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Instagram bans JFK’s nephew for ‘debunked claims’ about COVID vaccines

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. had over 800,000 followers on Instagram at the time his account was removed.
Thu Feb 11, 2021 - 9:35 pm EST
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February 11, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the son of former U.S. attorney general Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of former president John F. Kennedy, has been banned from Instagram due to what the social media company called “sharing debunked claims about the coronavirus or vaccines.”

Mr. Kennedy is the founder of Children’s Health Defense (CHD). He had over 800,000 followers on Instagram at the time his account was removed.

In recent years, Kennedy has become an outspoken critic of harmful vaccines, highlighting the dangers children can be subjected to.

CHD has as its mission the aim to “end the childhood health epidemics by working aggressively to eliminate harmful exposures, hold those responsible accountable, and establish safeguards so this never happens again.”

Of late, Kennedy and CHD have been challenging the mainstream narrative by pointing out the little reported dangers and deaths resulting from the COVID-19 vaccinations. A key part of CHD’s mission is currently reporting the unknown aspects of the various COVID jabs, with Kennedy warning his fellow attorneys that “[t]he COVID-19 pandemic has proven an opportunity of convenience for totalitarian elements who have put individual rights and freedoms globally under siege.”

Summit News reported that Kennedy’s Instagram ban came just hours after the Washington Post had reported lobbying Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, to “take action” against Kennedy, after he shared a clip from the Planet Lockdown film — a movie that links Big Tech to governmental and societal control, as well as claims that COVID vaccinations were being controlled by global elites. The video has been widely banned by Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

The ban comes as Facebook announced this week that it would be stepping up its already widespread censorship, by removing “pages, groups and accounts” that spread “false claims ... about COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccines and vaccines in general during the pandemic.” The social media giant has teamed up with the World Health Organization (WHO), in drawing up a list of subjects which will be banned on the platform.

Facebook further announced that even posts that did not violate the policies would still be examined by “our third-party fact-checkers, and if they are rated false, they will be labeled and demoted.”

Shadow-banning would be expanded, Facebook revealed, as the platform is “making it harder to find accounts in search that discourage people from getting vaccinated.”

In a statement issued to LifeSiteNews, Facebook declared that Kennedy’s account was removed “for repeatedly sharing debunked claims about the coronavirus or vaccines.”

His Facebook page and Twitter pages are still active, with Facebook stating that there were no plans “at this time” to change that, as are CHD’s various social media accounts.

In December, CHD released a report entitled “Protecting individual rights in the era of COVID-19,” warning against the dangers of COVID vaccines as well as the unethical nature of mandatory vaccines. “Decades of experience prove that the notions of vaccine herd immunity and disease eradication through vaccination are illusory,” CHD wrote.

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As a result of Kennedy’s work, the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) refers to Kennedy frequently as an “anti-vaxxer” who leads an “anti-vaccine charity.”

Kennedy’s ban comes shortly after he wrote an extensive report detailing the manner in which Bill Gates had quietly become the largest owner of farmland in the U.S. and warning about the power Gates could exert upon the world and its food supplies. “At worst, his buying spree is a harbinger of something far more alarming — the control of global food supplies by a power-hungry megalomaniac with a Napoleon complex,” Kennedy wrote.

“Gates has learned to fatten himself on global crises, whether it’s pandemics, climate, famine or mass extinction. Climate change has given Gates an excuse to create monopolies over seed, food and agriculture.”

Kennedy had previously exposed the link between Gates, a population control advocate, and the promotion of COVID vaccines, noting that in a TED talk, Gates had expressed a wish to depopulate the globe through the use of vaccines. “First, we’ve got population. The world today has 6.8 billion people. That's headed up to about nine billion. Now, if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by, perhaps, 10 or 15 percent.”

Speaking to LifeSiteNews about his Instagram ban, Kennedy wrote a strong statement:

Every statement I put on Instagram was sourced from a government database, from peer-reviewed publications and from carefully confirmed news stories. None of my posts were false.

Facebook, the pharmaceutical industry and its captive regulators use the term “vaccine misinformation” as a euphemism for any factual assertion that departs from official pronouncements about vaccine health and safety, whether true or not. This kind of censorship is counterproductive if our objective is a safe and effective vaccine supply.

Kennedy continued:

The pharmaceutical industry is hastily creating vaccines using taxpayer money and untested technologies. These include a rash of risky new products that are exempt from liability, from long-term safety testing and that have not received FDA approval. Emergency Use Authorization is a mass population scientific experiment. If it has any prayer of working, it will require extraordinary scrutiny from the press and the public.

Instead, the mainstream media and social media giants are imposing a totalitarian censorship to prevent public health advocates, like myself, from voicing concerns and from engaging in civil informed debate in the public square.

They are punishing, shaming, vilifying, gaslighting and abolishing individuals who report their own vaccine injuries. Anyone can see that this is a formula for catastrophe and a coup d’état against the First Amendment, the foundation stone of American democracy.


  big tech, censorship, coronavirus, coronavirus vaccines, facebook, instagram, modern medicine, robert f. kennedy, jr., social media, vaccines

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Tory MP launches petition to axe legislation that would criminalize pro-family, Christian ministries

The target is Bill C-6, which will criminalize anyone who tries to help others leave the destructive LGBT lifestyle.
Thu Feb 11, 2021 - 9:08 pm EST
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OTTAWA, February 11, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Sarnia-Lambton M.P. Marilyn Gladu launched a petition calling on the Canadian government to change or withdraw Bill C-6, legislation that would criminalize practices labeled as “conversion therapy.” Her initiative has garnered 169 signatures and was first presented to the House of Commons in December.

“This petition is supported by the majority of the 91 churches in my riding,” Gladu said in a December reading for C-6. She said her Sarnia-Lambton constituents are “extremely concerned about an attack on our freedom of religion, conscience, expression, belief and our ability to speak it in the public square.”

“We call upon the Government of Canada for a narrower definition of what the Liberals view as ‘conversion therapy,’ in order to exclude pastoral care, voluntary sought counselling, or prayer,” the petition reads, calling on the government of Canada “to amend or withdraw this legislation.”

C-6 passed a virtual second reading last year in a 308-7 vote. M.P. Gladu did not vote, citing internet issues.

The bill, denounced as “totalitarian” by pro-family leaders and medical experts alike, would broadly outlaw counseling or advertisements for counseling that fits the proposed definition of “conversion therapy.”

According to the legislation, that would include any “practice, treatment or service designed to change a person’s sexual orientation to heterosexual, to change a person’s gender identity or gender expression to cisgender or to repress or reduce non-heterosexual attraction or sexual behaviour[.]” Bill C-6 explicitly exempts destructive pro-LGBT “gender transition” practices.

Under C-6, priests who advertise ministries to help individuals recover from LGBT lifestyles could face up to two years’ imprisonment, while parents who take children to such counseling could be sentenced to up to five years.

“This Bill includes an outrageous ban on change therapy, counselling, advice, and prayer for those who no longer wish to identify as LGBT,” reads a petition against Bill C-6 led by Campaign Life Coalition, a top Canadian pro-family group, that has gained nearly 20,000 signatures.

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“Studies prove that change is not only possible, but also very natural among people who identify as LGBT,” it continues.

“There are thousands of former transgenders and ex-gays who have left the LGBT lifestyle with the help of clinical therapy or spiritual counseling, and are living happier, healthier, more fulfilled lives as a result, in harmony with their faith,” Campaign Life declares on its website stoptheban.ca

“It’s not enough for Bill C-6 to be tweaked, to be revised, just to fix the definition. We can’t do that,” David Cooke of Campaign Life Coalition said at a rally last December. “This bill has to go, totally and completely, no compromise. There is nothing here that can be good for us or for any Canadian.”


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Outgoing NARAL president says Roe v. Wade is in trouble

The abortion organization is ‘rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic,’ said pro-life political scientist and expert Dr. Michael New.
Thu Feb 11, 2021 - 7:08 pm EST
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February 11, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Ilyse Hogue, president of pro-abortion organization NARAL, announced Monday that she will step down in May. 

Hogue, who proudly boasted at the Democratic National Convention in 2016 about procuring an abortion in an attempt to “destigmatize” the act, has served as president of NARAL since 2013 and is responsible for expanding the organization’s membership four-fold. She is also the author of the pro-abortion propaganda book and podcast “The Lie That Binds,” allegedly a “research driven history of the right-wing anti-choice movement and its connections to white supremacy and an agenda to undercut democracy,” according to NARAL’s press release announcing Hogue’s departure.

In an interview with The New York Times, Hogue expressed concern that Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that imposed abortion on demand on all 50 states, is not “safe.” Hogue warned that “constant vigilance is required to secure all of our rights.”

She explained that her fear for the future of Roe stems from the supposedly conservative leaning Supreme Court: “The peril to Roe, the peril to (so-called) reproductive freedom comes from the courts.”

“But the courts are powerless without legitimacy and the support of the people,” she said. Hogue added that “one of the things we’ve (pro-abortion supporters) been so successful in doing in the last eight years is making people aware that the courts have been used for a political tool, and that they have to be held to account.”

Hogue observed that “politically it is not a salable (sic) point anymore that you can’t be an active champion,” of access to abortion. Celebrating this development in politics, she pointed out that “We had every single Democratic presidential candidate release a plan on how they’re going to address the crisis in reproductive freedom. We had them outcompeting each other in debates.”

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Despite this apparent victory, Hogue expressed the need to eradicate any anti-abortion sentiment from the Democratic Party, saying “there is zero room in the party for people who would oppose the seven in ten Americans who don’t think politicians should be governing their decisions about pregnancy and family.” She, like many other pro-abortion activists, persists in making the specious claim that 77 percent of Americans support abortion.

Taken broadly and without clarification on what Roe v. Wade actually entails, one will arrive at the percentage support to which Hogue clings. But when more details are given, especially that Roe permitted, as a constitutional “right,” abortion up until birth, that number dramatically drops, to around 18 percent support. Thus, it cannot reasonably be claimed that the majority of Americans want pro-abortion legislation.

Worried about state level abortion bans, Hogue said “2019 taught Americans that the anti-choice movement is way more extreme than anyone understood.”

“We’re seeing a sea change by letting the right own the narrative for so long.”

LifeSiteNews spoke to Dr. Michael New, Ph.D, associate scholar at the pro-life Charlotte Lozier Institute. Like Hogue, New recognizes the uphill struggle faced by supporters of Roe, noting that “During her tenure, Hogue was unable to stop or even slow the legislative and political gains made by pro-lifers.”

“Since 2013, pro-lifers succeeded in passing over 350 pro-life laws at the state level. Additionally, during his time in office, President (Donald) Trump was able to appoint over 200 federal judges, including three Supreme Court judges,” New said. “This means that many of these protective pro-life laws will receive a more favorable hearing during various legal challenges. Additionally, the U.S. abortion rate continued its steady decline. Although there were some reports of a slight uptick in the abortion rate in 2018, Guttmacher Institute data indicates that the U.S. abortion rate fell by over 11 percent between 2013 and 2017.”

Although NARAL will select a new president, New said its efforts will be as futile as “rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.”

“As ultrasound technology continues to improve, more people will reject abortion and fewer physicians will be willing to perform abortions,” he predicted. “More pro-life laws will be passed, women facing unintended pregnancies will receive more support, and a higher percentage of unintended pregnancies will be carried to term. The successful political, educational, and service efforts of pro-lifers have played a key role in the 50 percent decline in the U.S. abortion rate since 1980. Supporters of legal abortion may win short term victories here or there, but the future of the country is clearly pro-life.”

Shake-up at abortion organizations

Planned Parenthood, the country’s largest abortion provider, has faced numerous struggles from within its own ranks in recent years, seeing a high turnover in its management.

In 2019, then-president and chief executive Leana Wen was ousted by board members less than a year after replacing previous president Cecile Richards. Richards’ own departure, after 12 years in the position, was marred by the scandal that Planned Parenthood abortion facilities trafficked in the procurement and sale of aborted baby body parts.

According to The New York Times, the board wanted to exchange Wen for “a more aggressive political leader” who would resist more resolutely nationwide legislative efforts to quash abortion.

Wen complained that her tenure was ended in a “secret meeting,” despite engaging in “good faith negotiations” beforehand.

Emphasizing Planned Parenthood’s push for abortion as more than simply a small part of what they do, Wen later said “there was immediate criticism that I did not prioritize abortion enough,” and was also reportedly faulted for concluding that “trans-inclusive language” would “isolate people in the Midwest.”

In addition to problems in the hierarchy, Planned Parenthood has struggled to maintain brewing racism in the lower ranks. Beside targeting the lives of black children in the womb, black employees of Planned Parenthood have complained after experiencing “acts of racism and anti-Blackness from their white colleagues.”

In spite of Planned Parenthood’s supposed “social justice-driven mission,” the Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance (AORTA) discovered that black employees, both past and present, “feel that Planned Parenthood’s treatment of them internally” has not been “in line” with these values.

“Black employees told AORTA they regularly experienced acts of racism and anti-Blackness from their white colleagues but found that when they reported problems to human resources, there was ‘no meaningful consequence or accountability for racial harm,’” BuzzFeed reported in October. “The employees said they had been experiencing these issues and bringing them to management’s attention for years, but felt that little had been done to change the problems.”

Buzzfeed noted the problems extended to the culture at NARAL, too:

AORTA’s findings line up with an investigation published by BuzzFeed News in August, which detailed allegations of racism and discrimination at Planned Parenthood’s state affiliate chapters, as well as at NARAL Pro-Choice America, another major reproductive rights group. Twenty-six sources at both organizations told BuzzFeed News at the time that they regularly faced racism at work and were belittled by their bosses, while their non-Black colleagues were not, and felt they often had nowhere to turn for help with these issues. They also said they were unable to move up within the organization, while their white colleagues were promoted.

Hogue’s predecessor, Nancy Keenan, left the organization in 2013. She famously remarked of the March for Life participants, “There are so many of them, and they are so young.” She said she left the organization to make way for a younger leader.


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Anti-suicide campaigner’s inspirational video about jumping off Golden Gate Bridge and surviving goes viral

Kevin Hines hopes that sharing his story will be a lifeline for people in despair.
Thu Feb 11, 2021 - 6:02 pm EST
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SAN FRANCISCO, California, February 11, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A moving video about a Christian teen who regretted his suicide bid between leaping from a landmark and hitting the water has gone viral. 

The 10-minute Goalcast video reviewing the life and the near-death of Kevin Hines has been liked or loved by more than 322,000 people on Facebook and has had more than 316,000 views on YouTube since it appeared in November 2020. It contains a special message for people in despair because of the grinding lockdowns: 

On September 24, 2000, the then-19-year-old Hines vaulted over a rail on the Golden Gate Bridge and fell 240 feet in four seconds. The boy had time to regret what he had done and cried out to God to save him.

“It was the single worst action I had ever taken,” Hines said later.

“I thought I had to die, and I was wrong.” 

The teen crashed into San Francisco Bay feet first, breaking an ankle and shattering his lower vertebrae. As he struggled in the water, he prayed not to drown. To his amazement, and the amazement of onlookers, a sea lion kept him afloat, pushing him above the water until the Coast Guard arrived.

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Hines was treated for his physical injuries for a month before being admitted to San Francisco’s Saint Francis Memorial Hospital to receive psychiatric help. Twenty years later, he still struggles with the mental illnesses — including depression and psychosis — that lead him to suicidal thoughts. But today he reaches out for help from a network of friends and family, including his wife Margaret, and he himself is on a mission of hope to help young people who are also suffering from problems that seem insurmountable. 

“More teens die by suicide than heart disease, AIDS, pneumonia, the flu, cancer and lung disease combined,” Hines says in the short film.

“And that is a travesty.”

One of the saddest aspects of the day the teenage Hines tried to take his own life was that no one reached out to him. He was in tears on the bus to the Golden Gate bridge, but nobody asked him what was wrong. Blind to his distress on the bridge, a tourist asked him to take her photograph. 
  
