At a gathering at the Anchorage Baptist Church on Monday, dozens of Alaskans were frustrated and angry about the pandemic restrictions, the COVID-19 vaccine, and what they believe is the medical community’s alternative treatments to suppress the virus.
Although some speakers touted conspiracy theories about the origin of the coronavirus or turned to Christian symbolism, the event was advertised as a listening conference about COVID authorization. The event was sponsored by several Republican state legislators, including R-Eagle River Senator Lora Reinbold.
Reinbold told the crowd that she will continue to push for legislation to prevent COVID-related tasks, and she encouraged viewers to organize a Facebook group to share their stories.
“I think if we don’t do this, we will move towards totalitarianism and authoritarianism, I mean-we have seen the warning signs,” Reinbold said. “We must encourage each other and maintain a positive attitude. Please don’t be violent. Let us stay positive, peaceful, persistent and persistent.”
In more than four hours on Monday night, about 50 speakers told Reinbold and other lawmakers their disappointment and anger towards mainstream medicine, politicians, and the media.
Many people talked about being unemployed due to vaccine requirements and the boycott of mask regulations. Some people told the heartbreaking stories of losing loved ones due to COVID-19 and being unable to say goodbye due to hospital visit restrictions. Many people are demanding that employers end their mandatory requirements for vaccines and make it easier to obtain unproven COVID treatments, such as ivermectin.
Ivermectin is mainly used as an antiparasitic drug, but it is becoming more and more popular in some right-wing circles, who believe that evidence of its benefits in the treatment of COVID is being suppressed. Scientists are still studying the drug, but so far, the US Food and Drug Administration has stated that the drug is not effective in treating the coronavirus. The agency also warned against taking ivermectin without a prescription. The main hospital in Alaska stated that they did not prescribe this drug to treat COVID patients.
On Monday, some spokespersons accused doctors of killing patients by refusing to give them ivermectin. They called on doctors like Leslie Gonsette to publicly express support for wearing masks and against COVID misinformation.
“Dr. Gonsette and her peers not only want the right to kill their own patients, but now they feel that it is their right to kill the patients of other doctors. Those who choose to seek different medical advice and treatment are theirs as free people. Rights are in our society,” Jonny Baker said. “This is murder, not medicine.”
Several speakers turned to the wrong conspiracy theory, accusing the leading American infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci of designing the coronavirus. Some people also accused the medical profession of manufacturing vaccines as a “biological weapon” designed to control the population, and some compared the vaccine regulations with Nazi Germany.
“Sometimes we compare the crimes that happened before Nazi Germany. People accuse us of lust and exaggeration,” said Christopher Kurka, the co-sponsor of the event and R-Wasilla Rep. Christopher Kurka. “But when you face extreme evil, when you face authoritarian tyranny, I mean, what do you compare it to?”
“Don’t believe those who read the Hippocratic Oath before the Twin Snakes,” said massage therapist Mariana Nelson. “What’s wrong with this. Look at their logo, look at their symbol, what is the logo of a pharmaceutical company? They all have the same agenda, and they don’t deserve God’s mercy.”
Some speakers also shared online groups that collect information on vaccine side effects and websites where customers can purchase ivermectin.
About 110 people participated in the event in person. It is also played online at EmpoweringAlaskans.com, which links to Reinbold’s office. An assistant of Reinbold did not respond to requests for the site.
Reinbold told the crowd on Monday that she was denied access to the Legislative Information Office for hearings and was forced to meet at the Anchorage Baptist Temple. In an email, Tim Clarke, an aide to Sarah Hannan, Democratic Rep. Juneau and chairperson of the Legislative Committee, wrote that Reinbold’s request to use LIO was denied because the incident occurred outside normal office hours. , Requires additional security.
Clark wrote: “She can choose to hold the meeting during normal working hours, and the public can testify in person or by conference call, but she chooses not to do so.”
Other sponsors of the listening session were Senator Roger Holland, R-Anchorage, Rep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, Rep. George Rauscher, R-Sutton, and Rep. Ben Carpenter, R-Nikiski.
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Post time: Nov-24-2021