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Blood ‘pouring’ out of vomiting woman after abortion at infamous Texas facility

A notation on the 911 Incident Report indicated, 'Bleeding is traumatic.'
Wed Jul 29, 2020 - 8:06 pm EST
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AUSTIN, Texas, July 29, 2020 (Operation Rescue) — A 22-year-old woman who was hemorrhaging and vomiting was transported to Del Seton Medical Center for emergency care after a botched abortion at Whole Women’s Health in Austin, Texas.

The episode, which took place on January 10, 2020, represented a life-threatening medical emergency, according to the 911 records recently obtained by Operation Rescue.

In response to the 911 dispatcher’s questioning, the Whole Women’s Health caller responded, “Uh, yes. The patient came in for a termination procedure [abortion].  We just need an ambulance to come to assess — bleeding.”

The Incident Report categorized the woman’s condition as “possibly dangerous hemorrhage” with lacerations.

The caller was asked by the dispatcher to describe whether the bleeding was “spurting or pouring.”  The WWH caller responded, “Pouring.”  A notation on the Incident Report indicated, “Bleeding is traumatic.”

The caller also told the 911 dispatcher that vitals were taken 20 minutes earlier, which seemed like a long time considering the woman was pouring out blood while vomiting.

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The Whole Women’s Health abortion facility in Austin had its last known inspection on April 23, 2019, when violations were cited that included the following:

  • Failure to secure a closet with hazardous cleaning chemicals to prevent patients from accessing.
  • Failed to ensure that all employees involved in direct patient care were certified in Basic Life Support, as required for licensing.
  • Failed to provide women with the phone number of the hospital closest to their homes in the event that complications arose after they left the abortion facility.  Women were either not given numbers or were improperly given numbers to doctor’s offices (which are not hospitals), or hospitals in different towns when closer hospitals existed.

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Whole Women’s Health has long opposed abortion safety regulations.

The Texas-based abortion chain challenged a Texas law passed in 2013 known as HB2, which provided numerous safety regulations aimed at protecting women from harmful or substandard practices. Whole Women’s Health won a partial victory when certain provisions of that law were overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2016 Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt decision.

“When we conducted an investigation into Whole Women’s Health several years ago, we found that they were tossing mangled aborted baby remains into overflowing dumpsters, among other violations. The Austin clinic was heavily fined,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. 

Whole Women’s Health and Stericycle were slapped with fines in excess of $83,000 for illegal dumping of aborted baby remains in 2011.

Also, two Whole Women’s Health abortionists, Alan H. Molson and Robert E. Hanson, were fined thousands of dollars for serious violations discovered as a result of Operation Rescue complaints, including allowing unqualified workers to prescribe drugs and conduct follow-up exams.

“The Whole Women’s Health abortion chain has been proven to pose hazards to pregnant women and their babies.  Not much seems to have changed,” said Newman.  “This clinic should have been shut down years ago.”

Published with permission from Operation Rescue.


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NFL bans Christian players from going to churches filled to over 25% capacity

Penalties could range from not being paid for games missed, future contract guarantees being voided, and/or fines.
Wed Jul 29, 2020 - 8:03 pm EST
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NEW YORK, July 29, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The National Football League and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) recently announced regulations forbidding players to attend church when a service is more than a quarter full of the faithful. 

On July 25, NBC Sports reported that the NFL and the NFLPA will restrict players this season from attending indoor church services when attendance is above 25 percent of capacity.

In addition, players cannot go to nightclubs, indoor bars (except to pick up food), indoor house parties (with 15 or more people), indoor concerts, or professional sporting events. If players test positive for COVID after engaging in prohibited activities, they will not be paid for the games they miss and future guarantees in their contracts will be voided. 

Players who violate team rules also could be fined an unspecified amount that, according to the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) used to regulate conduct, ranges from $5,000 to more than $70,000 for each offense.

NBC Sports speculated that teams might use “security officials to monitor local establishments or to track the behavior of players. Others may rely on contacts within the community to contact the team if/when violations are witnessed. Some may set up an NBA-style tip line.”

Although the regulation details have not yet been publicly released, NBC Sports did not mention any restrictions on attending protests. The NFL recently tweeted pictures of players attending BLM protests around the country and on June 5 tweeted support for BLM protests: “We, the NFL … encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest.”

Several athletes are resisting the agenda being pushed upon them.

On Monday, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt tweeted that he does not plan to follow the lead of other professional athletes and take a knee this season during the national anthem.

Last week, a Christian Major League Baseball player refused to kneel to support the BLM movement before a game, saying he “can’t kneel before anything but God, Jesus Christ.”


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Pro-life, pro-Trump priest responds to critics: Democrat Party ‘allied with evil’

Fr. Frank Pavone asked: 'If a [political] party doesn't respect the freedom of the Church, how can the Church be neutral?'
Wed Jul 29, 2020 - 7:59 pm EST
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July 29, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Fr. Frank Pavone is pushing back against those who think his outspoken support for President Trump is inappropriate for a Catholic priest. 

In a recent interview with LifeSiteNews co-founder John-Henry Westen, Pavone said that if the Democratic Party weren’t so aggressively anti-Catholic, there’d be no need for him to speak up, but seeing how the party as a whole has “allied itself with evil,” he can’t remain quiet.

“The Democrat Party has made a covenant with evil. They are in bed with the abortion industry. They want absolutely no restrictions on abortion. They consider it a basic right, and they want us to pay for it.”

“This is a party now that does not respect the freedom of the Church,” he added. “So if a party doesn't respect the freedom of the Church, how can the Church be neutral?”

Pavone is the national director of Priests for Life. He has been in the news as of late due to his involvement in two pro-Trump political organizations: Catholics for Trump and Pro-Life Voices for Trump. Pavone stepped down from the roles he had with those groups a month ago at the request of the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy. Some Catholics believe that the request was politically motivated and that it was an attempt by liberal bishops to diminish Catholic support for President Trump in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election.

Pavone continued his remarks by stating, “Joe Biden says he wants to go back to ... forcing religious people to violate their faith through the HHS mandate.” But the Second Vatican Council teaches that the “fundamental” rights of the human person, especially the unborn, and the freedom of the Church must be respected by political authorities. 

Westen asked Pavone, a native of New York, to clarify what it is he believes his and the Church’s mission should be in the political arena.

“Our platform as a Church ... is not the platform of any political party. Our platform is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But when I preach the Gospel, whether that is going to sound political or whether it’s going to help a candidate or a party or hurt a candidate or a party doesn’t depend on us. It depends on them.”

“The Church has a religious mission, not a political one,” he continued, “but … in carrying out that religious mission … we must be passing moral judgments even in matters relating to politics. So it’s not like the Church is saying, ‘Oh, we can’t say anything about politics.’ That’s not the teaching! And that wasn't Jesus’s teaching, either.”

Pavone pointed to St. John the Baptist as a historical figure who reminded the political authorities of his own day about the moral law. He also praised Cardinal Clemens August Graf von Galen of Germany (1878–1946) for refuting the Nazis during World War II.

When Westen asked him how he can support a man who has done morally questionable things in his own life, Pavone responded by saying we elect presidents to do a job similiar to how “we want to choose an auto mechanic who’s actually going to make the car run.”

“And when we’re making those kinds of choices, we’re not looking into the person’s personal history or virtues. I don’t ask the auto mechanic how many times he’s been married. I ask him if he knows what’s wrong with my car and if he can fix it at a reasonable price and in a reasonable time frame.”

President Trump, Pavone said, has stood side by side with the unborn and defended the Church’s freedom from those who want to shut it down. He has “fixed so many of the problems in our country unlike any other president has done.” 

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Cardinal Zen sees Vatican II as a ‘light’ that still leads the Church today

‘Vatican II happened 50 years ago, but it surely doesn’t belong to the past.’
Wed Jul 29, 2020 - 6:47 pm EST
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July 29, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Joseph Zen has waded into the debate, given new impetus recently by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, regarding Vatican II and its relation to current problems in the Catholic Church. 

The 88-year-old retired Bishop of Hong Kong ultimately views the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) as a work of God within the Church that still acts as guiding light today.

“Vatican II happened 50 years ago, but it surely doesn’t belong to the past, its light still leads the Church through the darkness of her journey today,” he wrote July 19 on his blog

Acknowledging the many criticisms of Vatican II – which he said come from both “extreme conservatives” and “extreme progressives,” – Zen urged against underestimating God’s work through the Council.  

“There is a saying, not far from the truth: an Ecumenical Council starts from human efforts, then comes the devil to make trouble, but at the end the Holy Spirit brings everything to a Happy Ending,” Zen noted.  

Zen does indeed clearly see the devil as having made plenty of “trouble” in the five decades since the close of Vatican II, and he is careful to stress that the work of the Holy Spirit begun at the historic conclave continues today.    

Zen’s blog comes at a time when prominent voices in the Church, including Archbishop Viganò and Bishop Athanasius Schneider, have called for an open and honest debate about the truth of what happened at Vatican II and whether the Council and its implementation contain errors that have harmed the faith. Bishop Schneider recently gave an interview where he lists several problems in various Vatican II documents that he says lead to “relativism.”

In Zen’s blog, he explained that when he was in Rome working on his doctoral thesis from 1961 to 1964 as Vatican II took place, he was aware of the “fierce battles along the stereotype of divide between conservatives and progressives.”