Poignantly, Hines’ father took him back to the Golden Gate Bridge a year to the day of his suicide attempt and encouraged him to throw a flower in the water. When he did so, a sea lion popped above the water. 

The Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the USA is 1-800-273-8255. The Canadian Suicide Prevention service is 1-833-456-4566. In the UK, the Samaritans can be reached at 116 123. 


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Twitter suspends Project Veritas for confronting Facebook censorship overseer

The investigative group had confronted Facebook Vice President of Integrity Guy Rosen over the company's ability 'to freeze commenting on threads in cases where our systems are detecting that there may be a thread that has hate speech or violence.'
Thu Feb 11, 2021 - 4:53 pm EST
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February 11, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Twitter has suspended the accounts of Project Veritas and its founder, James O’Keefe, over the conservative investigative organization’s confrontation of Facebook Vice President of Integrity Guy Rosen.

On Wednesday, Project Veritas published a report about Rosen’s admission, from a leaked private meeting, that the social media giant has “a system that is able to freeze commenting on threads in cases where our systems are detecting that there may be a thread that has hate speech or violence,” which is “part of our investments into the integrity space [and] our efforts to protect the election."

The report contains a video of a Project Veritas journalist confronting Rosen outside his home, asking him how the company defines “hate speech.” The video does not display the address and blurs all visible license plates on cars, though the house number is briefly visible. Twitter suspended the accounts, supposedly for violating the platform’s rule against “post[ing] other people’s private information” without authorization.

“It’s pretty outrageous that Twitter has done this for a harmless video. It shows that Twitter and Facebook are teaming up to censor content that Americans deserve to see,” Project Veritas Media Relations Manager Mario Balaban responded in a statement to The Daily Caller.

“Twitter has asked us to delete a tweet that supposedly violated their rule on positing “private information,” Project Veritas followed up on Telegram. “The tweet in question arose when asking for comment from Facebook’s VP of Integrity about censorship. Project Veritas is appealing this decision, as no privacy was violated. The reporter on the ground never revealed the location, nor were any street signs that would indicate the location visible. Reporters speak with people on the street all the time. Project Veritas stands by our reporting. You can’t cancel someone who doesn’t want to be canceled.”

Despite Twitter’s official explanation for the suspensions, the move is consistent with previous material leaked to Project Veritas, in which Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admits that the “full retro” Twitter is undertaking in content restriction, done in the name of “protect[ing] the integrity of that conversation,” is “going to be bigger than just one account, and this is going to go on for much longer than just this day, this week, and the next few weeks and go on beyond the inauguration.”


  big tech, censorship, facebook, free speech, james o'keefe, project veritas, social media bias, twitter

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REGISTER NOW: 1 week until LifeSite’s online COVID-19 conference

On Friday, February 19th, medical doctors, lawyers, religious figures, and medical freedom activists will participate in LifeSite's 'Unmasking COVID-19' conference.
Thu Feb 11, 2021 - 4:48 pm EST
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February 11, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Politicians across the world have responded with authoritarian measures to the coronavirus. Seeing how these trends will likely continue in this new year, now more than ever you need to learn the truth about the virus.

Next Friday, February 19, join LifeSite’s first-ever FREE virtual conference on vaccines, Unmasking COVID-19: Vaccines, Mandates, and Global Health.

This conference is set to bring together a large group of speakers who will share their unique knowledge and expertise on the virus, abortion-tainted vaccines, mask mandates, and so much more. Click here to register at no cost for this incredible event. 

Big Tech has been trying desperately to censor anyone who dares to report the facts on COVID and who disagrees with the “truths” of the mainstream media. LifeSite has experienced this censorship of truth first hand by having our YouTube channel permanently banned just this week.

LifeSite is committed to bringing you the truth no matter the censorship, which is why this this conference is all the more important. 

Below is a list of invited guests who will participate in moderated, hour-long discussions led by our staff. 

  • Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, osteopathic medical doctor, nationally recognized speaker, vaccine specialist.  

  • Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan. 

  • Dr. Leland Stillman, internal medicine specialist; board-certified, American Board of Internal Medicine. 

  • Pamela Acker, biologist, vaccine expert, author of Vaccination: A Catholic Perspective.  

  • Rebecca Messall, special counsel, Thomas More Society; managing partner, Messall Law Firm, LLC; currently represents two churches in Colorado fighting the governor’s COVID restrictions.  

  • Dr. Marissa Brand, board certified Doctor of Natural Medicine and Doctor of Humanitarian Services; vaccine researcher. 

  • Dr. Pat Castle, board member at the Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology; chemistry professor at the Air Force Academy. 

  • Dr. Christina Parks, molecular and cellular biologist; critic of anti-hydroxychloroquine misinformation campaigns. 

  • Brad Bergford, president, Colorado chapter of National Lawyers Association; Alliance Defending Freedom Blackstone Fellow and Allied Attorney.

  • Kristen Meghan, M.S. OSH, Senior Industrial Hygienist; whistleblower on unethical health and environmental hazards; vaccine injury survivor. 

  • Dr. Teresa Deisher, founder of AVM Biotechnology and Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute; researches vaccine links to aborted fetal material; former advisor to David Daleiden.

This powerhouse group of speakers will bring together their own individual expertise, and provide for you eye-opening information on these crucial issues. Don’t miss out on this historic event! Register now by clicking here. 

We look forward to welcome you on February 19th for this virtual conference!


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Alabama prisoner begs Supreme Court to allow his pastor to be with him as he’s executed

Most of the prisoners who were executed in the United States over the last year were allowed to have a clergy member of their choice present in the execution chamber.
Thu Feb 11, 2021 - 3:29 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., February 11, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The Supreme Court is currently considering an Alabama prisoner’s request to have access to a clergy member of his faith in the chamber during his execution for prayer and spiritual guidance.

The Alabama Department of Corrections has banned all clergy from the execution chamber, depriving prisoners like Willie Smith from praying with a clergy member during their final moments. Smith’s execution was scheduled for today, but late last night a federal appeals court ordered Alabama to allow Smith’s pastor to enter the chamber. Alabama has now asked the Supreme Court to reverse that decision and allow the execution to go forward without comfort of clergy.

“Allowing clergy to be present for condemned prisoners at the moment of death is an ancient and common practice, one that Alabama is familiar with,” said Diana Verm, senior counsel at Becket, a religious liberty law firm. “In fact, until 2019, Alabama not only allowed but required clergy in the death chamber. That shows Alabama is less concerned about security than it is about litigation tactics.”

Becket filed a friend-of-the-court brief in Dunn v. Smith in support of Smith’s request for Pastor Robert Paul Wiley, Jr. to accompany him to the gurney. Becket pointed out that most of the prisoners who were executed in the United States over the last year were allowed to have a clergy member of their choice present in the execution chamber. If the federal government and other states have been able to offer this religious accommodation, Alabama should be able to, as well.

In fact, Alabama required clergy in the chamber until 2019, when it changed its requirement as a result of prisoner litigation requesting equal treatment. In Murphy v. Collier, a Buddhist prisoner requested that his spiritual advisor be available instead of the Christian or Muslim chaplains that the prison provided. When the Supreme Court required equal treatment for all faiths, Alabama banned all clergy from the death chamber, even its own prison chaplains.

“The Constitution and federal law require more than equal treatment, they require that prisoners be allowed to exercise their sincere religious faith whenever possible,” said Verm. “That includes allowing clergy to pray with prisoners as they cross over into death.”

The Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit required Alabama to allow clergy into the execution chamber, likely delaying the execution that was scheduled for today. Alabama has asked the Supreme Court to reverse that order.


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Disney drops ‘Mandalorian’ actress Gina Carano for posting against political hate

Gina Carano’s past conservative commentary, on subjects ranging from gender pronouns to election fraud to COVID-19 mask mandates, has made her a darling on the Right but a target on the Left.
Thu Feb 11, 2021 - 3:05 pm EST
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February 11, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Disney has terminated its association with Star Wars: The Mandalorian co-star Gina Carano following online activists’ uproar over an Instagram post in which the former MMA fighter and outspoken conservative compared modern-day political animosity to the anti-Jewish sentiment cultivated by Nazi Germany prior to the Holocaust.

“Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors … even by children,” Carano, who portrayed heroic mercenary Cara Dune in the popular streaming series, wrote in the since-deleted post. “Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?”

As the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum explains, “propaganda campaigns created an atmosphere tolerant of violence against Jews” and “encouraged passivity and acceptance of the impending measures against Jews” prior to the implementation of governmental actions for which the Holocaust is most remembered.

But despite the accuracy of Carano’s historical account, and the fact that her post identified no political party, ideology, or group as either the perpetrator or the victim of modern-day hatred, social media leftists quickly promoted the interpretation that Carano’s post suggested “being a Republican today is like being Jewish during the Holocaust,” as The Hollywood Reporter (THR) put it.

THR, which does not quote or link what Carano actually wrote, reports that the Disney-owned Lucasfilm Ltd. issued a statement that “Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future. Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”

The statement does not identify any post by Carano that “denigrat[es] people based on their cultural and religious identities.” THR quotes one source as saying Lucasfilm has “been looking for a reason to fire her for two months, and today was the final straw.” 

Carano’s past conservative commentary, on subjects ranging from gender pronouns to election fraud to COVID-19 mask mandates, has made her a darling on the Right but a target on the Left, and reportedly led Lucasfilm to scrap plans to announce in December that she would star in another Star Wars spinoff series.

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Neither Carano nor anyone involved with The Mandalorian has yet responded to the news, but many have spoken out in support of the actress, and against the moral double-standards of parent company Disney:

In particular, critics quickly recalled a 2018 tweet in which Carano’s co-star Pedro Pascal, who plays bounty hunter and main protagonist Din Djarin, compared the Trump administration to Nazi Germany over the former’s policy of temporarily separating minors from illegal border crossers, a policy which spawned intense protests over “kids in cages” (protests not reignited by the Biden administration’s recent reopening of one such “cage” in Texas).

On top of the Holocaust analogy, the “America, 2018” photo in Pascal’s tweet was actually a 2010 photo of Palestinian children in a soup kitchen line:

The Mandalorian is perceived by many to represent a divide within Lucasfilm following Disney’s acquisition of the company, hearkening back to Star Wars’ roots in serialized adventure and classic good vs. evil themes, as opposed to the perceived infusion of “social justice” elements into the franchise’s films and books.


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The University of Wisconsin imposes testing, contact tracing app, in apparent preparation for vaccine

Given the data which reveals 'most students' have about a 99.997% chance of surviving a COVID-19 infection, the UW doesn’t appear to have considered why such a population should be expected to submit themselves to an experimental vaccine where the impacts on fertility are 'unknown.'
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MADISON, Wisconsin, February 11, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The University of Wisconsin (UW) has implemented new, very aggressive policies for students and faculty with a stated purpose of maintaining “health and safety” amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These requirements include frequent mandatory testing and the downloading of a contact tracing app which also serves as a means of access to all UW facilities. 

Borrowing upon the positive sentiments associated with the beloved mascot of UW, Bucky Badger, the university has required all students, faculty and staff to download the “Safer Badger App,” which allows them to “find testing locations, schedule COVID-19 tests, obtain test results, and access additional health resources.”

Such facilitation is designed to assist students and personnel in maintaining compliance with the new, and frequent, COVID-19 PCR testing requirements, which differ slightly based on an individual’s affiliation with the university.

While students living in residence halls must receive a nasal swab PCR test twice a week, saliva-based tests are available to the rest of the students and staff. All undergraduates, including those living off campus in Madison and only participating in on-line classes, are required to maintain the two-test per week regimen throughout the semester. For graduate students, faculty and staff, this requirement is cut in half with their only needing a test every eight days.

Compliance with these mandates permits all participants to utilize the “Badger Badge” screen on their Safer Badgers app as a “virtual access pass for entry into campus workplaces and buildings where in-person classes and other in-person activities are being held.” The green check mark on the Badger Badge must be verified by “Badger Wellness Ambassadors” in order to enter UW buildings.

These requirements come in addition to those standardized by the “Badger Pledge” which demands face masks “be worn on campus at all times and in all places (both outside and inside)” with few exceptions. Students and personnel “pledge” to “cooperate with contact tracers” if they test positive for COVID-19, and are asked to minimize hosting or attending gatherings, including those of student organizations.

Being a faithful Badger, according to the “pledge,” also seems to imply a willingness to report one’s fellow students for violations of these dictates, as a mechanism for such reporting is included on the same page. This “Concern Form,” which may be completed anonymously, solicits the identity of the violator(s), along with the specific behaviors which violate these restrictions, including “Refusal to wear proper face covering … Not maintaining appropriate physical distancing … Hosting an event and/or gathering in violation of public health directives,” etc.

What this equates to, according to Olivia Burmeister, a junior undergraduate who recently withdrew from UW, is an encouragement for students to “report if they see people in their private homes who welcome people from other households and fail to keep masks on at all times OR fail to maintain six feet between each other.”

“I think the mistrust stoked by the university even among members of the student body has made campus a toxic environment,” she said.

Also encouraged on the “Badger Pledge” page is for students to “reflect” on the “consequences for intentional and/or repeated violations” of these mandates which “can include disciplinary probation, which is part of a permanent disciplinary record,” or suspension for those “significantly non-compliant on COVID testing.”

“Heaven forbid that you take off your mask outside for a breath of fresh air,” Burmeister said, “because a student might take your picture and have you suspended.”

A report in The Federalist by Evita Duffy demonstrates that these invasive impositions are not unique to UW, but exist at universities across the country including Southern Methodist University, the University of Chicago, and Berkeley.

“Students turned in to the university authorities across the country,” for such apparent infractions, “have had their class registration put on hold, been kicked out of university housing, and even been suspended. This Soviet software is divisive and disturbing and is often applied unfairly and sometimes used by students to target peers they don’t like or seek to take revenge on,” writes Duffy.

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Danger of death due to COVID-19 ‘completely negligible’ for students and staff 

What is not explicitly explained by the UW is why exactly these arduous, invasive mandates are even necessary.

For example, in contrast to previous pandemics, such as the Spanish flu, the median age of mortality for COVID-19 is almost “identical to natural mortality,” with an overall average being 82 years

Indeed, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which for many reasons may be significantly overestimating infection fatality rates (IFR), provided its “Best Estimate” of the IFR by age in the U.S. last September as represented below.

  • 0-19 years old: 0.00003 (99.997% survival rate)

  • 20-49 years old: 0.0002 (99.98% survival rate)

  • 50-69 years old: 0.005 (99.5% survival rate)

  • 70+ years old: 0.054 (94.46% survival rate)

Thus, for those under 70, COVID-19 remains less of a threat than influenza. As one researcher affirmed, the risk of death for those healthy individuals of school and working age “is comparable to a daily car ride to work” and is thus “completely negligible.” 

In fact, while the UW’s COVID-19 Response “Dashboard” provides statistics for “New cases,” “Tests,” “% Positivity,” and the numbers of those in “Isolation / Quarantine,” what is conspicuously missing on the main display are statistics on the numbers of hospitalizations and deaths associated with those on campus.

However, if one scrolls down to the bottom of the current (February 4) weekly briefing, we learn, “No UW–Madison students or employees have reported current hospitalizations due to COVID-19.”

Safe, effective inexpensive remedies available for vulnerable

Of course, these excessive COVID rules, often violating human and constitutional rights, are broadly defended as necessary to protect those who are more vulnerable due to age or other infirmities.

It is unclear from the UW website, however, if there was any consideration of whether mandating nasal swab PCR tests twice a week for thousands of perfectly healthy students, under virtually no threat from a virus, is rightly proportionate to this end.

Nor is it clear if UW authorities consulted with Dr. Pierre Kory who was, until recently, the Chief of Critical Care Service at UW Hospital, and is now the president of the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC) which was created “to research and develop lifesaving protocols for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.” The group claims that one of its treatment protocols “has saved tens of thousands of patients who were critically ill” with this virus.

