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Judges rule in favor of Catholic professor who refused to refer to a male student as a female

Liberal academia and LGBT activists were ‘stunned’ by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals' decision.
Tue Mar 30, 2021 - 8:18 pm EST
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CINCINNATI, Ohio, March 30, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a Catholic philosophy professor after the university where he teaches  punished him for resisting a male student’s demand to be referred to as a woman, insisting that he be addressed with feminine titles and pronouns. 

The 6th Circuit ruled Friday that Shawnee State University had violated Dr. Nicholas Meriwether’s First Amendment rights. Meriwether has taught courses in philosophy, religion, ethics, and the History of Christian Thought at the university for 25 years.

University punished the professor for exercising his right to freedom of speech 

In 2018, Meriwether had called a student “Sir.” The student told Meriwether that he identified as a woman and wanted to be addressed accordingly. The professor declined the student’s request, triggering an investigation by the school administration that eventually concluded Meriwether had created a “hostile environment.”  

Meriwether was issued a written warning for violating the school’s nondiscrimination policy and was informed that he could be fired or suspended without pay.

“This case forced us to defend what used to be a common belief — that nobody should be forced to contradict their core beliefs just to keep their job,” said Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) senior counsel and vice president of appellate advocacy John Bursch, who represented Meriwether against the university, in a statement

“We are very pleased that the 6th Circuit affirmed the constitutional right of public university professors to speak and lead discussions, even on hotly contested issues,” continued Bursch. “The freedoms of speech and religion must be vigorously protected if universities are to remain places where ideas can be debated and learning can take place.”

“Traditionally, American universities have been beacons of intellectual diversity and academic freedom,” the 6th Circuit explained in its opinion. “They have prided themselves on being forums where controversial ideas are discussed and debated. And they have tried not to stifle debate by picking sides. But Shawnee State chose a different route: It punished a professor for his speech on a hotly contested issue. And it did so despite the constitutional protections afforded by the First Amendment. The district court dismissed the professor’s free-speech and free-exercise claims. We see things differently and reverse.”

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Meriwether “strives to live out his faith each day,” and “his religious convictions influence how he thinks about human nature, marriage, gender, sexuality, morality, politics, and social issues,” said the court in its opinion. 

He believes that “God created human beings as either male or female, that this sex is fixed in each person from the moment of conception, and that it cannot be changed, regardless of an individual’s feelings or desires,” continued the court. 

Liberal academia and LGBT activists ‘stunned’ at the court’s decision

“Trump judge rules professor has constitutional right to degrade trans students during class,” blared an LGBTQ Nation headline. The media outlet went on to refer to the ruling as a “stunning decision” and “an over-the-top opinion” and called the ADF a “hate group” that “has been behind many recent lawsuits for religious exemptions, including Masterpiece Cakeshop and Hobby Lobby.”

Another LGBT news service, Pink News, trumpeted, “Catholic judge compares using proper pronouns for trans people to denying existence of God.”  

“A university president could require a pacifist to declare that war is just, a civil rights icon to condemn the Freedom Riders, a believer to deny the existence of God, or a Soviet émigré to address his students as ‘comrades,’” wrote Trump-appointed judge Amul Thapar, who is Catholic. “That cannot be.”

Andrew M. Koppelman, John Paul Stevens Professor of Law at Northwestern University, suggested last summer that Meriwether’s case was one of “free speech gone wild.” 

The Sixth Circuit “is being invited to invalidate the entire field of hostile environment harassment law,” opined Koppelman in a commentary for The Hill. “Teachers at public colleges will have a constitutional right to subject their students to bigoted slurs.”

“All this is pretty silly stuff,” mused Koppelman, author of "Gay Rights vs. Religious Liberty? The Unnecessary Conflict." 

Catholic professor Meriwether’s “arguments are so extravagant that they shouldn’t be worthy of notice,” asserted Koppelman.


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EXCLUSIVE: Canadian special needs student booted from program after refusing coronavirus jab

An Ontario life skills center terminated the 24-year-old after he said he wouldn't get the shot.
Tue Mar 30, 2021 - 7:20 pm EST
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LONDON, Ontario, March 30, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – A 24-year-old Ontario student with special needs was “terminated” from his local life skills center after expressing his choice to the center’s owner that he would not be getting the COVID jab.

London, Ontario resident Elizabeth Fildey contacted LifeSiteNews about the ordeal surrounding her 24-year-old son Isaac, who has special needs, one of which is a developmental/intellectual disability. 

Fildey said that on March 23, Isaac told her that the center’s CEO, Mary-Jane MacKenzie, was talking about COVID “vaccines” with students. 

“Isaac told me that she (MacKenzie) said that they could not attend unless they have the vaccine, and wouldn’t be able to come anymore,” Fildey told LifeSiteNews.

“Isaac told her he didn’t want to get the vaccine, so she told him that if he didn’t, he wouldn’t be able to attend any longer.”

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Isaac had been enrolled in a day program for adults with developmental disabilities at the LifeSkills Centre, located in London, Ontario, since graduating from high school. 

Fildey told LifeSiteNews that on March 25, Isaac came home with a “letter of termination of services” from the LifeSkills Centre, which he had attended for more than three years.

According to Fildey, as of March 23, nothing had been communicated with either her or her husband Rick regarding vaccines. 

Fildey said that on the following day, March 24, she and MacKenzie had a call to discuss a behavioral matter regarding Isaac. It was during this conversation that Fildey said she asked MacKenzie about the COVID “vaccine conversation” she had with Isaac and the other students. 

“This is the first time I'd ever heard of it, that she had addressed this, nothing had been communicated to us at this point,” said Fildey.

“So I asked her about the fact my son said she talked about COVID vaccines and that they would be required. She said, ‘Yes, I did,’ so I told her, he won’t be getting the vaccine, to which she said he ‘won’t be able to come anymore.'’’

A 'violation' to try and 'coerce' my son to get the jab

Fildey said that she told MacKenzie it was “unfair” to demand her son get the COVID shot, and that making her son get the jab is “violating his rights under our charter.” 

“She (MacKenzie) said, ‘I've had a number of parents say that if everybody did not have their vaccinations, they were going to pull their kids.’ My thought was, well, if the vaccine is supposed to be so good, why does it matter if my son doesn’t have it?”

“But when you're telling them they can't come anymore unless they get vaccinated, that’s coercion, you’re scaring them, I mean their thinking that their world’s gone. And that to me was wrong. I don’t understand why it was even done that way, and it wasn’t even made policy yet.” 

During the March 24 conversation with MacKenzie, Fildey said she told her she was sending home a contract “to discuss with Isaac” and that they were to sign it. The contract was regarding his behavioral issues and had nothing to do with vaccines, Fildey told LifeSiteNews. 

Fildey agreed to sign the contract but added an addendum, because the word “rules” was used, “and no rules were clearly set out in his contract.”

“Because of her recent demand for vaccinations, I added an addendum to protect my son’s rights in the event it was to be ‘understood’ that rules included an agreement to be vaccinated,” said Fildey. 

It was the next day, on March 25, that Isaac gave Fildey the letter of “termination” from the LifeSkills Centre. 

Isaac’s “termination” letter, a copy of which was provided to LifeSiteNews, makes no mention of vaccines at all. 

The letter states, “In light of our conversation on Wednesday, March 23, 2021, we have decided to terminate our services for Isaac Fildey.”

“As per our contract, we are providing fourteen days (14) notice of this termination. Isaac's last day will be April 13, 2021.”

The “termination” notice goes on to mention that the LifeSkills Centre has “the absolute right to amend the terms of this Agreement, the starting date and/or terminate this agreement.”

Fildey told LifeSiteNews that her son’s “termination” was “a direct result of the vaccination discussion and my son’s right to refuse to be vaccinated.” 

Centre’s owner says she was following 'advice from their local health authority' 

LifeSiteNews contacted MacKenzie, the owner of the LifeSkills Centre, for comment regarding the “termination” of Isaac’s attendance, asking for further reasons behind her decision to boot him out. 

“We have an obligation to protect the personal information and confidentiality of our clients. We are following the best practice advice from our local health authority. We respect the right of parents to make decisions with respect to their children. We are unable to comment on this matter,” MacKenzie told LifeSiteNews. 

I’m not an 'anti-vaccer' but simply do not want a 'very new' vaccine 

Fildey said she is unsure about the new COVID jabs in Canada. 

“When you have special needs, you're advocating for them constantly. … As a family, we’ve been discussing these vaccines coming out and just the fact that there's a lot of information that is contradictory,” Fildey told LifeSiteNews. 

“It’s a very new vaccine, and you know, I am not an anti-vaccer, our son has had all his childhood vaccines, we did everything that we were supposed to do. However, this is a new quote-unquote vaccine that we don't know enough about it. You know, I just don't feel comfortable with it at this point.” 

Fildey stressed that she is not against anyone choosing to receive a COVID shot but emphasized that it should be up to individuals to decide whether or not they should get one. 

She also mentioned to LifeSiteNews that when she first put her son in the LifeSkills Centre she was never asked at all about Isaac’s vaccine record. 

In Ontario, COVID vaccinations for the age group for which Isaac is in have not begun, a point that Fildey brought up with LifeSiteNews. 

Fildey said her son has been left in an awful position, because both she and her husband work outside of the home, and leaving Isaac alone for long periods is simply not an option.

Fildey also mentioned that the mainstream media message may be “making it seem” like everyone is wanting to get a COVID jab, but the reality is that this is “not the case,” as many people have serious questions regarding vaccine safety.

Human Rights Tribunal complaint looming to fight back at 'discrimination' 

Fildey says she is looking at taking action with a Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario complaint regarding her son being kicked out of the LifeSkills Centre.

“My thing here is not to shame anyone. I want to protect my son, I don’t want this to become the norm, but I am looking at a Human Rights Tribunal case now, with the help of Vaccine Choice Canada,” Fildey told LifeSiteNews.

Vaccine Choice Canada (VCC) is a not-for-profit society founded by families who have suffered from vaccine reactions or injuries. The group has been an outspoken advocate against mandatory vaccinations in Canada, as well as against COVID lockdowns. 

“It is illegal and unethical to coerce anyone to take this experimental shot - to secure employment, services, freedom of mobility, or anything else we otherwise rightfully have access to, and it is especially egregious to coerce vulnerable people by denying them essential services,” VCC's Gisele Baribeau told LifeSiteNews.

“This cannot be tolerated," she said. "I trust our various levels of government will speak strongly in support of medical choice without prejudice for all of us, and most especially for our most vulnerable members.” 

Fildey has also contacted Developmental Services Ontario to ask for guidance on what she can do for her son. She was told that he is at the “bottom of the list” due to him being kicked out of LifeSkills Centre. 

She also sent a lengthy letter to her local Ontario MPP, Teresa Armstrong, highlighting her ordeal and seeking assurance that there is “equivalent in funding” for her son “in the event that no other day program will accept” him. 

Fildey also asked Armstrong to “tell me how you are going to protect my son’s, your constituent’s, right to choose what goes into his body given the fact that the vaccines were not tested,” and to show they “prevent infection and transmission.”

“These COVID vaccines are still in the experimental stage and neither our son nor my husband and I are comfortable with taking them at this time. Thank you for your time and your consideration of this issue. The one who truly suffers is our son, Isaac. He is deeply saddened that he’s being forced from his day program – which is pretty much his world. This is where most of his friends are and, as well as learning the skills he needs in an atmosphere conducive to special needs, it is his main social outlet,” Fildey wrote in her letter to Armstrong. 

In Canada, vaccines are not mandatory at the federal level as each province is responsible for its healthcare delivery. At the provincial level, some provinces such as Ontario and New Brunswick have made certain vaccines mandatory via legislation, with a few exceptions, for children to attend public schools. 

Currently, there are four COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Canada. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which both are abortion-tainted, were approved months ago, with the Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca shot being approved weeks ago.

This past Monday, Health Canada announced a pause of the AstraZeneca coronavirus jab from being given to people under 55 after numerous reports indicating that the product may be linked to blood clots.


  covid-19, covid-19 vaccine, developmental disabilities, forced vaccination, health canada, human rights tribunal, london, ontario, teresa armstrong, vaccine choice canada

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Gov. DeSantis says vaccine passports would be ‘completely unacceptable’ in Florida

‘We will not have COVID vaccines mandated in Florida … we are not going to have you provide proof of this just to be able to live your life normally.’
Tue Mar 30, 2021 - 5:07 pm EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Florida, March 30, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) –– Following reports from New York state detailing the roll-out of its newly developed “Excelsior Pass” vaccine passport scheme, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has promised he will not support implementing “any vaccine passports in the state of Florida.”

In a press conference held on Monday, the governor sharply rebuffed the notion of vaccine credentials, arguing that it is “completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you [the public] the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society.”

Taking one of the experimental mRNA shots has been advised by state officials for the very vulnerable, with DeSantis saying, “it’s important to be able to do it.” At the same time, he also vowed that “we were not going to force you to do it … we always wanted to say, ‘we provide it for all, mandate it for none.’”

DeSantis doubled down, maintaining that “[t]here was never under discussion any mandates to take vaccines, we will not have COVID vaccines mandated in Florida … we are not going to have you provide proof of this just to be able to live your life normally.”

He gave examples of places that might seek proof of vaccination with one of the abortion-tainted products, like movie theaters and theme parks, insisting that such a state of affairs would not be permitted in Florida: “We’re not supportive of that.”

He also warned of the dangers associated with handing over sensitive medical information to “some big corporation” via vaccine passport systems, likening the situation to allowing “the fox to guard the henhouse.”

“I mean, give me a break! … This is something that has huge privacy implications, it is not necessary to do,” he said. “People have certain freedoms and individual liberties to make decisions for themselves.”

In the coming days, perhaps as soon as Tuesday, DeSantis has pledged to sign an executive order banning the implementation of so-called vaccine passports for COVID-19.

Meanwhile, President Joe Biden’s administration has begun working with private sector businesses on establishing COVID-19 vaccine credentials technology, according to a report in the leftist Washington Post.

So far, the Biden administration has identified at least 17 vaccine passport initiatives, including one led by the disgraced World Health Organization, and another called the Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI), The Washington Post reported. More than 225 organizations, including Microsoft, already have pledged to use the VCI’s forthcoming app.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki noted that “a determination or development of a vaccine passport, or whatever you want to call it, will be driven by the private sector.” The government, she assured, will simply “provide guidance, just as we have, through the CDC.”

“There will be no centralized, universal federal vaccinations database and no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential,” she pledged.

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Numerous countries have either introduced vaccine passports, or are considering introducing them. Most recently, EU Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton said the European Union’s brand-new “Digital Green Certificate” — or “sanitary certificate,” as he called it — has been approved by the 27 EU member states and will be released on June 15.

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Boston Archdiocese mandates that only ‘vaccinated’ can serve at altar

Many pew-sitting Catholics are beginning to worry about how access to the sacraments may soon depend on their vaccination status.
Tue Mar 30, 2021 - 4:58 pm EST
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BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 30, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – The Archdiocese of Boston, headed by Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley, has made the reception of a COVID vaccine a necessary prerequisite to laity participating in certain ministries at parishes, such as serving at the altar.

The Archdiocese’s March 17 updated COVID protocols include allowing an adult to serve at the altar, but only if the adult has been vaccinated.

