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Biden regime wipes out Trump’s pro-freedom human rights commission

Christians and pro-freedom groups condemned the elimination of the Commission on Unalienable Rights.
Wed Apr 7, 2021 - 8:13 pm EST
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April 7, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) -- The Biden administration has formally dismissed a pro-freedom human rights commission started under President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced last week.

In a press conference about State Department’s 2020 human rights reports, Secretary Blinken veiledly refenced the Commission on Unalienable Rights, an expert panel convened by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in 2019. Blinken claimed to “repudiate” the commission, which has received broad, interfaith praise for its strong defense of religious liberties, and said the group was “recently disbanded.”

The secretary reiterated the Biden regime's pro-LGBT and pro-abortion platform in the press conference, stating that “there is no hierarchy that makes some rights more important than others.” 

“Past unbalanced statements that suggest such a hierarchy, including those offered by a recently disbanded State Department advisory committee, do not represent a guiding document for this administration,” Blinken said, adding that the new regime rejects the views of the committee “decisively.” Blinken had promised Senate Democrats that he would rebuke the Commission on Unalienable Rights during his confirmation hearing. 

Despite vehement attacks by Democrats and George Soros-funded activist groups, the Commission on Unalienable Rights won international acclaim from across faiths, including from the world’s largest independent Muslim organization. The panel was composed of renowned legal experts, as well as leading Jewish and Muslim scholars, and was chaired by Harvard Law School professor Mary Ann Glendon.  

“We wanted to go back to first principles, back to our founding documents, our Declaration of Independence, our Bill of Rights to focus on those things that are central to the understanding of rights here in America,” Secretary Pompeo said about the initiative, which stressed the fundamental importance of religious freedom.

“International law accepts that some human rights are absolute or nearly so, admitting of few or no exceptions, even in times of national emergency,” the commission’s final report, released last summer, read. The report named religious freedom an “absolute” right. 

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“Prominent among the unalienable rights that government is established to secure, from the founders’ point of view, are property rights and religious liberty. A political society that destroys the possibility of either loses its legitimacy,” it warned. 

The Biden regime’s repudiation of the Commission on Unalienable Rights has drawn condemnation from Christian and pro-freedom groups.

“This signifies the downgrading of the role of religious freedom in foreign policy and frankly, domestically as well because the commission had elevated the role of religious freedom and articulated its role as an important human right,” Travis Weber, director of the Center for Religious Liberty at the Family Research Council, said about Secretary Blinken’s statements.

“The situation of many Muslim-majority countries around the world, including Iran, is very dire. Christians are being slaughtered in Nigeria almost weekly, it seems, and there is no mention of that,” Weber said. “So when we look at the horrific atrocities and human rights violations going on around the world, religious persecution is among them, and it’s totally disappointing that (Blinken is) not highlighting that.” 

International Christian Concern likewise raised concerns as to “whether the Biden administration is still committed to putting religious freedom as a central principle in the United States’ foreign policy priorities” in the wake of the press conference. 

While unveiling the latest State Department human rights report, Blinken also revealed that he has instructed the agency to reinstate a section about “reproductive rights” in future reports. He called “sexual and reproductive rights” – common euphemisms for abortion – “human rights.” 

Blinken and the Biden regime have worked swiftly to erase President Trump’s monumental pro-life, pro-Christian legacy since January. The new regime already has revoked the Protect Life Rule, which cut billions of dollars of abortion funding to foreign nonprofits, and left the Geneva Consensus, a declaration signed by 32 countries reaffirming the right to life. The Biden White House also rebuked the Trump administration’s 1776 Commission, a scholarly historical commission that sought to provide a counter-narrative to the error-filled, Marxist “1619 Project.”


  anthony blinken, biden regime, commission on unalienable rights, donald trump, mike pompeo, religious liberty, state department, u.s. secretary of state

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‘Satan Shoe’ maker ordered to stop filling requests following Nike lawsuit

Using a model similar to the Air Max 97 but with a demonic design, MSCHF has been accused of potentially damaging the retailing giant's reputation.
Wed Apr 7, 2021 - 7:20 pm EST
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April 7, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Nike is suing MSCHF, the company behind the controversial “Satan Shoes” released in collaboration with rapper Lil Nas X on March 30, for trademark infringement. A court subsequently ordered MSCHF to cease fulfilling orders for their demonically customized version of Nike’s Air Max 97 shoe.

MSCHF had released the hell-inspired shoe just a day after Nike lodged a legal complaint against the aftermarket design company. The “art collective” based its design on a pair of Nike Air Max 97s, adding a bronze pentagram pendant, inverted cross symbols, and purportedly “1 drop human blood,” drawn from MSCHF employees, mixed with red ink in the windowed sole section. The company sold out of all 666 pairs within a few minutes of their release, despite retailing at more than a thousand dollars apiece.

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

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

A U.S. federal judge ruled in favor of Nike on April 1, allowing its motion for a restraining order on MSCHF that prohibits the sale of the custom footwear and any use of Nike’s trademarks by MSCHF. Lil Nas X, an open homosexual and outspoken proponent of the homosexual lifestyle, was not named as a defendant in the lawsuit.

Nike wrote to the court the morning before the pronouncement, telling the judge that “MSCHF’s conduct has caused immense confusion about the source of MSCHF’s infringing shoes and tarnished Nike’s brand with an unwarranted association with satanism.”

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The sneaker retailer noted that there is “already evidence of significant confusion and dilution occurring in the marketplace, including calls to boycott Nike in response to the launch of MSCHF's Satan Shoes based on the mistaken belief that Nike has authorized or approved this product.”

The judge subsequently noted that MSCHF’s Satan Shoes are “likely to confuse, and likely are confusing, consumers about the origin, sponsorship, or approval” from Nike, with a likelihood to cause “irreparable harm” to Nike’s reputation.

Brooklyn-based MSCHF released its own statement on the judge’s ruling and, indeed, Nike’s decision to swiftly pursue legal action, at which they were “honestly surprised.” 

“MSCHF is a conceptual art collective known for interventions that engage fashion, art, tech, and capitalism in various, often unexpected, mediums,” the statement read. “MSCHF makes artworks that live directly in the systems they critique, instead of hiding inside white-walled galleries. There is no better way to start a conversation about consumer culture than by participating in consumer culture.”

Their statement added that “(l)ast week's release of the Satan Shoes, in collaboration with Lil Nas X, was no different.” The company boasted that “Satan Shoes started a conversation … It is art created for people to observe, speculate on, purchase, and own.”

Taking a jab at Nike, MSCHF complained that the sportswear giant was acting inconsistently, given that they did not raise a legal complaint over the art collective’s earlier “Jesus Shoe” release, also based on the Air Max 97 design and customized with a crucifix pendant and a sample of water from the river Jordan in the sole. According to MSCHF lawyers, the Jesus Shoe made “just as big of a societal impact,” without attracting the ire of Nike’s public relations department.

“Heresy only exists in relation to doctrine: who is Nike to censor one but not the other? Satan is as much part of the art historical canon as Jesus, from Renaissance Hellmouths to Milton. Satan exists as the challenger to the ultimate authority,” MSCHFs statement continued. “We were delighted to work with Lil Nas X on Satan Shoes and continue this dialogue.”

During a court hearing, MSCHFs legal counsel stated that the vast majority of the offending products, more than 600 pairs, had already been shipped to customers, rendering Nike’s court success pointless.


  lil nas x, mschf, nike, satan shoes, trademark infringement

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School shows second graders cartoon of silhouetted man with erection to explain sexual abuse

‘Some children have experienced an adult touching or putting their penis in the child’s private parts or mouth,’ the voice-over commented.
Wed Apr 7, 2021 - 5:01 pm EST
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GREENWICH, Connecticut, April 7, 2021, (LifeSiteNews) — Second graders attending online school in Greenwich, Connecticut, were exposed to a lesson on “being scared” in the form of a cartoon movie featuring a graphic silhouette of a man with an erect penis standing over a sad-eyed child. A voice-over explicitly said, “Some children have experienced an adult touching or putting their penis in the child’s private parts or mouth.”

The seven-minute movie is called The Alfred Jr. & Shadow — A Short Story about Being Scared. Two little owl-friends discuss things that make them feel afraid. The video description reads, “All children are normalscared, but what do children who are embarrassedscared or painfulscared need?”

The content touches on things that would be terrifying for a child, like physical and sexual abuse, and alcoholism in families. It has since been removed from YouTube.

A second-grade father and local conservative political commentator, Carl Higbie, was “relieved” that his second grader was not shown the video, but is calling for the removal of the teachers who planned the instruction and exposed seven and eight-year-olds to the disturbing images. “That somebody thought this video was acceptable for second graders was abhorrent,” he told the local paper.

Higbie also took to his verified Twitter to say, “Greenwich schools superintendent Toni Jones has still not fired Ms Goodwin or Ms Hanzlik, who showed SECOND grade students an animated video with a man with an erection standing over a child...”

It is unclear why such mature material was part of the class instruction, and nothing more has been reported on the fate of the two teachers who planned the lessons. Superintendent Dr. Toni Jones issued an apologetic email after backlash from angry parents. Jones agreed the video would have been better suited in therapy sessions for children who have already experienced trauma and was not appropriate for classroom use.

“Around the midway point in the video there is reference to situations in which children may become afraid, including being afraid of abuse, both physical and sexual,” Jones email stated. “The content at this point in the video was not appropriate for our GPS second grade classrooms.”

“Dr. Jones said that due to the nature of the video, the district notified the Dept of Children and Families (DCF), which they do whenever they believe students may have been exposed to material or situations that may warrant a follow-up.” Jones is offering a “student session for those parents who would like more support.”


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University lifts suspension of student refusing to use ‘preferred’ pronouns

‘If I’m a man that thinks I’m a woman, I’m still a man.’
Wed Apr 7, 2021 - 4:29 pm EST
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GENESEO, New York, April 7, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A student who was suspended from a State University of New York school of education for publicly insisting he will only recognize people’s biological gender, even if they “identify as” another gender, has had prior conditions for his reinstatement lifted by the school.

After fellow students complained about his Instagram posts, The School of Education at the State University of New York at Geneseo had suspended Stevens from his field teaching programs and demanded that he complete a “remediation plan” before resuming them. They demanded that he complete “SafeZone” training and change his “social media footprint,” which the letter said “should show respect for diverse personal and cultural values.”

In a letter to Stevens explaining the school’s decision, its Interim Director, Dennis Showers, rebuked Stevens for insisting on keeping public an Instagram video in which he stated, “If I’m a man that thinks I’m a woman, I’m still a man.”

Showers wrote to Stevens in reference to this video: “You continue to maintain, ‘I do not recognize the gender that they claim to be if they are not biologically that gender.’ This public position is in conflict with the Dignity for All Students Act requiring teachers to maintain a classroom environment protecting the mental and emotional well-being of all students.”

The letter continued, “We cannot be confident you will support such an environment given your ongoing social media presence and continued defense of the judgment that sexual identities other than cis-gender are aberrant.”

Stevens refused to complete the “remediation plan,” and sent an appeal letter to the school, in which he argued, “While I do respect diverse personal and cultural values, I also have my own personal and cultural values. Respect doesn’t mean agreement. Tolerance doesn’t mean agreement. If we all agreed there would be nothing to respect or tolerate. That’s the point of intellectual diversity.”

“But apparently not under the School of Education’s policies,” Stevens continued. “It is antithetical to the marketplace of ideas and the principles of the First Amendment to 1) censor me from expressing those values, 2) punish me for expressing my opinion, and 3) require me to submit my communications for review and approval by a committee or government administrator.”

In response to Stevens’ appeal, the School of Education’s Associate Provost for Academic Success, Joseph Cope, wrote to Showers explaining the decision to lighten the conditions for his reinstatement to in-school field experiences.

Stevens is no longer required to complete SafeZone training, or meet with the Dispositions Committee at the end of each semester “regarding professional standards.”

The prior demand that he “modify or reduce” his social media “footprint” has also been lifted, and replaced with the condition that Stevens “self-monitor” his social media posts to “ensure that he presents himself in a professional manner.”

However, as part of Stevens’ reinstatement, the university said he “must review the state’s ‘Guidance to School Districts for Creating a Safe and Supportive School Environment For Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students’ documents.”

The New York State documents that Stevens has been asked to review state that The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) “defines gender as ‘a person’s actual or perceived sex and includes a person’s gender identity or expression.’”

With regard to gender pronouns, the document “recommends,” but does not specifically require, “that school staff and educators inquire which terms students prefer.” It furthermore states, “A good general guideline is to employ those terms which the students use to describe themselves.”

In his Instagram videos, Stevens makes it clear that he believes forcing people to refer to others with terms incongruent with their biology is an “infringement upon freedom of speech.”

He explained in one video on “Transphobia and speech”: “In my college, my first day of school we were told we have to use language like this and we have to declare our pronouns when we’re meeting somebody. I would say, ‘Hey, my name is Owen, and my pronouns are he, him, his. And he would respond, ‘Hey Owen, I’m Matt, and my pronouns are he, him, his.’ That’s absolute ridiculous nonsense.”

“It is not at all wrong or violent to call somebody by a pronoun because you perceive them to be a man or a woman. They are calling it an act of violence to ‘mis-gender’ somebody. This is very scary territory,” Stevens continued.

He also explained in this video, “We used to call this gender dysphoria. If you thought you were born in the wrong body, it was considered a disorder.”

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It is apparent from Stevens’ Instagram page that he has received much backlash from other students about his posts. He said that he has even “received threats” from other students who were angered by his videos.

In his “Transphobia and speech” video, Stevens made clear his insistence on treating “transgender” people with love and “decency.”

“Now I don’t want any transgender person to experience any kind of bullying or any kind of transphobic actions towards them. I think that’s horrible. I think that they’re struggling with something that’s incredibly difficult, because they’re struggling with the very nature of their identity themselves,” he said.

“So if you’re a person out there that thinks it’s funny to make fun of them, stop. Don’t do it. Be their friend and tell them you love them. Tell them Jesus loves them.” He continued, “That’s the number one most important thing, is to make sure we’re treating people with decency, and being decent human beings to other people.”

In a statement to The College Fix, Stevens explained that even amid the lifting of requirements for his reinstatement, he “will be taking every action necessary to get these policies changed legally.”

Stevens told the Daily Wire, “This is a huge victory for us … but we need to push back so that destructive policies leave our universities,” Stevens said. “We are still planning legal action … The much larger issue is that the university will almost always back down in the face of negative media attention. Going the legal route will provide legal precedent in order to challenge their policies in court.”


