August 16th, 2020
“Six-foot distance and wearing masks are pagan rituals of satanic worshipers,” Heidi Anderson said. “My kids are Christian. They are not subject to wearing masks.”
Heidi Anderson made these comments at an Elmbrook School District board meeting in Brookfield, Wisconsin on August 12th, 2020.
Good Lord…where does it all end?
There’s even more to this lady’s rant. Did she stop with just accusing mask-wearers of being vile devil-worshipers? Noooooooooooo… she went on to badger Dr. Mushar Hassan, a member of the school board and an internal medicine specialist at Ascension Brookfield Hospital. Ms. Anderson pointed out that Dr. Hassan was a leader in the Muslim community, and then she let it rip:
“Okay!” Anderson said. “Well, listen. My kids are Christian. They are not subject to wearing face coverings. Christian children should not be forced to wear face coverings, any more than children who are Islamic or Muslim should be forced, as you put it, be subject to the American style of sexualization of children and have to be wearing less clothing than you’re comfortable having your children wearing.”
In the same emotional vein, Anderson then discussed her family’s war record before working her way back to the mask issue. “My family has for generations fought for freedom all the way back to the Civil War. I have relatives who have fought and died and paid the ultimate price to ensure that their children and grandchildren and generations to come could live in a free, representative republic that guaranteed life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These draconian measures, for a disease that has very low morbidity, which is much less likely to happen to our kids than their getting in a car accident and dying or their grandparents falling in the nursing home, is draconian, socialist tactics and overreach. You are employed by the people of Brookfield and Elm Grove. You are elected to serve. The Elmbrook School Administration works at our pleasure. You do not work for Madison or any other unelected entity.”
Her voice almost breaking with emotion, Anderson continued, “Our government is of the people, by the people, and for the people. This is one country. One nation under God. And we look to God for these answers when we can’t figure it out. And I would suggest that you all do that. There’s a wonderful prayer He taught us to pray. It’s called the Lord’s prayer, and you can find it in your Bible.”
Note: The last three paragraphs are all taken from an article posted by the “Wisconsin Muslim Journal”.
You know, a person like Ms. Anderson makes me embarrassed to say that I am a Christian. The fact is that her words bear no resemblance to Christianity as I understand it. However, there are certainly secular people who will read her comments and conclude that all Christians are bigoted fools. I resent that. Ms. Anderson, who loudly claims to be a follower of Jesus, has inadvertently done some reverse evangelizing. If somebody confronts me with this woman’s words, the best I can do is say, “We’re not all like that.”
Brookfield is only a few miles from where I live. It is a affluent community. People there are generally well educated. Very Republican. Conservative. My friends who live in Brookfield are thoughtful, kind, and generous. We sometimes disagree about politics, but I am proud and grateful to know these people.
Then there is this lady at the board meeting…
You know, I have my own deep, unreasoning prejudices. If somebody had shown me Ms. Anderson’s words, and then asked me to guess where she lived, I probably would have replied that she was from Alabama or Mississippi or eastern Kentucky. To my mind, her words scream “hillbilly”. But, she’s not! The woman is from here!
Now, I really feel embarrassed.