“Parishes can use a vaccinated adult altar server at all Masses,” the protocol states.

“The server should wear a mask, and the priest (and deacon) should wear a mask at the times when they are not speaking. When the priest is speaking and therefore not wearing a mask, the server should maintain the greatest distance possible. The server should not hold the missal for the priest,” states the guidelines about the server.

The protocols also allow parishes to resume "a normal frequency" of Communion calls if the minister is “fully vaccinated.” According to the guidelines, such calls should be brief, "just long enough to bring the Sacrament,” adding that “extraordinary ministers of Communion can continue to bring the Blessed Sacrament to their families regardless of vaccination status.”

The new protocols come amid the “steady rollout of vaccines and declining numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations,” reported the Boston Pilot, the Archdiocese’s newspaper.

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Many pew-sitting Catholics are beginning to worry about how access to the sacraments may soon depend on their vaccination status.

Just this week, a parish in New Jersey announced that it would only allow those who had been vaccinated to receive the sacrament of Confession. Pushback from Catholics resulted in the local bishop stepping in and successfully asking the parish priest to change his policy.

Last month, a New Mexico parish priest stated that those age 60 and older who wanted to assist in distribution of Holy Communion and in ushering must first receive a COVID vaccine.

Guidance from the Catholic Church on the morality of using COVID-19 vaccines allows the faithful the option of seeking a religious exemption from vaccines, especially those tainted by abortion.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith stated in December 2020 that “practical reason makes evident that vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation and that, therefore, it must be voluntary.”

“In any case, from the ethical point of view, the morality of vaccination depends not only on the duty to protect one's own health, but also on the duty to pursue the common good. In the absence of other means to stop or even prevent the epidemic, the common good may recommend vaccination, especially to protect the weakest and most exposed. Those who, however, for reasons of conscience, refuse vaccines produced with cell lines from aborted fetuses, must do their utmost to avoid, by other prophylactic means and appropriate behavior, becoming vehicles for the transmission of the infectious agent.”


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Arkansas legislature passes bill to ban puberty blockers, sex-change surgery for minors

The state will prohibit 'gender transition' referrals or procedures if Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson gives the final OK.
Tue Mar 30, 2021 - 4:52 pm EST
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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas, March 30, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – The Arkansas Senate voted 28-7 on Monday to give final approval to legislation that would prohibit sex-reassignment surgery or hormone treatments to minors afflicted with gender confusion, with the fate of the potential law now in Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s hands.

The bill specifically bars physicians from performing or referring for “gender transition procedures” on residents under age 18, as well as taxpayer dollars from being spent on such procedures for minors. 

“Gender transition procedures” are defined as “ any medical or surgical service” that seeks to “alter or remove physical or anatomical characteristics or features that are typical for the individual’s biological sex”; or “instill or create physiological or anatomical characteristics that resemble a sex different from the individual’s biological sex.”

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The legislation encompasses “puberty-blocking drugs, cross-sex hormones, or other mechanisms to promote the development of feminizing or masculinizing features in the opposite biological sex, or genital or nongenital gender reassignment surgery performed for the purpose of assisting an individual with a gender transition.”

The bill, which previously passed the State House 70-22, “sets out to protect children in an area where they very much need protection," according to Republican state Sen. Alan Clark, a sponsor of the measure. He noted that, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 90 percent of minors who struggle with gender dysphoria eventually come to accept their true sex.

The bill has elicited intense condemnation by pro-LGBT activists and their allies, such as the left-wing American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU):

A range of scientific literature indicates that reinforcing gender confusion often fails to prevent significant emotional harm up to and including attempted suicide (with or without surgery), because fixating on “gender affirmation” tends to distract from exploring other issues that may be the actual root of a patient’s mental or emotional unrest.

On top of those issues, experts warn that surgically or chemically reinforcing gender confusion imposes irreversible harm on children such as infertility, impairment of adult sex function, and reduced life expectancy, as well as the psychological toll of being “locked into” physical alterations regardless of whether they change their minds when they mature.

Hutchinson’s office has said it will review the legislation before he decides to sign it. The governor has recently signed multiple socially-conservative pieces of legislation over left-wing objections, including a ban on biological males in women’s athletic programs and a ban on nearly all abortions.


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Cardinal Burke floats ‘excommunication’ for Biden over his ‘aggressive’ abortion promotion

The Cardinal said that a politician who claims to be a Catholic and yet openly and aggressively promotes procured abortion is in the state of apostasy.
Tue Mar 30, 2021 - 4:30 pm EST
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March 30, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke said that pro-abortion Catholics in public life such as President Joe Biden, who “obstinately and publicly” deny truths of the faith and act against them, must not only be denied Holy Communion but must now face the charge of the “crime of apostasy” where the “canonical penalty” for the guilty is “excommunication.”

“Such a person who claims to be a Catholic and yet promotes in such an open, obdurate, and aggressive way a crime like procured abortion is in the state, at least, of apostasy,” the cardinal said in an interview this week with Thomas McKenna of Catholic Action for Faith and Family.

“In other words, to do this is to draw away from Christ and to draw away from the Catholic faith. And so the second action, which needs to be considered, is a canonical penalty, a sanction, for the crime of apostasy, which would be excommunication,” the cardinal added.

Cardinal Burke, one of the world’s foremost canon lawyers who was formerly the prefect of the Church’s highest court, made the above comment while responding to McKenna’s question about “what can be done now … what is the next step” for Catholic leadership to take in response to President Biden professing to be a practicing Catholic who takes his faith seriously while signing executive orders that directly promote abortion.

Biden has identified himself as a devout Catholic despite working to expand abortion, an act that the Catholic Church condemns as a “moral evil” that is “gravely contrary to the moral law.” In his first two weeks in office, Biden pledged to make abortion available to “everyone” by “codifying” the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, which imposed abortion on all 50 states. During that same time, he also revoked by executive order the Mexico City policy that blocks federal funds from going to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that provide or promote abortions overseas. 

Democrats have pledged to eliminate the pro-life Hyde Amendment that prohibits federal funds from going to pay for abortions in programs like Medicaid. In February, the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed a COVID-19 relief bill which, among other things, will use taxpayer money to fund abortions and the abortion industry across a host of federal programs under the guise of coronavirus relief.

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The Catholic Church teaches that excommunication, incurred by “certain particularly grave sins,” is the “most severe ecclesiastical penalty.”

It “impedes the reception of the sacraments and the exercise of certain ecclesiastical acts, and for which absolution consequently cannot be granted, according to canon law, except by the Pope, the bishop of the place or priests authorized by them,” states the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Excommunication is intended to bring the sinner to repentance for his sins and back into full communion with the Church.

Cardinal Burke, in his interview this week, began his answer to McKenna’s question about what can be done by noting that there are “two things that should be done immediately.”

The first action is that it must be communicated to Biden that he may not present himself for Holy Communion while championing abortion.

“A person who obstinately and publicly denies truths of the faith and actually acts against the truths of the faith or of the moral law, may not present himself or herself to receive Holy Communion,” said Burke.

“And, at the same time, the minister of Holy Communion, usually the priest, is not to give them Holy Communion, should they present themselves. Now, normally speaking, people should understand that the crime of procured abortion is a grievous violation against the first precept of the moral law, namely the safeguarding and promoting of human life. But the priest should warn such a person that he should not present himself to receive Holy Communion,” he added.

Burke said that should such a person after receiving such a warning still present himself to receive Communion, that person “should be denied” the sacrament.

The cardinal said there are two truths at work that must be upheld in this kind of situation that pertain to the reality of the Eucharist and to its worthy reception.

“One [truth] is the holiness of the Holy Eucharist. It is the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. And to receive the body of Christ knowingly and willingly in the state of sin is a sacrilege. It’s one of the worst sins. And Saint Paul said it already in the first letter to the Corinthians in Chapter 11, ‘He who eats the body and blood of Christ without recognizing it, eats his own condemnation.’ And so, in order to prevent a commission of a sacrilege, we have to insist that such people not approach to receive Holy Communion,” he said.

“It’s not only for their own salvation, certainly, but also then to avoid the scandal given to others who see someone who’s publicly promoting grievously immoral acts and yet presents himself to receive Holy Communion. And so that is the first thing and that has nothing to do with a penalty. And people say, ‘You’re punishing.’ No, it has to do with a worthy reception of the sacrament. It’s simply the discipline that is necessary because of the reality of the Holy Eucharist,” he added.

At this point, the cardinal pointed out that the second action that could be taken against Biden is excommunication.

The cardinal pointed out that even those who do not agree with the Church’s teaching on abortion know that it’s wrong for a Catholic to claim to practice the faith and to be receiving Communion while at the same time being a public promoter of abortion.

“They might not even agree with the Church’s teaching on procured abortion, but they know what it is, and they say to themselves, ‘How can the Church that teaches that procured abortion is intrinsically evil, that it can never be right, how does that same Church give the Holy Sacrament, the Holy Eucharist to a public promoter of this evil?’”

“It’s not only a sin against faith, which certainly it is, but even against reason,” he said.

Burke said that any action taken against Catholics in public life who merit such penalties is not for the sake of wishing such a person “harm,” but for the sake of “wishing his ultimate good.”

“Sometimes it is said that if the Church denies Holy Communion to these politicians, that it’s making the sacrament into a political weapon. But that’s not the case at all. The Church is safeguarding its most sacred realities and safeguarding the souls of the faithful,” he said.

“In my judgment, it’s these politicians who are using the sacrament for a political end, in other words, pretending to be devout Catholics and to give this impression so as to gain the support of Catholics when, in fact, they’re not at all devout Catholics,” he added.

Cardinal Burke joins Archbishop Joseph Naumann, head of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life office, in calling out Biden for calling himself Catholic while publicly promoting abortion. Naumann has stated that the U.S. bishops need to “correct” Biden for “acting contrary” to the Catholic faith.

The cardinal said that Archbishop Naumann is “giving wonderful leadership.”

“Let’s hope we hear a whole chorus of bishops who are giving the same message to their faithful.”


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Kentucky legislators push to amend state constitution to clarify: no right to abortion

Several states have pursued similar language, which would not directly affect abortion policy but would prevent the courts from inventing a state-level ‘right’ to abortion and using it as a basis to strike down pro-life laws.
Tue Mar 30, 2021 - 4:05 pm EST
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FRANKFORT, Kentucky, March 30, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Lawmakers in Kentucky are making another attempt at amending the state Constitution to clarify that it does not contain a right to abortion.

House Bill 91 calls for the following language to be added to the Kentucky Constitution: “ To protect human life, nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.” Republican state Rep. Joe Fischer, who introduced the amendment, has called it “the most consequential change to our constitution since 1891.”

The bill passed the state House in February by a margin of 76-20, and is currently pending before a Senate committee. If approved by three-fifths of the state Senate, it would be submitted to the voters of the state for final adoption in a November referendum. Pro-abortion Democrat Gov. Andy Beshear would have no say over its fate.

In 2018, Save the 1 founder and president Rebecca Kiessling warned LifeSiteNews that pro-abortion activists across the United States were shifting their legal strategy to assert “rights” to abortion rooted in state constitutions rather than Roe v. Wade, as insurance against the possibility of a more conservative Supreme Court someday overturning the infamous 1973 decision, and that in some cases liberal judges are actually “finding a broader right to abortion under state constitutions” than under Roe.

Amendments like HB 91 would protect states against that approach. Several states have pursued similar language, which would not directly affect abortion policy (and therefore would not run the risk of being mired in lawsuits) but would prevent the courts from inventing a state-level “right” to abortion and using it as a basis to strike down duly enacted pro-life laws. 

Kentucky lawmakers tried and failed to pass a similar amendment last year.


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UK abortion center that failed to report ‘serious incidents’ to close this year

The BPAS Wistons Clinic in Brighton, run by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, was responsible for 3,149 abortions in 2019, making it the 12th largest abortion clinic in England and Wales in terms of the total number of abortions performed
Tue Mar 30, 2021 - 3:53 pm EST
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BRIGHTON, England, March 30, 2021 (RightToLife) – An abortion clinic in Brighton that performed over 3,100 abortions in 2019 will be closing later in the year. 

According to the latest available data, the BPAS Wistons Clinic in Brighton, run by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, was responsible for 3,149 abortions in 2019, making it the 12th largest abortion clinic in England and Wales in terms of the total number of abortions performed. The official figures from the Department of Health and Social Care show that a total of 9,379 abortions have taken place at the clinic between 2017 and 2019.

The closure of the clinic has been confirmed by a senior member of Brighton & Hove City Council.

The building, at the Junction of Dyke Road and Old Shoreham Road in Brighton, is now for sale for £3,000,000.

Controversy at Brighton abortion clinic

The closure comes after a 2018 Care Quality Commission (CQC) report found that the abortion clinic failed to “notify CQC when serious incidents occurred”, which is a legal requirement under the Health and Social Care Act.

The report also found that patients at the clinic might be at risk because there was no system to summon medical assistance whilst in the treatment rooms.

The clinic was found to be putting girls between the ages of 13 and 18 at risk, with the report highlighting that: “Staff did not have any training to support their role in an emergency with young people. Staff did not receive training to specifically recognise the signs, and act appropriately, if the condition of a young woman aged between 13 and 18 years[‘] health starts to deteriorate”.

A series of other issues at the clinic were found by the Care Quality Commission.

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There were a series of vigils of pro-lifers outside the abortion clinic offering assistance and support to women who were considering an abortion over the past decade and even before. This has included vigils held by 40 Days for Life, which completed its last vigil at the clinic on Sunday 28th March 2021.

Closure of BPAS Streatham abortion clinic

Earlier this year, the second largest late-term abortion clinic in the U.K. also closed. The clinic in Streatham South London, which performed over 1,200 abortions of unborn children at 20 weeks or over in the last three years, had been mired in scandal as the CQC had found a series incompetent staff who had not completed life support training and “not all equipment was in good working order”.

The CQC noted that two serious incidents and 76 clinical incidents were reported at the clinic between April 2018 and April 2019. However, this is likely only the tip of the iceberg as inspectors discovered that “staff did not always report incidents as they felt there was a blame culture”.

One staff member even disclosed to an inspector, “if you raise concerns then you have to face the consequences. I have learnt to keep quiet.”

Alarmingly, only nine of the clinic’s twenty-four members of staff had received training to spot and treat sepsis, which is the leading cause of maternal death in the U.K.

Those who attended the clinic offered further insight into the clinic, particularly in regard to the treatment they received from staff. One client said: “you get treated like an animal” and another offered a similar sentiment saying: “the women were treated like complete animals, herded like sheep and spoke [sic] to like dogs”.

Right To Life UK spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, said: “The second closure of an abortion clinic in the U.K. in a matter of months, somewhere that ends large numbers of innocent lives, can only be a good thing. As we have seen so consistently with the abortion industry before, expanding access to abortion appears to be their one and only concern. The provision and promotion of DIY abortions, despite their demonstrable danger for women, as well as the poor standards maintained in the clinic in Brighton, prove this.”

“It’s important we give a special thanks to all those individuals who have offered those entering this facility positive alternatives to abortion over the years. Thank you for your courageous work, and we hope the ending of lives at this location will free time up for you to help more women and unborn children at the many other abortion centres that sadly still continue to operate elsewhere in the UK.”