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Clarence Thomas explains legal basis for reining in Big Tech censorship

‘If part of the problem is private, concentrated control over online content and platforms available to the public, then part of the solution may be found in doctrines that limit the right of a private company to exclude.’
Wed Apr 7, 2021 - 4:15 pm EST
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April 7, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Government intervention to rein in social media giants’ anti-conservative bias would be well within the historical and legal precedent applied to “common carriers” of communication and transportation services in the United States, US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas wrote Monday in a concurring opinion laying out the most detailed legal framework yet for conservatives seeking a solution to Big Tech.

Biden v. Knight First Amendment Institute concerns Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute suing the Trump administration over former President Donald Trump’s use of Twitter’s Block feature on his personal Twitter account. (President Joe Biden was not involved in the suit; the name on the case automatically changed from Trump to Biden due to the change in administrations.)

In 2019, a 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals panel unanimously ruled that Trump could not do so on the theory that Trump was acting in his official capacity when using the account, and as such his blocking of unwanted readers (an action that any reader can easily circumvent by logging out of the blocked Twitter account) violated their First Amendment right to speak in a public forum.

On Monday, the Supreme Court vacated that ruling and directed the 2nd Circuit to dismiss the case as moot, since Trump is no longer president. Thomas, the Court’s most conservative jurist, took the opportunity to write a concurring opinion on how the case illustrates the challenge of “applying old doctrines to new digital platforms.”

“Today’s digital platforms provide avenues for historically unprecedented amounts of speech, including speech by government actors,” he wrote. “Also unprecedented, however, is the concentrated control of so much speech in the hands of a few private parties. We will soon have no choice but to address how our legal doctrines apply to highly concentrated, privately owned information infrastructure such as digital platforms.”

“If part of the problem is private, concentrated control over online content and platforms available to the public, then part of the solution may be found in doctrines that limit the right of a private company to exclude,” Thomas continued. “Historically, at least two legal doctrines limited a company’s right to exclude.”

The first doctrine, Thomas explained, was the legal obligation of “common carriers” to “serve all comers,” which dates back to the British common law underpinning American law. The most obvious historical examples of such common carriers are transportation companies such as railroads or communications fields such as the telegraph industry.

“In exchange for regulating transportation and communication industries,” he went on, “governments — both State and Federal — have sometimes given common carriers special government favors” such as “immunity from certain types of suits” or “regulations that make it more difficult for other companies to compete with the carrier,” in the process placing these companies “into a category distinct from other companies and closer to some functions, like the postal service, that the State has traditionally undertaken.” As many have noted in recent years, social media companies currently enjoy one such favor: Section 230 of the federal Communications Decency Act, which shields platforms against being held liable for content posted by individual users.

The second doctrine is legal limits on a private company’s ability to exclude patrons if that company qualifies as a “public accommodation.”

“Internet platforms of course have their own First Amendment interests,” Thomas noted, “but regulations that might affect speech are valid if they would have been permissible at the time of the founding. The long history in this country and in England of restricting the exclusion right of common carriers and places of public accommodation may save similar regulations today from triggering heightened scrutiny — especially where a restriction would not prohibit the company from speaking or force the company to endorse the speech.”

All of this is underscored, he went on, by the “dominant market share” enjoyed by the likes of Facebook and Google, and with that share comes “enormous control over speech.” The existence of far smaller and less influential alternatives to these services “changes nothing,” he added, in the same way that the option to “swim the Charles River or hike the Oregon Trail” would justify deregulating toll bridges or trains. The remedy, then, might be “laws that restrict the platform’s right to exclude.”

“The Second Circuit feared that then-President Trump cut off speech by using the features that Twitter made available to him. But if the aim is to ensure that speech is not smothered, then the more glaring concern must perforce be the dominant digital platforms themselves,” Thomas concluded. “As Twitter made clear, the right to cut off speech lies most powerfully in the hands of private digital platforms. The extent to which that power matters for purposes of the First Amendment and the extent to which that power could lawfully be modified raise interesting and important questions. This petition, unfortunately, affords us no opportunity to confront them.”

Thomas’s opinion has received praise across conservative media, from commentators and activists longing for a course of action against online censorship, as well as disapproval from liberals and their “NeverTrump conservative” allies such as The Dispatch senior editor David French, whose own controversial interpretation of the First Amendment asserts that drag queens must be given space at public libraries for the express purpose of proselytizing gender-fluidity to children.

Justice Thomas previously addressed social media censorship last October, in an opinion that argued the prevailing interpretation of Section 230 is inaccurate, and that it was never intended to “protect any decision to edit or remove content” made by the platforms themselves.


  big tech, clarence thomas, common carriers, free speech, online censorship, section 230, social media, supreme court

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Vaccine passports ‘unconstitutional,’ ‘smack of 1940s Nazi Germany’: Republicans

Republicans are slamming COVID-19 vaccine passport proposals as tyrannical and have criticized Democrats for supporting them while opposing basic voter ID laws.
Wed Apr 7, 2021 - 3:56 pm EST
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April 7, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Conservative American politicians are sounding the alarm about the future of COVID-19 vaccine passports, which have already been issued by the state of New York and are being developed by the Biden regime, as well as numerous governments and public and private organizations worldwide.

“Proposals like these smack of 1940s Nazi Germany. We must make every effort to keep America from becoming a ‘show your papers society,’” Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), told Fox News. “The Constitution and our founding principles decry this type of totalitarianism.”

“America faces a dangerous future when its leader’s ideology shares more commonalities with Leninism than liberalism,” he continued.

While the White House claims there will be no mandated vaccine passports, a division within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) predicts that “vaccine credentials” will become a “de facto requirement” to participate in ordinary activities.

“From a Federal perspective, vaccines and vaccine credentials are matters of individual choice -- there is no mandate for either. However, current trends suggest that vaccine credentials could nevertheless become a market-imposed de facto requirement for an individual’s return to day-to-day activities,” stated a slide from a Federal Health IT Coordinating Council meeting obtained by the Washington Post.

It continues, “Ubiquity of vaccine credentials in market could become perceived as a Federal mandate even though there is none, thus it will be vital for the Federal government to communicate with one voice on the issue.”

The White House is reportedly working with multiple government agencies, along with technology and travel companies, to develop a “uniform proof-of-vaccination” system that is “expected to be available through smartphone applications for free.”

According to the Washington Post, the White House is deliberating about how to “avoid the perception of a government mandate to be vaccinated.”

In January, Biden signed an executive order directing the government to evaluate the “feasibility” of vaccine passports.

Florida governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order banning both public and private entities from using vaccine passports. His order, which freedom-supporting Americans have cheered, warns that requiring “so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports for taking part in everyday life — such as attending a sporting event, patronizing a restaurant, or going to a movie theater — would create two classes of citizens.”

Donald Trump, Jr. said vaccine passports “could be the greatest affront” to “our freedoms in recent history.”

“We have constitutional rights and health privacy laws for a reason,” said Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, a Republican. “They should not cease to exist in a time of crisis. These passports may start with COVID-19, but where will they end?”

Meanwhile, Democrats who support vaccine passports for access to everyday activities while opposing ID requirements for voting are being criticized for hypocrisy.

House Judiciary Committee ranking member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, called out the Biden administration on Twitter for “Considering a ‘vaccination passport’ for Americans,” while it “doesn’t seem to care about passports when it comes to illegal migrants crossing the southern border.”

President Joe Biden recently called a new Georgia law, which ensures new ID requirements for requesting mail-in ballots, an “atrocity” and “Jim Crow in the 21st century.”

Numerous countries have either introduced vaccine passports, or are considering introducing them. Most recently, E.U. 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 E.U. member states and will be released on June 15. Which activities will require the certificate, such as traveling, reportedly will be left up to the member states.


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BREAKING: Ontario politician calls for civil disobedience as Ford gov’t enacts month-long stay-at-home order

‘Do not buy into the fear that this government is peddling and all governments are peddling.’
Wed Apr 7, 2021 - 3:29 pm EST
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ONTARIO, Canada, April 7, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — An Ontario politician is calling for Ontarians to disobey Premier Doug Ford’s province-wide stay-at-home order announced today that will close non-essential retail stores, continue to restrict church attendance, and ultimately deny Canadians their rights and freedoms as guaranteed by the Charter, especially freedom of religion and peaceful assembly.

“This is a war on freedoms,” Randy Hillier, an independent Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP), told LifeSiteNews in a telephone interview.

“This is not about using bullets but about using shame and scorn and fear — they’re bombarding people with fear and trying to have people cower. They want people to throw away their freedoms, throw away the things that are important to them, throw away family, throw away faith, throw away and discard all the essential components of human dignity and they want to isolate and confine people,” he said.

The Ford government announced a province-wide stay-at-home order today, similar to what was enacted in January, in a bid to stem what the government is calling the third wave of COVID-19. The order, which will take effect on Thursday, April 8 at 12:01 in the morning, comes as excess deaths due to indirect consequences of the pandemic, such as drug overdoses and missed medical treatments, continue to skyrocket.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Ontario over a year ago, there have been only 370,817 confirmed cases in a population of just over 14 million, meaning that only 2.6 percent of the province’s entire population has been confirmed to be infected with the virus, according to today’s data provided by Public Health Ontario. The vast majority of those confirmed cases (90.6 percent) has recovered. There have been 7,475 COVID-related deaths in the past 14 months. The majority of the province’s COVID-related deaths have been among elderly residents of long-term care homes.

Ford’s move comes in the wake of medical officers from the province’s three largest public health units demanding in an open letter released on Sunday a province-wide shutdown and stay-at-home order. The letter was a critical response to the Ford government having pulled what it called the “emergency brake” on Holy Saturday that moved the province into the “grey” zone that effectively shuttered restaurants, gyms, and allowed churches to operate at only 15 percent capacity during the most sacred time of the year when Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus.

Ivana Yelich, Ford’s Director of Media Relations, told LifeSiteNews that the new measures will continue to allow churches to operate at 15 percent capacity. There are “no changes to places of worship,” she said.

The Stay-at-Home order requires “everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely,” a news release today from the Ontario government stated. People are also allowed to attend a religious gathering, such as for a worship service or for a funeral or wedding.

While numerous businesses will be forced to close, garden centers and schools will be permitted to stay open.

Ford said during his announcement today that the situation in the province is “getting worse.”

“With these additional measures, we will limit mobility, limit the spread, keep people safe, and allow more time to deliver vaccines. And, be assured, vaccines remain our best hope to beat this virus.”

Hillier told LifeSiteNews that the most effective action Ontarians, alarmed at the erosion of their rights and freedoms, can make right now is to “disobey every unjust, unconstitutional order.”

“Take your mask off, they're ineffective, they do nothing. The evidence demonstrates clearly they have no impact on the spread of the virus,” he said.

“Do not buy into the fear that this government is peddling and all governments are peddling. Open up your business, face some of the short-term bruises. Defend your freedom to worship, your freedom to speak, your freedom to earn a living, your freedom to visit with family — these are not the jurisdiction of governments, but the jurisdictions of free people,” he added.

Hillier said that big government along with public health is “lying” to people when using people’s health and safety as a justification for lockdowns.

“The data and the evidence clearly demonstrate that this [virus] is not a threat to most people. We know that there is a small demographic who are susceptible and who are at great risk. Right now, over 96 percent of all fatalities are seniors with significant preexisting illnesses who are very frail and who are close to death’s door to begin with. You know, the average age of fatalities is 84, greater than our average life expectancy,” he said.

Stats Canada released a report last month detailing the negative social and economic impacts of “lockdowns” and “restrictions” put in place by government authorities in an attempt to keep people safe from the virus.

Three Canadian doctors, heart surgeon Dr. Dennis L. Modry, Ontario’s former chief medical officer of health Dr. Richard Schabas, and pathology and virology specialist Dr. Roger Hodkinson, have publicly urged Canadian policymakers against using lockdowns because of the devastation they cause.

In February, a group of both federal and provincial politicians banded together to form the non-partisan “End the Lockdowns National Caucus” with the sole goal of ending lockdowns. “After careful examination and scrutiny of mitigation measures undertaken by all levels of government, it is now evident that the lockdowns cause more harm than the virus and must be brought to an end,” a position statement of the group reads.

The lockdowns have negatively affected all segments of society, including the youngest.

The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) reported in January how it’s seeing a “disturbing trend” of babies coming to the hospital with “fractures and head trauma” in the wake of COVID-related lockdowns across Ontario and Quebec. “In my 16 years at CHEO, I have never seen this many infants with serious maltreatment injuries,” said Dr. Michelle Ward, pediatrician and Medical Director for Child and Youth Protection at CHEO, in a Jan. 29 press release.

Other doctors and health professionals from all over the world have also banded together in opposition to lockdowns to stop the spread of COVID.

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The Great Barrington Declaration, signed by some 56,000 medical practitioners and medical and public health scientists, raises “grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies.”

The signers call upon policymakers to allow those who are less vulnerable to COVID-19 to be “allowed to resume life as normal.”

“Coming from both the left and right, and around the world, we have devoted our careers to protecting people. Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short- and long-term public health. The results (to name a few) include lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings and deteriorating mental health — leading to greater excess mortality in years to come, with the working class and younger members of society carrying the heaviest burden. Keeping students out of school is a grave injustice,” the declaration states.

Hillier told LifeSiteNews that citizens must arm themselves with knowledge to effectively resist an overreaching government. 

“What I have to say to people is to arm yourself with knowledge, arm yourself with evidence and data, and shield yourself from the fear-mongering,” he said. 

“And I would also say that you must never displace your faith in God with that of government,” he added. 

Hillier said that governments are abusing power that is meant to serve the people, not strip them of their rights and freedoms.

“We know government must be constrained, that there are checks and balances in our system to ensure governments don't abuse the power. We have forgotten and we have discarded our checks and balances on government, and now they are abusing power.” 

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Gender ‘transitioning’ for children is the biggest ‘child abuse scandal’ of our time

Pro-family activist Chris Elston says there is a widescale promotion of gender ‘transitioning’ in Canada from the government, schools, and media.
Wed Apr 7, 2021 - 3:23 pm EST
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April 7, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Chris Elston, an activist for children against gender “transitioning,” joins The Van Maren Show today to expose the terrible effect puberty blockers have on young people. Last year, Elston gained notoriety for commissioning a billboard in Vancouver, Canada, that read, “I love J.K. Rowling.” Prior to that, the popular author of the Harry Potter books was attacked by the transgender lobby.

Elston tells Jonathon Van Maren that there’s a wide-scale promotion of gender “transitioning” in Canada from the government, schools, and media. He calls it “the biggest child abuse, medical scandal, probably in our history.”

