On the steps of the Idaho state Capitol building Saturday morning dozens of parents encouraged young children to burn masks.
The latest “anti-masker” protest against pandemic facial coverings is #FreeIdaho mask burning after Republican lawmakers in the state’s House of Representatives narrowly passed legislation that would make any future mask mandates illegal.
The issue of statewide mask mandates angered many GOP lawmakers across the country, but Idaho legislators were so incensed by the idea that they voted last month to prevent any level of government from taking such action again.
The adults seemed much more concerned about the fire than COVID hurting their kids. They can be heard saying,
“Not too fast, kids, be careful, watch the fire.”
Saturday’s March 6 mask burning protest in Boise was organized by the Free Idaho group that also put together simultaneous “burn sites” in the towns of Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry, Laclede, Coeur d’Alene, St. Maries, Plummer and Tensed.
A sign held up by one protester had a quote from Benjamin Franklin that many say is frequently taken out of context,
“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety,”
Parents encouraging kids to burn masks on Idaho Capitol steps pic.twitter.com/VOYfOYqwwt— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) March 6, 2021