“In spare time, I enjoyed, like other young priests and seminarians in Rome, all the daily hot news and gossips about the Council,” Zen recalled. “Council Fathers accusing each other with leaflets flying over Saint Peter’s square … The jokes!” 

“The polarization between the Conservatives and Progressives did not disappear after the Council,” Zen observed. “Those who had difficulty to understand, or even refused to accept the ‘novelties’ in (the) Council’s decisions: they are the extreme conservatives; but there are also extreme progressives who claim that now on everything can change in the Church.” 

Despite the conflicts and ongoing disputes among the Council Fathers, God’s work emerged. “The fruit of Vatican II are those 16 Documents, especially the 4 Constitutions,” Zen said.

“Through those documents you hear the real voice of the Holy Spirit,” he declared. 

Yet the conflict between conservatives and progressives at the Council continues, obscuring Christ’s intentions and the work of the Holy Spirit to enliven the Church.  

“The extreme conservatives say: the Church after the Vatican II is no more the Catholic Church I received baptism in,” Zen said. “But you were baptized in a Church which believes in one apostolic Church, led by the Pope and the Bishops as authentic teachers of faith.”

“The extreme progressives say: before the Council nothing was allowed to change, now with Vatican II many changes have been made, so, many things should be allowed to change also in the future,” he said. “Yes, but only by a decision of the legitimate authority, not by an arbitrary choice of anybody, and surely not by undoing the past. 

“The Holy Spirit of today doesn’t contradict the Holy Spirit of yesterday,” he said. 

The purpose of Vatican II was not to ‘deny our past or to follow secular fashions’

In a swipe against those who go too far in their desire to modernize the Church, who proclaim that “Latin is invented by the devil!” Cardinal Zen urged, “Come on! The Church saved the Greek-Roman Culture (philosophy literature, art, music) and used it to educate the invading ‘barbarians,’ after the fall of Roman Empire, laying the foundation of the modern European civilization.”

“The Tridentine theology mainly in Latin saved the faith of the Church of the lay, and the Tridentine liturgy in Latin with the Gregorian chant (including the ‘dies irae’) nourished the piety of generations and sustained the courage of innumerable martyrs,” he continued.

“It sounds blasphemous to say that Vatican II had to clean the Church of the Tridentine ‘dirt,’” he added. 

The purpose of Vatican II was not to “deny our past or to follow all the secular fashions,” Zen said, yet “Vision is looking ahead, not backwards.”  

He quoted Pope John XXIII’s speech opening the Second Vatican Council on October 11, 1962: 

From the renewed, serene and calm adherence to all the teachings of the Church, in its integrity and precision, as resplendent mainly in the conciliar acts of Trent and Vatican I, the Christian and Catholic spirit of the entire world awaits to go one step further towards a doctrinal penetration and a formation of consciences that is in a more perfect correspondence with fidelity to authentic doctrine, studying it and exposing it through the forms of research and the literary formulas of modern thought.

Cardinal Zen sees Vatican II as an important milestone in the life of the Church.

“Let us admire the divine plan, the one history of salvation. Human freedoms may fail, but God guides the Church securely to the goal. It’s a journey in continuity not through ruptures,” he declared, offering a brief litany to underscore his point:

  • The history of Israel was a continuous alternation of fidelity and unfaithfulness. But the true faith of Abraham, through Mary, Jesus and the Apostles, has been transmitted to us.

  • The Old Testament belongs to us too, and the Church of the New Testament is open to everybody.

  • The psalms are prayers which fit every situation of our life. The voice of the prophets rings still relevant to the Church in modern society.

  • We must be grateful to Greek culture just for the word “Homoousios” which helped the Church to express with exactitude the divine nature of Jesus, true God and true man.

  • The Latin language was instrumental to keep the many European and missionary Churches united to Rome. The rich heritage of centuries of liturgical music and ceremonials nurtured the piety of believers. Why should we be surprised, if today’s young people, while sincerely accepting the Church’s liturgical reform, still appreciate the Tridentine Mass?

  • The Church carries on her journey “admist world’s tribulation and God’s consolation” (St. Augustine “City of God”) “to come to unity in our faith and in our knowledge of the son of God, until we become the perfect Man, fully mature with the fullness of Christ himself” (Eph. 4:13)

“Vatican II is very aware that errors persist in the world, but the Council doesn’t intend to condemn them, it wants to help man to realize how those errors, especially a willful refusal of God, are not conducive to real human happiness,” Zen said. 

“Guided by the Holy Spirit the Ecumenical Councils are the milestones on the journey of the Church through centuries, accumulating a rich heritage, showing ever brighter the true face of Christ, the Redeemer of mankind,” he wrote. 

“The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the modern world, the most typical expression of the Council’s Vision, lists all the threats to and anxieties of modern man,”  Zen noted, “but is fully confident that the Church is able to come to man’s aid, if only she succeeds to reveal to him the true face of Jesus.”


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Trump condemns ‘anarchist’ anti-police protesters: They’re ‘sick and deranged’

The rioters 'would destroy our American cities' if Joe Biden 'ever won,' Trump said.
Wed Jul 29, 2020 - 4:48 pm EST
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July 29, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – President Donald Trump spoke out Monday against an emerging narrative to downplay the violence on the streets of Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington, arguing that many “peaceful protesters” among Black Lives Matter (BLM) are anything but.

“The Fake News Media is trying to portray the Portland and Seattle ‘protesters’ as wonderful, sweet and innocent people just out for a little stroll,” the president tweeted. “Actually, they are sick and deranged Anarchists & Agitators who our great men & women of Law Enforcement easily control, but who would destroy our American cities, and worse, if Sleepy Joe Biden, the puppet of the Left, ever won. Markets would crash and cities would burn. Our Country would suffer like never before. We will beat the Virus, soon, and go on to the Golden Age - better than ever before!”

For several weeks, left-wing activists allied with BLM occupied a six-block portion of Seattle dubbed CHAZ, or the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (later renamed CHOP, for Capitol Hill Organized Protest). Violence in the zone included one death and one critical injury by shooting, attempted rape, arson, theft, assaults, and property destruction. The chaos has sparked several lawsuits against the city for failing to protect residents and businesses. 

In Portland, similar violence went on for six weeks, including more shootings, stabbings, and arson, as part of “protests” organized by groups such as the far-left Antifa, until the Trump administration sent in federal law enforcement to protect federal buildings. Even so, Democrat Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler claimed he “saw nothing that provoked this response” of feds using tear gas to quell the situation.

The current wave of BLM protests began at the end of May, following the death of Minnesota man George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer. The demonstrations started by billing themselves as a call to end police brutality, but quickly morphed into a broader condemnation of America’s alleged “systemic racism,” expanding into issues such as commemoration of “problematic” historical figures in art, sculpture, and location names.

The intensity of the protests has also been disproportionate to the facts of the cause that sparked them. Floyd’s killing was instantly and unanimously condemned, and the police officers involved have been charged with murder. As to BLM’s broader claim of “systemic racism” in law enforcement, research actually shows that police are not disproportionately likely to use excessive lethal force against black suspects, and may even be less likely due to fears of the racial component being spun to brand them as racist.


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18 state AGs call on Supreme Court to uphold Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban

The coalition filed an amicus brief asking that the state's law be upheld.
Wed Jul 29, 2020 - 3:20 pm EST
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July 29, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The top cops of 18 states have banded together to call on the U.S. Supreme Court to hear and uphold the constitutionality of Mississippi’s ban on aborting babies at 15 weeks, calling Roe v. Wade outdated in light of modern medical knowledge.

In March 2019, Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed HB 1510, which prohibits abortions from being committed past 15 weeks for any reason other than physical medical emergencies or severe fetal abnormalities. The pro-abortion Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit on behalf of Women’s Health Organization in Jackson within an hour of the signing.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves quickly issued a temporary restraining order against enforcing the law, then declared it unconstitutional in a ruling filled with pro-abortion talking points rather than legal arguments. Nevertheless, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Reeves, prompting the governor to declare his willingness to take the issue to the nation’s highest court.

Now, a coalition of 18 attorneys general from across the country, led by Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton, filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court on Mississippi’s behalf.

“The Fifth Circuit’s test treats the right to previability abortion as absolute such that no state interest could ever justify any limitation of abortion previability,” the brief argues. “But no other constitutional right enjoys such absolute unquestioning protection, which perhaps is why Roe and Casey do not elevate the abortion right above all others.”

“In the 47 years since Roe, innumerable advances in science and medicine inform our understanding of fetal development and the capacity to experience pain,” it continues. “Yet the district court declared all scientific developments irrelevant and the viability line absolute. Not only is that wrong under this Court’s precedents, but it would strip state legislatures of the ability to legislate effectively in light of evolving knowledge.”

The Fifth Circuit had claimed that an “an unbroken line dating to Roe v. Wade” had firmly entrenched the “right” to pre-viability abortion, but that “unbroken line” is precisely what Mississippi and other pro-life states intend to challenge. Attorneys with the Life Legal Defense Foundation noted that the Court has also acknowledged a “compelling interest in protecting the unborn child” as pregnancy progresses, particularly on criteria like fetal pain – which can be felt before viability, as the latest pro-life brief also points out.

