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Bill Gates pushes for ‘zero’ emissions in new book while upping his stake in private jet company

The billionaire's recent investment contradicts his plan for 'How to Avoid a Climate Disaster.'
Wed Feb 17, 2021 - 7:19 pm EST
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February 17, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Billionaire Bill Gates has released a new book providing his plan to reach “zero greenhouse gas emissions” less than two weeks after he acquired an additional stake in a private-jet operations company, despite this mode of travel producing, by far, the highest carbon emissions per passenger.

In How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, the pro-abortion, population-control advocate lays out his ambitious plan stating “(t)o avoid a climate disaster, we have to get to zero greenhouse gas emissions.”

“The case for zero was, and is, rock solid,” Gates wrote. “Setting a goal to only reduce our emissions — but not eliminate them — won’t do it. The only sensible goal is zero.”

“The bad news,” he continued, is that “(g)etting to zero will be really hard.” But with “the passion of a growing global movement” and “big goals for solving the problem,” this book provides “a concrete plan” for doing so.

What is not included in Mr. Gates’ book announcement is why he has invested in an industry that on average creates the largest “carbon footprint” per person as a means of travel.

On February 5, The Wall Street Journal reported that “Bill Gates is doubling down on private-jet travel, as the niche industry recovers more quickly amid the coronavirus pandemic than the wider commercial aviation market.”

The story shared how Gates’s Cascade Investment LLC increased its stake in Signature Aviation, “the world's largest operator of private-jet bases,” from 19 percent to 30 percent in a $4.7 billion deal with two other investment partners.

Unlike commercial flying, which “has fallen sharply amid travel restrictions, quarantine rules and steep reductions in flights operated by cash-strapped airlines,” private-jet travel has “bounced back quicker.” While the former “was down 50 percent in January from a year earlier, business aviation travel — a key indicator for the private-jet business — was down just 9 percent.”

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Of course, private-jet travel is only available to relatively few wealthy individuals and corporations who can afford it.

Given the financial devastation wrought by government lockdown policies over the last 11 months, including catastrophic losses in jobs, small businesses, global income and the massive rise in poverty, contrasted with a boon to the fortunes of billionaires like Bill Gates, the significant difference between the recovery of commercial and private-jet travel appears consistent.

With regards to carbon emissions, according to the Independent, when utilizing the “efficiency equation, which compares how far one passenger can be moved with a gallon of fuel by dividing the energy needed by the passenger capacity,” a rough calculation that can vary widely due to several factors, reveals “flying by private jet is more than eight times less efficient if calculated per passenger” than flying commercial.

Such apparent hypocrisy between what Mr. Gates is promoting in his book and practicing in his private affairs is not limited to billionaires.

Former Secretary of State and current Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry leaves quite a carbon footprint himself. As FoxNews reported in late January, while a “typical passenger vehicle emits about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year,” based on an average of driving 11,500 miles on 22 miles per gallon,” Kerry’s private jet, over an 11-month period, “accumulated an estimated 116 metric tons of carbon,” traveling about 22 hours in that timeframe.

Other Democrat politicians display the same tendencies when it comes to these and other matters, including violating the same draconian COVID-19 restrictions that they have imposed on fellow citizens.

Such hypocrisy has been documented in the actions of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, House Speaker Nancy Peolosi of California, San Francisco Mayor London Breed and more.

This persistent globalist notion of a coming “Climate Disaster” was addressed by former President Donald Trump in a January 2020 speech at the World Economic Forum, which has been driving many of these radical environmental and socialist initiatives, including “The Great Reset.”

Mr. Trump said, “To embrace the possibilities of tomorrow, we must reject the perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse. They are the heirs of yesterday’s foolish fortune-tellers … They predicted an overpopulation crisis in the 1960s, mass starvation in the ’70s, and an end of oil in the 1990s. These alarmists always demand the same thing: absolute power to dominate, transform, and control every aspect of our lives.

“We will never let radical socialists destroy our economy, wreck our country, or eradicate our liberty. America will always be the proud, strong, and unyielding bastion of freedom.”


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Zuckerberg on COVID vaccine: We don’t know side effects of ‘basically modifying people’s DNA and RNA’

‘We just don’t know the long-term side effects,’ Zuckerberg said during an internal weekly Q&A meeting.
Wed Feb 17, 2021 - 6:49 pm EST
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February 17, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg expressed to his staff in July that he was cautious about the COVID-19 vaccine because “we just don’t know the long-term side effects,” according to a leaked video.

“But I do just want to make sure that I share some caution on this [vaccine] because we just don’t know the long-term side effects of basically modifying people’s DNA and RNA to directly encode in a person’s DNA and RNA basically the ability to produce those antibodies and whether that causes other mutations or other risks downstream,” Zuckerberg said during Facebook’s internal weekly Q&A meeting from July 16, 2020, in a leaked video of the meeting that was released by Project Veritas yesterday.

The leaked video of Facebook’s CEO expressing concern about COVID vaccines comes in the wake of the social media company’s efforts to clamp down on voices offering an alternative perspective on COVID-19.

Facebook announced on Feb. 8 that it was “expanding our efforts to remove false claims on Facebook and Instagram about COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccines and vaccines in general during the pandemic.” Facebook said it would remove claims posted to the social media outlet that the “COVID-19 vaccine changes people’s DNA.”

Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe pointed out in a video that Zuckerberg would be “censored on the platform today” if what he said to his staff in July was posted on the social media platform. He would be “basically violating his own code of conduct,” O’Keefe added.

“Zuckerberg would be banned from Facebook for saying this. In fact, this video of me showing the CEO of Facebook talking might be banned because he is violating Facebook’s policy,” O’Keefe said. “Seems a little bit hypocritical, don’t you think?”

O’Keefe said that elites appear to operate by a different set of rules when compared to the general public.

“Rules for thee, but not for me,” he said. “It is clear that [Zuckerberg] is not living up to his own book of rules.”

Since July, however, Zuckerberg appears to have evolved on his concern about COVID vaccines. He hosted a public live stream with Dr. Anthony Fauci in November where he stated that it was now his understanding that the “vaccines do not modify your DNA or RNA.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci replied: “No, first of all, DNA is inherent in your own nuclear cell. Sticking in anything foreign will ultimately get cleared.”

Replied Zuckerberg: “Good, well, I’m glad we cleared that up.”

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A number of doctors have pointed out that mRNA COVID vaccines are not vaccines in the traditional sense of an agent injected in the body in a weaker form that triggers immunity, but are a form of “gene therapy.”

Dr. Lee Merritt, former president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, stated in a Jan. 14 interview that mRNA vaccines, what she called “experimental biologics,” are a new technology that acts “like a computer program that tells your body to do certain things.” She warned, however, that there is no way of knowing “exactly what that mRNA is programmed to (do).”

The COVID vaccines used in the U.S. have not been problem-free.

Data from the U.S.-based National Vaccine Information Center shows that as of Jan. 29, there have been 501 deaths — a subset of 11,249 total adverse events — following COVID-19 vaccinations. Pfizer’s vaccine was taken by 59 percent of those who died while Moderna’s vaccine was taken by 41 percent.

The Norwegian Medicines Agency reported on Jan. 14 that twenty-three people died within days of receiving the first dose of Pfizer’s product.

California officials are investigating the Jan. 7 death of a 60-year-old healthcare worker who died four days after receiving his second injection of Pfizer’s product. A reportedly “perfectly healthy” 56-year-old Miami obstetrician died 16 days after receiving the Pfizer shot. State along with federal officials are investigating the Jan. 30 death of a 58-year-old Virginia woman who died hours after receiving the first dose of Pfizer’s vaccine.

Earlier this month, Pfizer withdrew its application for emergency-use authorization of its product in India after the country’s health authorities demanded local safety testing.


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Trump attacks Mitch McConnell as ‘a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack’

McConnell had argued previously that Trump ‘is practically and morally responsible’ for the January 6 riots within the Capitol.
Wed Feb 17, 2021 - 6:26 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., February 17, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Former President Donald Trump attacked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), calling him a “political hack” not fit to lead the Republican Party into the future due to his inconsistency and betrayal of the American people.

Trump said in a statement released on Tuesday, “The Democrats and Chuck Schumer play McConnell like a fiddle — they’ve never had it so good — and they want to keep it that way!”

“We know our America First agenda is a winner, not McConnell’s Beltway First agenda or Biden’s America Last,” he continued.

Trump characterized McConnell as “a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again. He will never do what needs to be done, or what is right for our country.”

Trump’s comments come as a response to McConnell’s remarks concerning Trump’s culpability in causing the January 6 riot within the U.S. Capitol building. According to McConnell, Trump bears responsibility for the rioters who scuffled with Capitol Police and gained entry into the building, which caused the certification of the 2020 presidential election results to be postponed until later that evening.

The Senate minority leader said in a February 13 speech on the floor of the Senate that he believes Trump bears moral responsibility for the actions taken by the rioters on January 6:

There’s no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day. No question about it. The people who stormed this building believed that they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president, and having that belief was a foreseeable consequence of the growing crescendo of false statements, conspiracy theories, and reckless hyperbole which the defeated president kept shouting into the largest megaphone on planet earth.

McConnell had voted for acquittal in the second impeachment trial not because he believed Trump was indeed innocent of the charges leveled against him, but because he did not believe the Constitution allows for the conviction of former presidents.

Two days later, McConnell doubled down on his position in an opinion piece written for the Wall Street Journal.

“Jan. 6 was a shameful day,” he wrote. “A mob bloodied law enforcement and besieged the first branch of government. American citizens tried to use terrorism to stop a democratic proceeding they disliked. There is no question former President Trump bears moral responsibility.”

