Joy Behar made a predictable announcement last week on ABC’s The View. While discussing how the CDC may ease mask guidance in the near future, she explained the depths of her neurosis to her co-hosts.

"So if I go on the subway, if I go in a bus, if I go into the theater... a crowded place, I would wear a mask, and I might do that indefinitely," she added. "Why do I need the flu or a cold even? And so I'm listening to myself right now. I don't think it's 100 percent safe yet.”

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Joy Behar made a predictable announcement last week on ABC’s The View. While discussing how the CDC may ease mask guidance in the near future, she explained the depths of her neurosis to her co-hosts.

“So if I go on the subway, if I go in a bus, if I go into the theater… a crowded place, I would wear a mask, and I might do that indefinitely,” she added. “Why do I need the flu or a cold even? And so I’m listening to myself right now. I don’t think it’s 100 percent safe yet.”

A few hours later, a photo emerged on Twitter of Behar sitting in a booth with two friends at a restaurant. She was sans mask.

Worse yet, journalist Libby Emmons, who posted the photos, added, “I hear that she also walked out of the restaurant unmasked, though her companions dutifully donned theirs.” The horror.

Of course, Joy was never planning on wearing a mask in crowded places. That wasn’t the point of her sanctimonious blather to her TV audience. Rather, she was proclaiming the gospel. She was joining the chorus of Fauci followers who have floated the idea of masking in perpetuity.

There are more members of that chorus than you might think. In a recent poll by Politico/Morning Consult, 68 percent of Democrat respondents said they believe it is too early for states to rescind mask mandates.

For these people, “inching back to normality,” as Fauci described it, is happening too quickly.

But I wonder, are these respondents hesitant about getting back to normal in the same way Joy Behar claims to be? Do they really plan on wearing masks indefinitely? Do they truly fear going mask-free or do they just love the idea of being a devout promoter of forever masking?

Either way, when it comes to the “science” follower who wants to strap on her KN95 — I say go for it.

Wear your mask at the mall and at the theater. Wear your mask while walking to your table at a crowded restaurant.

Then, if you think the virus won’t approach the booth you’re sitting in with your sophisticated friends, take your mask off. If you’re on a plane, wear it. Then, if the virus won’t disturb you as you snack on Cheez-its and ginger ale mid-flight, well, take it off!

In order for one to believe that masks work, one has to believe they have mystical powers.

In October, Bill Maher remarked about face coverings, “It’s an amulet, you know? A charm people wear around the neck that wards away evil spirits. It means nothing.”

These mitigation efforts have become part of a strange new religion. That is OK. New religions pop up all the time.

So to the believers, know this: you can worship the mask. You can praise the PCR tests. You can spread the word of Lord Fauci high and low.

But you cannot force other people’s children to share your faith. You can’t berate your neighbor for not being as devout as you think he should be. We still have freedom of religion in the United States. George Carlin once said of religion, “Find one that fits for you, but don’t make me wear your shoes.” Many Americans no longer wish to partake in the Covidian zealot’s spiritual journey.