For Dr. Kory, and many other physicians, the use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) or ivermectin in prophylaxis and early treatment, is the safest, most effective and inexpensive means to protecting the vulnerable from the China virus.

In an impassioned December testimony before a U.S. Senate Committee, Dr. Kory emphasized that ivermectin “basically obliterates transmission of this virus,” with “miraculous effectiveness.”

“When I say ‘miracle’ I do not use that term lightly,” he stated. “[T]hat is a scientific recommendation based on mountains of data that has emerged in the last three months.”

Such data emanates from places like India, the second most populated nation in the world, which embraced the treatment protocol advanced by FLCCC and has watched its case and fatalities rate drop in “steep decline.” Though India has four times the population of the U.S., it has less than half of the coronavirus related deaths.

Putting it very simply, Dr. Kory testified, “If you take it [ivermectin], you will not get sick.”

Following the diligent efforts of Kory and his team, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently upgraded their recommendation for the use of ivermectin in treating COVID-19 in January making it much easier for doctors to prescribe it.

It is unclear if the UW is considering promoting such safe, effective and inexpensive treatments to those relatively few vulnerable individuals in their community as an option to running what Duffy, a junior at the University of Chicago, refers to as “insane COVID rules,” which are preparing a generation for “totalitarianism.”

 

‘Safer Badger’ contact tracing, an invasion of privacy?

The website description of the Safer Badgers app also states that it “provides anonymous, secure notifications to anyone who has been in proximity to another participating app user who has tested positive for COVID-19.”

Like many of these apps that have been developed around the world, the technology uses Bluetooth signals to identify smartphone users who have been in close contact with each other. If someone using the system registers a positive test for coronavirus, those who are identified as having been in close contact with them over the previous 14 days, receive an “exposure notification” from what the UW refers to as a “secure database server.”

According to the FAQ’s the “Safer Badgers app provides exposure notification for those users who enable this feature.” What is not mentioned, according to Ms. Burmeister, is the app “constantly prompts you to activate ‘optional’ location tracking.”

For this and other reasons, Duffy reports that “many believe” the app “is an invasion of privacy.” Another UW junior, Connor Hess suspects the university is tracking the movements of the students. “They say they just have location services so that you can now see where the testing sites are,” Hess said skeptically, “but I don’t know if I fully believe that.”

Growing concerns over this technology are widespread across the western world. Alarms have been raised in Canada over the government’s use of such technology to monitor citizens as an enforcement mechanism for quarantine orders. 

In response to the government issuing of such technology in France, technical experts noted, “that users don't really have control over their own data and that these [apps] could be used for purposes other than contact tracing, either on the part of the government or for commercial uses.”

Even when a user’s identity is hidden behind a digital pseudonym for the purposes of anonymity, this should not be considered a guarantee, they say, as those who download the app can be identified through their I.P. addresses.

Another group in France, called this technology a freedom-destroying app that is “preparing the ground for acceptance of technopolice,” which already includes street cameras and drones.

Given that computer technology has shown itself to be quite hackable, other questions posed in France include, what happens if the democratic society gives way to tyranny — as it has already by imposing stringent control on law-abiding citizens supposedly in response to COVID-19? And how long does that which starts out in life as “voluntary” remain voluntary?

Draconian measures a preparation for experimental vaccines?

Despite the clear lack of danger to students and staff from the China virus, as demonstrated by the CDC above, last fall the UW imposed draconian lockdown measures on its students including a two-week quarantine for roughly 2,300 students living in the Sellery and Witte Residence Halls. They didn’t have to stay in the building, but if they left, they couldn’t return until the quarantine was completed.

Part of the justification provided by the university for this spring semester’s intensified requirements included “an effort to avoid disruptions to academic and campus operations that were necessary [last] fall.”

Looking to the future, the university seems to anticipate some mitigation of these intrusive mandates with the expected reception of experimental COVID-19 vaccines among students and staff.

“The university is investing in this enhanced approach,” explains the initiative’s overview, “knowing that vaccines are not expected to be widely available until at least the second quarter of 2021 and probably later for healthy young adults (that is, most students).”

Given the data which reveals “most students” have about a 99.997% chance of surviving a COVID-19 infection (without early treatment), the UW doesn’t appear to have considered why such a population should be expected to submit themselves to an experimental vaccine, which has been rushed through the process of development, testing, approval, and now distribution, with a new “messenger RNA” technology, no industry-standard animal trials, nor any sufficient studies on long-term effects.

Of significant concern, especially for the young, is the impact these chemicals may have on a person’s fertility. One U.K. government-produced instruction for one of these agents, the Pfizer experimental vaccine, affirms that “It is unknown whether COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 has an impact on fertility.”

Dr. Simone Gold, founder of American Frontline Doctors stated, “I would never let a woman of child-bearing age take this [experimental vaccine]. I would fight tooth and nail [to prevent it].”

Other dangers included “allergic” and “potentially fatal reactions,” the risk that these injections may cause an increased vulnerability to the virus while also presenting unacceptable dangers of long-term effects due to a lack of proper testing.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also drew up a document last fall listing the possible side-effects from a COVID-19 vaccine, including strokes, encephalitis, auto-immune disease, birth defects, Kawasaki disease, and death.

Of note, recent reports have revealed that hundreds of individuals injected with these experimental vaccines have been admitted to the hospital, and the shots have so far been linked to at least 453 deaths in the United States.

In the analysis of one group of highly qualified physicians, there is a significant contrast between “taking a medication for an actual disease,” and the reception of a vaccine. The individual “who takes a vaccine is typically completely healthy and would continue to be healthy without the vaccine. As the first rule of the Hippocratic Oath is: do no harm, vaccine safety must be guaranteed. That has not yet happened” with the COVID-19 experimental vaccines.

Further, there is no data on whether or not these experimental agents are actually capable of stopping transmission of the virus, and thus it remains quite possible that vaccinated persons could still be infected by COVID-19 and pass it along to others, negating a primary purpose of the vaccine itself.

“I will not be receiving the experimental vaccine,” Burmeister stated. “I am most concerned about protecting my hopeful future vocation of motherhood. The university is considering requiring the vaccine, but at this point, that case seems to be at a standstill.”

PCR Tests and ‘isolation prisons’

As Duffy reports, most universities “have isolation dorms or, as some students call them, ‘isolation prisons,’ where students who test positive for COVID are forced to live alone for two weeks.” 

The UW isn’t clear on what exactly defines a “case” as it is displayed on their “dashboard,” though it appears this condition is confirmed by a mere positive PCR-based COVID-19 test result. 

Last December, LifeSiteNews reported on the fact that 22 independent scientists had debunked the test finding “ten fatal problems” with it. Each of the problems is described as being sufficient on its own to render the PCR test “useless as a specific diagnostic tool to identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus.”

More recently, on January 20th, just one hour after Joe Biden was inaugurated President of the United States, the World Health Organization (WHO) changed its protocol for COVID-19 tests, indicating an essential agreement with these scientists. 

The WHO’S guidance warned against diagnosing an asymptomatic person of having the virus simply due to a positive PCR test. As a result of this change, “case” numbers have plummeted across the world.

Given even the WHO recognizing a mere positive PCR test as insufficient to determine a “case,” whether UW-Madison authorities are reevaluating their own policies on such test results—which apparently have the potential of relegating a student to a two-week quarantine—remains to be seen.

One UW student has publicly withdrawn in protest of the COVID regime

As a result of these invasive impositions, Ms. Burmeister withdrew from the University of Wisconsin to enroll in Liberty University’s online Paralegal Studies program. In giving the reason for her departure on UW’s required withdrawal application, she stated:

I am not comfortable with … the new COVID-19 policies this spring. We are all sovereign individuals with freedom endowed by Divine authority, not the university. It is abhorrent that the university should require testing, use of the Safer Badgers app, and signing of the Badger Pledge instead of respecting students' judgment and freedom to decline participation.

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

If you would like to express your concerns over the University of Wisconsin’s COVID-19 response policies, you may reach Chancellor Rebecca Blank at the contact information below:

UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank
161 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 608-262-9946

Twitter: @BeckyBlank


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Israel launches ‘green pass’ so vaccinated people can access ‘non-essential’ businesses

The “green pass” will not be given to unvaccinated people, regardless of a negative COVID test result.
Thu Feb 11, 2021 - 2:39 pm EST
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TEL AVIV, Israel, February 11, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Israel’s health department has released an official app that will allow those who are vaccinated — around 40% of the population so far — to obtain a so-called “green pass” to gain access to entertainment and leisure facilities.

Originally, if one opted not to take the vaccine, COVID tests were to be made readily available which, if returning a negative result within 72 hours, would have given the individual a similar “green pass” which they could upload to the app on their device, granting the same privileges.

Now, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein is drawing a harder line in the sand.

He admitted that while it “is quite clear that there are vital areas where people cannot be prevented from entering regardless of the vaccine,” nevertheless “there are quite a few things that will open soon,” referring to so-called “non-essential” businesses.

Believing that maintaining a testing regimen for unvaccinated people will become too much of a burden on the system, Edelstein declared: “We are not going to cause the labs to collapse because of those who did not find the time to get vaccinated and will want to be tested instead.” As such, the “green pass” will not be given to unvaccinated people, regardless of a negative COVID test result.

He explained, “This is why I highly recommend people who want to enjoy hotels, culture, gyms — to go and get vaccinated to access these places freely.”

The Israeli government website notes that vaccine certificates will be made available to those who have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccinated individuals will have to apply for the certificate, as it is not distributed automatically. A “control center” will be established to deal with requests for certificates and “green pass” cards.

The certificates, which must be presented alongside an identification document to be valid, do not grant individuals unlimited freedoms, but rather offer 6 months of “benefits.” The benefits include the aforementioned access to “non-essential” businesses, as well as not being required to self-isolate if identified as a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID, and not having to self-isolate following a return from a what the government calls a “red location.”

The government added that certificate holders will be “eligible for relaxed restrictions in destinations around the world.”

Despite being awarded the temporary certificates, vaccine pass holders will still have to “wear a mask in public settings and practice social distancing, i. e. keeping 2 meters from people and follow restrictions on gathering.”

Further vaccination incentive programs were discussed by the government, including allowing medical insurers to give their staff a cash bonus for convincing people to take the vaccine.

Givatayim, a city just east of Tel Aviv, will offer a municipal tax deduction to families that take the vaccine.

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Israel is joined by a slew of international governments developing vaccine recording initiatives that reward people who take the vaccine, but punish those who reject or oppose it.

Sweden recently proposed making special travel allowances for those who receive two doses of a COVID vaccine, Health Minister Lena Hallengren said. Swedish residents who have received the vaccine are already eligible for a certificate proving their inoculation, but the new plan is to develop a “digital vaccination certificate” to be easily accessed, affording holders the ability to “travel abroad on holiday or to meet a loved one.”

In the U.K., despite cabinet ministers originally announcing that vaccine “passports” were “not being planned,” Nadhim Zahawi, the minister responsible for the U.K.’s vaccine rollout, said last month that the government is “looking at the technology,” and is now funding a trial of COVID-19 vaccination “passports.”

President Joe Biden has also made moves towards implementing vaccine “passports” in his country. In his executive order “Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and

International Travel,” one of the slate of orders signed during his first day in office, Biden ordered the Department of Health and Human Services to “assess the feasibility of linking COVID-19 vaccination to International Certificates of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) and producing electronic versions of ICVPs.”

The order made no mention of what sanctions might be imposed, if any, on those who would not qualify by refusing to receive the jab.

In Israel, meanwhile, legislation is being considered that would give employers the right to refuse unvaccinated people entry into the workplace. It would also mandate that school teachers receive the jab, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein confirmed, according to a report by The Jerusalem Post.

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UK hospital tells midwives to say ‘chestfeeding’ alongside ‘breastfeeding’ to be ‘gender inclusive’ 

As part of the UK's 'first clinical and language guidelines supporting trans and non-binary birthing people,' midwives are urged to refer to breastmilk as 'human' milk.
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BRIGHTON, England, February 11, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Midwives in Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH) NHS Trust are being told they must use the term “chestfeeding” alongside “breastfeeding” with postpartum mothers. Midwives must also use other “inclusive” language like “human” milk when talking about breastmilk, in order to appeal to the fewer than one percent of transgenders in the population.

The English hospital made the announcement about changes in policy regarding language on their website: “As part of our journey towards providing gender inclusive care for everybody we are working on updating the language on all of our resources, including our website and patient information leaflets.”

The hospital’s new language guide states that gender identity can be a “source of oppression and health inequality.” It also says that the gender-neutral terms will not be used exclusively but together with the original language. For example, the use of  “chestfeeding” will now be said alongside “breastfeeding.”

“We are consciously using the words ‘women’ and ‘people’ together to make it clear that we are committed to working on addressing health inequalities for all those who use our services,” states the English hospital’s Gender Inclusive Language in Perinatal Services guide.

“Our approach has been carefully considered to be inclusive of trans & non-binary birthing people without excluding the language of women or motherhood... if we only use gender neutral language, we risk marginalising or erasing the experience of some of the women and people who use our services.”

The University Hospital listed some examples like, “pregnant women and people,” “birthing women and people,” “breast/chestfeeding women and people,” and “postnatal women and people.”

Some famous Brits have spoken up recently about the lunacy surrounding gender identity. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and former U.K. Telegraph columnist, Suzanne Moore, have been attacked by the left for defending biological truth. Moore resigned after more than 300 staff signed a petition against her for saying that “gender is more than a feeling.” Rowling was called transphobic when she tweeted her support for Maya Forstater, a British woman who was wrongly fired from the Center for Global Development (CGD) for questioning the British government’s scheme to let people declare their own gender.

Rowling, who is known for her liberal views on abortion and same-sex “marriage,” has since penned an essay about her refusal to “bow down” to gender ideology and cancel culture. Rowling wrote that she was “concerned about the huge explosion in young women wishing to transition and also about the increasing numbers who seem to be de-transitioning (returning to their original sex), because they regret taking steps that have, in some cases, altered their bodies irrevocably, and taken away their fertility. Some say they decided to transition after realising they were same-sex attracted, and that transitioning was partly driven by homophobia, either in society or in their families.”

The U.K. is not the only country that is muddying the waters when it comes to language and sex. In the United States, the National Institutes for Health (NIH) referred to women as “pregnant and lactating people” in a press release Wednesday. Titled, “NIH calls for greater inclusion of pregnant and lactating people in COVID-19 vaccine research,” the press release avoided using the words “woman” or “women” throughout the entire document except when it was quoting the named Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women from five years ago.


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BREAKING: UK gov’t says over 240 people in Britain died shortly after receiving COVID jab

The report included in its ancillary material the information that a total of 8 miscarriages have been reported
Thu Feb 11, 2021 - 1:33 pm EST
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LONDON, England, February 11, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A U.K. government vaccine safety review has revealed that 244 people, including 8 unborn babies, have died in Britain shortly after receiving one of two coronavirus vaccines. The government has said that it does not believe the inoculations are responsible.

An extensive report produced by the U.K. government today has detailed all the suspected side effects, including death, reported by medical staff or the people who received at least one Covid-19 vaccine between early December 2020 and January 31, 2021. The two vaccines currently in use in the U.K. are the Pfizer/BioNTech and the Oxford University/AstraZeneca. They were authorized by the country’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). 

According to the report

The MHRA has received 143 UK reports of suspected ADRs to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in which the patient died shortly after vaccination, 90 reports for the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine and 3 where the brand of vaccine was unspecified. The majority of these reports were in elderly people or people with underlying illness. Review of individual reports and patterns of reporting does not suggest the vaccine played a role in the death.

The report included in its ancillary material the information that 5 miscarriages were reported after the use of the Pfizer vaccine and 3 after the Oxford vaccine.  