Pro-lifers are unlikely to prevail, however, until at least one liberal justice (and possibly more) is replaced with a conservative. Last month, Chief Justice John Roberts cast the deciding vote to strike down a Louisiana law that didn’t ban any abortions, but merely required abortionists to make arrangements for admitting women to nearby hospitals in cases of emergencies, 

That ruling was only the latest in a long history of Republican judicial nominees delivering outcomes at odds with the conservative promises of the presidents who nominated them. Over the weekend, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) announced that he will only vote for future Supreme Court picks who have opposed Roe on the record before their confirmation hearings.


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Vatican backs bishop in closing down seminary over priests’ resistance to giving Communion on hand

The Argentinian seminary was accused of an ‘undisciplined reaction’ to the bishop's directive that Communion only be given in the hand
Wed Jul 29, 2020 - 2:53 pm EST
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SAN RAFAEL, Argentina, July 29, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) ― An Argentinian bishop, backed by the Vatican, has closed down his diocesan seminary because priests connected to the seminary refused to follow his directive that Holy Communion be only administered to people in the hand.  

Bishop Eduardo Maria Taussig, the Bishop of San Rafael, grieved Catholics in his conservative diocese when, after the state permitted churches to reopen, he ordered the laity to receive the Blessed Sacrament only in their hands.  Although the practise of receiving communion in the hand has become commonplace in the Church since its illicit introduction in the 1960s, the Catholics of San Rafael have remained faithful to the traditional practice of receiving communion on their tongues while kneeling. 

After Fr. Alejandro Miguel Ciarrocchi, the rector of the diocesan seminary, defended the right of his seminarians to receive the Blessed Sacrament according to the traditional norms, Bishop Taussig retaliated by dismissing him from his post. Then, as other priests were also administering communion according to the traditional preferences of their parishioners, Taussig shut down the seminary itself.  

In a recent video message posted on Facebook, Father José Antonio Álvarez, spokesman for the Diocese of San Rafael, blamed the clergy of this diocese for their “undisciplined reaction” and said that the order to shut the seminary had come from the Vatican Congregation for Clergy.

“In accordance with instructions from the Holy See, it has been decided to close the seminary,” the priest said. 

“The measure taken by the Congregation for the Clergy, which is just the dicastery of the Holy Father that has jurisdictions over these cases, takes into consideration that due to the undisciplined reaction of a good portion of the clergy of the diocese, at this moment, this diocese is not able to put together a group of teachers who will conform to the church's discipline,” Álvarez stated.  

“Since that is something that cannot be resolved immediately... Well ... to safeguard the formation of the seminarians so that they can continue with their formation, they will be sent to other seminaries. That is something that will be the subject of an ongoing dialogue in the remaining months of the academic year.” 

The Catholic Church states clearly in Redemptionis Sacramentum that a Catholic “always has the right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue,” a right that cannot simply be taken away. 

Dr. Peter Kwasniewski has argued that a bishop oversteps his authority in denying Catholics this right. “Many bishops are abusing their authority right now because…they’re supposed to uphold Canon Law and Canon Law is really clear that the faithful have the right to receive communion on the tongue. That's it,” he said in a July 2020 interview with The John-Henry Westen Show.

Last month, twenty-one Austrian doctors told their country’s Bishops’ Conference that receiving Communion on the tongue is “safer” than in hand. 

An article published yesterday in the Spanish-language Wanderer website questioned whether the decision came from the Vatican Congregation or from the bishop himself.

“It is very rare for the Holy See to take on its own accord such a serious measure - we are talking about the largest seminary in Argentina - closing it in such a short time and without even a visit or further investigation. This is not the way of proceeding of the Curia,” a blogger at the Wanderer wrote.

“What I believe is that Mgr. Taussig himself offered Rome the corpse of his seminary. That is, he communicated things to Rome only according to his version of the events, he told them that he wanted to close the seminary, and Rome, logically, gave its support. And not so much because San Rafael was a conservative seminary, but because that was the will of its bishop, who is a prince in his diocese.”

The blogger also called Taussig’s strategy, which shifted the blame for his decision to his priests, “mean-spirited and duplicitous.” The writer acknowledged that one of his readers had blamed the laity for behaving “recklessly” in the dispute but said he did not believe this was true.

“What the laity did was to respectfully request the bishop to allow them to receive Holy Communion in the mouth and then gather together to pray at the doors of the seminary and the cathedral,” he wrote.  

According to this and other accounts, Taussig is now very unpopular with the people of the diocese. The blogger said that the bishop had behaved with “enormous recklessness” in announcing the closure of the seminary months before its implementation, in December. 

“A prudent ruler would have announced only the appointment of a new rector and, at the end of the year, announce the closure,” he stated. 

“How will the rector govern [in] the remaining months? The atmosphere of the seminaries is always unhealthy; in this case it will be unbreathable. It would not be surprising if within a month, of the forty seminarians only four remain. What reason will the poor boys have to stay there?”

The blogger voiced his hope that the orthodox seminarians would not go to other, less orthodox, seminaries in Argentina but instead opt for such tradition-loving apostolates as the Institute of the Good Shepherd, the Institute of Christ the King, or the Fraternity of the Priests of Saint Peter. 

“Despite the fact that my sins are many and I hope yet to save my soul, I would not want to be in the shoes of Bishop Taussig when, on his deathbed, he confronts his history and conscience and, loaded with those duffel bags, he presents himself before the Divine Court.”

A source known to LifeSiteNews told a reporter that there were 40 “good and well-formed” seminarians who now are unsure what they will do. He called the closing of the San Rafael seminary a “real disaster” as he believes it to be “the last really Catholic seminary in Catholic Argentina.” 

Taussig, the descendant of Czech immigrants to Argentina, was appointed the Bishop of San Rafael by St. John Paul II  in 2004.  He was co-consecrated by the Primate of Argentina of the time, Cardinal Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio (who is now Pope Francis), and a number of other bishops.  

LifeSiteNews’ Gualberto Garcia Jones and Pete Baklinski contributed to this report. 


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Trump: ‘I don’t know why’ Facebook, Twitter shut down ‘frontline’ doctors promoting COVID cure

'There was a group of doctors yesterday, a large group that were put on the Internet, and for some reason, the Internet wanted to take them down and took them off'
Wed Jul 29, 2020 - 2:09 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., July 29, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – U.S. President Donald Trump said yesterday that he does not “know why” a video viewed millions of times featuring doctors championing hydroxychloroquine as an effective treatment for the coronavirus was removed from Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube on Monday. 

“There was a group of doctors yesterday, a large group that were put on the Internet, and for some reason, the Internet wanted to take them down and took them off,” said Trump at a press conference on Tuesday

“I guess Twitter took them off and I think Facebook took them off.  I don’t know why.  I think they’re very respected doctors.”

READ: Google, Facebook, Twitter shut down ‘frontline’ US doctors who promote ‘cure for COVID’

The banned video was originally posted by Breitbart News, and removed from all of Breitbart’s social media networks (despite going viral), for allegedly violating Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube’s respective COVID-19 “misinformation” policies.  

The video shows a press conference held this Monday in front of the U.S. Supreme Court by the group America’s Frontline Doctors in Washington, D.C. 

The group was in D.C. for its “White Coat Summit” event, which was organized and sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots and Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.). It kicked off Monday with a full-day agenda and finished up yesterday. 

Trump came under fire for sharing clips of the doctors’ group video with his followers, which prompted Twitter to remove them from his account. 

At the Tuesday press conference, Trump said that many doctors think the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved-drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), when combined with zinc and azithromycin, is “extremely successful” and that he “believes in it.” 

“Many doctors think it’s extremely good, and some people don’t.  Some people — I think it’s become very political,” said Trump 

“I happen to believe in it.  I would take it.  As you know, I took it for a 14-day period, and I’m here.  Right?  I’m here.  I happen to think it’s — it works in the early stages.  I think frontline medical people believe that too — some, many.  And so we’ll take a look at it.”

“It — it’s safe.  It doesn’t cause problems.  I had no problem.  I had absolutely no problem, felt no different.  Didn’t feel good, bad, or indifferent. I — and I tested, as you know.  It didn’t — it didn’t get me, and it’s not going to hopefully hurt anybody.”

HCQ is used mainly to treat malaria and has been the source of much debate and speculation when it comes to treating the coronavirus. It was heavily talked about at the doctors' Monday press conference. 

America’s Frontline Doctors was founded by Dr. Simone Gold, who according to her website is a “board-certified emergency physician Stanford educated attorney.”

The doctors’ Monday press conference saw Gold say they held the summit because “the American people have not heard from all the expertise that’s out there all across our country. We do have some experts speaking, but there’s lots and lots of experts across the country.”

Early on in the coronavirus crisis, some studies showed that HCQ could be an effective treatment against COVID-19. However, a study published by the medical journal The Lancet said researchers had found “no benefit” to using the drug, adding that it “decreased in-hospital survival and an increased frequency of ventricular arrhythmias.” 

This study prompted many world governments to decide to ban or restrict HCQ for treating COVID-19 patients.

The Lancet was forced to retract its study, however, after revelations from the newspaper The Guardian raised significant doubts about the credibility of the source material. 

During Monday’s doctors’ press conference, Dr. Stella Immanuel, who has a valid doctor's licence according to the Texas Medical Board, claimed that hydroxychloroquine helped her treat her COVID-19 patients.

“I’m here because I have personally treated over 350 patients with COVID[.] ... I put them on hydroxychloroquine, I put them on zinc, I put them on Zithromax, and they’re all well,” claimed Immanuel.

