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In Williamson County, Tennessee, where insane anti-masking parents have been treating COVID restriction like a personal assault against Christianity, one parent pushed back against that particular line of attack on Monday night.

Speaking to the local board of education on Monday night, Justin Kanew explained how it wasn’t hard to explain to his kindergartner why masks were important — and, in fact, an extension of their Christian faith. He implored those other families to be more responsible.

“I’m a dad of a new kindergartener and her first day was right after the chaos last week,” Justin Kanew told attendees at Monday’s school board meeting. “She went to school and was one of just a few kids in her class wearing a mask which made her ask me why she had to. My answer was because we want to take care of other people. She’s five years old, but she understood that concept, and it’s disappointing that more adults around here can’t seem to grasp it.”

“I asked a pastor friend of mine and he was very clear, there’s no actual biblical justification for using the Bible to get out of a mask mandate passed by a majority of this elected board, but thousands are doing it anyway, calling it a ‘religious exemption,’ which is frankly just sad,” Kanew said.

“Avoiding masks is not in the Bible but taking care of others is,” he declared.

It takes a brave man to imply Christians should act more like Jesus — in Tennessee, no less — but good on him. As Raw Story points out, this isn’t Kanew’s first time in the spotlight:

Kanew, who was the Democratic Party’s 2018 nominee for a U.S. House seat, and was a two-time contestant on CBS’s “Amazing Race,” also criticized parents attacking Critical Race Theory, explaining that it “is not in our schools, and it never was.”

If only other Christian parents had the guts to listen to his logic and reason instead of whatever right-wing grifters they’re getting their medical advice from. This isn’t about their religious freedom. This is about their selfish desire to spread the virus in the name of Jesus instead of caring for anyone else — and their pastors and church communities should be ashamed of what they’ve created.

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Hemant Mehta is the founder of, a YouTube creator, podcast co-host, and author of multiple books about atheism. He can be reached at @HemantMehta.