Thomas casey
2 days ago

Signed. Stand against medical Lysenkoism. Anti-mandate, is not anti-mask or anti-vaccine. In a world without the mandate you can still use a mask and get vaccinated if you choose to.

The Recovering Pastor
The Recovering Pastor
2 days ago

It’s about saying NO to discrimination, that’s at the heart of these mandates & orders

Don Johnson
Don Johnson
2 days ago

I’ll stick with science over witch doctoring for my medicine; my elected officials for my governing and the good pastor should stay out of politics and medicine or lose his tax exemption.

I have lost no freedom. I am a patriotic American that understands freedom comes with responsibilities and sacrifices. When Polio was raging, we gave every child a vaccination. Nobody was moaning about their freedom. Most of us avoided numerous agonizing diseases thanks to vaccinations required to enter school.

The crying about following common sense behaviors after 682,000 deaths and the recent exponential increase is cases which are 99% unvaccinated people is pathetic.

PS. Doctor’s can prescribe whatever they feel is the best treatment. Accirding to tje AMA, 96% of Doctor’s are vaccinated and few hawk politically motivated snake oil solutions.

The Recovering Pastor
The Recovering Pastor
2 days ago
Reply to  Don Johnson

Congratulations, I’ve never seen a comment stuffed with this many nonsensical statements & senseless tropes. Taking a blind eye to others being discriminated against isn’t patriotic but a plunge into dehumanizing your fellow man,

Corbin
Corbin
2 days ago

Rob, your whole post was nonsensical statements & senseless tropes you said nothing but right wing talking point. You didn’t even do it well you essentially repeated yourself. Also just because you don’t know how to Google doesn’t mean the data isn’t easily available. Here’s a peer reviewed study on the Moderna vaccine. https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/peer-reviewed-report-moderna-covid-19-vaccine-publishes and if you look with you eyes you’ll find more studies that say the same.

jmk
jmk
1 day ago

You are not a member of a protected class. You are not being unlawfully discriminated against, and normal loyal Americans who support public health are tired of your whingeing.

The Recovering Pastor
The Recovering Pastor
1 day ago
Reply to  jmk

if You think discrimination can only happen to “protected” classes then you don’t understand what discrimination means. Reread, especially the part of how Amnesty International, gold standard org for human rights, defines it.

jmk666
jmk666
1 day ago

Of course, legally, you’re completely wrong.

Morally, you’re ALSO completely wrong: It is clear that you want to deprive ALL people of the right to be in a public place without a significant health threat from those opposed to public health.

And Amnesty International? They VEHEMENTLY disagree with you:

There is nothing in international human rights law against a state taking mandatory measures where there is a public health necessity, such as the prevention and control of COVID-19, however, mandatory measures must be implemented in accordance with international human rights law and key safeguards.

Amnesty continues to monitor government response to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure measures to contain the virus are proportionate and applied without discrimination.

But common sense tells you that wearing a mask, if it is advised or mandated by health authorities, is a reasonable measure to protect your health and the health of others.”

https://www.amnesty.org.au/its-a-covid-crisis-but-we-still-have-rights/

That’s gonna leave quite a welt…

Jennifer
Jennifer
1 day ago

The only discrimination happening is that of natural selection.
This person is citing truths.
You want to talk about freedom but don’t want to grant freedom to disagree you , evidenced by your need to declare their speech “nonsense”.
Dehumanizing, as you say .
Hypocrisy is what I say.

Not sure how I ended up on this page but I’ll leave you now.

May you and your followers survive your freedom.

Some guy
Some guy
7 hours ago

Stop being a bad person. Maybe people will treat you better.

Vinnysgirl
Vinnysgirl
1 day ago
Reply to  Don Johnson

Lol, you are a moron! You have lost no freedoms? How about breathing fresh air? How bout going to a restaurant and having to sit outside because indoor dining isn’t allowed? My personal favorite, forced vaccinations. If someone told you to hand over your child or die, would you? Just because the government is holding the gun doesn’t make it ok.Those of us who did some research and used some common sense will continue to resist while you mindless puppets drop like flies from vaccine complications and all the variants. It’s called survival of the fittest. Enjoy your hysteria

Jason Barton
Jason Barton
1 day ago
Reply to  Vinnysgirl

Finally a person who has common sense! I admire and respect you

Some guy
Some guy
6 hours ago
Reply to  Jason Barton

That’s because you’re dumb Jason.

Vinnysgirl
Vinnysgirl
1 day ago
Reply to  Don Johnson

Oh….and do yourself a solid and do some research. Before vaccines, birth defects and mental retardation was practically non existent.

