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Tucker: Capitol protest ‘being used as pretext for unprecedented crackdown on civil liberties’

'Driving cars, holding jobs, staying in hotels — those will certainly be next.'
Sat Jan 9, 2021 - 6:12 am EST
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January 9, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Democrats, social media giants, and CEOs have seized upon Wednesday’s Washington, D.C. protest as a blanket excuse to crack down on the freedoms of anyone who supports President Donald Trump.

“The Trump protest at the Capitol yesterday is already being used as a pretext for an unprecedented crackdown on civil liberties. Just in the last several hours we have heard people in positions of power and authority demand that those who support Donald Trump should no longer be allowed to publish books or use the internet or fly on airplanes.”

“Driving cars, holding jobs, staying in hotels — those will certainly be next, and we’re barely exaggerating. In fact, we’re predicting it,” Tucker Carlson said during his show Thursday evening.

“To justify mind-bending, terrifyingly un-American demands like these, they are as usual relying on lies and hysteria,” Carlson continued.

A leading House Democrat, the Homeland Security chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, has called for those who entered the Capitol building on Wednesday to be placed on the federal No-Fly list by the TSA and the FBI, citing a “heinous domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol.”

His characterization of the events echoes that of Joe Biden, who described Trump-supporters as “domestic terrorists” in a tweet yesterday.

Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, likewise called for the banning of certain Trump-supporters from flying, although she was not clear in specifying who should be banned beyond those who “participated” in what she described as an “insurrection at the Capitol.”

“Some of the people who traveled in our planes yesterday participated in the insurrection at the Capitol today. Their violent and seditious actions at the Capitol today create further concern about their departure from the DC area,” she wrote in a statement on Wednesday.

“Acts against our democracy, our government and the freedom we claim as Americans must disqualify these individuals from the freedom of flight,” said Nelson, who together with the union supported Joe Biden in the 2020 election.

Numerous Trump-supporters have been fired after their employers learned through social media that they had breached the Capitol, according to Business Insider. One woman was fired after posting a pictures of pro-Trump protesters and a glass of champagne with the caption, “After storming the capital [sic] a good glass of champagne is needed!”

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Wednesday’s events are also being used as an excuse to remove posts and videos from major social media platforms. In some cases, there is no apparent reason other than the questioning of the legitimacy of the election, or even the expression of dissatisfaction with the Democratic party.

YouTube has just announced that, in response to Wednesday’s events at the Capitol, it will crack down on claims of voter fraud by blocking users from YouTube for a week without a first-strike warning, which was its previous policy.

“Due to the disturbing events that transpired yesterday, and given that the election results have now been certified, starting today *any* channels posting new videos with false claims in violation of our policies will now receive a strike,” YouTube tweeted yesterday.

YouTube has already admitted to censoring “thousands of videos” claiming that fraud affected the 2020 election, and was quoted by USA Today as stating, "Over the last month, we have removed thousands of videos spreading misinformation and claiming widespread voter fraud changed the outcome of the 2020 election, including several videos President Trump posted to his channel.”

Brandon Straka, openly homosexual founder of the #WalkAway campaign movement, which “encourages and supports those on the Left to walk away from the divisive tenets” of today’s Democratic Party, shared on Twitter today that Facebook had banned his #WalkAway campaign page, which Straka noted contained “hundreds of thousands of testimonial videos” of people explaining why they left the Democratic Party.

Facebook and Instagram banned Donald Trump from their platforms indefinitely. Twitter announced Friday night it is banning Trump — the leader of the free world — from its platform permanently. The Chinese communist government is still allowed to use Twitter, as is Iran’s ayatollah.

Reddit has also banned a Donald Trump discussion forum “after pro-Trump supporters were found to have organized online,” reported Axios. The forum was banned “due to a violation of Reddit’s rules against inciting violence,” according to Reddit.

“We have also taken action to ban the community r/donaldtrump given repeated policy violations in recent days regarding the violence at the US Capitol," a Reddit spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, Biden compared U.S. senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) to Nazis.

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In some videos, Capitol police appear to let protestors into US Capitol, pose for selfies

Other videos from other parts of the chaotic day show very different interactions between protestors and police.
Sat Jan 9, 2021 - 5:57 am EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., January 9, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — In a video released on Twitter that now has over 33 million views, U.S. Capitol police can be seen quietly forfeiting barricades and allowing some protesters access to the Capitol building during a protest Wednesday.