“His supporters stormed the Capitol because of the unhinged falsehoods he shouted into the world’s largest megaphone,” McConnell continued. “His behavior during and after the chaos was also unconscionable, from attacking Vice President Mike Pence during the riot to praising the criminals after it ended.”

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Trump responded in his statement on Tuesday, “My only regret is that McConnell ‘begged’ for my strong support and endorsement before the great people of Kentucky in the 2020 election, and I gave it to him. He went from one point down to 20 points up and won. How quickly he forgets.”

“Now his numbers are lower than ever before, he is destroying the Republican side of the Senate, and in so doing, seriously hurting our Country,” he added.

“McConnell has no credibility on China because of his family’s substantial Chinese business holdings,” Trump argued. “He does nothing on this tremendous economic and military threat.”

“This is a big moment for our country, and we cannot let it pass by using third rate ‘leaders’ to dictate our future!” Trump concluded.


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COVID patients transferred between quarantine sites with garbage bags over their heads

In Melbourne, Australia, questions are being raised about excessive precautions.
Wed Feb 17, 2021 - 6:06 pm EST
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MELBOURNE, Australia, February 17, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – COVID-positive patients have been seen evacuating from the Holiday Inn in Melbourne with garbage bags covering their heads. 

At least one patient was shown moving from inside the Holiday Inn across the sidewalk to a bus holding a large, black garbage bag over his or her head during Channel Nine’s live broadcast of Today.

Patients were escorted to their buses by hotel quarantine staff dressed in full PPE, causing Today hosts to question why a patient with a respiratory illness would further restrict their breathing with a garbage bag. 

The next patient to leave the Holiday Inn, however, wore only a mask as he carried his young child into the bus. 

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Water damage on four levels of the building prompted the transfer of patients from the Holiday Inn to the Pullman Hotel. 

Last week, several of 48 patients were also spotted wearing garbage bags over their entire bodies as they were evacuated from a different Melbourne Holiday Inn. 

Some Twitter users speculated the most recent incident was more a privacy issue than anything else.

Others thought it was simply bad healthcare advice.

The precedent for this behavior was set by UK healthcare workers in April 2020 when they ran out of PPE in the Intensive Treatment Unit. 

Soon after, the Miami New Times published a story on weird “PPE” spotted around Miami, including caution tape, an alien suit, and underwear. 

Two hotel quarantine breaches and subsequent snap lockdowns in Melbourne have led Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews to consider following in the footsteps of the Northern Territory with purposefully built quarantine camps. The creation of such camps raises numerous concerns about privacy, civil liberties, human rights, and due process. 

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is considering similar measures


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Canadian advocacy group: Sexual exploitation of kids has exploded amid lockdowns

‘Sextortion’ of children has skyrocketed by an alarming 88 percent amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wed Feb 17, 2021 - 4:30 pm EST
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, February 17, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A Canadian advocacy group dedicated to child safety says that online sexual exploitation, sometimes called “sextortion,” of children has skyrocketed by an alarming 88 percent amid the COVID-19 pandemic, given that more time is spent online.

“On average, Cybertip.ca receives 40 sextortion reports a month. Many of the reports involve offenders connecting with youth through social media and live stream platforms like Snapchat, Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger and Omegle,” said the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P) in a recent statement.

“Simply put, sextortion is blackmail. It’s when someone online threatens to send a sexual image or video of the child/youth to other people if they don’t pay the person or provide more sexual content.”

The C3P said in the press release that due to youth spending more time online amid COVID-19 lockdowns, their tip line called Cybertip.ca has seen an “88% increase in reports.” That number, however, does not necessarily “reflect the true scope of this growing problem.”

According to the C3P, it is “shame” and “guilt” that keeps youth from “telling anyone they are being sextorted.”

In Canada, law enforcement agencies have sounded the alarm over the recent increase in online “sextortion” threats targeting kids in Canada.

A report from last year goes over how Canadians are increasingly being bombarded by “sextortion” email scams. These scams usually involve a victim being blackmailed to send money to an unknown perpetrator, who threatens to release claimed nude photos of a person if they don’t comply.

Signy Arnason, the Associate Executive for C3P said in the press release that there is help available that can assist “youth gain back control of the situation.”

“We want to remind youth they don’t have to deal with difficult online situations alone. There is help,” said Arnason.

C3P says their Cybertip.ca website also has help for families along with educators in the form of “prevention information regarding how sextortion can happen, talking points to have with youth about the issue, and how to help a youth who’s been sextorted.”

The C3P website lists the group as a national charity “dedicated to the personal safety of all children.”

“Our goal is to reduce the sexual abuse and exploitation of children, assist in the location of missing children, and prevent child victimization through a number of programs, services, and resources for Canadian families, educators, child-serving organizations, law enforcement, and other parties.”

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A recent blog by LifeSite’s Jonathon Van Maren goes over how parents need to increase their vigilance during COVID-19 lockdowns.

“With many children spending far more time than usual in front of screens, it is necessary for parents to be aware of the fact that even entertainment targeted at children is now infused with a sexual and progressive agenda — and worse, that the porn industry is specifically targeting children by tagging hardcore porn content with the names of characters from Disney films and Paw Patrol,” he wrote.


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Mom, kids fined $18K, sent to Canadian quarantine site for presenting 2-hour-expired COVID test at border

The mother, almost crying as she spoke, said that everyone in her family has been traumatized by what unfolded.
Wed Feb 17, 2021 - 4:06 pm EST
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, February 17, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A Canadian mother along with her four children and the children’s grandmother were each fined $3,000 and hustled into a government-run COVID quarantine facility after Canadian border agents refused to accept the results of their COVID tests because the results were 2 hours expired.

The mother, who spoke to LifeSiteNews today by phone under condition of anonymity from her designated quarantine facility (DQF) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, said that she, together with her children and the children’s grandmother had traveled to the U.S. from Manitoba earlier this month to attend the 79-year-old grandmother’s medical appointment and to visit family.

Eager to follow the rules of reentry into Canada, the mother, a registered nurse (RNBN) who works in chronic care, went in with her mother and children for the PCR COVID tests on Friday, Feb. 12. The tests all came back negative. They also came with an expiration date of 72 hours set by the Canadian government, meaning that the test would only be valid for 72 hours after taking it.

Five test results came back on Sunday. The last one came back Monday at 1:30 a.m. At 6:30 a.m. that same morning, the mother left for the Canadian border, with 8 hours left before the tests expired. Normally, this would have been more than sufficient time. But then the family’s car started having troubles.

“Three warning lights came on, causing me to drive slower,” the 47-year-old mother said.

The family finally reached the Pembina-Emerson border just after 4:00 p.m. They came prepared with their test results and a quarantine plan for when they returned to their home in Winnipeg. But by the time they reached the customs official, their COVID tests had already expired by 2 hours and 15 minutes.

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“I should’ve called the border to say we were going to be late,” said the mother. “But never in a million years did I think the timelines would be so rigid.”

“The border agents could’ve said the tests were expired and given me the option to turn around and get another test. But no, they kept us there over 3 hours and then handed each of us a $3,000 citation totaling $18,000.”

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The six tickets the family received Feb. 15, 2021 from Canadian border agents for presenting COVID tests that had expired by 2 hours.

The tickets state that the family failed to “comply with an order reguarding [sic] a treatment measure for preventing the introduction and spread of a communicable disease” according to Section 26 of the Quarantine Act.

Quarantine Act Section 26 states the following: “If a quarantine officer, after the medical examination of a traveller, has reasonable grounds to believe that the traveller has or might have a communicable disease or is infested with vectors, or has recently been in close proximity to a person who has or might have a communicable disease or is infested with vectors, the quarantine officer may order the traveller to comply with treatment or any other measure for preventing the introduction and spread of the communicable disease.”

The government of Canada mandated that as of February 15, “all travelers, with some exceptions, arriving to Canada by land, will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken in the United States within 72 hours of pre-arrival.”

Global News reported on Feb. 9 that “lack of a negative test won’t necessarily prevent people from entering the country. Should Canadians or permanent residents not be able to provide that test result, they could face ‘severe penalties,’ including fines of up to $3,000 per person.”

The mother said she tried to be totally compliant in following all the rules.

“I was just doing what I was told to do. And still, this is what happened. I was totally compliant. I’m doing this, I’m doing that. I was getting tested. I was trying my best to give them what they wanted, and it still wasn’t good enough. I had no wiggle room. No, they were just so rigid.”

The mother said that the border agents would not listen to her pleas, saying repeatedly that they had “zero tolerance” for infractions.

The mother along with her four children — aged 9, 12, 14, and 16 — and their grandmother each received the maximum fine possible. The family was then ordered to drive to the nearest Designated Quarantine Facility (DQF), which is in Winnipeg where they were told they must stay until they can receive another COVID test.

“They threatened me that if I didn’t go to the DQF, they would fine me another $3,000 and send the police.”

The mother, almost crying as she spoke, said that everyone in her family has been traumatized by what unfolded.

“My children were offering to do extra jobs to pay off the fines. My 14-year-old was bawling. She was so scared. We were all just crying,” she said.

“My husband’s furious. He can’t sleep. He’s anxious. He’s worried about us. He can’t believe this is what they do to a family during a pandemic all in the name of safety,” she added.

The mother said that when she spoke to border agents on the phone yesterday, pleading with them to let her and her family go home, they essentially told her that they would not budge and that they wanted to make an example of the mother and her family as a warning to other people not to travel.