“And today I’m here to say it, that America, there is a cure for COVID. All this foolishness does not need to happen. There is a cure for COVID. There is a cure for COVID is called hydroxychloroquine. It’s called zinc. It’s called Zithromax.”

Dr. Stella Immanuel, also a pastor and the founder of Fire Power Ministries in Houston, has been criticized for sermons that, among other things, include mention of alien DNA being used in medical treatments, a vaccine to prevent people from being religious, and blaming medical conditions on demons and witches. 

The doctors’ website was taken offline Monday, not long after their press conference. 

Gold confirmed via her Twitter page yesterday that their hosting provider Squarespace shut them down for violating their “Acceptable Use Policy.”

“WOW: Our website host @Squarespace has just completely and arbitrarily shut down our website, claiming a violation of their terms of service. We are a group of physicians advocating for a better understanding of COVID-19 and its available treatment options. This is outrageous,” tweeted Gold

In her tweet, Gold shared a screenshot of the correspondence she was sent from Squarespace, which said the site was “in violation of Section 3.1 of our Acceptable Use Policy regarding activity that’s false, fraudulent, inaccurate or deceiving.”

Despite being offline, portions of the site can still be viewed at the internet archive site Wayback. 

In another tweet sent out yesterday, Gold mentioned on Twitter that the group met with Vice President Mike Pence to ask his administration for help in prescribing HCQ “without political obstruction.”

“UPDATE: We have just met with Vice President Mike Pence to request the administration’s assistance in empowering doctors to prescribe hydroxychloroquine without political obstruction. We also discussed the recent censorship of doctors on social media platforms. #WhiteCoatSummit,” tweeted Gold

Yesterday, America’s Frontline Doctors held another press conference on Capitol Hill, in which they addressed the censorship of their Monday press conference. 

“We’re back to say the exact same message that we said yesterday, and that is, Americans have reason to hope when it comes to COVID-19,” said Jenny Beth Martin who is the co-founder of Tea Party Patriots. 

“There are treatment options available. We know much more about this virus now then we did when it first hit our shores. There are options available to help prevent it, there are options available in the early phase of the virus.” 


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Canadian pro-life politician booted from party for voting against ‘totalitarian’ COVID-19 bill

'The removal of MPP Karahalios is a warning sign that the Ford government has an antagonistic stance toward democratic restraint on its power.'
Wed Jul 29, 2020 - 1:21 pm EST
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CAMBRIDGE, Ontario, July 29, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) ― A social conservative Member of Provincial Parliament was dismissed from her party after voting against the Ontario government’s COVID-19 recovery bill. 

Belinda Karahalios, 38, formerly the Progressive Conservative (PC) and now the Independent MPP for Cambridge, Ontario, voted against Bill 195 on July 21. Karahalios is the wife of Jim Karahalios, the lawyer who was twice disqualified by the PCs as a leadership candidate. 

Bill 195, which passed into law on July 21, is also called “An Act to enact the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020.” Although it ends Ontario’s state of emergency, the new law also represents a continuation of some emergency orders for Ontario during the coronavirus outbreak. Most controversially, it allows the Premier of Ontario to extend or change the emergency orders for a month at a time, for up to a year, without consulting the Legislature. 

Belinda Karahalios told Canadian interviewer Andrew Lawton that she didn’t mind the flexibility the bill demanded but objected to the absence of a vote on the extension or amendment of emergency orders. Being a member of the party in government made no difference to her commitment to the democratic process.

“You cannot trust any one government,” she told Lawton in an interview published yesterday. “New Democrat, Liberal, Conservative: you still need some type of discourse and debate.”

Karahalios said that she had tried to talk to Premier Doug Ford about her problems with Bill 195 before the vote. When he went back on a promise to call her, she told his office of her misgivings about the bill. 

The MPP for Cambridge said that she had experienced pressure before to vote against her conscience for bills backed by the PC party. When Karahalios showed resistance to voting for a bill that would allow Ontario youths to buy marijuana from the age of 19, she was told, she said, “If you ever want to be a minister, you’re going to have to vote the right way.”   

Karahalios voted for the marijuana bill, but Bill 195 struck her as even more important to oppose because it ignores principles of democracy, she told Lawton.

The Canadian Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom (JCCF) denounced Bill 195 as an “unconstitutional power grab” and praised Karahalios’ courage in voting against it. 

“Bill 195 has taken law-making power regarding emergency orders away from the elected members of the Ontario Legislature and vested it in Doug Ford’s Cabinet,” the JCCF said in a July 22 statement.  

“In a move that seems to exemplify and symbolize the Bill 195 power transfer away from elected legislators, the lone Progressive Conservative Party member to vote against Premier Ford’s Bill, MPP Belinda Karahalios, has been punished for her courage and principle by being kicked out of the party.”

Jay Cameron, the Justice Centre’s Litigation Manager, said that Ontarians have been silenced by Bill 195.  

“Emergency powers should be temporary and subject to rigorous, principled dissent. Bill 195 is the silencing of the peoples’ voice through their representatives in the provincial parliament,” he stated. 

“The removal of MPP Karahalios is a warning sign that the Ford government has an antagonistic stance toward democratic restraint on its power.”

Campaign Life Coalition’s Jeff Gunnarson praised Karahalios as a “pro-life, pro-family MPP,” condemned Premier Ford for “booting” her from the PCC caucus, and warned that Bill 195 represents more “erosion of civil liberties.” 

“We have been steadily losing our democratic rights and freedoms, primarily from despots like Justin Trudeau and other leftists, but now, the supposedly ‘conservative’ Premier of Ontario is joining in this erosion of civil liberties,” Gunnarson wrote.

“Remember – once the state seizes power, it never relinquishes it,” he continued. 

“Ford has entered dangerous territory for our democracy, and we thank MPP Belinda Karahalios for taking a stand against this government overreach.”

Teresa Pierre of Parents as First Educators (PAFE) also voiced protest against the Premier, Bill 195, and Karahalios’ expulsion from the PC caucus. 

“The limiting of our rights and restrictions on our liberty that may be acceptable in a state of emergency is not acceptable when the emergency is over, yet Doug Ford has chosen to ignore this basic principle of governance,” she wrote, and reminded PAFE supporters that Ford has already betrayed them.

“Doug Ford’s broken promise to repeal and replace Kathleen Wynne’s radical sex-ed curriculum was an encroachment on parental rights and a betrayal of Ontario families,” Pierre said.

“PAFE strongly protests the totalitarian aspect of Bill 195, which is a continuation of this encroachment, giving Ford and his Cabinet unprecedented powers to infringe on and interfere in the lives of Ontario families.” 

Belinda Karahalios’ press statement on Bill 195 can be read here

Contact information for respectful communication:

Premier's Office 
Room 281 
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Joe Biden promises to undo Trump-era pro-life policies if elected president

In his 'Agenda for Women,' Biden promised to restore domestic and overseas funding to the abortion industry.
Wed Jul 29, 2020 - 12:18 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., July 29, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — In his Agenda for Women released Monday, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden promised to restore domestic and overseas funding to the abortion industry. The Trump administration has made an effort not to finance abortions with federal money.

Biden dedicated one section of his Agenda for Women to “Reproductive Health,” which is generally a reference to abortion. The former vice president under President Barack Obama said he “will work to codify Roe v. Wade, and his Justice Department will do everything in its power to stop the rash of state laws that so blatantly violate Roe v. Wade.”

Roe v. Wade is the 1973 Supreme Court ruling essentially legalizing abortion across the country under the guise of a woman’s right to privacy. Many states passed legislation trying to limit the widespread killing of unborn babies. One piece of legislation is so-called heartbeat bills, which prohibit abortions as soon as the unborn baby’s heartbeat can be detected after roughly six weeks of pregnancy.

Joe Biden said he wanted to repeal the Hyde Amendment by reissuing “guidance specifying that states cannot refuse Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood and other providers and reverse the Trump Administration’s rule preventing these organizations from obtaining Title X funds.”

Planned Parenthood provides more than 345,000 abortions annually, according to its most recent report. Additionally, the organization handed out more than 593,000 emergency contraception kits, commonly known as the morning-after pill, which can also cause abortions in many cases.

Biden’s plan would, accordingly, enable women to abort their babies using taxpayer money.

In fact, Joe Biden had supported the Hyde Amendment for many years, before reversing his position early during his campaign for president in 2019.

Biden had caused some controversy in June of last year by saying he still supported the annual budget language that forbids taxpayer dollars from funding abortions except for cases of rape or incest, or to save a mother’s life.

After a video showed him answering “yes” to an activist asking if he would “commit to abolishing” Hyde, the Biden campaign claimed he had misheard the question and still supported the amendment — while reserving the right to change his mind, depending on the progress of “draconian attempts to limit access to abortion.”

Pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood pounced on his remarks, leading him to announce just a day later that he was changing his position. “If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no longer support an amendment that makes that right dependent on someone's ZIP code,” Biden said at the time.

The Democratic presidential candidate, in his Agenda for Women, also vowed to rescind the Mexico City Policy requiring foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) not to “perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning” as a condition for receiving federal money.

First introduced under Republican President Ronald Reagan, it was rescinded by Democratic Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, while Republican Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump kept it in place or reinstated it.

Whitney Robertson, assistant press secretary for Trump’s re-election campaign, stated in an email to LifeSiteNews, “Joe Biden’s ‘Agenda for Women’ solidifies what we already knew — Biden stands with the extreme ideas of the radicals running the Democrat Party, even if it means enabling the murder of innocent children in the process.”

