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Biden’s Easter message: ‘We share the sentiments of Pope Francis ... getting vaccinated is a moral obligation’

The holiday comments ignored the fact that Americans were gathering in churches and homes to celebrate Christ's resurrection.
Tue Apr 6, 2021 - 8:00 pm EST
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April 6, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – In his Easter message, President Joe Biden promoted abortion-tainted COVID-19 vaccines as a “moral obligation,” citing Pope Francis, and suggested the experimental shots are required for a return to normalcy in America.

“For a second year, most will be apart from their families, their friends, the full congregations that fill us with joy,” Biden said in his message, apparently oblivious to the tens of millions of Americans, if not more, who celebrated Christ’s resurrection by gathering with family and going to church.

Biden’s message did not include a single mention of Jesus Christ. 

“We share the sentiments of Pope Francis, who said that getting vaccinated is a moral obligation, one that can save your life and the lives of others,” he added. “By getting vaccinated and encouraging your congregations and your communities to get vaccinated, we not only can beat this virus, we can also haste the day when we can celebrate the holidays together again.”

While Pope Francis has said in comments to the press that he thinks “everyone” should take COVID-19 shots, the Vatican formally recognizes that they are not a “moral obligation” and “must be voluntary.” “(P)ractical reason makes evident that vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation and that, therefore, it must be voluntary,” the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith declared in December.

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Since February, the Biden administration has undertaken a massive, secretive federal effort to help develop COVID-19 “vaccine passports,” which effectively would mandate the shots, as in New York. Vaccine passports already have been banned in some states and rejected by the disgraced World Health Organization (WHO).

The COVID-19 vaccines currently in use in the United States, none of which have been fully approved by the FDA, do not necessarily prevent virus transmission, as the WHO acknowledged in a statement on Tuesday. They also are notoriously side effect-prone and can be deadly, with American and European authorities reporting hundreds of thousands of injuries and several thousand deaths after the administration of coronavirus vaccine injections since December. Nearly all Americans who contract COVID-19 survive, especially with early treatment regimens

“There is absolutely no need for vaccines to extinguish the pandemic. I’ve never heard such nonsense talked about vaccines,” former Pfizer vice president Michael Yeadon has said. “You do not vaccinate people who aren’t at risk from a disease.” 

Top coronavirus jabs, including those made by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson, have either been tested on or manufactured with aborted babies’ cells, as well. A coalition of Catholic prelates has pushed back on the Vatican’s approval of the abortion-tainted vaccines, noting that teachings supporting them are not infallible. 

“When we use vaccines or medicines which utilize cell lines originating from aborted babies, we physically benefit from the ‘fruits’ of one of the greatest evils of mankind — the cruel genocide of the unborn,” Bishop Athanasius Schneider wrote last week. “The use of such vaccines and medicines in some way morally – albeit indirectly — supports this horrible situation.” 


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Pope Francis goes to home of disgraced cardinal accused of embezzlement for Holy Thursday Mass

The pontiff's stunning 'news bomb' move was called 'an act of mercy.'
Tue Apr 6, 2021 - 6:47 pm EST
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VATICAN CITY, April 6, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis amazed Vatican-watchers by celebrating his Holy Thursday liturgy in the apartment of a cardinal accused of embezzlement. 

According to Italian Nova News, the pontiff’s decision to celebrate Holy Thursday in the private chapel of Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu was not a “rehabilitation” of the disgraced prelate’s career but a “an act of mercy.” 

Sources close to Pope Francis said the pontiff had called Becciu, who gave up all rights connected with his cardinal’s rank, after Vatican police accused him of embezzling funds and enriching his family with Church contracts, saying he wanted “to celebrate the Lord’s Supper with him to continue the tradition that the Holy Father and the cardinal had observed for many years.” 

“The ‘pastoral’ gesture of the Holy Father ‘represented exclusively an act of mercy’ in his meeting with the ex-Prefect,” Nova News reported. 

The newspaper alleged that the idea that a visit represented a reboot for the cardinal’s career came from one of his brothers, who tipped off the media to the visit.

“The message, entitled ‘NEWS BOMB’ … stated: ‘Today al 17:30 Pope Francis went to the apartment of His Eminence Giovannie Angelo Becciu to celebrate Holy Mass. His Holiness and Cardinal Becciu together again, in a close embrace!” stated Nova News.

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The newspaper’s highly placed sources said Pope Francis did not at all intend for his “gesture” to be seen in connection with Becciu’s career or the “drastic decisions” the pontiff had made concerning it “which remain unchanged.” They also alleged that the pope “regrets the media exploitation of one of his acts of mercy.”

The investigation into Cardinal Becciu’s alleged financial malfeasance should be completed within 40 days, the newspaper added. 

The editors of the new online Catholic magazine The Pillar, Ed Condon and J.D. Flynn, also believe that Pope Francis has no intention of “rehabilitating” the cardinal. Today, they noted that Becciu is “probably best described these days as a man on the periphery.”

“Which is why it should have come as no surprise that the pope went to have Mass with him on Holy Thursday. In the eight years of his pontificate, Pope Francis has by now made clear that he’s got a soft spot for folks on the edges,” they continued. 

Noting that the pontiff has some “blind spots” about those working for him, The Pillar’s editors say that Becciu is not one of them. After all, Francis himself “fired” Becciu, has been keen for  progress into the investigation into affairs concerning him, and has even paved the legal way for prosection of his associates. 

“Also, Pope Francis faces extraordinary fiscal and political pressure to bring the financial scandal to justice, with some serious long-term legal ramifications for the Church if he can’t,” The Pillar continued. 

“And he knows that.”

On September 24, 2020, the Holy See released a terse note stating that Pope Francis had accepted Becciu’s resignation “from his role as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and from the rights connected with the Cardinalate.” The next day, Italian newsmagazine L’Espresso published an exclusive article explaining why Becciù resigned: the ongoing investigation into a Vatican investment in a luxury London property had turned up evidence that he had funneled Vatican assets to his own blood relations. 

According to L’Espresso, as Substitute (deputy) of the Secretariat of State, Becciu had “entrusted the entire Vatican treasury” to a financier who invested it oddly and also obtained non-repayable loans to a charity run by one of his brothers , Vatican contracts for another brother’s carpentry business, and had ordered purchasers from a third brother’s food-and-drink company.  

Cardinal Becciu gave a press conference that same day in which he described the painful meeting with Pope Francis in which he offered to resign as Prefect and his rights as a cardinal. He stated that he was not guilty of embezzlement or of enriching his family.  

Also on September 25, Cardinal George Pell, the former Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, congratulated Pope Francis on Becciu’s resignation. 

“The Holy Father has elected to clean up Vatican finances,” Pell wrote. 

“He plays a long game and is to be thanked and congratulated on recent developments. I hope the cleaning of the stables continues in both the Vatican and Victoria.”

In October 2020, Becciù “security adviser” Cecilia Marogna was arrested by Italian financial police after the Vatican issued an international arrest warrant through Interpol. Vatican investigators alleged that Marogna, who received €500,000 ($588,000 USD) from the Holy See for “secret” humanitarian works in Africa and Asia, was an embezzler, using almost half the money to buy handbags and other luxury goods.  


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Catholic Charities hosts dialogue on free-market economics vs social justice regulation

Contemporary arguments focus on the distribution of goods and the common good while the free-market view emphasizes that freedom creates prosperity and allows people to use their God-given talents.
Tue Apr 6, 2021 - 4:56 pm EST
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April 6, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Catholic Charities of New Mexico hosted a live-streamed dialogue on April 1 contrasting a conservative vision of free markets through a Catholic lens against government economic intervention advocated by the church’s contemporary social-justice factions.

Dr. Vincent Miller, professor of Catholic Theology and Culture at the University of Dayton, began his remarks by quoting Pope Francis’s February declaration that the COVID-19 pandemic “shown us the face of a world that is seriously ill,” as evidenced by inequalities such as those who could and could not withstand the forced shutdown of so-called “nonessential” jobs. 

Miller called on Catholics to base their approach to economic questions on two core principles. The first is the universal destination of goods, which holds that God intended the Earth’s resources for the good of all but how those goods are distributed must ultimately serve what Miller cited as the second principle: the common good of mankind.

Invoking Pope Pius XI’s words on “social justice,” Miller argued that while the free market does do good, Catholics should recognize its limitations and ultimately make it subservient to the common good. He blamed economic deregulation in the second half of the 20th century for economic inequality in the United States. 

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The economy is “how we decide to run the world; we make the rules for how it works,” Miller said. “When we’re in communion with others, we are called to be acutely aware of how others are hurting in the system.”

Steve Bogus, Catholic Charities USA’s vice president for Social Engineering and Workforce Development, largely agreed, but added a third governing principle, a “preferential option for the poor and vulnerable” (meaning those deemed the most in need are owed the strongest consideration), and a fourth principle, the dignity of work and the rights of workers. “Everyone should be able to draw from work the means of his life,” Bogus said.

He quoted St. Basil of Caesarea’s declaration that the “bread which you do not use is the bread of the hungry; the garment hanging in your wardrobe is the garment of him who is naked; the shoes that you do not wear are the shoes of the one who is barefoot; the money that you keep locked away is the money of the poor: the acts of charity that you do not perform are so many injustices that you commit.”

Jon Decker, executive director of American Commitment and Committee to Unleash Prosperity (disclosure: Decker is a friend and former colleague of this author), represented a more market-friendly perspective, framing the economic freedom found in the United States as superior to competing economic systems thanks to a “ glimpse of God at work in your life, in a way that you maybe never thought much about.”

“Freedom creates prosperity because it empowers people to use their God-given talents to the best of their ability,” he argued. “An economy is just a collection of individuals. That’s it. Where individuals are most able to use their unique gifts from God, that is where prosperity is most evident in the world today. And not only does freedom allow us to work jobs that are increasingly tailored to our individual talents and desires — we also enrich the lives of others while doing so.”

Decker contrasted the vast diversity of highly-specialized careers that exist today with the relative conformity of past centuries, in which farm work was the dominant profession, and noted how the innumerable variables that go into the production of a single product or business all necessitate the creation of distinct job opportunities. 

“The level of cooperation and teamwork necessary, between all sorts of people with varying degrees and skill sets to keep the lights on in this store, is simply astounding,” he said. “Walking into a Whole Foods may not seem like a miracle, but maybe it should.”

“In many parts of the world, 200 years ago their economies didn’t look all that much different than they do today,” Decker continued. “And curiously those countries all have one thing in common: people do not have the freedom to use their gifts from God like we do here. This is not an argument against any and all government intervention in our economy, and I wouldn’t want it to be construed as such, but it does illustrate why I generally approach economic problems through a free market lens.”

Instead of government restructuring of the economy, Decker called on Catholics to view their religious values as informing their personal obligations as participants in the economy, from business owners’ responsibility to listen to the concerns of both employees and customers; to workers’ responsibility to recognize how many people their actions impact; to shareholders’ responsibly to oversee corporate culture; to consumers recognizing that how they spend their money sends signals about what products, practices, and messages society finds morally acceptable.


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WATCH: Catholic priest begs faithful for forgiveness for withholding Eucharist during lockdown

‘We failed you by denying you the only Food that could sustain your hope. We abandoned you when we should have been closest to you.’
Tue Apr 6, 2021 - 4:56 pm EST
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GILBERT, Arizona, April 6, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A Catholic priest during his Holy Thursday homily begged the faithful for forgiveness for having left them without the Eucharist during COVID-19 lockdowns the previous year.

“I feel the need to publicly apologize for the events of the past year,” Fr. Sergio Muñoz Fita, pastor of St. Anne Roman Catholic Parish in Gilbert, Arizona, said during his April 1 homily (watch video below at time 1:11:35). “I ask for forgiveness for having left you without the Eucharist for many weeks last year.”

“Many of you, in the most difficult moments of the pandemic, turned to your father for bread, and we gave you a stone. We failed you by denying you the only Food that could sustain your hope. We abandoned you when we should have been closest to you. For this, at this holy Mass, I ask your forgiveness,” he said.

Holy Thursday is the day when Catholics celebrate the institution of the Eucharist by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper. Catholics believe that the bread and wine consecrated by the priest at Mass become in substance the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Christ. Catholics receive the Eucharist for spiritual nourishment. The Church teaches that the Eucharist is the “source and summit of the Christian life.”