“I called the border agent yesterday to talk to her. She basically told me that they gave us the maximum fine possible, that we were the first ones in this area to receive this and that they wanted to make an example of us so that other people would not travel.”

The mother said that there is no way for her family to pay the fines, adding that they are not sure what they will do.

In the meantime, the family was tested yesterday and is currently awaiting the results from the test, which, if negative, may allow them to return home.

The mother said the quarantine location consists of two floors of a hotel in Winnipeg. She said that she can’t believe keeping her family there is really about safety because they’ve been in contact with many more people such as nurses, quarantine staff, and maintenance personnel than if they had just stayed at home according to their original quarantine plan.

“I don’t need to be here, I don’t want to be here, and this is against my freedom. This is not where I should be. I should be at home,” the mother said.

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) has called forced quarantines contrary to Canadians’ rights and freedoms as guaranteed by the Charter.

“The Justice Centre is deeply concerned about the current travel restrictions which are a blatant breach of Charter rights,” JCCF lawyer Sayeh Hassan told LifeSiteNews. 

“We have filed an action in the Federal Court to challenge these restrictions. We believe they are unconstitutional and violate the rights and freedoms of Canadians to leave and enter Canada freely, not to be detained arbitrarily, the right to counsel, the right to appear in court within a reasonable time to contest detention, the right to reasonable bail and the right to be assumed innocent until proven guilty.”

“At this time individuals who are charged with a criminal offence have all of the above Charter protections, but law-abiding Canadians do not. The Government will need to produce evidence to show why detaining healthy asymptomatic individuals with negative PCR tests is justified under the Charter,” she added. 

The mother said that she’s worried about the power Trudeau has seized to pass laws that Canadian citizens have not voted on.

“He made these laws. None of us voted on them. It’s scary,” she said.

Contact information for respectful communications:

Premier of Manitoba Brian Pallister
Phone: 204-945-3714
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Pro-life senator gives Democrats simple biology quiz in must-hear speech: ‘Is that a baby?’

‘Please don’t tell me you follow the science wherever it goes, because some facts are obvious, and the science is clear.’
Wed Feb 17, 2021 - 3:43 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., February 17, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — It’s probably the most important biology lesson a U.S. senator has ever given. “Please don’t tell me you follow the science wherever it goes,” Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) told pro-abortion listeners, “because some facts are obvious and the science is clear.”

Lankford began his gripping 20-minute speech by contrasting the anger people feel at parents who thoughtlessly leave their infants in mortally hot cars with their indifference to the ones who go to abortuaries to have their slightly younger babies killed.

Reflecting on broadcast news about an infant who died in a stifling car, the senator recalled that he had turned to his wife and said, “I can’t figure out our culture sometimes because that same mom and that same baby could have gone into an abortion clinic just a few months before. The child’s life could have been ended, and it wouldn’t have made the news. In fact, no-one would have flinched.”

Lankford continued, “The very same people who were furious with that mom for leaving her child in a hot car to die would have argued for her right to destroy that exact same child — in fact, would have called it her ‘reproductive right’ or even the new euphemism out there: ‘reproductive care.’”

Reproductive care, the senator made clear, means paying someone in a clinic to reach into a mother’s womb with tools and “pull the arms and legs off a child … so they will bleed to death in the womb.”

“And I don’t understand why that’s normal but leaving a child in the backseat of a hot car is a tragedy,” Lankford said in a level voice.

The senator then presented the chamber with a placard with photographs of an unborn child at 24-, 25-, and 26-weeks’ gestation.

“Some people are afraid to answer the most obvious question,” Lankford said. “Is that a baby?”

He pointed to the face, eyes, nose and chin of the photographed unborn infant.

“That’s really the only question,” he continued. “Is that a child?”

Lankford also asked the senators if all children were valuable — “or only some?” He observed that they could all agree that gold was valuable but not that all children are valuable. The senator opposed the idea that the value of children lies only in whether or not their mom or dad want them. Parents shouldn’t get to decide “who’s precious and who’s medical waste,” he said.

The senator reflected that people sometimes try to get out of answering the question — “Is that a child?” — by asking pro-life people if they care about the born. He listed a number of bills that he has voted for that promote the good of other vulnerable groups, including children outside the womb and the elderly. But, ultimately, this counter-question is a distraction, he believes.

The Supreme Court decision leading to the deaths of 62 million children

Lankford reflected on the sufferings of parents who have been to abortion clinics before he remarked on the sad anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

“Forty-eight years ago this week, the Supreme Court made a decision that has now resulted in the death of 62 million children,” he said. “That is hard to fathom.”

The senator observed that America has never forgotten that particular Supreme Court judgment. He then paid tribute to those who, since 1974, have come to Washington, D.C., to participate in the March for Life. Near the end of his speech, he took the time to address this year’s (virtual) March for Life participants directly.

“Good for you,” he said. “Keep going. Don’t give up. Defend the facts that are self-evident. Speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves because millions of future Americans are counting on it.”

Lankford contrasted the pro-life response to Roe v. Wade with Joe Biden’s. He noted that soon after taking the presidential office, Biden celebrated the 1973 Supreme Court decision by “declaring that he wants to pass a federal law requiring abortion to be provided in every single state in America" and also requiring taxpayers to pay for it.

The senator recalled that Senator Biden had previously said taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for abortion. Senator Biden had also said abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare,” but now as president he’s “moving as fast as he can to promote abortion and demand taxpayers pay for it.”

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Biden has also promoted abortion by nominating Xavier Becerra to serve as the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, Lankford pointed out. Mentioning first that it would have made more sense to have an actual physician as HHS Secretary, the Oklahoma Senator showed that Becerra’s record on promoting abortion is appalling.

As Attorney General for California, Beccera went to Mississippi to fight an effort to end the abortion of unborn babies old enough to feel pain. He also tried to force the Little Sisters of the Poor to provide contraception. He even fought to require churches to pay for so-called “abortion care” in their health care plans “when it directly violated their religious beliefs,” Lankford recalled. Previously, as a member of the House of Representatives, Becerra voted against the Born Alive Protection Act, the partial birth abortion ban, and the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.

Becerra has even attempted to get pro-life medical centers that offer ultrasounds to put posters on their walls referring for abortion.

“This is beyond just protecting abortion,” Lankford said. “That has moved to promoting abortion, encouraging the death of children.”

The senator from Oklahoma said that Becerra is “so bizarre” that as California’s Attorney General he decided not to go after Planned Parenthood for trafficking in body parts but to go after the whistle-blowers instead.

“It’s just a shock to me that all of those things seem normal,” Lankford said. “I don’t understand that.”

Facts are facts, especially when those facts have a face”

He said he can’t believe someone who has been picked to lead HHS “can say that children are sub-human.”

In contrast, Lankford believes that children are human and that “we should honor every child’s life.”

“Facts are facts, especially when those facts have a face,” he said. “How can you look at that picture and say, ‘That’s not a human child?’”

The senator then pondered the difficulties of those lawmakers who have fought for abortion to admit the humanity of the unborn, for then they would have to admit that the deaths of millions of children have happened “on their watch.”

But he had some choice words for them all the same.

“Please don’t tell me you follow the science wherever it goes, because some facts are obvious, and the science is clear,” he stated. “Is that a child or not? Because everything else [flows] from that.”

To thank Senator Lankford for his speech on behalf of the unborn, please contact him by email here, or contact him at one of the following addresses:

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New rules from Chinese gov’t make no mention of the Vatican in process for appointing new bishops

The new rules will also require registered clergy, who are each assigned a unique identifying record number, to 'guide' their congregations 'to be patriotic and law-abiding.'
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BEIJING, China, February 17, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – The Chinese government have released new guidelines regarding the Catholic clergy in China, including a rule whereby bishops must be elected from among the state-sponsored Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA), appointed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and consecrated through China’s Catholic Bishops Conference (CCCB), which is not recognised by the Vatican. 

No reference is made in the new ruling to the Vatican’s wishes in the appointment of bishops in China, despite the highly criticized 2018 deal, renewed in 2020 for a further two years, that allowed Pope Francis to appoint bishops in conjunction with the CCP.

As part of the agreement made in 2018, Pope Francis recognized seven bishops appointed by the Chinese government who had previously been excommunicated, even requesting that two underground, legitimate Chinese bishops cede their offices to accommodate the former schismatics.

According to reports, the Vatican-China deal afforded the Holy See the ability to approve or deny candidates forwarded by the CCPA. This framework has already been used to install three bishops in China.

The document laying out the new rules, “Administrative Measures for Religious Clergy,” which has been translated into English by Bitter Winter, a magazine on religious freedom in China, takes effect on May 1. Now, 

“Catholic bishops are approved and consecrated by the Chinese Catholic Bishops’ Conference,” after being appointed by the CCP, according to Article XVI of the new rules. 

LifeSiteNews spoke to China expert and Population Research Institute founder Steven Mosher, who called the new rules “a slap of the face of the Vatican.”

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“Catholics are told by article 16 that bishops in China should be democratically elected through the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, i.e., appointed by the CCP, and consecrated through the Chinese Catholic Bishops Conference. There is no mention of the Vatican or the Pope, which in theory should appoint the bishops under the Vatican-China deal of 2018," Mosher explained.

“Since the Sino-Vatican Agreement is still secret, it is impossible to know for certain what it says about the appointment of bishops. We know that Pope Francis believes that he appoints the bishops of the Catholic Church in China, because he has said so. It is also clear that the CCP is here asserting that it appoints those self-same bishops.”

“So what is the reality?” Mosher asks. 