At least one protester appeared already to have entered the restricted area.

Videos from different parts of the protest show different interactions between police and protesters.

Some protesters were tear-gassed, while it appears others were able to simply walk into the building without going through security. Capitol Police shot and killed 35-year-old Ashli Babbitt, an Air Force veteran and Trump-supporter, during the day’s chaotic events. A Capitol Police officer also died of injuries sustained during the incident.

While it seems the vast majority of those who entered the Capitol — which is generally open to the public, provided they go through security — were simply following the crowd and then wandered around inside, a small group vandalized parts of the Capitol and even entered the legislative chamber to pose for photos on the speaker’s chair.

Once inside, crowds can be seen walking within velvet ropes as they make their through Statuary Hall unimpeded, Capitol Police standing by.

Liberal politicians and journalists, as well as some Republicans, have rushed to label the events a “coup attempt.”

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Another video posted to YouTube shows an apparent Trump-supporter taking a selfie with an officer as other people mill about inside the Capitol.

“They knew this group was coming, they knew it was going to be enormous but they didn’t do any preparation to control the crowd such as fencing, barricades, and cement structures to prevent traffic and people flow,” said a former SWAT force member in an article published by Newsmax.

“It’s pretty clear that there’s going to be a number of people who are going to be without employment very, very soon,” Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) added this week. “There were clearly enormous strategic and planning failures by the Capitol Police, by the sergeant at arms, and anybody else who was a part of coordinating this effort here.”

D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser had firmly rebuked calls for a larger police presence ahead of the January 6 march. “To be clear, the District of Columbia is not requesting other federal law enforcement personnel and discourages any additional deployment without immediate notification to, and consultation with, MPD if such plans are underway,” Bowser wrote on Twitter.

“The District of Columbia Government has not requested personnel from any other federal law enforcement agencies,” she added, claiming that “unidentifiable” federal law enforcement agents could “cause confusion” and “become a national security threat” if they weren’t properly recognized.

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Opinion

Comply or disobey? Priest explains just vs unjust laws

There are times to prudently comply to unjust laws, and then there are times to accept martyrdom for God.
Sat Jan 9, 2021 - 11:08 am EST
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Fr. Steven Reuter, SSPX
By Fr. Steven Reuter SSPX

Editor’s note: The following homily was delivered by Father Steven Reuter, SSPX on January 1, 2021, which traditionally is the Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord.

January 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — “After eight days were accomplished, that the child should be circumcised.” In the name of the father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, amen. Dear faithful, on this eighth day after the birth of Jesus, we would like to consider: why was it that on this eighth day, the child needed to be circumcised?

In order to understand this, we first must understand: what was circumcision, and who was this child? Circumcision, we know, was a ceremony given by God to Abraham, a ceremony which would be an act of faith in Christ to come. By means of this ceremony, the patriarchs showed that they believed that from their offspring, the Savior, the Redeemer, would come into this world.

This ceremony, which was given by God to Abraham, was enshrined into the Mosaic law by Moses. All children, on the eighth day after their birth — all male children — would be circumcised to show the parents’ faith in the Redeemer, to incorporate this child into the chosen people, and this, of course, would be the foundation of the justification because faith precedes charity — an act of faith in Christ, so as to receive charity.

So that was the ritual and the law of circumcision. And who was this child? This child, we know, was the fulfillment of all of the prophecies of the Old Testament. All of the laws, all of the prophets pointed to this child. They found their completion, their perfection in this child.

And therefore, we can see why this child on that account would not need to be circumcised. This child did not need to make an act of faith in the Redeemer to come; He was the Redeemer. In fact, being that this child was God, Jesus Christ was God, He could not, in fact, even make an act of faith because He had the beatific vision. He was God.

If this is the case, if this child had no need to be circumcised, why does Scripture say that on the eighth day, this child should be circumcised? Why should He be circumcised? And the answer is, is because it was the law and because our Lord Jesus Christ came to put Himself under the law so as to redeem all those who are under the law.

As our Lord Jesus Christ loved the law of His Father, He wanted to willingly submit himself to the law to sanctify the law, so we could be sanctified likewise through God’s law. Our Lord loved the law, and if we want to be holy, we must likewise love the law. So, to know how to love the law, we must know what is the law, what is the nature, and what are the consequences of law.