Fr. Muñoz Fita, who was ordained in his native Spain in 2004 prior to coming to the U.S. in 2012, and who is a member of the Secular Institute of the Servi Trinitatis, went on to promise his flock that he would never be a party to such a betrayal again.

“What I can promise you is that I will never again be a party to something similar, and that if obedience places me in such a situation again, I will withdraw so as not to be a responsible and guilty party to something that, even today, weighs on my conscience, as the act of which I am most ashamed in my entire life,” he said.

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On March 11 of last year, Gov. Doug Ducey (R) had signed an executive order declaring Arizona to be in a state of emergency due to the threat of COVID-19. Four days later, the governor announced a statewide closure of Arizona schools. The next day, March 16, Diocese of Arizona Bishop Thomas Olmsted suspended all weekday and Sunday Masses in the “hope of minimizing the effects of COVID-19.” The churches were later reopened on May 11.

Catholic author Leila Miller, who broke the story on her blog, called the priest’s apology “balm for the soul.”

“Fr. Sergio, a humble, holy priest of God, has said the words that so many of the faithful have waited to hear,” she said.

The priest continued his homily in Spanish, telling the faithful how the Lord must have suffered during the lockdown by being treated “as if he were not important” and being relegated “to the category of things that are ‘non-essential.’”

“I ask forgiveness from Christ in the Eucharist for all that He has had to suffer this past year,” said Fr. Muñoz Fita.

“In the Eucharist we find a living Heart that is sensitive like ours, more sensitive than ours. He has suffered this year from many of the decisions that have been made. We have made Him the target of innumerable offenses, contempt, and disrespect. We have treated Him as if he were not important. We have relegated Him to the category of things that are ‘non-essential,’ when in reality there is nothing more necessary for us than Jesus in the Eucharist. We have alienated the Eucharist from the people who now turn their backs on us because we have turned our backs on them. Christ has suffered in silence in the way we have treated Him, as if He were something we had to protect ourselves from,” he added.

Muñoz Fita concluded his homily with a call for Catholics to take a stand with the Blessed Virgin Mary.

“In these days, let us live accompanying the sorrowful Mother, seeing everything from the watchtower of her Immaculate Heart and begging her to teach us to be like her in loving the designs of the Father and her Son Jesus.”


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Texas gov. forbids publicly-funded agencies from requiring COVID-19 passports

Unlike in Florida, the executive order issued on Monday stops short of prohibiting private businesses from requiring proof of vaccination.
Tue Apr 6, 2021 - 4:42 pm EST
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AUSTIN, Texas, April 6, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) issued an executive order on Monday prohibiting government entities from requiring people to provide proof of vaccination.

“As I have said all along, these vaccines are always voluntary, and never forced. Government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives,” Abbott said in an address to Texans shared on his Twitter page.

“That is why I issued an executive order that prohibits government mandated vaccine passports in Texas,” he continued.

The order states that “any public or private entity” that receives public funds “through any means” cannot deny someone entry or service on the basis of their vaccination status.

Furthermore, it says that “the Constitution does not empower the federal government to mandate nationwide vaccine passports for COVID-19, and Texas will not impose such vaccine passports with the police power that is reserved to the states under our system of federalism.”

Abbott made the move after the Biden administration was reported to be working on a way to “standardize” a vaccination passport process. In response to concerns expressed by reporters, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said earlier today that there will be “no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential.”

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order banning COVID-19 vaccine passports goes a step further than Abbott’s. The Florida order prohibits both government entities and private agencies, regardless of whether they receive public funds, from requiring people to show proof of vaccination to any third party, or before accessing a business or using its services.

“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,” DeSantis said during a press conference.

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.

In early March, Abbott had announced that he is finally lifting his state’s COVID-19 mask mandate and remaining lockdown restrictions.

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President Joe Biden, in turn, slammed governors, including Abbott, for making a “big mistake” by removing mask mandates.

“Look, I hope everybody’s realized by now these masks make a difference,” he claimed. “We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease because of the way in which we’re able to get vaccines in people’s arms. We’ve been able to move that all the way up to the end of May to have enough for every American, to get every adult American to get a shot.”

Biden then used the word “Neanderthals” to describe the governors: “The last thing, the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime everything’s fine, take off your mask.”


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Police interrupt religious service in Canada. Pastor reacts: ‘Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here’

‘Do you understand English? Get out of this property, go, go and do not come back without a warrant.’
Tue Apr 6, 2021 - 4:10 pm EST
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CALGARY, Alberta, April 6, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A Canadian pastor who grew up under communism in Poland told police and health inspectors who entered his church during an unannounced COVID health visit on Good Friday to “get out.” He yelled, “You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here.”

“Please get out. Please get out of this property, immediately, get out, get out of this property immediately. I don’t want to hear a word, out, out!” said impassioned Pastor Artur Pawlowski of The Cave of Adullam church located in Calgary, Alberta, during a Easter Passover Saturday service. “I don’t care what you have to say. Out of this property, you Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here … don’t come back without a warrant.”

Pawlowski filmed the altercation, which took place inside the entrance of his church. In the video, which has since gone viral worldwide, Pawlowski confronts at least a half-dozen police, bylaw officers, along with Alberta Health Services (AHS) inspectors, who appeared to interrupt his church service.

“Do you understand English? Get out of this property, go, go and do not come back without a warrant. Out, Nazis, you understand. Nazis are not welcome here. Do not come back without a warrant,” screamed Pawlowski at police and bylaw officers and AHS officials.

“Do not come back here, you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievably evil, sick people, intimidating people [at] church during the Passover, you Gestapo Nazi communist fascist. Don’t you dare come back here.”

Section 176(2) of the “Criminal Code of Canada” bans interrupting or disturbing a religious service.

Pawlowski told LifeSiteNews that he has respect for the police, but that health authorities, bylaw, and the cops have been “harassing” his church since the start of COVID health restrictions.

“They came to our church a number of times to the parking lot. Of course, everyone is welcome to come to our church, but not in a capacity that they were doing, in taking pictures and evidence of our parishioners,” he said.

Pawlowski is a well-known street preacher in Calgary and is renowned for feeding the homeless. He has been running Calgary-based Street Church Ministries for over 20 years, and has been a vocal opponent to COVID lockdowns.

Pawlowski said he “was shaken” and very “upset” that authorities chose to enter his church on Good Friday, which he said is one of his church’s holiest days of the year.

“We have people in our church that have had things done to them in the past. A church is a refuge. One lady was so shaken that hours after she was still shaking,” Pawlowski told LifeSiteNews.

He said that if the officials would have made an appointment with him to inspect his church, he would have been fine with that, but not during “church time.”

“I did what I had on my heart. Get out, this is not a way I want to deal with this, I told them many times: You have issues with me, make an appointment, I’ll gladly go with authorities and talk, I have no problem talking with authorities, but do not intimidate my parishioners,” he explained. “You want to come and visit the church — fine, I have no problem letting them in to inspect the place, but not during worship, during the church time, and they heard that from me many times.”

Pawlowski has been fined multiple times for breaking COVID health rules. Last year, he was the first Canadian pastor to be fined for breaking COVID rules, getting a $1,200 citation by the Calgary Police because his homeless outdoor kitchen broke health rules on gatherings.

No doubt due to the international attention and scrutiny brought upon Calgary Police because of the Good Friday incident, the department issued a statement Sunday night.

Police claimed their presence was in assisting AHS due to concerns COVID health rules were not being followed at the church. They also stated they were not there to “disrupt” the service, despite video showing they appeared to do that.

“We understand the pandemic has caused great disruption to all Calgarians in their professional and personal lives. We do not wish to disrupt anyone’s holidays or religious or spiritual events, however we must support our partner agencies when called upon to help ensure everyone can safely celebrate these occasions,” said Calgary Police.

Calgary Police went onto note that only “one” uniformed officer from their ranks attended the call “to assist our partner agencies, Alberta Health Services and City of Calgary Bylaw services, in relation to a religious gathering being held at the Street Church.”

Pawlowski’s video shows one uniformed Calgary police officer, two uniformed Calgary bylaw enforcement officers, and three other individuals who appear to be from AHS.

Calgary Police went on to state that when “attending public spaces, private homes, and businesses,” it strives “for voluntary compliance with public health orders where that makes sense.”

Police stated that no tickets were issued and that it will be up to their “partner agencies to determine subsequent enforcement activity in response to this situation.”

Viral video shines spotlight once again on Alberta police’s targeting of Christian places of worship

As Pawlowski’s video went viral worldwide, many took to social media to show their support for his resistance to police and health officials.

Pastor Henry Hildebrandt of the Church of God in Alymer, Ontario, has been a vocal opponent to government-imposed COVID-19 lockdown measures, and has himself, along with others from his congregation, received fines for defying the local health orders.

Hildebrandt blasted the Calgary police for their official response to the incident.

“Now we pause for a message from the Calgary division of the Canadian Gestapo. First they dox the Pastor/Church, go on to say they don’t want to disrupt, and admit that they did just that, in violation of Canada Criminal Code section 176. Resignations are in order. #standwithGod,” wrote Hildebrandt.

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Rebel News founder and editor Ezra Levant called out the Calgary police on Twitter, accusing them of breaking the law.

“This is how you handle police who enter a church without a warrant. They’re lucky they only got a tongue-lashing: s. 176 of the Criminal Code makes it a crime to disturb a church service. Those @CalgaryPolice thugs were breaking the law (and knew it),” Levant tweeted.

Pawlowski told LifeSiteNews he is considering legal action against the authorities who entered his church on Good Friday, but the financial cost for him to do so is high. Thus, he is not sure at this point if he will proceed.

The province of Alberta under its United Conservative Party (UCP) Premier Jason Kenney recently allowed retail businesses an increase in occupancy limits, but offered no such increase to churches, which remain capped at 15 percent.

Pastor James Coates of Grace Life Church in Spruce Grove, Alberta, was jailed for over a month for defying COVID-related orders. He walked out of the Edmonton Remand Centre as a free man on March 22, after a $1,500 fine was paid “as time served.” 

Canada-wide, many churches over the Easter weekend opened their doors in defiance of their local COVID health rules, vowing “to stand together in unity and to oppose further lockdowns.”


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BREAKING: Arkansas legislature overrides gov.‘s veto; ban on ‘transitioning’ minors will become law

The legislature moved swiftly after the governor vetoed the law.
Tue Apr 6, 2021 - 3:45 pm EST
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LITTLE ROCK, April 6, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – The Arkansas legislature has overridden Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s veto of legislation that would prohibit “sex-reassignment” surgery or hormone treatments to minors afflicted with gender confusion, moving swiftly after the governor’s rejection of the law.

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.”

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.”

Hutchinson vetoed the bill on Monday, calling it “overreach” that would “let lawmakers interfere with healthcare and set a standard for legislation overriding healthcare.” He also claimed that the ban could somehow “lead to significant harms from suicide to drug use to isolation.”

By Tuesday afternoon, however, both chambers of the Arkansas legislature had voted “overwhelmingly” to override Hutchinson’s veto, THV 11 reports

“Arkansas’ passage of the SAFE Act today is a resounding victory for biological sanity and common sense,” Jon Schweppe of the American Principles Project responded in a press release. “As most Americans recognize, we should not be pressuring young children into undergoing highly experimental, life-altering procedures to ‘change’ their sex before they are even old enough to make most other major decisions. State lawmakers are right to slam the brakes on the ideologically driven campaign to push children into this risky pathway.”

“It is unfortunate that the law’s passage had to come over the veto of Gov. Hutchinson,” Schweppe continued. “While the governor claimed he was acting out of a conservative concern for restraining government, restraint is not always a good thing. The governor himself admitted that it was important for the state to act to protect life in preventing ideologically motivated doctors from performing abortions. The same principle obviously applies in this case as well, and we are grateful the legislature had the courage to act to protect the health and well-being of children.”

Hutchinson’s failed attempt to kill the new law follows South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem’s veto of legislation to keep biological males out of women’s athletic programs, which Noem had previously claimed she would sign. That state’s legislature failed to override her veto.


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Bishop Strickland: Pornography destroys the family … and human dignity

Bishop Strickland says that pornography has become a money-making industry that twists the 'desires that people have...in the ugliest way.'
Tue Apr 6, 2021 - 3:42 pm EST
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April 6, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) - In this week’s episode of The Bishop Strickland Show, Bishop Joseph Strickland calls on Church leaders and every Catholic to actively address the “plague of pornography” ravaging the culture. He also speaks out against the spreading of false gospels and teachings that are counter to those given to the Church by Jesus Christ.

