• November 29, 2021

Louisiana AG Encourages Employees to Undermine COVID Restrictions

Louisiana has the highest number of COVID-19 cases per capita in the country and one of the lower vaccination rates right now. And the situation of hospitals and health workers has never been worse.

State Attorney General Jeff Landry (R) is doing his part to keep it that way.

Monday, like the state the death toll from coronavirus exceeded 11,000, Landry sent an email to employees of the state Department of Justice informing them how to avoid complying with the mandates for school masks for children. He also advised how to circumvent the requirements of the K-12 vaccine, although the state does not have one.

“Louisiana law provides broad and robust protections for student and parent religious and philosophical objections to certain state public health policies,” Landry wrote in the email, a copy of which was obtained by the Illuminator of Louisiana. “I support their religious freedoms and their right to consciously object.”

Landry attached two model letters that parents could use to request a philosophical or religious exemption to the policies, which are intended to limit the spread of the pandemic.

The attorney general’s office also made both letters available for download on social media, warning that they do not actually represent legal advice.

I do not consent to forcing my son to cover his face, who was created in the image of God.

“I do not give my consent to force my son to cover his face, which was created in the image of God,” says the letter requesting a religious exemption. “Masks lead to antisocial behavior, interfere with religious mandates to share God’s love with others, and interfere with relationships in contravention of the Bible.”

“I believe that Christians are called to communicate God’s words and message of love to the world. Watch Luke 9: 2, ”adds the letter in an introductory section that exclusively quotes Christian scriptures.

Meanwhile, the letter requesting a philosophical exemption states that parents have legal coverage under federal law that requires school districts to accommodate students with learning disabilities.

Landry doesn’t explain how that law is relevant to face masks. However, he encourages parents to invoke it while stating that the mask commands threaten the “mental and emotional health of their children by hindering their verbal and non-verbal communication with their classmates.”

The memo was sent just hours before Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) restored a statewide indoor mask mandate as the delta variant of the coronavirus tightens its grip.

“No one should be working under the misunderstanding that this is just another increase,” Edwards said in announcing the restoration of the mask rule. “This is the worst we’ve ever had.”

Landry has been mentioned as a potential Republican contender in the 2023 gubernatorial election. Edwards cannot run again due to term limits.

Landry’s spokesman, Millard Mule, did not respond to an email from HuffPost about Landry’s memo or his vaccination status.

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