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Bishop in Puerto Rico: Banning ‘conversion therapy’ criminalizes Catholic teaching, harms kids

Bishop Fernández Torres, Puerto Rico’s most outspoken and faithful prelate, slammed P.S. 184, a proposed bill that would criminalize “conversion therapy,” and with it, virtually all expression of Catholic teaching on sexuality.
Tue Mar 30, 2021 - 3:50 pm EST
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ARECIBO, Puerto Rico, March 30, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — In an interview with LifeSiteNews, Bishop Daniel Fernández Torres of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, warned of a dangerous new attempt to criminalize what is often called conversion therapy, and with it, virtually all expression of Catholic teaching on sexuality.

Bishop Fernández Torres condemned P.S. 184, a bill proposed in Puerto Rico’s far-left Senate to ban therapies that could “change the sexual orientation or gender identity in an individual.”

P.S. 184, which mirrors recent efforts in Canada, Australia, and the U.S., targets “any effort or treatment” that would fall under a loose definition “conversion” or “reparative” therapy.

Criminalized activities include “any effort or treatment aimed at changing bodily behavior, expressions or sexual orientation of an individual, as well as eliminate or reduce romantic or sexual attractions or feelings towards individuals of the same gender.”

The restrictions in P.S. 184 nevertheless would not apply to a practice that “provides acceptance” or facilitates “exploration” of LGBT identities.

“In this sense, the only possible action allowed by law will be to support the child to live a sexual orientation or gender identity different from the natural one,” Bishop Fernández Torres said. “As written, health professionals should only take action towards affirmation of homosexuality or transgenderism in kids, even if children only were to experience temporary confusion.”

The bill would enforce the ban with penalties not just for mental health professionals, but for parents, categorizing “conversion therapy” as “abuse” alongside child sex abuse and human trafficking.

“Parents who make ‘any effort’ to reduce their children’s same-sex sexual attractions or to reduce the child’s expressions of sexual identity will be prosecuted by Law 246-2011 on child abuse,” Fernández Torres explained. He noted that Catholic parents could be faced with punishments typically reserved for crimes like child sexual assault, such as loss of custody, if P.S. 184 passes.

“What will happen to a parent who asks his son or daughter why she thinks or feels that, instead of immediately saying, ‘live as you feel or want’?” the bishop asked. “What will happen to a father who goes with his children to church, where they receive the teachings of the Catechism on the natural family and God’s creation? Will he be considered a child abuser for that?”

“It is important to understand that this definition doesn’t have anything to do with any abusive treatment, which is currently considered by law as child mistreatment without the need for approval of P.S. 184,” Fernández Torres continued.

“P.S. 184 actually will turn any parent who makes ‘any effort’ to orient their children’s sexual orientation towards their biological reality into a child abuser,” he said. “This is not about protecting children from actual abuse. This is about imposing gender ideology on children and society, and persecuting parents, health professionals, and institutions that do not agree.”

Bishop Fernández Torres stressed that P.S. 184 would gravely threaten Catholic education by similarly characterizing “any effort” to impose Catholic moral teaching in schools and child care centers as “institutional abuse.”

“What will happen if the child wants to go to school with a uniform of the sex different from his own?” the bishop asked. “Will the school be prosecuted for institutional abuse for making this ‘effort’ to be consistent with the school rules when treating a child according to his biological sex?”

P.S. 184 ‘does not seek to protect children from abuse’

While the bill claims that reparative therapies do not work, both research and expert opinion attest to the success of the approach for a wide range of patients. “Of the patients I oversaw who sought to change their orientation, hundreds were successful,” Dr. Nicholas Cummings, former president of the American Psychological Association (APA), has said.

Identity change among LGBT persons is actually highly common, with nearly half of people who choose LGBT sexual orientation labels switching to other ones later in life; most to “completely heterosexual,” studies have found. Conversion rates of gender-confused individuals are even higher. Gender dysphoria naturally resolves in up to 97.8% of boys and 88% of girls by adulthood, according to the APA’s most recent diagnostic manual.

“Such a success rate for any therapy is astronomically high in the field of psychology,” Dr. Anne Gillies, a Canadian trauma specialist, said about the “wait and see” approach to gender confusion. “‘Conversion therapy’ in this sense was extremely successful.”

By banning such treatments as “abuse,” P.S. 184 not only would deprive Puerto Ricans of critical therapeutic options, but could facilitate real child sex abuse.

“What makes P.S. 184 so dangerous for parents is that it does not seek to protect children from abuse,” Bishop Fernández Torres said. “Sometimes people who suffer from this confusion have stories of child abuse and rejection that might not be explored by a health professional who would be, according to this bill, only authorized by law to guide the child to live a transgender life,” he added.

LGBT identification is strongly correlated with childhood trauma, and particularly with sexual abuse. Dozens of studies have shown that adults who identify as homosexual disproportionately suffered molestation as children, at rates up to 20 times higher than those of heterosexuals in the case of same-sex abuse. If such abuse changed “bodily behavior” or “romantic or sexual attractions,” P.S. 184 absurdly would bar counselors from doing anything but providing “acceptance” for the consequences of sexual trauma.

While sidelining the “wait and see” approach, P.S. 184 also would promote severely harmful — even abusive — medical interventions for young people with gender dysphoria. “Gender affirmation” practices effectively endorsed by the bill “risk infertility, increased suicidality and multiple health risks,” Dr. Gillies has noted. According to American endocrinology expert Dr. Michael Laidlaw, “lost years of bone development cannot be regained” by children given puberty blockers to “support” their so-called transgender identity.

“The active promotion of transgenderism has resulted in massive uncontrolled and unconsented experimentation upon children and adolescents,” Dr. Michelle Cretella, the head of the American College of Pediatricians, wrote in an article for LifeSiteNews. “This is child abuse.”

Moreover, though less than 2 to 10 percent of gender-confused minors may persist in gender-confusion, virtually all of those exposed to transgender affirmation move on to further medical interventions, like genital amputation. Unlike treatments that P.S. 184 would ban, these devastating practices do nothing to alleviate long-term mental health issues and suicide risks of gender-confused patients.

Health outcomes of those denied reparative therapies for homosexuality would hardly look better under P.S. 184. “Any lifestyle or decision to live against God’s desire for love inscribed in creation will lead a person down a path of suffering,” Bishop Fernández Torres lamented.

“It is well established that there are high rates of psychiatric illnesses, including depression, drug abuse, and suicide attempts, among gays and lesbians,” John R. Diggs, Jr., M.D., has said. “This is true even in the Netherlands, where gay, lesbian and bisexual relationships are far more socially acceptable than in the U.S.,” Diggs added.

“The sexually active homosexual population suffers disproportionally from HIV, anal cancer, chlamydia trachomatis, cryptosporidium, microsporidia, gonorrhoea, syphilis, herpes, hepatitis B and C, genital warts, scabies, HPV, and other conditions,” Puerto Rican pro-family organization Fieles a la Verdad observed, in line with the findings of countless experts. “As a result, the average life expectancy of sexually active homosexual males is reduced by many years.”

Catholics’ responsibility

Catholics of Puerto Rico have an obligation to fight P.S. 184, Bishop Fernández Torres declared. “Regarding the moral obligation to oppose laws that go against the right of parents to educate their children according to their faith, and against religious freedom, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said it both ways: Catholics cannot positively approve these laws, and they also have a moral obligation to oppose them,” he said.

The bishop pointed to the Vatican’s 2004 Doctrinal Note on the participation of Catholics in political life, which states that “it must be noted also that a well-formed Christian conscience does not permit one to vote for a political program or an individual law which contradicts the fundamental contents of faith and morals.”

The Catholic Church always has recognized homosexuality as “intrinsically disordered” and contrary to natural law, and has promulgated similar teachings about transgenderism. “They close the sexual act to the gift of life,” the Catechism says about homosexual behaviors. “They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.”

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Standing up for the faith means pushing back both on P.S. 184 and on the deceptive tactics of the Puerto Rican left, Bishop Fernández Torres indicated. When asked about whether the Puerto Rican people actually back P.S. 184, he said that “supporters of P.S. 184 are, in most cases, misinformed by media exposure.”

“Instead of reporting on what the bill actually says and the laws that this bill will amend, the media discussion is mostly focused on practices which, if carried out, already constitute child abuse under current laws. This is not what the project says,” he continued.

The liberal senators who dominate Puerto Rico’s upper chamber have used comparable tactics to silence criticism of the radical P.S. 184, as evident in recent hearings.

“In light of the text of this law, do you think that if a parent opposes a minor child receiving hormone blockers, that decision of the parent … could you classify it as abuse?” Sen. Joanne Rodríguez Veve, the only senator from a pro-life, pro-family party, asked an activist who testified before the Senate in favor of P.S. 184 last week.

Sen. Vargas Vidot, one of the authors of the bill, cut Rodríguez off against Senate norms, cutting into her time. “I find it unbelievable that you intervene in my questions,” Sen. Rodríguez reacted. “That has never been done in the time that I have been here, and there is no reason to justify your determination, and I am questioning it right now,” she said.

“Is it a crime to be a Christian in Puerto Rico?” Bishop Fernández Torres asked in a letter to the Puerto Rican Senate in February. “Indeed it is when it is intended to impose, under penalty of accusations of ‘institutional abuse,’ that our religious institutions teach something that is intrinsically contrary to faith, biology and human reason.”

When it seeks to remove dissenters, who “differ from the dominant ideology, in effect, it is persecuting, imprisoning, trampling over a large sector of society for their way of thinking,” he added. “This will be the real consequence” of P.S. 184, the bishop warned.


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Canada halts AstraZeneca jab for people under 55 over blood clot concerns

'As Chief Medical Officers of Health, we are acting decisively with our unified position to pause the use of AstraZeneca vaccine in Canada in those under age 55 at this time. We are taking this precautionary measure while Health Canada as the regulator completes its updated risk/benefit analysis based on emerging data'
Tue Mar 30, 2021 - 3:08 pm EST
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OTTAWA, Ontario, March 30, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – OTTAWA, Ontario, March 30, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Canada is pausing the distribution of the AstraZeneca coronavirus jab from being given to people under 55, following numerous reports indicating that the product may be linked to blood clots.

Health Canada, the department of the Government of Canada responsible for national health policy, issued a statement yesterday from the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health, which includes the Chief Medical Officer of Health from each provincial and territorial jurisdiction, along with Canada's Chief Public Health Officer.

“As Chief Medical Officers of Health, we are acting decisively with our unified position to pause the use of AstraZeneca vaccine in Canada in those under age 55 at this time. We are taking this precautionary measure while Health Canada as the regulator completes its updated risk/benefit analysis based on emerging data,” the statement reads.

The announcement follows the publication of a report from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) which stated that the organization is concerned about the possibility of those who have received the AstraZeneca jab - particularly young women - forming blood clots.

“From what is known at this time, there is substantial uncertainty about the benefit of providing AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to adults under 55 years of age,” the NACI wrote.

Provinces across Canada have said that they are pausing the AstraZeneca jab until further notice. 

To date around 300,000 people in Canada have received the AstraZeneca jab, with the agency saying they have not heard of any reports of blood clotting issues as of yet. 

Health Canada’s chief medical advisor Dr. Supriya Sharma said last Tuesday that the government is in the process of adding the warning that the “vaccine” potentially increases the risk of blood clots.

“We are looking at potentially making changes to the monograph, the information that goes with the vaccine, to say that there have been reports of this type of rare clot, so if people have any of the symptoms of clots……make sure they go in and be seen,” said Sharma last Tuesday. 

According to Sharma, symptoms of blood clotting from the jab show themselves as intense headaches, shortness of breath, and pain or tenderness in the legs.

Sharma said that those over 18, who can receive the shot, should “look up the risk and benefit” of the “vaccine” and that they are still looking at what types of “clots” may be associated with the AstraZeneca COVID jab.

In late February, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Health Canada had approved the abortion-tainted AstraZeneca COVID-19 jab for use in Canadians over the age of 18. 

At the time, however, the NACI said that it would be preferable for alternative coronavirus shot to be given to those over 65, due to their reported “superior efficacy.”

Despite this, Trudeau’s government said it would ignore the advice and administer it to people 65 years of age and older, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The AstraZeneca COVID jab has been under an intense international spotlight due to concerns over its safety and purported efficacy. 

Multiple European countries suspended the use of the AstraZeneca COVID jab after various reports of blood clotting. 

Recent findings by a Norwegian research team regarding the AstraZeneca shot focused around the case of three health care workers, all under 50 who experienced severe thrombosis after getting the shot, with one of them dying from a  brain hemorrhage.

Just last week, the European Medicines Agency added a blot clot warning to the AstraZeneca COVID jab after reports that 38 people who had received the jab developed blot clots. The same agency also approved the shot for use

The U.S. government recently issued a warning regarding the efficacy of the AstraZeneca jab, with the pharmaceutical company claiming its product is 79 percent effective at stopping “symptomatic COVID-19” and “100 percent” effective at preventing hospitalizations.

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Canadian government fails to inform Canadians ‘COVID injections’ are an ‘experimental product’

Ted Kuntz, president of Vaccine Choice Canada (VCC), a not-for-profit society founded by families who have suffered from vaccine reactions or injuries, told LifeSiteNews that there is no “verified evidence to date that these injections will contribute to herd immunity.”

“There is also no acknowledgment of the mounting accounts of severe injury and death following injections worldwide. This is a violation of the most fundamental principles of ethical health care, all provincial codes of ethics, and international agreements on human experimentation,” said Kuntz. 

“This is not informed consent. This is fraud. The citizens of Canada deserve better. I suggest that this systemic violation of basic ethics will not go unnoticed. As more Canadians awaken to the fact that their trust has been violated, it will be incredibly difficult for our governments and health authorities to reclaim that trust.”

Kuntz also told LifeSiteNews that the government has failed to inform Canadians that all the coronavirus vaccines are still experimental products.

“The false and inaccurate information being provided to citizens by our governments and health authorities is incredibly disconcerting. I've just reviewed information on the BC government website on the possible reactions from these injections,” said Kuntz.

The British Columbia provincial governments website link to which Kuntz refers, claims that the “vaccines are safer than getting COVID,” and makes no mention of the fact they never passed stage 3 trials.

“No where do they indicate that this is an experimental product; that these products have not been given final approval as phase III safety trials have not been completed, that the long term impact of the injection of this never before used genetic technology is unknown, nor that these injections have not been proven to prevent infection or transmission,” Kuntz told LifeSiteNews. 

Canada will purchase a total of 20 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID shot and among 1.9 million and 3.2 million additional doses through COVAX, which is “a global vaccine-sharing program.”

The AstraZeneca COVID-19 injection joins the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson jabs as those approved for use in Canada.

The British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca developed its COVID-19 vaccine in collaboration with Oxford University. It is made through the cultivation of a weakened SARS-CoV-2 virus in the HEK-293 cell line, which is derived from the kidney of a baby girl aborted in the Netherlands in the 1970s. 

In Canada, vaccines are not mandatory at the federal level, as each province is responsible for their healthcare delivery. At the provincial level, places like Ontario and New Brunswick have made certain vaccines mandatory via legislation, with a few exceptions, for children to attend public schools.