The scholastic definition of law, we know, is an ordinance of reason. When we say ordinance, we’re speaking of an authoritative command; there’s authority behind it, an ordinance of reason. When we say reason, we mean that the lawgiver must use his reason to understand human nature, to understand the common good, to understand the end of society so it's a reasonable act.

It’s not just a blind act of force. He must make it reasonably and give it reasonably, and it must be received reasonably. So it’s an ordinance of reason for the sake of the common good.  So every law to be a just law must be for the sake of the common good, not for the personal interests of those who are making the laws.

When we say common good, that is the very purpose of society. The purpose of civil society is the common good. And when we speak of common good, we’re speaking of peace and prosperity. By peace we mean the virtuous life. All laws to be just laws must promote virtue, prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude. And likewise, the laws must support prosperity. They must be such to allow [encourage] a healthy, strong middle class to emerge or be sustained, because, as Aristotle even knew, society cannot exist without a healthy, prosperous middle class. So, the end of the law is the common good of society and a law to be a just law, to be a law at all, must be promulgated, made public by a person who has care of the community, a person who has a jurisdiction, who has power over that community to make a law.

And if all of these elements are in place, we have a just law and we must love this law, and this law becomes a road sign to happiness. A just law is a road sign to natural happiness and supernatural happiness. And we think of Scripture. “He has loved justice and hated iniquity.”

That must be our attitude in front of just laws. We must love justice but likewise hate iniquity, which is to say, to hate unjust laws.  So, to understand this more, what is a just [and] unjust law, we will look at the hierarchy of laws.

In first place, we have what’s called the eternal law. The eternal law is God’s wisdom, directing all things to their perfection. God, in his wisdom, created the whole world. He gives each thing a specific nature, certain operations which flow from that nature. That's God's eternal law: immutable, eternal. It is God, in fact.

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So, we have the eternal law, and every single just law is reducible to the eternal law in order to be a just law. Then we have what's called the natural law. The natural law is defined as man's rational participation in the eternal law.

So we have reason; we reflect upon our nature [and] we reflect upon certain first principles. For example, every effect must have a proportionate cause. Every faculty must have a certain end, a certain purpose. Nature abhors a vacuum. There are certain principles which we understand, and from [them] we can understand what activities must we do to be happy and holy — what activities must we avoid to be happy and to be holy. And in fact, man reflecting upon his nature can come to understand nine of the Ten Commandments.

So, in fact, nine of the Ten Commandments are nothing more than the natural law made explicit by God on account of our blindness from original sin. So even a man without revelation should be able to reflect upon his dependence and realize he must worship God. He must not blaspheme.

We could not know that there’s a specific day that we must worship God. So the Third Commandment we could not know by the natural law, but we could also know the Fourth, honor your parents, and so on. Do not kill. Do not steal. Do not commit adultery. Do not covet your neighbor’s wife, your neighbor’s goods. Do not lie. All these things can be known by man reflecting upon his nature, and that every faculty he has has a purpose.

So that’s the natural law. And then we come to the positive law — laws called positive, because it is posited; it is put forward by law-givers. We have divine positive law, which is God speaking through revelation, giving certain dictates — giving circumcision to Abraham.

So God has spoken. This is what you must do to be saved. And God, of course, is infallible. But we also have what's called ecclesiastical positive law — that is, the Church, reflecting upon her nature and her mission, gives laws to help people keep the commandments and go to heaven. And here, at least for those who have attended the traditional Mass for many years, they understand that the Church is able to put forward unjust laws.

And she's been doing it for fifty years. She puts forward things as laws which are not laws, because they contradict divine revelation, because they contradict the infallible laws of the Church from the past.

And we’re accustomed to disobeying these unjust laws. We know that as Saint Peter said to the Jews, it’s better to obey God than man. So we see there are times when we must disobey unjust laws even given by the highest authorities of the Church.

But that brings us to civil positive law, the final type of positive law — that is, when the civil authority promotes laws.

So again, for the civil authority to promote a just law, it must be reasonable, it must be for the common good, and it must be properly promulgated. And so, when the civil authority promotes and promulgates just law, it comes from God, and we are sanctified by obeying it. We must obey it.

But we know, especially in this modern world, that civil authorities put forward many unjust laws, laws which are not for the common good. And there are three types of unjust laws. The first is when the content of the “law” is unjust. For example, abortion. That is an unjust law, or any of these ideologies which so offend the natural law. These are unjust laws. And in such a case, we have a duty to disobey.