The co-host of The Bishop Strickland Show, Terry Barber, told Strickland he believes porn is “a bigger pandemic” than COVID-19, as it’s a root problem in the destruction of family life and marriage. Bishop Strickland agrees, adding that just as with other moral evils in society, such as abortion, pornography has become a money-making industry, twisting the “desires that people have … in the ugliest way.”

His Excellency also says that that every Christian, including Church leaders, must wake up to this plague and push back on the attacks being waged against Catholic truths on human dignity, the family, and morality.

Bishop Strickland points out that after the Vatican clarified that the Church cannot bless gay “unions,” several bishops and priests in Germany condemned it for allegedly not being merciful. Bishop Strickland notes that true mercy is when you attempt to free men and women from the evil of sin.

Lastly, Bishop Strickland reflects on the deadly sin of pride, and how Jesus Christ embodies humility, the opposite of pride. He describes the incarnation as a perfect act of humility, when the all-powerful God became “a child conveived in the womb of a woman, just like us.”

To watch all previous episodes of The Bishop Strickland Showclick here to visit LifeSite’s Catholic Rumble page.


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Pushing experimental COVID vaccines on children is ‘a type of child abuse’: Candace Owens

'Experimental vaccines on children who have an approximate 0% chance of dying from the virus for which they are being vaccinated against is a type of child abuse'
Tue Apr 6, 2021 - 2:39 pm EST
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April 6, 2021 (CNS News) – Twitter labeling her tweet about coronavirus vaccines “misleading” won’t compel her to get her or her kids vaccinated, conservative commentator and BLEXIT Leader Candace Owens says.

In a post on Wednesday, Owens called it “a type of child abuse” to subject children to the vaccine, since they are at virtually no risk of dying from the coronavirus:

“Experimental vaccines on children who have an approximate 0% chance of dying from the virus for which they are being vaccinated against is a type of child abuse.

“ZERO long term trials conducted. I just cannot understand parents that would allow their kids to be guinea pigs.”

Twitter slapped an exclamation mark and the following label on Owens’ post, along with a link to the social media platform’s rebuttal, which simply argues that vaccines are safe “for most” people:

“This Tweet is misleading. Find out why health officials consider COVID-19 vaccines safe for most people.”

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Shortly after midnight, Owens posted two tweets condemning Twitter’s censorship and advocacy for “Big Pharma.” In the first, she reiterates the claims she made in her initial, Twitter-disparaged post:

Twitter has unnecessarily slapped a label on my entirely truthful tweet.

1) There are no long term studies on the Covid-19 vaccines.

2) Children have an approximate 0% chance of dying from the virus.

3) I stand by my assessment that using children as lab rats, is child abuse

In her second, she says that Twitter is doing the bidding of large pharmaceutical companies – and that she won’t be bullied into changing either her views or her behavior. "I am not a sheep," Owens says:

Sticking bulls**t labels on tweets because Big Pharma tells you to is not going to make me get the vaccine.

And it’s sure as hell not going to transform my personal decision not to vaccinate my child.

I’m not a sheep.

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James Dobson: Christians must ‘stand up’ against ‘horrible reality’ of Biden admin before it’s too late

‘Are Christians, at long last, aware of this horrible reality?’
Tue Apr 6, 2021 - 2:30 pm EST
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April 6, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Christian conservative leader James Dobson is urging Americans to take a public stand before it’s “too late” against President Joe Biden’s “radically-left agenda” that has brought the nation to a point where it is “teetering on the edge.”

“It’s more clear than ever that our nation is teetering on the edge,” said Dobson, who has advised five presidents on faith and family matters over four decades, in a March 26 piece published on his website.

“Are Christians, at long last, aware of this horrible reality? And are we finally ready to stand up and let our voices be heard, before it is forever too late?” he added.

Dobson, a psychologist and author, founded pro-family organizations Focus on the Family and Family Research Institute. He is now leading the Dr. James Dobson Family Institute.

Commenting on Biden’s first press conference, he said the president has acted as a “divider.”

“Joe Biden has acted as a divider, rather than fulfill his promise to unite the country. He has advanced far-left policies — most often by executive order — and continues to blame President Trump for problems that he is creating, even as he takes credit for successes he inherited,” he said.

“Through it all President Biden nevertheless accuses Republicans of ‘continu[ing] the politics of division.’ (He even questioned whether the Republican party would still be here in 2024?!) How this man could say such things with a straight face is beyond me. Yet, it seems that he is willing to say anything to cram his radically-left agenda down the throats of all Americans,” he added.

Dobson said that “freedom-loving Americans and people who hold true to our Judeo-Christian values should rightfully be outraged” over Biden’s “lies” and his plans for a “radical re-making of America.”

In a February newsletter, Dobson spelled out more concretely his fears regarding what he see Biden doing to America.

“Tragically, from his first day in office, President Joe Biden began to reveal his radical agenda for our nation. When joined with the influence of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, a sweeping takeover by the radical left is occurring at lightning speed. They have seized power in all three branches of government, and it is operating pell-mell without checks and balances. The movement we are witnessing actually began more than a half-century ago with the objective of creating a socialist-totalitarian state. Suddenly, it appears to be within reach,” he said.

“This is a deeply troubling time for those of us who love our constitutional republic. Who would have believed that a coup of this scope could occur overnight within this greatest nation on earth? Cherished freedoms that have been enjoyed and protected for 232 years are now in serious jeopardy. Among them are religious liberty, free speech, and the right to own and bear arms. Everything that has defined America is being threatened or destroyed,” he added.

Dobson said that Biden’s “cultural revolution” that aims at “jerking the nation 180 degrees to the left” is being accomplished through a flurry of executive orders that bypass the legislative process.

In his first week in office, Biden signed 21 executive orders. This number takes on more significance when compared to Trump’s four, Obama’s five, Bush’s zero, and Clinton’s two.

While Biden’s “overreach is apparently legal, it is an audacious expression of raw power,” commented Dobson.

“From rejoining the World Health Organization and the Paris Climate Agreement, to halting the border wall, limiting immigration enforcement, requiring non-citizens to be counted within our national census for legislative redistricting purposes, and welcoming transgender individuals into our armed forces, Joseph R. Biden and his liberal colleagues have just begun their efforts to fundamentally transform our sweet land of liberty,” he said.

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In his April newsletter, Dobson warned that “Western Civilization appears to be on the verge of collapse.”

“Not since the Civil War has there been such consternation about who we are as a people and where the culture appears to be headed,” he said.

“Thirty years ago, I called this struggle a ‘civil war of values.’ I also said that unless we rose to defend it, the battle for the heart and soul of our nation would be lost.”

“That is exactly what was and is happening,” he said.


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Brother seeks justice in case that unfairly tarnished pro-life Irish celebrity’s political career

John Brown, brother of Irish Catholic pop-star and pro-life politician Dana Rosemary Scallon, is suing Scotland Yard and the British Crown Prosecution Service for £5 million after being cleared of historic sex abuse accusations
Tue Apr 6, 2021 - 2:19 pm EST
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LONDON, England, April 6, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The brother of a pro-life Irish celebrity is now suing police after being cleared of unfounded accusations that damaged both his and his sister’s reputations. 

John Brown, 67, one of the brothers of Irish Catholic pop-star and politician Dana Rosemary Scallon (commonly referred to as “Dana”), is suing Scotland Yard and the British Crown Prosecution Service for £5 million (almost 7 million US dollars). According to online Irish newspaper Extra.ie, Brown “initiated proceedings at the High Court in London for alleged malicious prosecution and misfeasance in a public office.”

Brown had been accused of historic sex abuse offences against children at a time when the public and police were keenly interested in such cases among the rich and famous. Brown and Dana have always denied these allegations, and Brown believes that police did not properly investigate the case, but were interested in prosecuting him, in the aftermath of revelations about the late Jimmy Saville, because he was the brother of a celebrity. 

In 2014, Brown was found not guilty of five counts of sexual assault against two middle-aged women who claimed he had touched them inappropriately as children. The first accuser, Brown’s niece Susan Gorrell, first made her allegations in the USA in 2008, during a business dispute between Brown and her parents. In 2011, during her campaign to be elected President of Ireland, Dana told an interviewer that the sex abuse claims levelled at her brother were “vile and malicious.” For this, Dana’s and John Brown’s niece, and her mother, their sister, Susan Stein began a legal action against the pro-life politician for defamation. Subsequently, in 2012, Gorrell filed an official complaint against her uncle for the abuse, which she said had taken place in the 1970s in London, Torquay, and Iowa. Susan Gorrell also accused Dana of covering up the incidents. 

Dana became world famous in 1970 after winning the “Eurovision Song Contest” for Ireland. After a successful pop career, she became known for Catholic devotional music. In 1997, at the behest of Catholic and other Christian groups in Ireland, she entered Irish politics, running as an independent candidate for the presidency, which went to Mary MacAleese. In 1999, Dana won a seat in the European Parliament. During her 2011 bid for the Irish presidency, Dana’s brother John was her media liaison officer. 

John Smeaton of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children told LifeSiteNews that Dana had sacrificed her performance career in order to champion the pro-life-cause and that her important advocacy was damaged by the “false allegations” against John Brown.

“She was knocked out of the public debate on abortion in Ireland when false allegations were first made against her brother,” Smeaton stated by email. 

“What has happened in Ireland since represents perhaps the world’s biggest pro-life setback: the Irish people voting for abortion.”

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In a public statement, Smeaton revealed that he knows the family well. 

“False allegations resulted in outrageous charges against John Brown, Dana's brother, who was completely vindicated on five counts by the unanimous verdict of a court in north London," he wrote on Facebook yesterday. 

“The case against him was shredded in court but John's life and career, and Dana's courageous work in politics defending the unborn and their mothers, were also in shreds,” he continued. 

“I pray that the police will think twice before pursuing innocent people who perhaps they think can't fight back. They will have to think twice in future because of John’s heroic fightback which has cost him and his family dearly, health-wise and financially. I know them well and they have kept on fighting not for their own sakes but in order to honour God. Pray for them please.”

In 2011, Michael D. Higgins won the Irish presidential elections with 56.8% of the vote. 


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Twitter blames third suspension of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene this year on ‘error’ — again

This is Greene’s third Twitter suspension this year, and her second suspension ‘in error.’ Twitter blames the errors on its automated system, but will not clarify further.
Tue Apr 6, 2021 - 1:57 pm EST
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April 6, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has been suspended from Twitter for the third time this year, and for the second time “in error” since March 19.

Greene noted that her suspension occurred after she tweeted “Happy Easter, everyone! He is Risen!” The AP reported, “The suspension occurred after Greene tweeted about Easter and retweeted a post about abortion.” The retweet said, “Abortion is the killing of a human being!”

Greene shared on Gab a screenshot of Twitter’s message revealing that she was suspended for 12 hours: “We have determined that you have violated the Twitter Rules, so we’ve temporarily limited some of your account features.”

Twitter later claimed that the suspension was in error, blaming it on their automated system.

In reference to Greene’s most recent suspension, they stated, “We use a combination of technology and human review to enforce the Twitter Rules across the service. In this case, our automated systems took enforcement action on the account referenced in error.”

A Twitter spokesperson told Verify that the suspension “was not related” to the Easter post, but “wouldn’t clarify what the suspension was related to.”

Greene, who is known for strongly defending conservative values, speculated on her Gab account about the reasons for her most recent suspension:

After tweeting, “He is risen! Happy Easter!” I was suspended this morning for 12 hours! Was it my Christian faith? My never ending demand to an end to murdering God’s creation in the womb? Is it my fight to protect our greatest right to defend ourselves..? My willingness to Fire Fauci? Maybe my fight to stop mandated vaccine passports?

She continued, “Message to Big Tech: I’LL NEVER STOP!!! You can’t silence me. You can’t stop me. The People are with me.”

Greene was suspended from Twitter in January for spreading “misinformation” regarding Georgia elections, with Twitter claiming that her tweets violated their “civic integrity policy” and carried a “risk of violence.” At the time, over 70,000 accounts were reportedly shut down by Twitter for promoting “conspiracy theories” regarding the election and other topics.

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On March 19, her Twitter account was suspended again, this time “in error,” only hours before a Democrat-backed resolution was introduced to expel Greene from Congress.