He also says that a bill currently passing through the Canadian legislature and government will ban so-called conversion therapy, thus creating confusion by pushing the LGBT lie that our sexual identity is “fluid” and changes all the time.

Elston further mentions how his activism in recent years has led to targeted attacks from transgender activists, politicians, and liberal extremists. He describes how he was kicked out of NDP campaign headquarters for not creating “a safe space” because he was talking about sending biological male sex offenders into women’s prison.

Elston states that gender “transitioning” for children must be put to a stop “before too many thousands of kids get hurt.” He highlights how puberty blockers and other methods destroy and damage the lives and bodies of young people. He believes that the only effective way to stop the LGBT agenda is through personal and public activism, especially talking to parents and explaining to them how their children’s schools are indoctrinating them.

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Diocese calls priest’s liturgical protest over ban on same-sex blessings ‘reprehensible’

Fr. Giulio Mignani used the liturgical ceremonies of Palm Sunday to reveal his opposition to the Vatican’s March 15 affirmation of Church teaching regarding the prohibition of blessings for same-sex couples.
Wed Apr 7, 2021 - 1:38 pm EST
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BONASSOLA, Italy, April 7, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A Catholic diocese in Italy has hit back at a priest’s refusal to bless palms on Palm Sunday in protest of the recent Vatican document re-iterating the prohibition on same-sex blessings. The diocese called the priest’s actions reprehensible.

Fr. Giulio Mignani of the Diocese of Spezia-Sarzana-Brugnato in northern Italy used the liturgical ceremonies of Palm Sunday to reveal his opposition to the Vatican’s March 15 affirmation of Church teaching regarding the prohibition of blessings for same-sex couples.

While the rubrics of the liturgical ceremony call for the blessing of palms for Palm Sunday, Fr. Mignani, aged 50, refused to perform the blessing. He cited fear of spreading COVID-19 as a reason for not conducting the traditional procession with palms, and then declared that because of this, it “makes no sense to bless the Palms.”

However, Mignani swiftly began attacking the Vatican: “If I can’t bless same-sex couples, then I don’t bless palm trees and olive branches either.”

Italian news outlets report that Mignani clearly used the liturgy as a protest regarding the ban on blessings for same-sex couples, declaring how he was happy to decline to bless palms in the face of the recent document. “I’m extremely happy that this decision of mine [t]o not bless the palms and olive trees take place [sic] a few days after the publication of the document of the Congregation for the [D]octrine of the [F]aith.”

He declared that no palms would be blessed as “a form of protest through which to manifest my belief that this prohibition is absurd, reaffirmed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.”

Mignani objected to homosexual couples not being included in receiving a Church blessing, also attacking the traditional teaching of the Catholic Church, which regards all homosexual acts as sinful.

“In the church everything is blessed, not only the palm trees but sometimes, unfortunately, weapons were also blessed, But you cannot bless true love … of two people because [they are] homosexuals. But, even more serious, is the fact that their love continues to be called ‘sin.’”

The March 15 document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) he described as harming the Church, since by banning blessings for same-sex couples, the Church “loses.”

“It is certainly not homosexual people who lose out, who can easily do without the blessing of the Church, because in the meantime there is God to bless them. Rather, the Church loses.”

The diocese was forced to respond to Fr. Mignani’s double attack on Church teaching, as well as liturgical ceremonial, with a press release being issued March 29, one day after Palm Sunday.

Vatican journalist Diane Montagna translated the document, which noted the event “with sorrow.”

“In spite of various interventions made personally by the Bishop in recent years and the statements issued to reiterate the official position of the Church to the faithful, in the face of Fr. Giulio Mignani’s remarks on matters of faith and morals, it is with sorrow that we must note what occurred again last Palm Sunday in the parishes entrusted to him.”

Observing the “disappointment” which Mignani’s actions caused “amongst the faithful,” the diocese declared it “reprehensible” to abuse the liturgy in order to make a “personal protest.” Such an action was made all the more offensive given that it was directed against the CDF, wrote the diocese.

The CDF’s March 15 document was “understandable” and explained with “respect, calm and truth” how the Church “does not possess, and cannot possess the power to bless such unions,” continued the statement.

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The diocese also explained how Fr. Mignani’s initial reason for skipping the blessing and procession due to health fears was unfounded, given that even under the current restrictions, it was still possible to perform a small procession and blessing of palms, without the risk of any potential spread of infection.

“The matter is being assessed in the appropriate forums, in accordance with current canonical norms,” ended the statement.

Fr. Mignani is by no means alone in his opposition to Church teaching. Following the CDF’s pronouncement, a number of cardinals, bishops, and hundreds of priests have responded angrily, expressing their “disappointment” at the document. With the number of priests who openly oppose the CDF now in the thousands, it remains to be seen what sanctions, if any, the Diocese of Spezia-Sarzana-Brugnato will decide to place on Mignani.

Indeed, as noted in the statement, this is not Mignani’s first public dissent from Church teaching. At one of his previous violations of ecclesial teaching in 2018, Mignani organized and held an event advocating euthanasia and the withholding of nutrition towards the end of life. On that occasion also, the diocese issued its own public response, clarifying what is taught by “the official documents of the Church.”


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WATCH: Canadian Legal group releases powerful video on the dangers of COVID vaccine passports

'They're going to create vaccine passports and they're going to make having a vaccine and proof of vaccine a right of entry to go into public spaces and go to concerts and travel'
Wed Apr 7, 2021 - 1:31 pm EST
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CALGARY, Alberta, April 7, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – A prominent Canadian legal group has released a powerful video that highlights concerns surrounding COVID-19 vaccine passports and the mandatory vaccinations being touted by some provincial governments. 

The video titled “Mandatory Vaccinations and Vaccine Passports” was put out by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) on March 29. 

The JCCF video begins by highlighting a report from Toronto Sun political columnist Brian Lilley, who spoke about COVID vaccine passports in Ontario. 

Lilley describes how in December of 2020, the health minister of Ontario Christine Elliott said that residents of Canada’s most populous province will need a form of proof that they have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Lisa Bildy, a lawyer for the JCCF who is featured in the video, told LifeSiteNews that for a government to “threaten or mandate liberty restrictions” against Canadians who do not want a “COVID-19 vaccine,” is indeed a violation of one’s Charter rights.

“The government should make the Covid-19 vaccine available to all Canadians who want it, starting with those who are the most vulnerable. That should be the end of their involvement in the personal health decisions of Canadians,” Bildy told LifeSiteNews.

The JCCF has said that vaccine “immunity passports”, if implemented, would appear to violate Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms,  which involves one’s conscience rights; Section 6 regarding mobility rights; and Section 7, which protects one’s “right to life, liberty and security of the person.”

“They're going to create vaccine passports and they're going to make having a vaccine and proof of vaccine a right of entry to go into public spaces and go to concerts and travel,” Bildy said in the video. 

“The first principle is that the person has a right to voluntarily refuse to participate in a medical experiment. How is it up to media or government or a health official or the court to force somebody to take a jab in their arm of a brand-new experimental type of vaccine approach that we've never seen before? I just I'm sort of baffled.”

In the JCCF video, Bildy also warned of an impending two-tier system where “some people have rights and freedoms and others are shut out.”

“The Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects all of us from these infringements by government. The human rights and privacy concerns are very serious. We are paving the way to giving up access to a normal life for anyone who doesn't get with the program for a disease that is relatively mild for the vast majority of people,” said Bildy.

“But like many rights infringements which are ushered in when we are worried and want some security, it won't easily be walked back and we’ll now have this invasive system in place, that can be easily retooled as some sort of global identification system or even a Chinese style social credit system. Didn't get your COVID vaccine? No travel for you. Didn't do your mandatory diversity training? No banking for you. Is this the kind of society that we want?” 

Canada’s Liberal government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has to date not said one way or another whether or not it will use so-called COVID vaccine passports in Canada.

In late February, Trudeau said that there were “pros and cons” to COVID-19 “immunity passports.”

In early March, Canada’s Health Minister Patty Hajdu said the government is “certainly working on the idea of vaccine passports” with its fellow G7 partners.

“I was on a call with my G7 health minister counterparts just a couple of weeks ago and that is a very live issue,” Hajdu explained on CTV’s Question Period. “We’ll be coming back to Canadians as we understand more about the intentions of our counterparts internationally, and as we understand more about how that will unfold around the world.”

Hajdu in March gave a non-answer to a question asked by independent Ontario MP Derek Sloan regarding “vaccine passports.” Sloan said Patty Hajdu’s comments were “more than condescending,” as well as “concerning.”

The JCCF video also talks about how mask mandates have “become increasingly strict over time.”

“Those who cannot wear them are finding it very difficult to access even essential health care. So while COVID passports are now being presented as a way to open things up for travel and large sporting events. It won't be long, I'm concerned, before you need to go to a grocery store or to your job. Then what happens to the people who can't be vaccinated?” said Bildy in the JCCF video. 

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The JCCF is currently involved in many COVID-19 related legal cases in Alberta, and Canada-wide, representing people and groups fighting fines and charges.

Ted Kuntz, president of Vaccine Choice Canada (VCC), a not-for-profit society founded by families who have suffered from vaccine reactions or injuries, told LifeSiteNews there is no “Medical Justification” for “immunity passports” in Canada.

Vaccine safety has made headlines worldwide in light of reports that some COVID jabs such as the AstraZeneca COVID-19 injection, can cause serious blood clots. 

Canada recently announced a pause on the distribution of the abortion tainted AstraZeneca COVID-19 coronavirus jab from being given to people under 55, following numerous reports indicating that the product may be linked to blood clots.

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

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Lockdowns have led to ‘avoidable deaths of both mothers and babies,’ researchers say

More child-birthing deaths, stillbirths, ruptured ectopic pregnancies, and maternal stress worldwide during the lockdowns, Lancet study says, but fewer premature births
Wed Apr 7, 2021 - 1:25 pm EST
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April 7, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Government messages to stay home, lockdowns, fear, and disruption of services at hospitals in response to COVID-19 have led to increased “avoidable deaths of both mothers and babies” during the pandemic, a study published this week in The Lancet Global Health found.

“Global maternal and fetal outcomes have worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic, with an increase in maternal deaths, stillbirth, ruptured ectopic pregnancies, and maternal depression,” according to research from several institutions, including the Fetal Medicine Unit at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and King’s College London.

The study, which combined data from 40 studies worldwide and measured maternal and neonatal health indicators before and during pandemic government restrictions, found considerable disparity between high-income Western countries and poorer developing countries.

‘Matter of urgency’

Rising maternal death rates are a “matter of urgency” in low to middle-income countries like Kenya where unpublished data showed a surge of maternal mortality and pooled data found that women were 37% more likely to die in childbirth during the coronavirus outbreak than before it. The finding is “particularly concerning,” the researchers said, because poor countries already had the world’s highest maternal mortality without the impact of lockdowns and fear.

Forty-two percent of women report being verbally or physically abused during their labor before the pandemic. Now, some are forced to give birth alone, without husbands or doulas.

Analysis of three studies found that women were nearly six-fold (OR = 5.81) more likely to undergo surgical treatment of ectopic pregnancy during the pandemic than beforehand, mostly for ruptured ectopic pregnancies.

Pooled data from 12 studies found that babies were 28% more likely to be delivered stillborn during the pandemic in low- and middle-income countries.

The poor outcomes could be linked to reduced access to healthcare, the researchers surmised. “Although maternal anxiety was consistently shown to be increased during the pandemic, health-care providers around the world have reported reduced attendance for routine and unscheduled pregnancy care,” according to the study.

Some women were likely afraid of getting COVID-19 in hospitals and other centers. Others may have been deterred by mandated COVID-19 testing at every visit, with or without symptoms.

Uncounted harm

Government advice to stay at home and reduced public transport and childcare access during lockdowns likely played a role as well, the Lancet researchers said. Women in poor countries do not have access to internet for online consultations.

Women have been more likely to become unemployed and take on more childcare because of nursery and school closures. “The resultant financial and time constraints are likely to have far-reaching consequences for mothers’ physical, emotional, and financial health during pregnancy and in the future,” according to the paper.

Seven of 11 studies reporting on maternal mental health that the Lancet paper looked at reported a statistically significant increase in postnatal depression, maternal anxiety, or both.

Domestic abuse is another likely contributor to the impact on pregnant mothers. An analysis by the National Commission on Covid-19 and Criminal Justice of 18 international and U.S. studies found that violence at home rose by 8.1% early in the lockdowns.

“It is clear that pregnant individuals and babies have been subjected to harm during the pandemic, and the onus is on the academic community, health-care providers, and policy-makers to learn from it,” according to the Lancet paper.

Draconian hospital regulations

Perhaps worse for women who had to navigate a health service and delivery system that has been described as hostile, with 42% of women saying they were verbally or physically abused during their labor before the pandemic, is that COVID restrictions forced them to deliver alone. Husbands, midwives, doulas, and visitors have been routinely banned and even nursing delivery staff cut from the labor and delivery wards during the pandemic. 

As well, unreliable COVID-19 testing, regardless of symptoms, has become a routine feature of delivery wards. Hospitals routinely take babies away from parents if any of them test positive for the virus.

Most hospitals in the Western world have forced women to wear masks during labor and delivery, with reports of women being threatened by hospital staff that they will not be assisted if they take them off and some women saying they were traumatized by the experience.

Fewer pre-term births

A surprising and welcome side-effect of the pandemic measures, though, was the sudden and at first glance, puzzling drop in pre-term births. Findings on pre-term birth in the Lancet study but confirmed reports from Ireland and Denmark early in the pandemic that there were noticeably fewer preterm births and babies in neonatal intensive care wards in Western countries. Some low-income countries had conflicting findings.

In Denmark, 90% fewer low birthweight babies were born and an Irish study found that women were 3.77 times more likely to have a very low-birthweight baby during the previous two decades than during the lockdown.

While there was some speculation that, in spite of increased stress, pregnant women benefitted from reduced commutes and more sleep during the lockdowns there is also a the possibility that full-term births were driven, ironically, by less hospital healthcare. Pregnant women flocked to midwives and home deliveries in America in unprecedented numbers during the pandemic; if unnecessary medical interventions including induced labor, C-section deliveries, and late-pregnancy cervical checks were reduced during the lockdowns, then perhaps that is why more babies were born naturally, full-term, and higher birthweight.

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The U.S.-based advocacy group Evidence Based Birth has a “Sample Informed Consent Form for Refusal to Separate Birthing Parent and Infant” on its website, which mothers giving birth can bring to hospitals.


