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Conservative MP grills Trudeau on family’s enrichment in WE Charity scandal

‘You don’t know how much your family has received from this organization, which you tried to give a half-billion dollars? Really?’
Mon Aug 10, 2020 - 9:11 pm EST
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August 10, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Conservative M.P. Pierre Poilievre repeatedly needled Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau to come clean with the exact dollar amount his family has received from WE Charity appearances. 

“I’m going to ask again because nobody, nobody believes you when you say you don’t know how much money your family has got from the WE group,” said Poilievre, who serves as the finance critic for the Conservative Party, to Trudeau at a July 30 House of Commons finance committee meeting.

“You’ve had a month to look into that, you knew you were going to testify here. Again, how much money total have your brother, mother, and spouse received from this organization? How much?”

Trudeau responded by not giving Poilievre an exact figure, saying instead that this information “has been publicly shared.”

This prompted Poilievre to respond by saying, “How much? How much? I’m looking for a dollar figure.”

Trudeau responded, “We can get that number for you if you like. It's been out in the media.”

Poilievre replied, “It’s been in the media, but you don’t know it? You don’t know how much your family has received from this organization, which you tried to give a half-billion dollars? Really?”

Trudeau is facing a backlash because his mother and brother received an estimated $300,000 in the last four years to speak at WE events.

Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, is a WE ambassador, and it was revealed that she was paid $1,400 to speak at a WE Day back in 2012.

Trudeau’s finance minister, Bill Morneau, recently told the finance committee that he wrote a check for $41,366 as reimbursement for WE Charity travel expenses he had incurred for two family trips with the organization in 2017. 

In a rare move for a Canadian prime minister, Trudeau appeared as a witness at the July 30 meeting to testify before the committee to speak to his government’s relationship with WE Charity.

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He was asked questions from committee members on the ongoing WE scandal, which has directly implicated finance minister Morneau, along with Trudeau.

At the meeting, Trudeau indicated to the committee that he knew there would be a perception of conflict of interest in his government approving a $912-million no-bid contract to WE Charity, to oversee its student volunteer program, in light of his family’s relationship with WE.

Trudeau said that when he heard of the proposed deal on May 8, he “pushed back” and decided not to have the issue raised on his cabinet agenda.

Both Trudeau and Morneau are currently under investigation by the ethics commissioner. They have both issued apologies for not recusing themselves from their cabinet discussions to approve the now canceled contract with the WE Charity, which would have seen WE get up to $43.5 million to administer the Canada Student Service Grants program (CSSG).

The CSSG was designed to give grants to students in kind for volunteering but has been put on hold after the WE Charity agreement was dissolved.

Earlier in the meeting, which can be viewed in full online, Poilievre repeatedly pressured Trudeau to answer with a dollar amount in terms of money received in expense reimbursements and fees paid to him from WE Charity, for his mother, his spouse, and “any other member of your family.”

Trudeau told Poilievre that he did not “have the details” or “the number” amount in front of him, which Poilievre said was “hard to believe.”

“You were twice found guilty of breaking the ethics act before, strikes one and two, and now you admit a third strike by your failure to recuse yourself. In the process, you broke the ethics act a third time. What happens in baseball when you have three strikes?”

Trudeau responded to Poilievre by saying, “As I said to Canadians a number of weeks ago, I should have recused myself knowing the connections between my family and the perceptions around this issue.”

The WE Charity investigation is Trudeau’s third ethics investigation since becoming prime minister in 2015.

In the committee meeting, Poilievre reminded Trudeau that he twice before has been found guilty of breaking the Ethics Act.

“Prime Minister, you twice were found guilty of breaking the Ethics Act. Did you decide to read the act?” said Poilievre, referring specifically to Section 21.

Trudeau responded by saying that he did read the act.

Poilievre then read Section 21 of the Canadian Conflict of Interest Act: “A public office holder shall recuse himself or herself from any discussion, decision, debate or vote on any matter in respect of which he or she would be in a conflict of interest.”

“It didn’t just slide by your desk, but you were concisely aware that there was an inappropriate link to your family, that would put you in a conflict,” said Poilievre to Trudeau.

Trudeau responded, “That is simply not true, Mr. Poilievre,” adding that his concern “was a question around perceptions.”

Poilievre, who serves as vice chair of the committee, temporarily took over as chair after a supposed power outage put Liberal M.P. and chair of the Standing Committee on Finance Wayne Easter out of commission. Despite Easter’s power going out, some Liberal M.P.s on the committee tried to prevent Poilievre from taking over as chair but were unsuccessful. 

The WE Charity scandal became public knowledge after a Rebel News exclusive report exposed that WE Charity founders Craig and Marc Kielburger had donated to Trudeau’s political campaign and the Liberal Party. This quickly prompted the Canadian federal government to end its agreement with WE Charities to administer a $900-million student summer volunteer grants program. Trudeau announced that civil servants would administer the program instead.

The Kielburger brothers founded Free the Children in 1995, which is the precursor of today’s WE global “youth empowerment movement,” which includes WE Charity, known for its stadium extravaganzas for students across Canada.

WE Charity has announced that it is canceling WE Days “indefinitely” and is focusing on restructuring.

Moreover, performances at WE Days “have been repeatedly criticized by family values organizations over the years for their raunchy lyrics and suggestive dance routines,” observed Parents As First Educators (PAFE) president Teresa Pierre in an email to supporters.

Many provinces such as Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario have announced that they are terminating their agreements between their schools and WE Charity.

WE Charity has also lost high-profile sponsors such as Loblaw Companies Ltd., Royal Bank of Canada, and Virgin Atlantic Airways.

LifeSiteNews has reported on concerns over WE Day events exposing schoolchildren to speakers who are known for their pro-abortion stance.

In March of 2011, Marc Kielburger admitted in a letter to the Ottawa Catholic School Board that Free the Children had stocked contraceptives at its Kenya medical clinics, which prompted the Kenyan bishops to plead with Canadian and U.S. Catholics to stop funding the charity.


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Citizens sue California city for removing saint’s statue from City Hall

Locals have rallied to bring home the statue of their saintly founder, squirreled away by city officials and police at three o'clock in the morning.
Mon Aug 10, 2020 - 8:27 pm EST
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August 10, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — A community-led campaign in San Buenaventura, California, is demanding that local officials restore a statue of the city’s founder, St. Junípero Serra, to its place in front of city hall, where it had stood for over eighty years, until last month.

From June 20, when a chanting mob at a “Tear Down Junípero Serra” event attempted to follow through on their threat, through two long online city council meetings, right up to the pre-dawn hours of July 23, when city workers removed the statue, the heroic people of this mission city have fought back at every step of the way. 

After the initial threat upon the monument in late June, Venturans from diverse backgrounds quickly organized themselves to more effectively fight back against the violent mobs and the city’s first attempts to destroy Father Serra’s good name and his place in Californian history. 

In hours of public comment and thousands of letters and emails, residents expressed outrage and alarm about the city’s proposal to remove the statue and asked that the question be put to the voters. However, on July 15, less than a month after the statue’s removal was first mentioned, the City Council unanimously voted that the statue was not a landmark and should be removed from its place of honor.

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Only a handful of locals were awake and watching when, on July 23, at three in the morning, the city workers arrived in the misty darkness to dismantle their founder’s monument. The locals huddled around the statue pedestal until they were forced back by four policemen. They continued to beseech the city officials and crane company manager to halt the removal and harried them for their participation until the statue was strapped to the back of a flatbed truck and shipped off to an undisclosed warehouse in L.A.

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The city has already removed the wooden statue that was used as the model for the molding of the bronze statue, which has stood in the City Hall atrium since the 1980s. The city has not reported how it disposed of it. 

The Coalition for Historical Integrity (CHI), a group of concerned Venturans represented by local attorney James McDermott, filed a lawsuit on July 21 against the City of San Buenaventura, requesting that the Ventura Superior Court void the actions taken by the City Council. If the court rules that the city illegally removed the landmark status of the monument, the city could be required to place the statue back in front of City Hall.

The County Board of Supervisors is now considering removing Father Serra from Ventura County’s seal and police badges.

Ventura locals are bringing the community together on August 15 to fight these erasures of Father Serra. They’ve organized a large rally to be held at the now empty pedestal in front of City Hall to demand the return of their monument. This event is not just a demand, but also a celebration of their history, they report. 

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“Join us in demanding the return of our Father Serra monument and asking that the Ventura City Council and County Board of Supervisors respect and preserve our diverse, beautiful California history!” reads one August 15 rally flier.

“Many different races and cultures brought their unique gifts together in creating today’s California. Let us remember our true history and take pride in its cultural collaboration!” reads another.

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Promoters of the rally say their message, that the battle for Father Serra continues, has been well received by the public.

“I hadn’t realized how many Ventura residents were upset by the removal of the statue until I was on a street corner advertising the August 15th rally. We had so much positive feedback from people who wanted the statue returned to its spot,” says Emily Lyons, 23, a Ventura resident who, during the last few weeks, in her time off work, has been promoting the rally in downtown Ventura. "It was really encouraging to realize how many people were on our side — and were ready to do something about it!” 

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With no end in sight to CHI’s lawsuit and three city council seats opening up in the fall, the locals don’t expect this battle to bring home their founder to be quick or easy.

“Thank you for what you’re doing, girls!” called out one store owner on Main Street, Ventura, just below where the statue stood, to three volunteers handing out rally posters to the storekeepers. “I totally support your cause. Good luck!” 

