A Republican Ohio state representative cited his religious beliefs to explain why he is refusing to wear a mask as recommended by Gov. Mike DeWine (R) to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
In a lengthy Facebook rant flagged by Ohio Capital-Journal reporter Tyler Buchanan, Vitale railed against DeWine’s order.
“This is not the entire world,” state Rep. Nino Vitale wrote in a lengthy Facebook post on Monday morning. “This is the greatest nation on earth founded on Judeo-Christian Principles.”
“One of those principles is that we are all created in the image and likeness of God. That image is seen the most by our face. I will not wear a mask,” he continued.
Vitale encouraged his followers to defy the recommendations of Ohio Health Director Amy Acton.
“It is time to do what Preble County did, ignore the unelected Dr. Acton’s orders, open your counties now, before it’s too late,” he wrote. “This is not based on logic, this is based on fear and propaganda and every statistical, data driven study done in the last 2 weeks says death counts are low, the models were wrong, and this is more like the flu.”
GOP State Rep. Nino Vitale on why he won’t wear a face mask: “This is the greatest nation on earth founded on Judeo-Christian Principles. One of those principles is that we are all created in the image and likeness of God. That image is seen the most by our face.” pic.twitter.com/nXEMzZdG13
— Tyler Buchanan (@Tylerjoelb) May 4, 2020