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Male infertility threatening ‘future of human race,’ says author of new book

Shanna Swan, Ph.D., author of 'Count Down,' says endocrine-disrupting chemicals are causing decreased sperm counts, plunging testosterone levels and rising levels of erectile dysfunction.
Wed Apr 7, 2021 - 1:07 pm EST
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April 7, 2021 (Children’s Health Defense) — Scientists are witnessing an alarming trend: Men’s sperm counts are down, testosterone levels have plunged and erectile dysfunction is increasing. Male infertility is on the rise — and exposure to synthetic chemicals known as phthalates could be to blame, according to fertility scientist Shanna Swan, Ph.D., author of the new book, “Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race.”

Citing Swan’s book, the New York Post reported that the global fertility rate has dropped 50% between 1960 and 2016, with the U.S. birth rate 16% below where it needs to be to sustain the population.

Although girls are experiencing early puberty, and women are experiencing declining egg quality and more miscarriages, emerging science is shifting the focus toward men as more couples suffer from infertility.

Scientists report sperm counts have been dropping, infant boys are developing more genital abnormalities and men’s problems with conception are on the rise. Erectile dysfunction is increasing and testosterone levels are decreasing 1% each year.

In 2017, Swan, one of the world’s leading environmental and reproductive epidemiologists, co-authored a meta-analysis that came to a staggering conclusion: The sperm count of average Western countries had fallen by 59% between 1973 and 2011.

Normal sperm counts range from 15 million sperm per milliliter to 200 million per milliliter. A rate below 15 million is considered “low” by the World Health Organization (WHO), but Swan argues that anything below 40 million creates challenges for reproduction. The average male is nearing that number at 47.1 million sperm per milliliter compared to his father who had an average of 99 million sperm per milliliter at the same age.

“If you look at the curve on sperm count and project it forward — which is always risky — it reaches zero in 2045, meaning the median man would have essentially no viable sperm,” Swan writes in her book.

Men are also experiencing lower testosterone levels. A 2006 study showed that a 65-year-old man in 2002 had testosterone levels 15% lower than a 65-year-old man in 1987. A 2020 study in the Urology Times Journal showed a similar drop with young adults and adolescents.

As a result, more men are getting prescriptions for testosterone replacement therapy, which increases testosterone levels but causes an even greater reduction in sperm count. “Ninety percent of men can have their sperm counts drop to zero while they’re on it,” according to Swan.

Sexual desire among men is also declining. Swan, who has studied infertility for more than 30 years, says men are seeking help for erectile dysfunction on average seven years earlier than they did in 2005, with 26% of men falling under the age of 40.

According to the New York Post, research shows an overall increase in genital abnormalities, including a higher rate of undescended testicles and unusually small penises. Growing numbers of sperm appear defective with some having two heads or wandering aimlessly instead of pursuing an egg.

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Exposure to phthalates is a particular problem during pregnancy when fetuses are sexually differentiating in the first trimester, says Swan, and infants with greater exposure to phthalates during pregnancy are shown to have smaller penises.

Similar abnormalities have been observed in animals. Small penises are being reported in alligators, otters and minks. Polar bears have lower-than-normal testosterone levels, panthers are showing an increase in genital abnormalities, and fishfrogs and turtles are being born with both male and female organs.

Research points to endocrine-disrupting phthalates as likely cause

Swan and her colleagues say the problem could be caused by a class of endocrine disruptors known as phthalates, which mimic the body’s hormones.

Phthalates are synthetic chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break. The chemicals are everywhere: plastics, shampoos, cosmetics, furniture, flame retardants, personal care products, pesticides, canned foods and even receipts.

In several studies over the last two decades, phthalates have been shown to disrupt male hormones like testosterone and to cause genital birth defects in male infants.

A 2018 systematic review published in Environmental International showed phthalates decreased testosterone and caused negative reproductive outcomes in men.

Flame retardants found in mattresses and foam furniture were linked to male infertility in a 2016 study published in the Reproductive Toxicology Journal, and chemicals in stain, water, fast-food packaging, paper plates, stain-resistant carpeting and other household items have been linked to a reduction in semen quality, testicular volume and penis length.

A 2017 U.S. study showed that 45 potentially harmful chemicals, including phthalates and flame retardants, were present in dust buildup in 90% of homes sampled, reported the New York Post.

Pesticides and herbicides have also been found to negatively affect male infertility. Atrazine, an herbicide used to prevent certain weeds from growing in corn, has been linked to lower sperm quality.

In her latest book, Swan writes:

“The problem isn’t that something is inherently wrong with the human body as it has evolved over time; it’s that chemicals in our environment and unhealthy lifestyle practices in our modern world are disrupting our hormonal balance, causing varying degrees of reproductive havoc that can foil fertility and lead to long-term health problems even after one has left the reproductive years.”

The cumulative effect of endocrine disruptors affect multiple generations. Patrician Hunt, a reproductive geneticist at Washington State University, conducted experiments on mice. When infant mice were exposed to disruptive chemicals for a few days their testes as adults produced fewer sperm. The mice passed on this propensity to their offspring, and after three generations of exposure, one-fifth of male mice were infertile.

“I find this particularly troubling,” Professor Hunt told The New York Times. “From the standpoint of human exposures, you could argue we are hitting the third generation just about now.”

According to the Times, the Endocrine SocietyPediatric Endocrine Society, President’s Cancer Panel and WHO have all warned about endocrine disruptors, while Europe and Canada have moved to regulate them.

Expert recommendations to increase male fertility 

Although more research, government regulation and corporate responsibility are needed, Swan offers practical suggestions to help men tip the scale:

  • Store food in glass containers and never microwave food in plastic.

  • Stop smoking and cut back on drinking. Cigarette smoke is associated with a lower sperm count and increased sperm defects, while more than seven drinks per week is harmful to sperm.

  • Buy organic to avoid pesticides and herbicides that interfere with male hormones, especially strawberries, spinach, kale, apples and grapes. Swan also recommends reducing full-fat dairy foods, which have been linked to greater sperm abnormalities and avoiding processed meats, which can harm the DNA of sperm.

  • Avoid saunas, binge watching TV and cut out stress, says Swan. A Danish study, “Psychological stress and testicular function: a cross-sectional study of 1,215 Danish men,” published in Fertility and Sterility Journal, showed that high levels of work stress resulted in a 38 percent lower sperm concentration.“Men who’ve experienced two or more recent stressful life events — such as the death or serious illness of a close relative, divorce or serious relationship problems, moving, or a job change — were more likely to have below-normal sperm concentration,” writes Swan.

  • Buy products labeled “paraben-free” and “phthalate free” and avoid skin-care products that are “antibacterial,” vinyl shower curtains, air fresheners, toxic household cleaners, and dust often to remove the build-up of chemicals, urges Swan.

“We can no longer afford to behave as though it’s business as usual,” Swan writes in her book. “The time has come for us to stop playing Russian roulette with our reproductive capacities.”

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London doctor describes ‘unprecedented’ level of sickness after COVID injection

The doctor and consultant wrote that she was ‘struggling’ to understand ‘the failure to report the reality of the morbidity caused by our current vaccination program within the health service and staff population.’
Wed Apr 7, 2021 - 1:06 pm EST
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LONDON, U.K., April 7, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) –– In a strongly worded letter to the British Medical Journal, a London-based consultant has pointed to “unprecedented” levels of staff sickness following the COVID-19 injections, describing the “coercion and mandating” of the injection as reminiscent of a “Nazi dystopia.”

Published April 2 in the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ), the letter came from Dr. K. Polyakova, a consultant in London, in response to a BMJ article entitled “Do doctors have to have the COVID-19 vaccine?” The journal did not provide further background for Polyakova.

The original article strongly argued for the widespread uptake of the injections by medical staff, declaring that there was a moral duty to do so in order to safeguard public health, as well as downplaying any concerns which might be raised about the efficacy or safety of the injection.

The blithe tone of the BMJ’s article, and the uniform opinions of the four medics cited, raised concerns for Dr. Polyakova. She wrote that she was “struggling” to understand “the failure to report the reality of the morbidity caused by our current vaccination program within the health service and staff population.”

“The levels of sickness after vaccination is [sic] unprecedented and staff are getting very sick and some with neurological symptoms which is having a huge impact on the health service function. Even the young and healthy are off for days, some for weeks, and some requiring medical treatment. Whole teams are being taken out as they went to get vaccinated together.”

Polyakova defended this position by revealing the experience she had had in recent months, managing a health service during COVID times, as well as professing to have “more vaccines in my life than most people.”

While clearly not what has been commonly styled an “anti-vaxxer,” Polyakova wrote that coercive injections would be dangerous and against the ethical principles of the health service: “Mandatory vaccination in this instance is stupid, unethical and irresponsible when it comes to protecting our staff and public health.”

“We are in the voluntary phase of vaccination, and encouraging staff to take an unlicensed product that is impacting on their immediate health, and I have direct experience of staff contracting Covid AFTER vaccination and probably transmitting it. In fact, it is clearly stated that these vaccine products do not offer immunity or stop transmission. In which case[,] why are we doing it?”

Continuing, the consultant referred also to the undeniable lack of data about the hastily developed injections, questioning the long-term effects they would have, particularly on the health service: “There is no longitudinal safety data (a couple of months of trial data at best) available and these products are only under emergency licensing. What is to say that there are no longitudinal adverse effects that we may face that may put the entire health sector at risk?”

Pointing to seasonal flu, which is a “massive annual killer,” which “inundates the health system,” Polyakova commented that the flu vaccines are not only voluntary, but also serve to protect against other illnesses of “higher consequence.”

“Coercion and mandating medical treatments on our staff, of members of the public especially when treatments are still in the experimental phase, are firmly in the realms of a totalitarian Nazi dystopia and fall far outside of our ethical values as the guardians of health.”

Revealing that “I and my entire family” had COVID-19, as well as mourning the death of a “relatively young family member” with underlying conditions, who suffered from heart failure linked to COVID-instigated pneumonia, Polyakova nevertheless maintained a fervent opposition to forced injections.

“Despite this, I would never debase myself and agree, that we should abandon our liberal principles and the international stance on bodily sovereignty, free informed choice and human rights and support unprecedented coercion of professionals, patients and people to have experimental treatments with limited safety data. This and the policies that go with this are more of a danger to our society than anything else we have faced over the last year.”

Employing the popular phrase used by abortion advocates, Polyakova questioned, “What has happened to ‘my body my choice?’”

“What has happened to scientific and open debate? If I don’t prescribe an antibiotic to a patient who doesn’t need it as they are healthy, am I anti-antibiotics? Or an antibiotic-denier? Is it not time that people truly thought about what is happening to us and where all of this is taking us?”

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Dr. Polyakova’s warnings about the “unprecedented” levels of sickness following the injections are supported by data provided by the U.K. government, documenting the ever-growing number of adverse reactions and deaths following the jabs.

By March 21, there were over 494,114 adverse side effects reported in the U.K. following the injection. Of that number, there were 5,230 cardiac disorders, 103 cardiac arrests, 140 instances of paralysis, and 704 deaths.

A further 76 people became blind, 45 spontaneous abortions occurred, and 8,552 psychiatric disorders were recorded.

Indeed, as data from the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) shows, 2,249 people have died following the injections in the U.S. This number is over 20% of the entire total of VAERS-documented deaths following all vaccines since records began in 1990.

Despite this, injections continue to be promoted, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock reportedly planning to enforce mandatory injections for care home and social care staff. U.K. newspaper The Telegraph revealed that the pair had been working together to effect a change in law, which would mandate the injections.

Full details of the plan have yet to properly emerge, but in the meantime the U.K. looks set to effectively mandate injections as it rapidly continues plans to bring vaccine passports into use.


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BREAKING: Police raid Canadian church for defying COVID orders, erect barricade blocking entrance

Rebel News reporter Sheila Gunn Ried, who is at the church this morning, tweeted that 'RCMP and private Paladin security are here. RCMP have no documentation to present to the church re: closure, but are keeping members off the property.'
Wed Apr 7, 2021 - 12:42 pm EST
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EDMONTON, Alberta, April 7, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – In an early morning raid Canadian police have constructed a barricade around a Christian church in Alberta which has remained open, despite a local police order mandating its closure after its pastor refused to comply with COVID regulations.

According to Rebel News, who provided LifeSiteNews with details about the early morning raid, Christian Grace Life Church (Grace Life) located in Spruce Grove, Alberta, was walled off with two layers of security fencing, as well as a black tarpaulin sheet, concealing the entrance to the church.

The church’s Pastor James Coates was recently freed from jail. Coates was jailed from February 16 until March 22 for defying COVID-related orders in Alberta. He refused to agree to bail conditions which blocked his release unless he agreed to not hold church services amid severe lockdowns.

Rebel News reporter Sheila Gunn Ried, who is at the church this morning, tweeted that “RCMP and private Paladin security are here. RCMP have no documentation to present to the church re: closure, but are keeping members off the property.” 

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

Alberta Health Services (AHS) issued an order on January 29 that demanded that the church doors of Grace Life remain shut. Coates and Grace Life elders continued to conduct worship services despite the order. 

Rebel News also told LifeSiteNews that “they're installing port-a-potties on the site, which may be in anticipation of 24 hour survelliance.”

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.

Current Alberta COVID rules state that churches and other places of worship can operate at no more than 15 percent of the capacity allowed by the building fire code. Masks are mandatory, as are the sanitation of hands and keeping away from other people.

Gunn Reid tweeted of the raid of GraceLife: “The government is so hell-bent on enforcing the closure notice that they are now blocking the shared driveway access to a private landowner next door. The landowner next door cannot access their own property because the state raided GraceLife church.” 

In late March, no doubt in anticipation of Coates’ return to his church after leaving jail, local Spruce Grove area RCMP and Alberta Health Services (AHS) inspectors were on-site at Grace Life Church. Coates was welcomed with applause and cheers before giving an emotional address to his congregation — his first since being released from prison.

Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) lawyer Jay Cameron, who represents Coates, told LifeSiteNews that the “Constitution is not suspended simply because of COVID, it remains in full force and effect, and the government of Alberta has yet to justify its lockdown measures, all of which are subject to a constitutional challenge.”

Recently, Coates described in detail his time in prison, including his ministering to his fellow inmates. 

“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 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, love, affection,” said Coates in his first interview since being released which was conducted by Rebel News.

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Coates described how when his send-off from jail occurred, he was with the prison chaplain who said that he will never forget that moment. 

“It was precious to me as well,” Coates said. “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.”

In his Rebel News interview, Coates also described the challenges he faced while being in quarantine for two weeks when he first arrived in jail. 

“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.

A GoFundMe campaign for Coates has now raised over $45,000 — far more than the $5,000 initially envisioned — from more than 400 individual donors since Coates was released from jail.