“How ironic is it that Joe Biden’s plan for women revolves around ending the lives of the next generation?” she continued. “Joe Biden’s priority is not to empower and enable women across the country, his priority is appeasing the radical demands of his base.”

In his Agenda for Women, Biden declared his intent to restore Obamacare’s contraception mandate “that existed before the Hobby Lobby ruling: providing an exemption for houses of worship and an accommodation for nonprofit organizations with religious missions. The accommodation will allow women at these organizations to access contraceptive coverage, not through their employer-provided plan, but instead through their insurance company or a third-party administrator.”

Pro-life organizations are all-in for Trump, with the Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List spending $52 million on re-election efforts this year.

SBA List’s Mallory Quigley said in January that the “stakes of this election could not be higher. Democratic contenders for president are lining up to support abortion on demand, and even infanticide, and declaring war on even the most modest pro-life policies.”

She credited Trump as the “most pro-life president in our nation’s history.” Promising that pro-life activists will fan out in support of pro-life candidates, Quigley said polling and the group’s on-the-ground experience show that “Democrats’ abortion radicalism is a liability for them at the ballot box.”


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UK abortionists caught agreeing to kill baby so undercover caller could keep her ‘beach body’

'We just wanted to really focus on this holiday and have a good time,' the undercover caller said.
Wed Jul 29, 2020 - 12:15 pm EST
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UNITED KINGDOM, July 29, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — New video footage released yesterday shows the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), the U.K.’s largest abortion provider, agreeing to send abortion pills to an undercover “mystery client” who informed them that she wanted an abortion to avoid looking pregnant on the beach while on holiday.

During the call, the undercover “mystery client” is asked by BPAS staff why she wants an abortion.

“I’d be more than happy to have children in the future and stuff like that,” she replies.  

“And we’ve discussed that and we want children, but just not at this particular point in time because we’ve just literally, like, booked a holiday and we were just quite confined during the lockdown,” she continues.

“I mean, we’re both all right, but it’s just been a bit emotionally draining, all these restrictions and everything. And we were just so looking forward to this holiday and I just want to… We just wanted to really focus on this holiday and have a good time and not – I just didn’t want to worry about looking pregnant on the beach and all that. I just – it’s just so bad, the timing right now.”

The BPAS staff member replied, saying that it sounded as though the caller was emotionally unprepared for pregnancy. 

“It sounds to me that the individual reasons you’re giving come down to you just not being emotionally ready for a pregnancy right now,” the staff member said.

“Any reason that you ever give is always going to be valid for you. So whether it’s physically with regards to however you look or feel, with regards to nausea, again all your travel plans, it sounds maybe like a physical, emotional time that you’re not ready for pregnancy right now,” she continued.

“I don’t want to put words in your mouth. What I have to do is attach what you tell me to a legal reason...Any reason other than the sex of the baby is a valid reason to us, but to attach it to a legal reason, it sounds like emotionally it’s not the right time. Because it doesn’t necessarily sound like it’s financial, possibly slightly physical, it doesn’t sound maybe mentally, like you’re not ready.”

The mystery client agreed and the lobby group Christian Concern reported that the undercover caller received the abortion pills shortly after the call.

Earlier this month Christian Concern released evidence from an undercover investigation which showed U.K. abortionists sending out abortion pills via mail without completing basic checks about the people ordering them.

The new footage was released by Christian Concern on the eve of their judicial review hearing against the government’s new regulations which authorize women in England to kill their preborn children at home by using both pills for a chemical early abortion. 

When the regulations were announced in March, a government spokesperson from the Department of Health and Social Care said that the change was being made on a temporary basis only and is time-limited for two years, or until the coronavirus crisis is over. It was the third time the abortion law had changed in the space of a week; the government had first announced the change and then reversed the decision within 24 hours.

Speaking on a BBC Radio 4 program aired earlier today Clare Murphy, a spokesperson for BPAS, said that the new regulations have “protected women's health.”

Since the introduction of “DIY abortions,” U.K. police have begun investigations into the death of a 28-week-old unborn baby after the mother took abortions pills sent in the post by BPAS.

The pro-abortion group Doctors for Choice defended the actions of the BPAS staff member recorded in the video in a series of tweets which claim that “[a]bortion is safer than childbirth” and that the U.K.’s 1967 Abortion Act, which places some restrictions on access to abortion, is outdated and that decriminalization of abortion is needed as part of women’s “healthcare.”

U.K. lawyer Roger Kiska responded to the Doctors for Choice, tweets calling them “disingenuous” and “nauseating.”

“That really is the most disingenuous, jaded, spurious and ultimately nauseating  justification I have ever read for circumventing the law. Following your reasoning, abortion would be completely decriminalised which it is not,” Kiska wrote.

Abortion is permitted in England under exceptions to earlier laws which make it a criminal offense. The Abortion Act 1967 allows abortions up to 24 weeks, providing the abortion is committed by a registered doctor, and that two doctors agree that the mother’s physical or mental health is at risk, or that the child will be seriously disabled.

At the beginning of July, an attempt by the U.K. abortion lobby to pass legislation to permanently allow women to commit abortions at home by means of abortion pills was delayed after the government promised to hold a public consultation on the question. When announcing the government's plan to hold a public consultation, Minister for Women Victoria Atkins MP said that the current measures would be kept in place until the consultation has concluded and a decision has been made.


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Transgender Madness: One Man’s Fight to Save His Daughter

Rob Hoogland, a divorced father, was ordered by a judge to call his daughter a boy or face 'family violence' charges.
Wed Jul 29, 2020 - 9:39 am EST
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July 29, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Rob Hoogland was ordered by a judge to call his daughter a boy or face family violence charges. Hoogland’s daughter was undergoing testosterone treatment against his wishes after being convinced by her school counselor that she was a boy. To top it off, Hoogland couldn’t even share his story or seek help outside his lawyers due to a gag order placed on him by the court.  

In today’s episode of The Van Maren Show, Hoogland shares his living nightmare, exposes the bias of the Canadian court system, and begs other parents to watch for warning signs that their kids are being indoctrinated.  

Hoogland, who divorced a few years ago, tells listeners that his daughter first began having difficulties with boys in grades 5 and 6, so he recommended she start seeing the school counselor. This continued as she developed a serious crush on her 7th-grade teacher and was eventually asked to leave his class because of her behavior. Little did Hoogland realize, but the entire time his daughter was being taught about the transgender movement. Looking back, Hoogland recalls an episode where his daughter cut off all of her hair and started wearing a beanie. What Hoogland didn’t realize at the time was that this was sparked by a very popular YouTube video of a girl who thought she was a boy doing the same thing.  

Watch the full interview here:

It wasn’t until Hoogland was looking at his daughter’s 7th-grade yearbook that he realized something was going on. His daughter was listed in the yearbook under a different name. He had never been notified of this, but the school had been treating his daughter like a boy.  

Hoogland’s ex-wife recommended they take their daughter to see Dr. Wallace Wong, a leading transgender expert. Hoogland agreed, thinking an expert would clearly see that his daughter did not think she was a boy (she had had serious crushes on two of her male teachers at this point) and that there was something else going on.  

Unfortunately, Hoogland didn’t know that Dr. Wong is known for affirming his patients, with close to 100% of his patients completing gender transitions. Dr. Wong affirmed Hoogland’s daughter and recommended she start testosterone treatments right away. When Hoogland pointed out his daughter’s clear infatuation with males, Dr. Wong replied that she was a gay boy in a girl’s body.  

Hoogland continued to try to find coping mechanisms and other solutions for his daughter to address her underlying mental health issues. His daughter’s family doctor ended up referring her to British Columbia Children’s Hospital for additional testing and assessment. Unfortunately, it wasn’t what Hoogland and the family doctor expected.  

Instead of assessing his daughter, B.C. Children’s tried to start testosterone therapy at her first visit. After refusing to sign the consent forms for his daughter to start treatment, Hoogland received a letter in the mail stating he could no longer have access to his daughter’s medical records nor was his consent required for future procedures due to the Infants Act, which allows a minor to consent to their own medical procedure without parental consent.  

This letter sparked a legal battle of Hoogland against his daughter, who had an activist attorney fighting for her transition. The judge at the time ordered Hoogland to use male pronouns when speaking about his daughter, to affirm her in her desires to transition, and placed a gag order on him. Anything besides championing his daughter’s “transition” would be considered “family violence.”  

Hoogland spoke with a U.S. journalist from the Federalist the same evening as the ruling and was quickly pulled back into court for violating his gag order and not using male pronouns to refer to his daughter in the interview.  

At this hearing, the judge stated that Hoogland could be arrested if he violated any of the initial orders. He could be arrested and held just on suspicion that he had broken any of the rulings. 

Listen to the full interview here: 

Hoogland brought both these rulings to the court of appeals, which eventually ruled that Hoogland’s daughter could continue taking cross-sex hormones, which she had already been doing for a year, but removed the threat of arrest if Hoogland broke the original orders.

Additionally, the court noted that it was up to the treating physicians to make the best decisions for his daughter, not up to him, nor his daughter. This effectively places liability on these physicians in the future as they work to push an agenda instead of protecting their patients.

Hoogland warns parents, especially in Canada, about what schools are doing behind parents’ backs to indoctrinate children like his daughter and push the transgender agenda.  