“My understanding of the [2018] agreement is that it says that the CCP shall nominate, and the Pope shall confirm, bishops. This, presumably, gives the Holy Father a veto over bishop appointments in China. At the same time, however, a senior Chinese official has said, quite plainly, that the Pope cannot continually veto candidates, nor can he indefinitely refuse to give his consent to a CCP nominee. In these circumstances, he said, the ordinations will go forward anyway.”

On account of this, Mosher noted that “the new regulations state quite plainly that the CCP is the ultimate decision maker when it comes to deciding who heads Chinese dioceses. I take their statement at face value.”

Additional measures for the clergy in China have been included in the new rules beside those of episcopal ordinations. All priests will be required to register in a database that will “regulate the management of religious clergy” from May. The purpose of the database, run by the State Administration for Religious Affairs, will be to continually assess a religious minister’s loyalty to the CCP, as Article III of the rules stipulates:

Religious clergy should love the motherland, support the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, support the socialist system, abide by the Constitution, laws, regulations, and rules, practice the core values of socialism, adhere to the principle of independent and self-administered religion in China, adhere to the direction of the Sinicization of religion in China, operate to maintain national unity, religious harmony, and social stability.

The new rules will also require registered clergy, who are each assigned a unique identifying record number, to “guide” their congregations “to be patriotic and law-abiding.” They are prohibited from organizing or participating in “unauthorized religious activities held outside the authorized places of religious activities,” as well as “preach in schools and other educational institutions other than religious institutions.”

Clergy who are unregistered, not satisfying the stringent rules attached to membership of the database, yet claiming to be priests and acting as such, will be breaking the law, including those priests and bishops who remain loyal to Rome and reject the CCPA.


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‘Courageous, brilliant, gentle giant’: Conservative radio pioneer Rush Limbaugh dies at 70

Limbaugh announced his cancer diagnosis in February 2020, vowing to ‘come here every day I can and to do this program as normally and as competently and as expertly as I do each and every day.’
Wed Feb 17, 2021 - 1:31 pm EST
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February 17, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Conservative talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh died Wednesday morning at age 70, following a battle with Stage IV lung cancer, his wife Kathryn has announced.

“We, the Limbaugh family, are deeply saddened to announce that our beloved Rush has died,” Kathryn Adams Limbaugh said in a statement. “Rush Hudson Limbaugh III will forever be the greatest of all time, a courageous, brilliant, gentle giant and radio pioneer. Our entire family is so thankful to everyone who prayed and cared for Rush, especially the audience he adored. Rush’s love for our country, and for all of you, will live on eternally.”

Limbaugh announced his diagnosis in February 2020, vowing to “come here every day I can and to do this program as normally and as competently and as expertly as I do each and every day,” a promise he kept going into February 2021, while occasionally relying on guest hosts as his condition dictated.

“I’ve had so much support from family and friends during this that it’s just been tremendous,” Limbaugh explained last year. “I told the staff today that I have a deeply personal relationship with God that I do not proselytize about. But I do, and I have been working that relationship … tremendously, which I do regularly anyway, but I’ve been focused on it intensely for the past couple of weeks.”

Limbaugh, whose show has been on the air since 1984 and eventually rose to 600 radio stations and 27 million weekly listeners, has been credited with ushering in the rise of conservative talk radio and alternative media more broadly. Days after his cancer announcement, former President Donald Trump honored Limbaugh with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his “decades of tireless devotion to our country.”

In a rare media appearance since leaving office, Trump called into Fox News Tuesday to react to Limbaugh’s death, touting the bravery of Limbaugh’s battle with cancer and the impact of his commentary. “He was a very unique guy and had tremendous insight, he really got it, he was very street smart,” the 45th president said.

“God Bless you Rush,” said Limbaugh’s producer, James “Mister Snerdley” Golden. “I love you. Always and ever.”

The news of Limbaugh’s passing was met with an outpouring of sympathy and remembrances from talk radio colleagues, Republican politicians, and conservative activists inspired by his career:

On the other hand, numerous leftists celebrated the news, with the left-wing HuffPost headlining its story: “Rush Limbaugh, Bigoted King Of Talk Radio, Dies At 70.”

Rush Limbaugh is survived by his wife Kathryn and brother David Limbaugh, an attorney and Christian author.


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Pro-life activism in the era of social media censorship

Mark Harrington is the founder of Created Equal, an organization known for using abortion victim photography in order to persuade people of pro-life truth.
Wed Feb 17, 2021 - 1:26 pm EST
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February 17, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – This week, Jonathon van Maren interviews pro-life leader Mark HarringtonThe two discuss how to be effective pro-life activists in an age of Big Tech crackdowns.

Harrington is the president and founder of Created Equal, an organization known for using abortion victim photography in order to persuade people of pro-life truth.

In today’s conversation, Harrington speaks about how social media censorship reveals the vulnerability that many in the pro-life movement today have, namely, relying on social media alone to get the word out about abortion. 

He says that the crackdown on conservatives, Christians, and pro-lifers has been "coming for years," and that too many organizations are tied to Big Tech platforms and now it’s "hard for them to break free."

Harrington says that in the past "bring[ing] about social reform has always been [done in] the public square." For this reason, Harrington and his organization have their sights set on continuing their activism at colleges, billboards, trucks, and other methods which he says "leapfrog the media."

Harrington provides helpful tips so pro-lifers and organizations can “survive the purge.” He also warns that the Biden administration is moving to create commissions to investigate domestic terrorism, which he says may possibly be used to monitor and survey "pro-life activists and conservative Christians across America.”

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Oregon education department wants teachers to remove racism from math class

Focusing students on attaining ‘the right answer’ perpetuates the (apparently false) concept that ‘there are always right and wrong answers,’ states the organization recommended by the department.
Wed Feb 17, 2021 - 1:22 pm EST
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SALEM, Oregon, February 17, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The Oregon Department of Education suggested teachers take a course provided by a group that also asks educators “to reflect on their own biases” towards white supremacy and provides them with a framework “for deconstructing racism in mathematics.”

The department issued a bulletin on “Black History Month” this February, in which it encouraged teachers to take a course by “A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction” that, according to the course description, offers “guidance and resources for educators to use now as they plan their curriculum, while also offering opportunities for ongoing self-reflection as they seek to develop an anti-racist math practice.”

The course, in turn, recommends a toolkit of five “strides” to help teachers “navigate the individual and collective journey from equity to anti-racism.”

The first “stride” is titled “Dismantling Racism in Mathematics Instruction” and teaches participants that “[w]hite supremacy culture infiltrates math classrooms in everyday teacher actions,” which can be redressed by first “visibilizing [sic] the toxic characteristics of white supremacy culture with respect to math.”

The “everyday teacher actions” to which the guide refers include focusing students on attaining “the right answer.” Such a practice perpetuates the (apparently false) concept that “there are always right and wrong answers” in mathematics — a key example, according to the authors of the “Equitable Math” paper, of white supremacy.

The “beliefs that underlie these actions,” they say, “perpetuate educational harm on Black, Latinx, and multilingual students, denying them full access to the world of mathematics.” “Latinx” is the progressive Left’s “gender neutral” term for Latin Americans.

In addition to “perpetuating objectivity” by pursuing the right answer, requiring students to demonstrate their work is also considered a signal of racial bias.

According to the guide, which was created with the “generous financial support” of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, teachers who ask to see a student’s work are using their product on paper as “a crutch” to understand what a student is thinking. Thus, “requiring students to show their work reinforces worship of the written word as well as paternalism.” Worship of the written word refers to the theory that relying on writing skills is a key element of white supremacy culture in organizations.

To combat it, the guide suggests educators ask students to “create TikTok videos, silent films, or cartoons about mathematical concepts or procedures,” instead of showing their written calculations.

When it comes to grading, there are many racist pitfalls to avoid, according to the instructional guide.

Since grades are a way of “reinforcing perfectionism,” another tenet of white supremacy, according to the manual, teachers are asked to replace the letter-grade system with “assessments that highlight student knowledge rather than deficit knowledge.” This methodology is in line with “equity grading,” a practice that focuses on the equal outcome of student assessments, calling any difference in outcome (like one student outperforming another) an example of “unconscious and implicit bias,” and therefore racist.

Additionally, tracking a student’s success in math class is considered integral to “white supremacy culture.” The guide explains that this is because teachers often track a student’s progress on the foundation that they, as the teacher, know better than the student. This, allegedly, reinforces “paternalism and powerhoarding,” with the group even criticizing a teacher who institutes “groupings” or “seating charts” as a way of tracking students.

To help teachers make their math classes more culturally woke, the guide suggests purposely making mention of “mathematicians of color, particularly women of color and queer mathematicans of color.”

They are also encouraged to redress historical injustices against “mathematicians of color” by reclaiming “concepts attributed to white mathematicians that should be attributed to mathematicians of color.”

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Meanwhile in California, the problem of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in schools is also spreading. “Critical race theory is a theoretical framework, rooted in Marxism, that posits individuals as oppressed or oppressor based on their skin color,” according to Eleanor Krasne of The Heritage Foundation.

Investigative filmmaker Christopher F. Rufo recently exposed a school in Cupertino, California, which required third-grade students to undergo a lesson in “social identities,” designed to indoctrinate them with CRT.

Rufo noted that the purpose of the exercise was to teach the children that they live in a “‘dominant culture’ of ‘white, middle class, cisgender, educated, able-bodied, Christian, English speaker[s],’ who, according to the lesson, ‘created and maintained’ this culture in order ‘to hold power and stay in power.’”

The group of 8-year-olds were even asked to evaluate their “sexual identity” after being shown a series of slides that instructed them on the intersectional hierarchy of things like “transgenderism and non-binary sexuality.”