This past weekend, 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 during an Easter Service, to “get out.” He yelled, “You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here.”

Since the jailing of Coates, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and his UCP government have come under increased fire from many who oppose lockdowns, including some MLAs within his party base.

Recently, MLA Drew Barnes of Medicine Hat told LifeSiteNews that it was a “mistake” for governments to not list religious practice as “essential” when locking the population down with COVID health orders.

A recently published LifeSiteNews report details how according to a source with inside knowledge of Kenney’s UCP, the provincial leader has placed a gag order on his caucus members, preventing them from voicing their opposition to COVID lockdowns. 

Recently, it was reported that an internal email from the UCP stated that there will not be a leadership review for Kenney, however, until 2022.


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Charges dropped against mom, kids fined $18K for expired COVID tests at Canadian border

‘It was the best Easter gift. All I could think was that God heard our prayers.’
Wed Apr 7, 2021 - 11:49 am EST
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, April 7, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Charges have been dropped against a Canadian mother, who, along with her four children and the children’s grandmother, were each fined $3,000 after Canadian border agents refused to accept the results of their COVID tests — because the results were 2 hours expired.

“Of course I was very happy when I received the news,” the mother, a registered nurse (RNBN) who works in chronic care, told LifeSiteNews under condition that her name not be published due to fears of retaliation.

The Crown conveyed the news to the family on Holy Thursday.

“I was told it could take several months to years for a resolution. So I was extremely grateful for it all to be over within 6 weeks. It was the best Easter gift. All I could think was that God heard our prayers. The stress I was under was finally released,” the mother said.

LifeSiteNews reported in February how the mother and her family were returning from the U.S. to Manitoba after having attended the 79-year-old grandmother’s medical appointment and visiting family.

They all received negative COVID tests prior to crossing the border by car to return home. Due to car trouble, by the time they reached the border, the tests, which have a 72-hour window of validity, were two hours expired. Border agents not only rejected the tests but went on to slap the family with the maximum fine for failing to “comply with an order reguarding [sic] a treatment measure for preventing the introduction and spread of a communicable disease.”

The family was then hustled off to a government-run COVID quarantine facility where they were forced to stay until they could receive additional COVID tests. When the tests came back negative, the family was allowed to return home where they continued the remainder of their quarantine.

The mother secured the legal services of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms to help in her battle.

Justice Centre Staff Lawyer Sayeh Hassan commented that the family “tried in every way to comply with unreasonable requirements and were still fined and quarantined.” She said that while the family is pleased the charges have been dropped, the government must still provide “empirical data or a reasonable explanation for why people with negative Covid tests cannot quarantine at their own homes.”

“Clearly, individual circumstances must be looked at. A Canadian accused of murder has the Charter right not to be arbitrarily detained or imprisoned; the right to retain and instruct counsel without delay; the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt; and the right to a fair trial before an independent and impartial court. Police can forcibly confine a Canadian only after arresting that citizen, and police can only arrest someone after charging them with having committed a crime,” Hassan said.

“This family had none of these rights respected in this situation,” she added.

The mother told LifeSiteNews that Canadians need to be unafraid to fight for their rights and freedoms.

“Don’t pay any fines! They will not stand up in court since they are unconstitutional. Keep on fighting for freedom,” she said.

The mother also thanks supporters for donating to the family’s campaign to fight the fines. “We are so happy not a penny will be going to the government,” she said, adding that all money collected will be donated to organizations fighting for Canadians’ rights and freedoms.


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Germans who are ‘fully vaccinated’ to have more freedoms than those who aren’t

‘Anyone who is vaccinated can go to the shop or the hairdresser without further testing,’ said homosexual health minister Jens Spahn.
Wed Apr 7, 2021 - 11:38 am EST
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BERLIN, Germany, April 7, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The German health minister announced on Easter Sunday that citizens who have received two shots of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines will be eligible for exemptions to some lockdown restrictions, whereas the unvaccinated won’t benefit from these.

Germany’s health minister Jens Spahn, speaking to national newspaper Bild on Sunday, said that certain normal activities, like visiting different kinds of shops and retail businesses, will become less restricted for those who have received the vaccine. “Anyone who is vaccinated can go to the shop or the hairdresser without further testing,” the open homosexual and member of the Christian Democrats said.

The decision to give back to vaccinated individuals certain freedoms, expected to begin in the coming weeks, stems from data provided by a recent research paper on the transmission of COVID-19 from people who have been vaccinated against the virus.

The study, published by Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (comparable to the CDC in the U.S.), concludes that the risk of transmission from vaccinated subjects is minimal two weeks after receiving the final shot.

Spahn explained that “[a]ccording to the research, the risk of virus transmission by people who have been fully vaccinated from the 15th day after the second vaccination dose is lower than an asymptomatic person who has tested negative with a rapid antigen test,” which led the German government to consider moving forward with their proposed “vaccine passport” scheme.

On the back of the Robert Koch Institute data, Spahn suggested that the “current state of knowledge indicates that vaccinated persons probably no longer play a significant role in the epidemiology (i.e. transmission) of the disease.”

In addition to being able to make use of “non-essential” businesses once again, vaccinated Germans will be afforded the freedom to travel internationally, without being asked to quarantine upon their return: “So anyone who has been fully vaccinated can be treated in the future like someone who has tested negative.”

Despite the promise of quasi-normality following vaccination, all Germans will still have to comply with physical distancing orders and mask mandates, the German government confirmed.

Alongside the news of impending vaccine passports, Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel is reportedly poised to spring a host of new lockdown measures on the nation, supposedly to curtail the spread of the coronavirus. Among the measures proposed are nationwide school closures, a requirement for employers to use unreliable PCR tests on their employees, and issuing temporary stay-at-home orders.

While an increase in COVID cases has been recorded in Germany in the period leading up to Easter, over the same period daily deaths have reduced to little more than the lowest recorded figure in the year since lockdowns began, according to Worldometer.

Regardless of the dwindling death toll, Spahn said Monday that the public needs “to break this third wave with each other and reduce contacts. Especially in the private sector, in schools, at work, where we can.”

“I think it is much more important that the emergency brake is applied consistently and that we break this wave quickly, sooner rather than later,” he added.

Spahn’s announcement falls in line with a growing number of nations worldwide which have revealed plans to institute vaccine-related regulations, requiring certification of vaccination to freely participate in the economy and to travel outside of national borders.

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Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson, who has promised to reopen the U.K. economy fully from June 21 in line with a “roadmap out of lockdown,” told the BBC on Tuesday that “you don’t need any … kind of certificate” to visit pubs and restaurants on May 17, when indoor dining is set to resume. He did, however, explicitly state that the future of overseas travel will inevitably require some element of vaccine certification.

Johnson noted that “several other countries” are also considering implementing a vaccine passport system and that such documentation “is going to be a fact of life, probably.”

Elsewhere Johnson confirmed that “there’s definitely going to be a world in which international travel will use vaccine passports … You can see already that other countries, the aviation industry, are interested in those and there’s a logic to that.”

The prime minister announced that vaccine certification is only one of a number of ways by which Brit’s will be asked to signal “that you’re not contagious.” Johnson emphasized the role that COVID testing will take on for proving one’s contagion status for use within national borders, declaring that “from Friday [April 9] everybody [in England] can get free lateral-flow tests also on the NHS and on the web.”

“I think when it comes to trying to make sure that we give maximum confidence to business and to customers here in the UK, there are three things — there’s your immunity, whether you have had it before, so you have got natural antibodies, whether you have been vaccinated, and then of course whether you have had a test,” he said, adding that “[t]hose three things working together will be useful for us as we go forward.”


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CBS ‘News’ deletes tweet on how companies can oppose Georgia Republicans

Due to social media backlash, CBS also changed the title of an article, outlining how Democrats could fight against Georgia's voting law, but the content was the same.
Wed Apr 7, 2021 - 11:30 am EST
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April 7, 2021 (NewsBusters) — Joseph Wulfsohn at Fox News reports CBS News decided on Saturday to delete a tweet for sounding way too partisan. On Friday, CBS tweeted out a report by Khristopher Brooks headlined “3 ways companies can help fight Georgia's restrictive new voting law.” 

Conservatives on Twitter mocked the tweet. "I missed the announcement that CBS is now a Democratic SuperPAC," RealClearInvestigations senior writer Mark Hemingway quipped.

On Saturday, not only did CBS News delete the tweet, but it also reframed the report to downplay its advocacy.

The headline was changed to "Activists are calling on big companies to challenge new voting laws. Here's what they're asking for." They added no editor's note explaining the change.

The framework of the Brooks article remained. The three ways companies were urged to fight the Georgia election law was:

1. Do not donate to Republicans who sponsored the law just as corporations decided not to donate to Republicans who challenged the presidential election results. 

2. Spread awareness of the Georgia law to other states – which the media are doing aggressively. "Major advertising campaigns have helped these companies individually, but ads can also help stamp out efforts nationwide to pass voting laws similar to Georgia's, activists said."

3 Fight for federal law -- in this case, support H.R. 1, the federal law supported by Democrats to submit the states to federal supervision of election rules. Companies "need to work aggressively to call for the passage" of the For the People Act, leftist Nse Ufot said.

That's not the only story Fox has on CBS. Wulfsohn also reported CBS is being accused of deceptively editing a heated exchange between Gov. Ron DeSantis (R.-Fla.) and correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi accusing him of a "pay for play" scheme in a promotional tweet for 60 Minutes. Alfonsi noted the major supermarket chain Publix had donated, and were given the opportunity to administer vaccines. 

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"The criticism here is that is pay for play, governor," Alfonsi told DeSantis.

"And it's wrong, it's wrong," DeSantis shot back. "It's a fake narrative. I just disabused you of the narrative. And you don't care about the facts. Because, obviously, I laid it out for you in a way that is irrefutable."

Under Biden, CBS's reporters aren't challenging President Biden or his press aide Jen Psaki like this!

This was also challenged on Twitter from the right: 

 It would not be surprising at all that 60 Minutes created a phony scandal through malicious editing. It's more of a feature than a bug. It's where Dan Rather (on 60 Minutes II) uncorked his phony National Guard documents in an attempt to ruin President George W. Bush.

Published with permission from NewsBusters


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Belgium: Police on horseback trample woman while dispersing social gatherings

As things stand, Belgian authorities have deemed it illegal to gather in groups of more than four.
Wed Apr 7, 2021 - 10:57 am EST
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BRUSSELS, Belgium, April 7, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Riot police in Belgium knocked a woman unconscious while attempting to break up a gathering violating lockdown rules in a city park using water cannons and horses, shocking video footage shows.

Summit News reported that as many as 5,000 people turned up to a fake event at Bois de la Cambre park following a Facebook post that promised a music festival featuring famous acts and boasting “eight stages, a hundred DJs and zero coronavirus rules.”

As things stand, Belgian authorities have deemed it illegal to gather in groups of more than four, rendering the faux festival a breach of current lockdown rules. Mounted riot police were deployed to the scene to disperse the crowds, using water cannons, tear gas, and police dogs.

At least eight attendees were reported to have been injured, two of whom were hospitalized, as well as several police officers and their horses. One officer was pictured apprehending someone while bleeding from his head.

A video uploaded to Twitter shows the moment that one of those hospitalized was crashed into by a police horse. In the midst of the gathering, mounted policemen can be seen charging in, careering into a seemingly topless woman and knocking her to the ground where she subsequently lies unconscious, before being quickly attended to by fellow revelers. The video shows that the woman had her back turned to the approaching cavalry before being struck:

Local news outlet De Morgen claimed that the clash between police and partygoers continued for many hours, until at least 8 p.m. Police vehicles skirted the perimeter, announcing from loudspeakers that “the police will proceed to disperse the premises, all people will be liable to receive a ticket.”

Local police told the media that they were taking a soft approach, despite the many social uploads of clashes between attendees and authorities. “We work mainly on respecting [policing] the bubble, mutual distance and the face mask,” police spokeswoman Ilse Van de Keere said.

“Officers will talk to people to explain what we expect from them. That is rather sensitization. Only when we notice that the measures can no longer be observed due to the crowds, we ask the attendees to leave.”

Keere added that “the most important thing” police considered “is that the situation does not degenerate into parties.”

Mayor Phillipe Close of Brussels confirmed the possibility of criminal proceedings, telling Belgian media firm DHNet: “I will do everything possible to ensure that they are prosecuted. And I will send them the invoice.”

Close also posted a condemnation of the gathering on his Twitter page, saying “people need to be outside [the park] … we cannot tolerate such gatherings in the Bois de la Cambre.”

“We therefore evacuated the forest,” he said in reference to the heavy-handed police presence. “Those who fail to obey police orders run the risk of arrest and prosecution.”

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According to DeMorgen, those responsible for setting up the practical joke event, a group known only as “Boumer,” have distanced themselves from any liability. “To be clear,” they said, “we have not organized anything.”

Continuing, the group said their “only goal was to make people laugh. We are not calling on anyone to come to the Bois de la Cambre specifically for La Boum [the name of the fake festival]. It does not exist.”

“We haven’t done anything wrong, have we? If we had organized a festival or a party, then yes. But this is no more and no less than an April Fool’s joke,” they defended.


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French health minister: Vaccinated people ‘most at risk’ for COVID in days after getting shot

‘Vaccinated individuals are also those most at risk for severe forms and death in the event of initial vaccine ineffectiveness or post-vaccine reinfection or variant virulence.’
Wed Apr 7, 2021 - 10:22 am EST
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PARIS, France, April 7, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — In a recent lawsuit initiated by a COVID-vaccinated octogenarian against the French State, a revealing statement was made by French health minister Olivier Véran. According to the nationwide mainstream radio station Europe 1, Véran said: “Vaccinated individuals are also those most at risk for severe forms and death in the event of initial vaccine ineffectiveness or post-vaccine reinfection or variant virulence.”

These words are certainly worth a second read. In substance, and if Europe 1 reported them exactly, they amount to saying that people who have recently received the COVID-19 jab are not less, but more exposed to becoming ill and even to dying because of the Wuhan virus.

So France’s health minister is acknowledging — albeit in the relatively discreet environment of an administrative procedure — that vaccinated individuals can actually be more exposed to severe COVID-19 than if they had not received the jab, either because the vaccine has not yet produced its effects, or, more worryingly, because they had already been infected with SARS-CoV-2 prior to their vaccination and the new “wild” infection can be worse, especially when in “variant” form.

A caveat here: This sounds like part of the fear 2.0 project denounced by anti-lockdown scientists after Geert Vanden Bossche started warning about variants that could lead to making a new vaccination campaign necessary for people who have already been vaccinated, as LifeSite’s Patrick Delaney made clear only last week.