To read more about the people of Ventura’s fight for their monument, visit defendserra.com. To donate to their cause, visit their GoFundMe


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Cdl. Burke: A pro-abortion presidential candidate ‘may not ... receive Holy Communion’

The former prefect of the Vatican's highest court insisted that Catholic pro-abortion politicians who present themselves for Communion cause 'a scandal.'
Mon Aug 10, 2020 - 8:12 pm EST
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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin, August 10, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Raymond Burke reiterated on Fox News last week that so-called “Catholic” politicians, including Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, must be denied Communion for advocating policies contrary to natural law and basic Church teaching, including on topics such as abortion and homosexuality.

“They may not present themselves to receive Holy Communion, because they’re not in communion with Christ,” Burke said during an August 8 Fox News interview with Martha MacCallum. “It’s not a punishment. Actually, it’s a favor to these people to tell them don’t approach, because if they approach, they commit sacrilege.”

Cardinal Burke is the former prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the highest Vatican court. Before that, he was the archbishop of St. Louis, Missouri and the bishop of La Crosse, Wisconsin.

The cardinal said “Catholic” politicians so often back abortion and pro-LGBT legislation that many non-Catholic leaders of government believe that the Church has changed her teaching on these matters.

“I’ve had non-Catholic leaders of government in this nation tell me that they were certain that the Catholic Church’s teaching on abortion and the so-called same-sex ‘marriage,’ and so forth, have changed, because so many Catholics on Capitol Hill are regularly supporting this kind of legislation ... [a]nd that’s a scandal.”

Already in 2004, then-archbishop Burke had warned Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry not to present himself for Communion.

According to canon law (can. 915), “Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration of the penalty and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion.”

A politician supporting abortion or homosexuality is generally seen by faithful Catholics as “obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin.”

Current Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has repeatedly touted his Catholic faith, even though his platform is radically pro-abortion.

In a campaign video released earlier this year, he said, “I go to Mass, and I say the rosary. I find it to be incredibly comforting.”

Last year, Biden had told a PBS interviewer that Pope Francis gives him Communion after he was denied Communion by a Catholic priest because of his public support for abortion.

In July, Biden published his Agenda for Women, promising to restore domestic and overseas funding to the abortion industry.

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He dedicated one section to “Reproductive Health,” which is generally a reference to abortion. The former vice president under President Barack Obama said, among other things, 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 imposing 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 form 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.

One of Biden’s leading contenders to become vice president, Democratic California senator Kamala Harris, was also criticized by Burke for her anti-Catholic bias on display during the confirmation process for U.S. district judge Brian Buescher, a member of the Catholic fraternal organization the Knights of Columbus.

One of Harris’s lengthy questions to Buescher was, “Since 1993, you have been a member of the Knights of Columbus, an all-male society comprised [sic] primarily of Catholic men. In 2016, Carl Anderson, leader of the Knights of Columbus, described abortion as ‘a legal regime that has resulted in more than 40 million deaths.’ Mr. Anderson went on to say that ‘abortion is the killing of the innocent on a massive scale.’ Were you aware that the Knights of Columbus opposed a woman’s right to choose when you joined the organization?”

Referring to homosexual “marriage,” Harris also asked, “Were you aware that the Knights of Columbus opposed marriage equality when you joined the organization?”

“Have you ever, in any way, assisted with or contributed to advocacy against women’s reproductive rights?” another question went.

Cardinal Burke, in the Fox News interview, was dismayed by these questions. “This is completely unacceptable,” he said.

“I mean, I think you’re an everyday citizen — whether you’re a Catholic or not, you need to look at that kind of statement for what it is and say, ‘This isn’t a person who I want to be the leader of my nation,’” Burke added.

Burke briefly talked about sexual abuse among clergy, pointing out that the majority of cases were of a homosexual nature.

“We have to come clean on who was responsible for these situations,” he said. “The far greater part of them have been homosexual acts with adolescents or young men. And I’m not homophobic, but we cannot have this active homosexual activity in the priesthood.”


  abortion, canon 915, catholic, eucharist, homosexuality, joe biden, raymond burke, sacrilege

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Google bans viral video showing former abortionist describing how abortions are done

The 2016 video shows Dr. Anthony Levatino describing four different kinds of abortion, with animated drawings conveying the brutal reality of the procedures.
Mon Aug 10, 2020 - 7:19 pm EST
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August 10, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – A 2016 Live Action video showing the reality of chemical and surgical abortions was removed by Google-owned YouTube last week and then suddenly reinstated after outcry from pro-life activists. 

The video, which has been viewed almost 1.8 million times on the Google-owned platform, has now been reinstated after the pro-life organization appealed against the removal.

In the video, former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino describes four different kinds of abortion, with animated drawings primarily used to convey the brutal reality of the procedures.

Live Action founder and president Lila Rose tweeted about the censorship on Friday evening. 

“The video has been live since 2016, includes medically accurate animations of abortion & is narrated by a former abortionist,” Rose wrote.

In an email sent to Live Action, YouTube said the video had been flagged for review and subsequently found to have violated their “community guidelines.”

“You know what *actually* violates community guidelines?” the Susan B. Anthony List Twitter account posted, “Abortion: The intentional killing of an innocent human person.”

It is not the first time a Live Action video has been censored on the platform.

In 2019, the big-tech giant removed a 2011 Live Action investigative video that showed Planned Parenthood employees agreeing to aid undercover investigators posing as sex traffickers attempting to arrange abortions for underage sex workers.

When censoring that video, YouTube claimed it violated their policy on “nudity or sexual content,” but without any explanation agreed to reinstate the video after Live Action appealed its removal.

“Why do these ‘mistakes’ keep happening to us, @TeamYouTube?” Rose tweeted Friday.

Last year, Google admitted to interference in Ireland’s 2018 abortion referendum after pro-transparency website Project Veritas revealed that YouTube had “blacklisted” a large number of videos on its platform in advance of the referendum while also interfering with search results.

Among the searches affected by interference from Google were “irish catholic,” unborn life,” and “abortion is wrong.” The interference in search results came within one week of the referendum, which allowed abortion nationwide.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has previously insisted that its censorship tools are managed “algorithmically” and the company doesn't “manually tune” search results. However, when pressed by Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz during an antitrust hearing at the U.S. House of Representatives last month, Pichai admitted that the creation of lists of blocked sites “can involve a manual portion.”


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After months of condemnation for no lockdown, Sweden’s COVID deaths drop to near-zero

Unlike many nations, Sweden never shut down its schools or economy and did not restrict individual freedoms to nearly the degree seen in the United States and much of Europe.
Mon Aug 10, 2020 - 6:49 pm EST
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August 10, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – As heated debate continues over the emergency measures taken around the world to limit the spread of COVID-19, new data suggest Sweden’s oft-derided approach of not locking down may have paid off in the long run.

The country of 10 million people has seen a total of 82,972 infections and 5,766 deaths. Unlike many nations, it never shut down its schools or economy and did not restrict individual freedoms to nearly the degree seen in the United States and much of Europe.

Sweden’s leaders faced a steady drumbeat of international condemnation as deaths curved upward from April through June, though the curve flattened in July. Daily deaths fell to the low thirties in mid June, and have been in single digits since July 20.

In April, Swedish epidemiologist Anders Tegnell explained to Nature magazine that Sweden started from the understanding that COVID-19 “is not a disease that can be stopped or eradicated...until a working vaccine is produced,” and that widespread lockdowns would be incompatible with Swedish laws, which “are mostly based on voluntary measures — on individual responsibility.”

“Closedown, lockdown, closing borders — nothing has a historical scientific basis, in my view,” Tegnell said. “We have looked at a number of European Union countries to see whether they have published any analysis of the effects of these measures before they were started, and we saw almost none.”

Notably, Tegnell also acknowledged that Sweden “underestimated the issues at care homes, and how the measures would be applied. We should have controlled this more thoroughly.” This was the same error infamously made in New York, suggesting that Sweden’s overall early outlook was disproportionately impacted by nursing home deaths.

Although Sweden did not implement a draconian lockdown, nor did its general population suffer terrible infection rates, it has been accused of committing “active euthanasia” on its elderly coronavirus patients.

Nursing homes in the Nordic country have been accused of denying their patients basic medical care including food and water and giving them respiratory-inhibiting drugs like morphine and midazolam.

Latifa Löfvenberg, a nurse in Sweden, said, “People suffocated, it was horrible to watch. One patient asked me what I was giving him when I gave him the morphine injection, and I lied to him.”  

“Many died before their time. It was very, very difficult.”

“Regarding its medical facilities, the Scandinavian country's approach was to keep hospital intensive-care units from being overwhelmed with elderly patients who had a low chance of surviving and thus keep them open for younger people should a surge in the virus occur. Such a surge did not happen and the elderly were denied access to unused facilities,” reported the Christian Post

“They told us that we shouldn't send anyone to the hospital, even if they may be 65 and have many years to live. We were told not to send them in,” according to Löfvenberg.

The Christian Post noted, “Those suspected to have COVID-19 were quickly placed on palliative care, given morphine, and denied supplementary oxygen and intravenous fluids and nutrition.”

“For many residents, this was essentially a death sentence.”

The Swedish Public Health Agency said that “48.9% of deaths were care home residents up to and including 14 May,” the BBC reported that month.

