Covering your face Will Soon Be Illegal
A grieving woman’s attempt to cover her sobbing face could become an illegal act, in Oklahoma. The chairman of the Oklahoma Senate Public Safety Committee wrote legislation and is preparing to push for passage.
Chairman Don Barrington’s bill will only allow covering one’s face in public if it meets 1 of the 10 stated reasons. While KKK parades will still be allowed, distraught widows will not be allowed to cloak their grief.
The Bill’s language carves out only the listed approved activities [of good Americans]:
“To intentionally conceal his or her identity in a public place by means of a robe, mask, or other disguise. Provided, the provisions of Section 1301 et seq. of this title shall not apply to:
- The pranks of children on Halloween,
- To those going to, or from, or participating in masquerade parties,
- To those participating in any public parade or
- Exhibition of an educational, religious or historical character,
- To those wearing coverings required by their religious beliefs,
- For safety or medical purposes, or incidental to protection from the weather,
- To those participating in any meeting of any organization within any building or enclosure wholly within and under the control of said organization,
- And to those participating in the parades or exhibitions of minstrel troupes, circuses, sporting groups,
- Mascots or
- Other amusements or dramatic shows.”
Oklahoma already has a statute in the books which states that it is illegal to conceal one’s identity in the commission of a crime. This new legislation is seen as a way to allow the ever expanding network of public surveillance cameras to readily identify every individual and keep a detailedjournal of the daily interactions and habits of every person.
One now does not have to be a chronic paranoid to begin wondering if George Orwell’s “1984” or an East German cold war era government isn’t becoming a very real American experience.
Tell Don Barrington to withdraw his bill immediately.
Senator Don Barrington
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm. 232
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Executive Assistant: Sandra Shelton