But whatever the objective, Olivier Véran has now officially said that vaccination does not actually protect individuals as promised. On the contrary, they should stay at home, wear masks, and observe “social distancing” as usual.

The 83-year-old man who launched a “référé-liberté” procedure before the French Council of State — an emergency lawsuit before the highest administrative court with an aim to protect civil and fundamental liberties against decisions made by the executive — was among the first people in France to receive the COVID-19 experimental vaccine. He got both the Pfizer jabs in January.

When in March, new lockdown measures were set up in his “département” in the greater Paris region, he complained that he would be prevented from going further from his home than 10 kilometers, even though he was no longer at risk. He said that he should recover his liberty to come and go, as measures such as movement restrictions, lockdowns, and the curfew at present applied in France between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. are not necessary or proportionate for vaccinated people. Had he won his case, all fully vaccinated individuals could arguably have ignored COVID restrictions by applying the Council of State’s jurisprudence.

The Council of State decided to reject the plaintiff’s request, following the government’s reasoning as put forth in particular in a memo produced by Olivier Véran that is not available to the public. However, Europe 1 claims to have had access to the document and has reproduced several of its passages in quotation marks. The quotes — including the one about “vaccinated individuals” who are “most at risk” in some cases — were repeated widely both in the mainstream and in the alternative media over the last six days, and have not been denied by Véran or his cabinet. Le Figaro, a mainstream daily, published further quotes. It is by now reasonable to consider them to be authentic.

Other assertions by Véran quoted by the two media deserve mention, such as:

  • “The effectiveness of vaccines is only partial.”

  • “The vaccine does not prevent transmission of the virus to others. The impact of vaccination on the spread of the virus is not yet known.”

  • “Vaccine efficacy has become particularly contingent due to the emergence of new variants”

  • The South African and Brazilian strains “may notably cause reinfections in people who have already been infected with COVID-19, as well as a risk of vaccine escape (leaky vaccines)”

  • “Vaccinated individuals may develop mild forms or even be asymptomatic, and still spread the virus.”

  • “From the trial stage … there was therefore no guarantee of immunity.”

So: Back to step one? Did the French minister just admit that the experimental COVID vaccines cannot be invoked or used to stop restricting civil liberties, simply because no one has a clue as to whether they are going to make the situation any better anytime soon, or even whether they might be making the situation worse?

The judge’s decision does not directly quote Véran’s memo; in particular, it doesn’t pick up the first phrases quoted in this story showing that in some situations, vaccinated individuals could in fact be “most at risk” regarding COVID-19.

It notes that even if the jabs are efficient, only a minority of the most vulnerable to COVID have been fully vaccinated, and that they do not eliminate the possibility for the vaccinated also to be potentially contaminating virus carriers. The judge rejected an American study affirming the opposite, as produced by the plaintiff’s lawyers: He said that it did not demonstrate with certainty that non vaccinated vulnerable people would be protected from being contaminated by others who did receive the jab. Vaccine coverage would have to be higher, the judge stated.

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Vaccination is therefore not enough, and “barrier gestures” and restrictions on liberties can and should apply and are “proportionate,” added the ordinance.

The plaintiff’s two lawyers, Diane Protat and Henri de Lagarde, attempted to obtain a decision that would “discriminate” between the vaccinated and the non-vaccinated, in the same way that little children who have no vaccine certificate are not eligible for day care or inscription in schools.

Lagarde told the news site “Dossier familial”: “The question is whether it is justified that people who have been vaccinated are still confined. The purpose of confinement is to avoid pressure on hospitals, to avoid having too many patients in the resuscitation services. Now, when one is vaccinated, one is certain not to develop a serious form of COVID-19,” he said.

He mentioned another objective of containment, which is “to limit the circulation of the virus and therefore social interaction.” “Can vaccinated people still transmit the virus? In the state of our scientific knowledge, vaccination leads to a decrease in contagiousness,” he said, adding that vaccinated people who wear masks and respect barrier gestures do not have to be confined. “If there is still a risk of contagiousness, it cannot justify confinement, or else we would need confinement to go on forever,” he noted.

Lagarde also underscored that Olivier Véran argued in his memoir that any certainty regarding the contagiousness of the virus will appear “in two years’ time.” The lawyer said that was reason enough to refuse present and possible future lockdowns.

But to date, the governments of the world in general and of France in particular have not been open to such logic.


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246 vaccinated Michigan residents diagnosed with COVID, 3 dead, State Health Dept. confirms

The latest Michigan Department of Health and Human Services data include breakthrough cases reported between Jan. 1 and March 31.
Wed Apr 7, 2021 - 10:00 am EST
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April 7, 2021 (Children’s Health Defense) — As many as 246 Michigan residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19 were later diagnosed with the virus, and three of them died, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services confirmed Monday.

According to The Detroit News, 246 “breakthrough cases” were reported between Jan. 1 and March 31. All cases occurred in people who tested positive 14 or more days after the last dose in the vaccine series, said Lynn Sutfin, spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, in an email.

“Some of these individuals may ultimately be excluded from this list due to continuing to test positive from a recent infection prior to being fully vaccinated,” she said. But these “cases are undergoing further review to determine if they meet other [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] CDC criteria for determination of potential breakthrough, including the absence of a positive antigen or PCR test less than 45 days prior to the post-vaccination positive test.”

Sutfin said these persons were more likely to be asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic, adding that hospitalization data were available for 117 of the cases, while 129 were incomplete.

Of the 117 with hospitalization data entered, 11 were hospitalized, 103 were not hospitalized and three are reported as unknown. The three people who died were all 65 or older and two “were within three weeks of completion of vaccination,” Sutfin said.

According to Dr. Nick Gilpin, Beaumont’s medical director for infection prevention, eight patients who had been “fully vaccinated” were being treated for COVID at Beaumont Health’s hospitals on Monday.

“While the majority of the population develops full immunity within 14 days of completion of their vaccine series, a small proportion appear to take longer to mount a full antibody response,” Sutfin explained. “The CDC is actively working to better understand the risk characteristics of this group.”

As The Defender reported April 5, scientists have challenged health officials on vaccinating people who’ve already had COVID, arguing the science supporting vaccination of those primed with COVID doesn’t exist and there’s a potential risk of harm, including death, in vaccinating those who’ve already had the disease or were recently infected.

Dr. Hooman Noorchashm, surgeon and patient safety advocate, has written several letters to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration urging the agency to require pre-screening for SARS-CoV-2 viral proteins — which would be present in someone who has already been infected with COVID — in an effort to reduce COVID vaccine injuries and deaths.

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According to Noorchasm, it is scientifically established that once a person is naturally infected by a virus, antigens from that virus persist in the body for a long time after viral replication has stopped and clinical signs of infection have resolved. When a vaccine reactivates an immune response in a recently infected person, the tissues harboring the persisting viral antigen are targeted, inflamed and damaged by the immune response.

“In the case of SARS-CoV-2, we know that the virus naturally infects the heart, the inner lining of blood vessels, the lungs and the brain,” explained Noorchasm. “So, these are likely to be some of the critical organs that will contain persistent viral antigens in the recently infected — and, following reactivation of the immune system by a vaccine, these tissues can be expected to be targeted and damaged.”

J. Patrick Whelan M.D., Ph.D., expressed similar concern that COVID vaccines aimed at creating immunity against the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein could have the potential to cause microvascular injury to the brain, heart, liver and kidneys in a way that does not currently appear to be assessed in safety trials of these potential drugs.

As The Defender reported March 31, Washington, Florida, South Carolina, Texas, New York, California and Minnesota have all reported breakthrough cases of COVID, and two deaths are under investigation by the Department of Health in Washington.

Breakthrough cases have also been reported in OregonIdahoNebraskaLouisianaUtahNorth Carolina and Hawaii.

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EXCLUSIVE - Former Pfizer VP: ‘Your government is lying to you in a way that could lead to your death.’

‘Look out the window, and think, “why is my government lying to me about something so fundamental?” Because, I think the answer is, they are going to kill you using this method. They’re going to kill you and your family.’
Wed Apr 7, 2021 - 8:47 am EST
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April 7, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Dr. Michael Yeadon, Pfizer's former Vice President and Chief Scientist for Allergy & Respiratory who spent 32 years in the industry leading new medicines research and retired from the pharmaceutical giant with “the most senior research position” in his field, spoke with LifeSiteNews in a telephone interview. 

He addressed the “demonstrably false” propaganda from governments in response to COVID-19, including the “lie” of dangerous variants, the totalitarian potential for “vaccine passports,” and the strong possibility we are dealing with a “conspiracy” which could lead to something far beyond the carnage experienced in the wars and massacres of the 20th century.

His main points included:

  1. There is “no possibility” current variants of COVID-19 will escape immunity. It is “just a lie.”

  2. Yet, governments around the world are repeating this lie, indicating that we are witnessing not just “convergent opportunism,” but a “conspiracy.” Meanwhile media outlets and Big Tech platforms are committed to the same propaganda and the censorship of the truth.

  3. Pharmaceutical companies have already begun to develop unneeded “top-up” (“booster”) vaccines for the “variants.” The companies are planning to manufacture billions of vials, in addition to the current experimental COVID-19 “vaccine” campaign. 

  4. Regulatory agencies like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency, have announced that since these “top-up” vaccines will be so similar to the prior injections which were approved for emergency use authorization, drug companies will not be required to “perform any clinical safety studies.”

  5. Thus, this virtually means that design and implementation of repeated and coerced mRNA vaccines “go from the computer screen of a pharmaceutical company into the arms of hundreds of millions of people, [injecting] some superfluous genetic sequence for which there is absolutely no need or justification.”

  6. Why are they doing this? Since no benign reason is apparent, the use of vaccine passports along with a “banking reset” could issue in a totalitarianism unlike the world has ever seen. Recalling the evil of Stalin, Mao, and Hitler, “mass depopulation” remains a logical outcome.

  7. The fact that this at least could be true means everyone must “fight like crazy to make sure that system never forms.” 

Dr. Yeadon began identifying himself as merely a “boring guy” who went “to work for a big drug company … listening to the main national broadcast and reading the broad sheet newspapers.”

Continuing, he said: “But in the last year I have realized that my government and its advisers are lying in the faces of the British people about everything to do with this coronavirus. Absolutely everything. It’s a fallacy this idea of asymptomatic transmission and that you don’t have symptoms, but you are a source of a virus. That lockdowns work, that masks have a protective value obviously for you or someone else, and that variants are scary things and we even need to close international borders in case some of these nasty foreign variants get in. 

“Or, by the way, on top of the current list of gene-based vaccines that we have miraculously made, there will be some ‘top-up’ vaccines to cope with the immune escape variants. 

“Everything I have told you, every single one of those things is demonstrably false. But our entire national policy is based on these all being broadly right, but they are all wrong.”

‘Conspiracy’ and not just ‘convergent opportunism’

“But what I would like to do is talk about immune escape because I think that’s probably going to be the end game for this whole event, which I think is probably a conspiracy. Last year I thought it was what I called ‘convergent opportunism,’ that is a bunch of different stakeholder groups have managed to pounce on a world in chaos to push us in a particular direction. So it looked like it was kind of linked, but I was prepared to say it was just convergence.”

“I [now] think that’s naïve. There is no question in my mind that very significant powerbrokers around the world have either planned to take advantage of the next pandemic or created the pandemic. One of those two things is true because the reason it must be true is that dozens and dozens of governments are all saying the same lies and doing the same inefficacious things that demonstrably cost lives. 

“And they are talking the same sort of future script which is, ‘We don’t want you to move around because of these pesky varmints, these “variants”’— which I call ‘samiants’ by the way, because they are pretty much the same — but they’re all saying this and they are all saying ‘don’t worry, there will be “top-up” vaccines that will cope with the potential escapees.’ They’re all saying this when it is obviously nonsense.”

Possible end game: vaccine ‘passports’ tied to spending allowances, thorough control

“I think the end game is going to be, ‘everyone receives a vaccine’… Everyone on the planet is going to find themselves persuaded, cajoled, not quite mandated, hemmed-in to take a jab. 

“When they do that every single individual on the planet will have a name, or unique digital ID and a health status flag which will be ‘vaccinated,’ or not … and whoever possesses that, sort of single database, operable centrally, applicable everywhere to control, to provide as it were, a privilege, you can either cross this particular threshold or conduct this particular transaction or not depending on [what] the controllers of that one human population database decide. And I think that’s what this is all about because once you’ve got that, we become playthings and the world can be as the controllers of that database want it. 

“For example, you might find that after a banking reset that you can only spend through using an app that actually feeds off this [database], your ID, your name, [and] your health status flag.”

“And, yes, certainly crossing an international border is the most obvious use for these vaccine passports, as they are called, but I’ve heard talk of them already that they could be necessary for you to get into public spaces, enclosed public spaces. I expect that if they wanted to, you would not be able to leave your house in the future without the appropriate privilege on your app.

“But even if that’s not [the] true [intent of the vaccine campaign], it doesn’t matter, the fact that it could be true means everyone [reading] this should fight like crazy to make sure that [vaccine passport] system never forms.”

“[With such a system], here is an example of what they could make you do, and I think this is what they’re going to make [people] do.

“You could invent a story that is about a virus and its variations, its mutations over time. You could invent the story and make sure you embed it through the captive media, make sure that no one can counter it by censoring alternative sources, then people are now familiar with this idea that this virus mutates, which it does, and that it produces variants, which is true [as well], which could escape your immune system, and that’s a lie

“But, nevertheless, we’re going to tell you it’s true, and then when we tell you that it’s true and we say ‘but we’ve got the cure, here’s a top-up vaccine,’ you’ll get a message, based on this one global, this one ID system: ‘Bing!’ it will come up and say ‘Dr. Yeadon, time for your top-up vaccine. And, by the way,’ it will say ‘your existing immune privileges remain valid for four weeks. But if you don’t get your top-up vaccine in that time, you will unfortunately detrimentally be an “out person,” and you don’t want that, do you?’ So, that’s how it’ll work, and people will just walk up and they’ll get their top-up vaccine.”

Gov’t lies, Big Pharma moves forward, medicine regulators get out of the way, and possible ‘mass-depopulation’

“But I will take you through this, Patrick, because I am qualified to comment. I don’t know what Vanden Bossche is about. There was no possibility at all, based on all of the variants that are in the public domain, 4000 or so of them, none of them are going to escape immunity [i.e. become more dangerous].

“Nevertheless, politicians and health advisers (to loads of governments) are saying that they are. They’re lying. Well, why would you do that? 