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

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Americans now eligible for free marijuana, cheesecake, fries with coronavirus vaccine card

The increase in corporate incentive programs comes as Americans are getting injected at a rate of 2.62 million per day, according to a tweet from White House COVID-19 Data Director Cyrus Shahpar.
Tue Mar 30, 2021 - 2:27 pm EST
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March 30, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Free glazed donuts aren’t the only incentives now offered to Americans to encourage them to receive coronavirus vaccines.

In a push to encourage people to receive experimental coronavirus shots, a diverse range of companies are offering free products to customers who provide proof of having gotten a coronavirus vaccine from Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson. Incentives include marijuana, cheesecake, and arcade tokens, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal on Sunday.

Krispy Kreme made headlines last week with the announcement that it would offer free daily Original Glazed donuts to vaccinated patrons through 2021. The donut chain was criticized for the move, with skeptics pointing out the correlation between obesity and increased severity of COVID-19 symptoms.

According to the CDC, obesity may triple the risk of hospitalization due to COVID-19.

But Krispy Kreme isn’t alone in offering free goodies in exchange for proof of vaccination, which right now for Americans is a wallet-sized paper vaccination record card.

The Wall Street Journal reported that companies “ranging from marijuana dispensaries to arcades” are rushing to advance promotional giveaways to incentivize vaccination.

These include Michigan-based marijuana dispensary “Greenhouse of Walled Lake,” which is offering a free joint with proof of vaccination (the program is called “pot for shots,” the Journal cheerily reported). The Brooklyn location of Junior’s Restaurant and Bakery began dishing out free mini cheesecakes to vaccinated New Yorkers on Monday. Free fries and chips are available to patrons of Super Duper Burgers and Uno Dos Tacos in San Francisco. Midwest arcade chain Up-Down is giving away arcade tokens to gamers who have gotten the jab.

The increase in corporate incentive programs comes as Americans are getting injected at a rate of 2.62 million per day, according to a tweet from White House COVID-19 Data Director Cyrus Shahpar.

The CDC reports that 28.6 percent of the overall U.S. population have received at least one dose and 15.8 percent have been fully vaccinated.

Yet despite steadily increasing vaccinations and beyond corporate promotions which depend upon consumer buy-in, the specter of compulsory vaccination looms large.

The beginning of vaccine passports

On Friday New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of Excelsior Pass, a boarding-pass style app enabling New Yorkers to prove vaccination status to gain entry to businesses and social venues.

While the pass is officially opt-in, the New York governor’s webpage makes clear that Excelsior is meant to become part of daily life.

According to the government webpage, “Major venues have already announced they will begin utilizing this technology in the coming weeks, including Madison Square Garden in New York City beginning next week and the Times Union Center in Albany. Beginning April 2, Excelsior Pass will expand to smaller arts, entertainment and event venues.”

New York’s plan may become a reality for Americans across the country. The Washington Post reported Sunday that the Biden administration is working with private companies to come up with a “standard” method of implementing “credentials,” (i.e vaccine passports), to enable Americans to prove their vaccination status in order to re-enter society.

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It is unclear whether these moves will evolve into official mandates. How much freedom individual Americans will have to refuse the jab is also unclear, since corporate and institutional mandates may bear much the same weight as federal edicts if the ability to work, shop, and attend church and school is curtailed for those who decline to be injected.

Reporting on the first lawsuit filed in the U.S. against a coronavirus vaccine mandate, LifeSite’s Raymond Wolfe suggested Friday that “it may not be licit to be required to take the jab” as a condition of employment since “Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are under investigation by the FDA, pending licensing.”

To date, none of the coronavirus vaccines on the market are approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Instead, the FDA has allowed the vaccines to be distributed under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).

According to the FDA, an EUA is “a mechanism to facilitate the availability and use of medical countermeasures, including vaccines, during public health emergencies, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.”

The FDA acknowledges that EUAs permit the use of “unapproved medical products, or unapproved uses of approved medical products” in situations where “there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.”

In a press conference Monday Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said he would use emergency executive action to ban vaccine passports in the Sunshine State.

“It’s completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society,” the governor said.

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US health officials accuse AstraZeneca of misrepresenting efficacy data

An independent trial review board says AstraZeenca may have included outdated information about its clinical trial results in a press release.
Tue Mar 30, 2021 - 2:24 pm EST
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March 30, 2021 (Children’s Health Defense) – In a “highly unusual” statement last Tuesday, a U.S. health agency said AstraZeneca may have included “outdated information” in its clinical trial results, which may have led to the vaccine maker providing the public with an incomplete view of its efficacy data.

The statement by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) came less than a day after the pharmaceutical company said its vaccine was 79% effective against COVID and 100% effective against severe or critical disease and hospitalization.

“We urge the company to work with the Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) to review the efficacy data and ensure the most accurate, up-to-date efficacy data be made public as quickly as possible,” the NIAID said.

AstraZeneca immediately responded saying the numbers published Monday were based on a “pre-specified interim analysis with a data cut-off” of Feb. 17. The company promised to “immediately engage with the DSMB to share their primary analysis with the most up-to-date efficacy data” and to issue the results of the primary analysis within 48 hours.

The DSMB is an independent expert group that sees trial data before the pharmaceutical companies, the doctors running the trials or even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to CNN. It has the authority to advise a company of positive interim findings or to halt a trial over safety concerns, which is what happened to AstraZeneca last September after a study participant developed neurological symptoms.

In an interview with Good Morning America, NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci explained the sequence of events. Fauci said that the DSMB and AstraZeneca reviewed the trial data together before the vaccine maker issued its press release. But when AstraZeneca issued its press release, the DSMB “got concerned and wrote a rather harsh note to them and with a copy to me saying that in fact the data that was in the press release were somewhat outdated and might in fact be misleading a bit and wanted them to straighten it out.”

That’s when NIAID issued its statement advising AstraZeneca that it “better get back with the DSMB to make sure that the correct data gets put into a press release,” Fauci said. Fauci said that DSMB picking up this discrepancy is really “a safeguard.”

In a statement to the Science Media Centre in the UK, Stephen Evans, professor of pharmacoepidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said that members of the DSMB sometimes disagree with investigators over vaccine trial results, but usually in private. “So this is unprecedented in my opinion,” Evans said.

As analysts scrambled to interpret the statement, one scientist claimed the U.S. government stopped just short of accusing AstraZeneca of manipulating its trial data.

“This is a highly unusual statement by the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). It comes close to accusing Oxford/AZ of having wilfully misrepresented some results from their recent U.S. vaccine trial,” tweeted Francois Balloux, professor and director of the UCL Genetics Institute.

According to The New York Times, companies sponsoring drug or vaccine trials typically wait for the monitoring board to review analyses and conclude that the study has yielded an answer before they announce trial results.

In recent days, the monitoring board’s analysis of the AstraZeneca trial was delayed several times because the board asked for revised reports from those handling trial data on behalf of the company. The monitoring board ultimately conveyed the results of the study to AstraZeneca in a meeting over the weekend, leading to the company’s press release Monday morning.

Dr. Eric Topol, a clinical trials expert at Scripps Research in San Diego, said it was “highly irregular” to see such a public display of friction between a monitoring board and a study sponsor. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” he told the Times after the institute’s statement was released. “It’s so, so troubling.”

According to Zero Hedge, the AstraZeneca vaccine — which is a linchpin of the World Health Organization’s effort to vaccinate poorer countries via its Bill Gates-approved COVAX initiative — once again finds itself mired in controversy. Notably, in its most recent data, AstraZeneca neglected to include key information, such as  the number of trial participants who developed “severe COVID.” AstraZeneca President Ruud Dobber, during an interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box, said the number was “5,” shortly after the data were released.

“The way they handled their data early on, AstraZeneca basically shot themselves in the foot,” Julian Tang, a virologist at the University of Leicester, said even before the latest issue arose.

AstraZeneca has received criticism over its studies since the first data released in the UK, which purported to show the vaccine was 70% effective, yet failed to account for a manufacturing mistake and didn’t include enough participants over 65 to determine efficacy among older patients, reported ZeroHedge.

European governments like Germany and France responded by initially limiting the jab to patients under the age of 65. In the U.S., officials suspended AstraZeneca’s study in 30,000 Americans for an unusual six weeks last fall, as frustrated regulators sought details about neurological problems reported in Britain.

The latest controversy comes after 20 countries suspended use of AstraZeneca last week based on reports of rare blood clots, some resulting in death, in healthy people who received the vaccine. Although The European Medicines Agency (EMA) found the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID vaccine “may be associated with very rare cases of blood clots,” it deemed the vaccine “safe and effective” and encouraged countries to use it, The Defender reported.

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Two independent research teams in Norway and Germany announced Friday they identified antibodies that provoke immune reactions leading to the type of blood clots experienced by some people who received AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine. Although many countries resumed their vaccination program with AstraZeneca’s vaccine after the EMA’s preliminary findings, some countries, including France, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland, have not lifted their restrictions on its use, according to The British Medical Journal.

AstraZeneca said it would continue to analyze the new data and prepare to apply in the coming weeks for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA, reported the Times. If approved in the U.S. AstraZeneca would become the fourth available vaccine stateside, joining ModernaPfizer and Johnson & Johnson.

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Ireland bans student nurses from training if they refuse COVID injections

One student nurse was prepared to ‘forego her placement and emigrate’ should the restrictions on the non-injected intensify.
Tue Mar 30, 2021 - 1:20 pm EST
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DUBLIN, Ireland, March 30, 2021, (LifeSiteNews) –– Student nurses in Ireland have been told they will be prevented from carrying out their clinical placements if they refuse the COVID-19 injections, as Ireland begins measures to limit society to those who have received the experimental vaccines.

The announcement came in the form of an email from Dr. Colm Henry, the Chief Clinical Officer of Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE).

Dated March 26, the email stated: “Students that are eligible for vaccination, that have been offered vaccination and decline vaccination should not be assigned to clinical placements in HSE facilities. This may be reviewed as the epidemiological situation evolves.”

The decision would have effect in all of HSE’s facilities from April 1, just one week after the email was sent, and pertains to the unpaid clinical placements, not final year students who are already considered part of the health force.

Henry did not allow for exceptions or reservations with regard to taking the hastily developed injection, except for granting some minor leeway to those who were medically prevented from having the injection.

“Please note that for those very exceptional circumstances where there is specific and documented medical contraindication to vaccination for a healthcare student, an individual risk assessment should be performed by the higher education institution to determine if a suitable placement can be designed that minimises risk to patients and to the student.”

The email opened with Henry claiming that “the safety of patients, staff and students remains a shared key priority.”

While Henry released his bombshell announcement Friday evening, student nurses were due to begin clinical placement on Monday.

Gript spoke to three such students who were subsequently not allowed to begin their placements following the decision, with one revealing that she would sooner leave the country that submit to the directive.

22-year-old Paulette (not her real name) in Dublin noted that she was “in perfect health” and had no need for the injection. “The only good reason for me to take a vaccine would be to stop me spreading covid to our elderly patients,” she said.

“If the vaccine was likely to accomplish that, I’d take it no problem. The thing is, though, that the vaccine doesn’t actually do that. If you read about the trials, it doesn’t prevent you getting the virus, or transmitting it. It’s designed to prevent serious illness”.

Paulette was prepared to “forego her placement and emigrate” should the restrictions on the non-injected intensify. “The Government doesn’t get to make injecting you with anything a condition of employment. There is no other field of work where they tell you that you have to be dosed with something in order to take up the job. There’s no other country that would do it. If I have to emigrate, I have to emigrate, because I am furious about this”.

Another student, from Cork, stated that she did not trust the injection, adding that such was her “right.”

“As far as I am concerned this is an experimental treatment. If it works, great, but I don’t see why I should be compelled to take it to do my job. If you look at the people who are delivering the vaccines to the public, item one on their training is to seek consent. A member of the public who does not consent may freely choose to do so. That’s a right the Government guarantees, it seems, to every citizen, except for me, and other student nurses.”

Meanwhile a third student noted that she had recently had the virus, and thus benefitted from immunity still. “In my case, I’d be risking side effects for no benefit. I already have covid antibodies — exactly the thing the vaccine is designed to produce.”

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The three nurses left out of their placement seem to be an indication of the wider phenomenon of student nurses suddenly rejected from their studies. In fact, Dr. Colm Henry, the Chief Clinical Officer of Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE), did not even consult with the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization (INMO) before sending out his email.

An email from the INMO sent to student nurses and seen by LifeSiteNews testifies to this. “This correspondence has been issued without engagement or consultation with the INMO,” the email read. “We have raised this as a matter of urgency both with the Department of Health and the HSE.”

The email revealed that the organization had “sought clarity” from HSE, so that “full HSE occupational health supports are applied to students.”

Neither HSE nor the INMO responded to requests for comment from LifeSiteNews.

Ireland currently uses three of the hastily developed injections, Pfizer/Biontech, Moderna and Oxford/AstraZeneca. According to the most recent data regarding the adverse reactions following injections, there were 5,157 side effects reported as of March 18.

Reports released by the Irish authorities are markedly different in severity to those being seen across the Irish Sea in England. There is a complete absence of reports of any deaths or severe reactions following the injection in Ireland.

In contrast, by March 14 there were over 403,469 adverse side effects reported in the U.K. Of that number, 82 were heart attackss, 85 cardiac arrests, 482 seizures, and 585 deaths. A further 53 people became blind, 76 became deaf, and there were 563 instances of anaphylactic shock.

Any such figures and side effects are not officially reported in Ireland, despite 478,825 people having had the first injection, and 175,526 having had both.

Meanwhile, Henry continues to instill fear among the Irish, remarking days before sending out his email that reported cases of COVID-19 were “stubbornly high.” Towards the end of last month, Henry even suggested that handshaking could be “beyond resuscitation as a social exercise.”

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Custom footwear retailer MSCHF sells ‘Satan Shoes’ containing human blood

The ‘Satan Shoes’ are based on Nike’s ‘Air Max 97’ design. Nike, meanwhile, filed a federal trademark infringement lawsuit against the makers of ‘Satan Shoes.’
Tue Mar 30, 2021 - 12:42 pm EST
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BROOKLYN, New York, March 30, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Custom shoe retailer MSCHF, known for its often controversial and offensive designs, has released a new product, “Satan Shoes.” Created in conjunction with rapper Lil Nas X, the shoes come with a bronze pentagram and “1 drop human blood.”

The shoes, based on Nike’s “Air Max 97” design, display the infamous numeral “666” attributed to the Beast in St. John’s Apocalypse. The limited production will amount to 666 pairs only. There is also a reference to a Bible verse, Luke 10:18, printed on the side. The verse states: “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven,” referring to the success of Christ’s disciples’ in subduing demons in Christ’s name.

It is unclear if the creators of the shoes realize that this particular passage highlights God’s victory over Satan. In any case, their advertising states it is “better to reign in hell than serve in heaven,” and the product itself appears to promote Satan and sin.

MSCHF’s “Satan Shoes” are not the company’s first foray into controversial products. Previously, the company released a rubber chicken bong and a pair of “Jesus Shoes” using the same Nike Air Max 97s that their “Satan Shoes” are based upon. The “Jesus Shoes” also have a verse from Scripture stitched on the side, this time Matthew 14:25, which states: “And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea,” a reference to the fact that the soles of the shoes are filled with a sample of water from the river Jordan, giving the impression that wearers are “walking on water.”