While numerous international headlines have recently begun expressing openness to the possibility Sweden’s non-lockdown overall strategy paid off, other reports still urge skepticism. The Hill health writer Chia-Yi Hou writes that “we will never know if doing more would have actually helped.” MedPage Today quotes doctors attributing the results to variables such as Swedes spending more of their summer outdoors.

Sweden not locking down appears to have also benefited the country economically. While the country’s second-quarter GDP dropped an historic 8.6%, CNBC reports, it still fared much better than others declines in Europe, such as Spain (18.5%), Portugal (14.1%), France (13.8%), and Germany (10.1%), as well as the overall European Union decline of 11.9%.


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LA mayor will pull the plug on water, electricity to churches that defy lockdowns

Police have been told to provide notice that power will be shut off at properties where large gatherings frequently occur.
Mon Aug 10, 2020 - 5:36 pm EST
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LOS ANGELES, August 10, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Los Angeles Democrat Mayor Eric Garcetti has made good on his previous threat to shut off power to buildings where social distancing is not practiced, including churches.

In March, Garcetti threatened to cut off power to any “irresponsible and selfish” private entity that defied shutdown orders, which in California currently include a ban on indoor religious services in 29 counties representing 80 percent of the state’s population, in the name of containing the spread of COVID-19. Numerous churches have defied the order, including Grace Community Church of Sun Valley, Cornerstone Church of Fresno, Destiny Christian Church of Rocklin, and Harvest Rock Church of Pasadena.

Last Wednesday, Garcetti announced that, effective the following Friday evening, “if LAPD responds and verifies that a large gathering is occurring at a property, and we see these properties offending time and time again, they will provide notice and initiate the process to request that DWP shut off service within the next 48 hours.”

“By turning off that power, shutting down that water, we feel we can close these places down, which usually are not one-time offenders, but multiple offenders,” The mayor said. His announcement focused on secular gatherings such as large house parties, but the threat applies to churches, as well.

“California Christians now have a choice – serve the Lord or have their basic utilities cut off,” Liberty Counsel founder and chairman Mat Staver responded. “Liberty Counsel is working to bring these cases to the Supreme Court of the United States so that we can set the precedent once and for all – that no governor will be able to ignore the fact that religious freedom is free in the United States of America.”

Across the world, many secular authorities have heavily restricted the right to religious assembly in the name of containing COVID-19, from in-person gathering to singing to the distribution of Holy Communion, even in some cases banning people from gathering in parking lots and worshiping from within their individual cars.

But of arguably greater concern for the faithful are Catholic leaders voluntarily imposing such restrictions on their congregations. Bishops in parts of the United States, France, Malta, Jerusalem, Singapore, the Philippines, England, and Wales have all forbidden receiving Communion on the tongue. In the U.S. territory of Guam, St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Parish has posted warnings not to kneel during prayer.

“When officials restrict church attendance to a certain number, they attempt to impose a restriction that in principle makes it impossible for the saints to gather as the church,” declared Pastor John MacArthur and the elders of California’s Grace Community Church. “When officials mandate distancing, they attempt to impose a restriction that in principle makes it impossible to experience the close communion between believers that is commanded in Romans 16:16, 1 Corinthians 16:20, 2 Corinthians 13:12, and 1 Thessalonians 5:26. In all those spheres, we must submit to our Lord.”


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Trump: Joe Biden is ‘against God,’ Bible, religion

'He’s following the radical left agenda: take away your guns, destroy your Second Amendment ... no anything,' the president said last week in Ohio.
Mon Aug 10, 2020 - 2:08 pm EST
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August 10, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – President Donald Trump cast his Democrat opponent Joe Biden as an enemy of Christianity Thursday, arguing that if elected he would serve as a puppet for radical secularists.

“He’s following the radical left agenda: take away your guns, destroy your Second Amendment, no religion, no anything, hurt the Bible, hurt God, he’s against God,” Trump told a gathering of supporters at Burke Lakefront Airport in Ohio, as part of a broader critique against the former Vice President. “I don’t think he’s gonna do too well in Ohio.”

Breitbart reported that Trump stood by his comments in a subsequent interview with Fox News Channel’s Geraldo Rivera, arguing that whatever reservations Biden might personally harbor would be subsumed by the radicalism of his handlers.

“Well, people that control him totally are” against the Bible, Trump said. “I mean it may be a little bit harsh for him, but he’s going to have no control. They’re going to take him over.”

“Like so many people, my faith has been the bedrock foundation of my life,” responded Biden, who claims to be Catholic. “For President Trump to attack my faith is shameful.” Biden added that Trump’s comments “show us a man willing to stoop to any low for political gain, and someone whose actions are completely at odds with the values and teachings that he professes to believe in.”

In fact, Biden’s presidential platform is directly at odds with his professed faith, starting with his “healthcare” plan. It calls for “codifying” Roe v. Wade in federal law; repealing the Hyde Amendment (which bars direct public funding of most abortions); forcing states to accept Medicare funding for Planned Parenthood; reversing the Mexico City Policy (which bars federal funds from supporting abortion overseas); and directing the Justice Department to “do everything in its power” to block state pro-life laws as modest as parental notification requirements, ultrasound laws, and waiting periods.

On religious liberty, Biden has called for reinstating the Obama-era birth control mandate that forced religious organizations like the Little Sisters of the Poor to finance abortifacient drugs, and has released an “LGBTQ+ equality” plan that, by redefining federal civil rights law to cover “sexual orientation” and “gender identity,” would force religious Americans to submit to innumerable practices and beliefs that conflict with their beliefs about marriage, sexuality, and gender.

“Joe Biden has stubbornly and contumaciously ignored Church teaching on abortion and Religious Freedom,” Fr. Michael Orsi, a priest of the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, who currently serves as parochial vicar for St. Agnes Parish in Naples, Florida, told LifeSiteNews last month. “A 2004 Memorandum from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, signed by Cardinal Ratzinger, states, ‘a politician consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion laws’ the politician’s pastor is to inform him that he should not receive Communion.”

“The failure on the part of most bishops to enforce the sanction is, in fact, more scandalous than Biden’s positions,” Fr. Orsi lamented.


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Pro-gay Catholic bishop: Trump is ‘so much anti-life’

Bishop Stowe also criticized Trump supporters, saying, it's 'almost willful ignorance' for anybody to back the president 'because of claims of being pro-life.'
Mon Aug 10, 2020 - 12:56 pm EST
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LEXINGTON, Kentucky, August 10, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Bishop John Stowe said President Donald Trump, the first sitting president to speak at the annual March for Life in the nation’s capital, “is so much anti-life.” 

Stowe also suggested he wants to change Catholic teaching on the family to accommodate homosexuality and gender ideology.

Stowe was appointed bishop of Lexington, Kentucky, by Pope Francis in 2015.

Taking part in a webinar at the end of July, Stowe said, “For this president to call himself pro-life, and for anybody to back him because of claims of being pro-life, is almost willful ignorance. He is so much anti-life because he is only concerned about himself, and he gives us every, every, every indication of that.”

The webinar was organized by the International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs, which says it focuses on “Democracy, Migration, the Future of the Church, Dialogue and Peace.”

While Stowe did not further comment on what he views as Trump’s narcissism, he did offer his own understanding of what being “pro-life” actually means.

“Yes, we have to be concerned for the unborn children,” he admitted at one point. “It’s foundational for us, but it’s all connected.” But in that that context, Stowe said “our understanding of pro-life has to be the vision that was described as the seamless garment vision.”

The term “seamless garment” refers to a theory first spelled out by the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin. According to that theory, intrinsic evils like abortion are essentially morally equivalent to societal ills like poverty.

“Pope Francis has given us a great definition of what pro-life means,” Bishop Stowe said. “He basically tells us we can’t claim to be pro-life if we support the separation of children from their parents at the U.S. border, if we support exposing people at the border to COVID-19 because of the facilities that they’re in, if we support denying people who have need to adequate health care access to that health care, if we keep people from getting the housing or the education that they need, we cannot call ourselves pro-life.”

Stowe recounted that Cardinal Blase Cupich, the Archbishop of Chicago, had attempted to amend a document by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on voting.

Cupich wanted “to include the paragraph from Gaudete et exsultate from Pope Francis about what the real pro-life issues are, the totality of pro-life issues.” Not adding this paragraph to the document, Stowe said, “was a sad day for the leadership of the Church in the United States.”

Pope Francis wrote in section 101 of his 2018 Apostolic Exhortation:

The other harmful ideological error is found in those who find suspect the social engagement of others, seeing it as superficial, worldly, secular, materialist, communist or populist. Or they relativize it, as if there are other more important matters, or the only thing that counts is one particular ethical issue or cause that they themselves defend. Our defence of the innocent unborn, for example, needs to be clear, firm and passionate, for at stake is the dignity of a human life, which is always sacred and demands love for each person, regardless of his or her stage of development. Equally sacred, however, are the lives of the poor, those already born, the destitute, the abandoned and the underprivileged, the vulnerable infirm and elderly exposed to covert euthanasia, the victims of human trafficking, new forms of slavery, and every form of rejection. We cannot uphold an ideal of holiness that would ignore injustice in a world where some revel, spend with abandon and live only for the latest consumer goods, even as others look on from afar, living their entire lives in abject poverty.