The Associated Press shared that “Twitter declined to respond publicly when asked why Greene’s account had been affected by the glitch twice, and whether other accounts had been affected.”


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WATCH: Donald Trump Jr. rips ‘woke’ corporations whining about GA voting law

'Because Georgia wanted to have some stuff as it relates to I.D.s to make sure we know who’s actually voting? Oh! It’s terrible!' Trump said
Tue Apr 6, 2021 - 1:11 pm EST
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April 6, 2021 (NewsBusters) – Former President Donald Trump’s eldest son had a few choice words for companies like Delta Air Lines and Apple caving in to the triggered screeching of the far left.

Donald Trump Jr. began a new Rumble video with the catchphrase “Get woke, go broke” before ripping Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian for complaining about Georgia’s new voting law. Trump pointed out that Delta had previously praised the law before the CEO came out saying “the final bill” was “unacceptable.” The complaints by Bastian led Georgia state House Republicans to vote to strip Delta of a multimillion-dollar tax break in response, according to Fox Business. Liberal companies Apple and Coca-Cola also joined Delta in chastising the legislation. Trump shredded the companies for caving in to the far left: “There seems to be a big cottage industry of going really woke.”

In response to GA House Republicans voting to revoke Delta’s tax break, Trump quipped: “I’m glad [the woke complaints seem] to be biting Delta in the ass.”

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Trump mocked Delta and Apple specifically for their faux outrage and complaints: “Why? Because Georgia wanted to have some stuff as it relates to I.D.s to make sure we know who’s actually voting? Oh! It’s terrible! Another one: Apple’s [CEO] Tim Cook came out strongly blasting the law — blasting this.” Trump continued: “Yet strangely enough, Apple’s CEO has also been eerily silent on the genocide that is being committed in China against the Uyghur population.” 

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Trump continued hammering Apple’s hypocrisy: “[Cook]’s been really silent about and during the Hong Kong uprisings. Strangely enough, when China — an actual dictatorial and oppressive regime — does something to suppress the will of the people, Apple’s Tim Cook is silent!” 

Fox Business reported that “Apple has a history of doing business in China and has seen explosive growth in business in the nation.” Delta also touted its company as the “most Chinese-friendly U.S. airline” on its website.

Trump would not let up. He proceeded to rebuke Apple for seeming to want everyone to vote in U.S. elections without secure safeguards in place:

“But when we want to make sure that we have free and fair elections, that’s when [Cook]’s got a problem with it. He wants to make sure that anyone can vote. It doesn’t matter if they’re legal. [It] doesn’t matter if they live in the state. Let’s just make sure. Let’s not have any checks. That’s what it seems that these people are saying.”

Trump then aimed back at Delta in his conclusion: “Of course, their CEO is going to be really woke and push some sort of nonsense policies, and I’m glad to see it biting them in the butt.”

Conservatives are under attack. Contact Delta Airlines at 1 (800) 221-1212 and Apple at (408) 996-1010 and demand these companies stop virtue signaling and catering to leftist political narratives and get back to the business of serving customers, not Democratic Party political agendas.

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Arkansas gov. vetoes bill banning puberty blockers, sex changes for children

Lawmakers can override the Republican governor’s veto with a simple majority vote.
Tue Apr 6, 2021 - 12:58 pm EST
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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas, April 6, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas on Monday vetoed a bill that would block doctors in the state from providing sex change surgeries and other transgender medical procedures to minors.

In a press conference, Hutchinson attacked the legislation, which he was expected to sign, as “overreach.” He cited opposition to the SAFE Act by pro-LGBT medical groups, referring to harmful gender transition procedures as the “best medical care” for confused children.

The Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act was approved by the state senate last week after passing in the Arkansas House by an overwhelming 70-22 margin. Lawmakers can now override Hutchinson’s veto with a simple majority vote.

“A physician or other healthcare professional shall not provide gender transition procedures to any individual under eighteen years of age,” the SAFE Act reads, banning puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and sex change surgeries, as well as referrals for them.

“Arkansas has a compelling government interest in protecting the health and safety of its citizens, especially vulnerable children,” it says, pointing to the extreme risks of gender transition drugs and surgeries, including heart attack, cancer, and life-long infertility. The bill adds that the practices “far outweigh any benefit at this stage of clinical study.”

No large randomized or longitudinal studies have been done on the use of puberty blockers or cross-sex hormones in minors, and neither practice has been approved by the FDA. Hutchinson said that he might have signed the SAFE Act if it had not included bans on those experimental, sometimes deadly drugs.

The governor also parroted discredited claims that preventing access to gender transition practices would lead to “significant harm” and “suicidal tendencies” in young people. Research shows that transgender medical interventions, like puberty suppression, actually may increase the risk of suicide, while devastating countless other aspects of adolescents’ health.

Puberty blockers “arrest bone growth, decrease bone accretion, prevent the sex-steroid dependent organization and maturation of the adolescent brain, and inhibit fertility by preventing the development of gonadal tissue and mature gametes,” the American College of Pediatricians has noted.

Gender dysphoria resolves naturally in up to 97.8% of boys and 88% of girls, according to the American Psychological Association. Virtually all minors exposed to gender transition practices nevertheless move on to invasive, often regretted procedures like genital amputation.

“I was allowed to run with this idea that I had, almost like a fantasy, as a teenager … and it has affected me in the long run as an adult,” Keira Bell, a British woman whose testimony helped convince England’s high court to ban puberty blockers for most minors last year, has said. Bell was subjected to a double mastectomy before realizing that her “transition” was a mistake.

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“The harmful gender ideology sweeping across our nation creates a growing and urgent need for legislative protections for children vulnerable to life-altering procedures such as puberty-blocking drugs, cross-sex hormones, and irreversible surgeries,” Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said in a press release on Monday.

“It is never appropriate to experiment on our children, no matter how politically expedient,” he added, urging the Arkansas legislation to override Gov. Hutchinson’s veto. “These unscientific, destructive gender transition procedures should not be allowed to interrupt the development of children and irreversibly alter their bodies,” he said.

Hutchinson’s cave to the pro-trans lobby follows a similar capitulation by GOP Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota last month, when she rejected a popular bill that would have banned gender-confused males in women’s sports. Gov. Hutchinson signed a bill protecting women’s sports in Arkansas into law two weeks ago.


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Pastor: Fellow inmates banged ‘on their doors as a sign of support’ when I left jail

James Coates had been jailed for several weeks after holding worship services amid lockdowns in the Canadian province of Alberta.
Tue Apr 6, 2021 - 11:53 am EST
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EDMONTON, Alberta, April 6, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — In his first interview after being released from jail, Canadian Pastor James Coates described in detail his time in prison: from ministering the Gospel to his fellow inmates giving him a sign of support as he was released. Coates had been jailed for several weeks following a worship service held in defiance of lockdowns in Alberta.

“And just to kind of show the affection that we [Coates and his fellow inmates] had for each other, in the moment that I was leaving, I turned around. I was at the exit/entrance to the whole pod, I turned around and I lifted up my hand to wave, and the doors of the pod began to shake as the men in their cells just banged on their doors as a sign of support, of love, affection,” said Coates in his first interview since being released.

The prison chaplain, who was with Coates at the time, “emailed me since then and just shared with me that he’ll never forget that moment. And it was precious to me as well. And so that just gives you a little bit of a feel of the picture of the way that they thought toward me and treated me.”

Coates walked out of the Edmonton Remand Centre as a free man on March 22, after a $1,500 fine was paid “as time served.” After his release, he went straight back to preaching, despite police presence outside his church this past Sunday.

In his Rebel News interview, Coates described the challenges he faced while being in quarantine for two weeks when he first arrived in jail, which included getting used to eating the food, and getting used to jail “culture.”

“It was a challenge because I would get out twice for 15 minutes a day. I can remember one day I think I told my wife that I had been in my cell for 23 hours between exercises,” said Coates.

“And when you get out, you got 15 minutes, and that’s not a long time. So that was a little bit of a challenge. But I was able to get through it and get into a bit of a groove. And initially you’re just trying to learn the culture that you’re in … there’s a way that things happen, and you’re just trying to learn it.”

Coates said that once out of quarantine, he was placed with a cellmate, with whom he got along well, he said. “We … had lots of good discussions and conversations, and he’s called me since I’ve been out,” said Coates.

Coates said the “highlight” of his day was talking to his wife on the phone, and that overall, the “guys” treated him fairly well.

“I'd have chaplains visit me from time to time. I could play a little bit of basketball on the court outside, which is basically just a cement cube with no roof and, and just interact with the guys. They were pretty good to me. They treated me pretty well.”

I would “share the Gospel with them” in Bible study

Once Coates was allowed into the General Public, or G.P., as it is known in prison terms, he described how he had a lot of inmates come to him to “share difficulties in their life with me.”

“I would have guys often come to my door and want to speak with me and would share difficulties in their life with me. And I would share the Gospel with them. I mean, we’d be talking through a door to each other, but I would share the gospel with them. So that happened often where guys would just come to me,” said Coates.

Coates described how there was a “gentleman next door” to him who wanted him to do a Bible study.

“So, I went down to the floor. I was on tier three, and so we went to the floor where there’s tables, and sat down. He and I, within about sixty seconds, three or four of the guys sat down with us. And there we are in the Gospel of John having a Bible study,” said Coates.

“And yeah, I had lots of opportunities to share the Gospel. I didn’t get a lot of opportunities with the guards because you’re, you’re at a bit of a distance away from the guards. But in terms of being able to speak to the guys in the Remand, lots of opportunities.”

Coates said he did what he did to be “obedient to Christ”

The pastor said he would not have done anything different in terms of the events that led up to his imprisonment, and that he did what he did to be “obedient to Christ.”

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“Well, the answer is: Absolutely, I couldn’t do any different than I did, I was put in a position that demanded a certain response for me to be obedient to Christ. And yeah, absolutely, I would do the exact same thing again in a heartbeat. I couldn’t do any differently than I did,” said Coates.

“I’ve honored my word and my integrity and my conscience, and, more importantly, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the entire time.”


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Patient acceptance of COVID lockdowns ‘has gone past all reason’: Canadian political commentator

'Surely we should, at least by this point, be asking rather angrily — do you guys have ANY plan for when this ends, for it CANNOT continue. Do you have an end date? When is it?'
Tue Apr 6, 2021 - 11:28 am EST
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CANADA, April 6, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – One of Canada’s top political commentators known for going against the mainstream narrative has said Canadians have “gone past all reason” in their apparent acceptance of the COVID lockdowns imposed by government and health officials. 

“Should we call it something else? Sluggishness. Complacency. Lassitude. Inertia. Perhaps despair is the word I’m looking for,” wrote Rex Murphy, a National Post columnist, in an opinion piece dated March 31.   

Murphy argued that lockdowns “cannot” continue, and that Canadians should be “angrily” asking that they end. 

“Surely we should, at least by this point, be asking rather angrily — do you guys have ANY plan for when this ends, for it CANNOT continue. Do you have an end date? When is it?” wrote Murphy.

“Do you actually know what you are doing? Or are we all, the whole Canadian nation, on some playground slide that has no terminal. Is it all drop until you stop?” 

Despite having built his career in the Canadian mainstream media industry, Murphy has consistently been one of the few critics who has consistently not been afraid to call out government misdeeds and political correctness. 

“At this stage I think the only point of this crisis seems to be to maintain the crisis. It certainly liberates governments. Yet it cannot continue. There is always a fulcrum point,” Murphy writes. 

“Some normalcy must return. The famous patience of Canadians has gone past all reason.” 

Murphy states that Canadians are known to be “famously — or notoriously — a patient bunch,” noting that it seems that up to this point, the vast majority of people have compiled with the lockdowns. 

He also highlighted how much has changed since the now infamous slogan “two weeks to flatten the curve,” was used so widely by politicians and health officials during the early days of the coronavirus crisis.

“Those with sturdy powers of recall can easily summon up the phrase ‘two weeks to flatten the curve,’ which was so popular a slogan not much more than a year ago. That ‘two weeks’ swelled inexorably to two months, six months, a year, and the early, merely temporary measures, particularly lockdowns, have morphed into what has every appearance of a permanent state,” penned Murphy. 

The National Post writer also took aim at the widespread acceptance of masks and social distancing, saying that today a “man is a pariah” if he chooses to not wear a mask. 