The MHRA monitors the safety of the vaccines as they are used on the public, and to this end they introduced a “Yellow Card Scheme” to collect reports of any suspected side effects. 20,319 Yellow Card reports, including a total of 59,614 suspected adverse reactions, were made regarding the Pfizer vaccine. 11,748 were made regarding the AstraZeneca vaccine, which was rolled out only on January 4, 2021. 72 Yellow Card reports did not specify which vaccine was used. 

The government’s report states that there were 3 - 4 Yellow Card reports per 1,000 doses, and stressed that the vast majority of inoculations have not been reported as having side effects. By January 31, it says, an estimated 6.6 million first doses of the Pfizer vaccine and an estimated 3 million first doses of the Oxford vaccine had been administered. In addition, half a million second doses, mostly of the Pfizer vaccine, had been used.

The report also explains that the number of Yellow Cards submitted was not unusual for a new vaccine which the public and medical professionals have been encouraged to review. It also says that there have not been as many Yellow Cards for the public use of the vaccine as there were reports of adverse reactions during the clinical trials.  For both the Pfizer and the Oxford vaccines, there were more than 1 in 10. Interestingly, the side effects for both vaccines are said to be “milder” and “less frequent” in people aged over 75. 

The British roll-out has so far affected mostly the British elderly over 75, medical professionals and co-workers. The Yellow Card report says that the “overwhelming majority” of side effects happen soon after the vaccination and do not lead to complications: 

For both vaccines, the overwhelming majority of reports relate to injection-site reactions (sore arm for example) and generalised symptoms such as ‘flu-like’ illness, headache, chills, fatigue (tiredness), nausea (feeling sick), fever, dizziness, weakness, aching muscles, and rapid heartbeat. Generally, these happen shortly after the vaccination and are not associated with more serious or lasting illness.

However, there have been reports of more serious damage associated with the vaccine, notably anaphylaxis and Bell’s Palsy. Now 130 “spontaneous adverse reactions associated with anaphylaxis or anaphylactoid reactions” in Britain have been reported for the Pfizer vaccine, and 30 have been reported for the Oxford vaccine. Bell’s Palsy, which involves facial paralysis or weakening of the facial muscles, has been reported 99 times for the Pfizer vaccine and 15 times for the Oxford vaccine. The MHRA says that because this ailment “can also occur naturally, an association with the vaccine in not yet confirmed.” 

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The report says that a “range” of “isolated or series of reports” of other serious suspected adverse reactions have been reported. It also said, however, that there were “currently no indications of specific patterns or rates of reporting” suggesting that the vaccines have been responsible for them. But its links to specific reports attached to each vaccine do show a clear picture of hundreds, or even thousands, of particular reactions that would be unpleasant to experience. 

Suspected adverse reactions after receiving Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

A total of 59,614 suspected side effects were recorded after use of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. 

The link to the Pfizer vaccine analysis shows clearly that 1,437 blood disorders have been reported after inoculation, 1,204 of them being lymphadenopathy (enlarged or swollen lymph nodes). 712 cardiac disorders were reported, notably palpitations (303) and a speeding heart rate (230). 445 ear disorders were reported, including vertigo (146), ear pain (122), and varying amounts of hearing loss (31). 

There were 823 references to eye disorders, including 145 reports of eye pain, 126 of blurred vision, and 5 of blindness. 6,605 gastrointestinal orders were reported, among them 2,889 cases of nausea, 924 cases of diarrhea, 775 cases of vomiting, and 283 cases of upper abdominal pain. Of the 19,354 “general disorders” reported4,007 were cases of fatigue, 3,665 were fevers,2,310 were chills, 773 referred to vaccination site pain, 491 were “influenza-like illnesses.” There were 308 immune system disorders, mostly hypersensitivity (146) and anaphylactic reactions (116).

Ironically, there were 1,186 reported infections, including 308 cases (including “suspected cases”) of Covid-19 itself, 231 cases of influenza, and 154 upper respiratory tract infections.  

There were 224 injuries reported, and 357 metabolic disorders, of which 252 were decreased appetite. 8,129 muscle and tissue disorders were mentioned, of which 2,690 were muscle pain and 1,704 were joint pain. 11,160 nervous disorders were reported, including 5,506 headaches, 1,546 cases of dizziness, 45 seizures, 15 cases of paralysis, and 1 case of locked-in syndrome. There were 5 miscarriages reported.

Of the 830 psychiatric disorders reported, 162 were insomnia, 112 cases of being in a confused state, and 73 bouts of anxiety. Of the 120 renal & urinary disorders, 35 were renal pain and 12 were urinary incontinence. There were 187 reproductive and breast disorders mentioned, of which 31 were breast pain and 22 menorrhagia (heavy periods).

There were 2,397 respiratory disorders reported, including 520 cases of difficulty in breathing, 483 sore throats, and 426 cases of coughing. 3,947 skin disorders were reported, including at least 796 rashes and 776 cases of itchiness.  The 676 vascular disorders on record included 182 hot flushes. 

Suspected adverse reactions after receiving Oxford University/AstraZeneca

A total of 42,649 suspected side effects were recorded after the use of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine. 

The link to the Oxford vaccine analysis indicates that 202 blood disorders have been reported after inoculation, 171 of them cases of changed lymph nodes. 406 cardiac disorders were reported, notably palpitations (214) and a speeding heart rate (141). 203 ear disorders were reported, including ear pain (88), vertigo (41), and varying amounts of hearing loss (31). 

There were 456 references to eye disorders, including 191 reports of eye pain, 53 accounts of blurred vision, and 8 of blindness. 4,693 gastrointestinal orders were reported, among them 2,320 cases of nausea, 479 cases of diarrhea, 862 cases of vomiting, and 235 cases of abdominal pain. Of the 15,644 “general disorders” reported2658 were fatigue, 4562 were fevers,2971 were chills, 100 were vaccination site pain, 579 were “influenza-like illnesses.” There were 90 immune system disorders, again mostly hypersensitivity (39) and anaphylactic reactions (28).

With the Oxford vaccine there were 695 reported infections, including 42 cases (including 2 “suspected cases”) of Covid-19 itself, 358 cases of influenza, and 74 upper respiratory tract infections.  

112 injuries were reported, and 491 metabolic disorders, of which 430 were decreased appetite.There were 5,427 muscle and tissue disorders, including 1,983 cases of muscle pain and 1,281 of joint pain. 9,328 nervous disorders were reported, including 5,112 headaches, 1,207 cases of dizziness, 40 seizures and 5 cases of paralysis. 

There were 3 miscarriages.

748 psychiatric disorders were reported, including insomnia (195), confused state (92), and hallucinations (64). 112 renal & urinary disorders were reported, including renal pain (48) and frequent urination (22). There were 83 reproductive and breast disorders reported.

Of the 1,030 respiratory disorders reported, 282 were cases of difficulty in breathing, 209 were sore throats, and 169 were cases of coughing. 2,052 skin disorders were reported, especially excessive sweating (615), rashes (271) and itchiness (224. The 337 vascular disorders on record included 121 hot flushes. 


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Canada’s hotel quarantine: Lack of food, medical attention, only 15 minutes outside per day

Actual prisoners should be treated to one hour outside per day, according to the UN.
Thu Feb 11, 2021 - 12:59 pm EST
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CALGARY, Alberta, February 11, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Travelers to Canada forced to stay in secretive quarantine hotels lack food and medical treatment while being allowed outside for only 15 minutes per day, which is less than the UN recommends for prisoners.

CBC News reported on Tuesday on the case of two travelers who were forced to stay in Calgary’s hotel quarantine facility.

Angelo Vanegas spent an entire fortnight in the facility, despite having provided details of his planned 14-day quarantine which he would spend at home with his mother and sister. Vanegas, who had tested negative for the virus before his flight arriving into Calgary, was forced to spend his quarantine in the hotel since “health officials” did not approve his proposed plan, due to his mother and sister having underlying medical conditions.

Vanegas described the three meals per day he was permitted to have as “kid-sized.” He presented pictures showing the small portions dumped into disposable cardboard boxes. No meals were served after 6 p.m., nor were any deliveries from outside allowed, so passengers had to rely on purchasing “unhealthy snacks” if they were hungry.

Vanegas also explained how he was left “begging” for medical treatment for an ingrown toenail which was infected. After initially receiving some epsom salts, it was only when Vanegas threatened to call the emergency services that his needs were taken seriously. “I said to them, listen, you guys take me to the hospital, or I will have to call 911 because I am in so much pain,” he told CBC.

As a result, he was taken to a hospital for antibiotics, and then again, two days later, to have the toenail removed.

But Vanegas also described the severity of the isolation which passengers had to endure: Guards were situated in the corridors “to ensure no one leaves,” and the inmates were allowed out of their rooms for just “15 minutes” a day. Those 15 minutes could be spent in the hotel courtyard, where others are permitted a smoking break.

“I feel like a prisoner in here, you know,” Vanegas said, who was released after the full 14 days on January 30.

The short amount of time allowed outside is actually less than the UN calls for in the treatment of prisoners. Presenting the “standard minimum rules for the treatment of prisoners, the UN Human Rights document states, “Every prisoner who is not employed in outdoor work shall have at least one hour of suitable exercise in the open air daily if the weather permits.”

However, Vanegas was not the only whistleblower in the case of Canada’s COVID facilities.

Mitch Beaulieu arrived in Calgary from Florida on January 25 and showed the proof of his pre-flight negative test for COVID-19. The test did not meet the approval of Canadian health officials. “Police and security officers escorted him from Calgary’s airport to a van with blacked-out windows and took him to a hotel with hallways lined with plastic. There, he was greeted by people wearing hazmat suits, gloves and face masks.”

Beaulieu described the situation as “unbelievable,” adding, “I literally felt like I was in a third-world country.”

He noted that he was not informed where he was being taken, and when he repeatedly asked why or how long he was there for, he was merely told, “Sorry, sir. We can’t tell you.”

Arriving at the hotel without his luggage, Beaulieu had only his phone and the clothes he was wearing. He submitted a picture to CBC, showing that inmates were prohibited from sharing the location of the hotel: “[T]o just be completely left in the dark and thrown in a room and have no communication with anybody, that’s unacceptable.”

Beaulieu was eventually released on January 28 after testing negative with a test approved by the government.

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Health Canada has not revealed the location of facilities, referring to the “privacy and safety of travellers.” Nevertheless, a website has been created beginning to detail the locations of the sites in order to provide relatives of those interned there with some information on the whereabouts of their loved ones.

When asked about the treatment of the two men, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended himself, saying “that these aren’t detentions; these are medically based isolations.”

“We are not detaining people,” Trudeau continued. “These are public health measures that are necessary to ensure that we are keeping Canadians safe, particularly given the arrival.”

The government of Canada recently announced that “all air travellers … with very limited exceptions” would be subject to mandatory hotel quarantine for at least three nights, while awaiting the results of the mandated test taken on arrival, which is in addition to the pre-flight test. The hotel stay will be paid for by the passengers themselves and is expected to be more that $2,000. All flights are directed exclusively to Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal.

If passengers test negative after three days, they will be freed from the facility and “will then be able to quarantine at home under significantly increased surveillance and enforcement,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced.

There is uncertainty about when the recently announced measures will come into full effect, as the government has faced significant backlash after revealing the plans. Speaking on February 2, Trudeau suggested that he anticipated the system to be operational before March.

Over 5,000 people have already been detained in the forced quarantine facilities.

In a lengthy statement to LifeSiteNews, Health Canada defended the quarantine facilities, but avoided the specific questions posed about the treatment of both Vanegas and Beaulieu: “To protect the privacy and safety of travellers, traveller information and locations/names of DQF [designated quarantine facility] are not disclosed to the public. However, any traveller who is directed to a DQF or is currently staying in one could share information, including the location of the facility, with their families or loved ones.”

“All rooms at the DQF are equipped with phones for out-bound calls, which travellers can use without restriction,” the statement continued. “Travellers, who have cellular or other devices available, are also welcome to use those to connect with family or friends if they wish.”

“In some instances, travellers see their families as they leave the airport and can provide information for their unexpected deferral in person before their transfer to the DQF … In all cases, they are able to share information freely with family or loved ones,” Health Canada continued.

Despite the statement from Health Canada claiming that travelers could see their families or share information with them, evidence from Beaulieu seemed to dispute that.

Just recently, Nikki Mathis was also forced into quarantine in Calgary, despite having a negative COVID test which allowed her to fly into the country. Mathis was informed that she would be arrested if she resisted, and when her husband spoke on the phone to officers, they refused to tell him the location of the facility which she would be taken to.

Canada’s Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) is planning to sue over the new quarantine rules, which the group says “aligns with the practices of repressive and undemocratic regimes.”


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LifeSite launches nationwide campaign demanding legislators stop Biden from destroying girls’ sports

LifeSiteNews has officially launched a 50-state campaign through VoterVoice that calls upon state legislators across America to take action against Biden’s executive order to allow biological boys to use girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms at federally funded schools across America so long as they ‘identify’ as the opposite sex.
Thu Feb 11, 2021 - 11:26 am EST
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February 11, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — On his first day in office, Joe Biden made no secret about his affinity for governing by executive order. But one, in particular, is already proving to have an especially damaging effect on one of America’s most vulnerable populations: children and students.

The policy in question, of which a similar iteration was introduced by the Obama Administration and later revoked by President Trump, amends Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to allow biological boys to use girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms at federally funded schools across America so long as they ‘identify’ as the opposite sex. It also takes things a step further by permitting biological boys to participate in girls’ sports.

In response, LifeSiteNews has officially launched a 50-state campaign through VoterVoice that calls upon state legislators across America to take action against Biden’s extreme executive order and adopt state guidelines that safeguard the same protections that Democrats at the federal level are seeking to dismantle.

Individual states are our last line of defense against radical agenda items like this, and it’s up to us to ensure that such destructive policies never become the norm in our country or any of her states.

Joining this multi-state campaign to ensure the protection of our students under the law is an effective step in that direction.

The Biden order states that “Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports…all persons should receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation."

In reality, though, these radical guidelines strip students of their most basic right to privacy, and marks the beginning of a renewed attack on female students and athletes, in particular.

Not only is it a pandering effort on behalf of the President and Democrats to reject biology in favor of identity politics, it also advances an extreme, social-engineering gambit to unlevel the playing field, both literally and figuratively, for girls at a formative stage in life.

“Title IX was never meant to be used to discriminate against women,” Gualberto Garcia Jones, Esq., an Advocacy Coordinator for LifeSiteNews argued. “Quite the opposite, in fact. And, until now, it has allowed women to achieve near parity in participation in sports.”

In recent weeks, a 2020 petition from LifeSiteNews addressing the plight of Selina Soule, a high school track athlete who filed suit against the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) for implementing a similar policy, achieved renewed interest, surpassing 400,000 signatures.

The petition also calls for an end to government efforts that force female athletes to compete against biological males, which presents an unfair disadvantage and potential for harm to girls based on biologically-determined physical structure alone.

“People still understand basic fairness in the United States,” said Scott Schittl, a campaign coordinator at LifeSiteNews, “and that’s why so many people have signed the petition.”

With Biden’s executive order now in full-effect, schools have been formally presented with their new ultimatum: comply, or risk losing your funding.

For an administration that claims to prioritize American students, such a reckless decision – one that blatantly violates their rights in the classroom, the restroom, and the locker room – is not only inherently contradictory, but also demands action.

Please scroll below, and find the your state. Then, you can make your voice heard and call on your elected representatives to protect students in your state by follow the corresponding link!


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Gov’t should fire healthcare workers who refuse vaccination: Canadian medical journal

‘No jab, no job’ legal rhetoric begins in Canada, while lawyers in the UK challenge vaccine mandates as employee rights violations with no public health benefit.
Thu Feb 11, 2021 - 11:02 am EST
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February 11, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Provincial governments in Canada should mandate that healthcare workers who refuse to receive a COVID vaccine (despite its many and well-documented risks) be sent home, according to three University of Ottawa law professors writing in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) this week.