In Illinois, too, the State Board of Education recently approved a new rule called “Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards” which, if ratified, will force teachers in Illinois to “embrace and encourage progressive viewpoints and perspectives,” including “systemic racism.”

The new rule will require teachers to “assess how their biases … affect … how they access tools to mitigate their own behavior (racism, sexism, homophobia, unearned privilege, Eurocentrism, etc.).” They must also affirm “that there are systems in our society that create and reinforce inequities, thereby creating oppressive conditions.”

Failure on the part of teachers to implement the new ruling will open them up to losing their license to teach in the state.


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Vatican City State issues decree suggesting those who refuse COVID vaccine may lose their jobs

The decree clearly indicates that refusing the vaccine would imperil public health and that therefore the law is required to make sure that doesn’t happen
Wed Feb 17, 2021 - 10:25 am EST
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VATICAN CITY, February 17, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) —The Vatican City State – the Holy See’s independent city state – recently issued a decree that includes COVID-19 vaccination among the measures its authorities can use in order to fight the current “public health emergency.” While the decree does not explicitly make taking an experimental COVID-19 vaccine mandatory in the Vatican and attached territories, it does suggest that people employed by the Holy See or the Roman Curia could lose their job if they fail to take the jab.

The decree, available here (in Italian only) on the Vatican City State website, does not mention COVID-19 but any “public health emergency” defined, quoting the World Heath Organization’s 2001 text, as “an event or imminent threat of a disease or health condition, caused by bioterrorism, epidemic or pandemic disease, or new and highly fatal infectious agent or biological toxin, epidemic or pandemic disease that poses a substantial risk to a significant number of human resources or results in injury or permanent or long-term disability.”

In the decree’s introduction detailing the motives for its publication, vaccination receives specific and even prioritized attention.

Considering that:

– providing a health response, taking the actions immediately necessary to respond to the pandemic, while also keeping in mind its long-term effects, is important so that a global and regenerative “healing” can take place,

– it is deemed that to undergo vaccination constitutes “the taking of a responsible decision, given that the refusal of the vaccine may also constitute a risk to others” and “that such a refusal could seriously increase risks to public health,”

– there is an urgent need to issue these provisions with the force of law, pursuant to Article 7, paragraph 2, of the Fundamental Law of the State of Vatican City, of November 26, 2000. Vatican City State of November 26, 2000;

The following has been promulgated…

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This language clearly indicates that refusing to take a vaccine would imperil public health and that therefore the law is required to make sure that doesn’t happen. However, the decree appears to balk at calling the vaccine itself compulsory as such, insofar as its refusal is not explicitly listed among the acts that can entail an administrative fine. Fines from 25 Euros ($30) may be issued for the improper wearing of protective equipment such as masks, and fines of up to 1,500 Euros ($1,815) may be issued for failure to observe a mandated quarantine.

The decree’s seven pages mention the various measures that can and must be taken “to ensure the health and well-being of the work community while respecting the dignity, rights and fundamental freedoms of each of its members,” “according to the principle of necessity, taking into consideration the actual risk to public health and following the criteria of timeliness, appropriateness and proportionality.” These measures concern “citizens, residents in the State, (…) personnel serving in the Governorate of the Vatican City State and in the various bodies of the Roman Curia and of the Institutions linked to it.”

According to the decree, these measures include: 

·      the restriction of movement and assembly of people

·      physical distancing, isolation and quarantine

·      the adoption of special hygiene rules

·      protocols for the use of personal protective equipment (PPE

·      therapeutic protocols

·      vaccination protocols

Articles 5 and 6 of the Decree mainly regard the vaccine. Here below are their texts in full, as translated and highlighted by LifeSiteNews:

Article 5

(Biological agents)

§1. In the presence of situations of declared public health emergency, in addition to what is provided for in Article 19 of the Technical Regulations for the implementation of Law No. LIV on the protection of safety and health of workers in the workplace, the competent administration, in accordance with the opinion of the Directorate of Health and Hygiene, takes all necessary measures aimed at reducing the risk of exposure to biological agents and infection by them, including the provision and administration of vaccines scientifically considered adequate to reduce the impact of the spread and transmission of infection.

§2 The Superior Authority, in agreement with the Directorate of Health and Hygiene, in the event of a public health emergency declared in accordance with Article 12 of the International Health Regulations (2005), having assessed the risk of exposure to the biological agent and transmission of contagion, in the performance of work activities involving public service tasks, relations with third parties or posing a risk to the safety of the working community, may deem it necessary to implement a prophylaxis entailing the administration of a vaccine in order to protect the health of citizens, residents, workers and the work community.

Article 6

(Measures regarding workers)

§1. With due regard to what is provided for in §2 of Art. 5, the Administration may assign, for the period of the above-mentioned risk, the worker who, for proven reasons of health cannot undergo the administration of the vaccine, to other tasks, equivalent or, if not available, lower, guaranteeing the economic treatment corresponding to the tasks of origin.

§2 The measures referred to in §2 of Art. 5 are tantamount to preventive, periodic and ex officio health checks, which are the responsibility of the Directorate of Health and Hygiene. Therefore, the worker who without proven health reasons refuses to undergo them is subject to the provisions of art. 6 of the Rules for the Protection of Human Dignity and Fundamental Rights to be observed regarding health checks in view of the recruitment of personnel and during the employment relationship, and Rules for the protection of employees suffering from particular serious diseases or in particular psychophysical conditions of November 18, 2011.”

Article 6, §1 is interesting. In saying that a worker who refuses the vaccine for “proven reasons of health” may be reassigned to a task in which he or she will not pose a risk to the health of others. But the text also implies that workers who refuse the vaccine without “proven reasons of health” and who are in a position to pose a risk to other “citizens, residents, workers and the work community” may not receive another task and payment. In other words, they would lose their job and income.

The task of intervening in the case of non-compliance with the public health measures imposed by the “Superior Authority” of the Vatican City State is assigned by the decree to its Gendarmerie Corps that can surveil and impose fines on non-compliant workers and residents.

The decree concludes with the words:

The original of the present decree, bearing the seal of the State, shall be deposited in the Archives of the Laws of the State of Vatican City and the corresponding text shall be published, in addition to the Supplement to the Acta Apostolicae Sedis, by being posted in the courtyard of San Damaso, on the doors of the offices of the Governorate and in the post offices of the State, instructing everyone concerned to observe it and to have it observed.

Vatican City, February eighth, two thousand and twenty-one.

(signed) Giuseppe Card. Bertello

Cardinal Bertello is the governor of the Vatican City State, having held the position since 2011.

Administrative fines are listed in an Annex to the decree. Vaccination is not mentioned: the fines apply to the transgression of rules regarding “prohibition of assembly”, obligation to use protective equipment and to use it “correctly,” “social distancing measures,” “fiduciary seclusion or quarantine,” “behavioral requirements” (the “rules of conduct in public places or places open to the public established by the measures issued by the competent authority”) and restrictions to circulation and movements (“violation of the limitations of circulation and displacements within the State, and in entry and exit to the same.”) 

These two last situations could theoretically bring a vaccine obligation into play. Getting the jab could, for example, could be construed as a “behavioral requirement.” Time will tell whether that will be the case. As to restrictions to circulation and movements, these could also be interpreted as applying to Vatican residents who refuse to take one of the experimental COVID-19 vaccines, insofar as refusing to be vaccinated is presented by the decree itself as a potential hazard to public health.

All of this must be read in the light of two facts. The first is that, in the present sanitary emergency, over 99.95 percent of the population survives and most COVID-19 victims who actually die of the disease are very ill or very old and have a very short life expectancy. Second, the Vatican is using and distributing the Pfizer mRNA shot that was developed using cell lines derived from voluntary, late-term abortions.

And now the Vatican has become one of the first states to impose these vaccines on its own workers, under more or less veiled threats and with no mention of freedom and informed consent.

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


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‘I can’t thank you enough’: Mother Miriam’s order finds a new home in Kansas

'I don’t think we could have done that without LifeSite.'
Wed Feb 17, 2021 - 10:22 am EST
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February 17, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – After a tiring four-year search for a home, Mother Miriam and the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope, have finally been invited to put down permanent roots in Beloit, Kansas, following the invitation of the local bishop of Salina, Kansas, Bishop Gerald Vincke.

Mother Miriam thanked LifeSiteNews for the role it and its readers played in helping her secure temporary living quarters in Kansas: “LifeSite helped us to get that house...I don’t think we could have done that without LifeSite.”

Just recently, Mother Miriam managed to reserve a bigger, more permanent property, better suited to the needs of her rapidly growing community. The house costs $200,000 and will need an estimated $50,000 of construction and renovation work to bring it up to the required standard for the sisters. Around $40,000 has been raised for the cause already through a campaign on our LifeSite’s new LifeFunder platform, which can be found here.

LifeSite’s Danielle Zuccaro spoke with Mother Miriam about her journey from her Jewish family roots to now being a Catholic Mother Superior of a Benedictine order, and the struggle she has endured in securing a home for her traditional order.

Laying out a brief history of how she came to become a Catholic, Mother Miriam explained that she originally began looking into the claims of the Catholic Church in order to dissuade her brother from joining the Church, but found herself subject to “a holy shock, and a glorious amazement … of the Church founded by Jesus Christ.”

Mother Miriam related that, 26 years earlier, as a 19-year-old Jew, she had heard that nuns had a new permission to shorten their habits to knee-length, instead of necessarily being to the floor. Despite being a Jew, Mother Miriam knew that “whoever these women were in Brooklyn [where she was raised], walking through the streets in black and white habits to the floor, they were in the world to influence the world for God.”