“We’ve been patient, too, during this same period over the vacillations in governments’ approaches, the multiple variations in what we should and should not do. At one point masks were useless, and only needed for professional health-care personnel. Then they were absolutely necessary,” wrote Murphy.

“Likewise with this practice of ‘social distancing.’ Early on it was casual, now a man is a pariah, even if alone and a block away from anyone else, if he is not wearing a mask. Some are even advising two. Others wear them while in their cars, on their own.” 

When it comes to the closing of churches, keeping kids out of school, and keeping family members apart due to COVID health rules, Murphy writes that “the dubiously celebrated Canadian patience continues to extend itself.” 

“We were patient, too, with the obvious contradictions that governed aspects of lockdown. People could gather in superstores, but not in churches. My favourite came last summer when a friend observed you could go to a protest but not get a haircut. Even celebrated politicians showed up at protests at a time when they maintained it was not safe to go to Parliament” wrote Murphy. 

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Every Canadian province has been in some form of COVID health lockdown for over a year now, with some provinces such as British Columbia and Ontario, recently announcing new COVID lockdown restrictions. 

Last week Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced a 28 day COVID lockdown, due to an apparent rise in COVID hospitalizations.

However, according to Ontario Dr. Matt Strauss, who has been critical of lockdowns, full hospitals in Canada have been the norm for decades.   

“Hospitals have been full since I started medical training in 2004. Out of 33 OECD countries, Canada comes in 31st place for hospital beds per capita. I will not surrender my human rights to the health care mis-managers who bungled this for the last 20 years,” wrote Strauss, on Twitter. 

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News

WHO, leading experts revisit claim that COVID originated from Chinese lab

While a WHO report discredited the theory that COVID-19 escaped from a lab in Wuhan, experts from around the world have renewed support for the lab leak theory in recent weeks.
Tue Apr 6, 2021 - 11:10 am EST
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April 6, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) —The World Health Organization (WHO) and dozens of international experts are reviving the claim that COVID-19 initially emerged from a lab in China, even after the release of a widely-criticized report by the WHO that attacked the theory last week.

“Let me say clearly that as far as WHO is concerned all hypotheses remain on the table,” WHO head Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who may be facing genocide charges, said on Tuesday. The disgraced organization had published a report in conjunction with the Chinese government calling the lab leak theory “extremely unlikely” earlier that day.

The report followed a tightly restricted visit to the city of Wuhan, where the first known COVID-19 outbreak was identified, by a team of Chinese and WHO-led international scientists in January. Officials had admitted to destroying early virus samples and other evidence of the origins of COVID-19 in China months before the visit.

“In my discussions with the team, they expressed the difficulties they encountered in accessing raw data,” Dr. Tedros said regarding the level of access provided by Beijing. “I do not believe that this assessment was extensive enough,” he continued, saying that lab leak theory “requires further investigation, potentially with additional missions involving specialist experts.”

Tedros’ comments came after quick criticism of the WHO report by the U.S. and 13 other countries in a statement “expressing shared concerns” about the completeness of the inquiry.

Top Republicans have strongly condemned the report, as well. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called it “a sham continuation of the CCP-WHO disinformation campaign” in a post on Twitter.

“It’s why I recommended we leave WHO,” he said. “Dr. Tedros collaborated with Xi to hide human to human transmission at a CRITICAL juncture.” Pompeo added that the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a level-four virus research center nine miles from the market that was once posited as a source of COVID-19, “remains the most likely source of the virus.”

No evidence” for “fully natural” COVID

Despite the WHO report’s attempt to discredit the theory that COVID-19 escaped from one of China’s notoriously porous laboratories, experts from around the world have renewed support for the lab leak theory in recent weeks.

A coalition of more than two dozen Western scientists, dubbed the “Paris Group,” released a letter last month noting that “there is as yet no evidence demonstrating a fully natural origin of this virus.” The experts slammed the W.H.O. investigation in January as a “compromise” with the Chinese government “based partly on political and other limitations.”

“The team did not have the mandate or access to granular lab records, data, and personnel to an extent that would allow them to confidently evaluate the various hypotheses” and “operated in the context of a broad Chinese State Council gag order,” the group said.

An organizer of the Paris Group, WHO advisor Jamie Metzl, similarly censured the WHO inquiry, telling FOX News last week that the emergence of COVID-19 from “an accidental lab leak” “could very well be possible.”

“[W]hat Wuhan has is China’s only level-four virology institute, the world’s largest collection of bat coronaviruses,” it “was doing dangerous ‘gain of function’ research with a spotty security record, and we have this massive Chinese cover-up that came afterwards,” Metzl said.

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For years before the COVID-19 crisis, the Wuhan Institute of Virology had pioneered an ethically dubious type of virus experimentation known as “gain of function” research. In 2014, researchers at the Wuhan lab began work on a project involving genetic modification of bat coronaviruses to make them more transmissible to humans, purportedly to predict future pandemics.

The many coronaviruses catalogued in the institute which may have been used in the project include two with over 96% similarity to COVID-19, Chinese researchers have claimed. A paper published in BioEssays in November reported that the minor differences between COVID-19 and the other viruses may result from “lab manipulation techniques” — findings with which other leading experts have concurred.

“I’m of the point of view that I still think the most likely etiology of this pathology in Wuhan was from a laboratory,” former CDC Director Robert Redfield said two weeks ago. “I do not believe this somehow came from a bat to a human, and at that moment in time that the virus came to the human, became one of the most infectious viruses that we know in humanity for human-to-human transmission.”

The gain of function work in Wuhan that may have led to the creation of COVID-19 was funded by the U.S. government, according to the website of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a branch of the NIH led by Dr. Anthony Fauci, has committed more than $1.2 million of taxpayer funding for the Wuhan lab coronavirus project, titled “Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence,” since 2014.

The project, which is ongoing, has been conducted in partnership with shady New York-based nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance, which is run by Peter Daszak, one of the WHO’s Wuhan investigation team leaders. Daszak notably organized an effective smear campaign against the lab leak theory that helped to shape attitudes towards the theory within the scientific community early in the COVID-19 crisis.


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Opinion

Mainstream media curiously muted on radical beliefs of Capitol attacker

After months of wailing over fears of right-wing extremism, NBC and CBS couldn’t be bothered to note the radical beliefs of the attacker, who described himself as a follower of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan
Tue Apr 6, 2021 - 1:56 pm EST
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Editor's Note, 04/05/21, 8:55 p.m. Eastern: Following this story's publication, NBC News had change of heart as Monday's NBC Nightly News decided to take note of Green's radical views. However, CBS continued to omit his history during its report on the Evening News.

On NBC, Capitol Hill correspondent Kasie Hunt conceded that Green "praised Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan" in social media posts.

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April 6, 2021 (NewsBusters) – The media quickly lose interest in investigating the political beliefs of murderers if they don’t happen to be right-wing white guys. Last Friday afternoon, a black man who called himself a follower of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, rammed his car into the Capitol building barricades, killing one police officer and injuring another. But on this morning’s broadcasts, both NBC and CBS completely omitted that inconvenient detail.

After months of wailing over fears of right-wing extremism, NBC and CBS couldn’t be bothered to note the radical beliefs of the attacker. Instead, both networks used their reports to fret about the January 6 attack and push for more fencing around the Capitol.

The Capitol Police community is shattered by violence again weeks after the January 6th insurrection with one officer dead after that attack. There's fear the Capitol building will continue to be a target,” NBC’s Kasie Hunt began, adding a little while later: “It all comes after the trauma of the January 6 Capitol Insurrection, which left one Capitol Police officer dead, and led to extra scrutiny, after many felt the Capitol Police were unprepared."

After pushing for more barricades, Hunt finally addressed the suspect at the tail end of her report, but refused to report on his social media posts on Farrakhan:

Meanwhile, as authorities try to determine the suspect's motive, police visiting this Virginia home three hours outside Washington where Green grew up. The Washington Post reports his family issued a statement Saturday pointing to his depression and potential mental illness saying he was not a terrorist by any means. Green's family declined to respond to NBC's request for comment…

CBS This Morning wasn’t any better, reporting on the deadly attack similarly to NBC, calling it “Capitol security concerns.” Correspondent Jeff Pegues only devoted the last few lines of his report to the suspect, again without mentioning his radical left-wing ties: “In a statement obtained by The Washington Post, Green's family said that he suffered from depression and potential mental illness. The investigation continues into the attack.”

ABC was the only network to briefly mention Green’s social media posts on Farrakhan:

PIERRE THOMAS: Today, authorities are still trying to determine the motive of suspected killer Noah Green. Sources telling ABC News police have been focused on Green's Facebook posts where he's discussed losing his job and being in a state of duress. Green's family told The Washington Post he was not a terrorist, but suffered from depression and potential mental illness. According to sources, police are also looking into Green's apparent obsession with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, and scriptures about the end of the world….

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Opinion

South Dakota Republican governor has frustrated months of effort to protect girls’ sport

'It's maddening. It's frustrating,' one statehouse member said
Tue Apr 6, 2021 - 12:55 pm EST
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April 6, 2021 (Family Research Council) – It's been a hard start to the year for the people of South Dakota, who have watched everything that their legislature worked for vanish with one wave of the governor's hand. “It's maddening. It's frustrating," one statehouse member said about watching Kristi Noem (R) destroy their months of progress on girls' sports. Despite a week and a half of outcry from her constituents, Noem dug in and did not, as some people hoped, reconsider.

Reporters on both sides were taken aback by the governor's decision, warning that her failure to "read the political room" could have consequences for years to come. Even the Washington Post couldn't help but be surprised that Noem would turn her back on such a core constituency – especially on an issue that enjoys near-consensus support. She made herself a "national icon" for bucking the COVID norms, the Post's Henry Olsen writes. But this "backtracking" on a bill that was an easy lift for a state like South Dakota may have just "torpedoed her standing" with the party's core. "Noem's meteoric national rise has spawned much doubt about whether she has the chops to navigate the difficult issues... How she recovers from this unnecessary self-inflicted wound will determine if the doubters are right."

In Pierre, where the betrayal hits hardest, leaders like House Speaker Spencer Gosch (R) could only shake his head at how carefully the governor tried to spin her decision. "Her letter back to the House said, 'I have not vetoed the bill,' but her actions said otherwise." Regardless of the smoke and mirrors, the legislature set to work, desperately trying to find the votes for a veto override. "We strongly debated the bill," state Rep. Rhonda Milstead (R) explained shortly afterward on "Washington Watch." "We had good testimony on the bill, but we fell two votes short," she said soberly. "We had 52 votes in February. Now we have 45... And the unfortunate thing is: there's nothing about that bill that's [changed]." What's changed, she said, is that Republicans "were lobbied very hard by the governor to oppose the bill. And that's the disappointing part. You know, when you keep hearing this message [from her] that, 'I'm all for fairness in sports,' why would you fight it?"

To actual South Dakotans, Rhonda said, the people on the street, it's incredible to them that we even have to debate this issue. But it's probably even more stunning that they've had to fight their own Republican leader to do it! Over the past week, Rhonda pointed out, it was Noem who opposed their effort the loudest. "Some legislators were getting three and four calls [from her] not to go along with this." Instead of listening to the dozens of organizations who supported it and could defend it, the governor apparently listened to those groups, like the Chamber, who didn't. When push came to shove, it was their threats the governor caved to. "We let these people dictate to us what our values should be," she argued. And that's wrong. "South Dakota is a state that has integrity. People are moving here because of our integrity, and I think we've let them down."

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In Arkansas, where state leaders just saw their girls' sports bill become law, they watched Noem botch South Dakota's legislation with displeasure. "I think it was a bad decision," State Sen. Missy Irvin (R-Ark.) said. She should have "worked [alongside] our legislature," Missy argued, and supported the effort. "There's huge, broad support for this legislation... And the people of Arkansas are willing to go to battle for their voices and for what they stand for. And that's what we should be doing in America. We cannot roll over and just let people threaten us to be silent – threaten us to not stand up for what we believe, and threaten us to not take a stand for something that we all know is the right, common-sense policy..."

In the meantime, Noem will try to hide behind her pair of executive orders on girls' sports – which, like her Title IX coalition, seem to be more about appearances than substance. She offered them after the veto in hopes of tamping down another round of criticism – but the orders, like her substitute for HB 1217 are JV material and fall far short of the protections women need. They don't have a cause of actions for students to sue, don't have a provision barring action against the schools, and only require an affidavit from schools – not a yearly certification. She says it's her attempt at "protecting fairness" until another bill is introduced.