We cannot sin, we cannot offend God, to please the state. So [if] those laws are very clearly unjust, we must necessarily disobey them. But there are other types of unjust laws which require more discernment. We have laws which are unjust because they’re for the personal advantage or the agenda of the person who makes them and not for the common good.

Remember, each law to be a just law must be for the sake of the good of society — the peace and prosperity of this society. But if the legislator or the person in power is making them for his own personal advantage, making them on account of an agenda which is contrary to the common good, it is an unjust law. Likewise, a law can be unjust if it’s made by somebody who has no power to make the law.

For example, each legislator has power over their jurisdiction. He can’t make a law for another jurisdiction. Likewise, in the systems of government today, it is the legislative power, not the executive power, which makes laws. So the person must have jurisdiction to make a just law, and if the person does not have jurisdiction and tries to force something outside of his jurisdiction, it’s unjust.

We think, for example, of the civil society, if they’re trying to enforce laws inside, for example, the Roman Catholic Church, the Roman Catholic Church is an independent, perfect society founded by our Lord Jesus Christ with His own hierarchy and His own laws. She’s not subject to the civil authority in her domain of worship, in her domain of liturgy, faith, and morals.

So, we see that there [are] two elements here. We have somebody making a law for their personal advantage or making a law outside of their jurisdiction. And what is to be our reaction in front of such unjust laws?

Well, here, obedience, the virtue of obedience gives way to the virtue of prudence. So they do not bind our conscience directly. We have to prudently consider them. So the virtue of prudence, as we know, is the queen of the moral virtues.  No action we do can be holy unless it’s prudent. And the definition of prudence is the “right reason of things to be done,” to rightly consider the whole situation, then see what is the best thing to do for my sanctification, for the good of the Church, for the good of society.

And there will be times when we externally comply to unjust laws because we can’t win in that case. There’ll be other times when we must be willing to suffer to disobey such unjust laws, because we recognize, for example, that this particular unjust law is merely the first or the second in a series of unjust laws which are coming and some will be coming, which will violate my conscience, which I can’t accept, and therefore it’s better to resist sooner than later.

For example, we know in revolutions, civil disobedience is a virtuous and good thing. And so even when we do obey these unjust laws, we must, at least internally, resist. Internally resist whenever we must externally comply.

So if there’s an unjust law, and we’re forced for some reason to obey it, we must internally resist, lest, as Solzhenitsyn warned, in regards to the communist revolution, we begin to participate, to believe in the lie. We must be careful in that. We must not participate and believe in lies, because once we do, these lies will destroy us. We’ll become slaves to these lies.

And so, the virtue of prudence considers all the elements at stake and decides: in which situation should we externally comply? In which situation should we not externally comply for the sake of a greater good, which is what’s best for my family, the Church, what's the best for civil society?

And then it can be asked, well, doesn’t this create a situation where we’re in a certain sense lying? We comply in one situation, but not in another. And the answer is no. We’ll give an example. For example, a priest in communist countries — and this happens even today, where externally, in public, they wear civil clothes, suit and tie, and they disguise, they hide, all elements of their priesthood so as not to be caught, because if they’re caught, they won’t be able to hear confessions anymore.

Externally complying in public, but they’re resisting internally, then as soon as they’re in a safe place, they even disobey externally by putting back on their clerical garb. That’s not a lie. That's just prudence: analyzing the situations and saying what’s the best thing for my faithful, for me, for the Church, and for the country. And there are times where it is very good to show unjust rulers that we are disobeying, that we won’t participate anymore in their lie.

So we leave you with these different principles so that you can take them in a world in which we live, analyze situations, and see what is the most prudent thing to do. What is the most prudent, the most holy thing to do? And we will certainly need in these times great wisdom. Wisdom is that virtue by which we see all things in light of eternity. That’s really key. We must look at everything in light of eternity, because that is the only true perspective.

Nobody gets out of life alive. We must look at all things in relation to our death to make sure that at our death, we have eternal life. So that’s already something to ask for and beg the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is the Seat of Wisdom. Ask her to see all things in light of eternity, and if we want a happy and peaceful New Year, that’s the way. Beg the grace to look at all things in light of eternity, not in light of time. So there’s wisdom.