“This is a nice thing,” she continued.

But the news that their habits could be shortened, in the midst of what she called the “mini-skirt era,” resonated in her mind as an accommodation to the world.

“I thought whoever these women are, who are in the world to influence the world, instead the world has influenced them.”

Mother Miriam noted that five years after first looking into Catholicism she “entered the Church in 1995, and I have had a deep longing to restore the hemline to the floor, and the habit to the world as the glorious sign to God that it is.”

So began Mother Miriam’s journey to create a traditional order of sisters.

‘LifeSite helped us to get that house’

Over a decade later, “in 2008, Archbishop Raymond Burke, now a Cardinal, knew of my dream, and invited me to St. Louis to found this order. He was brought to Rome just after that by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and Bishop Slattery invited me to Tulsa.”

Despite positive developments with Slattery, he retired, being succeeded by Bishop David Konderla, “who wasn’t as favorable to our new foundation, so we’ve been looking for four years for a home.”

“Just a couple of months ago, a very humble, wonderful, orthodox, lovely, shepherd – I love when I can truly call a bishop a genuine shepherd – his name is Bishop Gerald Vincke – invited me to the Diocese of Salina, in the little town of Beloit.”

For the time being, Mother Miriam’s order have “temporary quarters,” which can hold eight women.

“LifeSite helped us to get that house. We actually closed on it, Danielle, a week ago. I don’t think we could have done that without LifeSite.”

“I cannot tell you the blessedness it is after kind of a four-year wilderness, to have such incredible support from the little town, and from LifeSiteNews, through your LifeFunder.”

She is, however, still looking for “a huge house” where she can accommodate the growing number of women contacting her in the hope of pursuing a vocation.

“It’s not enough, we’ve had over a hundred women who’ve enquired, and we have minimum one to two every single day wanting to come. So we bought a house that will hold eight of us here in Beloit … but we are already over the top; we have no room.”

Mother Miriam has found a house in Beloit that will fit the community’s needs. “The house is $200,000 … we are going to need $50,000 more to do construction [and] make it suited,” she said.

“LifeFunder is on the way to helping us with that, and I just couldn’t be happier.”

Asked if she had any message for donors to her LifeFunder campaign, Mother Miriam, in characteristic mirth, said: “I’ve asked God if I can bilocate so I can come and hug you, every single one of you who have donated … whoever you are, whatever you’ve donated, I hug you.”

“I can’t thank you enough. The thing that thrills me, even more than the actual donations, what they do to my heart is say ‘we are not alone.’”

“I can’t be more thrilled and honored because LifeSite is number one on … my apostolates that are faithful to the Church, so I love all of you.”

“God is dwindling His Church to a faithful remnant. He did that with Israel; He’s done that all throughout south Asian history. We are part of the remnant.”

“I am so encouraged by that and by the fact that God is affirming His will for us, I just can’t be happier. I love you all, I thank you all. I am just so grateful for all of you at LifeSite.”

Mother Miriam drew attention to the challenges faced by LifeSiteNews on account of the work it does to address the evils of the world, as well as problems in the Church.

“I just learned that your website got taken off YouTube altogether,” she said, before explaining that “The only one the enemy is going to attack is those who are doing the work of Christ. He has started in the garden; he will never stop.”

Ever the optimist, Mother Miriam noted that, despite the darkness of the age, evil will ultimately fail. “He’s [Satan] rather stupid that he doesn’t realize Our Lady’s Heart will triumph.”

Ending on a final note of encouragement, Mother Miriam requested that “any of you that don’t subscribe, go to lifesitenews.com and subscribe. This is an order from a Mother Superior.”

“The news is true, it’s trustworthy, it’s well-researched, and you’ll be on top of everything. You only need one source.”

Mother Miriam’s campaign to help fund the house purchase and construction, as well as establish a priory, is ongoing. Would you consider helping this community build their foundation? 

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The Daughters of Mary wish to imitate the Blessed Mother’s “yes” in being Messengers of Hope, bringing the life-giving message of God’s healing, forgiving love, and mercy to every soul.

You can watch Mother Miriam provide wisdom and guidance every day here and you can learn more about her community here


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News

Grocer in Toronto with ‘mask optional’ policy defends freedom, human dignity

‘If you’re taking care of your … family, you’re essential,’ said Bill Fehr, co-founder of independent grocery store JW Foods.
Wed Feb 17, 2021 - 5:41 am EST
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TORONTO, Ontario, February 17, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A local grocer in Toronto’s east end, who adopted a “mask optional” policy for his store, has given a powerful interview defending basic freedoms in the face of government lockdowns and mask mandates.

Bill Fehr, the co-founder of JW Foods, defended the dignity of every person and their natural right to work in order to secure a livelihood by telling David Menzies of Rebel News all people “are essential.”

“Everybody in this country should be allowed to open now,” and businesses “should have never been closed, because if you’re taking care of your … family, you’re essential,” he said.

As a grocer, Fehr has been allowed to stay open throughout the shutdowns of the past 11 months.

“I am no better than a dollar store, I am no better than a nail salon, I am no better than anyone else that is in business,” Fehr said. “I should not be allowed to be ‘essential’ when other places are not (essential). You don’t have one thing for one group and one thing for another. This is wrong. We’re Canadians, we’re free people, we are all essential.”

The video interview was conducted with roughly 25 customers present. None of them were wearing a mask, despite government mandates to the contrary. When asked about his store’s policy of masks being optional, Fehr clarified, “We are not breaking any laws. You see, a mandate is not a law, a mandate is a suggestion.” A law is something that “has to be passed by parliament and it has to actually go to the queen. That’s why we have a representative of the queen.”

“The sad thing here is that we all have a freedom of choice, we always have. We’ve just allowed them to take that away from us. When you allow somebody to take something away from you, that is where you are giving up your freedom. We won’t allow that here. I refuse to fall into that trap. I refuse to allow that to happen. It’s happening at other businesses out there and I won’t allow my customers to feel unwanted here.”

But Fehr emphasized that “this is not a mask over non-mask fight … We all have fears in life. You need to find your demon and you need to deal with it. But I’m telling you right now, [if] you violate my rights, you violate our [Canadian] Charter, you violate our Common Law, you violate everything that is precious to our society as a unified group moving forward.

“There’s only so much you’re going to push us, there’s only so much, and I will be the voice, and I will put my neck on the line to be able to stand strong, and say God put me on this earth for a reason [and] this might be the reason,” he said.

In discussing his resolute response to these government mandates, Fehr became emotional with tears discussing the tragedy of a “45-year-old customer” who “hung himself up at his cottage.”

“You want to know why I’m the way I am? When that happens and you see your customer [the man’s wife] fall on the ground and … cry and you see her children have no father because he couldn’t take it anymore … because he lost his two businesses because of these shutdowns, and [he was] thinking that he had no future, and [therefore] he thought the best way out was to hang himself at his cottage,” one has to stand up for “our future and that kid that has to grow up without their father.”

“Those are the things we’re not hearing on the news. Those are the things that we don’t see on the news,” Fehr said.

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In further discussing the mainstream news media, he recalled, “At the beginning, when this virus started, we were all concerned. We didn’t know what we were up against. We didn’t know [whom] to believe. [Now], I don’t watch the news anymore, I don’t watch TV … because it’s all brainwashing. If anything has woken us up to the future of our society it is that we’ve been brainwashed and now we have to have news media that has to go on the internet.”

Speaking directly to public leaders, Fehr said, “I am so praying that we as a society hold you accountable for what you’ve done to us, for what you’ve done to our families, and our businesses, and our way of life.”

“All we are asking is [for you] to be honest … but when you lie and the [COVID-19] stats are proving that something’s just not making sense,” a new approach is necessary.

“Please, for God’s sake, be honest with the people. Just tell us what’s truly going on so we can all work together and we can come as a nation and as a people and work together,” he concluded.


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Canadian justice org sues federal government for forcible confinement of travelers

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is representing 13 individual applicants in a comprehensive new lawsuit and is advising dozens more
Wed Feb 17, 2021 - 12:24 am EST
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TORONTO, February 17, 2021 (Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms) —The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms has filed legal action against the Federal Government in response to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declaring to media that Canadians returning from travel will be forcibly confined in hotels at a cost of $2,000 per traveler even though they return in possession of a negative PCR test.

The Justice Centre first sent a legal demand letter to Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra on January 29, 2021 warning it would sue in Federal Court if the government proceeded with its threat to confine returning Canadians at secret locations, even those who had already tested negative for Covid. 

The Justice Centre represents 13 individual applicants, including Steve Duesing, in the comprehensive new lawsuit and is advising dozens more. The non-profit law firm and registered charity has received thousands of emails of outrage from travelling Canadians since the federal government first announced that all citizens, regardless of their reason for travel, would be forced to have a COVID PCR test in order to board an airplane to return to Canada, then be forced to take another PCR test on arrival, and then be forcibly confined for up to three days while waiting for a negative test result, and also be forced to pay $2,000.

Anyone who tests positive after returning to Canada will be “immediately required to quarantine in designated government facilities,” according to Mr. Trudeau. The government is contracting security guards to enforce mandatory quarantines, with the added threat of arrest and jail for Canadians who refuse to be forcibly confined in a federal facility. On February 9, the government announced that anyone arriving by land without a negative PCR test could face fines up to $3,000. As of February 22, travelers will also be required to submit to another COVID test towards the end of a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Additional applicants may be added to the legal action as the Justice Centre proceeds.