As for the determined South Dakota legislature, it was a valiant effort that deserved better. "I think we'll have to wait until next year to introduce something again," Rhonda said. "But we'll start working on it and hope that our governor will not be an absent executive and participate in the process with us – instead of waiting until the last week [to stop it]."

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Pelosi and the Democrats move to overturn certified election win for Iowa Republican congresswoman

The Democratic Party is sending the message that they will only abide by state election results when it benefits them politically.
Tue Apr 6, 2021 - 12:29 pm EST
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April 6, 2021 (Family Research Council) – U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) believes she has the right to unilaterally overturn the results of a state-certified election. Faced with the smallest majority of any House Speaker in a hundred years, she now is seeking to eject Republican Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa) from Congress to give herself some breathing room. Miller-Meeks won the race for Iowa's 2nd Congressional District by six votes. While the election results from Iowa were certified after Miller-Meeks won multiple recounts, Pelosi and the Democrats want to use their power to challenge and overturn the certified results.

I thought certified elections were untouchable, at least that's what we were told in January. When confronted about her unfair tactics at a Thursday press conference, Pelosi responded, "If I wanted to be unfair, I wouldn't have seated the Republican from Iowa, because that was my right on opening day. I would have just said, 'You're not seated.' And that would have been my right as Speaker to do." She went on to demand that she get the credit for seating Miller-Meeks in the first place.

Oh, sure, we'll applaud you for doing what everyone knows is constitutionally mandated, the requirement never before questioned in American history. Everyone knows that the eligible candidate with the most votes should represent the people who elected him or her to Congress. And then we'll ask why you want to remove her from office because of a close election you previously recognized as legitimate.

The truth is, if the Democrats didn't have double standards, they wouldn't have any standards at all. As with the filibuster, in less than three months they have done a 180-degree turn on the legitimacy of state-certified election results. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) noted on Washington Watch that in January "Democrats treated state-certified results as sacrosanct, as if they were handed down on tablets." It was part of their scorched earth strategy against Donald Trump. "But now that Joe Biden is the president and they've got a very narrow margin in the House, the Democrats are saying, 'well, state certified results, maybe we're going to overturn them,'" said Cotton.

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Big business is also a part of the double standard, as are the social media companies that censored and restricted any content questioning the November election results. Some payment processing companies have even announced they would no longer process donations for certain members of Congress who questioned the election results. Cotton, joined by other Republican senators, wrote a letter to businesses that suspended donations to Republicans who challenged certified election results in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, asking whether they would treat Democrats who challenge certified election results in Iowa the same way, by cutting off donations. "A couple of them have sheepishly admitted privately that they are applying a double standard," he said, "but [there's been] no public response as yet."

The Democratic Party is sending the message that they will only abide by state election results when it benefits them politically. That's why their top congressional priority, H.R. 1, would strip the power of running elections away from the states and give it to the federal government, directly contradicting the terms of the Constitution.

And if House Democrats do follow through with their threats to unseat fairly elected Miller-Meeks, Cotton warned, "it will be a cold winter in the Congress."

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Opinion

Over-hyped COVID variants are being used as part of a campaign of fear to destroy freedom

At some stage, you must realize that the more you give in and obey, the more you have to give in and obey. There really is no end to what they can take from you, and holding on to the belief that your government would never [fill in the blank] is becoming more dangerous by the day.
Tue Apr 6, 2021 - 9:28 am EST
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STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • The goal post for “public safety” has been moved further and further away. At regular intervals during the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been another Chicken Little warning that the sky is still falling and that we must not let down our guard

  • In a Wall Street Journal essay, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis urges readers not to trust “the elites,” pointing out that “Influential people in public health, government and the media” have “failed to rise to the moment”

  • In a recent Senate hearing, Sen. Rand Paul confronted Dr. Anthony Fauci, calling him out for the “theatre” of wearing a mask after being vaccinated

  • BBC News reports mask wearing and social distancing in the U.K. may need to continue for “several years;” Britons must wait for other nations to get fully vaccinated before they can go back to any sense of normalcy

  • The more you give in and obey, the more you have to give in and obey

April 6, 2021 (Mercola) — While COVID-19 can hardly be called a major public health threat anymore, having now reached endemic status (like the seasonal flu), the fearmongerers who need this crisis to continue in order to complete the implementation of a Great Reset of the global economy and social structure aren’t letting up.

In a mid-March 2021 appearance on MSNBC News, National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins expressed dismay at the public’s display of independence, saying:

“Oh my God, Florida, stay out of the bars with your masks off! What are you doing? This is exactly the wrong thing to be doing unless you want to end up where Europe is.”

He’s referring to a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 that is, allegedly, now “causing so many problems” in Europe. But is it really? To be clear, there will be many new variants of this virus, just as the seasonal flu changes and evolves from year to year. The thing is, as viruses mutate within a population over time, they tend to become more benign.

Mutations: 'Much ado about nothing’

As reported by Mary Petrone, Ph.D., and Nathan Grubaugh, assistant professor in the department of epidemiology and microbial diseases at Yale, in a March 2020 CNN Health article:

“A recent scientific article suggested that the novel coronavirus responsible for the Covid-19 epidemic has mutated into a more ‘aggressive’ form. Is this something we need to worry about? No, and here’s why …

The effects of mutation in real life are nuanced and generally innocuous. Using the idea of mutation to incite fear is harmful, especially in the midst of an epidemic like COVID-19 …

The genetic material of the virus is RNA, not DNA like in humans. Unlike with human DNA, when viruses copy their genetic material, it does not proofread its work. Because RNA viruses essentially operate without a spell-check, they often make mistakes.

These ‘mistakes’ are mutations, and viruses mutate rapidly compared to other organisms. While this might sound frightening, mistakes during replication usually produce changes that are neutral or even harmful to the newly generated virus. Neutral mutations, which neither improve nor hinder viruses' survival, may continue to circulate without any noticeable change in the people they infect.

Mutations that are harmful to the viruses are less likely to survive and are eliminated through natural selection. Fortunately, when mutations occur that help a virus spread or survive better, they are unlikely to make a difference in the course of an outbreak.

Viral traits such as infectiousness and disease severity are controlled by multiple genes, and each of those genes may affect the virus' ability to spread in multiple ways. For example, a virus that causes severe symptoms may be less likely to be transmitted if infected people are sick enough to stay in bed.

As such, these traits are like blocks in a Rubik's cube; a change in one characteristic will change another. The chances of a virus navigating these complex series of trade-offs to become more severe during the short timescale of an outbreak are extremely low.”

The ever-moving goal post

If you’ve paid attention, you’ve likely noticed that the goal post for “public safety” has been moved further and further away as we’ve gone along. At regular intervals, there’s been another Chicken Little warning that the sky is still falling and that we must not let down our guard.

First it was the number of deaths that was cause for alarm. Now we know that many of the so-called COVID-19 deaths were not, in fact, caused by the virus, while erroneous epidemiological models predicted millions of deaths lest drastic measures were taken.

As PCR testing took off, rising “case” loads seemed to confirm such dire predictions, sparking widespread panic. With 20/20 hindsight, we now realize that the cycle thresholds of these tests were set so high that even healthy, uninfected and noninfectious people tested positive.

This, in turn, allowed for the myth of asymptomatic spread to take root, and that then became the fear trigger, with everyone being a potential threat, no matter how healthy they appear.

The solution offered was for everyone to wear a mask at all times. Or two. Or perhaps three. Fortunately, even the experts backed off from suggestions of four layers. Yet, from the start, we knew, based on published science, that masks don’t work against viruses.

As “cases” skyrocketed in tandem with fraudulent PCR testing, we were then told the best thing to do is shut everything down for two weeks to prevent overloading hospitals. Stay home, save a life, let the virus die out.

But even though hospitals remained at functional capacity in most areas, as “cases” (read false positives) continued to rise, two-week lockdowns were turned into three weeks, then four. In some areas, lockdowns dragged on for months, yet it didn’t seem to have the desired effect on the case load. By this time, hospital capacity was entirely forgotten.

As lockdowns continued and people started to grumble, the “experts” in charge of this global organization (or more accurately, reorganization) warned that this was the new normal. Settle in. Get used to it. The virus doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, so our only hope is a vaccine. We just have to keep it together until then, and then we’ll all be safe again.

Alas, flies in the ointment appeared in the form of inexpensive treatments that worked just fine, and scientists and medical doctors sharing concerns about these novel “vaccines” that really aren’t and the public health dangers of lockdowns.

Censorship unlike anything the world has ever seen before was launched, and vaccine-deniers became the new enemy — worse even than those pesky asymptomatic healthy people that refuse to wear a mask.

Something had to be done about free thinkers and question-raisers, and so the goal post was moved again. The whole world, all 7-plus billion people, must get vaccinated, or else we’re all toast. This way, people will turn on each other and force each other to comply and stop with the questioning.

And so it continues. The sky hasn’t fallen yet, but we’re promised that unless we comply, it surely will. Any day now. Just a matter of time. Obey, and the experts will make sure we survive the inevitable pandemonium. Now, vaccine passports are being rolled out, and both private companies and entire nations are considering restricting any sense of normalcy to vaccinated-only. Aren’t you tired of chasing the goal post yet?

Chicken Little’s puppet masters

In a Wall Street Journal essay published March 18, 2021, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis urges readers not to trust “the elites,” pointing out that “Influential people in public health, government and the media” have “failed to rise to the moment.” He goes on:

“The COVID-19 pandemic represented a test of elites in the U.S., from public-health experts to the corporate media. The results have been disappointing. Policy makers who bucked the elites and challenged the narrative have been proven right to do so.

To begin with, highly publicized epidemiological models were as consequential as they were wrong … The lockdowns failed to stop the virus but did a great deal of societal damage along the way — damage that a more targeted approach, seeking to reduce total harms, would have been able to avoid (and did, in places like Sweden and Florida) …

Elites sent conflicting messages about the efficacy of cloth masks, the uniformity of risk across age brackets, the danger of outdoor transmission … Perhaps most damaging to public trust was the public-health campaign urging ‘15 Days to Slow the Spread’ … Going from ‘save the hospitals’ to ‘zero COVID’ represents one of the greatest instances in history of moving the goal post …

While it was abundantly clear by May that schools represented low-risk environments for the spread of COVID and that the consequences of prolonged school closures were potentially catastrophic, the corporate media did its best to obscure the data and stoke fear and panic among parents and teachers.

Had the media presented the data on schools in a rational fashion with proper context and perspective … millions of students would be in markedly better shape academically and socially.

For months we were told to ‘trust the experts,’ but far too often over the past year those who were most influential in our society — in public health, government and media — proved incapable of rising to the moment … We cannot simply undo the harm caused by flawed policies advocated by our elites, but we can resolve that we never let this happen to our country again.”

Who’s in charge, really?

DeSantis’ definition of “elites” is basically prominent public health and corporate media leaders. That may be appropriate for the critique offered in his article, but even these influential individuals are mere foot soldiers in the bigger scheme of things.

Above them towers a pyramidical power structure populated by globalist entities — nongovernmental organizations, think-tanks, private corporations and billionaire philanthropists — many of which we’ve never even heard of, and who rule without being seen.

In fact, one of the most influential yet universally overlooked global powerhouses, the Swedish Wallenberg family dynasty’s motto is “Esse non videri,” or in Swedish, “Att verka utan att synas,” which translates into “To operate without being seen.”

The Wallenbergs’ involvement in banking, and technological and power infrastructure grants them immense power over entire nations, not to mention the global intelligence and surveillance apparatus as a whole.

I suspect that in the final analysis, we will find the little country of Sweden may actually be a most significant power player in the Great Reset. The hope, of course, is that by exposing this nefarious global takeover plan, we can stop it and reverse course.

Fauci called out for his theatrical performance

More locally we have Dr. Anthony Fauci, who surely qualifies as an elitist pharmaceutical priest whose advice we ought to balance with more rational perspectives. In a recent Senate hearing over the COVID-19 pandemic, Sen. Rand Paul confronted Fauci about his mask recommendations, saying:

"You're telling everybody to wear a mask, whether they've had an infection or a vaccine. What I'm saying is that they have immunity, and everybody agrees they have immunity.

What studies do you have that people that have had the vaccine or have had the infection … are spreading the infection? If we're not spreading the infection, isn't it just theater? You've had the vaccine and you're wearing two masks, isn't that theater?"