Peter Panini
Peter Panini
22 hours ago
Reply to  Vinnysgirl

Yeah and not talked about. “Before vaccines”, people used to turn a blind eye to anything out of the norm, but nowadays the only difference is that it’s discussed. Remember back when lead was in the paint? No one’s been talking about those consequences but I guess vaccines are easy to blame cuz people don’t understand them

Some guy
Some guy
7 hours ago
Reply to  Vinnysgirl

More accurately, they just didn’t diagnose people like you back in the day even though you’re very clearly on the spectrum.

Common Sense
Common Sense
2 days ago

Ah yes, white Anglo Saxon Christians being discriminated. Get a grip, get the jab.

Be Honest
Be Honest
2 days ago

This guy hasn’t been a pastor for awhile and I used to work with him at a job where he was fired due to character issues! Don’t follow people – follow God.

The Recovering Pastor
The Recovering Pastor
1 day ago
Reply to  Be Honest

False. I’ve never been fired for character issues

Corbin J Mcdonald
Corbin J Mcdonald
1 day ago

So you’ve been fired for other issues?

Jennifer
Jennifer
1 day ago

You, like many others in our country, have indeed been failed by the system. The educational system. It’s not your fault. We can’t and shouldn’t have to mandate that you be taught science well enough to understand immunology. If only we had someone to listen to who did understand… Who could guide us….like scientists who study immunology! Oh , wait. We do. We just prefer to trust only those w loudest mouth and coolest social media page who can distract us w what we want to believe. The transparency you mention is out there. It’s in the actual science journals. You will not find it on social media or on CNN, FOX NEWS, or via any other filter. Once you read the data you must try to understand it. This is where people who have spent their lives learning how to understand this data. Like a mechanic understand s your car. Like your tax attorney understands the tax code. Like a rocket scientist understands rockets. You can’t understand it all. Your God put different people here to share the burden of understanding and help you and me to get through life better. Maybe a little appreciation for those fellow humans put here by God who are trying to save you from yourself would be in order.
Sound familiar?

And for a servant of the lord you seem to be failing to see that thy neighbor has a right not to be killed by your poor understanding of science. I’m tired of American self-centered, money centric, freedom whining, hypocrisy embracing attitude s toward fellow humans.

Having said that, I don’t hope you get covid and die. But I do hope you’ll think twice about what you say when discussing things you don’t understand.

The Recovering Pastor
The Recovering Pastor
1 day ago
Reply to  Jennifer

You last wish reveals your true heart. I’m already a Covid survivor & ignoring my health preconditions is a form of discrimination. I would hope you’d stop all forms of discrimination & ill-will.

Jason Barton
Jason Barton
1 day ago

Proudly signed. First of all I’m not religious, yet I agree with this gentleman’s views. A WW2 vet told me once, if you can question it, It’s science, when you’re not allowed to question it, that’s propaganda. I questioned the effectiveness of the vaccine, because at the beginning your scientific community said “It will be effective against any and all future strains” That was drilled into the public minds, it was fear that made everyone panic and not think. When the select few who questioned the science, we were labeled Wackado, cultist, conspiracy nut, etc. Yet, here we are today. Who would’ve thought a virus could all of a sudden change and mutate into something new? I know, how about your precious real scientific community? They never said that on the news did they? No, it was take this drug that’s not fda approved at the time because your president at the time took it when he was so called on deaths door, with ventilators…. all of a sudden the next day he was out and about waving to the people and all of a sudden cured. Then all of a sudden people have been lining up for that shot. Those who still questioned it, were given bribes to get the vaccine. Like free Donuts, win a $1,00,000, free grocery, etc. People lined up once again. When the remaining people who are still standing our ground, they say ok we should you the vaccine was a miracle because your president was cured the very next day, we tried to bribe you, yet you still won’t listen. So now we will take away resources, your job and where you can go. The news and social media is fear mongering, making the sheep panic. Blaming the unvaccined for creating the new strain instead of looking at the science behind the strain. People catch the flu every year, and scientifically speaking we can’t get the same flu twice because it mutates and is a different strain every year. Yet, you think covid shouldn’t have mutated well because the news said it. Every vaccine known to man has been made by an inert piece of the virus. All those vaccines have worked and protects us. This vaccine was cooked up in a lab. Gasp, shock, could it be that somehow, someway, it didn’t work…oh well let’s just blame the unvaccined and go back to the drawing board til we get it right. Then the news once again screaming the hospital is full, the medical staff overwhelmed, people are needlessly dying. The Same fear mongering and excatly the same words from the start of this pandemic. Only this time the staff shortage is on the you must be vaccinated or lose your job. So there goes 20% to 30% of the staff right there. Then a nurse, doctor etc can have the legal ratio of patients to doctor per work guidelines. Yet, the news spins it to create mass hysteria. Then let’s attack our schools. They let go of all staff who’s not vaccinated, don’t allow children who are not vaccinated. They can be taught virtually. Your teaching children that seragation is ok, that they are an outcast, that peer pressure is okay. We are creating a place where humanity is sharply divided between two classes of people. That you can have a normal life if your vaccinated, but your a plague rat if your not and not allowed to work, go to school or shop, play, etc. All people see is covid, the vaccine, who’s vaccinated or not. We only see the smaller picture and not focusing on the bigger picture. This so called vaccine is all political agenda and to further the agenda of the elite. Why now, after years of the government not stepping in, not being for the people by the people. Not caring about us but how other countries look at us. Now the government is saying that we need to cure this, we are working hard to create a vaccine which will be free to all who ask for it, we expect nothing in return. Yet, now we have the government sending in the national guard to our hospitals, to be school bus drivers, etc. This has never happened before. So why now? Since the national guard is in our hospitals, they now have full access to our medical records without hipa restrictions. Something is way wrong here and doesn’t feel right. Also think of it, why would a pharmaceutical company give away the vaccine that costs millions to make? Where most of it goes unused and wasted? Where they get nothing in return? While other medicines they make they charge astronomical prices. Where the public has to choose between eating or possibly dying? Where a single pill can cost hundreds of dollars. Think about everything that has happened in a little over a year. Think about everything precovid and how things were. Government not doing anything for its people, no government intervention, pharmaceutical companies making money and not giving away medicines. Every one was free to move about anywhere without showing papers. Our jobs were based on merits and our will to work. We were all part of society. Now we can’t go anywhere without having papers, the government is in our schools and hospitals, our jobs are dependent upon if we are vaccinated or not. The pharmaceutical companies are just giving away a vaccine out of the kindness of their hearts. As they lose millions of dollars. Yet, the majority of people don’t even find this suspicious. The only thoughts the majority has is believe in science. As a final thought, here’s the tea. At the peak of covid there was 9,034, 460 cases with zero vaccinated. Since the covid vaccine so far the peak is 9,243,682 with 71% vaccinated. I hate to break it to you but this isn’t “A pandemic of the unvaccined”. So for all the majority of people out there who say believe in science, congratulations on becoming scientologists. Now peddle your crap elsewhere.