Forcing people to be vaccinated would be a clear violation of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, law professors Colleen Flood, Bryan Thomas, and Kumanan Wilson admit in their legal analysis of the issue published Monday. Since the Charter does not protect “economic interests and specifically the ‘right to work’,” however, it would be difficult for workers who don’t want the shot to keep their jobs if they refuse it, according to the law professors.

The policy is referred to in the United Kingdom and Australia as “no jab, no job.”

Now, questions about whether employers can fire workers who refuse experimental COVID-19 vaccines which are still in Phase III of their clinical trials have come to Canada, where a growing number of employees are wondering if their employers can mandate injections. Can the government strong-arm frontline healthcare workers into taking the shot? Will mandates affect teachers and students, plant workers and travelers? With “vaccine passports” and “digital vaccine IDs” for shopping and entertainment, as well as “vaccine incentive programs” emerging, how hard will it become to decline an injection?

Recent polls say about one in four Canadians do not want a coronavirus shot, and only 36% of Canadians said they would be willing to roll up a sleeve for one immediately; the rest would prefer to wait at least a few months to see more data.

In other parts of the globe, people are equally reluctant. One southeast London vaccination clinic reported closing early three days in a row last week due to low demand. Vaccine uptake has reportedly plummeted in Israel, as well.

While public health officials blame “anti-vaxxers” — those who question the safety and efficacy of vaccines — and “fake news” on social media platforms for the growing number of people hesitant to get the vaccine, it turns out that it is frontline healthcare workers who are among the most skeptical. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on February 5 that just 37.5% of staff members in nursing care facilities took a shot when Pfizer’s new vaccine debuted, for example. “Although efforts are ongoing to promote confidence in COVID-19 vaccination among health care workers, challenges persist,” the CDC report said.

Other public health officials have reported that “alarming numbers” of healthcare workers are refusing Pfizer and Moderna’s fast-tracked COVID-19 vaccines which are not Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved but have been granted Emergency Authorization Use status only.

A number of media reports have raised the issue of employers mandating vaccines, but the Ottawa University academics think that government mandates would be more effective. “In our view, provincial governments should not leave the decision of whether to require a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine to the variability of choices made by different employers, but should set clear rules for all public and private health care settings,” they write.

Employee mandates would likely be challenged in labor disputes which consider the “reasonableness” of the employer’s directive, so the law professors writing in the CMAJ say it would be better to deny workers that avenue of redress and just let people challenge the government on Charter violations — a battle unlikely to succeed if religious and medical exemptions are allowed.

“It’s totally irresponsible and not compelling,” said Jay Cameron, a lawyer with the Calgary-based Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, a defender of Charter rights and freedoms under current extended pandemic emergency orders. “Not to mention it fails to truly engage on the issue of civil liberties.”

“If the employer is the government, whether federal or provincial, then the employer must abide by the Charter,” Cameron explained. “Mandatory vaccination is a violation of several sections of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In our view forced vaccination is simply unjustifiable in any known context, including Covid.”

Colleen Flood, the lead author of the CMAJ paper, declined to be interviewed by LifeSiteNews.

In the United Kingdom, the media reported on the plan of Charlie Mullins, the controversial chief executive of leading London plumbing firm Pimlico Plumbers, to impose a “no jab, no job” policy for existing and future members of his company’s workforce. Under new employee contracts, jobseekers would be required to prove they had received the COVID vaccine or be declined employment by Pimlico.

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In response to reports from worried employees, three British organizations published an open letter to U.K. employees and employers last week, outlining employees’ legal rights surrounding vaccination.

“It is an established principle in English Law that an individual with the capacity to consent cannot and should not be compelled to have any medical treatment against their wishes,” said the letter from the UK Medical Freedom Alliance, Workers of England Union and Lawyers for Liberty.

Not only could employers be liable for breach of existing job contracts that did not require vaccination, the letter notes, but it cites the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act (1984) which states that regulations “may not include provision requiring a person to undergo medical treatment … ‘Medical treatment’ includes vaccinations and other prophylactic treatment.”

On January 27 the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe passed Resolution 2361 to “ensure that citizens are informed that the vaccination is NOT mandatory and that no one is politically, socially, or otherwise pressured to get themselves vaccinated, if they do not wish to do so themselves,” and to “ensure that no one is discriminated against for not having been vaccinated, due to possible health risks or not wanting to be vaccinated.” The resolution applies to the United Kingdom, lawyers for the groups noted.

They also dispute the claims of up to 95% efficacy of currently available COVID vaccines which were based on evidence of preventing mild symptoms only. More important measures such as reduction of severe disease, hospitalization, and death were not assessed in either Pfizer/BioNTech’s or Moderna’s trials.

The measure of “effectiveness” was based on interim analyses of trial data and assessments of a tiny number of trial participants (only 94 out of 40,000 participants in the Pfizer trial or just 0.2% of the total cohort) who were the first to develop mild symptoms and tested PCR positive for SARS-CoV-2.

“The efficacy claim is based on the fact that 95% of this small group were in the placebo arm,” the open letter explains. “Closer scrutiny of the figures reveals that the Absolute Risk Reduction to an individual inferred by the vaccine is only about 0.4%. In addition, the full raw trial data is yet to be published and multiple cases of clinical disease, including two cases of serious disease in the vaccine group, were not included in the analysis, as they were not confirmed with a positive test.”

Nearly two decades of coronavirus vaccine research since the emergence of SARS in 2002 have failed, specifically because of an effect known as antibody-dependent immune enhancement (ADIE) or pathogenic priming which caused animals to develop more severe disease when exposed to the wild virus after being vaccinated.

“Instead of being protected, the animals got very sick, and some died. It is completely unknown at this stage, whether the currently administered vaccines will trigger this devastating effect, as animal trials were limited or skipped and the reaction to subsequent exposure to SARS-CoV-2 virus in humans has not been specifically tested,” the U.K. open letter asserts.

The same letter also notes that vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 are based on a completely new biotechnology. “mRNA and DNA-vector vaccines have never previously received full regulatory approval for mass public use and are more akin to genetic manipulation/modification than traditional vaccination.” The long-term effects of this new technology that has never been used in humans are unknown.

Theodor Kuntz of Vaccine Choice Canada concurs, saying in an email to LifeSiteNews that since COVID vaccines have only been granted “interim approval” by Health Canada for use during an emergency, “this means that the vaccine is technically an ‘experimental’ drug.”

“The CMAJ Group seems to have lost their moral compass,” said Kuntz. He noted a number of points that the lawyers seemed not to be aware of in their paper, including:

  • “The COVID-19 vaccines currently available do not prevent infection or transmission of the virus.”

  • “COVID-19 poses virtually zero risk to someone under age 45 and a very small risk for healthy individuals under 70 years of age.”

  • “The safety testing of the COVID-19 vaccine products has not been completed. The results of Phase III safety trials are not expected until 2023.”

  • “A proper risk-benefit analysis ought to be conducted for each individual.”

Regarding the authors of the paper, Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms’ Jay Cameron added, “Many principled legal scholars disagree with their cavalier attitude toward an individual’s physical autonomy. Our office is closely monitoring any threats to compel Canadians to be vaccinated against their will.”

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Catholic University of America chaplain pressures students to cancel Abby Johnson speech

Pro-life activist and former Planned Parenthood employee Abby Johnson said ‘poor students’ are ‘taking the heat of these cafeteria ‘Catholics.’’
Thu Feb 11, 2021 - 10:03 am EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., February 11, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Catholic University of America (CUA) chaplain Fr. Jude DeAngelo OFMConv has come under fire after reportedly pressuring the university’s Students for Life chapter to cancel an event earlier this week with pro-life activist Abby Johnson.

“Cardinals for Life decided to cave to liberal pressure and cancel the event,” Johnson said in a Facebook post earlier this week, extending her sympathies to “poor students” “who are taking the heat of these cafeteria ‘Catholics.’”

Johnson, who was originally invited by Cardinals for Life two years ago, confirmed that CUA College Republicans ended up hosting the event, which went forward as planned on Tuesday.

Cardinals for Life members have spoken out in recent days about the pressure campaign launched by Fr. Jude and Catholic University’s campus ministry that ultimately led to the resignation of the president of the pro-life group, according to a letter obtained by The Daily Caller.

“I am writing today to inform you that I am resigning from my position as President of Cardinals for Life at the Catholic University of America, effective immediately, because of how I was pressured, against my conscience, by the University Chaplain in his capacity as adviser to Cardinals for Life, into making a decision to postpone indefinitely an event with Abby Johnson,” the group’s leader Anna Stephens wrote to CUA President John Garvey.

In a statement on Tuesday, Garvey, who named a pro-LGBT advocate as an academic dean last fall, claimed that Fr. Jude “sought solutions that would give him more time to do the work necessary to build community.”

“It seems the new standard at Catholic University to bring a speaker is that the hosting organization must endorse everything they’ve ever said, regardless of the context,” Cardinals for Life co-service chair Catrióna Fee told The Daily Caller, highlighting “bullying from campus ministry.”

“We were going to host Abby Johnson because of her powerful testimony of conversion from working at Planned Parenthood to being one of the top pro-life voices in the nation,” she said.

A former Planned Parenthood employee of the year, Johnson resigned from the organization in 2009 after suddenly recognizing the personhood of an unborn child being killed in an ultra-sound abortion, as she has related. She entered the Catholic Church with her husband in 2012.

Johnson told LifeSiteNews that Fr. Jude’s attempt to “silence” her “has unfortunately become the norm inside of many Catholic universities today.”

“Instead of engaging in dialogue with those we disagree with, we attempt to silence their voices,” she said, condemning the chaplain for “participating in cancel culture.”

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Fr. Jude responded to the incident earlier this week on Instagram, asking for “forgiveness” from university members, including those “frustrated, angry, hurt, and embarrassed by the presence of Abby Johnson.” He cited what he called Johnson’s “endorsement of racial profiling by police and her comments denigrating the black community.”

In a since-deleted video uploaded to YouTube last summer, Johnson said that she would be angry if a police officer treated her biracial son violently, but wouldn’t be angered if police were “on more high alert” around him.

“[I]f [a police officer] treats my brown son violently, more violently than my white son, that makes me angry,” Johnson said. She added that “if he’s on more high alert with my brown son than he is my white son that doesn’t make me angry, because this is smart, because of statistics.”

Far-left CUA groups, in any case, attempted to baselessly smear Johnson as a racist. “Through her blatant racism, sexism and homophobia, Abby Johnson continues to contribute to insensitive rhetoric, amplifying hate speech disguised as Catholic teachings,” one student organization called Black Students Alliance reacted.

“When I look at the people who are urging for the cancellation [of Tuesday’s speech], their bios have their pronouns listed, rainbow flags, they are people who adore Biden, support the BLM,” Johnson said on Facebook. “I mean, if these are people who supported my work, I would say that I’m doing something wrong.”


  abby johnson, abortion, anna stephens, cardinals for life, catholic, catholic university of america, john garvey, jude deangelo

News

US bishops’ charity arm caught funding promoters of abortion, LGBT activism

Three Catholic Campaign for Human Development–funded organizations have signed on to or directly participated with a coalition directly pushing abortion and transgenderism.
Thu Feb 11, 2021 - 6:00 am EST
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February 10, 2021 (Lepanto Institute) — Every once in a while, a Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) funded organization receives public recognition and accolades for its work and its relationship with the Catholic Church. On February 1, 2021, the CCHD-funded Stand Up Nashville (SUN) received strong praise from the official news office of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) called the Catholic News Service. The author of the piece is Aimee Shelide Mayer, who happens to be Nashville’s local representative of the National Catholic Labor Network. Referring to SUN as one of the local “prophets in our midst who cry out in defense of workers,” Mayer points out that SUN is receiving support from the CCHD.

Given this high praise, it was deemed important to take a closer look at SUN, and what we discovered was much more than we expected. SUN and two other CCHD-funded organizations have signed on to or directly participated with a coalition directly pushing abortion and transgenderism. Furthermore, the leadership of one of these grantees is heavily involved in the promotion of homosexual activism and is made up of member organizations doing the same.

CCHD’s most recently published list of grantee recipients shows that the organizations Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH) [$60,000], Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope (MICAH) [$50,000] and Stand-Up Nashville (SUN) [$45,000] received Catholic funding totaling $155,000.

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We’re going to tackle these organizations one at a time, beginning with SUN. What we’ve discovered is that SUN is in direct violation of CCHD grant guidelines regarding its organizational members, and its executive director and majority of board members are thoroughly committed to the promotion of abortion and LGBT ideologies.

CCHD grant guidelines specifically state that member organizations that are part of a grantee must not endorse or advocate items against Catholic teaching:

Can you affirm compliance with Catholic Social Teachings? This means that your organization, and its affiliates, partners and coalition members must not endorse or advocate policies and issues that are contrary to Catholic Social Teaching – such as favoring abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, same-sex marriage, racism, sexism and other prejudices. [emphasis added]

Two of Stand Up Nashville’s seven member organizations directly endorse and advocate for abortion as a “right” and are engaged in LGBT activism. If SUN indicated to the CCHD that its member organizations were in compliance with this guideline, then SUN lied. Furthermore, since this is a guideline that is supposed to be verified by the CCHD’s “rigorous vetting process,” it’s clear that the CCHD likewise failed to perform its due diligence.

Partnership for Working Families (PWF)

PWF is also identified on SUN’s members page as a member organization:

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PWF has taken an obvious stand for “reproductive justice” in support of abortion and consistently promotes homosexual activism across all its channels of communications. Some examples:

In 2019, PWF published a white paper crying against legislation that restricts abortion.

On page 15 of the document, PWF complained that Representative Hutton supported bills that would “make it more difficult for his female constituents to access abortion services.” On page 16, PWF accused Representative Casada of undermining “women’s reproductive rights,” and Senator Hale of sponsoring legislation “that is harmful for women” because it requires “Tennessee Medicaid provider[s] to report annually on the number of abortions paid for by the medical assistance program.”

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On social media, PWF is actively promoting ideologies and agendas which contravene Catholic moral teaching. This September 2018 Facebook post echoes a progressive cry against then Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh for his consistent stand against “reproductive justice.”

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This June 28 Twitter post celebrates the homosexual Stonewall riots, endorsing homosexual activism.

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This June 2015 Facebook post actually celebrated homosexual “marriage.”

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In an October 2019 Facebook post PWF equated “rights” for all manner of sexual perversions with “workers’ rights.”

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Central Labor Council of Nashville (Nashville CLC)

Also identified on SUN’s membership page is the Nashville CLC.

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Nashville CLC published several articles pushing homosexual and trans-activism including

Furthermore, Nashville CLC’s social media feeds promote homosexual activism including this June 15, 2020 post:

And this post from July 30, 2019:

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Stand-Up Nashville (SUN)

Remember, the CCHD demands of each organization that its “affiliates, partners and coalition members must not endorse or advocate policies and issues that are contrary to Catholic Social Teaching.” On this basis alone, due to the activities of the two member organizations we just profiled, SUN is disqualified from CCHD-funding. But this isn’t the only concern.

In addition to having member organizations that are acting in direct opposition to Catholic moral teaching (in violation of CCHD guidelines), SUN has itself been identified as a front group for the Marxist “Freedom Road Socialist Organization” by both the Epoch Times and Key Wiki. While we can’t prove this, it is worth noting that SUN has also participated in conference calls with the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), at least giving weight to what the Epoch Times and Key Wiki alleged:

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But this really shouldn’t be surprising, considering the fact that Stand Up Nashville’s executive director and the majority of its board members are heavily involved in the promotion of abortion and LGBT activism.

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Odessa Kelly is SUN’s executive director, and her Facebook page shows numerous examples of this. For instance:

This June 2018 Facebook post shows Odessa Kelly participating in the Nashville Pride Parade.

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Another Facebook post from June 2018 is also from the Nashville Pride Parade. This time Kelly is posing with a man in drag.

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This Facebook post from 2016 shows Kelly at an earlier Pride parade, establishing a pattern of activity.

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The following video from Kelly’s Facebook feed shows her participation at the 2019 Pride Parade, this time filming some provocatively dressed homosexual men as well as some transgender activists.