When Fauci tries to defend his position by bringing up the issue of new variants that the vaccine may or may not defend against, which he says necessitates the use of a mask even if vaccinated, Paul strikes back saying:

“What studies show significant reinfection, hospitalization and death from the variants? None in our country. Zero. You’re making your policy based on conjecture. You have the conjecture that we’re going to get variants so you want people to wear a mask for another couple of years.

You’ve been vaccinated and you parade around in two masks for show. You can’t get it again … You’re defying everything we know about immunity by telling people to wear masks who have been vaccinated … If you have immunity, [wearing a mask] is theatre. You’re wearing a mask to give comfort to others. You’re not wearing a mask because of any science.”

Masks and social distancing here to stay?

In related news, BBC News reports mask wearing and social distancing in the U.K. may need to continue for “several years.” So says Mary Ramsay, head of immunization at Public Health England. Another extension on the foreign holiday (vacation) ban is also being considered.

The reason, again, is that no one can be free until the whole world has gotten vaccinated. The idea being presented, as DeSantis pointed out, is that we now have to reach a COVID-free state before we can start living life again. Meaning, as long as there’s a single specimen of SARS-CoV-2 anywhere on the planet, the whole world is at risk, as it will spread and grow, so no one can live as they please until the virus has been eradicated.

The goal post is now so far in the future, we can’t even see a glimmer of it in the distance anymore. The old saying, “Give them an inch and they’ll take a mile,” seems apt at this point.

At some stage, you must realize that the more you give in and obey, the more you have to give in and obey. There really is no end to what they can take from you, and holding on to the belief that your government would never [fill in the blank] is becoming more dangerous by the day.

It’s also important to realize that your government isn’t the ultimate power. Our government officials take orders too, believe it or not, from what is now commonly known as the deep state. It’s not a government at all, but a global, hidden power structure that is accountable to no one, while influencing and manipulating everyone to bring about a new world order.

The New World Order

In years past, this shadowy cabal of power brokers were referred to under the term the New World Order. In 2020, the World Economic Forum came out on the public stage and announced the Great Reset, which is nothing but the NWO rebranded. So, it’s a conspiracy no more.

In the video above, investigative journalist Harry Vox talks about disease outbreaks, quarantines and curfews being essential tools in the ruling class’ toolkit, and how these tools were planned to be used to usher in the next phase of control.

The interview, which took place seven years ago, sounds more than a little prophetic today, as these three indispensable tools for totalitarian control have been part of our reality for the past 12 months. In it, Vox also refers to “Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development,” a document by the Rockefeller Foundation, in which they lay out their “Lockstep” scenario, which details the global response to a lethal pandemic.

The Lockstep Scenario

While the name and origin of the virus differs, the scenario laid out in this document matches many of the details of our present situation. A deadly viral pandemic. A deadly effect on economies. International mobility coming to a screeching halt, debilitating industries, tourism and global supply chains. “Even locally, normally bustling shops and office buildings sat empty for months, devoid of both employees and customers,” the document reads.

“In the absence of official containment protocols,” the virus spread like wildfire. In this narrative, the U.S. administration’s failure to place strict travel restrictions on its citizens proved to be a fatal flaw, as it allowed the virus to spread past its borders. China, on the other hand, fared particularly well due to its rapid imposition of universal quarantines of all citizens, which proved effective for curbing the spread of the virus.

Many other nations where leaders “flexed their authority” and imposed severe restrictions on their citizens — “from the mandatory wearing of face masks to body-temperature checks at the entries of communal spaces like train stations and supermarkets” — also fared well.

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Listen to the disbelief in the interviewer’s voice when he asks if Vox actually believes that such a thing could happen, that we would have to stand in line to get our temperature checked before entering a building.

Well, every single one of us has now had to do this at least a few times, so we know it’s possible. And if that’s possible, why not the rest of the Lockstep plan, which tells us that: “Even after the pandemic faded, this more authoritarian control and oversight of citizens and their activities stuck, and even intensified.”

We can no longer afford to disbelieve the lengths to which the globalist elites, the unelected deep state, can and will go to seize total control over our global resources and people. They’ve already told us what the ultimate plan is — to use bioterrorism to take control of the world’s resources, wealth and people.

All we need to do is to believe it, and realize that the only thing giving them the power to impose their will is our fear. As long as we choose fear and demand our government keep us safe from pathogens, they have every chance of winning.

To learn more about the hidden power structure running this global reorganization toward authoritarian control, see “Bill Gates Wants to Realize Global Vision in His Lifetime,” “The Great Reset and Build Back Better,” “Technocracy and the Great Reset” and “Who Pressed the Great Reset Button?

The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) recently posted more than 50 video presentations from the pay-for-view Fifth International Public Conference on Vaccination held online October 16 to 18, 2020, and made them available to everyone for free.

The conference's theme was "Protecting Health and Autonomy in the 21st Century" and it featured physicians, scientists and other health professionals, human rights activists, faith community leaders, constitutional and civil rights attorneys, authors and parents of vaccine injured children talking about vaccine science, policy, law and ethics and infectious diseases, including coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccines.

In December 2020, a U.K. company published false and misleading information about NVIC and its conference, which prompted NVIC to open up the whole conference for free viewing. The conference has everything you need to educate yourself and protect your personal freedoms and liberties with respect to your health.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity. I was a speaker at this empowering conference and urge you to watch these video presentations before they’re censored and taken away by the technocratic elite.

Reprinted with permission from Mercola.


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New York’s vaccine passport program is already failing

The Cuomo-IBM idiocracy can't produce a good product.
Tue Apr 6, 2021 - 7:58 am EST
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April 6, 2021 (The Dossier) — Liberty advocates, rejoice! The idiocracy is going to save us from another form of COVID tyranny. Thanks to a combination of bungling authoritarians and decaying legacy corporations, these entities are simply too incompetent to pull off a functioning vaccine passport program.

New York’s rollout of its vaccine passport already has the markings of a five alarm dumpster fire. The New York State “Excelsior Pass” vaccine passport system, which was created by IBM, has so many issues that I wouldn’t be surprised if the program was scrapped altogether before the end of the calendar year. It has massive security flaws, a shrinking customer base by design, it remains incredibly impractical, and it’s incredibly easy to manipulate. Excelsior Pass sucks, thanks to the idiocracy that was responsible for its design and implementation.

A rigid system

Say you want to attend a Knicks game this evening at Madison Square Garden, a partner to the Excelsior Pass program. It’s 9 a.m. and your event is at 7:30 p.m. If you don’t have the vaccine yet, that means you will need to obtain a negative COVID-19 test to receive your pass. Want to take that test this morning? Not so fast! The antigen test needs to have been administered within the last 6 hours, so you better plan your entire day around navigating that short window between your COVID test and the event this evening.

Just received your second dose and you’re ready to hit the town? Not so fast! You must wait at least two weeks before your green check mark appears on your vaccine passport. 

Has it been more than 90 days since your last dose? Rejected! You only have a 76 day window (more than 14 days, under 90 days) to acquire a vax pass, which has to be renewed every 30 days.

Received a vaccine or COVID test from out of state? Took a private at home test kit or a test from a provider that is not registered in the New York State central database? Looks like you’re out of luck. You will not be able to receive your prized Excelsior Pass, because your information never made it into the system.

Are you an out of state resident looking to attend an event or enter an Excelsior Pass participating store? You’re out of luck! The New York system does not communicate with other databases, and other states plan on rewarding vaccine passport contracts to other companies.

Junk application

In order to download Excelsior Pass on your phone, you need the latest version of Android or iOS. For users of phones that are more than 4-5 years, this means you will not be able to access the application. If you have an iPhone 6 or earlier, you can’t download Excelsior Pass because it only runs on the latest operating system, which doesn’t work on these older phones.

Users of the app are absolutely hammering it for its dysfunction. Of the 240 reviews for the application on iOS, over 100 reviews received 1 star out of 5.

Here’s a small sample size of user complaints from the last week:

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IBM sucks

New York’s Excelsior Pass was constructed on IBM’s Digital Health Pass platform. IBM claims that it keeps your data secure on its “blockchain technology” platform, which is a corporate buzzword excuse for a total lack of transparency about how it hosts your sensitive health records. In fact, a devastating February report on IBM’s Blockchain program showed it failed to produce anything meaningful, and the company has cut its staff by a reported 90 percent.

Overpromising and under delivering is nothing new for IBM. Before the blockchain hype, IBM promised it would help treat and cure cancer through its Watson artificial intelligence platform. Watson AI has been marketed for a decade, and it has produced almost nothing of substance. Both IBM Blockchain and IBM’s Watson AI has been catered specifically to health care applications, and neither has developed any substantial real world uses. Don’t be surprised if IBM’s vaccine passport program, which is part of its IBM Blockchain skeleton crew, meets the same fate.

Anyone can steal your information and take your Vax Pass

The IBM-New York vaccine passport system has incredibly lax security protocols, making it easy for a random individual to steal your identity and obtain Gov. Cuomo’s vaunted Excelsior Pass.

In order to see if someone is eligible for an Excelsior Pass (and acquire their COVID-19 health records), all you need is a first and last name, a date of birth, and a zip code (yes, not even their address, just their zip code). If you’re eligible for the pass, you then get taken to a second screen where you have to enter more relatively easily obtained information to “verify your identity.” Even if you get some questions wrong, it appears that you can go back in and answer an unlimited amount of times until you get the right combination. 

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Failure imminent

Vaccine passports are inhumane, discriminatory, and will lead America on a direct path to a China-like social credit score system that restricts our unalienable rights. The good news for you New Yorkers is that the Cuomo Administration and IBM are the dream team of incompetence. Excelsior Pass will almost certainly fail, because a legacy governor and a legacy tech outfit are not sophisticated enough to produce a working totalitarian product for their COVID Safety Regime.

Reprinted with permission from The Dossier.

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Authentically Catholic psychotherapy based on St. Thomas Aquinas

Christopher McDonald is a Catholic therapist who relies on Conrad Baars’ methods to help those who are suffering.
Tue Apr 6, 2021 - 4:32 pm EST
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April 6, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – It’s undeniable that there are millions of people in the world today struggling with mental and spiritual illness. I often think to myself: If only they were aware of the work of Conrad Baars, they could be living the life God desires them to live.

Conrad Baars was a Catholic psychiatrist born in the Netherlands in 1919. He incorporated the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas into his practice after initially following the theories of Sigmund Freud. On my podcast today, I spoke with Christopher McDonald, a Catholic therapist, about how he uses Baars’ teachings at CatholicTherapists.com to help those who are suffering.

McDonald told me that one of the most important aspects of Baars’ philosophy is the idea of affirmation. No, not the “affirmation” that the world uses to deceptively encourage people to continue living in sin, but the type of affirmation that helps people strive for holiness.

“Affirmation … has nothing to do with positive statements that we say to ourselves or to others,” he told me. “Affirmation is the idea to reaffirm, to make solid a person. Jesus is the model … [affirmation is] simply love.”

McDonald also said that he believes the true pandemic going on in the world today is the “lack of affirmation.” It’s the lack of the nuclear family unit and the strength that parents give to children, he said. “This is having a devastating effect on the children who grow up and they're not adequately affirmed, so they cannot adequately affirm their [own] children. And it goes on and on. You see the slow erosion in family, the slow erosion of society.”

“We live in a culture of the un-affirmed,” he continued. “There is affirmation where there is authentic love.”

To learn more about Conrad Baars and his Catholic approach to psychology, visit the website for the Baars Institue by clicking here or by viewing his Amazon author page by clicking here.

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Identifying as anything but straight is now trendy — even if you’re actually straight

Singer Demi Lovato is only the latest celebrity to join what she described as the ‘LGBTQIA+ ... alphabet mafia.’
Tue Apr 6, 2021 - 10:41 am EST
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April 6, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — In a time where there are almost no taboos left to break and the ubiquity of violent porn has virtually eliminated our collective capacity to experience shock, it is difficult for artists to attract attention as they once did. With the meteoric rise of the rainbow movement, “coming out” as something or other has become a compelling career move. If you need a shtick, announcing that you are something other than straight is sure to rake in accolades from every corner.

Thus, pop singer Sam Smith announced that he was “non-binary” (Douglas Murray wondered what the difference between that and shouting “Look at me!” was).

