There has never been any shortage of stupidity on social media, and it would be a full-time job to try to address or refute every ridiculous meme on the internet. But we recently came across one that is so asinine and far-fetched that we had to comment.
This meme shows a person in the first panel wearing a mask to protect herself against the coronavirus (COVID-19) with the caption, “They want you to keep doing this…,” and then shows a Muslim woman in the second panel wearing a niqab (veil for the face worn for religious purposes) with the caption, “because eventually they are going to try and make you do this…”
It is hard to fathom that anyone would be so stupid to believe that credible medical leaders pleading with people to wear medical masks to protect themselves and others against the coronavirus is actually a devious plot to eventually turn America into a nation subject to Muslim Sharia law. We don’t know if the people who created this meme believe it, but the people who are posting it on social media and others who are happily weighing in with their assent most assuredly do. It certainly plays into the bigotry of people who do not want to wear masks.
We urge our readers to reject such bigotry and stupidity, and to call it out as the garbage it is when they do see it.