1/ My brother asked why many in the frum community resist medical knowledge - despite the mitzvah to follow doctors & paramount need to preserve health - as seen in their response to COVID.

Even if shuls were closed, many had backyard minyans & even now reject masks/distancing.
2/ Rejection of science is nominally part of the Daas-Toirah type of avoda-zara applied to their health & well-being

Again, it's 100% assur to endanger one's life except to prevent murder, arayot, or avoda zara

That the desire to risk lives is itself avoda zara is [chef's kiss]
3/ Daas-Toirah minim deny science b/c outside facts pierce the bubble of the patriarchal authoritarianism that they need to keep power. For this reason, I'm deeply cynical of religious leadership that suppresses science & freedom

God commands modern Orthodoxy as lichatchila IMO
4/ This worst form of science rejection are the frum anti-vax, & in my rabbinic opinion that's purely assur w/no Jewish patina at all. Just outright passive manslaughter.

However, in COVID's case there were are other understandable factors, like Jewish practice & tradition
5/ Authoritarian Orthodox find firmer ground to deny medicine and science when it contradicts Jewish practice (shul, beis medrish) & tradition (e.g. metzitzah b'peh).

On their side is the #literalist #JawsMayor type thinking that rejects future risk:
5/ The overlooked factor, and one that I think dominates the frum support for the GOP is that the community leaders are 'conservative' which means supporting authoritarianism but also prioritizing *personal comfort* over self-sacrifice
6/ I'll try to expand this more, but personal comfort (like rejecting masks) is a pillar of modern conservatism. These people hate being told 'no' and that extends to how they understand religion & practice.

They want to tell the Other 'no' but they hate being told no themselves
7/ This is an key object of analysis b/c I believe many conservative religious communities have successfully perverted their traditions - which preach self-sacrifice for higher ideals - into a 'prosperity gospel' deal where personal indulgence is transformed into piety
8/ This should be the baseline way of discussing the authoritarian religious movements in America (see work of #exvangelical scholars like @C_Stroop & the journal @RDispatches) & I see the frum community which rejects masks as following "personal comfort as religious ethic"
9/ If I have time, I'll try to explain how I can stand in front of God and not condemn my religious community for their support for a neo-N*zi fascist like Trump (ym'sh)

Big key: Kol Nidrei is basically about accepting people who've turned to avoda-zara & yet stand next to you
10/ But I have said, since 2016, that while 70-80% of the frum community have failed the test of the #TrumpCrisis, the non-Orthodox community has done a much better job. If we survive this as an American Jewish community, it's due to the mitzvot of the non-Orthodox. Thank you
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