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WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) — Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives last week and boldly admonished Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), declaring, “Madam Speaker, you are not God!”

Cawthorn, who is confined to a wheelchair, chided the elderly House leader for the reinstitution of a mask mandate within the House side of the U.S. Capitol building which calls for the arrest of staff or visitors who fail to wear a mask.

“Madam Speaker, you are not God!” thundered the young, newly minted North Carolina congressman, pointing toward the rostrum from which the Speaker presides.

He continued:

Your will does not bend the forests or shake the mountains.

And let me assure you your will does not bow the knee of millions of my countrymen who refuse to heed your callous command.

To threaten arrest of others for their own personal medical decisions is nothing short of medical apartheid, and I will not let it stand.

For if I am to cowardly bend the knee here like those on the left wish, then what is to stop you all from taking your tyranny to the rest of this country that I love?

How dare anyone in this institution attempt to dictate to the patriots of my staff how they may live their lives.

For one to think that because they have the title, “Honorable” attached to their name means they may dictate what others may say and think repulses me.

What makes this nation special is that in this free land the people are the royalty.

So arrest us if you will, but I will not cower and I will not bend.

Madam Speaker you have come to take away our liberties, but Madam Speaker, in this country you are outnumbered.

Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger had earlier issued a written order announcing, “If a visitor or staff member fails to wear a mask after a request is made to do so, the visitor or staff shall be denied entry to the House Office Buildings or House-side of the U.S. Capitol.  Any person who fails to either comply or leave the premises after being asked to do so would be subject to an arrest for Unlawful Entry.”