by Travis Mateer
On August 27th, in the comment section of this post, I asked Ward 1 candidate J. Kevin Hunt if he supported my right to say no to a vaccine. Since posing that question, candidate Hunt has commented several times on other posts, but as of this writing, my straightforward question has been ignored.
Today I’m going to expand my question for Mr. Hunt based on a story that’s making the rounds: if I had partial custody of my children due to divorce, and made the choice to NOT get a vaccine, should I be denied custody of my children by a judge?
I can’t believe this question correlates to a real-life scenario, but that is what a woman in Chicago is being told by a judge after he asked her about her vaccine status. From the link:
A mother in Chicago has criticized a judge who she says stripped her of visitation rights because she was not vaccinated against COVID-19.
In what could be the first case of its kind, a judge at Cook County’s Daily Center said Rebecca Firlit cannot see her 11-year-old son until she has received the shot, reported FOX News 32.
From what I’ve read about this case, the judge asked this question without any prompting from the other party in the hearing (the father), though the father agrees with the judge’s order.
How is this even remotely ok? Here’s more from this insanity:
During the hearing, Cook County Judge James Shapiro reportedly asked Firlit whether she had been vaccinated yet. She said she told the judge she hadn’t because she has suffered bad reactions from other vaccines she had in the past.
In an unprecedented move, Shapiro then ordered Firlit be stripped of all parenting time with her son until she gets vaccinated, said the report.
This story seems like a brazen trial balloon to gauge public reaction over a court-ordered medical intervention.
And, for me, it’s working, because if a candidate like Mr. Hunt can’t denounce the madness of exploiting a mother’s ability to see her own 11 year old kid in order to coerce her into getting penetrated with a needle, then I don’t want him anywhere near developing local policies as an elected official.
So, I’ll ask J. Kevin Hunt the same question I asked him last week: do you support my right to say NO to this vaccine?
UPDATE: The judge changed course. This is called winning.