The Pope did not outright say that the killing of human beings is equal to poverty, sickness, and other issues, stating merely that unborn human life is just as sacred as that of poor people or sick people.

He did, however, claim that there is not one issue more important than others. If followed to its logical conclusion, this means that stopping abortion – the killing of innocent human beings – is not more important than offering help to poor people.

Pope Benedict himself pointed out in 2006 that there are three “principles which are not negotiable.” The Pope emeritus mentioned “protection of life in all its stages, from the first moment of conception until natural death,” in the first place.

He also talked about “the natural structure of the family,” emphasizing that a family is based on the lifelong union of one man and one woman, as well as the parents’ right “to educate their children.”

In other words, while different responses to social ills like poverty are possible for Catholics, they cannot vote for a candidate compromising on any of these issues.

Contrary to Stowe’s claims, President Trump has actually implemented a significant number of pro-life measures, understood in the traditional sense of protecting innocent human beings from being killed by abortion.

Among other accomplishments, Trump reinstated and expanded the ban on foreign aid to abortion-involved groups (including International Planned Parenthood Federation), banned groups that commit or refer abortions from Title X family planning funds, overturned Obama-era regulations that barred states from defunding Planned Parenthood, and issued rules protecting Americans from being forced to subsidize abortion in government-mandated health insurance plans.

In addition, the administration has consistently worked to defend life and oppose abortion at the United Nations, from resisting pro-abortion agenda items and resolution language to affirming that abortion isn’t a human right and promoting abstinence education. In May, Trump announced that the U.S. is cutting ties with the pro-abortion World Health Organization (WHO) due to its mishandling of the coronavirus crisis.

This year, Trump declared January 22, the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision imposing abortion on demand across the country, to be “National Sanctity of Human Life Day.” A few days later, he became the first U.S. president to attend the annual March for Life in Washington D.C.

In a proclamation issued prior to the march, Trump declared that “every person — the born and unborn, the poor, the downcast, the disabled, the infirm, and the elderly — has inherent value” and said the U.S. “proudly and strongly reaffirms our commitment to protect the precious gift of life at every stage, from conception to natural death.”

During his speech at the March for Life, Trump said, “Young people are the heart of the March for Life. And it’s your generation that is making America the pro-family, pro-life nation.”

“All of us here understand an eternal truth: Every child is a precious and sacred gift from God,” he continued. “Together, we must protect, cherish, and defend the dignity and the sanctity of every human life.”

“When we see the image of a baby in the womb, we glimpse the majesty of God's creation,” Trump said to roaring applause. “When we hold a newborn in our arms, we know the endless love that each child brings to a family. When we watch a child grow, we see the splendor that radiates from each human soul. One life changes the world.”

“And to all the moms here today, we celebrate you and we declare that mothers are heroes,” Trump added later on. “Your strength, devotion, and drive is what powers our nation. Because of you, our country has been blessed with amazing souls who have changed the course of human history.”

Bishop Stowe suggests that for some people, active homosexuality is ‘part of who they are’

Bishop John Stowe also used the webinar to once again push his support for homosexuality and gender ideology, explicitly saying, “Our understanding of family has to change.”

“We have to be in a different understanding of family, and that’s where the LGBT issues come into play,” he said. “I agree completely with [another webinar participant] that our credibility is on the line with the whole generation, and more, of young people who just don’t buy that teaching, and know from their experience, and know from the people that they know, that there are good and loving people that happen to identify as LGBT, and that’s part of who they are.”

By claiming that a person is defined by his or her homosexuality or gender confusion, Stowe essentially reduces a person to his or her tendencies or inclinations in sexual matters. The person would be unable to change. The Catechism of the Catholic Church distinguishes between a person, who is never “intrinsically disordered”; a person’s inclinations, which can be “intrinsically disordered” but only inherently sinful if acted upon; and a person’s actions, which can be “intrinsically disordered.”

Stowe encouraged people to keep insisting the Church to change the teaching. “There is a sensus fidei, there is a sense of the faithful, that also has to be part of Church teaching,” he claimed.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the term sensus fidei does not prevent large numbers of the faithful from adhering to false teachings.

“The whole body of the faithful … cannot err in matters of belief. This characteristic is shown in the supernatural appreciation of faith (sensus fidei) on the part of the whole people, when, from the bishops to the last of the faithful, they manifest a universal consent in matters of faith and morals.”

The role of the “the sacred teaching authority (Magisterium)” is also emphasized, meaning it’s impossible to express as sensus fidei something contradicting that teaching authority.

“Pope Francis has said it repeatedly: Bishops have to listen as much as they teach, and you can’t be a good teacher if you’re not a good listener,” Stowe said nonetheless. “And you can’t be a good teacher if you’re not a good student.”

On homosexuality, the Catechism is very clear. “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 Church teaches. “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.”

Former homosexuals have also pointed out that the LGBT lifestyle is inherently anti-life, both spiritually and physically.

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News

Vatican bishop says Holy See’s secret deal with Chinese Communist Party will be renewed

The secret deal, signed in 2018, preceded waves of increased persecution of Christians in China.
Mon Aug 10, 2020 - 11:35 am EST
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By Paul Smeaton

ROME, August 10, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — A Vatican bishop close to Pope Francis has said that the Holy See will renew its controversial secret deal with China and that “the initial experience went well.”

With the two year Vatican-China agreement due to expire on September 22, Argentine Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, the chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences, told the Chinese Communist Party–controlled Global Times that “they are going to renew it, which means that the initial experience went well.”

Sánchez has previously praised China as “extraordinary” and said that their communist regime is the “best [at] implementing the social doctrine of the Church.” In September 2018, when the Vatican-China deal was first signed, Sánchez issued a rebuke to critics of the deal, which was also published in the Global Times.

The content of The Vatican-China agreement, signed in September 2018, remains unknown, but it is widely understood that the deal allows Chinese communist authorities to handpick bishops who will then be approved by the pope, contrary to Catholic teaching. In its article covering Sánchez’s comments, the Global Times referred to the deal as “the provisional agreement on bishop appointments.”

In August 2019, the Vatican confirmed the consecration of the first Chinese bishop following the controversial deal.

In recent months, there have been reports that in addition to the ongoing removal of crosses and other religious symbols from churches, government authorities in China have now begun removing Christian symbols from private homes.

A report by the U.S. government released in January 2020 found that the “intensity” of religious persecution, which has not been seen “since the Cultural Revolution,” was linked to the Vatican signing a secret deal with the Chinese communist government to give the government more power over the Church in the country.

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In April, a 60-year-old Chinese Catholic priest was arrested for refusing to join the state-run “independent Catholic Church.”

Earlier this year, Catholics in England called for the Vatican’s deal with China to be “torn up” while drawing particular attention to research presented to the U.N. by the London-based human rights group, China Tribunal, of the Chinese government’s involvement with forced organ harvesting.

Pope Francis, meanwhile, has repeatedly called on Chinese Catholics to be “good citizens”, as well as telling them not to engage in “proselytism.”

Fr. Benedict Kiely, a Catholic priest incardinated in the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, told Catholic journalist Damian Thompson in a podcast published last week by The Spectator that the Chinese government is attempting to replace worship of God with worship of the State.

“It’s really a worship of the State,” Kiely said. “[I]t’s a cult of China itself and so that is being forced upon all religious groups in China including the Catholic Church.

“So for example, statues of the Virgin Mary are being removed from Chinese Catholic churches and pictures of President Xi Jingping are being put in place. Hymns are now being sung to Mother China, rather than to God, or to Christ or to the Virgin Mary.”

Kiely said the Vatican “seems to be either exceedingly naive, or exceedingly stupid, or worse, to imagine that the Chinese Communist Party is going to agree to anything that will aid or help actual faith in China.”

“It has nothing to do with helping Chinese Catholic Christians to live their faith, it’s about control of Chinese Catholic Chritians,” Kiely said.

Fellow journalist Catherine Lafferty told Thompson that while figures such as Lord Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong, have spoken out forcefully about Chinese human rights abuses, “in contrast there hasn’t been anything at all from the Vatican. There hasn’t been anything at all from Cardinal Nichols. There has just been a deadly damning silence.”

Cardinal Joseph Zen, the former bishop of Hong Kong, has described the Vatican deal with China as a “betrayal of the real Church.” Zen says he has seen the text and that it is “very mild, in no way offensive to the Chinese government.”

In a recent interview with EWTN, Zen highlighted how the deal had led to the legitimization of seven bishops of the schismatic Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association who had previously challenged Church doctrine and, even now, show no sign of repentance or gratitude to Pope Francis.

“They went around singing triumph,” he said. “Now they are winners. They have been clever to follow the government.”

Because of the failings of these seven bishops and the fact that underground Catholic bishops loyal to Rome were asked to step aside for two of them, Zen believes he is justified in saying, as he has said previously, that Pope Francis “is giving the sheep to the wolves.”

One of those seven bishops, Zhan Silu, is now vice chairman of the bishops’ conference of the Catholic Church in China. Zhan reportedly told the Global Times that the renewal of the agreement could mean “upgrading it from a temporary agreement to a formal one.”

“The agreement is a key link that secures China-Vatican ties and could help push ties to the next step,” he said.


  catholic, china, christian persecution, communism, joseph zen, pietro parolin, pope francis, religious freedom, sino-vatican agreement

Opinion

Taxpayer-funded, illegal ‘sex ed’ propaganda threatens children in Ohio

The city of Cleveland, Ohio is putting the lives of its children at risk. And it is receiving federal taxpayer funds to do so.
Mon Aug 10, 2020 - 8:44 pm EST
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By Linda Harvey

August 10, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — The city of Cleveland, Ohio is putting the lives of its children at risk. And it is receiving federal taxpayer funds to do so.