In 2019, SUN promoted the heavily pro-abortion Women’s March, sponsored by Power Together Tennessee (more on them later), on social media. In fact, Odessa Kelly, identified as the executive director for SUN, was a keynote speaker at the march itself:

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Stand Up Nashville’s board member Charlane Oliver is outspoken in her pro-abortion views. She was featured in the Black Women’s Roundtable discussing Roe v. Wade. The central themes of the discussion included “women’s health and reproductive rights and the vulnerability of Roe v. Wade if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court.”

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Stand Up Nashville board member and recent former co-chair of SUN, Anne Barnett, is also involved in homosexual and abortion activism. Her “likes” on Facebook are a strong indication of this:

This June 24 2017 Facebook post shows participation in a homosexual pride event.

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Barnett also posted this picture that shows an affinity toward communist activism as intertwined with LGBT activism:

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Barnett’s “likes” on Facebook include abortion-giant, Planned Parenthood, several LGBT organizations, and Marxist organizations as well:

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Stand Up Nashville board member (and lead organizer for CCHD grantee NOAH, more on them in a moment) Mike Hodge’s social media likes and posts show strong evidence of homosexual activism.

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Hodge’s likes on Facebook include many prominent pro-abortion and homosexual activist organizations –

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This June, 2015 Facebook post celebrates the SCOTUS decision legalizing same-sex “marriage”:

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In 2013, Hodge posted an image of the marriage equality symbol over the Constitution of the United States:

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NOAH and MICAH

While the private actions of a CCHD grantee’s leadership may not constitute a formal breach of grant guidelines, we feel it is both a massive risk factor and predictor of future grantee behavior. Personnel is policy. Time and again, CCHD has ignored the character and positions of grantee leadership to its own detriment. It is much akin to hiring a robber to guard a bank or an embezzler to oversee accounting. What does the CCHD expect to happen when grantee leadership is heavily involved in anti-Catholic activities? Furthermore, when grantee leadership shows extreme sympathy to anti-Catholic positions, there is an increased risk of unreported activities that are hostile to Church teaching. Just because we can’t find it on the internet, doesn’t mean activities hostile to Church teaching haven’t happened.

CCHD grant guidelines forbids funding to organizations that are members of coalitions which violate Catholic moral teaching:

CCHD CANNOT FUND groups that knowingly participate in coalitions that have, as part of their organizational purpose or their coalition agenda or actions, anything that contradicts fundamental Catholic moral or social teaching, due to the fact that CCHD is an initiative of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Examples would be promotion or support of contraception, abortion, same-sex marriage, euthanasia, racism, the use of the death penalty, or punitive measures toward immigrants. Prohibited activities include participation in or endorsing actions that promote legislation that contradicts Church teaching (for example, voter guides and other written materials in support of such ballot measures). [emphasis original]

Both NOAH and MICAH are members of Power Together Tennessee, which is a local chapter of The Women’s March on Washington.

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The problem here is that Power Together Tennessee expressly states that the group of Power Together Tennessee “has adopted and endorsed” values in full support of abortion, contraception, and homosexuality and transgenderism:

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Furthermore, Power Together Tennessee is VERY obvious about its views across its social media platforms. There is no chance that an organization could sign up as a member without knowing that Power Together is a strong supporter of abortion, transgenderism and even the extremist violent group Antifa.

Some examples from Power Together’s Facebook feed:

Promotion of Antifa:

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Promotion of Planned Parenthood:

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Promotion of homosexual / trans activism:

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Opposed Amy Coney Barrett because of her abortion views:

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Promotion of all the above:

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Conclusion

The three CCHD-funded organizations we identified in this report, SUN, NOAH, MICAH are disqualified from current and future funding from the CCHD according to CCHD’s own grant guidelines. SUN is disqualified due to its member organizations being involved in the promotion of abortion and LGBT activism. NOAH and MICAH are disqualified for joining a blatantly anti-Catholic, pro-abortion coalition.

These three organizations should be defunded and never should have been funded in the first place. Yet, somehow, these organizations made it through CCHD’s “rigorous” screening and ongoing monitoring process. There is no excuse for this!

It is time to END the Catholic Campaign for Human Development!

Please contact the CCHD and demand answers! Ask them how or why organizations like these ever received a grant and if CCHD will demand Catholic money to be returned for violating CCHD guidelines and Catholic moral/social teaching. Also, contact your bishop and ask them to withdraw completely from the CCHD.

Click here for the contact information for your bishop.

Click here for the name and email address of your diocesan CCHD director.

CCHD NATIONAL OFFICE STAFF
Ralph McCloud, CCHD Director 202-541-3367 [email protected]
Lydia Jiles, Grants Administrator 202-541-3210 [email protected]
Juan Aranda, Grants Specialist for Area D 202-541-3370 [email protected]
Main Number . . . . . . . . . . 202-541-3210
Fax Number . . . . . . . . . . 202-541-3329
Main Email . . . . . . . . . . [email protected]

Grant Specialists
Area A Ian Mitchell 202-541-3371 [email protected]
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Area B Gene Giannotta 202-541-3211 [email protected]
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Area C Randy Keesler 202-541-3369 [email protected]
Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee , Virgin Islands, Virginia, West Virginia

Area D Juan Aranda 202-541-3370 [email protected]
Arizona, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas

Area E Sean Wendlinder 202-541-3212 [email protected]
Alaska, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Published with permission from the Lepanto Institute.


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Opinion

How modernists use ‘weaponized orthodoxy’ to silence conservative Catholics

Some recent words from Pope Francis cast this mode of gaslighting in stark relief.
Thu Feb 11, 2021 - 8:53 pm EST
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February 11, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — “Weaponized ambiguity” has become a common term in recent discussions about the crisis in the Church. It refers to ambiguous terms that were supposedly inserted into Vatican II as preparation for the chaos we now see around us. Leaving aside the question of whether ambiguity is the main problem of Vatican II (as opposed to contradiction of Church teaching), let us look at another concept, “weaponized orthodoxy,” which been used against sincere Catholics for decades.

Last month, Pope Francis said:

[Vatican II] is the Magisterium of the Church. Either you are with the Church and therefore you follow the Council or you interpret it in your own way, as you desire, you do not stand with the Church. [There can be] no concessions to those who seek to present a catechesis that does not agree with the Magisterium of the Church.

Rather than wrangling over the content of Vatican II, or putting some fanciful interpretation on what Francis says (such as that he is defending a “hermeneutic of continuity”), let’s be real and consider what this statement is intended to do.

It is intended to browbeat conservative Catholics into accepting Vatican II and its “Spirit,” to frighten them away from traditionalist positions that reject or question these things, and to ostracise traditionalists as somehow “outside the Church.” And left unsaid but lurking in the background is the great and fearsome dogma (that really only conservatives and traditionalists believe) that there is no salvation outside the Catholic Church.

How do we know that this is Francis’s intention? We can ask ourselves the simple questions: since when does he care about people being subject to the Magisterium? Since when does he care about people being outside the Church?

His indifferentism is well documented and doesn’t need to be repeated here.

We all know that resolved traditionalists will ignore these condemnations from the “Pope of Mercy” and these excommunications from the “Pope of Openness.” Resolved traditionalists know what they are about; they know that they are members of the Catholic Church and will not be threatened into accepting contradictions and dangerous errors. As St. Paul said: “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach a gospel to you besides that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema” (Gal. 1:8).

Further, threats like these don’t mean anything to modernists, who care little for the necessity of the Catholic Church for salvation and care little for the need to be subject to the Roman Pontiff. They also know they can go beyond Vatican II with impunity: Francis isn’t speaking to them.

The real targets are the “conservatives” — those who think of themselves as “orthodox,” who try to accept everything from Francis and the Vatican, and who strive to live pious and virtuous lives in the bosom of the “official Catholic Church.” For whatever reason, they don’t see the contradictions and dangers of Vatican II. They know that there are problems around, but perhaps they dare not dig too deep or make too clear a claim lest they fall into some sort of schism.

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What is weaponized orthodoxy?

While it has been long said that “Satan’s masterstroke is to have succeeded in sowing disobedience to Tradition through ‘obedience,’” this use of weaponized orthodoxy is less often discussed.

The telltale sign is the selective use of a principle that only a conservative or traditional Catholic would accept — and as with Francis above, these principles are often not even accepted by the person citing them.

In 2017, Francis said that “we can state with confidence and magisterial authority that the liturgical reform is irreversible.” Certainly, very few things have seemed to be irreversible under the reign of Francis. But if he has such confidence and such magisterial authority, why does he use it for things like this, and not to speak against things like the legalization of abortion in Argentina and Ireland? Why not use it to galvanize the Catholics of these countries?

It’s because his “magisterial authority” is to be used against those who believe in it, not for them or for the Faith. It is to be used to keep them collaborating.

Try to name everyone decreed by Rome to have been excommunicated from 1969 to 2000. Most people will be able to name only the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and perhaps the other bishops from the 1988 consecrations. Why were they declared excommunicated, and not the most egregious of the modernists following Vatican II? Why can we name them, but none of the Chinese communist bishops, also excommunicated?

Because of weaponized orthodoxy: it makes an example of traditionalists, to put the fear in conservatives. It is a system of divide and rule.

It is the same on the local and online levels. A conservative friend of mine was apparently advised that Masses offered by priests of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) are invalid (an unusual claim) and are comparable to attending Anglican services. All very frightening — who wants to tumble into heresy and schism by being involved with an invalid Anglican service? Then one realizes that his parish had actual ecumenical services with Anglicans at the same time.

Incidentally, when do we think Anglicans themselves are told that they should not be attending their invalid Anglican services — before, during, or after ecumenical activities?

How about the old situation where people were frightened away from traditionalist groups by fears of other “invalid sacraments,” be they marriages or confessions? Let’s ask ourselves: how many cohabiting or adulterous couples are given this sort of treatment?

On the contrary, Amoris Laetitia says that under some circumstances, they are to be admitted to Holy Communion, and according to Francis, “there are no other interpretations” of this doctrine.

On that note — if the validity of marriage is so unimportant to these people, why should we care if these “rad trad” marriages are invalid? Which group of people typically will care about such issues? Conservative Catholics. Which group of people might be tempted by what traditionalists in general have to offer, if they were not frightened away by this selective use of apparent orthodoxy? It is a system of divide and rule.

Further, how many other teachings has Francis clarified like this? Why are we being compelled to accept this particular teaching of Amoris Laetitia, but established Catholic dogmas are all up for grabs?

Because it’s to frighten conservatives into continuing collaboration.

So what should be done?

Don’t waste your time complaining about hypocrisy, because nobody cares.

Instead, watch and pray, and take notice when someone is selectively using orthodox principles to influence you. Instead of allowing yourself to be frightened into obedience, ask yourself if the principle is really being applied correctly. We must all use Catholic principles to make our way through the crisis, but sometimes true principles can be used falsely. Those sabotaging the Church can use selective orthodoxy to keep hesitant conservative Catholics under control.

We help no one by collaborating with saboteurs. For example, if you are against Eucharistic ministers and Communion in the hand, do you really think you will edify anyone or change anything by being a Eucharistic minister yourself? Staying in these situations does not build up the Church; in fact, the more pious and virtuous someone might be, the more scandal he causes by collaborating.

No circumstances whatsoever could ever justify leaving the Catholic Church — but rather than collaborating, or fighting with the parish, why not just find a Catholic Mass that has no Communion in the hand, for example? The most dangerous thing that could happen to the decaying edifice of sabotaged Catholicism is for Catholics to vote with their feet. Lockdowns have already done part of the job: some parishes are still closed, and those who made little effort to provide the sacraments and the Faith may well find that their parishioners will make little effort to provide financial support.

But to our dear conservative friends, regardless of the outcomes of these closures: Do not put up with being browbeaten by modernists with their weaponized orthodoxy. Rather, laugh in their faces and double down on what is good, true, and beautiful. And consider the old Second World War phrase: “When you’re catching flak” — or here, mere rhetorical pressure to keep you from tradition — “you might well be over the target.”


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Opinion

It’s simply wrong to say ‘sexual rights’ achieve equality for women

In reality, the availability of abortion puts females at greater risk of abuse.
Thu Feb 11, 2021 - 8:13 pm EST
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February 11, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) -- The term “sexual rights” was coined during the latter half of the 20th century and has been seeping through society ever since. But what exactly are sexual rights? There is no international consensus on what sexual rights are or if they are even valid rights at all. And yet, talking heads at International Planned Parenthood Federation, the United Nations, and elsewhere continue to speak of sexual rights as moral imperatives that honor, exalt, and empower women. Abortion is consistently rolled out as the premier sexual right that acts as a great equalizer for women. 

But does abortion achieve “equality” for women?

The claim that abortion achieves equality for women is marred by at least four factors:

First, abortion involves physical risks to women, not men. The risks of abortion are well known and include the following: hemorrhage, uterine rupture, tearing of the cervix, heart attack, damage to internal organs, future miscarriage, placenta previa in future pregnancies, stillbirth in future pregnancies, sterility, anxiety, depression, increased suicidality, infection, blood clots, and, in some cases, death. But those who stand to profit from abortion (including abortion clinics, abortionists, and companies that manufacture abortion devices) downplay these risks, insisting that the phrase “safe abortion” be used in UN documents and other abortion-friendly initiatives. However, the fact remains that abortion requires risks on the part of women but involves no immediate physical risks on the part of men. This is not equality.

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Second, easy availability of abortion gives men greater license to sexually dominate women. When abortion is readily available, a man can rest easy knowing that if a woman becomes pregnant because of his actions she can simply have an abortion, and in so doing exercise one of her most celebrated rights — and he will be off the hook. This serves to sexually embolden men and sexually disempower women. This is not equality.

Third, a woman cannot simply walk away from her unborn child like a man can. A woman must act decisively to eliminate her child. Walking away and initiating violent annihilation through abortion are not the same thing. Initiating a fatal act against one’s own child — inside one’s own body — may leave a woman with feelings of desolation and emptiness rather than the promised feelings of empowerment. A man who walks away from his unborn baby and his pregnant sexual partner may have a change of heart later in the pregnancy or later in life and decide to return and embrace his child. But for a woman who chooses to abort her child, the consequence of her choice is permanent. There is no going back. Her child is not just out of sight, her child is dead. This is not equality.

Fourth, abortion promotes a social mindset in which women’s ability to harbor and produce new human life is minimized while sex for the sake of sex is celebrated. Abortion advocates such as International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) assure women it is their empowering right to engage freely in sex with uncommitted men. This is helpful to IPPF’s cause because sex must occur in order for babies to be conceived, so that babies can be aborted, so that abortion providers can enrich themselves off women’s bodies. And the chance of abortion is higher if the father is not committed to the baby’s mother. Women have been convinced to buy into this system that normalizes sex with uncommitted men and at the same time expects non-fertility and non-childbearing on the part of women. Such a system works against the woman’s life-giving anatomy, her tendency to seek stable commitment from a man, and her inclinations to protect her own child. At the same time, it encourages sexual recklessness and irresponsibility on the part of men. This is not equality.

True sexual rights

Since women are inherently situated differently toward childbearing and sex than men are, do women have “sexual rights” of some kind? Yes. You will not likely hear these rights discussed at United Nations events or IPPF conferences, but the women of the world should know what these rights are and should reap the benefits of exercising them. The true sexual rights every woman has are:

  • The right to refuse any person sexual access to her body who does not have her immediate and lifelong well-being in mind.
  • The right to expect a man who desires sexual access to her body to publicly commit to her for life.
  • The right to hold the man who accesses her womb accountable for claiming and supporting any children who emerge from it.
  • The right to avoid sexually transmitted diseases, unsupported pregnancies, and damaging emotional entanglements by reserving sexual intimacy for one man who reserves sexual intimacy for her within the parameters of a publicly recognized, lifelong marriage.
  • The right to expect her fertility, health, and happiness to be top considerations in her sexual relationship with her spouse.
  • The right to conceive, bear, possess, and raise the children she and her husband create together.