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Justice Centre lawyer Sayeh Hassan notes that Canadians travel for many reasons and the Charter guarantees the fundamental right to enter and leave Canada. “Prime Minister Trudeau has arbitrarily made special exceptions for Olympic athletes and their support teams, for example,” notes Ms. Hassan. 

“Citizens are being held unlawfully despite not having been convicted of any offence, not having had access to a lawyer, and not having appeared before a judge. Law enforcement officers are apparently refusing to inform family members of where their loved ones are being held. This outrageous policy aligns with the world’s most repressive and undemocratic regimes and is totally unacceptable,” adds Ms. Hassan.

“Quarantine, particularly of healthy or asymptomatic individuals, is the functional equivalent of house arrest and the Justice Centre will not allow it to continue unchallenged.”


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Critics must be silenced for billionaires to keep profiting from pandemic

By controlling the media, billionaires like Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates can prolong a crisis indefinitely while they accumulate unprecedented wealth and power over humanity.
Wed Feb 17, 2021 - 1:13 pm EST
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February 17, 2021 (Children’s Health Defense) — On Feb. 15, the Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post published a Feb. 11 Associated Press article applauding the censorship of those who criticize the government’s pandemic response policies.

The lockdown has netted Bezos $70 billion since its start. If you are Bezos, a permanent lockdown is a goldmine.

Bill Gates, meanwhile, has made $20 billion from the lockdown he previously war-gamed and then cheer-led. His strategy has included emasculating the independent media — the most likely sources of the sort of vigorous journalism that might otherwise scrutinize his self interest in the polices he helped successfully engineer for the rest of us.

Gates used millions in grants to transform the once proudly unbridled The Guardian into his personal newsletter. With $250 million, he purchased immunity from criticism by news operations like the BBC, NBC, Al Jazeera, ProPublica, National Journal, Univision, Medium, the Financial Times, The Atlantic, the Texas Tribune, Gannett, Washington Monthly, Le Monde and the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Gates also made large contributions to charitable organizations affiliated with news outlets, like BBC Media Action and the The New York Times, according to an August 2020 investigation by Columbia Journalism Review. He similarly disarmed NPR and Public Television by making them reliant on his support. In exchange, these outlets shield his sketchy projects from critical scrutiny.

Gates is arguably the world’s biggest vaccine maker. As its largest contributor, Gates controls the World Health Organization which, according to Foreign Affairs, makes no significant decision without consulting the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He similarly exercises dictatorial authority over an army of quasi-governmental agencies that he largely created or funds: Path, GAVI CEPI, Unicef etc. These agencies have demonstrated their power to turn the globe into a captive market for Gates’ vaccine enterprise.

Meanwhile, Gates’ Big Pharma partners use their $9.6 billion in advertising expenditures to dictate round-the-clock pandemic panic and drum up blind support for highly subsidized, shoddily tested, zero-liability vaccines that prevent neither transmission nor death.

The mainstream network news shows, including CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox have put COVID Terror, Vaccines Salvation and the obligatory shaming of dissidents on a 24-hour loop with each segment (and I use this term in every sense of the word) with pharmaceutical advertisements.

These outlets have turned their weekly talk shows into fawning hagiographies for Gates’ regular satellite tours in which credulous, obsequious Sunday morning talk show hosts lob softball medical questions to a billionaire with no public health training.

Nobody ever asks Gates or his mini-me, Tony Fauci, why they chose to spend tens of billions in taxpayer dollars on speculative vaccines and zero dollars investigating the many off-the-shelf, off-patent medications that have demonstrated extraordinary success in the hands of private doctors — medications that might have ended the pandemic a year ago.

The media, which has enabled this global hostage crisis, is arguably the most consequential criminal enterprise in human history. As Rahm Emmanuel observed, “never let a good crisis go to waste.”

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Gates and Fauci have demonstrated that by controlling the media, billionaires and their government cronies can prolong a crisis forever and accumulate unprecedented wealth and power over humanity.

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George Orwell’s ‘1984’ is so apt for our times, it’s surprising it hasn’t already been banned

A good test of whether or not there has been a totalitarian coup in our society is to watch what happens to '1984'
Wed Feb 17, 2021 - 10:53 am EST
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February 17, 2021 (Turning Point Project)— There’s an almost dream-like quality to the events of the last 12 months.  Depending on their political/cultural views, the dream will be experienced by some as pleasant, by others as disturbing, and by still others as nightmarish.

For those in the latter category, “It can’t happen here” has been replaced by “It is happening here” or, for the more pessimistic, “It has happened here.”

For those who take the more pessimistic view, the “it” that has happened has been variously described as a “cultural revolution,” a “leftist coup”, a “totalitarian takeover,” or simply as “the end of America.”

Actually, a great many things are happening all at once, and new developments crop up daily, so it’s difficult to find the term that captures it all.  Rather than try to do that, I’d like to focus on the strangeness of it all.  Other nations have experienced similar upheavals, but much of what has happened is new to Americans.

One of the most striking features of the great change which has occurred is its suddenness.  The “takeover”—if that’s the right word— occurred almost overnight.  Practically no one was prepared for the revelation that many Americans had a deep-seated hatred of American values, history, and heroes.  Fewer still realized that almost all of corporate America had forged a tacit alliance with the left.  And only a handful realized that the same corporate world would turn out to be the chief enemy of our civil liberties.

The closest historical analogy to our present rapid “reset” is the cultural revolution of the sixties.  Those years were packed with momentous events:  the civil rights movement, the sexual revolution, and the assassination of a president, to mention a few.  Yet, compared to the last 12 months, the sixties seem like a tube ride down the lazy river in your local water park.  The past year has been more like a roller coaster ride with the Joker at the controls, and Batman nowhere in sight.

Moreover, while the civil rights movement of the sixties resulted in an expansion of rights, those now in power — many of them heirs of the sixties cultural revolution — seem set on a contraction of rights.  The current cultural revolution doesn’t seek greater freedom for people, but greater control over them—in fact, total control.

And this brings us back to the dream-like (or nightmarish) quality of current events.  We seem to be caught up in something like a science fiction story or a dystopian novel — something like 1984.

1984. It’s the book that seems to jump immediately to the minds of conservative commentators reaching for an analogy to describe the present state of things.  Phrases like “Thought Police,” “Ministry of Truth,” and “memory hole” are very much in vogue once again.  And it’s no coincidence that Mark Steyn just finished reading a serialization of 1984 for his “Tales for Our Times” series.  Almost every page has passages that are eerily reminiscent of today’s news. Steyn refers to the novel as Orwell’s “excessively timely tale.”

A good test of whether or not there has been a totalitarian coup in our society is to watch what happens to 1984.  Will it remain in print or will it go down the memory hole?  Can the “Party” afford to let such a subversive book continue to circulate?

You might think that the powers-that-be wouldn’t dare to treat the classic book about totalitarianism in a totalitarian manner.  To cancel 1984 would be too obviously hypocritical; the irony would be lost on no one.

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But people with absolute power don’t care much about the irony or hypocrisy of their actions.  When you control almost everything — the government, the schools, the media, big tech, and major corporations — what does it matter what the public thinks?  Almost the first thing President Biden did upon taking office was to sign an order making it possible for schoolboys to shower with girls — a policy which the great majority of the general public considers to be entirely wacky.

Still, to be on the safe-side, you might want to prep the public for the cancellation of Orwell.  He could be made out to be a racist, an imperialist, or whatever slander would be deemed effective.  As for the book itself, it could be condemned as reflecting a mid-century, white, xenophobic perspective — or something of that nature. The people who speak for giant monopolies don’t have to come up with a plausible explanation. Any explanation will do.

Recently, Facebook pulled an ad for Paul Kengor’s new book The Devil and Karl Marx.  The reason?  “Ad Can’t Run:  Temporary Restriction on Ads About Social Issues, Elections, or Politics.”  Also banned were ads for Kimberly Cook’s Motherhood Redeemed, and Regina Doman’s Stations of the Cross for Kids. The Facebook excuse for cancelling the latter?  “Ad must not contain shocking, sensational, inflammatory or excessively violent content.”  As Kengor remarked, “There’s always a reason.”

What might be the reason for banning 1984?  Most probably the novel would be framed as a danger to the public.  Some people, it will be said, will misunderstand the book and use it to incite others to overturn the government.  That was more or less the excuse used by Simon & Schuster to cancel the publication of Senator Josh Hawley’s upcoming bookThe Tyranny of Big Tech.  Of course, it wouldn’t look good for a big media company (Simon & Schuster is owned by Viacom CBS) to censor a book about big tech censorship.  Consequently, Simon & Schuster refrained from attacking the book itself, but instead attacked the author.  Referring to Hawley’s supposed role in the Capitol Hill riot, the Simon & Schuster statement said “we…. cannot support Senator Hawley after his role in what became a dangerous threat.”

The New York Times article on the cancellation added that “Mr. Hawley… has been criticized for challenging the results [of the election] and accused of helping incite the mob that stormed the Capitol on Wednesday.”  The article went on to say that questioning the legitimacy of the election is an “incendiary position.”

Simon & Schuster, The New York TimesVOX, and just about every piece I read about the cancellation were at pains to make it clear that they had no objection to a book about censorship. No.  It was just that their high ethical standards and their “public responsibility” would not allow them to give a platform to such a bad man as Senator Hawley.

Quite probably, they were trying to avoid charges of being “Orwellian.”  But to no avail.  “This could not be more Orwellian,” said Senator Hawley in response to the book cancellation; “I was…leading a debate on the Senate floor on voter integrity, which they have now decided to redefine as sedition.”