No, it’s not COVID. For that low-risk disease, children are sheltered, masked, kept away from many schools, and scared to death by the hovering helicopter government bureaucracy.

But what about advice to teens that leads to lifelong complications from underage sexual promiscuity, along with the high likelihood of emotional disaster? And may cause the death of a child through abortion?

Who will be held accountable for this?

Cleveland is not alone, but let’s look specifically at what Cuyahoga County, Ohio communicates to teens on a website the health department operates, www.216Teens.org (216 is the Cleveland area code).

It’s funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and claims to tell the truth about sexuality for adolescents. But very quickly the extreme bias is evident. The site includes zero pro-life or abstinence-focused resources. There is a nominal page on abstinence, which dismisses it quickly as almost impossible. Adolescents who visit the site will read biased, X-rated, high-risk, pro-abortion, and pro-homosexual advice encouraging early experimental sex.

216Teens is not “medically accurate” and “evidence-based” as it claims to be. All the best medicine and evidence points to providing youths with an unequivocal message that delaying sex until marriage is positively correlated with life success and healthy outcomes. Premature sexuality leads to the opposite result.

A YouTube video produced by Protect Ohio Children lays out the irresponsible, dangerous messages of 216Teens and its pro-abortion, pro-“LGBTQ,” condom-obsessed, anti-abstinence advice.

For instance, the 216Teens Facebook page included a recent post from NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League) that trashes authentic abstinence. “Say it with us. Abstinence only programs don’t work. No matter how many times the anti-choice movement pushes its lies about sex ed, science isn’t on their side. EVERY young person deserves inclusive, evidence-based sex ed at school. ”

Ohio parents need to recognize that this is open defiance of an Ohio law mandating that sexuality education shall emphasize abstinence until marriage. Where are Ohio lawmakers and the Ohio State Board of Education to hold the Cuyahoga County Board of Health accountable for this illegal, child-endangering action?

On March 17, 216Teens posted on Facebook this pandemic advice for teens: “While you are out purchasing all the toilet paper and water consider adding these items to your emergency preparedness list: filled birth control prescriptions, emergency contraception, menstruation products, condoms.” What happened to social distancing?

Along with rioting, looting, and Democrat politicians’ funerals, does the virus cease being a threat during progressive activities like underage teen sex?

How stupid does this health department think Cleveland’s people are?

Another post on June 5 told kids, “Guess what? There isn’t an age requirement for buying condoms.” Take that, parents! And another post gave the phone number and website for Preterm, a Cleveland area abortion clinic, while another on July 24 offered this helpful information: “Did you know there are 64 terms that describe gender identity and expression?”

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No, this is a lie. There are two sexes, male and female. Facts, not mythology, is what a health department should be offering to teens.

Parent avoidance is the theme of another page on the 216Teens site to make sure teens know all the sexuality services available without parental consent.

The good news is that the Protect Ohio Children video gives the phone number for Ohio governor Mike DeWine (614-644-4357) and Ohio attorney general Dave Yost (614-466-4986).

Other posts on 216Teens include promotion of www.bedsider.org , a vulgar site that is a whole problem in itself. Bedsider promotes itself as “an online birth control support network for women 18–29 operated by Power to Decide, the campaign to prevent unplanned pregnancy.”

But Bedsider is way beyond birth control, providing sex advice for “Frisky Fridays” and asking, “Is the pandemic wrecking your libido?” It provides teen readers a list of topics from aphrodisiacs to sex toys.

Just what every Ohio teen needs from a health department. Ohio has an abstinence education law. Right? Right.

Meanwhile, through 216Teens, “Bedsider” is being promoted to teens as young as 13 in northeast Ohio.

Power to Decide (Bedsider’s parent group) raises a whole nest of new questions. Power to Decide/Bedsider has a Pop Culture Partners section on its site and serves as an “expert adviser” to Cosmopolitan, Bustle, Glamour, and Teen Vogue magazines; the sex-drenched “progressive” programs Grownish, Good Trouble, The Fosters, The Bold Type, Blackish, Unexpected, and East Los High; the program Sex Education on Netflix; Disney’s Andi Mack; MTV’s 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom; and Hulu’s Shrill.

Power to Decide launched a social campaign, “Thanks Birth Control!,” picked up by many of these pop culture partners. Ever wonder why the “early sex is normal and cool” message seems to be everywhere? This explains some of it.

Power to Decide joined SIECUS, Planned Parenthood, Advocates for Youth, and others to start the campaign “Sex Ed for All” in May 2019. In announcing this effort, they’ll “no longer observe National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month.” Why? With the new focus on “LGBTQ” behaviors, the sex ed cartel is way beyond concerns about pregnancy alone.

This coalition is committed to selling underage teens on their sexual “rights” with a new emphasis on “justice” for “LGBTQ” identifiers and non-white teens.

And 216Teens picked up this “justice” emphasis with a recent Facebook post inviting teens “13 to 19” to an online summit to learn about the intersection of “racial and reproductive justice.”

Pro-abortion groups are beginning to capitalize on trending concerns about racial inequality to conflate it with access to abortion and contraception. These are “justice” issues, teens will be taught. “You have ‘rights’ that are being denied!”

So will abstinence messages become “racist”? That’s where many fear this is going.

What can Ohioans do? Call the governor and the attorney general. Ohio children are being corrupted and exploited by 216Teens.org and comprehensive sexuality education in general. It’s promiscuity promotion, plain and simple. And our kids deserve the “right” to hear the truth.

Ohio has an abstinence education law, and we need to follow it!

Linda Harvey is president of Mission America.


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Opinion

How the far-left Black Lives Matter movement promotes a revolution that will destroy America

A deeper look into the Marxist goals of the leftists rioting across the country.
Mon Aug 10, 2020 - 12:48 pm EST
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August 10, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – A revolution rages in America. If an image could characterize this revolution, it would be the recent scene of burning the American flag and Bibles at one of Portland’s nightly riots. 

The burning is a clear provocation, meant to offend and outrage. Its goal is to attack those things that still have meaning to countless Americans—God, country, family. The symbolic act communicates an incendiary desire to see these things reduced to ashes.

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement is the umbrella under which this is happening in America. Its militants circulate in these protests. The “black lives matter” slogan is painted and chanted everywhere by rioters. Greater New York Black Lives Matter president Hawk Newsome threatened to “burn down the system and replace it” should their demands not be met.  

Why people sympathize with BLM

Most people think the BLM movement only deals with those suffering from racism. Many people sentimentally feel sorry for the victims of injustice and sympathize with the widespread outrage. Some may even be unaware of the Portland burning of the Bibles and the American flag. 

These shallow BLM supporters excuse the violence as the excesses of those expressing their righteous anger against a “racist” establishment and police brutality. The media spin reporting on the protests to support this myth.

Very few take the trouble to dig deeper. Were they to do this, they would see that the BLM movement does not correspond to the mental image promoted by the media. BLM co-founders Patrisse Cullors and Alicia Garza are avowed and “trained Marxists.” They make no secret of their program to destroy America, as most know it. 

Digging deeper

Their radical goals can be found on the BLM website, and in numerous articles, tweets, and interviews. They extend far beyond the civil rights struggle of old. The BLM manifesto of beliefs wants to overthrow the present “racist” society and replace it with an egalitarian, socialist society that embraces all “oppressed” groups and identities — including class, gender identity, sexual orientation, and immigration status.  

For example, the movement seeks to “disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another.” Theirs is “a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking.”

Perhaps its most dangerous belief is its stubborn adherence to class struggle ideology, applying it to their cause. In this case, it reduces all problems to a “systemic” racism that must be opposed in all social structures and institutions. It creates a false division of society and puts all racial and identity categories at war with the present established order.   

Thus, for example, the BLM movement wants to abolish policing and prisons as instruments of “white supremacist capitalist heteropatriarchal imperialism.” It targets all manifestations of capitalism as tools of oppression and seeks to defer and eventually abolish rent, mortgages, and utility fees.  

Its religious position resorts to the endlessly recycled liberation theology that applies the Gospel to the Marxist class struggle narrative. Christ is turned into the redeemer of the oppressed against the oppressive establishment. Its co-founder Patrisse Cullors turns to old pagan rituals to ancestors and spirits for help in the struggle.  

BLM’s idea of struggle also targets the traditional and hierarchical Church that it sees as a tool of white oppression. Thus, militants and sympathizers like Shaun King call for the overthrow of “white” Jesus representations, saints, and stained glass. All things that traditionally represent God and His moral law must go.

Presenting a false dilemma

With such radical goals, it is hard to imagine why the public would sympathize with the movement. Yet more perplexing is the support of the “racist” establishment that BLM unequivocally wants to destroy. Sports figures, tech CEOs, and clergymen seem to trip over each other to see who can out-empathize the other in coddling the BLM cause. 

BLM successfully framed the debate to elicit the support of the many Americans who are against racism. BLM and the left blame the sufferings of all black people on racism. Further, they made racism “systemic” so that only a radical change of the American system will yield results. No individual can do a thing about it, except to make amends for participating in the system. Americans are presented with the choice to either support the “anti-racist” struggle or risk being labeled racist. Like all leftist alternatives, the two options represent a false dilemma. 

