But as the months passed, neither those who bought him lunch nor those who financed their organizations stood by him. Enid, a former army member whom he considered a friend, also joined the freedom fighters. He felt like he was living in an unknown city.
The attention he received was sometimes threatening. His daughter, 7 years old at the time, was selected for the school because of his position. Mr. The military security of the site, where Vadel now works as a civilian handling IT operations, set him aside to tell him about the threats against him, although they did not think action would be taken. He started checking the security camera in his house with a processor in his phone.
The 41-year-old Mr. Waddell said, “This place has only this vitriol we have chosen. It’s a kind of surreal feeling.”
Ben Essel, the city commissioner, lawyer and artist who introduced the mask order, often received hidden warnings via email and Facebook. Someone dumped garbage in his lawn. At a City Council meeting, Mr. Someone shouted that he knew where Essel lived. Another crowd became so tense that police officers forced him to get into his car.
But the 35-year-old Mr. Essel, did not argue for the order. As the summer wore on and Govt cases began to escalate, it seemed logical. So he brought it to the meetings, prompting Ms. Crawfree and the freedom fighters to begin an effort to recall him. He was also accused of behaving disrespectfully, for example, using slander and doodling when speaking to people. (He said he drew lemmings walking off the cliffs to be quiet, especially when the emotional sessions lasted for hours.)
The main supporter of the recall effort was Ms. The pastor of Croptree is Wade Pearlson, whose church is the largest in the city of Emmanuel Enid. Enid has a considerable upper middle class, large houses and a gateway community near a country club and golf course, and many of those families are part of the church’s 3,000-strong congregation.