Miley Cyrus, the fresh-faced Hannah-Montana-turned-punk-chick, was sure to let the tabloids know that her marriage to Liam Hemsworth didn’t mean she wasn’t pansexual, gender-fluid, and queer. “We’re redefining, to be f---ing frank, what it looks like for someone that’s a queer person like myself to be in a hetero relationship. A big part of my pride and my identity is being a queer person,” she told Vanity Fair.

Teen YouTube star Jojo Siwa also climbed aboard the overloaded bandwagon, informing her fans that she now identifies as LGBT. Not that she’s gay or anything — most of the celebrities coming out these days are identifying as one of the other ambiguous letters, which allow them to be referred to as “courageous” and “bold” without actually having to do anything that used to make “coming out” difficult.

They’re basically straight, but since that’s so passé these days, they’re queer or bi or non-binary or gender-fluid — lots of great options for anyone seeking to break free of heteronormativity and into the headlines.

The latest example is Demi Lovato, who recently featured in a documentary series titled Dancing With the Devil and released a new album. Lovato is also a former Disney star and, like Cyrus, she has also announced that she is “pansexual.”

On March 30, she went on Joe Rogan’s podcast and, while talking about the end of her recent engagement (to Max Ehrich), she noted that she was now up for anything. "I’m so fluid now — and a part of the reason why I am so fluid is because I was super closeted off,” she said, affirming that “pansexual” described her. “I heard someone call the LGBTQIA+ community the ‘alphabet mafia,’ and I was like, ‘That’s it. That’s what I’m going with. I’m part of the alphabet mafia and proud."

Of course, every coming out story has to have a little Christian-bashing, so she explained that she “felt a lot of shame because growing up in Texas as a Christian, that’s very frowned upon. Any attraction I had to a female at a young age, I shut it down before I even let myself process what I was feeling.”

She also told Glamour that she was really coming into her new identity, whatever that ends up being. “When I started getting older, I started realizing how queer I really am. This past year I was engaged to a man, and when it didn’t work, I was like, [this] is a huge sign … felt this sense of relief that I could live my truth.”

Demi Lovato is only the latest. Data increasingly tell us that identifying as anything but straight is now trendy, especially with the entertainment industry’s commitment to telling LGBT stories and lionizing anyone who decides to join the alphabet mafia. For a celebrity, identifying as LGBT is all gain, no cost — you don’t even have to break up with your opposite sex partner, you just have to be with them “queerly,” which can mean whatever you want. From the fringes to cultural dominance in a single generation. Alphabet mafia, indeed.


  demi lovato, gender ideology, homosexuality, miley cyrus, transgenderism

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The coronavirus is a bioweapon, China expert Steven Mosher argues

A look at the China’s biological warfare intentions and capabilities.
Tue Apr 6, 2021 - 10:23 am EST
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April 6, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — In late January of last year, as the coronavirus that has changed our lives forever started to spread around the world, questions began to be raised about its origins. Was it natural or man-made?

Chinese Communist scientists and their allies at the World Health Organization insisted that the virus emerged from an exotic mammal — a bat, maybe, or a pangolin — that for some reason was being sold in a seafood market in Wuhan. When leading American virologists, Dr. Anthony Fauci and others, endorsed the idea that COVID infections originated in an animal eaten for food, it was “case closed.”

The American media has been selling that story ever since. In January 2020, National Public Radio was already reporting, “A wet market in Wuhan is catching the blame as the probable source of the current coronavirus outbreak that’s sweeping the globe.” National Geographic also chimed in, saying, “Wet markets launched the coronavirus.”

No one had actually been on the ground in Wuhan — the Chinese government wouldn’t let foreigners near the city for the next year — but somehow they all knew exactly where the virus had come from.

A few people disagreed. Among them was Dr. Francis Boyle, an expert on biowarfare. He suggested that “the coronavirus that we’re dealing with here is an offensive biological warfare weapon.” Speaking of Wuhan’s Institute of Virology, which is at the epicenter of the epidemic, he added that there have been “previous reports of problems with that lab and things leaking out of it.”

Dr. Yan Li-Meng, who fled China last April, agrees. She calls the virus an “unrestricted bioweapon,” saying that it was a bat coronavirus isolated by the People’s Liberation Army that has been re-engineered using “gain of function” research to make it more infectious and deadly.

For Drs. Boyle and Yan to be correct, China would have to have both the “intention” and the “capability” to develop such a bioweapon, but does it?

It is no secret that the Chinese Communist regime, despite being a signatory to the Biological Weapons Convention, regards the development of bioweapons as a key part of achieving military dominance. Since 2007, Chinese government researchers have been writing publicly about developing bioweapons using controversial “gain of function” research to make the viruses more lethal. The vice president of China’s Academy of Military Medical Sciences, He Fuchu (贺福初) said in 2015 that biomaterials were the new “strategic commanding heights” of warfare.

Then in 2017 China’s top state television commentator revealed that biowarfare, using viruses, was a new priority under Xi Jinping’s national security policy.

PLA general Zhang Shibo (张仕波) went even further that same year in his book, War’s New High Ground, claiming that “modern biotechnology development is gradually showing strong signs characteristic of an offensive capability,” including the potential for “specific ethnic genetic attacks” (特定种族基因攻击).

To be perfectly clear, what General Zhang is talking about is bioweapons that kill other races, but for which people who look like him have a natural or acquired immunity. Such a weapon would selectively target Africans or Caucasians or Japanese or Koreans but leave your own population unscathed.

Those who might counter that one wild-eyed general does not necessarily speak for the Communist leadership should bear in mind that Zhang was a full member of the 18th Central Committee (2012-17) of the Chinese Communist Party and was the president of China’s National Defense University at the time.

So there’s no doubt that the CCP has been intent upon developing offensive biological warfare weapons for some years now. But can they? What do we know about China’s capabilities?

We know that China has mastered reverse genetics — the gene splicing techniques that are needed to create a biological superweapon — because we taught their top scientists how to do it. Actually it’s even worse than that: We may have actually been paying the Chinese scientists who created the China Virus that is now wreaking havoc on the world.

Shortly before the Wuhan outbreak, the head of an organization called EcoHealth Alliance gave an interview about his work with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which he called a “world-class lab of the highest standards.” The man, Peter Daszak, explained that he had been funding research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology for 15 years. The work involved collecting coronaviruses from nature and using something called “gain of function” techniques to make them more infectious and deadly.

Coronaviruses were perfect for this work, enthused Daszak: “You can manipulated them in the lab pretty easily. It’s a spike protein. Spike protein drives a lot of what happens with the coronavirus, the zoonotic risk [to humans]. So you can get the sequence, build the protein. And we worked with Ralph Baric at the University of North Carolina to do this. We insert the sequence into the backbone of another virus and then do some work in the lab.”

Daszak claimed that the research he was carrying out in conjunction with the Wuhan lab was necessary to create a vaccine to prevent the next global pandemic. In light of what has happened since, however, his December 9, 2019, interview almost reads like a confession. Clearly the man had no idea that the Chinese Communist Party might have other uses in mind for dangerous coronaviruses than research into vaccines.

The bottom line is that China, thanks in part to training and funding it received from the U.S., had everything it needed to create a deadly bioweapon: the facility, the technology, and the raw biomaterial.

As far as Daszak himself, once the pandemic began, the last thing he wanted to talk about was his work with the Wuhan lab. He quickly endorsed China’s claim that it came from a wet market, and attacked anyone who said otherwise as an unhinged conspiracy theorist.

In an April interview with DemocracyNow he insisted, “The idea that this virus escaped from a lab is just pure baloney. It’s simply not true. I’ve been working with that lab for 15 years. They’re some of the best scientists in the world.”

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China, however, has a long history of lab accidents. In 2004, for example, the SARS virus leaked from a Beijing lab twice (!) and caused an outbreak of the disease. The Wuhan facility may have been state of the art, but Chinese safety standards in general are notably lax. And if Chinese scientists were under rush orders to research and develop bioweapons, corners would almost surely be cut.

Then there is this: If the first coronavirus infections were a simple result of accidental animal-to-human transmission, as claimed, this could have occurred anywhere in China. How curious that the epicenter of the epidemic just happens to be located in just a couple of miles away from where China’s only Level 4 lab is located. Chance? I think not.

Even the former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Robert Redfield, now believes the coronavirus likely came from the lab in Wuhan.

From the beginning, however, the Washington Post and other mainstream media outlets have tried to convince us that the deadly coronavirus is a product of nature rather than nefariousness. In response to Redfield’s interview, for example, the New York Times immediately published a hit piece entitled, “Ex-CDC Director Favors Debunked Covid-19 Origin Theory.”

The World Health Organization is also working hard to deny that the coronavirus came from the lab. It recently sent none other than Peter Daszak to Wuhan to help carry out an “investigation” on the origin of the coronavirus. Not surprisingly, the 120-page report that resulted devoted only a couple of pages to the Wuhan lab and concluded that it was “extremely unlikely” the virus came from there. Why am I not surprised?

Jamie Metzl, who served as a national security official in the Obama administration, told CBS last week that he wouldn’t call the WHO effort an “investigation” at all. “It’s essentially a highly-chaperoned, highly-curated study tour,” Metzl said. “This group of experts only saw what the Chinese government wanted them to see … It was agreed first that China would have veto power over who even got to be on the mission … WHO agreed to that … Imagine if we [had] asked the Soviet Union to do a co-investigation of Chernobyl. It doesn’t really make sense.”

The best research in the question has been done by David Asher, the former leader of the State Department’s task force investigating the origins of COVID-19. Asher not only believes the virus escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, but also that it was the result of bioweapons research.

“The Wuhan Institute of Virology is not the National Institute of Health,” says David Asher. “It was operating a secret, classified program. In my view, and I’m just one person, my view is it was a biological weapons program.”

There is one final piece of evidence that for me, as a China hand, supports the theory that the coronavirus is an escaped Chinese bioweapon.

There is a rumor going around on the Chinese internet that the United States deliberately unleashed an American bioweapon on the Chinese population. Tellingly, such absurd claims are not being censored by the authorities, while accurate reporting on the epidemic is. In fact, having delayed, subverted, and side-tracked the WHO “investigation” of the Wuhan Lab, China is now demanding that the WHO investigate the U.S. anti-biowarfare center at Fort Detrick, Maryland.

It is very much in character for the Communist Party leaders to blame their chief geopolitical rival for crimes that they themselves commit.

With its lies and evasions, is the Party simply trying to cover up its incompetence in controlling the outbreak? Or are its leaders also trying to hide something much more serious: their criminal complicity in the epidemic’s origins? Even taking into account the Party’s penchant for secrecy, the multiple levels of deception engaged in by Communist officials over the past couple of months, including those at the highest levels, have been extraordinary.

We may never know for certain whether the novel coronavirus was intended to be used as a bioweapon. But we do know that the major Western print, broadcast, and social media are all doing their best to dismiss the very possibility as a paranoid fantasy.

But — as the old joke goes — it’s not paranoia if they are really out to get you. And on this point the evidence is clear. We know, because PLA generals have told us so, that their researchers are racing to develop lethal bioweapons as fast as their theft of Western technology and stolen virus samples will allow. And it is a most reasonable supposition to assume that, because of this push to develop a deadly bioweapon, safety standards were neglected at the Institute of Virology in Wuhan and the deadly coronavirus managed to escape from the lab.

At the end of the day, whether the novel coronavirus had already been tinkered with before it reached the streets of Wuhan is (almost) of secondary importance. For the Communist leaders are clearly engaged in an effort to develop such a weapon as part and parcel of their strategy for the PRC to replace the USA as the dominant power on the planet.

To put it another way, does anyone think that the Communist authorities — once they had perfected a bioweapon to which they themselves had a natural or induced immunity — would hesitate to unleash a deadly pandemic on the West to achieve their “China Dream” of world domination? Those who doubt that the leaders of the Communist Party would use such an “assassin’s mace” need to tell us precisely what moral or ethical considerations would stay their hand. Because I can think of none.

Steven W. Mosher is the President of the Population Research Institute and the author of Bully of Asia: Why China’s Dream is the New Threat to World Order. A former National Science Foundation fellow, he studied human biology at Stanford University under famed geneticist Luigi Cavalli-Sforza. He holds advanced degrees in Biological Oceanography, East Asian Studies, and Cultural Anthropology. One of America’s leading China watchers, he was selected in 1979 by the National Science Foundation to be the first American social scientist to do field research in China.


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