As long as this false dilemma is not denounced and rejected, the BLM cause will continue to advance. 

Why the BLM narrative is wrong

Americans must quickly come to grips with the fact that this BLM narrative is wrong. It does not correspond to reality and will destroy Christian America. 

The BLM narrative is wrong because the leading cause of the suffering of the black community is not racism. Racism may influence the problem but is not the major cause of the plight of large parts of the black community. 

What sinks Americans of any color into poverty is the breakdown of the family and moral living. America’s black community especially suffers from absent fathers, struggling single mothers, and children without stable and moral family lives.  

This family and moral breakdown creates a cycle of poverty and suffering that makes it difficult, but not impossible, for children to be raised well. Generally, individuals of any race that establish a stable family life and faithfully follow the Christian moral code will prosper in American society. Study after study supports this conclusion. Any action to weaken these two things adds fuel to the fire of the frightful crisis inside the black community—and all American communities. 

The BLM narrative is wrong because it takes this moral problem and turns into a racial one. In doing this, the misbehaving individual is absolved from the obligation to live morally and from all duties to family, community, nation, and God. All blame is ascribed to a racist system imposed by a white majority.   

Yet worse, the BLM narrative is wrong because it proposes to destroy the institutions, traditions, and social structures needed to help solve the problem. Instead of strengthening the family, BLM aims to “disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure” in favor of more fluid ways of living together. Instead of working inside a proven system that brings prosperity, BLM proposes socialist and Marxist schemes that are all proven failures. Communism brought indescribable misery and death to hundreds of millions throughout the twentieth century and still does this today. BLM favors the LGBTQ+ agenda that subverts the much-needed traditional family structure. The movement supports abortion that kills black babies in the womb and destroys the moral fiber of individuals and communities.

The BLM narrative is also wrong because it does not reflect the true sentiments of the black community, which is religious, patriotic, and generally manifests greater disapproval of homosexuality than other groups.

Targeting the moral law

The goals of Marxist movements are always the same. They want to tear down every manifestation of the natural moral law and establish an egalitarian and immoral society, in which individuals are not responsible for their actions. Ultimately, they revolt against God, Who is the author of this law. This is why Marxists attack the Church; the Church teaches people to know, love, and serve God. 

America never was and is not perfect. But it does retain some precious remnants of Christian civilization. The greatest threat to America is the destruction of what remains of the Christian moral law. Should this occur, the nation will be overwhelmed by chaos. This danger imperils all America, not just the black community.  All America is in a state of moral decadence and suffers from broken families, shattered communities, and empty churches. Everyone, all races, should unite to fight these common evils. Instead, BLM pursues a policy of division, rage, and class struggle that endangers the nation in this time of supreme crisis.  

Thus, it is no surprise that Bibles and the American flags are set on fire. They represent the order to be toppled in the revolution that is coming. Americans need to realize the media’s BLM spin is a big lie that must be rejected. The movement is radically Marxist and homosexual and toils for the destruction of a Christian America. The future of the nation is at risk. Only a return to God and His law can avoid disaster.  

John Horvat II is a scholar, researcher, educator, international speaker, and author of the book Return to Order, as well as the author of hundreds of published articles. He lives in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania where he is the vice president of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property.


  abortion, black lives matter, catholic, christianity, homosexuality

Opinion

How praying and reading history can help deliver America from BLM Marxist agitators

We are not condemned to repeat history's evil errors; we can choose to repeat its moments of grace.
Mon Aug 10, 2020 - 12:29 pm EST
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Mary Ann Kreitzer
By Mary Ann Kreitzer

August 10, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — George Santayana, philosopher, novelist and poet, was known for his aphorisms. He penned the statement, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The Bible affirms that truth. “There is nothing new under the sun.” As we see Marxist anarchy exploding all over our country in the name of  Black Lives Matter (BLM), those with a sense of history recognize its eerie familiarity. The same violence, censorship, and tyranny characterized Masonic and communist uprisings in France, Russia, Spain, Mexico, Cuba, and South America as well as the Fascist takeover of Germany. The goal of BLM is clear: to transform the United States into one more Marxist country.

According to the “herstory” link on the BLM website, the group was founded by three “radical Black organizers,” Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi. In a 2015 video, Cullors bragged:

The first thing, I think, is that we actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia in particular are trained organizers[.] ... We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories. 

Cullors credits Weather Underground organizer Eric Mann, jailed for conspiring to commit murder, as her mentor and calls herself a prison, police, and militarization abolitionist. In an interview about her memoir, When They Call you a Terrorist, Cullors said, “I’m queer, so is Alicia — we are openly queer black women.” She said BLM should be

an organization not only led by black women, but it’s also a movement led by black queer women, black trans women, and that we can’t deny those identities and we can’t put those on the backburners, as we’ve seen historically in other civil rights movements.

Considering the backgrounds of its founders, one can hardly be surprised that among BLM’s goals is to “disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure ... [and] foster a queer‐affirming network.” Both of these agendas are trademarks of Marxist ideology used to break down the morals of a country, making it easy prey for communism. For Christians, they also represent the embrace of intrinsic moral evils that deeply offend Almighty God.

The history is clear, and those who care about our country’s future need to study it. The seeds were planted years ago in preparation for the unrest we see today. In 1923 Carl Grünberg, a Marxist professor of law founded the Frankfurt School, the first Marxist research center attached to a major university, the University of Frankfurt. It hired and promoted Marxist ideologues intent on destroying Western culture and the Christian religion in order to prepare the communist utopia. The Frankfurt School injected Marxism into the cultural life of the United States, especially after 1933, when Hitler banned the institute and it moved briefly to Geneva before finding a home at Columbia University in New York City. From there, the Marxists injected their poisonous theories directly into the U.S. academy for almost two decades before returning to Germany in 1951.

Herbert Marcuse, one of the most prominent members of the Frankfurt School and a German American philosopher and political theorist, promoted the work of two other Frankfurt philosophers, Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno. He transformed their ideas, rather obscure in the original, into a popularized form in order to influence college students. 

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Horkheimer believed that Marxism must be shifted from economics to culture. He believed that the working class “would not be the agent of revolution ... it was becoming part of the middle class.” In other words, hard work and success act as a vaccine against class envy, the root of communism. Adorno promoted the idea that since “life under capitalism was by definition alienating, music, art, architecture, etc. must also be alienating in order to be ‘true.’” Instead of promoting truth, beauty, and goodness, hallmarks of a civilized culture, cultural Marxists elevated the ugly, the dissonant, and the brutal to reduce humanity to the level of beasts. The ideas of these men, combined with those of Erich Fromm and Wilhelm Reich, followers of Sigmund Freud’s school of psychiatry (repression is bad, let it all hang out) would provide the tools for undermining and destroying Western culture.

The success of Horkheimer’s and Adorno’s ideas is clearly evident, even in religion. Consider all the ugly churches built between the 1960s and 1980s, the horrendous “music” with neither melody nor harmony (only a jungle beat), the ugliness of modern art, the stripped down Bauhaus movement in architecture, the moral depravity of film and television, the casual pornography of modern literature, etc. Above all, they lit the fuse of the Sexual Revolution, spreading evil like shrapnel throughout the world.

In a 2017 article in Chronicles Magazine, William Lind described Marcuse’s theory from his book Eros and Civilization. Marcuse argued:

“[B]y replacing repression with ‘non-procreative eros’ and dumping the ‘reality principle’ for the pleasure principle,’ we could create a society of no work and all play.” Marcuse believed the “revolution would come from a coalition of young people, blacks, feminist women, gays, etc., the sacred ‘victim groups’ of political correctness.” In a famous essay written in the 1960’s, Marcuse argued for what he called ‘liberating tolerance,’ which he defined as tolerance for all ideas and movements coming from the left and intolerance for all ideas and movements coming from the right[.] ... Marcuse injected the Cultural Marxism of the Frankfurt School into the Baby Boomers, and it remains the ideology of much of that generation today. You cannot defy it and be a member of the elite. Cultural Marxism’s death grip on education, both in the public schools and in the universities ensures that it has been pumped into succeeding generations as well. Because it relies not on logical argument but on psychological conditioning, to which the video-screen media lend themselves well, it is difficult to fight. Anyone who rejects it has been conditioned to look into the mirror and see ‘another Hitler.’

Lind alleges that it is impossible to use philosophical arguments against the “psychological conditioning” of Cultural Marxism that has so infected our age. For several generations, the young have been trained to respond to events in ways that bypass rational thought and focus on feelings. Many no longer seem capable of rational, independent thought. Political correctness is endemic; “follow the Marxist leader” is the game of the moment. 

Soviet KGB agent Yuri Bezmenov, who defected to Canada in 1970, described the communist brainwashing process in a 1985 interview available on YouTube:

Ideological subversion is the process which is legitimate, [overt], and open. You can see it with your own eyes[.] ... There is no mystery. It has nothing to do with espionage. I know that espionage intelligence gathering looks more romantic[.] ... That’s probably why your Hollywood producers are so crazy about James Bond types of films. But in reality the main emphasis of the KGB is NOT in the area of intelligence at all. According to my opinion, and the opinions of many defectors of my caliber, only about 15% of time, money, and manpower is spent on espionage as such. The other 85% is a slow process which we call either ideological subversion, active measures, or psychological warfare. What it basically means is: to change the perception of reality of every American that despite of the abundance of information no one is able to come to sensible conclusions in the interest of defending themselves, their families, their community, and their country[.] ... It’s a great brainwashing process which goes very slow and is divided into four basic stages.