These sexual rights best protect women from exploitation, sexual disease, unsupported pregnancy, and a host of other negative outcomes. These true sexual rights foster family formation and bolster honor for life itself — which always debuts in the form of babies. Women, children, and men benefit from the exercise of true sexual rights and are profoundly harmed by the mass acceptance of false sexual rights.

Kimberly Ells is the author of The Invincible Family: Why the Global Campaign to Crush Motherhood and Fatherhood Can’t Win, which exposes the family as the most powerful institution in the world. She is also a policy adviser for Family Watch International and the mother of five children.


  abortion, international planned parenthood federation, sexual rights, united nations

Opinion

No, homeschoolers are not the problem

To state that homeschool families are ultra-conservatives and abuse their children is yet another example of outlandish rhetoric that further divides the nation
Thu Feb 11, 2021 - 12:42 pm EST
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February 11, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Conservative homeschooling groups have “very successfully undermined children’s basic physical safety and right to an education all across the U.S.,” wrote Jill Filipovic. She is a lawyer, New York Times contributor, and the author of The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness whose ideologies are taking on new adversaries with her latest attack on homeschool families across the nation. 

Her latest piece is entitled “One of the most controversial ideas in America is that children should have rights: Let's talk about homeschooling.” Essentially, her claim is that children’s rights are violated by parents who homeschool because they are not educated and their conservative Christianity acts as a facade for abuse to occur. Filipovic is speaking, not only of the  abuse of  a flawed education, but the physical abuse of young people by their own parents. She claims that homeschooling is a manner of covering up the crimes of these parents as well as an example of far-right Christians’ desire to indoctrinate their children in ancient falsehoods. 

“It is absolutely the case that if you so much as write about homeschooling, and certainly if you try to legislate anything related to it,” Filipovic tweeted, “you will be incessantly harassed by a right-wing mob. Children's rights are as threatening to them as feminism is.” Her major claim is that homeschooling families are anti-children and anti-women. What Filipovic neglects to mention is the fact that the majority of homeschool families choose this route of education because their local school district has failed to produce both good test scores and character-driven human beings.

Parents had the pride of place in educating their children until the public school system took off in American in the 1800s. The indisputable fact is that public schools gifted the economy with more workers while it tore apart the ancient understanding that parents ought to be involved in their children’s education. The wedge was driven between familial-based raising of youth and government-crafted education.

Filipovic, however, argued that Christianity and conservatism are ruining families. “One of the most controversial ideas in America is that children have rights. And the people who are most opposed, who keep us as one of just three nations that refuse to recognize the rights of the child, are ‘pro-life, pro-family’ homeschooling advocates.” Filipovic makes out that those who say they are for the unborn and defend the rights of the family are somehow culprits who should be convicted of abuse. Homeschool families are more often Christians or conservatives, but that does not mean they are automatically ill-advised because they believe in investing everything in forming their children. 

This is yet another example of how an entire population is viewed as outcasts and abusers because of their political or religious affiliation. Filipovic focused much of her time on the abuse of minors in homeschool families and how these environments protect the abusers. If the topic is the physical abuse of children then the debate often centers on the scandals in the Catholic Church regarding the abuse of children by priests. While the media always aggressively gravitates towards bashing the Church, there is much more evidence of abuse in public schools then there is among Catholic clergy. 

“Think the Catholic Church has a problem?” says Charol Shakeshaft, Hofstra University researcher on abuse in the public school system and former adviser to the Department of Education. “The physical sexual abuse of students in schools is likely more than 100 times the abuse by priests.” To argue that homeschooling is child abuse is simply the creation of an empty straw-man argument that cannot stand. 

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The fact is that the “United States state and local child protective services (CPS) estimated that 686,000 children were victims of maltreatment in 2012.” The same reports also noted that abuse by school employees is estimated to impact roughly 10 percent of children in the public school system with more than 27 percent of children being 3 years old or younger. This is not the only reason for homeschooling, but in response to the abuse accusation thrown at them we must investigate the issues with our public schools. 

While somewhere between 4 and 5 million children are homeschooled in the United States each year, this number has also increased with the negative impacts on education during the pandemic. COVID has not just caused problems in education but has revealed the true state of the public school system. Teachers would rather have months off then return to the classroom, and the administrations and departments of education are more afraid of offending the teachers unions than fighting for the well-being of their students. 

To state that homeschool families are ultra-conservatives and abuse their children is yet another example of outlandish rhetoric that further divides the nation. Some parents may choose to educate their children at home, that is not a crime. It is actually a right. Some parents may choose tos send their children to private school or public school which is also their right. If anything is clear, there are imperfections with all current methods of education. However, what is also the staunch truth is that parents are necessary agents in aiding their children in becoming knowledgeable and virtuous citizens. 

That being said, more and more people are seeing that homeschooling is a real option that binds the family together and places more onus on the student to become all that they can be. Homeschooling is not abusive and it is not neglectful of children's rights. On the contrary, when done well it allows children to flourish and become the leaders our country desperately needs. 

Thomas Griffin teaches at a Catholic high school on Long Island and lives with his wife and son. He received a master’s degree in theology and is currently a master’s candidate in philosophy whose latest content can be viewed at EmptyTombProject.org


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Opinion

Biden climate change and other policies give huge advantages to Communist China

Although Biden is talking tough with China in public, his policies are already quietly giving Beijing the upper hand in climate negotiations.
Thu Feb 11, 2021 - 11:14 am EST
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February 11, 2021 (American Thinker) — President Joe Biden has made fighting climate change the cornerstone of his administration’s domestic and international policies. This presents Biden with a huge China problem.

Biden believes greenhouse gas emissions are causing dangerous climate change. China is the world’s largest emitter of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions, emitting more than double America’s present emissions and growing. As such, Biden and his policy team, including John Kerry, his climate change envoy, and Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, see cooperation with China as necessary to reduce the threat of global warming.

Early on, the Biden administration talked tough about China. Biden issued a formal invitation to Taiwan’s representative to his inauguration. In addition, Blinken concurred with his predecessor Mike Pompeo’s determination that China’s treatment of its Muslim Uighur minority is “genocide.” The administration also said previously planned naval exercises in the South China Sea will go forward, as will arms sales to Taiwan. These moves are guaranteed to raise China’s ire.

Although Biden is talking tough with China in public, his policies are already quietly giving Beijing the upper hand in climate negotiations.

Biden’s decision to rejoin the Paris climate agreement puts the United States at a competitive disadvantage with China. The agreement calls for the United States to cut greenhouse gas emissions sharply, which can only realistically be done by reducing the use of our abundant, inexpensive, reliable fossil fuels -- and ultimately by slashing the use of energy overall. The Paris agreement places no restrictions on China, which is building hundreds of coal-fueled power plants that produce reliable, inexpensive electricity.

Biden’s retroactive withdrawal of permission for the Keystone XL pipeline, his ban on new oil and gas leases on public lands, and his revocation of 70 existing permits for oil and gas production, undermines U.S. energy independence.

Biden has also quietly rescinded an executive order former President Donald Trump implemented barring utilities from purchasing Chinese-made equipment critical to the U.S. energy distribution system. On its face, Biden’s action seems to violate his “made in America” policy and is likely to make our power system less secure.

And in late January, just a week into Biden’s tenure as president, Shandong Xinchao (SX), a Chinese energy company, agreed to purchase U.S. oil and gas assets currently producing 9,000 barrels of oil and gas equivalent per day, with proven reserves of 65 million barrels. Because SX operates subject to the whims of the Chinese government, it is unlikely this sale would have gone through under Trump.

China currently controls the production and refining of many rare earth minerals critical to green energy technologies and military systems. Biden’s requirement to shift to an all-electric vehicle fleet and his call for expansion of wind and solar power will likely make the United States even more dependent on China for crucial rare earth minerals.

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All of these actions can be seen in bribes intended to entice China to cooperate with the United States on climate change.

On top of all that, China has explicitly linked cooperation with United States on climate change to America abandoning its principled support of human rights and international law. Shortly after Blinken labeled China’s treatment of its minority Uighur Muslim community “genocide,” China’s representative made it clear China’s cooperation on climate matters would depend on the United States ceasing to interfere in matters the Chinese Communist Party considers internal affairs.

“China is ready to cooperate with the United States and the international community on climate change,” China's foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said on January 28, the day after Kerry and Blinken talked tough on China. “I would like to stress that China-U.S. cooperation in specific areas... is closely linked with bilateral relations as a whole.”

“China has emphasized time and again that no one should imagine they can ask China to understand and support them in bilateral and global matters when they blatantly interfere in China’s domestic affairs and undermine China’s interests,” Lijian said, stating the Biden administration should create “favorable conditions” for climate cooperation.

Despite their tough talk, in their near-monomaniacal focus on fighting climate change, Biden and company are already well down the road to giving China more power over the United States. If, to secure cooperation on climate change, Biden reverses previous administrations’ positions on Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tibet, the Uighurs, and U.S. patent holders, millions of people will suffer.

Worst of all, Biden’s actions will diminish the United States’ standing as the world’s leader in defending individual liberty and fundamental human rights from political oppression.

H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D. ([email protected]) is a senior fellow at The Heartland Institute, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research center headquartered in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

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Opinion

Could spike protein in Moderna, Pfizer vaccines cause blood clots, brain inflammation and heart attacks?

Dr. J. Patrick Whelan, a pediatric rheumatologist, warned the FDA in December that mRNA vaccines could cause microvascular injury to the brain, heart, liver and kidneys in ways not assessed in safety trials.
Thu Feb 11, 2021 - 10:41 am EST
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February 11, 2021 (Children’s Health Defense) — On Dec. 8, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) received a public submission from J. Patrick Whelan, M.D., Ph.D. The submission was in response to the agency’s request for comments regarding vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 in advance of the Dec. 10  meeting when the committee would review the Pfizer/BioNTech (BNT162b2) SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for emergency use authorization (EUA).

Whelan’s training (at Harvard, Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine) includes degrees in biochemistry, medicine and rheumatology. For 20 years, he worked as a pediatric rheumatologist. He currently specializes in treating children with multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C), which has been associated with coronavirus infections.

In his public submission, Whelan sought to alert the FDA about the potential for vaccines designed to create immunity to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein to instead cause injuries.

Specifically, Whelan was concerned that the new mRNA vaccine technology utilized by Pfizer and Moderna has “the potential to cause microvascular injury (inflammation and small blood clots called microthrombi) to the brain, heart, liver and kidneys in ways that were not assessed in the safety trials.”

While Whelan did not dispute the vaccines’ potential to quickly arrest the spread of the virus (assuming that the vaccines prove to actually prevent transmission — also not assessed in the clinical trials), he cautioned that “it would be vastly worse if hundreds of millions of people were to suffer long-lasting or even permanent damage to their brain or heart microvasculature as a result of failing to appreciate in the short-term an unintended effect of full-length spike protein-based vaccines on other organs.”

Unfortunately, Whelan’s concerns were not acknowledged, and the agency instead relied on the limited clinical trial data. The VRBPAC endorsed the use of the Pfizer vaccine on Dec. 10. The following day, the FDA issued the first COVID-19 vaccine emergency use authorization allowing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to be widely distributed in individuals 16 and older without calling for the additional studies that Whelan felt were critical to assure safety of the vaccine, especially in children.

Why was Whelan worried about the mRNA vaccines causing blood clots and inflammation?

One of the peculiar and often deadly findings with regard to SARS-CoV-2 infection is widespread damage occurring in numerous organs beyond the lungs. Clinicians around the world have seen evidence that suggests the virus may cause heart inflammation, acute kidney disease, neurological malfunction, blood clots, intestinal damage and liver problems. Unexpectedly, however, clinicians observe a very limited or non-existent presence of the virus in organs other than the lungs.

Here is what we currently know about the impact of the virus outside the lungs.

Cardiovascular complications from COVID-19

Though COVID-19 was originally thought to be a respiratory infection, it’s since become clear the infection threatens the heart, too.

Dr. Aeshita Dwivedi, a cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City has stated: “As the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved, research has progressively demonstrated this virus’s impact on multiple organs of the body including the heart.”

It has been reported that nearly a quarter of people hospitalized with COVID-19 experience myocardial injury and many develop arrhythmias or thromboembolic disease.

In a prospective study that followed 100 patients who recovered from COVID-19, the investigators found involvement of the heart on MRI scans in 78% of patients, and ongoing myocardial inflammation in 60%. These findings were independent of the severity of the infection, overall course of the illness and time from the original diagnosis.

In October 2020, researchers took a more detailed look at the heart after death from COVID-19 and found “cardiac damage was common, but more from clotting than inflammation” and that “microthrombi (small blot clots) were frequent.”

“We did not expect this,” said study co-author Dr. Renu Virmani, of CVPath Institute in Gaithersburg, Maryland. “It seems to be unlikely that the direct viral invasion of the heart is playing a major role in making myocardial necrosis and microthrombi.”

Dr. Hyung Chun, a Yale cardiologist, suggests that the endothelial cells lining the blood vessels potentially release inflammatory cytokines that further exacerbate the body’s inflammatory response and lead to the formation of blood clots. Chun has stated: “The ‘inflamed’ endothelium likely contributes not only to worsening outcome in COVID-19, but also is considered to be an important factor contributing to risk of heart attacks and strokes.”

A subsequent study published last month confirmed the findings of microthrombi resulting in myocyte necrosis, indicative of a recent myocardial infarction (heart attack), in 40 individuals who died from COVID-19 infection — the studies also identified microthrombi as a major cause of cardiac injury.

Neurological complications of COVID

Individuals with COVID-19 experience a vast number of neurological symptoms, such as headaches, ataxia, impaired consciousness, hallucinations, stroke and cerebral hemorrhage.

But autopsy studies have yet to find clear evidence of destructive viral invasion into patients’ brains, pushing researchers to consider alternative explanations of how SARS-CoV-2 causes neurological symptoms.

In a study of 18 COVID-19 patients with neurological symptoms who died in hospitals last April, Mukerji and colleagues found very low levels of viral RNA — the source of which is a mystery — in only five of the patient brains. Because the low RNA concentration “seems out of proportion to the profound deficits that people are experiencing,” Mukerji said, “I’d be extremely surprised [if] the majority of cases where people are having neurological symptoms are due to direct viral invasion.”

In a more recent analysis published Feb. 4, 2021, in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke  documented microvascular injury but no evidence of virus in the brains of patients who died from COVID-19. They reported, “In a convenience sample of patients who had died from COVID-19, multifocal microvascular injury was observed in the brain and olfactory bulbs by means of magnetic resonance microscopy, histopathological evaluation and immunohistochemical analysis of corresponding sections, without evidence of viral infection.”

If not viral infection, what else could be causing injury to distant organs associated with COVID-19?

The most likely culprit that has been identified is the COVID-19 spike protein released from the outer shell of the virus into circulation. Research cited below has documented that the viral spike protein is able to initiate a cascade of events that triggers damage to distant organs in COVID-19 patients.

Worryingly, several studies have found that the spike proteins alone have the capacity to cause widespread injury throughout the body, without any evidence of virus.

What makes this finding so disturbing is that the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines manufactured by Moderna and Pfizer and currently being administered throughout the U.S. program our cells to manufacture this same coronavirus spike protein as a way to trigger our bodies to produce antibodies to the virus.

According to Whelan’s letter to the FDA, the “Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is composed of an mRNA that produces a membrane-anchored full-length spike protein.”

A landmark study in Nature Neuroscience, published a few days after Whelan’s letter, found that the commercially obtained COVID-19 spike protein (S1) injected into mice readily crossed the blood-brain barrier, was found in all 11 brain regions examined and entered the parenchymal brain space (the functional tissue in the brain).

The researchers acknowledged that such widespread entry into the brain could explain the diverse neurological effects of S1 such as encephalitis, respiratory difficulties and anosmia (the loss of smell). The injected spike protein was also found in the lung, spleen, kidney and liver of the mice.

