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Skillet vs. Queensryche, Religion vs. Science, Anti-Masking vs. Masking


Skillet frontman John Cooper, surprising absolutely no one, went on an anti-masking rant yesterday.

And Queensryche frontman Todd La Torre, who continually proves himself to be a rad fellow, isn’t having any of it.

First, Cooper’s missive. On his own podcast, Cooper Stuff, the frontman of the very successful Christian rock band said on the topic of Covid-19 vaccines, “That’s between you and the Lord. That’s up to you. Go for it. Absolutely no judgment from me,” while adding on masking that “everybody can make kind of their own decisions here,” echoing the frequently touted conservative emphasis on individual freedom over the collective good.

He then continued:

“The issue of the mask wearing, to me, is nothing more than theater. It is making me jump into an unreality, something that I do not believe, just to acquiesce to either the overlords — overlords meaning government, Big Tech, big business, big media, whatever — to acquiesce to what they want me to do. Even though I know that it’s not true, but I’m gonna play the game. And every time I put my mask on, I know that I’m doing something that I do not believe in. In other words, I’m being forced to lie… I’m being forced to jump into something I don’t believe, and I’m living by a lie — I’m living by a lie that this mask is actually gonna keep me safe from all harm. To acquiesce to the government, which says that I’m believing something that I know that I don’t believe. So now I’m basically living in a fantasy world. That frightens me. And every time I put that mask on, that’s basically what I think. I know I’m doing this, I know it’s show, I know it’s theater, I know my overlords don’t even believe in it, because if they did, they wouldn’t be breaking all of their own rules.”

At least Cooper demonstrated himself to be only a partial loon (no Big Tech conspiracy) and not a full one. But yeah, no, he’s still off his rocker — as religion tends to do to people — or at least hasn’t had Covid-19 strike close to home yet. Which is exactly where Queensryche singer Todd La Torre called bullshit in the comments section of a Blabbermouth article:

“Cool, then go volunteer on the Covid floor of a hospital maskless and let us know how that works out. He believes in a mythical celestial dictator but doesn’t believe in science. Got it.”

Simple, to the point, direct. Maybe soon we’ll spot one of Cooper’s microphones posted on eBay.

Many studies show that mask-wearing is very effective at preventing the spread of disease.

Jam “Hellbound and Down” from La Torre’s recent solo album, Rejoice in the Suffering, below. It’s not guaranteed to prevent Covid-19, but it’s been proven to lift your mood. You can also dabble in Cooper’s recent podcast episode below if you’re so inclined.

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