Bezmenov went on to describe the first stage, demoralization, which takes 15–20 years and was already well underway in 1985. Demoralization aims to call into question all the moral underpinnings of a society. Truth no longer matters; facts are irrelevant. Perception is everything. The success of the demoralization of America is clear from the collapse of rational thought and moral reasoning since the 1960s. Consider Bezmenov’s phrase, “to change the perception of reality.” Today, most people believe that reality is fluid. “You have your truth; I have mine” is the modern mantra. When a large percentage of a society accepts that a man saying he’s a woman or a woman saying she’s a man makes it true, the culture is in serious reality denial.

If, as Bezmenov says, those who are psychologically conditioned cannot change, are we doomed to live in this insanity for at least another generation? And is there real hope that the next generation will be any better? From the secular viewpoint, it seems hopeless. 

But we are not mere creatures of a secular society. As Christians, we live with one foot in the world and one in Heaven. Every time we enter a Catholic church, we step out of time and into eternity, where history is no longer a timeline, but a tapestry. It’s there, in that eternity, that we find answers.

We are clearly in trouble as we watch our cities burn, but has there ever been a worse devastation than the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Yet a rectory at ground zero in Hiroshima where a group of priests faithfully practiced the Fatima devotions was spared. Not one of those priests ever experienced the devastating physical effects of radiation sickness. The miracles linked to the rosary have saved numerous countries, from Portugal’s protection during the Spanish Civil War and World War II to the conversion of Mexico after Mary’s apparition at Guadalupe to the communists withdrawing from Austria in 1955 without a shot being fired to the defeat of the attempted communist takeover of Brazil in 1964 by a women’s rosary crusade. 

We are not condemned to repeat history’s evil errors; we can choose to repeat its moments of grace. The solution to cultural Marxism in many places and at many times has been devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Bishop Athanasius Schneider recognizes that and is calling for a crusade of reparation for offenses against Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist. We need to recover, he says, the lost hour in Gethsemane. He quotes the words of Karol Wojtyła (Pope John Paul II):

And now the Church seeks to recover that hour in Gethsemane — the hour lost by Peter, James and John — so as to compensate for the Master’s lack of companionship which increased his soul’s suffering. The desire to recover that hour has become a real need for many hearts, especially for those who live as fully as they can the mystery of the divine heart. The Lord Jesus allows us to meet him in that hour [and] he invites us to share the prayer of his heart.

A question comes to mind. Do we have the will to embrace prayer and fasting for the conversion of the world like the little shepherd children of Fatima? If we do, then we need to defend our country. We can do that most effectively at the local level by attending and testifying at city or county board meetings or by visiting local police departments to thank those who defend and protect us on a daily basis. Let us pray and not stand by idly while America falls to Marxist agitators. As people of faith have shown in the past, we can defeat communism through the powerful intercession of Mary and by working to promote all things in Christ. 

Mary Ann Kreitzer writes from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and blogs at Les Femmes – The Truth.


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Black Lives Matter’s ‘queer’ founders have emasculated professional sports

Hundreds of professional ballplayers in recent weeks quietly surrendered themselves to the abhorrent ideology of the Black Lives Matter organization.
Mon Aug 10, 2020 - 4:52 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., August 10, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – We have witnessed an  unthinkable degradation: As the whole country watched, three Marxist women forced nearly every Major League Baseball player to kneel before them and their strange countercultural creed.     

By bending their knees, these men have paid homage not to civil rights, but to Marxism; to the destruction of the nuclear family; to transgender and gay political power squashing not just religious liberty, but religion itself; to the defunding of police; and to the erasure of western history and culture.  

The great American pastime is no longer great. In fact, it is no longer American.  

The revolution was over before it began, as hundreds of professional ballplayers in recent weeks quietly surrendered themselves to the abhorrent ideology of Black Lives Matter, founded in 2013 by a trio of militant Marxist women – Patrisse Khan-Cullers, Opal Tometi, and Alicia Garza. Khan-Cullers identifies as lesbian and Garza is “married” to a “transgender man.”

The queer-affirming women pulled off a mass castration of the players’ Judeo-Christian beliefs and whatever patriotism they held in their hearts. What’s more, the emasculation of these athletes was televised.  

We now watch American geldings romp around out on the ballfield.  

Many of these men no doubt thought they were doing a good thing by taking a knee before their games, but as Rush Limbaugh has noted, their actions cannot be justified by claiming ignorance. “All you gotta do is go to their website, and there you will find that [BLM is] a proud pro-Marxist, anti-American organization.”  

“And yet every professional sports league believes they’re getting into bed with a civil rights organization,” observed Limbaugh. “It’s the most amazing thing.”

“The Black Lives Matter organization has never repudiated nor denied its manifesto and practices, which are committed to Marxism (which includes atheism), a rewriting of history, hate for anyone who disagrees with them, and anti-Semitism,” wrote Rabbi Michael Barclay in a PJ Media commentary titled, “I'm Boycotting Professional Sports Leagues That Endorse Black Lives Matter, And You Should, Too.”  

“They call for the destruction of Israel, which they call an ‘apartheid state’ that ‘practices genocide,’” he explained. “Many of their leaders, such as Melina Abdullah, the head of BLM Los Angeles, claim Louis Farrakhan as their spiritual advisor…a man whose hate-filled dogma has for decades wanted every Jew ‘exterminated.’ They consciously have chosen locations for their ‘protests’ that are Jewish neighborhoods so that the ensuing riots would cause the residents to ‘feel pain.’” 

“We now live in an environment where bullies filled with hate have the ability to dictate practices,” continued Rabbi Barclay. “Where the loudest shout down what is right and righteous to push people to surrender to their dogma. And their hate has now pushed itself into acceptance on an institutional level.”

None of this should be surprising. Major League Baseball (MLB) was already poised to make this “social justice” leap.    

Last year, every single MLB team hosted a “Pride Night” except for the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers, although both of those teams have held homosexual “pride” events previously.    

Teams have routinely posted pictures of these events on social media, treating “pride” as just another theme night, yet they simultaneously wrap these events in a mantle of social justice, hyping their promotion of “diversity” and “inclusion.”

MLB has been normalizing homosexuality for young baseball fans for years, going so far as to expose them to “Pride Night” gay “marriage” proposals and former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank kissing his “husband” out on the pitcher’s mound.  

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A man proposes ‘marriage’ to another man at the Washington Nationals’ 2019 'Pride Night.' SOURCE: Nats Youth Academy Twitter account

The gaying of professional baseball is pretty much complete, so social justice demanded new and greater fealty.  

“Literally, folks, the NFL, Major League Baseball, and the NBA are in bed with Black Lives Matter,” Limbaugh emphasized during his radio show. “Black Lives Matter is an acknowledged, proud, not hiding it, Marxist, anti-American organization. And professional sports is in bed with it.”

Out of the 750 or so major league players on team rosters at the start of the season, only one – the San Francisco Giants’ Sam Coonrod – refused to kneel, citing his Christian faith.  

“I’m just a Christian. I believe I can’t kneel before anything but God, Jesus Christ,” he told reporters after the game.

Three Marxist, queer-affirming women have stolen professional sports from middle America, and the league, team owners, and players gladly handed themselves over.


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Renowned European scientist: COVID-19 was engineered in China lab, effective vaccine ‘unlikely’

Professor Giuseppe Tritto, an internationally known expert in biotechnology and nanotechnology, says that the China Virus definitely wasn’t a freak of nature that happened to cross the species barrier from bat to man.
Mon Aug 10, 2020 - 12:27 pm EST
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August 10, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – It will not be possible for the Dr. Faucis of the world to dismiss Professor Giuseppe Tritto as a crank.  Not only is he an internationally known expert in biotechnology and nanotechnology who has had a stellar academic career, but he is also the president of the World Academy of Biomedical Sciences and Technologies (WABT), an institution founded under the aegis of UNESCO in 1997. 

In other words, he is a man of considerable stature in the global scientific community.  Equally important, one of the goals of WABT is to analyze the effect of biotechnologies—like genetic engineering—on humanity.  

In his new book, this world-class scientist does exactly that.  And what he says is that the China Virus definitely wasn’t a freak of nature that happened to cross the species barrier from bat to man.  It was genetically engineered in the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s P4 (high-containment) lab in a program supervised by the Chinese military.

Prof. Tritto’s book, which at present is available only in Italian, is called Cina COVID 19: La Chimera che ha cambiato il Mondo (China COVID 19: The chimera that changed the world).  It was published on August 4 by a major Italian press, Edizioni Cantagalli, which coincidently also published the Italian edition of one of my books, Population Control (Controllo Demografico in Italian) several years ago. 

What sets Prof. Tritto’s book apart is the fact that it demonstrates—conclusively, in my view—the pathway by which a PLA-owned coronavirus was genetically modified to become the China Virus now ravaging the world.  His account leaves no doubt that it is a “chimera”, an organism created in a lab.  