“Here’s the other thing, in parallel, pharmaceutical companies have said, several of them, it will be quite easy for us to adjust our gene-based vaccines, and we can hasten them through development, and we can help you. 

“And here’s the real scary part, global medicines regulators like [the U.S. Food and Drug Administration] FDA, the Japanese medicines agency, the European Medicines Agency, have gotten together and announced … since top-up vaccines will be considered so similar to the ones that we have already approved for emergency use authorization, we are not going to require the drug companies to perform any clinical safety studies. 

“So, you’ve got on the one hand, governments and their advisers that are lying to you that variants are different enough from the current virus that, even if you’re immune from natural exposure or vaccination, you’re a risk and you need to come and get this top-up vaccine. So, I think neither of those are true. So why is the drug company making the top-up vaccines? And [with] the regulators having got out of the way — and if Yeadon is right, and I’m sure I am or I wouldn’t be telling you this — you go from the computer screen of a pharmaceutical company into the arms of hundreds of millions of people, some superfluous genetic sequence for which there is absolutely no need or justification

“And if you wanted to introduce a characteristic which could be harmful and could even be lethal, and you can even tune it to say ‘let’s put it in some gene that will cause liver injury over a nine-month period,’ or, cause your kidneys to fail but not until you encounter this kind of organism [that would be quite possible]. Biotechnology provides you with limitless ways, frankly, to injure or kill billions of people

“And since I can’t think of a benign explanation for any of the steps: variants, top-up vaccines, no regulatory studies… it’s not only that I cannot think of a benign explanation, the steps described, and the scenario described, and the necessary sort of resolution to this false problem is going to allow what I just described: unknown, and unnecessary gene sequences injected into the arms of potentially billions of people for no reason. 

“I’m very worried … that pathway will be used for mass depopulation, because I can’t think of any benign explanation.”

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‘Absurdly impossible’ variants will escape immunity, ‘just a lie’

“If I can show you that one major thing that governments around the world are telling the people is a lie, you should take my 32 years of experienced opinion that says, most of it, if not all of it, is a lie.”

“The most different variant is only 0.3% different from the original sequence as emailed out of Wuhan in … January 2020. 0.3% [is] the one [variant] that is the most different on the planet so far. And now another way of saying it is, ‘all of the variants are not less than 99.7% identical to each other.’ 

“Now, you might be thinking, ‘hmm, .3%, is that enough [to escape immunity and become more dangerous]?’ The answer is no. Get away, ya know, get out of here … 

“The human immune system is a thing of wonder. What it does is when it faces a new pathogen like this, you’ve got professional cells, they’re called professional antigen-presenting cells —they’re kind of rough tough things that tend not to succumb to viruses. And their job is to grab foreign things in the near environment and tear them limb from limb [inside the cell]. They really cut them up into hundreds of pieces. And then they present these pieces on the surfaces of their cell to other bits of your immune system, and amazingly, because of the variability that God and nature gave you, huge variability to recognize foreign things, and your body ends up using 15 to 20 different specific motifs that it spots about this virus. They’re called epitopes, basically they’re just like little photographs of the details about this virus. That’s what they do. And that is what is called your repertoire, your immune repertoire is like 20 different accurate photographs, close-ups, of different bits of this virus.

“Now, if a tiny piece of the virus changes, like the .3% I’ve just described, if you are reinfected by that variant, your professional cells tear into that virus and cut it into pieces, present them again, and lo and behold, most of the pieces that you have already seen and recognized, are still there in the variants.

“There is absolutely no chance that all of them will fail to be recognized and that is what is required for immune escape, to escape your immunity. It must present to you as a new pathogen. It must be sufficiently different that, when it is cut up by your professional checker cells, it won’t find mostly the same thing it has seen before. And that is just absurdly impossible when you have only varied .3%, so it is 99.7% (similar).

“You can go and check that by looking at papers by a person called Alison Tarke. There is also Shane Crotty, and all of the other co-authors.

“And before them, coming from my theoretical understanding of multi-locus immunity, which is what I just badly tried to describe, to what actually happens … If your [immune system] is presented with something that contains even half of those similar pieces, there is no way your body will say, ‘that’s a new pathogen.’ 

“And, so, the idea that 0.3% could even have a chance of getting around immunity is just a lie. It’s not [even] like an opinion difference. 

“I don’t think 3% would be enough. That’s 10 times more variation than has occurred in 16 months [with this virus]. I don’t even think 30% difference would be enough. So, I’m saying that 100 times more variation than has actually happened, would still leave me putting a big bet on the human immune system not being fooled that these are new pathogens

“I’ve chatted this over with several professors of immunology and they agreed with me, it’s like, ‘why are you asking me this?’

“So, I think that what I’ve just said is that governments and their advisors in multiple countries are lying about variants. That’s a massive thing! You should check it out. Your readers should check it out. If it’s true, don’t you think it’s terrifying?! It was when I realized it. 

“So, they’re lying about variants, and then, of course, since [the variants] are not really different, you do not need a ‘top-up’ vaccine. Now you should be getting the hairs on the back of your neck up, because they are making them right now!” 

“They are making billions of vials of it. And they will be available by the end of the year.

“And I think they’ll require people to first, be on the vaccine passport one-world database, and then it will roll up into the top-ups, and if it takes a bit longer it will take a bit longer. 

“But this is not going away. It won’t go away until enough people, if they ever do, say ‘you’re a bunch of frauds and we are taking our freedoms back, so you can just stop doing this.’ 

“Because one person shouting into the wilderness and all of the other academics looking the other way, will have us just going down this pipe maybe a week later than if I hadn’t said anything, but we’re still going down to hell

“So, that’s why I’m frightened. 

“The variants aren’t different. I call them ‘samiants’… they’re pretty much the same. They’re not different. Therefore, you don’t need a top-up vaccine, so don’t go near any of them.”

‘Why is my government lying to me?’ Because ‘they are going to kill you.’

“[And if you recognize that our governments are involved in a major verifiable lie], don’t just turn your computer off and go to supper. Stop. Look out the window, and think, ‘why is my government lying to me about something so fundamental?’ Because, I think the answer is, they are going to kill you using this method. They’re going to kill you and your family

“The eugenicists have got hold of the levers of power and this is a really artful way of getting you to line-up and receive some unspecified thing that will damage you. I have no idea what it will actually be, but it won’t be a vaccine because you don’t need one. And it won’t kill you on the end of the needle because you would spot that.

“It could be something that will produce normal pathology, it will be at various times between vaccination and the event, it will be plausibly deniable because there will be something else going on in the world at that time, in the context of which your demise, or that of your children will look normal. 

“That’s what I would do if I wanted to get rid of 90 or 95% of the world’s population. And I think that’s what they’re doing.”

“Now I don’t know [for certain] that they’re going to use that [system] to kill you, but I can’t think of a benign reason, and with that power they certainly could harm you, or control you, so you should object [and strenuously oppose it].”

People can’t deal with this level of evil, but Soviets, Hitler, Mao show its possibility

“It’s become absolutely clear to me, even when I talk to intelligent people, friends, acquaintances … and they can tell I’m telling them something important, but they get to the point [where I say] ‘your government is lying to you in a way that could lead to your death and that of your children,’ and they can’t begin to engage with it. And I think maybe 10% of them understand what I said, and 90% of those blank their understanding of it because it is too difficult. And my concern is, we are going to lose this, because people will not deal with the possibility that anyone is so evil…

“But I remind you of what happened in Russia in the 20th Century, what happened in 1933 to 1945, what happened in, you know, Southeast Asia in some of the most awful times in the post-war era. And, what happened in China with Mao and so on.

“We’ve only got to look back two or three generations. All around us there are people who are as bad as the people doing this. They’re all around us. So, I say to folks, the only thing that really marks this one out, is its scale

“But actually, this is probably less bloody, it’s less personal, isn’t it? The people who are steering this … it’s going to be much easier for them. They don’t have to shoot anyone in the face. They don’t have to beat someone to death with a baseball bat, or freeze them, starve them, make them work until they die. All of those things did happen two or three generations back and our grandparents or great grandparents were either victims of this, or they were actually members of it, or at least they witnessed it from overseas. That’s how close we are.

“And all I’m saying is, some shifts like that are happening again, but now they are using molecular biology.

“And the people going along with it, I think they would probably say, ‘I was only following orders,’ which we have heard before. 

“But I know, because I have talked to lots of people, and some of them have said ‘I don’t want to believe that you are right, so I’m going to just put it away because if it is true, I can’t handle it.’ And I think … all you need to do is find a good reason to tell people, ‘Don’t take the vaccine unless you’re a medical risk of dying from the virus!’ That seems to me a pretty good line!”

Towards a solution – ‘We need God’

“I’m a scientist, and I can tell you, talking to non-scientists, using science as a tool, will not work. It will fail. 

“So, we need philosophers, people who understand logic, religion, something like that, [they have] got to wrestle with this, and start talking in a language people will understand. Because if we leave it with scientists, people like me, even though I’m well-intentioned, I’m a gabbling alien as far as most people in the street are concerned. They won’t believe the government will lie to them, they don’t believe the government would ever do anything that will harm them, but they are [doing such things].”

Finally, in an email correspondence, Dr. Yeadon concluded, “I have latest taken to signing off with ‘May God save us’, because I think we need God now more than at any time since WW2.”

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Masks are insidious symbols of communist control

While the West mistakenly believed that China would become more like us after embracing Capitalism, the West is becoming more like China; Maoism and Chinese communism are spreading like a prairie fire...One can’t help wondering if it will be worse to lose your freedoms or never to have known what it means to be free.  The only hope is for the silent majority to rise and confront the abomination facing our country.  
Wed Apr 7, 2021 - 12:04 pm EST
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April 7, 2021 (AmericanThinker) — Why are those of us who have had our COVID vaccines still wearing masks?  We are protected from the virus and cannot carry the virus despite being admonished otherwise.  Is it because Maoism is still shaping our world?  

While the West mistakenly believed that China would become more like us after embracing Capitalism, the West is becoming more like China; Maoism and Chinese communism are spreading like a prairie fire.

For those of us who had the opportunity to travel to China following Richard Nixon’s 1972 visit, besides the overall bleakness resulting from Chairman Mao Zedong’s reign, the uniform that every person in China wore was disconcerting.  The Mao jacket was the quintessential Chinese communist apparel.  It symbolized Mao’s ideology: he intended to equalize more than a billion people by what they wore.  

Does this sound familiar?  Is the mask a means to “equalize” the West?

Dr. Fauci, whom some see as the leading authority on all things COVID, promotes wearing the mask despite inoculations.  He has even suggested that we wear two masks.  

Since ascending to extraordinary national prominence, Fauci has moved the goalposts; flip-flopped on masks; obfuscated the facts; been seen in public without his apparel; and, outside the media and some true believers, lost credibility.  

One must ask, though: What is behind Fauci’s confusing messaging?  After all, he is not a dumb man.

Liberal activists like Fauci, including those ensconced in the White House, appear to be drunk with power and deliberately moving toward the Chinese social control system that Barack Obama set into motion.  It was Obama who promised “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” 

And “the mask” is not the only means of controlling our society.

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Consider the Biden administration running roughshod over the First, Second, and Tenth Amendments to our Constitution.  (The less famous Tenth Amendment reserves for the states all power not explicitly lodged with the federal government.)  

Then there’s the hare-brained idea of vaccination passports.

And there is more, so much more.  Have you read Biden’s $2-trillion so-called “infrastructure plan” that more accurately intends to “reshape” capitalism?  Much more money is earmarked for the Green New Deal, a land-grabbing, money-grabbing social control hoax, than for actual infrastructure.

Does any of those in charge know that the climate has been drastically changing since the beginning of time?  Of course they do, but never let the truth get in the way of a narrative that works for the cause.

The above is a drop in the bucket for implementing Barack Obamas fundamental transformation of America and seeing the federal government gain complete control over our society.  

Far-left politicians and their media accomplices who assiduously protect them are akin to a “jack-booted” implementation of Marxist ideology in America.  And make no mistake: the implementation of Marxist ideology is communism and the road to servitude.

After the fall of the Roman Republic, the first substantial constitutional republic to appear again in the world was America.  When the lights go out here, the dominoes will fall for freedom-loving peoples across the planet.  

How many thousands of years will pass before freedom and liberty can emerge from the dark shadow of tyranny?

For us who are on our way out of this world, “fundamentally transforming” America is an eye-roll.  For our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, it is a tragedy.  They will not live with the freedoms and liberty that have made America the envy of the world.

One can’t help wondering if it will be worse to lose your freedoms or never to have known what it means to be free.  The only hope is for the silent majority to rise and confront the abomination facing our country.  

Unlike our corporate CEOs, who, if they aren’t craven, are hardcore ideologues, it takes courage to stand up for America and her ideals in today’s woke culture.

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For once, in an airline mask story, the right person got punished

On Monday, the passengers fought back simply by being the opposite of Karens.  They understood that it's insane to kick a family off a plane because a toddler is eating without a mask.  Even the pilot and other crew members stood up against one flight attendant's madness — and Spirit Airline itself punished the attendant, not the family.
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April 7, 2021 (AmericanThinker) — Yet another story about airlines behaving badly broke on Monday.  This time, a family of four got kicked off a flight because the two-year-old toddler was eating.  However, unlike all the other grotesque examples of panicked mask fascism, this story has a happy ending: the flight attendant who caused the ruckus was the one who ultimately got kicked off the plane, and the family was allowed back on.

As a preliminary matter, the evidence is very strong that little children neither get nor give COVID from or to those around them.  And as a factual matter, putting masks on a child who has just turned two is cruel.  

The family's situation was also difficult: not only did they have a baby who had just turned two, but they also had a special needs child who has seizures, and the mother is seven months pregnant.  Also, it may matter that the family was obviously Jewish (for the father was wearing a yarmulke), a point I'll address a little later.

In the case of this family, people surrounding the family objected to the flight attendant kicking the family off when the toddler wanted to eat something.  Eventually, the flight attendants, for reasons that aren't clear, kicked everyone off the plane.

This story has a happy ending: everybody but the bullying flight attendant was allowed back on the plane.

But back to that point about the family being Jewish.  This is the third time in two years that flight attendants have kicked Jewish families off planes for weird or inappropriate reasons.

Just last month, Frontier Airlines kicked 22 Hassidic family members off a plane because of an alleged mask violation.  Family members as well as witnesses said the unmasked member of the party was 15 months old, and the federal guidelines about masks do not apply to children under two.  

Worse, according to witnesses, "Frontier staffers 'cheered' and 'high-fived each other' while exclaiming 'We did it!' after ordering all 22 Jewish passengers off the plane."  The airline, however, insisted that several other family members were non-compliant.

