Five Christians were cited and three arrested outside Moscow City Hall in Idaho for face mask and social distancing order violations at a “Psalm Sing” hosted by Christ Church. The mask mandate which has been in effect since July was just extended until January 6th, 2021 by Moscow city’s left-wing leaders, an emergency order they themselves do not follow. Idaho however, does not have a statewide masking mandate.
The Church-sponsored event was attended by around 300 people Wednesday afternoon. One of the individuals cited was Latah County Commissioner candidate Gabriel Rench. The Moscow Republican, Gabriel Rench is running against incumbent Moscow Democrat Tom Lamar in November’s election.
Watch Idaho police handcuff and arrest Candidate Gabriel Rench, as one church member cried out, “I did not see this happen to BLM [Black Lives Matter], isn’t that weird?”:
“Well, it happened,” one mother wrote on Twitter. “The Moscow (Idaho) Police Department arrested my kids’ music teacher [Sean Bohnet] and his wife [Rachel Bohet] the basketball coach for singing without social distancing at a Psalm Sing protest. The music is beautiful.”
Well, it happened. The Moscow (Idaho) Police Department arrested my kids’ music teacher and his wife the basketball coach for singing without social distancing at a Psalm Sing protest. The music is beautiful. Watch and enjoy the listen. Well done @SeanOShay2 and Rachel. pic.twitter.com/kpKjfuCQwR— Joffre the Giant (@joffrethegiant) September 24, 2020
Full version of Sean and Rachel Bohnet being handcuffed and arrested by Moscow, Idaho police:
Reverend Ben Zornes, a Christ Church pastor and organizer of the event, said the church hosts psalm, or hymn, events about once a month at places like Friendship Square, East City Park or a house. Zornes said Wednesday’s Psalm Sing was also a fitting way to show that residents want a return to normalcy in the face of mandates imposed due to the Chinese coronavirus.
“We wanted to make a statement we’re ready to head back to normal,” he said, claiming it is time to start pushing back against “largely groundless” laws. The Reverend was referencing the mayor and city council’s recent mandatory mask rules that were just extended and being enforced without taking into account what residents want.
Did you ever imagine you would witness the day when Christian Americans peacefully singing hymns would be arrested and charged with crimes while violent left-wing groups march through our streets, looting, harassing conservatives and harming citizens unabated?
Citizens Fight Unconstitutional Mandatory Mask Mandate
The controversial Moscow City Council and left-wing Mayor Bill Lambert extended their mandatory mask order to Jan. 5, 2021 at Monday’s council meeting. This, despite the fact that Latah County has had zero coronavirus hospitalizations, and there have been zero deaths.
The tyrannical mandate was met with hundreds of demonstrators before and during the council meeting with many holding signs protesting the order. Residents sent letters pleading their case for ending the mask mandate and gave testimony for over an hour “citing health studies, statistics, concerns of the legality of the mandate, the effect of isolation on the elderly, the effect of masking on growing children, and most importantly the fact that not a single COVID case caused a death in our county, nor even a hospitalization.”
“This is dangerous, unconstitutional, and frankly, with all due respect, insane,” said one woman addressing the council. “Please stop acting like we are subjects in Communist China and lift this ridiculous unconstitutional mask mandate before the people rise up and start exercising their God-given right, constitutional right.”
The city had already been imposing a mandatory mask order which took effect in early July which states “face coverings must be worn in indoor and outdoor public settings where 6-foot social distancing cannot be maintained with non-household members.” The order does not apply to children under five-years old, but the city is recommending that every age child wear a masks.
Those who violate the order are subject to a misdemeanor, which carries a maximum punishment of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Citizens report being harassed and threatened by police with arrest for walking in the streets with family unmasked members. Mayor Bill Lambert has also ordered police officers to issue residents with “courtesy warning” tickets.
Hypocritical Left-Wing Moscow Mayor Bill Lambert
Ironically, the hypocritical Mayor Lambert touts himself as a free speech and religious freedom supporter. In June, Mayor Lambert stated, “The constitutional guarantees of free speech, assembly, and exercise of one’s religion are precious to me, as they should be to all Americans.”
The rogue mayor has departed from the state by issuing arbitrary masking orders despite zero coronavirus hospitalizations or deaths in the small town.
Furthermore, just a few weeks ago, Mayor Bill Lambert officiated a wedding without a mask or social distancing in Moscow at a private residence. According to reporter Douglas Wilson, at least one city council member was in attendance, as was law enforcement. Masks, however, were not in attendance for the wedding. If there was no coronavirus hazard at that wedding, then why did police or the Moscow leaders feel there was a hazard at the outdoor Christian Psalm Sing?
The police officers and elected leaders involved in this attack on the U.S. Constitution and Christian worshippers should be removed from office. Will the Justice Department chose to launch a civil rights investigation?
We encourage all Americans to support the Moscow, Idaho community and respectfully voice your concerns. Make sure to update RAIR Foundation USA on your progress at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Mayor Bill Lambert:
- Email Bill Lambert: email@example.com
- Phone: 208-883-7021
Contact left-wing Moscow city council members:
- Council Member Art Bettge: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Council Member Sandra Kelly: email@example.com
- Council Member Mareen Laflin: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Council Member Brandy Sullivan: email@example.com
- Council Member Gina Taruscio: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Council Member Anne Zabala: email@example.com
- Email the City Council at firstname.lastname@example.org
Attend a city council meeting and voice your concerns:
- 7 p.m.
- 1st and 3rd Mondays of every month
- City Hall Council Chambers
206 E 3rd Street
Moscow, ID 83843
Contact Moscow Police Chief James Fry:
- Email Chief of Police James Fry: Jfry@ci.moscow.id.us