“What they’re doing is on lunch breaks, they’re taking kids in and giving them cross-sex hormones,” Hoogland warns listeners.  

Hoogland and Van Maren continue to discuss Abigail Schrier’s new book, Irreversible Damage, and the huge spike in prevalence of girls reporting gender dysphoria, jumping from 0.002%–0.003% to 3%.  

Hoogland warns parents to pay attention to warning signs and have open dialogue with their kids. He also encourages parents to connect with other parents undergoing similar struggles to provide each other support, advice, and knowledge.

Hoogland sees this as a three-pronged fight to save children using the legislature, the courts, and the media. We need to change laws, we will have to fight in the courts, and we need the media to share the message. He is hopeful that we will see change to protect children, as there is widespread support for the issue and outrage over what has happened with his daughter.  

Hoogland has started a foundation to support families whose children are “transitioning” and to support individuals who are working to “detransition.” You can learn more at Caenis.org.  

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Dissident National Catholic Reporter calls pro-abortion AOC ‘future of the Catholic Church’

The paper's executive editor said pro-abortion and pro-LGBT Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez referenced ‘Catholic values’ in one speech.
Wed Jul 29, 2020 - 6:00 am EST
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KANSAS CITY, Missouri, July 28, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — The dissident National Catholic Reporter (NCR) on Monday ran an article in which it acclaimed pro-abortion and pro-homosexual Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as “the future of the Catholic Church.”

Heidi Schlumpf, NCR’s executive editor, said she was struck by Ocasio-Cortez’s speech on the floor of the House of Representatives in response to a Republican congressman calling her derogatory names, emphasizing “how often it referenced Catholic values.”

“Ocasio-Cortez repeatedly railed against the ‘dehumanizing’ of others and instead called for treating people with dignity and respect,” Schlumpf wrote. “These are themes often repeated by Pope Francis, who has specifically cautioned about gossip and urged the use of respectful language, saying “it is possible to kill someone with the tongue.’”

Schlumpf did not explain how Ocasio-Cortez’s words had anything to do specifically with the Catholic faith. Likewise, Schlumpf did not point out the irony of Ocasio-Cortez calling out others for dehumanizing fellow human beings, when she herself is a strong supporter of abortion.

The young congresswoman tweeted in May 2019, “Abortion bans aren’t just about controlling women’s bodies. They’re about controlling women’s sexuality. Owning women. From limiting birth control to banning comprehensive sex ed, US religious fundamentalists are working hard to outlaw sex that falls outside their theology.”

In a separate tweet, Ocasio-Cortez added, “Ultimately, this is about women’s power. When women are in control of their sexuality, it threatens a core element underpinning right-wing ideology: patriarchy. It’s a brutal form of oppression to seize control of the 1 essential thing a person should command: their own body.”

The Catechism of the Catholic Church condemns abortion as a “moral evil.”

“This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable,” the Church emphasizes. “Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law.”

The National Catholic Reporter has in the past argued against overturning the 1973 Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, in which the Court essentially imposed legal abortion across the country.

In her recent speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, Ocasio-Cortez called out Representative Ted Yoho for not offering a sincere apology to her after calling her derogatory names.

For the National Catholic Reporter, this was a reason to praise the congresswoman for giving “what sounded like a pretty good description of what goes on in the Sacrament of Reconciliation: ‘When a decent man messes up, as we all are bound to do, he tries his best and does apologize. Not to save face, not to win a vote, he apologizes genuinely to repair and acknowledge the harm done so that we can all move on.’”

“As a young Latina,” Schlumpf concluded, “Ocasio-Cortez represents the demographic future of the Catholic Church. But — if there is to be a future for the Catholic Church in the United States — it must also resemble Ocasio-Cortez in her passion for justice and human dignity, and in her courage and integrity, even in the face of vulgar attacks.”

If the future of the Catholic Church is represented by Ocasio-Cortez, that future would also entail full acceptance of homosexuality and transgender ideology among Catholics. While still running for office in 2018, the congresswoman spoke at a “Pride” event celebrating homosexuality and sexual perversion.

“Pride is about honoring the community workers, the people who work in the clinics, the community organizers, the people who work with LGBT youth, the people who are fighting to make sure it’s not just about marriage equality but about quality of life for all people in the community, everybody,” she said.

PETITION: Urge Catholic bishops to refuse Holy Communion to pro-abortion Biden! Sign the petition here.

The Catholic Church teaches, however, that homosexual acts are contrary to God’s plan for human sexuality.

“Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered,’” the Catechism of the Catholic Church points out. “They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.”

Like Ocasio-Cortez, the National Catholic Reporter endorses active homosexual lifestyles.

Earlier this year, NCR was awarded with the first prize in one of its “best newspaper” categories by the Catholic Press Association for the 18th time in 20 years.

Already in 2013, Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, where the newspaper’s offices are located, published a column reminding the paper and the faithful that it had been forbidden from using the name “Catholic” since 1968.


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WATCH: Conservative leadership candidate Sloan opens up about masks, vaccines, abortion

'Life entails certain risks, and in a free country, we have to let people take those risks,' Sloan said to explain his opposition to mandatory vaccines.
Wed Jul 29, 2020 - 6:00 am EST
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By Lianne Laurence

MONTREAL, Quebec, July 28, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — With the Conservative Party of Canada sending out ballots to members to vote for its new leader, Campagne Québec-Vie president Georges Buscemi sat down with candidate Derek Sloan to quiz the rookie member of Parliament on a wide range of topics.

These included Sloan’s opposition to mandatory masks and vaccines, Canada’s relationship with China, the Trudeau government’s over-the-top spending and flawed immigration policy, pulling Canada’s funding from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Liberal bill criminalizing so-called “conversion” therapy, gender ideology, abortion, and euthanasia.

Campagne Québec-Vie is the Québec affiliate of Campaign Life Coalition, Canada’s national pro-life and pro-family political lobbying group.

A 35-year-old father of three, Sloan is running against Toronto lawyer Leslyn Lewis, Ontario M.P. Erin O’Toole, and former Nova Scotia M.P. Peter MacKay. Members are to mail their ballots in by August 21, when the party will tabulate the results and announce the new leader.

Campaign Life Coalition has endorsed Sloan, as well as Lewis, in the leadership race.  Moreover, social conservative advocacy group REAL Women of Canada and parents’ rights group Parents As First Educators (PAFE) recommend Sloan as the first choice on the ranked ballot. Campaign Life is also urging pro-life Conservatives not to put either O’Toole or MacKay on the ranked ballot because of their pro-abortion, pro-LGBT policies.

Sloan was accused of racism early in the campaign when he demanded that Canada’s chief medical officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, resign over her ties with the WHO, which repeated Beijing’s false claim that the coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China, was not transmitted human to human.

He told Buscemi he would cancel Canada’s $850-million annual funding to the WHO, which gave out “political information” on the coronavirus and kowtowed to China by refusing to recognize Taiwan, which successfully contained the spread of the disease.

Sloan blasted Trudeau for partnering with a Chinese company “that’s connected with the Chinese army” to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, and for the prime minister’s “smiles and hugs diplomacy” with Beijing that “has gotten us nowhere.”

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China is a “global bully” with “long-term plans [of] basically global domination.” Trading with President Xi Jinping’s communist regime is “a deal with the devil,” said Sloan.

“The only thing that China responds to is a show of strength,” he added. “We’ve never been more under the boot of China than we [are] now … and we’ve never been nicer to them.”

Sloan blamed the Liberals for Canada’s spiralling debt load, which he said is nearly one third of a trillion dollars, adding that the Trudeau government appears not to know where the money is going.

“It’s funny because a couple weeks ago, we realized we’d spent 100 billion more than we anticipated,” he told Buscemi.

Sloan stated his opposition to mandatory masks as an infringement on personal liberty, even as a number of Ontario counties, as well as the City of Toronto, are passing health orders mandating masks indoors as a measure to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“Life entails certain risks, and in a free country, we have to let people take those risks,” he said.

He is likewise opposed to mandatory vaccines.

“Medical treatment should always be informed and based on a person’s consent,” said Sloan. “I think any forced vaccine is troubling.”

Sloan stated his opposition to the Liberals’ Bill C-8, which makes it a crime punishable by up to five years in jail to offer help to minors to reduce their gender dysphoria or unwanted same-sex attraction.

In discussing Sloan’s 12-point pro-life platform, Buscemi asked how he would respond to the charge that by restricting someone’s “right to choose abortion, you’re hindering their self-determination.”

“How about giving the baby a choice? That choice ends the life of another human being. The baby is a human being. No one denies it,” replied Sloan.

“Listen, we all know that there’s a lot of women out there in difficult situations, who maybe are being pressured,” added the candidate. “This is not about judging someone, but this is saying, look, this is a real thing, where a real human life is being ended.”


  abortion, campagne québec-vie, campaign life coalition, conservative party of canada, conversion therapy, coronavirus, derek sloan, vaccines

Opinion

Cured? Doctor describes 3 COVID cases and how he treated them

I have been treating those infected with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The following stories deal with real patients.
Wed Jul 29, 2020 - 8:28 pm EST
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July 29, 2020 (American Thinker) — I have been treating those infected with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Our interventions have made it abundantly clear that early treatment is critical to preventing hospitalization and death, regardless of the underlying risk factors that may be involved.

The following stories deal with real patients, only their names have been changed for obvious reasons.