Nike told LifeSiteNews it does “not have a relationship with Lil Nas X or MSCHF.” Nike further distanced themselves from the “Satan Shoes” project, claiming that they “did not design or release these shoes and we do not endorse them.”

On Monday, Nike filed a federal trademark infringement lawsuit against MSCHF.

“The lawsuit argues that Nike must maintain control over its brand ‘by setting the record straight’ about what products bear its distinctive ‘swoosh’ logo,” reported NBC News. “In fact, there is already evidence of significant confusion and dilution occurring in the marketplace, including calls to boycott Nike in response to the launch of MSCHF’s Satan Shoes based on the mistaken belief that Nike has authorized or approved this product.”

The demon-themed black and red shoes sold out shortly after going on sale Monday at the eye-watering price of $1,018 a pair. For the price, buyers get a bronze pentagram pendant fixed atop the laces and an upside down cross stitched into the tongue (which is the symbol of St. Peter and is not demonic, an aspect of Christian iconography that is often misunderstood). But perhaps most controversially, the soles contain red-colored ink with a drop of real human blood added.

The blood was taken from MSCHF’s own employees, according to a report in the New York Times. “About six of us on the team gave [blood],” company co-founder Daniel Greenberg said, qualifying that not much blood was donated in total. Greenberg told the Times that the team extracted their own blood without the assistance of medical personnel for the purpose of the shoe line.

Rapper Lil Nas X, who has created the shoe line in partnership with MSCHF, released a music video to accompany his new single “MONTERO (Call Me by Your Name),” which depicts the music star as falling from heaven down a fireman’s pole and landing in hell, where he then gyrates on Satan’s lap. The song contains lyrics that celebrate the rapper’s homosexual lifestyle, characterized by the Times as him “cheerfully [rejoicing] in lust as a gay man.”

Lil Nas X has reportedly been garnering a following of children, indeed actively cultivating such a fanbase. Conservative commentator Matt Walsh of The Daily Wire wrote on Twitter that Lil Nas X “appeared on Sesame Street. Released a children’s book,” lamenting that he is now “pushing satanism and pornographic images and lyrics onto that same audience” with his latest endeavours.


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Texas Senate passes 7 pro-life bills, including Heartbeat Act

 One final procedural vote, called 'Third Reading,' will occur in the Senate today before these bills go to the Texas House of Representatives.
Tue Mar 30, 2021 - 12:15 pm EST
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TEXAS, March 30, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Under the leadership of Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, the Texas Senate passed seven pro-life bills yesterday, three of which are on Texas Right to Life’s Priority Agenda.

The Texas Senate passed the following bills, priorities for Texas Right to Life, each by a vote of 19-12:

These measures are priorities for Texas Right to Life because each one stops abortion, draws attention to the humanity of the preborn child, and undermines the flawed foundation of Roe vs. Wade. One final procedural vote, called “Third Reading,” will occur in the Senate today before these bills go to the Texas House of Representatives.

Four other pro-life bills also passed the Texas Senate yesterday. These are the Regulating Abortion-Inducting Drugs Act (SB 394) by Senator Eddie Lucio (D-Brownsville), the Trigger Abortion Ban Act (SB 9) by Senator Angela Paxton (R-McKinney), the Every Mother Matters Act (SB 802) by Senator Paxton, and the Stop Taxpayer-Funding of Abortion “Logistical Support” Act (SB 650) by Senator Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels).

All of these pro-life bills were passed in 19-12 votes, except for SB 802, which passed in a 20-11 vote.

Texas Right to Life applauds Senators Hughes, Hancock, and Perry for authoring and introducing the life-saving priority bills, as well as Senators Lucio, Paxton, and Campbell for their pro-life work. Texas Right to Life celebrates the passage of all seven pro-life bills and thanks Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and the Texas Senate for this historic action.


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Canada spent more than $700 million on ‘useless’ COVID ventilators. A refund is unlikely

Only about 500 ventilators of an order of more than 40,000 were ever used.
Tue Mar 30, 2021 - 11:30 am EST
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OTTAWA, Ontario, March 30, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A committee of the Canadian House of Commons learned last week that a refund on thousands of now “useless” ventilators worth $700 million is unlikely.

The ventilators were purchased through sole-sourced contracts from Canada’s Health Minister Patti Hajdu’s department.

According to an article at Blacklocks Reporter last week, around 98 percent of some $700 million worth of ventilators are in storage for the simple reason that they were not needed by hospitals to treat COVID patients.

Last week, the Commons government operations committee was told that for an order for 40,547 ventilators, only 27,025 were delivered. Of these, only about 500 ended up being used.

Blacklocks Reporter pointed out late last week that any refunds for the ventilators are unlikely.

Conservative MP Pierre Paul-Hus for Charlesbourg-Haute St. Charles, Quebec, said, “We’re looking at 25,000 that are useless.”

Bloc Québécois MP Julie Vignola from Beauport-Limoilou, Quebec, asked Minister of Public Services and Procurement Anita Anand if there would be a reimbursement “at the end of the day” for the unused ventilators.

Anand replied, “We have a commitment with the manufacturers.”

Vignola was not impressed with this answer and continued to press Anand, asking for a “yes or no” answer on whether or not they would be returned, addiding that she was “concerned about taxpayers’ money.”

Anand replied that the government has received “over 27,000” ventilators” and that “the important point to notice is we had contracts with these ventilator companies,” adding that “Canadians want product that is made in Canada.”

She did, however, say that her department is now working with contractors to halt pending deliveries of almost 14,000 ventilators.

“I found $375 million in potential savings,” commented Paul-Hus. “That’s the equivalent of taxes paid by 25,000 middle-income Canadians. That’s the 14,000 ventilators that are not going to be useful.”

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Blacklocks Reporter had reported earlier that around $700 million worth of ventilators has mostly gone unused since being ordered.

In total, the Public Health Agency of Canada spent $720 million for ventilators, without asking for competitive bids. Early on in the COVID crisis, ventilators were touted as needed to combat a surge in ER visits. That surge never materialized.

Three contractors were signed on to provide the ventilators.

Baylis Medical Company of Montréal, owned by former Liberal MP Frank Baylis was awarded a $282.5 million contract. Thornhill Medical of North York, Ontario, was award $200.5 million, with CAE Inc. of Montréal getting a $282.5 million contract.

Anand said that at the beginning of the “pandemic” it wasn’t “clear how many ventilators would be necessary to prepare for any eventuality.”

“These contracts were put in place a year ago prior to the information coming forward that we may now know,” said Anand.


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RFK, Jr. to Rutgers President: COVID vaccine mandate violates federal law

The announcement last week by Rutgers University that it would require all students to get the COVID vaccine prompted CHD Chairman Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., to remind university officials that federal law prohibits mandating Emergency Use Authorization vaccines.
Tue Mar 30, 2021 - 11:29 am EST
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March 30, 2021 (Children’s Health Defense) –  Rutgers University last week announced it will require all students enrolled for the 2021 fall semester to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

The announcement prompted Children’s Health Defense (CHD) Chairman Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to remind university officials that federal law prohibits mandating products approved under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).

In a letter to Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway, Kennedy, who also serves as chief legal counsel for CHD, wrote:

“Federal law 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3(e)(1)(A)(ii)(III) requires that the person to whom an EUA vaccine is administered be advised, ‘of the option to accept or refuse administration of the product, of the consequences, if any, of refusing administration of the product, and of the alternatives to the product that are available and of their benefits and risks.’”

The reason for the right of refusal stems from the fact that EUA products are by definition experimental, Kennedy wrote. “Under the Nuremberg Code, no one may be coerced to participate in a medical experiment. Consent of the individual is ‘absolutely essential,’” Kennedy wrote.

Kennedy said forced participation in a medical experiment could result in injury.

Dr. Hooman Noorchashm, who also spoke out against Rutgers’ policy, agreed. Specifically, he said, students should be pre-screened for COVID infection before vaccination.

In an open letter to Rutgers, Noorchashm, a surgeon and patient safety advocate, wrote:

“While I fully agree with your policy of maximal immunity for all students and faculty attending in-person on the Rutgers campuses, you must also remain 100% cognizant of a potential danger of indiscriminate vaccination to some of your students. This potential danger is not only a safety risk, it would also pose a risk of liability to your university.”

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Noorchashm has been an outspoken critic of indiscriminate mass vaccination because he believes people already or currently infected with COVID are at risk of severe injury, including death.

As he told The Defender last week, viral antigens persist in the tissues of the naturally infected for months. According to Noorchashm, when the vaccine is used too early after a natural infection, or worse during an active infection, the vaccine force activates a powerful immune response that attacks the tissues where the natural viral antigens are persisting.

“This, I suggest, is the cause of the high level of adverse events and, likely deaths, we are seeing in the recently infected following vaccination,” Noorchashm said.

Holloway last week told The New York Times the vaccine mandate will apply to Rutgers’ three main campuses and that students will have to show “proof of vaccination” before moving into a dorm or attending in-person classes. Students will be able to file for medical or religious exemptions, and those attending online or off-campus programs will also be exempt.

NBC News last week reached out to several universities and colleges, which said they would encourage students to get the vaccine, but hadn’t yet decided on mandates.

Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, told NBC:

“I’m just starting to hear discussion about mandating vaccines, and everyone I’ve talked to has said that they are leaning in the direction of mandating vaccines not just with the students, but with faculty and staff, as well.”

According to CHD President Mary Holland, federal law prohibits employers from mandating EUA vaccines.

In December 2020, CHD published “Vaccine Mandates: An Erosion of Civil Rights?” The downloadable e-book examines the history and consequences of vaccine mandates, and what you can do to protect yourself and your family members as public officials ramp up the pressure for COVID vaccines.

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Nearly half of healthcare workers have declined coronavirus shots

One in six said they would quit their job before taking the experimental vaccine.
Tue Mar 30, 2021 - 10:44 am EST
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March 30, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – While health officials have been hand-wringing about “vaccine hesitancy” as a leading threat to public health that will prolong the pandemic and blaming “anti-vaxxers” for spreading health “misinformation,” it turns out that it is doctors and nurses who are most reluctant to take a dose of a new COVID-19 vaccine.

Just 52% of health-care workers have had at least one COVID vaccine shot though they have been eligible for vaccination since day one of the vaccination campaign in December, a Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation poll conducted in late February through March found.

Of the 48% who have been delaying vaccination, “as many as 1 in 6 health workers said that if employers required them to get vaccinated, they would leave their job,” according to the Washington Post.

More than one third (36% of health workers) said they were doubtful about the safety and efficacy of the fast-tracked, experimental coronavirus shots.

The Post said the poll was the most comprehensive survey of vaccine adoption across the U.S health care workforce, covering 1,327 staff in hospitals, assisted-living facilities, patients’ homes, and other settings.

‘Anti-vaxx’ questions

Its findings are in keeping with a number of other studies. Researchers at six institutions including Harvard Medical School, the American Health Care Association, and Brown University School of Public Health set out to understand why just 37.5% of skilled nursing facility staff took up the offer of a coronavirus vaccine on the first pass. Their study published last week canvassed 193 staff from 50 facilities who participated in 26 meetings to discuss their concerns. The following most commonly cited reasons which healthcare workers cited for declining vaccination would ordinarily be labelled by public health officials as “anti-vaccine” misinformation:

  • The vaccine was developed too quickly   
  • It is only approved for emergency use. If it is not rushed, why are they only approving with an EUA [Emergency Use Authorization]?       
  • I do not know the ingredients. It says if you are allergic to ingredients do not take it. How do I know if I am allergic?
  • I cannot miss work if I get sick.
  • I am worried it will cause abortion or impact the fetus.
  • Can pregnant women take it and is it safe?
  • Can women take the vaccine while they are breastfeeding and is it safe?
  • What might happen 1–10 years from now if I take the vaccine?

Mistrust of government

“Reasons for vaccine refusal include mistrust of the government and pharmaceutical companies, concerns about side effects made worse by rampant misinformation [sic] about the vaccine on social media, and concerns among Black healthcare workers which stem from a history of medical racism,” the study said.

Historical abuse of blacks by public health include forced sterilization campaigns and other horrors like the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment in which the United States Public Health Service and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) left black men with syphilis untreated as policy between 1932 and 1972. At least 128 men needlessly and cruelly died while researchers observed the “natural progression” of the disease.

Studies have found a similar “alarming” mistrust of vaccine marketing among healthcare workers across the globe, according to a review of the literature published in February. Just 27.7% of doctors and nurses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo want a coronavirus shot, for example, and in Hong Kong only 61.1% of health professionals surveyed said they would take a vaccine. The highest vaccine acceptance rate among healthcare workers was 78.1% in Israel where a draconian digital “Green Pass” system has been implemented across the culture, preventing the unvaccinated from holding jobs, traveling, and eating inside restaurants.

By comparison, vaccine acceptance figures from surveys of the general public ranged between 70% and 79% – significantly higher than healthcare workers.

‘They likely have seen adverse reactions’

The reluctance to vaccinate among healthcare workers isn’t exclusive to the coronavirus vaccine, however. Dozens of studies in the public library of medicine examine the “vaccine hesitancy” among doctors and nurses who traditionally had very low uptakes of influenza vaccine, for example.

During the 2009 “swine flu pandemic” most countries had low vaccine uptake among healthcare workers, under 30% generally, and as low as 7.5% in France.

Being mostly “young healthy people” at low risk from the virus, healthcare workers are not likely to be irrationally afraid of it, said Stuart Fischbein, a Los Angeles-based obstetrician and gynecologist.

“They likely have seen adverse reactions and can calculate and understand the risk/benefit ratio,” he added.

Thirdly, “many are women of reproductive age and are wary of harming a pregnancy or a chance to be pregnant.”

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“They are aware that these new vaccines haven’t really had safety testing that means anything,” said Fischbein. “Pretty much everyone getting a vaccine today is a human experimental subject. And experienced rational people like health care workers would rather let someone else be a guinea pig.”

‘Mandatory vaccination...may need to be considered’

The prevalence of vaccine hesitancy has raised the specter of mandates for healthcare workers.

“Although all current Covid-19 vaccines are emergency authorization use only and a vaccine-mandate would be considered only once these vaccines are licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, future vaccination policies require time and deliberation,” wrote a group of public health researchers with the University of Toledo and Cleveland Clinic in a paper published last week. “[G]iven current vaccine hesitancy, mandatory vaccination of certain groups, like healthcare personnel, may need to be considered when these vaccines are licensed, especially if voluntary vaccination proves insufficient.”

In the U.K., Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to make a statement in the coming week about making COVID vaccination mandatory for care home workers by mid-June, which suggests that the vaccines would have to be licensed and no longer be experimental by then.

In France a senator said earlier this month that if the rate of healthcare vaccinations does not double in 15 days, he would consider mandates for healthcare workers as well.

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EU to introduce digital vaccine passports on June 15

It remains unclear what their purpose would be, given that EU Commissioner Thierry Breton suggested Europe will have ‘collective immunity capacity’ by July 14.
Tue Mar 30, 2021 - 10:31 am EST
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March 30, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — European commissioner and businessman Thierry Breton presented France with the European Union’s brand-new “Digital Green Certificate” — or “sanitary certificate,” as he called it — during the national radio show “Grand Jury RTL-Le Figaro-LCI,” on Sunday morning. The digital pass has been approved by the 27 EU member states, he said (although no trace of formal voting or approval is currently available on EU websites), and will be released on June 15.