A second study published in December, 2020, in Neurobiology of Disease reported that the SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins showed a direct negative impact on endothelial cells and provide “plausible explanations” for the neurological consequences observed in patients with COVID-19.

The researchers demonstrated that the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2), a known binding target for the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, is “ubiquitously expressed throughout various vessel calibers in the frontal cortex.”

In another investigation, researchers studying brain tissues from 13 fatal COVID-19 cases found pseudovirions (spike, envelope and membrane proteins without viral RNA) present in the endothelia of microvessels of all 13 brains. They concluded that ACE2+ endothelial damage is a central part of SARS-CoV-2 pathology and may be induced by the spike protein alone. Injection of the full-length S1 spike subunit in the tail vein of mice, as part of the same study, led to neurologic signs (increased thirst, stressed behavior).

An observed complication of SARS-CoV-2 infection in children is similar to the atypical Kawasaki disease shock syndrome characterized by multisystemic hyperinflammation, edema and vasculitis (MIS-C) that Whelan treats.

Research has found SARS-CoV-2 spike protein alone to be a potent inductor of endothelial dysfunction, suggesting that “manifestations of COVID-19 shock syndrome in children can be at least partially attributed to its action.”

Let’s now circle back to the concerns voiced by Whelan in his letter to the FDA:

“I am concerned about the possibility that the new vaccines aimed at creating immunity against the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein have the potential to cause microvascular injury to the brain, heart, liver and kidneys in a way that does not currently appear to be assessed in safety trials of these potential drugs.”

Whelan was referring to the fact that mRNA vaccines work by incorporating the genetic blueprint for the key spike protein on the virus surface into a formula that — when injected into humans — instructs our own cells to make the spike protein.

In theory, the body then will make antibodies against the spike protein to protect against SARS-CoV-2 infection.

The problem with this scenario, as we saw above, is that the spike protein alone — which the mRNA vaccines instruct the body to make — has been implicated as a key cause of injury and death in COVID-19 infections.

Based on the research conducted to date, it is very likely that some recipients of the spike protein mRNA vaccines will experience the same symptoms and injuries associated with the virus.

Again according to Whelan, “the potential to cause microvascular injury (inflammation and small blood clots called microthrombi) to the brain, heart, liver and kidney … were not assessed in the safety trials.”

Whelan also stated in his letter that “particular caution will be required with regard to the potential widespread vaccination of children before there are any real data on the safety or effectiveness of these vaccines…”

Sadly highlighting Whelan’s concerns, a 17-year-old was recently hospitalized in the ICU in Israel complaining of severe pains in his chest a few days after receiving the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

Since the widespread introduction of these vaccines on Dec. 14, 2020, Children’s Health Defense has been following the reports filed with the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), the media and emails from individuals and family members who have experienced adverse vaccine reactions.

As of Jan. 29, 11,249 adverse events had been reported to OpenVAERS related to the two mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. The reports included 501 deaths, 1066 hospitalizations, 2443 urgent care visits, 1447 office visits and 147 cases of anaphylaxis.

What is concerning is that these reports are just the tip of the iceberg. A 2010 Harvard-executed study commissioned by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealed that reported vaccine injuries to VAERS represent an estimated 1% of actual injuries.

Even vaccine manufacturers have calculated at least a “ fifty-fold underreporting of adverse events.”

On Dec. 18, 2020, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Children’s Health Defense chairman and chief legal counsel, wrote to Dr. David Kessler, then-co-chair of Biden transition’s coronavirus task force and now the chief scientific officer of President Biden’s COVID-19 response, requesting that Kessler consider the long-overdue need for a comprehensive, high-integrity system to monitor adverse outcomes following vaccination.

This request has urgent significance in light of the FDA’s decision to authorize emergency use of the two mRNA vaccines following abbreviated pre-approval clinical trials. Since COVID-19 vaccine companies are immune from liability for injuries caused by their products, our public health regulators have an amplified responsibility to monitor adverse events. To date, we have not received a response from Kessler.

Children’s Health Defense shares the same concerns as Whelan and numerous other clinicians and scientists who have spoken out about lack of adequate safety and efficacy testing prior to widespread distribution of the vaccines, especially in children.

Ignoring these valid and scientifically supported warnings may result in hundreds of millions of people suffering potentially deadly injuries or permanent damage following vaccination. It will also further erode the dwindling confidence that our country has in our federal regulatory agencies to protect the health of all Americans.

We encourage everyone to be informed consumers when making decisions about their health, especially when it comes to vaccinations. We ask that if you, a family member or friend have suffered any kind of adverse side effect, from any vaccine, do all three of the following:

  • For U.S. residents, first file your report with the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), the official site of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
  • Go to VaxxTracker.com to file a report. This is an outside independent source versus government agency that tracks vaccine injuries globally.
  • Using this page on the CHD website, share your vaccine injury story, pictures or videos. CHD will be publishing these events anonymously on The Defender website.

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Opinion

True Catholic schools must take a stand in the public square

Our country’s Catholic schools have led the nation in a precipitous moral decline.
Thu Feb 11, 2021 - 4:50 am EST
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February 11, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Our country is in dire straits and I deem it the direct fault of the weak-kneed bishops, priests, principals, and others in administrative power at Catholic schools, universities, dioceses, and parishes. For many years, due to the mass exodus of habited religious and general corruption of Catholic orthodoxy, our country’s Catholic schools have led the nation in a precipitous moral decline.

What can save our Catholic schools in these United States of America from complete destruction? While some have noted a recent spike in enrollment in some Catholic primary and secondary schools due to the purported pandemic and assured fear-demic that has paralyzed government school districts into remote non-education across the nation, Catholic schools will go extinct very soon if one virtue is not inculcated and propagated in their classrooms. That virtue is unadulterated courageous zeal for souls.

A recent event in my classroom illustrates what is needed — and was one of the highlights in my educational career of some 20 years. At our decidedly conservative school whose name will have to go unmentioned for the author has mouths to feed, we have recently celebrated Catholic Schools Week, an annual excuse to have “happy fun time” while supposedly championing authentic Catholic Education.

This past Wednesday was “Patriotic Day,” and I immediately thought, “Sweet, I can wear my Trump shirt one time.” However, the prior day, my class and I received the pusillanimous and politically-correct announcement that partisan paraphernalia would be banned. The students probably saw the utter disbelief and negative body language consume me as the man who moved millions of the indifferent to become patriots was now canceled on “Patriotic Day,” even after his term of office expired.

Why was he canceled? He was canceled at my school for the exact reason why the Church is in the position of scandal it has been in since the summer of shame, or since 2002, or earlier: The hierarchy and administration of churches and schools are petrified of losing the monetary support of some left-ward leaning stakeholders.

In the case of a school, a few big-donor parents who watch CNN and have caved into all the modernist lies of the church of nice and the local health department, might just leave. God forbid if we lose them and their money. The Church has been in this damage control, protect-the-assets mindset for much too long and I believe that the next generation of young people, my students for example, can create a blockade of this cesspool of greedy fear-mongering in the public square. How so?

This past Wednesday, five gutsy students that I admire and will forever remember decided to don their Don hats in an act of blatant civil disobedience, even after being corrected by administrators. While their math instructor attempted to teach a lesson on solving quadratic equations, they sported their MAGA hats as they took notes. It was relayed to me that a “power that be” had already admonished them once in an earlier class, but I playfully looked the other way in this next period.

Another “power that be” stopped by to relay a message about a student in another class, but I think she was really coming to chastise the students again for their boldness. They nonchalantly put their hats on their desks to momentarily appease her, only to place the red hat squarely back on their bold noggins shortly thereafter. After another quadratic equation was solved by the class, the first higher-up knocked on the door and requested to see three of the five students in the hallway to confiscate the contraband and ream out the offenders for their disrespect of authority.

One of the three admitted disappointment that she did not receive a detention for her bold and sincere act of patriotism. Her teacher was ready to volunteer to proctor the detention to join her and others in prayer and penance for our beloved country.

I have never seen such zeal, intensity, and heroism in my 20 years of teaching. It was a top moment in the classroom of a 19-year veteran of Catholic schools. True Catholic kudos to these students! As a baseball coach, my hat is tipped in their direction. If Catholic education is to be saved and redeemed, it is through future leaders and saints-in-the-making like these eighth-graders.

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Catholic schools are worried about losing tax-exempt status; they are worried about losing a few families who are abusing the Catholic school to set their children up for worldly success, caring little about their formation in Catholic truth; they are worried about offending the sensibilities of their bishop who refuses to ruffle any feathers as he wades through scandal after scandal trying to protect his assets; they fear that their survival as a Catholic school is dependent on keeping quiet about a stolen election that has elevated a heretical fake Catholic to the presidency.

They fear that outwardly supporting the most pro-life president of all time after he has left office will somehow tarnish their credibility in the eyes of present benefactors and future stakeholders. They cower to the thought that allowing a well-formed Catholic conscience to permeate every aspect of the students’ lives — as St. Paul taught — might somehow be unconstitutional and leave the school’s tax-exempt status in jeopardy.

I ask, when are we, as Catholic educators, going to practice the only legitimate servile fear under the sun? That fear is the seventh gift of the Holy Ghost, the fear of God’s judgment. When are we going to fear His judgment for refusing to politically stand up to the unimaginable evil of abortion, homosexual so-called marriage, euthanasia, gender ideology, and dozens of other heinous abominations that cry to heaven which are unequivocally supported by this new Satanic administration?

My prayer is that these five gutsy and emblazoned students and others like them continue to practice and propagate this zealous courage.

A few days prior, these same students were on the main road outside of our school, marching and praying the Holy Rosary for the end to the Satanic baby sacrifice of abortion. This mini-march was a great experience for the students, even as they received the one-finger salute from some passer-by!

The reader must know that the classroom demonstration of willing resistance against an unlawful attack on liberty and the frigid outdoor march to end abortion were motivated by one and the same spiritual end game: the Truth that is Jesus Christ and a willingness to stand up for what He and His Church have taught. Why was one permitted, championed, and publicized in the local Catholic newspaper and the other rejected, canceled, and deemed a threat to the good name of the school?

In the answer lies the secret antidote to the imminent collapse of Catholic schools in the U.S. and abroad. Satanic, servile, effeminate, cowardly fear of loss: loss of employment, loss of revenue, loss of ease, and a most dangerous indifference to the loss of souls.

To save genuine Catholic education, we need heroic pastors, administrators and teachers who are willing to suffer and die for the authentic, traditional teaching of the Catholic Church; who are willing to put everything on the line for their students in the spiritual, social, and political arenas; who refuse to run after the stakeholders who will not submit to Church teaching because it is too hard; who gladly pursue the lost sheep who are trying their best; who know and believe that Christ must permeate all organs of Catholic school culture; who defy the modernist dictate to be diplomatic with devils in human clothes who desire that the school waters down the faith and never speaks out in the public square; who realize the mission of the Catholic school is the glory of God and the salvation of souls.

I know a few eighth-graders who might be able to help!


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Blogs

Newsweek courageously warns: Sex-change surgery might destroy your life

‘Scott’ Newgent was told by the medical community that she could turn from a woman into a man. But, Newgent adds, ‘all the negatives were glossed over.’
Thu Feb 11, 2021 - 1:30 pm EST
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February 11, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — As the social media giants continue to crack down on those who violate their trans-activist talking points (see here and here), another perspective has been raised from an unexpected source. I’m talking about a powerful, deeply moving article posted in Newsweek and titled, “We Need Balance When It Comes To Gender Dysphoric Kids. I Would Know.”

The author of the op-ed is “Scott” Newgent, self-described as “a 48-year-old transgender man.” What Newgent has written is courageous, deeply revealing, poignant, and accurate.

Perhaps others will now heed these urgent warnings, since those of us on the conservative Christian side who have been presenting similar cases have been largely ignored to this day.

Six years ago, Newgent was told by the medical community that she could turn from a woman into a man. But, Newgent adds, “all the negatives were glossed over.”

As a result, “I have suffered tremendously, including seven surgeries, a pulmonary embolism, an induced stress heart attack, sepsis, a 17-month recurring infection, 16 rounds of antibiotics, three weeks of daily IV antibiotics, arm reconstructive surgery, lung, heart and bladder damage, insomnia, hallucinations, PTSD, $1 million in medical expenses, and loss of home, car, career and marriage. All this, and yet I cannot sue the surgeon responsible — in part because there is no structured, tested or widely accepted baseline for transgender health care.”

Most of us cannot imagine this kind of trauma, let alone imagine telling a story like this to the whole world.

Yet, because it comes from the mouth of a biological female who now identifies as a male, the author can hardly be called transphobic. Plus, this op-ed was published in Newsweek rather than in a Focus on the Family magazine.

Unfortunately, when Christian conservatives have stated these same facts, we have been branded hateful and bigoted and transphobic. Not only so, but when former transgenders like Walt Heyer or Laura Perry tell their own, agonizing (yet redemptive) stories, they too are branded hateful and bigoted. (To see their stories for yourself, watch this free documentary. You won’t regret taking the time. You can also visit the SexChangeRegret website for more.)

But it is love and truth that caused Newgent to write, not hate. As Newgent states, “It is not transphobic or discriminatory to discuss this — we as a society need to fully understand what we are encouraging our children to do to their bodies.”

That’s why Abigail Shrier wrote her important book Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, named a book of the year by The Economist and one of the best books of 2021 by The Times and The Sunday Times.

The alarm must be sounded. The warning must be issued. Not only are adults destroying their bodies and their lives, but our children are doing so as well. Doesn’t love compel us to speak?

Consequently, when Amazon refused to allow Shrier’s publisher to advertise the book on their site (sell it, yes, but advertise it, no), wasn’t it Amazon, not the publisher, that displayed dangerous bias?

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Newgent, who previously identified as a lesbian, experienced many doubts about the transitioning process. But rather than the professionals slowing down the transition process, they all encouraged her to keep going. This is just what you need!

To the contrary, the surgeries and drugs took a terrible toll on Newgent, who found no real help in the medical world that was so quick to recommend her transition.

“During my post-operation 17 months of sheer survival,” Newgent writes, “I discovered that transgender health care is experimental and that large swaths of the medical industry encourage minors to transition due, at least in part, to fat profit margins.”

Yet those of us who seek to raise a cautionary flag, those of us who say, “Slow down! Let’s see if you can be helped from the inside out,” are branded the haters and the transphobes. How can this be?

I urge everyone reading this article to take the time to read every word of Newgent’s op-ed. A summary cannot begin to do justice to her journey, from the physical pain to the emotional agony to the devastating losses to the list of negative consequences.

In fact, everyone considering “transitioning” should memorize this list of 13 potential consequences. It begins with “decreased life expectancy” and includes “no improved mental health outcomes.” To call it sobering would be a gross understatement.

Remarkably, after citing examples from other countries which are rethinking their approach to sex-change surgery and treatments, Newgent writes, “We now have the obligation to work together to slow trans medicalization of minors until they are adults and have the capacity to truly understand the lifelong consequences of transitioning. As a former lesbian and current trans man, I maintain this is not transphobic. It is actually sensitive and caring to recognize that not just one treatment or pathway is right for all kids.”

But of course. It is love that has motivated many of us to call for this very slow down — in particular, love for the children. (You can see for yourself how my call for this on Tyra Banks was received over 10 years ago.)

Newgent closes with this: “So, endocrinologists and pediatricians, moderate Democrats and moderate Republicans, radical feminists and evangelicals, lawyers and psychologists, parents and teachers: My hand is out. I will grab yours and turn down no one. Together, we can build a circle around our most precious resource: our children. Help me fulfill the promise I made on the night I almost gave up, to be here for my children — and now yours. Who’s with me?”

As a conservative evangelical, I say to “Scott” Newgent: For this cause, I am with you. Let’s do something to stop the madness. Let’s put the children first. And if I can be of help to you in any personal level as you work through your own journey, count me in.


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