But Hawley was not to have the last word. Several magazines, including USA Today and Teen Vogue, went out of their way to correct Hawley’s use of the term “Orwellian.”  One USA Today piece observed that “critics soon questioned Hawley’s invocation of George Orwell.  Orwell was notably a committed anti-fascist whose celebrated dystopian book 1984 is a critique of totalitarian governments.”  So, according to this interpretation, the totalitarianism on display in 1984 bears no relation to the actions of giant, non-government publishing conglomerates which are only doing their civic duty.  Nor could it possibly pertain to the current government because, as is plain to see, Joe Biden doesn’t have a totalitarian bone in his body.  Not to leave anything to chance, however, the USA Today piece helpfully links to another USA Today article titled: “You may be using the term ‘Orwellian’ wrong.  Here’s what George Orwell was actually writing about.”

Still, such sleight of hand might not do the trick.  As the remarkable similarities between the novel and the coercive nature of the current regime become apparent, more people will become curious about 1984.  Lest they check for themselves to see “What George Orwell was actually writing about,” it might be deemed necessary to erase the book from memory.

It’s not hard to guess how the initial censorship of the book will be presented.  Probably with a statement something like this:

Your government is committed to strive continually for a greater diversity of voices in the public square.  However, it has come to our attention that certain extremists and conspiracy theorists in our midst have conspired to present 1984 as a criticism of our legitimately elected democratic-socialist government.  They are currently using this twisted interpretation of Orwell’s work to incite violent insurrection against America’s constitutional government.  In order to prevent this dangerous misuse of Orwell’s masterpiece, America’s leading companies have agreed to temporarily suspend publication and distribution of the novel until the insurrectionist elements have been suppressed.

Maybe that won’t be necessary.  Maybe the White House Office of Prop…, er, Communications can convince the proles that 1984 is really an allegory for the Trump administration.  But my guess is that 1984 will soon be gone with the wind.  “Gone with the Wind”?  Oh, that’s an old white supremacist tale which was intended to foreshadow and legitimize the racism and sexism of the Trump administration.  It’s in the Ministry of Rewrite right now.

Hmm. Come to think of it, Gone With the Wind is also about the Civil War—a war which began with the insurrectionist attack on Fort Sumter. And since people are so easily incited to insurrection these days, it might be wise to protect the public from all further discussion of the Civil War. So, hurry up with that revision. And while you’re at it, better cancel Bruce Catton, Shelby Foote, and that inflammatory documentary by Ken Burns.

William Kilpatrick is the author of What Catholics Need to Know about Islam and other books about culture and religion. His work is supported in part by the Shillman Foundation.

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Blogs

Can I attend my grown-up child’s same-sex ‘wedding’?

Katy Faust talks about how she and her organization are working to protect the traditional family and the rights of children.
Wed Feb 17, 2021 - 10:16 am EST
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February 17, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Some of you who are parents have encountered difficulties in talking with your children if they are in same-sex relationships, or even asking about attending same-sex “weddings.”

In order to answer these and many other questions on family issues, I spoke with Katy Faust, founder and director of Them Before Us, as well as a leading advocate for the rights of children and the traditional family.

Her pro-family work began after 2012 when the debate on homosexual “marriage” intensified and she heard many people pushing false narratives such as that children do not need a mother and father, and that because one stands for the traditional family they are automatically considered to be bigots.

Katy totally debunks these lies. She says that in her decades-long work with children,“the deepest wounds that kids have and experience is when they had lost their mother or father,” whether it be accidental through untimely death, or even intentionally done by divorce. She adds that the loss of a mother or father is “never a small thing for kids.”

Katy says that the pro-family movement is not only against the ideas, choices, desires, and behaviors which lead to the infringement of children’s rights. She also tells me that we are “always for something right [and] for people being in a relationship with God.”

The family advocate describes the intentional loss of both a father and mother for children, such as in divorce and same-sex “marriage,” as a great “injustice.”

Also, Katy and I discuss ways in which parents can take action to protect their children. She highlights “the reality that our children are drinking a firehose of ideology … in the schools … on the social media platforms … from their friends.”

Katy tells me that mothers and fathers must act to counter these cultural forces by first filtering out these dangerous ideologies when the children are young. Once they reach age ten, they should be equipped by their parents “to be experts on all of these difficult subjects.” She says that if parents won’t talk to their kids about this, “the world is happy to do it for you.”

For parents whose children are already in same-sex relationships, guiding them away from that lifestyle can be difficult. Katy recommends that a mother and father must make the point of reaffirming to the child that they are “the best person to talk to” on those issues.

However, she says that the distortion of marriage and the “validation” of a same-sex union must be the line that cannot be crossed.

In a culture and society which rampantly accepts and forcefully pushes ideologies that are not only anti-family and against Christian teachings but also against the natural law, Katy is countering these forces. She says that “all adults must conform to the rights of all children, and, unfortunately, right now in our culture, we’ve got that exactly backwards.”

Moreover, Katy tells me that the culture is in need of adults who are willing to sacrifice their own desires for the sake of protecting the children.

Unfortunately, especially when considering the anti-family turn that courts and political institutions are taking, the fight is difficult and complex. She calls this “a battle on all fronts”: politics, academia, the entertainment industry, and more. “You must be the children’s rights advocate, because if not you, then no one.”

To learn more about Katy Faust and her pro-family work, visit her organization Them Before Us.

 

 

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President Kamala Harris? She’s already making the calls

As the vice president starts making calls to foreign leaders, is the presidential ‘transition’ already underway?
Wed Feb 17, 2021 - 5:17 am EST
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February 17, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — That didn’t take long. Not four weeks into the Biden administration, and Kamala is already stepping in to perform one of the key functions of the president: dealing with foreign leaders.

Yesterday the White House published something it called a “Readout of Vice President Kamala Harris [sic] Call with President Emmanuel Macron of France.” The “readout” states:

Vice President Kamala Harris spoke today with President Emmanuel Macron of France, and expressed her commitment to strengthening bilateral ties between the United States and France and to revitalizing the transatlantic alliance. Vice President Harris and President Macron agreed on the need for close bilateral and multilateral cooperation to address COVID-19, climate change, and support democracy at home and around the world. They also discussed numerous regional challenges, including those in the Middle East and Africa, and the need to confront them together. The Vice President thanked President Macron for his leadership on the issue of gender equality and for France’s contribution to NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover.

Harris also recently spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on COVID, climate change, and diversity. (So far, however, neither has called the prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, our best ally in the Middle East.)

It is bizarre for a vice president to be making head of state calls to key U.S. allies and others just weeks into a new administration. Can you imagine Dick Cheney making such calls in the early weeks of the George Bush administration, or Joe Biden himself making POTUS counterpart calls for Barack Obama in early 2009?

Had this happened, the media would have quickly begun asking whether the president in question was up to the job.

In the case of Joe Biden, however, his abilities — such that they are — are not really in question. It’s been clear since the beginning of his campaign for president that he was in cognitive decline, and that, if elected, he would need a de facto “prime minister” to help carry out the day-to-day duties of the office.

The only question was: With the president’s role reduced to something along the lines of a figurehead, who was going to serve in this capacity.

Biden himself seemed to have acknowledged his limitations in 2020 when he called himself a “transition candidate,” a remark that seemed to suggest that he himself knows that he is not up to the job — at least for very long.

To my mind the two leading candidates for “prime minister” — Or should we say “acting president”? — are First Lady Jill Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

There is a precedent for a First Lady stepping in to run the show if the president is incapacitated. Woodrow Wilson's wife, Edith Wilson, ran the country for over a year after a stroke left him paralyzed on his left side. She decided who was allowed to see him and what documents he was shown. It is not for nothing that some have described her as “the first female President of the United States.”

“Dr. Jill,” as she styles herself, was often seen during the campaign serving as Joe’s minder, stepping in to guide him when he is confused or distracted. Now that he is in the Oval Office, she may also be quietly taking on some of his other duties.

Some have suggested that, based on handwriting analysis, Dr. Jill has been signing executive orders for her husband. If this is indeed happening, it would create a serious legal problem. If the president’s own signature is not on those EOs, they would be invalid.

One of the reasons that First Lady Edith Wilson was able to serve as “acting president” was that Wilson’s inner circle concealed the seriousness of his stroke. None of them were willing to certify, as the Constitution requires, his “inability to discharge the powers and duties of the said office.” This included Wilson’s Vice President Thomas Marshall, who never attempted to replace Wilson.

Should Joe Biden have a similar sudden health crisis, however, I do not think that Kamala will hesitate to invoke the 25th Amendment and seek to have Biden removed from office. She’s too ambitious, and — moreover — has the backing of former President Barack Obama.

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For the moment the role that Kamala Harris plays in the administration is solely defined by the president. The Constitution is completely silent on the duties of the vice president. This is why Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s vice president, John Nance Garner, reportedly told Lyndon Johnson that “the Vice Presidency is not worth a pitcher of warm spit.” He had clashed with Roosevelt during his second term and was pushed aside.

I do not think that will be Kamala’s fate. One already sees signs — the phone calls, for example — of how eager she is to assume the duties of the president. There are also reports that she hopes to lead the U.S. delegation to the G7 summit in Cornwall, England, this June.

As Slow Joe slows down even further, Dr. Jill will probably quietly take over more of his Oval Office duties, while Kamala gradually becomes the public face of the administration, taking upon herself the onerous foreign trips, such as the upcoming trip to the U.K.

I have never thought that Joe would serve out his full first term, let alone a second. Now, after watching his performance over the past few weeks, I’m thinking he won’t even make it to the midterms.

America will then, in Kamala Harris, have a president so radical that she will make Barack Obama look like a moderate.


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