He also connects the dots linking the Wuhan lab to France and the United States, showing how both countries provided financial and scientific help to the Chinese as they began to conduct ever more dangerous bioengineering experiments.  Although neither American nor French virologists are responsible for the end result—a highly infectious coronavirus and a global pandemic—their early involvement may explain why so many insist that the “chimera” must have come from nature.  The last thing they want to admit is that they might have had a hand in it.

Those of us who, early on, argued for a laboratory origin were dismissed as conspiracy theorists. Our articles were censored as “fake news,” often by American virologists who knew perfectly well what the truth was, but preferred to protect China, and themselves, from scrutiny lest they themselves be implicated. 

Dr. Tritto’s 272 pages of names, dates, places, and facts leaves such apologists with no place to hide.  The story begins following the SARS epidemic of 2003, as the Chinese attempt to develop vaccines to combat the deadly disease.  Dr. Shi Zhengli, about whom I have previously written, was in charge of the program at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

In vaccine development, reverse genetics is used to create viral strains that have reduced pathogenicity but to which the immune system responds by creating antibodies against the virus. But reverse genetics can also be used to create viral strains that have increased pathogenicity.  That is what Dr. Shi, encouraged by PLA bioweapons experts, began increasingly to focus her research on, according to Prof. Tritto.

Dr. Shi first solicited help from the French government, which built the P4 lab, and from the country’s Pasteur institute, which showed her how to manipulate HIV genomes. The gene insertion method used is called “reverse genetics system 2.”  Using this method, she inserted an HIV segment into a coronavirus discovered in horseshoe bats to make it more infectious and lethal.  

The U.S. was involved as well, particularly Prof Ralph S. Baric, of the University of North Carolina, who was on the receiving end of major grants from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.  This is, of course, Dr. Anthony Fauci’s shop.  Fauci was a big proponent of “gain of function” research, and when this was prohibited at Baric’s lab because it was considered to be too dangerous, the research was shifted to China.

Prof. Tritto believes that, while Dr. Shi’s research began as an effort to develop a vaccine against SARS, it gradually morphed into an effort to use “reverse genetics” to build lethal biological weapons.  This was the reason that the Wuhan lab became China’s leading center for virology research in recent years, attracting major funding and support from the central government.

I would add that the rule in Communist-controlled China is “let the civilian support the military,” which means that as soon as Dr. Shi’s research showed any potential military uses the PLA would have begun exercising control of the research.  This came out in the open with the outbreak, when China’s leading expert on bioweapons, People’s Liberation Army Major General Chen Wei, was immediately placed in charge of the Wuhan Institute of Virology. As for Dr. Shi Zheng-Li, she seems to have disappeared.

As Dr. Tritto explained in an interview with Italian media:

In 2005, after the SARS epidemic, the Wuhan Institute of Virology was born, headed by Dr. Shi Zheng-Li, who collects coronaviruses from certain bat species and recombines them with other viral components in order to create vaccines. In 2010 she came into contact with American researchers led by Prof. Ralph Baric, who in turn works on recombinant viruses based on coronaviruses. Thanks to the matrix viruses provided by Shi, Baric created in 2015 a mouse Sars-virus chimera, which has a pathogenic effect on human cells analyzed in vitro. 

At that point, the China-US collaboration becomes competition. Shi wants to work on a more powerful virus to make a more powerful vaccine: it combines a bat virus with a pangolin virus in vitro and in 2017 publishes the results of this research in some scientific articles. 

Her research attracts the interest of the Chinese military and medical-biological sector which deals with biological weapons used as a deterrent for defensive and offensive purposes. Thus Shi is joined by doctors and biologists who belong to the political-military sphere, such as Guo Deyin, a scholar of anti-AIDS and anti-viral hepatitis vaccines and expert in genetic recombination techniques. The introduction of the new engineered inserts into the virus genome is the result of the collaboration between the Shi team and that of Guo Deyin. The realization of this new chimera, from a scientific point of view, is a success. So much so that, once the epidemic has broken out, the two researchers ask WHO to register it as a new virus, H-nCoV-19 (Human new Covid 19), and not as another virus derived from SARS. It is reasonable to think that Shi acted only from the point of view of scientific prestige, without however taking into account the risks in terms of security and the political-military interests that her research would have aroused.

When asked why China has refused to provide the complete genome of the China Virus to the WHO or to other countries, Dr. Tritto explained that “providing the matrix [source] virus would have meant admitting that SARS-CoV-2 [China Virus] was created in the laboratory. In fact, the incomplete genome made available by China lacks some inserts of AIDS amino acids, which itself is a smoking gun.” 

The key question, for those of us who are living through the pandemic, concerns the development of a vaccine.  On this score, Prof. Tritto is not optimistic:

Given the many mutations of SARS-CoV-2, it is extremely unlikely that a single vaccine that blocks the virus will be found. At the moment 11 different strains have been identified: the A2a genetic line which developed in Europe and the B1 genetic line which took root in North America are more contagious than the 0 strain originating in Wuhan. I therefore believe that, at the most, a multivalent vaccine can be found effective on 4-5 strains and thus able to cover 70-75% of the world’s population.

In other words, by withholding from the world the original genetic code of the China Virus that it created, the Chinese Communist Party is ensuring that no completely effective vaccine will ever be developed by the West.

In other words, China continues to lie, and people continue to die. 

Steven W. Mosher @StevenWMosher is the President of the Population Research Institute and the author of Bully of Asia:  Why China’s “Dream” is the New Threat to World Order.


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Is Boris Johnson’s live-in fiancée stopping UK from banning trans surgery for children?

The prime minister scarcely needs the fact that he is marrying a Millennial (his soon-to-be third wife) who may be influencing his policy decisions.
Mon Aug 10, 2020 - 11:56 am EST
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August 10, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Back in April, I reported on the news that the U.K.’s Conservative government was preparing to release a proposed ban on so-called sex change surgeries for minors, as well as reforms to protect single-sex spaces to ensure that males could not access female-only facilities simply be declaring themselves women. U.K. minister for women and equalities Liz Truss has been taking nonstop fire from trans activists for months now, and the Tories have been under enormous pressure from the LGBT movement to back down.

That was months ago, and the promised reforms have yet to materialize. Now the Daily Mail is reporting that there may be a strange reason for that. According to some dissatisfied Tory M.P.s, Prime Minister “Boris Johnson developed cold feet after being influenced by his fiancée Carrie Symonds.” Symonds is the live-in girlfriend Johnson took with him to 10 Downing Street. Over twenty years younger than Johnson, she is now his fiancée and currently carrying his child.

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According to the Daily Mail, Johnson “had been expected to declare that the Government was abandoning moves to allow transgender people to change their birth certificates without a medical diagnosis” before “that announcement was postponed at the last minute earlier this month.” Cabinet minister Liz Truss, who the Mail says has been “fighting a ‘culture war’ within Whitehall to stop the rules being relaxed to allow biological males who identify as women to use female facilities,” has been suddenly left without prime ministerial support — although Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has become a high-profile ally.

Downing Street is strongly denying the allegations, claiming that “Ms Symonds has not discussed this issue with the Prime Minister,” but Tory M.P.s aren’t buying it. Parliamentary allies of Liz Truss are telling the media that Johnson has “backed away from a confrontation with trans activists on the advice of Ms Symonds,” which is why the promised reforms have suddenly been delayed. The Tory plan, which involved the abandonment of proposals allowing people to simply self-identify as whichever gender they chose, was a sharp divergence from Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May, who fully backed the trans agenda.

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According to the Daily Mail:

[T]he proposals were expected to be watered down when the Government gave its official response to a public consultation on the Gender Recognition Act, which elicited more than 100,000 responses. However, the planned response to the act has been delayed. Trans rights activists within the Conservative Party say that abandoning moves to liberalise the law would be a ‘Section 28 moment’ — the law passed by Margaret Thatcher in 1988 which banned councils and schools from ‘promoting homosexuality’ — that would be ‘unpicked within years’. One senior source said: ‘Many detect the hand of Carrie in this, but for whatever reason, Boris does not appear to have an appetite for this fight at the moment. He’s got cold feet.’

The Daily Mail story is an unwelcome development for Johnson for several reasons. He scarcely needs the fact that he is marrying a Millennial (his soon-to-be third wife) who may be influencing his policy decisions hitting the news cycle — especially not now. The proposed policies pushing back against the radical agenda of the trans movement have been popular and were also a key indication that the Tories might be willing to actually enact socially conservative policies after decades of pushing social liberalism. Johnson himself was best known for sordid sex scandals that resulted in at least one of his children being aborted prior to securing 10 Downing Street. His personal life and his political life have been driven by coldblooded pragmatism and a relationship with the truth as casual as many of his trysts.

It is encouraging that Tory M.P.s are pushing back, even if thus far it has taken the form of leaks to the press. If the U.K. leads the way on protecting minor children from trans ideology, other countries are likely to follow. Somebody needs to be first. If Liz Truss and other prominent Tories are willing to take the plunge, Johnson and his latest belle need to get out of the way.

Jonathon’s new podcast, The Van Maren Show, is dedicated to telling the stories of the pro-life and pro-family movement. He’s joined in the latest episode by Dr. Frank Turek, a close personal friend of the late Mike Adams — a “pro-life and free speech warrior,” “witty,” and “satirical.” In recent obituaries, Adams is being defamed by the mainstream media for his conservative views and satirical posts. Turek sets the record straight and pays tribute to Mike’s contributions to the conservative movement. You can subscribe here and listen to the episode below:


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