In his capacity as EU Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton is also in charge of the super-state’s vaccine policy and the reopening of travel in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

During the show, Breton said that Europe will have “collective immunity capacity” by July 14, a remarkable prediction given that the vaccine “roll-out” — whatever one’s opinion on the moral acceptability, efficacy, and dangers of the various EU-approved vaccines — is faced with so many obstacles that many member countries cannot seriously hope that all people wanting the jab will have received it by then. Besides, the general message being broadcast by health officials is that vaccination does not necessarily prevent contagion, that it already doesn’t work against some variants of SARS-CoV-2, and that some can take up to two months or longer before offering full protection, according to their own disclosures.

Breton said the vaccination campaign needed to be stepped up and that vaccine imports would be accelerated in the 27 member states to reach 420 doses administrated in three and a half months.

“From the moment when we can be sure that every European who wants to get the jab has equitable access to the vaccine, as will be the case within two or three months, it will be good to have a sanitary certificate that demonstrates your condition,” said Breton.

Either in digital form for smartphones, or printed out, the passport will include a scannable QR code including the bearer’s name, date of birth, and passport number, as well as the date of vaccination, the vaccine’s type (only EU-approved vaccines will be allowed), status regarding a former infection with COVID-19, and the presence or absence of antibodies.

People who have not received the vaccine and who have not had COVID-19 will have their PCR test status on their certificate, said Breton. “If you don’t want a test, you won’t get one,” he added.

The paper draft of the certificate, titled “Proof of vaccination for medical purposes,” includes a line listing “Adm. gender,” and gives a wink to Tolkien by filling in the “country” line with the words “Middle Earth.”

The “medical purposes” quoted on the document are in fact anything but medical. Breton made clear that it would be used to board an aircraft or to cross an internal border within the European Union, but “possibly” also to join “major events” or to enter a “public location.” The EU vaccine certificate could also be supplemented with national certificates allowing entry to restaurants and other places open to the public.

The European Commissioner was quick to state that the document will not be compulsory.

A recent survey by France’s official “Economic, social and environmental Council” (CESE), a constitutional advisory board for the executive and legislative powers, has shown that almost 75 percent of more than 110,000 respondents are opposed to a vaccine certificate — 67 percent even said they are “strongly opposed.” So it is not surprising that Breton should have made this clear from the start of his radio interview.

But the alternative is ongoing control and restrictions. In the absence of a sanitary passport, according to Breton, citizens will be required to submit to existing restrictions: He recalled that most European countries ask for a recent negative COVID-19 test, while some impose a 10-day quarantine to all people arriving within their borders. If “collective immunity” has been attained in Europe, as the commissioner promised it would by July 14, what would be the use not only of such restrictions, but also of the passport?

Breton responded to the objection that the vaccine certificate will set up a “mandatory vaccine in disguise” by saying, “Those who do not want to get a certificate will be able to continue to benefit from the openings that will be offered. If they are required to have a sanitary status to enter, they will have the opportunity to submit to faster tests.”

He added that a European Commission document regarding the vaccine certificate does state that people who do not have such a document “are more likely to be subject to measures such as quarantine by member states, if that is justified by public health considerations.”

Breton added that testing would be ramped up as member states develop their “screening capacity,” meaning that the “case” narrative will continue to be used, even though most member states have had low death counts since December.

The certificate will allow to have “a tourist season comparable to last year’s,” he explained. Last summer, intercontinental travel was virtually non-existent, but most EU countries imposed no particular tests and the coronavirus that was in circulation caused only mild symptoms and next to no fatalities. A certificate would have been useless.

Questions are already being raised about the data that will be included in the EU certificate, and its impact on privacy. The mainstream media Le Monde informatique (of the center-left Le Monde group) quoted the negative survey of the CESE and recalled that previous “stop COVID” apps set up by the French government already had serious privacy issues.

The European Committee for Data Protection is expected to publish its view of the “Digital Green Pass” by Tuesday, while the comparable French official body, CNIL, will also assess the document in the coming days. Some data, such as social security numbers or telephone numbers, are not expected to be included in the certificates, but a private association for the protection of personal data, AFCDP, has warned that the presence of medical information requires impact studies that have not taken place. Patrick Blum, its president, said that “emergency” considerations have probably led the authorities to skip this stage.

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Nor is it clear how and for how long vaccination data relative to individuals will be stored.

The European Parliament has already stepped back from protecting individual rights by speeding up approval procedures for the Digital Green Certificate. On March 25, MEPs “supported activating the emergency procedure (Rule 163), which would allow faster parliamentary observation and examination of the Commission’s proposal while respecting its democratic privileges, with 468 votes in favour, 203 votes against, and 16 abstentions,” according to SchengenVisaInfo, an independent news site about travel within the Schengen area, where freedom of movement has long been the rule.

Only some MEPs warned against “discrimination” that non-vaccinated citizens can face when a vaccine certificate becomes effective. The chairman of the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee, Juan Fernandez López Aguilar, while favoring the certificate, stated: “The certificate cannot be a precondition for free movement as this is a fundamental right in the European Union, and it cannot lead to discrimination against those individuals who do not hold one. Citizens’ data must be safe, and only necessary data should be included in the certificate.”

Despite these caveats, the European Parliament has bowed down to the European Commission’s request for the fast-tracking of two draft European regulations on the sanitary certificate, agreeing to short-circuit habitual discussion of such texts by its environment commission and to submit them directly to the next Plenary Assembly, without leaving room for any kind of amendment.

The French daily FranceSoir, together with a group of lawyers, had called on its readers to contact their MEPs, asking them not to cave to the European Commission, and to examine and amend the draft regulations wherever violations of citizens’ liberties would appear to be “excessive.”

In their letter to the members of the European Parliament, the group warned:

“This proposed “digital green certificate,” even if it is cleverly presented as a means of exercising our freedom of movement, represents an unprecedented interference with our fundamental freedoms, because it indirectly leads to imposing on the vast majority of Europeans, who are healthy and not likely to die from COVID-19, either a vaccine — of which no one knows “whether it prevents asymptomatic infection and transmission of the virus,” or even if it protects against the disease in the long term, as it is stated in the introductory considerations of the draft Regulation — or innumerable screening tests, if it is true that this certificate will have to be presented on many occasions in our lives in the community (transport, cultural and educational venues, restaurants, shopping centers, etc.).

“We also learn from the draft regulation that people who have already overcome COVID-19 will only be considered immune for a maximum of 180 days, without any explanation being provided on this timeframe, after obtaining a positive PCR test. The actual status of their immunity, which can be measured on the basis of lymphocytes or antibodies circulating in their blood, will therefore count for nothing. Moreover, while no “tracing” or “tracking” application has been made compulsory until now, this “green certificate,” conceived as an inescapable sesame, will allow Member States to implement this compulsory control of our slightest movements and consumption habits, without it being possible from now on to object to it.

“With this “green certificate” project, an apartheid society is taking shape, where healthy citizens who refuse to submit to the hygienic diktat proposed by the Commission and certain Member States will be discriminated against and ostracized from society. This is unacceptable.”

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Why I love the National Catholic Reporter

How could any faithful Catholic love such a thing? How can I? You see, NCR is the canary in the mineshaft: disclosing sure signs that something is coming hitherto unnoticed by others.
Tue Mar 30, 2021 - 7:08 pm EST
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March 30, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Yes, I confess it. Before all the readers of LifeSiteNews, I stand accused. My vice is shocking because the National Catholic Reporter has been the paper of record for the “spirit of Vatican II” faux Catholicism for the past 50 years. It has been the Congressional Record of the Catholic Left, chronicling the steamrolling of the Faith with breathless ardor. Of course, “spirit of Vatican II” Catholicism has as much to do with Catholicism as a firefly has to do with fire. Resemblances in names are only skin deep. The National Catholic Reporter (hereafter, NCR) bears as much truthfulness in their name as the People’s Republic of North Korea has in theirs. It boasts for half a century of being the cutting edge of a “reimagined Catholicism” – that project which seeks going further even than the condemned Modernism of 1907. For these avatars of All Things New, the trailblazers Fathers Loisy, Tyrrell, and Sullivan did not blaze far enough. NCR has been compulsory reading for many of the pace setting episcopal nomenklatura and the regnant bien pensant who have held a death grip on most Catholic institutions of learning and chancery offices for too many decades to count.

How could any faithful Catholic love such a thing? How can I? You see, NCR is the canary in the mineshaft: disclosing sure signs that something is coming hitherto unnoticed by others. Their keenly developed sense of heterodoxy’s dominance make them perfect predictors to emerging and credible threats to their long-held hegemony. NCR’s reportage of cracks in its supremacy become causes for glee amongst faithful Catholics; any alarms on NCR’s part, approaching triumph for us. I suppose one’s man’s poison is another man’s food. For these reasons this writer combs through the pages of NCR in the hope of discovering rumblings of NCR’s discontent.

Its issue of Feb. 5-18, 2021 delivered a bonanza. The front-page headline screeched: “Charlotte’s rad-trad pastors.” Caption underneath: “In came Latin, incense and burned books, out went half the parishioners.” The byline: Peter Feuerherd. 

Factoring in journalistic hyperbole (the Catholic Left’s penchant for hurling the slur “book burning” is the equivalent of the Secular Left’s calling someone “racist”: A conversation stopper, with another notch in the victory belt of the Left). A certain hermeneutic is required here. NCR’s operating assumption, as well as a majority of the reigning apparatchiks in the Church, is that the successful understanding and transmission of the Gospel has been impeded by 2,000 years of the Church’s cadaverous “tradition” and “scholastic theology.” It deems these things “accretions.” For them, devotion to eternal truths has mutated into a devotion to the zeitgeist. 

NCR’s real terror was disclosed in the image atop the panicked headlines. It was of Bishop Peter Jugis, the exceptional Ordinary of the Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina. He is flanked by some 30 seminarians. That bears repeating: 30 seminarians. Numbers that large for a relatively small diocese like Charlotte is startling. The biggest archdioceses in the country, indeed, of North America, cannot report such numbers. Some have no seminarians at all, leaving them with the grim task of shuttering their seminaries, or merging them. St. Joseph’s seminary sings Te Deum: most others intone the Dies Irae.

But back to the photograph. Behind them the façade of the spanking new St. Joseph’s College Seminary built at a cost of $19,000,000.00, sitting there like a medieval building just floating down from the campus Oxford University. All of this striking accomplishment the brainchild of one of the most gifted priests in America, Father Matthew Kauth. His achievement cannot be overstated. He is not only responsible for raising all the monies for the construction of the seminary, but also the inspiration for the 30 young men now studying for the priesthood for the Diocese of Charlotte. Each of his seminarians look like they were pulled from a seminary brochure of 1956 or the graduation photo of the latest class of Navy Seals: ebullient, hale, and clothed in the Roman cassock, bespeaking their passion for the Church’s tradition, her immemorial teaching and an admirable awareness of the Church’s millennial understanding of the “romance of the symbol.” If you think this too good to be true, go to the many videos on YouTube. There you will not only see and hear the seminarians, but also their gifted rector, Fr. Kauth.

All of this sits quite uneasily for NCR. Seems as though these signs of the Church’s approaching springtime are too much to take, like sunlight on a vampire. So, Mr. Feuerherd went hunting for Franciscan Sr. Katarina Smith, professor emerita of the Seminaries of St. Paul Minnesota for an interpretive coda. This had to be quite a labor for him, for this unregenerate band of dissenting theologians have become curious fossils for today’s forward-looking generation of seminarians. Her rich comments bespeak a coming apocalypse. Most revealing was about the Charlotte seminarians and all the many like them, “They want certainty. They want answers.”  Mind you, for Sr. Katrina this is an indictment, not a recognition of the nature of the human person which has marked man’s nature for as long as there was man. It is as much a trait of man qua man as air is for breathing. It is the longing that summoned forth the genius of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. 

She and her kind are not only chasing after a “reimagined Church” but a “reimagined man.” Sr. Katrina’s grievance is against nothing less than truth in general and dogma in particular. This kind of nihilism we expect of Michel Foucault and Nietzsche, not a professed religious, and seminary professor to boot. She laments further, “these seminarians gloss over complicated issues in moral theology.” May I translate? Objective good and evil are too constricting for the ever-expanding self. Sounds like Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil, you say. And you would be right. Then the good sister goes in for the kill: “[they] latch onto traditional modes and symbols like the wearing of elaborate cassocks.”

Cassocks we know; “elaborate cassocks” escape us.  Oh my! You can almost hear Voltaire screaming: “écrasez l'infâme!”  After these fulminating warnings, Sr. Katrina delivers this bone chilling prediction: “Their small numbers are not insignificant because they tend to be active” (like a mutant strain of the coronavirus, I suppose). Then, “They will exert influence on the Church as more are ordained.” Bravo, Bishop Jugis!

Mr. Feuerherd remarks that these New Seminarians labor beneath the opprobrium of Pope Francis barb of being “little monsters.” There must be some mistake. The Roman Pontiff would never malign an emerging group of young, robust, immovably orthodox and virtuous seminarians as ‘little monsters.” More journalistic hyperbole, to be sure. 

But there was no hyperbole in the comments of Fr. Tim Kelly, pastor in the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, and former professor of homiletics and patristics at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston. The former professor whines that these New Seminarians are advancing “an alternate magisterium.” Hmm. What magisterium can that be, esteemed professor? Perhaps, the 2,000 year-young Magisterium of the Catholic Church with clearly demarcated lines of truth and error? He concludes, “these men have been coming out of the cult of John Paul II.” 

Now the good professor has shown his hand. Not necessarily to include Fr. Kelly, but this kind of language usually comes from priests who have not bowed a moment to the Church’s Magisterium, yet suddenly drag the term out now for their own purposes. Similarly, those who now piously invoke obedience to authority. For 50 years these Keepers of the Modernist Flame made it their vocation to dismiss both authority and obedience. A curious reversal is at play here, and faithful Catholics should stand warned.

No, I shall not apologize. I do love the National Catholic Reporter, and I do thank Mr. Feuerherd. Where else could we find the reliable signs of our coming triumph?


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Coming soon — Vaccine passports will determine where you can go and what you can do

The Biden administration is partnering with private companies to develop a vaccine passport system, claiming it’s the only path to normalcy, but critics warn passports will steal people’s liberty and data.
Tue Mar 30, 2021 - 3:34 pm EST
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March 30, 2020 (Children’s Health Defense) – The Biden administration and private companies are working to develop vaccine passports that would allow Americans to prove they’ve been vaccinated against COVID as the country opens, The Washington Post reported Sunday.

The initiative, driven largely by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has gained momentum as a growing number of companies and venues — from movie theaters, restaurants and music venues to cruise lines and sports teams — have said they will require proof of vaccination before opening their doors.

The passports are expected to be free and available through smartphone apps, which would display a scannable code similar to an airline boarding pass. Americans without smartphone access would be able to print out the passports, developers have said.