Jane is 77 years old and has significant ongoing health issues. She called me shortly after testing positive for COVID-19. She had no symptoms. Since she said she felt well, she was inclined to wait and watch and simply isolate herself in her house. I convinced her that because she was at a high risk for a troublesome outcome, waiting for symptoms was a bad idea. Instead, we started her on a treatment involving hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) + zinc + Vitamin D3 + Vitamin C.

It has now been more than two weeks, and she continues to be symptom-free. We will retest her weekly until she is no longer positive.

Steve is 40 years old. He called me several days after developing COVID-19 symptoms of fever, severe dry cough, and fatigue. I immediately started him on HCQ + Z-pack + zinc. Because he had significant pulmonary symptoms, I added nebulized (inhaled) budesonide — an inexpensive older-generation asthma steroid. Within 48 hours, his fever and cough had completely resolved, and a week later, he felt back to normal.

John is 57 years old. I was called by his wife, who had found me through social media. She sounded desperate for my help. John was sitting in the emergency department of a local hospital with fever, shortness of breath, and a severe cough. She thought he had been exposed to COVID-19 over the 4th of July weekend and was now on day 11 of symptoms. John was admitted to the hospital with bilateral pneumonia and required high-flow oxygen to keep his saturation levels above 90%. The local hospital does not allow HCQ treatment but did start him on Remdesivir and dexamethasone. His condition worsened over the first couple of days of being in the hospital, but now after a week, he was very slowly improving although still requiring oxygen.

These three patients are typical of the many I have seen over the past few months suffering from COVID-19. I have not had a single patient I was able to treat early enough who required hospitalization. Interestingly, we are now seeing more studies that show the benefits of HCQ. In my opinion, HCQ should be made an over-the-counter drug just like the situation in many counties around the world. Doing so would take the politics out of the current situation in the United States whenever the use of this drug is mentioned. 

In my view, It is very safe and effective when combined with zinc and an inhaled steroid. The fact that HCQ is approved to be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding is further testimony to its impact on humans. Yet any doctor prescribing HCQ these days is demonized as a quack and bordering on unethical. I have been challenged on numerous occasions by pharmacists when I have ordered HCQ for patients. This has never happened to me before for a non-controlled, historically safe, and broadly used medication.

We need to stop politicizing the treatment of COVID-19 and allow doctors and patients to make decisions in the best interest of the individuals involved. Limiting the use of HCQ for certain COVID-19 patients is hurting them and may even be killing some. We can end this madness as soon as the appropriate FDA panel can be convened to approve hydroxychloroquine for over-the-counter purchase. 

Jeffrey I. Barke, M.D. is a primary care physician in Newport Beach, California.

Published with permission from the American Thinker.


Opinion

Vatican life academy pens document on pandemic that paints earthly utopia without God

‘Nowhere in the document is it mentioned that God is our final end, that Christ is our hope, and that we need the grace of the Holy Spirit for both our moral conversion and a good moral life.’
Wed Jul 29, 2020 - 7:06 pm EST
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July 29, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – As a Catholic faithful and a scientist holding much respect for the Pontifical Academy of Life (PAL), I began reading its latest document, “Humana Communitas in the Age of Pandemic; Untimely Meditations on Life’s Rebirth,” with the expectation of finding some words of wisdom – something substantial that, coming from a prestigious consultative body to the Holy See, should be above and beyond the usual type of information available in the secular media – something capable of enlightening the mind and nourishing the soul. Moreover, the title itself, “meditations on life’s rebirth,” implies a document that should contain deep reflections conveying a strong message of hope that would help believers traverse the existential “desert” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Little did I know, however, that the title of the document is misleading and that I was in for a shock, intellectually, morally, and spiritually!

The document is exactly 4,192 words; the word “hope” is mentioned six times:

(i) “Why do we encourage each other to the hope of better days, when all that we are experiencing in this pandemic will be over?”;

(ii) the false hopes for an atomistic philosophy” 

(iii) “the seeds of hope have been sown in the obscurity of small gestures” 

(iv) “In the absence of a vaccine, we cannot count on the ability to permanently defeat the virus, ... immunity against COVID-19, therefore, remains something of a hope for the future,” 

(v) “the false distinction between insiders, … belonging to the community, and outsiders, i.e., those (who) can hope, at best, in a putative participation to it”

(vi) we are called to an attitude of hope beyond the paralyzing effects of two temptations.” 

Unfortunately, it cannot be said that any of these statements and the text surrounding them contain a message of hope. If anything, four of them carry negative and bleak connotations, which only compound the already depressing tone of the overly lengthy “litany” of laments (section 1, pages 1-4) about the various effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which, as indicated by the Academy, range from the plight of individual loneliness to the lack of interconnectedness between countries. 

At best, the document speaks sheepishly about the “seeds of hope” (section 1.3) and “an attitude of hope” (last paragraph). Unfortunately, the document seems incapable of making any further development on this most important theme of hope. One cannot help but ask: in what does this hope, which the Pontifical Academy alludes to, consist of? Likewise, the document mentions, right at the beginning, that “we are summoned to the courage of resistance” and, at the bottom of page 4, that we are called to “the courage of moral conversion.” Yet, in neither instance, does the Academy develop the respective theme or offer any guidance on how we are to acquire these two forms of courage. It does not take much reflection, however, to recognize that both forms are connected to hope – the kind of unshakable hope which, like an inextinguishable fire burning within believers, continuously sustains such forms of courage in us, and much more. What then is the source or foundation that vivifies such an unshakable hope in us? Put plainly, what is the object of our hope upon which we should fix our gaze, if not Christ Himself? (cf. Spe salvi)

By all account, the document seems to tell us to fix our gaze on Amazonia instead: 

We are called to an attitude of hope, beyond the paralyzing effect of two opposite temptations (…) Instead, it is time to imagine and implement a project of human coexistence that allows a better future for each and every one. The dream recently envisaged for the Amazon region might become a universal dream, a dream for the whole planet to “integrate and promote all its inhabitants, enabling them to enjoy ‘good living.’”

But is it possible to put our hope in something of the created order, however an idyllic earthly paradise it might be? Is such a utopia the true and highest good for mankind?

Why is this PAL document incapable of producing a message of hope? Hope presupposes faith. In seven pages, the word “faith” appears only once when the document alludes to those “structural dimensions of our global community that are oppressive and unjust, those that a faith understanding refers to as ‘structures of sin.’” It seems rather clear that, if faith is lacking, then hope will be also lacking.

The document speaks of moral conversion to bring about the rebirth of the human community (section 2). It advocates an ethics of risk that entails solidarity, cooperation, and making sacrifices, among others. One cannot help but ask: where do we find the moral strength to live out such a noble ethic of risk which demands perseverance, courage, and a whole host of other virtues? As the document points out, we humans are inherently frail. How then are we going to achieve “a real conversion of minds and hearts” if not with the help of divine grace? Without a word about grace, the document de facto is suggesting that humans can pull themselves up by their own bootstraps to achieve conversion.

Conversion means to turn away from something and turn toward something else. More important, moral conversion entails a continuous series of human acts (for the rest of the life of the one who converts), all of which are ordered to the same final end. That final end and that “something else” which triggers and sustains our moral conversion are basically one and the same. What is the object of our final end, if not the true and highest good that is God Himself (cf. Veritatis splendor, chapter 1) Who alone can completely fulfill all human desires?

Nowhere in the document is it mentioned that God is our final end, that Christ is our hope, and that we need the grace of the Holy Spirit for both our moral conversion and a good moral life. Nowhere is the Church – the dispenser of the sacraments as a source of grace – mentioned either. In passing over these in silence, in what way does the Academy’s call for solidarity, equality, and “access (to health care) for all without exceptions” differ from that of secular ideologies? This is a document issued from a prestigious body of the Catholic Church, yet there is no mention of Christianity or Christians, let alone Catholics. That a document is destined for all men and women is certainly not a reason for bracketing out its Catholic identity or omitting any reference to God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the Church. 

Truly, instead of a reductionist visIon of a merely earthly utopia where all inhabitants can “enjoy good living,” the document should have invited men and women into the life of Christ; it should have offered a strong message of hope with a rich eschatological vision “that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).

August 7, 2020 correction: In a bio note at the end of this article it was noted by LifeSiteNews that Nguyen is a “professor at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome.” It’s been brought to our attention that Nguyen is no longer associated with this institution, which has been the case since Nov. 2019. LifeSiteNews regrets this error. 


  catholic, covid-19, faith, hope, pandemic, pontifical academy for life

Opinion

Anarchists are attacking churches because they represent order, morality, stability

Religion expresses the eternal principles of natural law. It calls us to right reason, to purity of heart, to love of our fellow human beings.
Wed Jul 29, 2020 - 2:30 pm EST
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Fr. Michael P. Orsi
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July 29, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – More and more, it feels like we’re living in apocalyptic times.

Disorder increases around us. Monuments and public buildings are being defaced or destroyed. Businesses are looted. Even residences have been put to the torch.

And now churches and religious statuary are under assault.

For many people, attacks on structures associated with faith seem to defy explanation. The protests and rioting are supposedly political in nature. What have houses of worship or religious symbols to do with government policies, abuse of police power, structural injustice?

There is a reason why churches have become targets, of course, and it’s quite obvious.