Some guy
Some guy
7 hours ago
Reply to  Jason Barton

You seem like a pretty dumb guy.

My2Cents
My2Cents
1 day ago

Just get vaccinated and wear a mask. If we all did over a year ago we’d be out of this mess and many would still be alive snd business wouldn’t continue to suffer.
suck it up and do the right thing this constant whining is getting really old
The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.

Jason Barton
Jason Barton
1 day ago
Reply to  My2Cents

Wow! What planet are you from future boy! Vaccines over a year ago? The vaccine was just being created and not publicly distributed yet. So how can one get said vaccine when it wasn’t possible yet? Talk about spewing out garbage. Please do us all a favor and return to your nearest dumpster to await trash collection day. Thank you.

Some guy
Some guy
7 hours ago
Reply to  Jason Barton

Spotted the plague rat.

Jack Burton
Jack Burton
1 day ago

These two sentences appear in the same rant and I love it:

Never before has there been a successful all-or-nothing approach, nor should there be now, because it is irrational and a strategy that is doomed to fail.”

No more mandates. No more lockdowns or restrictions. No more closing down or restricting businesses, schools, homes, parks, churches, events, etc. No more forcing face coverings and absolutely NO VACCINE MANDATES OR COMPULSORY REQUIREMENTS because at the heart of all these is discrimination.”

Those two sentences, somehow unironically appearing in the same letter, are a microcosm of the antivaxx movement. Nonsensical, selfish, and poorly researched. Perhaps have someone that doesn’t blindly agree with your premise review your work. You know, like all the of peer-reviewed scientific studies conducted by professionals that contradict essentially every point you attempt to make.

Automobile fatalities continue despite seat belt and DUI laws. I guess we’ll never win the fight so let’s allow me to drive my two year old in the front seat without a child seat after I’ve had five or six beers. If people don’t want to be in danger they can stay off the roads, and as for my kid I will make the choices for their well being. Clearly breathalyzer tests are a violation of my privacy, after all what is or isn’t present in my body (be it a vaccine or a delicious IPA) is my business and no one else’s.

The previous paragraph is completely nonsensical. Please know that those of us that place the health of our fellow citizens over our personal convenience see your letter in a similar fashion.

Don’t want a vaccine? Don’t get one. Employer mandates a vaccine to work there? Don’t work there. Pesky schools indoctrinating your kids to believe in science and the welfare of those around them? Teach them yourself. Don’t think masks are reasonable? Stay home or move to one of the states in the top 20 here (their elected officials largely agree with you):
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/us/covid-cases.html

The Recovering Pastor
The Recovering Pastor
19 hours ago

Over 450+ have signed!

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