"Pass this on to the Pastor in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, Legislator Heather Scott, Mr. Jenks of the Freedom anti-government, the Idaho Mini-NRA Gun sellers and the Anti-Vaccination Food Cures Cancer bunch, who boast 'COVID-19 is a HOAX,' Mike Saville, McCammon, Idaho, posted to Facebook this afternoon, along with a picture of a priest awaiting confessions in a rainy and empty parking lot.

"The Catholic Church has 1.3 Billion congregants and Confessing for Sins is a Big Deal. Notice the 'Social Distancing,'" he wrote. “Tithing still keeps rolling in, no need to pass the hat. No need for a 'Hell, fire and brimstone sermon' to generate tithing."

The reaction from Saville, a Democratic candidate for Idaho House Seat 28A, was in response to a post by Idaho District 1A Representative Heather Scott on her personal Facebook page last week of a photo taken Thursday, May 21, inside a packed Providence Bible Presbyterian Church, 6530 Washington Street, Bonners Ferry, for her "Planned-demic," a discussion titled "The Virus that Tried to Kill our Constitution and What We Can Do About It."

Scott has been deeply critical of Idaho Governor Brad Little's actions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying his actions in shutting down businesses and travel is illegal and unconstitutional. She supports a recall petition to remove him from office.

"Unfortunately Idaho's 'Republican' governor's actions and behavior are no different than the Democrat ones across the country," she wrote.

"State Representative Heather Scott will share what is happening in the state concerning COVID-19 and give ideas and strategies to protect your rights and freedom as Idahoans," she posted to her Facebook events page in describing last Thursday's meeting, sponsored by Bonners Ferry JBS.

JBS is the John Birch Society.

In a poster she posted for a similar rally at the Priest River Community Church held Friday, she added, "State Representative Heather Scott and (sic) will share what is happening in the state concerning COVID-19 and Contact Tracing ..."

Contact tracing is a process commonly used for decades in cases of infectious diseases in which an infected person is asked who they've had contacted with, and those individuals are then contacted to see if they've been infected.

Many see the process, as it involves COVID-19, as a government plot to facilitate forced vaccinations.

Posted at 9:03 p.m. Friday, as of 9:47 p.m. today, Scott's post had received 107 "loves," 348 "likes" and 33 shares.



Mike Weland has been a journalist since serving as battalion Hometown News specialist in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division beginning in 1979. He is publisher, editor and reporter at, which he launched in March, 2018.

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