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Actor Kirk Cameron is continuing to organize Christmas caroling “peaceful protests” in southern California in defiance of Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home orders amidst a COVID infection surge.
The latest event occurred outside the Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks, Calif., on Tuesday night, with a crowd that reportedly was not social distancing or wearing masks which is at odds with public health warnings. Officials have deemed such events as potentially super-spreaders.
According to a local ABC News affiliate, up to 100 people showed up for the singalong in Ventura County near Los Angeles which assembled, perhaps ironically, adjacent to a COVID testing center.
Watch the affiliate’s broadcast report about the gathering:
The mall management was not pleased.
In a statement, the business organization declared that “We do not condone this irresponsible – yet constitutionally protected – peaceful protest event planned. We share your concern and have notified the Sheriff’s office. As well, we have reached out to the event planner to ask that they do not use The Oaks as their venue.”
We do not condone this irresponsible – yet constitutionally protected – peaceful protest event planned. We share your concern and have notified the Sheriff’s office. As well, we have reached out to the event planner to ask that they do not use The Oaks as their venue.
— The Oaks (@ShopTheOaks) December 23, 2020
Cameron, 50, who is best known for his starring role back in the day on the sitcom Growing Pains, quipped during an interview on Wednesday night with FNC’s Tucker Carlson that the media has dubbed him the “unmasked” singer for hosting the caroling events.
“Maybe if we weren’t so joyful and so happy, and if we were angry and smashed some windows and looted some stores, maybe we wouldn’t have been called so dangerous by the press,” he added.
Carlson responded by lamenting the current ban on singing, even in churches, “and Christmas carols define this holiday for so many of us.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) December 17, 2020
Cameron, an evangelical Christian, insisted that the media was underestimating the people who have voluntarily joined in on the caroling and that it has actually totaled about 1,000 participants. He also issued a disclaimer of sorts in the context of the Christmas spirit to viewers of Tucker Carlson Tonight.
“If you come caroling under a starry night sky and candlelit lyric sheets, and you have the U.S. Constitution illuminated by those candles like we do, you might catch the hope virus, and it’s very contagious. Your heart will swell, your fears will diminish, and you might feel compelled to love your neighbor as yourself.”
Admitting the he isn’t a health professional, Cameron urged Fox News viewers to read the Great Barrington Declaration.
“It’s very educational, and they basically tell us that the lockdowns are causing far more harm than the virus itself. There is immunity in the community; there is devastation in isolation.
“Everyone came to this caroling event by choice; they did a risk/reward analysis, and they said ‘we’re coming to an event. We’re not afraid of a virus that has over a 99% survival rate.'”
Watch the Kirk Cameron interview embedded below and draw your own conclusions:
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