The group known as Hugs not Masks together with their local ally the Church of God Restoration had a second rally in Steinbach today. This time I was determined not to miss it.
Pandemics make stranger bedfellows. Sharon recited the lyrics to John Lennon’s classic, Imagine. Hardly a regular hymn from the church services I would expect. Remember this is the song that suggests the world would be better if there were no religion or country to kill or die for. I would hardly think the members of the Church of God Restoration would want to imagine people living without religion, yet they seemed to be smiling fondly. Perhaps they did not understand the song.
There were about 50 to 100 people there and most were from the church or invited speakers.
This was one of the rare people who wore a mask at the rally. Most people did not wear masks or maintain social distances. I did. Frankly, I did not want to be identified with the group.
The proceedings started with an opening prayer by Pastor Tobias Tissen that was as much a political statement as a prayer.
Next was the speaker who identified only as Sharon. Sharon had a Canadian flag wrapped around her shoulder. I guess she wanted to make Canada Great Again. She gave a speech that I would call rambling. Or perhaps it was meandering. In my opinion her speech did go beyond gibberish but only barely. She asked if we knew that Canada was a corporation not a country? She did not explain on what basis or why that was significant. She also asked us if we had ever looked at our birth certificates? “It shows you are the property of someone else,” she boldly asserted.
Jordan Ross reported this way about a local rebel:
“Steinbach resident Antonio du Rocher listened to speeches while holding a yellow sign reading: “Gov’t lies are the real threat.”
Governments and health experts are “oppressing people, oppressing the truth” by refusing to admit when they’ve been wrong. About Covid-19 du Rocher said. He cited U.S. immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who advised against buying masks early in the pandemic.
“Doctors, scientists have debunked this for months now and they refuse to say ‘Hey, you know what we were wrong,” Du Rocher said.
He called the Covid-19 vaccine “genocide” and an attempt by Microsoft founder Bill Gates to instigate mass depopulation.” Du Rocher wasn’t worried about receiving a fine for attending the rally.
“They can’t fine me. They can’t. I don’t consent. I know the law.”
I found some of the signs interesting:
“Faith is essential”
“Freedom is essential”
“The media is the virus”
“Lockdown is out of control”
“Love over fear”
“Freedom over Tyranny”
“No study has confirmed masks work”
“We are all essential”
“Stop Agenda 2030”
The last one is right out of the conspiracy theories on the internet. This is based on very laudable goals of the United Nations but an instrument of Satan according to many of the right-wing conspiracy theorists. According to The southern Poverty Law Center, an anti-hate group in the US, this conspiracy theory claims that there is “a secret plot to impose a totalitarian world government, a nefarious effort to crush freedom in the name of environmentalism.”
I mention this last one just to make sure everyone realizes we have our crazies in Steinbach too. As if anyone ever doubted that.