The White House declined to answer questions about the passport initiative, instead pointing to public statements made by Jeffrey Zients, the White House coronavirus response coordinator during a March 12 press briefing:

“As we increase the number of people vaccinated, we know some people may have a need to demonstrate that they are vaccinated … our role is to help ensure that any solutions in this area should be simple, free, open source, accessible to people both digitally and on paper, and designed from the start to protect people’s privacy.”

According to CNN, multiple government agencies are engaged in conversations and planning, coordinated by the White House, as this kind of system will play a role in many aspects of life, including potentially the workforce.

One of the most significant hurdles facing federal officials is the number of passport initiatives already underway. The Biden administration this month identified at least 17, according to slides obtained by The Washington Post.

One initiative  — a global effort led by the World Health Organization and a digital pass devised by IBM — is being tested in New York state and is rapidly moving forward as the White House deliberates how best to track shots and avoid the perception of a government mandate to be vaccinated.

On Friday, New York was the first to launch a digital vaccine passport system known as Excelsior Pass that residents can use to prove they’ve been vaccinated or recently tested negative for infection, reported USA TODAY.

The New York system, built on IBM’s digital health pass platform, is the first-in-the-nation certification and will be used at dozens of events, including arts and entertainment venues. A venue will scan the QR code, which will generate either a green check or a red X.

The new pass is part of a growing but disjointed effort to provide vaccine “passports” or certifications, so people won’t have to hang onto a dog-eared piece of paper, worry about privacy issues or forgeries, or pay money to prove they’re not contagious.

According to NPR, New York described the pass this way:

“Businesses and venues can scan and validate your pass to ensure you meet any COVID-19 vaccination or testing requirements for entry. Along with your pass, you’ll be asked to show a photo ID that shows your name and birth date to verify that the Pass belongs to you. Adults may hold passes for accompanying minors.

“Once you and your party enter an establishment, you will still be asked to follow state and CDC guidance regarding social distancing, face coverings and hand hygiene.”

Participation in Excelsior Pass is voluntary, but New Yorkers will have to show alternate proof of vaccination or testing, such as another mobile application or paper form, directly at a business or venue.

Both Madison Square Garden, which is part of the pilot’s program phase, and Times Union Center will begin using the passes by early April with other businesses and venues expected to follow.

The state hopes to eventually link tickets to the Excelsior Pass, so people going to an event at Madison Square Garden, for example, will be able to link their admission and health passes.

But, according to Dr. Naomi Wolf, founder and CEO of Daily Clout, the passport violates people’s liberty.

Last night on “The Next Revolution” with Steve Hilton on Fox News, Wolf said:

“I am not overstating this. I can’t say it forcefully enough. This is literally the end of human liberty in the west if this plan unfolds as planned. Vaccine passports sound like a fine thing if you don’t understand what these platforms can do …

“It’s not about the vaccine. It’s not about the virus. It’s about your data. And once this rolls out you don’t have a choice about being part of the system. What people have to understand is that any other functionality can be loaded onto that platform with no problem at all. What that means is that it can be merged with your Paypal account, with your digital currency, Microsoft is already talking about merging it with payment plans. Your networks can be sucked up. It geolocates you wherever you go. Your credit history can be included. All of your medical history can be included.”

Wolf isn’t the only one slamming vaccine passports. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) said in a statement to Fox News:

“Vaccine credentials would be a complete government overstep. Individuals in America have a personal responsibility for their health,” said Sessions. “Implementing a ‘vaccine passport’ runs the risk of undermining public trust and substantially limiting normal day-to-day essential activities.

“As a leader, I have chosen to be vaccinated – that was my own decision.”

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) also blasted the idea on Twitter, declaring the measure “unconstitutional.”

Other countries are racing ahead with their own passport plans, with the European Union pledging to release digital certificates that would allow for summer travel, according to the Washington Post.

On March 23, The Defender reported that the European Union was set to vote on a vaccination travel digital certificate, “Green Passport,” which would provide proof of vaccination and negative COVID test.

The pass would include information on the brand of the vaccine, date and place of inoculation and the number of doses administered, as well as information from a lab or hospital confirming negative test results. Holders of the certificate (a QR code on a phone app or on paper) would be exempt from quarantine and other restrictions. The document would be common to all EU citizens and would allow bilateral deals between EU countries and non-member states.

On March 25, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) agreed to fast-track voting on the European Commission’s plan to create a bloc-wide travel pass that confirms COVID vaccination, immunity or testing status in an effort to push the rollout of certificates by June.

According to Politico, to achieve the ambitious timeline, MEPs voted to use an urgent procedure — bypassing relevant parliamentary committees, individual MEPs, debate and the need for a report.

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Green group co-president Philippe Lamberts said in Wednesday’s plenary meeting that speeding up the process could sow “considerable distrust” among citizens.

Sophie in ‘t Veld, member of the European Parliament, wrote on Twitter that bypassing parliamentary scrutiny was an “abuse of an emergency situation” and amounted to “blackmail.”

But MEPs still voted in favor of the fast-track option by a wide margin — 468 to 203. Sixteen parliamentarians abstained.

Some in the UK are raising concerns with vaccination passports. According to an opinion piece in The Guardian, Israel, Estonia, Sweden and Denmark are all countries that have introduced, or plan to introduce, vaccine passports for domestic use — but they already have a national ID card system in place.

“If we are to follow their example, we would first need an evidence-based explanation as to how vaccine passports will help to stop the spread of the virus,” Stephanie Hare, an independent researcher and broadcaster, wrote.

Days ago in the UK it was reported that the vaccine passport was simply a “nudge” to push supposedly vaccine-hesitant young people to get the jab, but it is really a scheme that is nothing less than a national ID card by stealth, Hare wrote.

Data on vaccine passports could be used by the police, just as Singapore’s authorities admitted in January to using contact-tracing data.

Hare said “we don’t even know if vaccine passports would help stop the spread of the virus, how long immunity lasts, to what extent vaccines reduce transmission, or by how much, or whether this varies depending on which vaccine we’ve had.”

We don’t know how much such a system would cost, how we would know if it represented good value for the money or whether our resources would be better invested in other solutions. Hare said answers are needed to these questions, as well as an explanation from the government as to why it has done a U-turn on vaccine passports.

“We cannot abandon our civil liberties for such trickery,” Hare said. “Far better to address any problem of vaccine hesitancy directly. Consent implies choice. Excluding people from society unless they get vaccinated is not a real choice.”

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The financial scandal now infects the Vatican judicial system

While the latest ugly headlines relate to the same old scandal - the one that erupted in October 2019 when Vatican prosecutors raided the offices of the Secretariat of State - we now know that Vatican officials have gone to great lengths to conceal the truth.
Tue Mar 30, 2021 - 10:55 am EST
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March 30, 2020 (Catholic Culture) –  Another month, another Vatican financial scandal.

Technically, I suppose, the latest ugly headlines relate to the same old scandal: the one that erupted in October 2019 when Vatican prosecutors raided the offices of the Secretariat of State, looking for documents related to suspicious real-estate deals. But as the months have passed, and new information about those deals has leaked out, each new revelation has exposed a jaw-dropping level of corruption and deceit.

Everywhere but in Rome, responsible officials have learned that the cover-up only compounds the crime. Unfortunately, while we still know very little about the financial machinations that provoked that astonishing police raid, we now know that Vatican officials have gone to great lengths to conceal the truth.

This week’s headlines come not from the Holy See but from the United Kingdom, where a judge announced that a Vatican request to freeze a suspect’s assets was riddled with “non-disclosures and misrepresentations so appalling” that he lifted the freeze, released the assets—and, rejecting another Vatican request for secrecy, made his ruling very public, in an unmistakable slap at the Vatican’s criminal-justice system.

Ed Condon of The Pillar, who has consistently set the journalistic pace in reporting on the Vatican financial hijinks, has an excellent summary of the latest news and what it implies. It’s a complicated story, but to summarize just a few key points:

  • The Vatican has charged Gianluigi Torzi with embezzlement of funds—leaving unanswered the question of why the Vatican ever did business with Torzi, who has a record of questionable dealings.

  • Torzi has fired back, presenting the British court with documented evidence that the transactions he made were explicitly authorized by leading Vatican officials, including the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin; and his deputy, Archbishop Edgar Pena Parra.

  • Cardinal Parolin and Archbishop Pena Parra had explicitly denied authorizing the deals.

  • Torzi claimed that Fabrizio Tirabassi, a lay Vatican employee who was apparently suspended last October, boasted about blackmailing senior Vatican officials.

Should we assume that Torzi’s claims are accurate? Certainly not. But signatures on documents do not lie. And by the way, if it is true that Tirabassi was trying to blackmail leading prelates, how did he do so? If senior officials of the Roman Curia are subject to blackmail, isn’t that a story worth pursuing? In any case, at this point, whose claims can we take seriously?

The shadow of suspicion that hangs over the Vatican’s secretive investigation is darkened by the fact that while Torzi faces criminal charges before a Vatican tribunal, Tirabassi — to the best of our knowledge — does not. In January, Vatican prosecutors took another setback when a court in Rome ruled that they had seized property illegally from Tirabassi’s home. Also in January, the Vatican dropped a request for extradition of Cecilia Marogna, a Slovenian woman who was facing charges in the real-estate scandal. The courts outside Vatican City have not been impressed by the Vatican prosecutors’ case.

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Just a few weeks ago, in February, Pope Francis issued a motu proprio to update the Vatican’s criminal code, among other things clarifying the rights of defendants. This week’s blistering ruling by British Judge Tony Baumgartner makes it clear that the reform is too little, too late. Reflecting on the Vatican’s plea to keep the matter confidential, the judge remarked that while the Vatican, as a sovereign state, has the right to conduct its own criminal investigations in secrecy, “such a blanket claim does not sit well with the principle of open justice.”

Indeed it does not. For several years now the Vatican has been struggling to overcome the widespread perception that its financial institutions are riddled with corruption. The demand for thorough financial reform was by all accounts a major factor in the election of Pope Francis. Pleas for confidentiality and closed-door judicial proceedings do nothing to combat public suspicions. Sunlight, as the saying goes, is a powerful disinfectant. But the Vatican judicial system does not allow for public accountability.

The Vatican actually has taken steps, over the past several years, to introduce greater professionalism and accountability to its financial affairs. International banking regulators have acknowledged that new Vatican rules should guard against money-laundering and other misdeeds. But the regulators have taken pains to observe that while the rules are adequate, the Vatican has still not demonstrated a willingness to enforce those rules by bringing criminal charges against offenders. So the Vatican’s judicial system has come under scrutiny, and prosecutors have been under pressure to win a few convictions.

Was it that pressure that tempted Vatican prosecutors to overstate their case in pursuit of Torzi? Or were the prosecutors themselves left in the dark about the facts of the case? Has the Secretariat of State thwarted effective investigation, and left the prosecutors to rely on the top officials’ claims of innocence? We don’t know. In the absence of transparency — and transparency is most certainly not present here — we are left with only a smattering of incomplete evidence, to be augmented by our own suspicions: the sort of suspicions that the Vatican is (we are told) trying to overcome.

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Two new COVID solutions merit government support

The only mystery now is whether governments will stop focusing on expensive medicines and experimental vaccines, and instead start giving priority for new COVID approaches.
Tue Mar 30, 2021 - 9:40 am EST
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March 30, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — During the first year of the COVID pandemic the government has persistently blocked wide use of cheap, proven, and effective protocols for early home treatment and prevention. Details of how and why the government has done this and, instead, chosen to back expensive medicines and vaccines are in my new book Pandemic Blunder. Here I give details on two new solutions that merit strong attention by Americans, the public health system and federal agencies.

First is a medical study that found baby low dose aspirin use is associated with reduced risk of mechanical ventilation, intensive care unit (ICU) admission, and in-hospital mortality for COVID-diagnosed patients. It was an observational study involving a number of U.S. hospitals. “Three hundred fourteen patients (76.3%) did not receive aspirin, while 98 patients (23.7%) received aspirin within 24 hours of admission or 7 days before admission.”

Millions of people safely take baby aspirin, usually because their doctor recommends it, because as the study noted: “Low dose aspirin has been utilized for prevention of stroke and myocardial infarction in high-risk patients, and the US preventive services task force recommends its use in adults with elevated cardiovascular risk. Aspirin reduces cardiovascular events.”On the safety issue of bleeding, this study noted “we did not find a significant increase in major bleeding in patients who received aspirin.”

Importantly, the study noted: “The proportion of patients in each group receiving other therapeutics, including azithromycin, convalescent plasma, dexamethasone, therapeutic heparin, hydroxychloroquine, remdesivir, and tocilizumab, did not differ.” Aspirin works because it helps stop blood clotting in the lungs and is an anti-inflammatory agent.

Also noted, of public health significance, is that “Aspirin is inexpensive, widely available, and has a well-described risk profile. These attributes, in conjunction with our pilot data, support aspirin’s role as a potential adjunctive therapeutic in COVID-19.” Frontline doctors, in other words, should consider prescribing aspirin in addition to generics such as hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin, supplements, mainly zinc and quercetin, and vitamins D and C.

A study in Israel also examined the effects of using low-dose aspirin. It “found that people who’d already been taking low-dose aspirin to reduce their risk of heart disease had a 29% lower risk of contracting COVID-19 compared to those who didn’t take aspirin, and that rates of aspirin use were much lower among COVID-19 patients than among those who didn’t get infected. Among people who did get COVID-19, the time it took for COVID test results to go from positive to negative was significantly shorter among those who used aspirin, and the duration of their disease was two [to] three days shorter, depending upon preexisting health conditions.”

Odds are that you have heard little or nothing about these positive results for low dose aspirin use in the fight against COVID infection. Why? Aspirin is very cheap. For those taking one of the home use protocols for preventing COVID infection detailed in Pandemic Blunder, the question of adding aspirin is worth discussing with their doctor. This is especially important for those resisting taking a COVID vaccine.

Other news from Israel may be even more important. Both Israel and New Zealand have approved the use of a nitric oxide nasal spray that helps prevent COVID infection and transmission. It will be sold over the counter. The product protects users from viruses that enter the body through the upper nasal passages. The Canadian company SaNOtize, which created the spray, said that it kills viruses in the upper airways, preventing them from incubating and spreading to the lungs.

U.K. clinical trials showed that the spray was an effective antiviral treatment that could prevent the transmission of COVID-19, shorten its course, and reduce the severity of symptoms and damage in those already infected. Researchers said that the spray is “a safe and effective antiviral treatment that could prevent the transmission of COVID-19, shorten its course, and reduce the severity of symptoms and damage in those already infected. The UK study used a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial that included 79 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Most of the patients were infected with the UK variant that has been dominant in the country for several months. The nasal spray reduced the viral load by 95% in the first 24 hours and 99% within 72 hours.”

The study found that the spray accelerated the clearance of the virus by a factor of 16-fold compared with a placebo. Thus, the company claimed that by reducing the viral load, the spray proved that it could also reduce infectivity.

The U.K. researchers said there were no adverse effects in 7,000 self-administered treatments given in earlier Canadian clinical trials. SaNOtize will seek emergency use authorization in the U.K. and Canada based on the findings. The company says the drug is easy to manufacture and store, and could soon be “widely available at low-cost for long-term care facilities, healthcare and frontline workers, and the general population.”

