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Children shouldn’t be masked in schools and other commentary

Scientist: No Masking Kids

The harms of mandatory-masking policies outweigh “their possible benefits in stopping the spread of COVID-19 in schools,” Vinay Prasad argues at The Atlantic. Children suffer serious COVID-19 symptoms “at far lower rates than people in older age groups.” And we know that “early childhood is a crucial period when humans develop cultural, language and social skills, including the ability to detect emotion on other people’s faces,” so why mask children? It’s especially foolish, given that we have long known that kids transmit at a much lower rate than do adults. Simply put: “masking kids in school does not provide a major benefit and might provide none at all.” Policymakers, before limiting the amount of face-to-face human contact children experience, “should be acutely aware of what children could lose.”

The Excelsior Pass app provides digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test.
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Faith beat: Resist Vax Passports for Church

A church in Canada has announced a vaccine requirement for worshippers — but “church leaders need to be very careful,” warns First Things’ R.R. Reno. “The coronavirus has exposed a powerful strand of worldliness in the post-Christian West, one that regards physical survival as the supreme good. It is urgent that churches not volunteer to play a role ­enforcing this mentality.” Yes, the New Testament calls on Christians to defer to temporal authorities. But that deference “is not unlimited.” It must be set aside when it threatens “spiritual health,” including through ­“health-ism” — an obsession with bodily well-being that irrationally crowds out all other goods. The vaccines are “moderately effective,” but “mandates and ‘passports’ are extreme measures.” And “when a society is chanting ‘health, health, health,’ Christian leaders must be on their guard, just as they must be when a culture chants ‘wealth, wealth, wealth.’ ”  

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on Afghanistan during a speech
President Joe Biden delivers remarks on Afghanistan during a speech, August 31, 2021.
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Media watch: Burying Biden’s A’stan Debacle

“Even while the frantic Kabul evacuation effort was ongoing, the White House preferred to talk about anything” besides its “deadly and disastrous retreat,” seethes The Federalist’s Christopher Bedford. And there is a “high chance” it will succeed in “changing the narrative,” since the ­“average pretty face” in the White House press corps has neither “the shame” nor “ability” to ask “real questions.” The corporate press doesn’t seek “truth, but views and clicks” and “approval from the right people.” For Team Biden, the most important fact about Afghanistan is that President Biden got the US out. “The White House — and its media friends — are going to do their best” to make sure that’s the message, and never mind “the hundreds of Americans confirmed left behind.”

President Joe Biden meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021
President Joe Biden meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in the Oval Office, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021.
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Foreign desk: Stop the Putin Pipeline, Joe

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s recent visit to the White House should prompt our commander in chief to stop the Nord Stream 2 natural-gas pipeline, urges Mark Temnycky in The New York Times — “it’s now or never.” The project “threatens the security of Europe — and Ukraine especially.” And no wonder why: “Running from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea, Nord Stream 2 would give Russia a direct route into the heart of Europe. That would make Europe, which currently imports over a third of its natural gas from Russia, even more heavily reliant on the country — effectively conferring on it an energy monopoly over the Continent.” That’s why it shocked America’s European allies when President Biden “effectively granted Russia permission to complete the project.” But it’s still possible to “reverse” the waiver on more NS2 sanctions. Otherwise, “the only winner will be Russia.”

Conservative: Biden Horrifies Allies

President Biden rode to office vowing to restore America’s diplomatic standing — but, charges The Washington Post’s Marc Thiessen, “no US president has done more damage to our alliances, or America’s standing in the world, in so short a time, as Biden has with his Afghanistan debacle.” According to AP reporting Biden clashed violently with Group of Seven leaders over his inflexible, “artificial” deadline for evacuation, ultimately forcing many of them to leave behind citizens. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, meanwhile, was unable to reach Biden during crucial crisis hours. Nations that count on us “are aghast.” 

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board

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