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TAMPA, Florida, February 9, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — At a post-Super Bowl press conference on Monday, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said that maskless football fans participating in the festivities will be “identified” and law enforcement “will handle it.”

Castor, the city’s former police chief and first openly homosexual mayor, extended the requirements of her indoor mask mandate to the outdoors two weeks ago in anticipation of the many football fans who would be descending upon the city for the Super Bowl. The latter executive order pertained to “Event Zones” and “Entertainment Districts” and had the stated purpose of mitigating “the spread of COVID-19.”

“Everyone knows that simply wearing a mask dramatically reduces the spread of COVID-19,” Castor proposed at the press conference. “And I’m proud to say that the majority of individuals that I saw, out and about, enjoying the festivities associated with the Super Bowl, were complying.” 

“I’m proud of our community,” she continued, “but those few bad actors (not wearing masks) will be identified, and the Tampa police department will handle it.”

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Mattel, the California toy maker that created Barbie and is also the parent company of American Girl, has just released their "2021 Girl of the Year."

The popular "Girl of the Year" series features new characters whose lifelike dolls and storybook tales engage the imagination of young girls across the country and world.

But, this year, there's an insurmountable problem which is rightly causing fury among parents: the new "Girl of the Year," Kira Bailey, visits her "great-aunts", in Australia, who, we learn, are in a homosexual relationship, and who are "married" to each other.

This is totally unacceptable, and that's why we're asking you to JOIN this BOYCOTT of Mattel, until they pull this new "Girl of the Year" from the shelves.

Many parents are rightly infuriated. And, many have taken to social media to comment about the situation, focusing on the destruction of innocence and consent.

Indeed, there were no warning labels on any of this year's "Girl of the Year" material, advising parents of the contents. This meant that many children were already exposed to harmful, sexually-confusing material before their parents knew what was going on.

One reviewer on the series on Amazon wrote:

"Homosexuality is an inappropriate topic for a children’s book and I am very disappointed that it was woven so blatantly into the story line for Kira. This type of content should have been made clear in the advertising so that I as a parent could make an informed choice for my child. My daughter and I have read dozens of American Girl books and have always loved them and highly recommended them to friends. Before now, I have never had to worry about American Girl reading material being wholesome for my child. My daughter had no idea what a lesbian couple is and American Girl has cruelly taken away part of her innocence now that I’ve had to explain about that lifestyle. It goes against what I believe as a Christian and was not something I wanted my daughter to be exposed to at this early age. I am very, very disappointed in [American Girl] and will not purchase their products in the future."

Of course, while LifeSite does not believe that homosexual content is ever appropriate for a children's book, we completely agree with this mother's sentiments about Mattel having "cruelly taken away part of her [daughter's] innocence."

It seems clear that this move by Mattel is not a business decision, but a political decision. In fact, this move seems expressly designed to appeal to adults who support a radical sexual ideology.

But, it is not Mattel's role - as a toy-maker - to enter into this delicate area of sexual and moral ethics.

However, because Mattel has chosen to pursue this dangerous political decision over the best interests of children, we are calling on parents to boycott Mattel until they pull Kira Bailey from the shelves.

Thank you for JOINING this boycott, and thank you for SHARING this important petition with your like-minded family, friends and colleagues.

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Castor’s recent order allows for a $500 civil penalty, and the local Hillsborough County order makes possible a second-degree misdemeanor prosecution. 

Ironically, it is not fully clear whether Castor followed her own previous indoor order as pictures have been circulated on social media of her apparently defying her own rules at the game.

It is also unclear if Castor, a Democrat, plans to actually levy such penalties after Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis blocked local governments from collecting fines for such violations in September. 

That same month, DeSantis also lifted all statewide COVID-19 restrictions on businesses, stating, “I've focused a lot on making sure society continues to function … I think you fight a pandemic better from that posture than if society is in the fetal position. “

While many Democrat politicians have imposed draconian restrictions against citizens in the name of mitigating the spread of the COVID-19 virus, they have often been caught ignoring these same rules themselves.

In December, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany exposed “Democrat hypocrisy” in regard to such orders, as committed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, House Speaker Nancy Peolosi of California, San Francisco Mayor London Breed and more.

In October, Tucker Carlson featured the same type of hypocrisy from CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, the brother of New York Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo, contrasting his “devotion” to mask mandates in his broadcasting with his refusal to wear one in his own residential building, despite warnings from the landlords.

As for “everyone” knowing “that simply wearing a mask dramatically reduces the spread of COVID-19,” as asserted by Castor, this is not the case for the scientists who conducted a major study published by the Annals of Internal Medicine finding no statistically significant difference in COVID-19 cases between mask-wearers and non-mask-wearers. 

The same can be said for the scientists of many other studies that come to the same conclusion, finding “little to no evidence for the effectiveness of cloth face masks in the general population, neither as personal protective equipment nor as a source control.”

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