Early tests at Utah State University’s Antiviral Research Institute showed that the nasal solution inactivated more than 99.9 percent of the COVID-19 virus.

Dr. Regev, one of the founders of the company, said the spray could have prevented much of the world’s COVID-19 infection, and could now help save lives in countries where access to the coronavirus vaccines is limited.

“We are hoping that our nasal spray will now save many lives of people in countries that are waiting for the vaccine,” said Dr. Regev. “This will be affordable and can be used for prevention, to protect from any respiratory viral infection.”

“As to nitric oxide, the pharmacology, toxicity, and safety data for use in humans has been well-established for decades,” said Dr. Chris Miller, Chief Science Officer and co-founder of SaNOtize.

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The only mystery now is whether the U.S. government will stop focusing on expensive medicines for hospitalized patients and experimental vaccines that many people have qualms about taking, and instead start giving priority for new COVID approaches like wider use of aspirin and eliminating regulatory barriers to the rapid commercialization of the nitric oxide nasal spray.

Dr. Joel S. Hirschhorn, as a full professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, directed a medical research program between the colleges of engineering and medicine. At the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and the National Governors Association, he directed major health-related studies. He has testified at over 50 U.S. Senate and House hearings and authored hundreds of articles in journals and on websites, plus op-ed articles in major newspapers. He has been an executive volunteer at a major hospital for more than 10 years. His newest book is PandemicBlunder.


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New York Times is normalizing transgenderism one headline at a time

If you don't accept 'transgender girls' in boys sports, or vice versa, you're stupid or bigoted.
Tue Mar 30, 2021 - 8:41 pm EST
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March 30, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Hello everyone. For today’s lesson on media gaslighting, I would like to direct you to a headline in The New York Times, which reads as follows: “Transgender Girls in Sports: G.O.P Pushes New Front in Culture War.”

If I were to invent a headline to illustrate the point that the media is gaslighting the public, this would be roughly what I would come up with. It is, however, all too real. There is so much about this single sentence that highlights how brazen the media are in their attempt to transform American mores that it is worth breaking it down.

First, we have the phrase “transgender girls.” Who are they referring to here? Biological boys who identify as girls — males who suffer from gender dysphoria. The language demanded by the trans movement has been accepted as fact by The New York Times and cited as such. In short, those who do not accept the new ideology that posits that boys can become girls or vice versa or that biology is unharnessed from gender are implicitly portrayed as either nonexistent, stupid, or bigoted.

There is no pretense here that there is a massive cultural debate over sex and gender raging. “Transgender girls” are girls — that is what The New York Times would like you to know — and we’re not even halfway through the headline.

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Then there is the stunning role reversal they have invented. The transgender movement, which exploded onto the scene in the last decade, is spearheading an assault on the traditional (and scientific) understanding of biological sex from the classroom to the bathroom (and, as this article describes, on sex-segregated sports.) They are waging a culture war on the status quo; they are insisting on a radical transformation of society on every level.

And how does The New York Times describe this? As a “new front in the culture war” pushed by … the GOP. Those who are defending the status quo — in this instance, merely insisting that biological males not participate in girls’ sports — are the ones opening a “new front” in the culture war, rather than those upending a few thousand years of our collective understanding of biological sex. This is the definition of gaslighting and projection, and it is being done to shape public perception and understanding.

Let me give a quick example illustrate this. Suppose, a decade ago, The New York Times had run a headline reading “Marriage: G.O.P Pushes New Front in Culture War.” Everyone would have understood how ridiculous it was for those assailing the institution of marriage and seeking to redefine it to be portrayed as the ones defending the status quo, because that simply would have been obviously untrue. A few years later, however, and the Times is insinuating that the G.O.P. is just refusing to recognize the obvious: that “transgender girls” are girls. 

What they are doing is asserting a collective consensus in the hopes that doing so will make it so. The activists demand we transition society and trash our understanding of the human person — The New York Times obediently accuses those who are, rather meekly, I might add, suggesting that we perhaps slow down a bit of being the aggressors in this cultural revolution. It is the defenders opening the “new front,” not those, you know, opening up the new front. 

The New York Times and the rest of the mainstream media are hoping that if they lie brazenly to our faces, we’ll give up, knuckle under, and float downstream. This is the media version of “why do you keep hitting yourself.” It is — or should be — transparent. It should also be treated with absolute contempt.

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Meet the 3-year-old who got discriminatory abortions banned in Mississippi

Hudson Hartman is tenderly referred to as Senator Hudson by those in the Mississippi State Senate.
Tue Mar 30, 2021 - 2:12 pm EST
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March 30, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Hudson Hartman and his mom Mika captured the hearts of Mississippi Senators and representatives while testifying in support of a bill to ban abortions based on race, sex, disability, or genetic make-up. Hudson is a three-year-old vivacious boy with Down syndrome.

On today’s episode of The John-Henry Westen Show, Hudson’s mom, Mika Hartman, joins me to share heartwarming story behind Hudson’s law. I even got to meet sweet Hudson.

Watch the full interview and meet Hudson!
 

From Hudson’s conception to the passing of the pro-life law, Mika shares how she saw the hand of God guiding them. Mika and her husband have two other children.

Hudson’s pregnancy came as a beautiful surprise to Mika and her husband, even though early on, the doctors noted abnormal markers. At one of Hudson’s initial ultrasounds, the doctors noted Hudson’s heart didn’t have any chambers and he had a few other abnormalities. The amniocentesis confirmed that Hudson had trisomy 21, or Down syndrome.

After a difficult pregnancy, Hudson was born with heart failure and transient leukemia. He was a fighter and within 4 weeks he was cancer free.

Due to Hudson’s heart, the Hartman family moved from Colorado to Mississippi. Mika shares how God’s hand guided them through their journey. After selling their own home in just 48 hours, they made offers on a few other homes before finding their current home.

Unbeknownst to them, their neighbor was running for the state senate. He asked them to testify at the Mississippi capitol and got the Hartman’s connected with the Susan B. Anthony List.

When Mika testified before the Mississippi Senate for the Human Life Equality Act in 2020 which outlawed abortions based on race, sex, disability, or genetic make-up, everyone fell in love with Hudson. He tenderly became known as Senator Hudson after a photo of him in Senator England’s chair went viral.

Two weeks ago, before National Down syndrome Day, the Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves signed another piece of pro-life legislation into force called Hudson’s Law, which mandates the sharing of helpful information to parents about children with Down syndrome.

I hope this heartwarming story will help those on the fence see the humanity of the pro-life cause and put an adorable face to the movement to stop the millions of babies being brutally killed every year.

The John-Henry Westen Show is available by video on the show’s YouTube channel and right here on my LifeSite blog.

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Disturbing: Commercial features young boy raised as a girl by lesbians

What choice does this vulnerable young boy have other than to remake himself in a way that he perceives will make him more loveable to the women who have charge over his life?
Tue Mar 30, 2021 - 12:57 pm EST
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March 30, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The widely-known shampoo manufacturer Pantene is advertising its product in a commercial featuring a young boy being raised as a girl by two homosexual women, leading one commentator to call it “the most disturbing commercial I have ever seen.”

“Pantene, the shampoo company, is now defending — mainstreaming — the sexual abuse of children, in a commercial in which two lesbian women dress a little boy up as a little girl and insist that the boy really is a girl,” noted the Daily Wire’s Michael Knowles in a podcast which has been viewed nearly a half million times.

Knowles said that what the two women are doing is abusive and “should be criminal.”

“Pantene Pro-V should not only be ashamed of itself, should not only be boycotted, this sort of thing should not be permitted,” continued Knowles.

Pantene posted the 2 minute commercial on Twitter two weeks ago.

“Capitalism — corporate America — is going to become the biggest vessel for radical wokeism, radical leftism,” warned Knowles.

Knowles is right. Over the last few years, many of the nation’s largest corporations, most of which are household names, have weighed in with the courts as well as in the court of public opinion in support of transgenderism and the transitioning of children.

In 2019, more than 200 corporations signed an amicus brief urging the United States Supreme Court to interpret the meaning of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s prohibition against “sex” discrimination to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”

Among the 206 companies who signed onto the brief originated and authored by high-powered LGBT activist groups were: Airbnb, Amazon, American Express, American Airlines, Apple, Bank of America, Ben & Jerry’s, Best Buy, Disney, Domino’s, Expedia, Facebook, General Motors, Google, Hilton, IKEA, Macy’s, Marriott, Nike, PayPal, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, and Under Armour.

Last year, LifeSiteNews’ Dorothy Cummings McLean reported that Starbucks U.K. had released a commercial showing a short-haired young woman telling a server at a coffee shop that her name is James, after various vignettes in which she is addressed as “Jemma.” The sales pitch ended with Jemma striding past the Starbucks window with her coffee and the captions “Every name’s a story” and “#whatsyourname.” The latter is a reference to Starbucks’s Twitter campaign in support of transgender ideology.

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Woke Corporate America is increasingly antithetical to Christianity in general and the Christian understanding of the complementarity of man and woman — that men and women are made for each other — in particular.

Whether overtly or subtly, the message the two lesbians have delivered to this boy via their romantic and sexual rejection and exclusion of males from their lives, is that only women are loveable.

What choice does this vulnerable young boy have other than to remake himself in a way that he perceives will make him more loveable to the women who have charge over his life?

The result, as the commercial shows, is tragic.

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New book documents every Archbishop Viganò statement since 2018

When Archbishop Viganò published his McCarrick testimony in August 2018, he wrote Church history and in a sense changed the Church.
Tue Mar 30, 2021 - 11:09 am EST
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March 30, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – The Catholic publishing house Angelico Press just published A Voice in the Wilderness: Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò on the Church, America, and the World, a new book which contains all of Archbishop Viganò's interventions, statements, talks, and interviews since August 2018, when he published his now-famous McCarrick testimony, until January 2021. Professor Brian McCall, the editor of the book, not only collected the texts, but also wrote an introduction about the archbishop and added helpful comments, in which he explains certain references or expressions used by Viganò.

When Archbishop Viganò published his McCarrick testimony in August 2018, he wrote Church history and in a sense changed the Church. Not only did he decide to put his loyalty to truth, to the abuse victims of then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, as well as his love for Christ above the loyalty to the hierarchy of the Catholic Church – including the Pope himself – he also opened the eyes of so many Catholics about the true state of affairs in the Vatican and the world’s ecclesial hierarchy. He showed us how McCarrick was able to establish a network of homosexual prelates and priests in the U.S. and throughout the world, and he also showed us McCarrick's political dealings with dictatorships in the world, especially under Pope Francis.

To sum it up: he showed us how corrupt the Catholic Church in its leadership had become.

But he did not just leave us at that.

After awakening many Catholics to this ugly reality, the Italian prelate started to analyze the Church's history, starting especially with the Second Vatican Council and then reviewing its aftermath. And he does so while acknowledging his own acceptance, or toleration, of many of the post-conciliar changes in the Church. Now Archbishop Viganò sees that the Council tore open a wound in the Church that since then never healed, but, instead, grew wider. The Church lost her confidence in her missionary role in the world. She started to doubt herself and with it some of her teachings which, though not her own but Our Lord's, seemed harder and harder to defend.

Archbishop Viganò then also pointed to the grave changes in the rite of the Roman missal, and he made it clear that he considers the Novus Ordo Mass a dilution of the spiritual beauty and reverence toward God that is to be found in the Tridentine Latin Mass. As Professor McCall tells us in his introduction to the book, the Italian archbishop now celebrates Mass exclusively in the traditional Roman rite.

Many Catholics who had watched the decline of the Church's discipline, liturgy (guitar Masses and so on), as well as her moral teachings (and here, Pope Francis is of course the strongest revolutionary), received from this prelate insights and wisdom that helped them understand the roots of our crisis. The homosexual networks and the sex-abuse crisis are in a sense the symptoms of a Church who in human terms has lost her way, forgetting to teach about heaven and hell, about mortal sin, the danger to lose one's soul, and the beauty of a life in accordance with God's Will.

When opening the eyes of many thoughtful and concerned Catholics, Archbishop Viganò helped prepare a healing for the Church, because many a Catholic since then returned to the traditional ways of being Catholic. The author of these lines can testify herself that she has heard from several Catholics that they now go to the Traditional Latin Mass, because they do not fear anymore that that is somehow a less worthy Mass, or even a “schismatic” one.

By drawing people to the Traditions of the Church, Archbishop Viganò has opened the way to more sacramental graces and to a deeper understanding of the Faith. For example, when growing into more traditional practices of the Faith, one might have a more reverent attendance at Mass. One might grow in one's understanding of the importance of receiving Holy Communion on the tongue and understand why the Sacrament of Penance is so important. A more reverent and intense life of the Faith will also lead to a change in one's practical life throughout the week. It is grace at work.

But not only did Archbishop Viganò touch the lives of many unto the good, he also called still others to repent. In light of the current coronavirus crisis which has been used by certain elites to restrict our freedoms and to keep many people in a state of fear, the Italian prelate tells us that this is God's way of calling man back to Him. One could say: if we do not obey God's Commandments and forget even to pray to Him for help, He will show us how a life on earth without God looks. It seems there is a growing number of people on earth who realize that a world without God is more and more becoming a hell on earth.

As the readers of this new book will see, Archbishop Viganò also tried to warn the world against the election of Joseph Biden as the President of the United States. He essentially told us that with Biden, the forces of darkness would encroach even further upon us. Having lived through the first two months of this Biden presidency, one could easily understand what he means. The looming Equality Act, for example, could very well already mean the end of the liberty of the Catholic Church in this country.

But in the midst of this political darkness, the Italian prelate gives us hope. He gives us prayers to pray and reminds us to look up to heaven, especially also to Our Lady, who in 1917 in Fatima warned mankind to stop sinning and to repent. She gives us all hope because she had warned us of the spreading of Communism throughout the world – yes, even in America – but at the same time assured us that in the end, there will be a time of peace. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò is one of the few prelates of the Catholic Church who now says that he does not believe that the Third Secret of Fatima has been fully revealed.

In all of his interventions, Archbishop Viganò is always eager to answer questions that arise from his statements, and he kindly responds to questions from journalists or priests and laymen. He sees these requests as signs from heaven regarding what he should do next and repeatedly stated that he has no specific plans for his work. Having myself worked with him for some time now, I can testify to his enduring kindness and generosity toward so many people with different backgrounds – and not only this, but also his sweetness and attentiveness toward the Little Ones of Christ, the children.

We also have to remember that he paid the price for his Catholic witness. Since 2018, he has lived apart from the Church's hierarchy of which he had been so long a part, and he lives in a hidden place, in a very private and contemplative fashion.

As Professor McCall says it in his introduction to the book: “Over two thousand years after the birth of St. John the Baptist, God has sent the new Israel another voice crying in the wilderness. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò fled the palaces of Rome into the solitude of a hiding place to decry a new brood of vipers.”

May Viganò be richly rewarded for all that he has given to so many Catholics in the world. And may God keep him for us here on earth for many years to come.

It is a great gift to us that Professor Brian McCall – editor-in-chief of Catholic Family News and a Professor at University of Oklahoma College of Law – took the pains to go through the Viganò texts with care and attention to the readers so that they might better understand some of the references in the text and that Angelico Press published this book.


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