We’ll likewise need supernatural prudence, the right reason of things to be done. Keep in mind, there’s a distinction between natural prudence and supernatural prudence. Natural prudence only considers this life and what’s best for me in this life. Supernatural prudence considers the next life as well. For example, that’s why the saints, there were times when they would hide from persecution and other times when they would embrace it.  That was supernatural prudence. What is the best thing to do here and now for the Church? And Our Lady, we say in the litany, was most prudent. She really looks at all things considering the whole picture and wanting God’s glory in all things.

And likewise, we must really pray for a supernatural courage, this willingness to suffer for Christ’s sake. We must be willing to concede certain things when it’s really a question of convenience, but when it’s a question of God’s honor, there we must be very courageous and be willing to suffer for the sake of God’s honor. And if we want to know whether or not we’ll be courageous when the time comes, ask ourselves how much we hate sin now. If we don’t hate sin, we’ll never have the wisdom, we’ll never have the prudence, and we’ll never have the courage to do what we ought to do when it’s time to do it. We must learn to hate sin.

That’s the only thing which will give us the wisdom, the prudence and the courage, and who is more courageous than the Blessed Virgin Mary? Think of her Son, this wonder-worker who was so loved. It was easy to follow Him for those three years when everybody loved Him. But for those last few days, she followed Him. She saw Him spat upon, mocked, ridiculed, slapped, persecuted, and she still followed Him, because she had this great courage, and she had the courage even to stand at the foot of the cross. And that’s courage. She stood: stabat Mater. She didn’t fall down; she wasn’t in such anguish that she couldn't function. She was courageously accepting the death of her Son for the glory of His Father. So let us beg the Blessed Virgin Mary for this wisdom, for this prudence, and for this courage.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.


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Pope Francis calls on ‘everyone’ to take COVID vaccine: ‘It must be done’

The Pope said he himself would be taking the vaccine and that it is 'ethically' acceptable that everyone else take it as well.
Sat Jan 9, 2021 - 4:30 pm EST
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January 9, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – In an interview scheduled to air Sunday night with the Italian television station Canale 5, Pope Francis has opined that “everyone” must take the COVID-19 vaccine. 

“I believe that, ethically, everyone should take the vaccine,” he said, according to a transcript released in advance of the airing of the interview. 

The Pope added that he would be taking the vaccine himself and that the Vatican will start administering it to its citizens “next week,” remarking that “it must be done.” 

According to the transcript as quoted in The New York Times, Pope Francis suggests that, “it’s an ethical choice, because you are playing with health, life, but you are also playing with the lives of others.”  

“I don’t understand why some say, ‘No. Vaccines are dangerous,’” the Pope is quoted as saying. “If it is presented by doctors as a thing that can go well, that has no special dangers, why not take it? There is a suicidal denial that I wouldn’t know how to explain.” 

The Pope’s statement leads to many questions. Does he think people who had the virus should still get the vaccineShould pregnant mothers take it even the U.K. government has told them not to do so? How about people with allergies that conflict with vaccines whom the FDA and other agencies have said should not take the vaccine? This a rushed vaccine with way too little testing, by all accounts, and yet we are to believe implicitly in its safety and efficacy? 

But there is also a moral side to the Pope’s reported statements. In a paper released on December 12, 2020, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, along with co-signers Cardinal Janis Pujats, Bishop Joseph Strickland, and Archbishops Tomash Peta and Jan Pawel Lenga, expressed their strong conviction that any use of a vaccine tainted with the “unspeakable crime” of abortion, under any circumstances, “cannot be acceptable for Catholics.” 

These prelates cite the teaching of St. John Paul II, affirming the duty of every Catholic and person of goodwill to defend “the most basic and fundamental right” to life “with maximum determination.” To make use of vaccines that are “made from the cells of murdered unborn children contradicts [this] ‘maximum determination’ to defend unborn life,” their statement read.

“The crime of abortion is so monstrous that any kind of concatenation with this crime, even a very remote one, is immoral and cannot be accepted under any circumstances by a Catholic once he has become fully aware of it,” they also wrote. “One who uses these vaccines must realize that his body is benefitting from the ‘fruits’ ... of one of mankind’s greatest crimes.” 

A week after the statement by Cardinal Pujats and the other bishops, the Vatican department on doctrine put out a statement claiming that Catholics could licitly take even an abortion-tainted COVID vaccine if there were no ethical alternatives available. 

LifeSiteNews has produced an extensive COVID-19 vaccines resources page. View it here.  

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