Churches are the keepers of society’s standards. Religion expresses the eternal principles of natural law. It calls us to right reason, to purity of heart, to love of our fellow human beings.

And to proper behavior.

God gave Moses the Law on Mount Sinai. He codified and preserved it as the Ten Commandments. Judaism and Christianity have safeguarded it (if not always perfectly) down to the present day. And from that basic core of truth have come all the codes, regulations, and punishments that allow us to live together in society.

We need law: as much law as necessary, as little law as possible.

From an anarchist point of view, religion and civil authority are two sides of the same coin. That’s why the French Revolution directed much of its wrath at the Church. It’s why Marx and his Communist successors made suppression of faith a high priority.

Radicals and revolutionaries often appeal to Christian ideals for justification of their actions. They’re especially fond of quoting Jesus’ calls to charity.

But these citations are false. To be a believer is to seek social improvements through love and prudence, to better the lives of individuals, not to exploit group claims in order to destroy the very institutions that offer opportunity and hope.

To identify with the Church is to live morally and maintain ethical standards. This precludes wanton violence and dissolute living disguised as principled activism.

Back in 1947, the famous religious broadcasting pioneer, Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, warned that the end times would see evil presented as good. He predicted that the anti-Christ would:

…come disguised as the Great Humanitarian; he will talk peace, prosperity and plenty not as means to lead us to God, but as ends in themselves ….he will be so broadminded as to identify tolerance with indifference to right and wrong, truth and error; he will spread the lie that men will never be better until they make society better and thus have selfishness to provide fuel for the next revolution ….

The good bishop’s prediction has been amply proven.

An unfortunate condition for us living in this time is that our churches and our faith are going to be put to ever greater tests. Some of us may experience actual violence at our religious services. We might have to clean up and restore our ruined houses of worship. We may run physical risk ourselves.

But this is a time for living with danger — just as in Jesus’ parable the wheat and weeds grew up together until the harvest.

Be assured, the harvest will come. Law will remain. Faith will last. God will prevail.

A priest of the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, Rev. Michael P. Orsi currently serves as parochial vicar at St. Agnes Parish in Naples, Florida. He is host of “Action for Life TV,” a weekly cable television series devoted to pro-life issues, and his writings appear in numerous publications and online journals. His TV show episodes can be viewed online here.


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Blogs

Why do leftists consider ex-gays such a threat?

Why don't their stories and experiences count?
Wed Jul 29, 2020 - 4:57 pm EST
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July 29, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – What is it that makes the very existence of ex-gays so dangerous? And why is there a concerted, worldwide effort to block professional counseling for those with unwanted same-sex attractions?

Before you think I’m exaggerating, consider these following examples.

In England, Barclays Bank announced it was closing the account of a Christian charity after protest from LGBTQ activists. The charity, Core Issues Trust (CIT), was accused of practicing “conversion therapy.” CIT said that “Barclays informed them that their bank account will be terminated by September. CIT claimed that the move came after pressure from an LGBT social media campaign that targetted the group for allegedly practising ‘conversion therapy’.”

On the social media front, it is now reported that, “Facebook and its photo platform Instagram are banning any content advertising or promoting treatment to overcome unwanted same-sex attraction.”

According to Facebook spokeswoman Stephanie Otway, “This is a global policy. The policy is still under development, but for now it will be applied to content that promotes conversion therapy when we become aware of it.”

Ex-gay colleagues have already informed me that their content is being removed from Facebook and their pages are being shut down, simply for stating that change is possible.

Last year, Amazon stopped selling books by respected therapists like Dr. Joseph Nicolosi as part of their ban on “conversion therapy” books. This year, Amazon refused to allow Regnery Books, one of the largest conservative publishers, to buy ads for their new book by journalist Abigail Shrier, Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters.

But there’s more.

As posted on the official website of the Office of the High Commissioner of the United Nations Human Rights organization, “Practices known as ‘conversion therapy’ inflict severe pain and suffering on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender-diverse (LGBT) persons, often resulting in long-lasting psychological and physical damage, a UN expert told the Human Rights Council while calling for a global ban.”

Yes, you read that correctly. This U.N. expert is calling for a global ban of so-called “conversion therapy.”

And what, exactly, is this dangerous therapy?

According to Victor Madrigal-Borloz, “the Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity . . . conversion is attempted through beatings, rape, electrocution, forced medication, isolation and confinement, forced nudity, verbal offense and humiliation and other acts of physical, psychological, and sexual abuse.”

He said, “These interventions exclusively target LGBT persons with the specific aim of interfering in their personal integrity and autonomy because their sexual orientation or gender identity do not fall under what is perceived by certain persons as a desirable norm. They are inherently degrading and discriminatory and rooted in the belief that LGBT persons are somehow inferior, and that they must at any cost modify their orientation or identity to remedy that supposed inferiority.”

This sounds pretty horrible, right? No wonder the Christian charity in England is having its bank account shut down. No wonder Facebook and Instagram are blocking posts advocating these torturous practices. No wonder the U.N. is calling for a ban. 

There’s only one problem.

This is a myth. It is a creation of the left. It is a boogey man, manufactured out of thin air, meant to discredit fine organizations and ministries which simply say, “If you are unhappy with your same-sex attractions or gender-identity confusion, we’re here to talk with you and help.”

That’s it.

Nothing is forced or coerced. No one is being beaten. Or raped. Or electrocuted. Or isolated. Or confined. Or forced to take medication. Or stripped naked. Or subjected to “verbal offense and humiliation and other acts of physical, psychological, and sexual abuse.” God forbid! 

There is not a person I know on the planet who would affirm such abusive practices, and if they do exist, they have no connection at all to organizations like CIT and others.

Instead, professional counselors and ministry leaders, many of them ex-gay or ex-trans themselves, are offering prayer, support, and talk therapy to those that request it. 

That’s it.

You say, “But I’ve heard horror stories of kids taken against their own will and isolated and tortured in an attempt to drive the gay out of them. It is child abuse of the worst kind.”

If such stories were true, I would agree with you wholeheartedly. That would be downright wicked, and all people of conscience should denounce such horrific practices. And to the extent such a thing has taken place or still takes place, I will work side by side with you to help eradicate it.

The reality, however, is that many of these stories are not true at all. And certainly, there is not a single, recognized ex-gay ministry or organization in the world that would sanction any of the horrific practices listed here. 

Why, then, should they be banned by the U.N., by social media, and by other countries when all they do is offer counseling and prayer to those who request? What is their crime? Why the extreme reaction, to the point of removing their content on social media and shutting down their bank accounts? Why accuse them of practicing “conversion therapy” (allegedly replete with horrible practices) when that is not who they are or what they do?

You say, “I have gay and trans friends who told me how damaging it was to receive this kind of counseling and prayer when they were adults. They were told this would help them change their sexual orientation or gender identity, but in the end, it did far more harm than good. Worse still, it made them feel like there was something wrong with being gay or trans when, in fact, this is how God made them.”

Maybe they weren’t helped at all. Maybe they were actually hurt. The same can be said for countless people who tried everything from new diets to spiritual fads to life coaches to psychiatrists. They report negative outcomes rather than positive outcomes.

But I can also point you to countless thousands who have been helped. Who have improved the quality of their lives. Who are happier and more content. Who have resolved deep inner conflicts. Who have found gender wholeness (without surgery or lifelong hormones). Who have even seen changes in their sexual orientation. 

Why don’t their stories count? And what about those people who believe that God did not make them gay or trans? Do not their beliefs or convictions count?

Really now, in today’s world, if someone wants to go to a new age healer who allegedly makes contact with UFO’s, they can do so. Or, if someone wants to go to a holistic cancer treatment center rather than get chemotherapy, that’s their choice.

Yet if someone says, “I would rather not take hormones for life and remove perfectly healthy organs in order to feel at home in my body. Instead, I would prefer finding wholeness from the inside out, and I’d like to meet with a professionally trained counselor,” they will be told that such counseling is forbidden. 

This is both criminal and cruel, and people of conscience around the world need to raise their voices in support of freedom of choice. (Shall I mention here the secular therapists who believe that sexual orientation is often quite fluid?)

The Restored Hope Network has posted this Call to Action, offering many practical steps you can take. And you can do what I’ve done on social media, specifically, challenging the ban and asking for people to post their testimonies of change. (See here for a Facebook post that, thankfully, has not been taken down. Some of the testimonies are very powerful.)

As for the questions I asked at the outset of this article, the answers are simple. People who are ex-gay and ex-trans are a threat to the whole “born that way” argument, the argument that says that gay (or trans) is the new black. By undermining that, we undermine the movement.

And that’s why it is such a threat.

(To watch an important August 1 online event, offering a sneak preview of a powerful new documentary called In His Image, addressing these very issues with biblical clarity and life-changing stories, go here.)


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Episodes Wed Jul 29, 2020 - 1:00 pm EST

School convinces girl she is a boy, now court demands father comply

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Be sure to follow this channel so you won't miss any of our great interviews. Rob Hoogland was ordered by a judge to call his daughter a boy or face family violence charges. Hoogland’s daughter was undergoing testosterone treatment against his wishes after being convinced by her school counselor that she was a boy. To top it off, Hoogland couldn’t even share his story or seek help outside his lawyers due to a gag order placed on him by the court.  

In today’s episode of The Van Maren Show, Hoogland shares his living nightmare, exposes the bias of the Canadian court system, and begs other parents to watch for warning signs that their kids are being indoctrinated.


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