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In 2019, American Airlines kicked a Jewish family off the plane, claiming they smelled bad.  The gate agent even said he knew that Orthodox Jews don't bathe regularly.  The family denies that claim and filed suit against American Airlines last year.  (I don't know what became of the suit.)

There's a definite theme here of obviously Jewish passengers running into trouble with airline attendants.  There's one other twist to this story of the family kicked off the plane on Monday.  In the second video, above, the father notes explicitly that the push for them to leave came from a Black woman.  At the very least, this reflects ongoing tensions between Blacks and Jews.  Blacks are second only to Muslims in America when it comes to anti-Semitism.

I'm someone who believes that masks are pure theater.  If we handled masks in a sterile fashion, putting on new N95 masks every time we are required to wear them, trashing the old ones, and instantly sterilizing our hands, I might believe in them.  

As it is, though, the masks themselves are ridiculous disease vectors, being handled constantly and taken on and off repeatedly.  Their only utility is to offer some protection from large loogies if people cough or sneeze — and even that is doubtful, given the way masks are mishandled.

But there is good news.  On Monday, the passengers fought back simply by being the opposite of Karens.  They understood that it's insane to kick a family off a plane because a toddler is eating without a mask.  Even the pilot and other crew members stood up against one flight attendant's madness — and Spirit Airline itself punished the attendant, not the family.

We, the People, have the power to make this stop.  When we sit silently, we are complicit. When we speak up, things get better.

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Vaccine passports are the definition of medical tyranny

The concept of vaccine passports should horrify Americans, regardless of their personal stance on the issue.  As Americans, we should have the freedom to either take the vaccine or not.
Wed Apr 7, 2021 - 10:33 am EST
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April 7, 2021 (AmericanThinker) — The latest CDC report shows that approximately 162 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered.  This number is increasing steadily every day.  These results show that millions of Americans are not reluctant to take the vaccine.

Despite the impressive distribution statistics, there is not universal support for the vaccine.  A recent poll revealed that 41% of Republicans will not get the coronavirus vaccine.  These results mimic other polls that have been taken in recent weeks.  Unfortunately, these Republicans, along with millions of other Americans who refuse the vaccine might face a severe infringement of their freedoms.

It seems that vaccine passports are being encouraged by the Biden administration and are being developed by the administration's ideological partners in academia and corporate America.

On Friday, Cornell University president Martha Pollack and provost Michael Kotlikoff issued a statement that all students returning to the “Ithaca, Geneva, and Cornell Tech campuses for the fall semester” will be required to have a COVID-19 “vaccination.”

This announcement follows a similar statement issued by Rutgers University last week.  In the days ahead, many other universities will surely issue similar vaccine requirements for the fall semester.

The vaccine requirements will not be limited to colleges and universities.  Soon, the leading corporations in the country may require a vaccine for their employees to work in office settings.  Such vaccine passports may also be required to fly or to attend special events such as concerts and athletic contests.

The concept of vaccine passports should horrify Americans, regardless of their personal stance on the issue.  As Americans, we should have the freedom to either take the vaccine or not.

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While older Americans may feel more vulnerable and want to take the vaccine, others should be able to refuse it for whatever reason.  Some Americans might not trust the government or the pharmaceutical companies; others may have read online reports about serious side-effects, including deaths, that have occurred after taking the vaccine.

In America, we should have the right to say “no,” especially on issues regarding our personal health.  Fortunately, a few political leaders, such as South Dakota governor Kristi Noem, have shown courage by publicly condemning vaccine passports. 

Florida governor Ron DeSantis has not only condemned vaccine passports, but also acted.  On Friday, he issued an executive order banning vaccine passports in his state.  In the declaration, he stated that “requiring so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports for taking part in everyday life — such as attending a sporting event, patronizing a restaurant, or going to a movie theater — would create two classes of citizens based on vaccinations.”

DeSantis banned government entities and businesses from requiring vaccine passports since “[i]t is necessary to protect the fundamental rights and privacies of Floridians and free flow of commerce in the state.”  DeSantis is also working with the Florida Legislature to make these protections “permanent” for the residents of his state.

While DeSantis is taking the lead at the state level, U.S. representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) is the first to act in Congress.  She introduced legislation entitled the “We Will Not Comply Act.”  The purpose of this bill is to “ban vaccine ‘passports,’ prevent discrimination against the unvaccinated, and much more to protect the freedom of the American people.”  Rep. Taylor Greene is showing more courage than the vast majority of her Republican Party colleagues in the House or Senate.

Vaccine passports are the definition of medical tyranny.  The entire idea is Orwellian and dangerous.  It is what would be expected in a country ruled by a tyrannical government, not in a constitutional republic.

Even liberal author Naomi Wolf understands the dangers that vaccine passports represent.  She says that if these plans are implemented, it will mean "the end of human liberty in the West."  Wolf believes that the real threat is the government's access to the personal data of millions of Americans.  According to Wolf, a vaccine passport will lead to the "the end of civil society ... it has the power to turn off your life, or to turn on your life, to let you engage in society or be marginalized."

Wolf noted that communist China has such a system in place, which keeps "a billion people under the thumb of a totalitarian regime."  This allows the communist rulers to "find any dissident in five minutes, and that can happen here literally within months."

Whether the concerns are health or privacy, millions of Americans do not want to take the vaccine.  This will be unacceptable to the Biden administration and its allies.  These Americans will start to face incredible pressure to comply.

One tactic was revealed by Dr. Leana Wen, public health professor at George Washington University.  In a CNN interview, she admitted that Americans need to be given a “carrot” to “incentivize” them to take the vaccine.  According to Wen, “we need to make it clear to them that the vaccine is the ticket back to pre-pandemic life.”  Her fear is that “otherwise, people are going to go out and enjoy these freedoms anyway.”

In the view of Wen and many others demanding that Americans take the vaccines, freedoms should not be allowed for those people who refuse.  This is the antithesis of what it means to be an American, living in the “land of the free.”

Even if we take the vaccine, we must fight for the rights of those Americans who do not want to take it.  These are not passports to health; they are passports straight to hell. 

Jeff Crouere is a native New Orleanian, and his award-winning program, Ringside Politics, airs nationally on Real America’s Voice Network, AmericasVoice.News weekdays at 7 A.M. C.T. and from 7 to 11 A.M. weekdays on WGSO 990-AM and Wgso.com.  He is a political columnist and the author of America's Last Chance and provides regular commentaries on the Jeff Crouere YouTube channel and on Crouere.net.  For more information, email him at [email protected].

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Pope Francis’ ‘ecological crusade’ is helping those who want to physically eliminate the poor

The Vatican’s formal presentation of its 'Pastoral Orientations on Climate Displaced People' marks the total subjugation of Church leadership to an ecological ideology, one that is anti-human at its core. While done in the name of defending the poor, it is actually a bullhorn for those who seek their elimination.
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April 7, 2021 (Daily Compass) – We can’t help but feel dumbfounded after reading the 26-page "Pastoral Orientations on Climate Displaced People." The Vatican document is replete with scientific and economic gibberish while sprinkled with warm Christian feelings and commitments to turn parish churches into WWF branch operations. It was presented last week at the Vatican with great pomp and circumstance and launched with a message from Pope Francis, so as to reinforce the importance the Holy See gives to ecological conversion, which - together with the theme of climate displacement - is the battle horse it mounts when defending migrants.

We are shocked to see how the Church leadership is now totally subservient to an ideology that is anti-human at its very core. It is shocking to see Pope Francis making a parody out of a passage from the Book of Isaiah, announcing imminent catastrophes for those who do not convert to ecologism. We are shocked to see a document, which would seem to be authoritative, that is full of clichés and bizarre theories like those concocted during bar conversations.

A point- by-point rebuttal of what is written in these pastoral guidelines about climate change and its effects on populations would require more than one article. But these are topics that we have already dealt with several times in the Daily Compass (see here). In any case, those who wish to inform themselves, you may compare the Vatican document with the recent  Catholic Social Doctrine Report published by the Cardinal Van Thuan Observatory on the theme of "Environmentalism and Globalism: New Political Ideologies" and to which we at the Daily Compass made valuable contributions.

Here, however, I will limit myself to a few general considerations. The first concerns the secularisation process that now appears to be complete even inside the Church, or at least in terms of the documents her leaders issue. The language of this particular document - which is intended to influence every last parish - on climate issues and displaced persons is entirely borrowed from ecological movements and UN bodies. The only conversions mentioned are more ecological lifestyles and transitioning energy consumption to that of renewable resources. The only mention of an eternal perspective - to be passed on to young people - is quite revealing. It has to do with "the kind of environmental conditions people will leave for their children and grandchildren". In other words, even eternity is reduced to an entirely earthly dimension. Any other comment is superfluous.

The second issue is that in this leveling of truth, the Church blows the bullhorn of a myth - the climate change narrative - which it passes off as sound science. The myth is re-proposed succinctly in these pastoral guidelines when it states that the Earth's climate system "after more than 10,000 years of relative stability — the full span of human civilization — our home planet’s climate is rapidly changing on account of human activities." And, of course, there is an earthly Golden Age to return to: the age of primitive peoples, whose wisdom and harmony with nature is continually celebrated in the Vatican document (again with a view to "learn from the peoples of the Amazon").

We must resign ourselves to the fact that it is useless to talk to about reality, i.e. about a climate that is always changing; that there have been warmer eras than the present one; that even from the Industrial Revolution (described as the origin of the disruption) to the present day there has been no linear increase in temperature, but a gradual growth that has had several ups and downs; that there is no evidence of increases in extreme natural events linked to human activities; that the economy of primitive peoples is the exact opposite of being harmony with nature.

Those who are prisoners of myth are impervious to any serious enquiry. They become intolerant and violent toward anyone who even questions their theories. In fact, the Vatican document is clear: those who do not see the climate disaster and its consequences are either ignorant or pursue reprehensible personal interests (maybe one day they will tell us how much money flows into Vatican coffers from international organisations advocating sustainable development).

A third consideration concerns the issue of development, which is considered the source of every ecological disaster and the cause of greenhouse gas emissions which (by changing the climate and with so many extreme natural events as a consequence) would damage the poorest countries and be responsible for so-called “climate displaced people.” Now, if there is any evidence at all, it is that it is precisely underdevelopment that makes so many populations vulnerable to extreme climate phenomena as well as to disease and any other adverse events. We need only think of the difference in damage and human losses that the same hurricane causes, for example, when it hits the coast of Nicaragua and then coasts of the United States. It is clear that a developed country is better able to defend itself against natural disasters because they are able to provide warning systems and infrastructure capable of resisting and protecting the population.

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One final consideration about development: the Pope is promoting the ecological crusade believing that he is bringing help to poor countries in the name of the poor. In reality, he is giving a major hand to those who want to physically eliminate the poor. This is what the concept of "sustainable development" is for. It is written in black and white in the report that gave birth to this concept (Our Common Future, Brundtland Commission Report, 1987). In order to save the environment and ensure development, the population must be reduced via birth control and there must be a halt to economic growth. This is no surprise: its advocates are all descendants of eugenic societies and continue to advocate these ideals.

Is it even possible that no one inside the Vatican has ever asked why the new experts they have chosen to work with - from Jeffrey Sachs on down - are as environmentally conscious as they are deeply committed to advancing contraception and abortion? It is no sad coincidence, but actually the result of consistent thinking. It is eugenics. Such faithless and ignorant prelates are leading the entire Church to becoming an instrument of promoting eugenic societies.

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Any men left in Major League Baseball? Airline cockpits? Corporate office suites?

Georgia voter ID law exposes leftists who control big companies as wimps.
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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 7, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – The woke leftists controlling Major League Baseball, major U.S. airlines, and other corporations such as Coca-Cola have displayed their unhappiness with Georgia’s recent voter ID law.   

Put aside the stunning hypocrisy of their virtue-signaling claims: Most of these corporations demand IDs in order for citizens to transact with and receive services from them.  

Here’s the bigger question begged by their actions: Are there any men left in MLB? Airline cockpits and ground crews? Corporate office suites? Or are there only high-paid geldings, thoroughly neutered by woke ideology?   

MLB’s mass emasculation is complete

Last summer MLB put on horrific display as hundreds of professional ballplayers surrendered themselves to the abhorrent ideology of Black Lives Matter (BLM), founded in 2013 by a trio of militant Marxist women – Patrisse Khan-Cullers, Opal Tometi, and Alicia Garza. Khan-Cullers identifies as lesbian and Garza is “married” to a “transgender man.”

The three Marxist women forced nearly every Major League Baseball player to kneel before them and their strange countercultural creed.     

By bending their knees, these atheletes paid homage not to civil rights, but to Marxism; to the destruction of the nuclear family; to transgender and gay political power squashing not just religious liberty, but religion itself; to the defunding of police; and to the erasure of western history and culture.

The queer-affirming women pulled off a mass castration of the players’ Judeo-Christian beliefs and whatever patriotism they held in their hearts. 

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And now, MLB has reaffirmed the mass emasculation of its players as the league’s woke leadership moved the All-Star game scheduled to be played in Atlanta, to Colorado in order to protest Georgia’s very sane voter ID requirements. (And as many have pointed out, Colorado’s voting laws are quite similar to Georgia’s just-passed law.)

“Major League Baseball has folded to the liberal mob, stripping Georgia of the All-Star Game and MLB draft and announcing its allegiance to the Democratic Party in the process,” noted The Washington Examiner’s Zachary Faria.  

But it was already worse than that: They had already submitted to a tribal right of castration, without a whimper or complaint.

Where are the players and managers who disagree with MLB management’s posturing and demands on the teams and players? Silence indicates agreement. I suspect there are many who disagree. So are there no men willing to risk their jobs by expressing disagreement with the big lies MLB management is foisting on the nation?     

No red-blooded American wants to watch a pathetic display of geldings romping around a ballfield, yet this is what the 2021 season promises.   

Sacrificing airline safety to woke idealism 

The CEO of Atlanta-based Delta Airlines, Ed Bastian, displayed his wishy-washy-woke leadership when, after first praising his home-state’s voting legislation, he crumpled under pressure from liberal elites including Joe Biden, reversed course, and lied about the bill instead, asserting that it “does not match Delta’s values.”   

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It was another very public emasculation.   

“My husband is a pilot for Delta,” one woman posted on social media. “Believe me, they all hate that the CEO has gone woke.”

“Started with BLM and now this. It’s embarrassing and has nothing to do with running a successful airline,” she continued. “The pilots just want to have safe, on-time flights and then make it home to their families after.  Please know that thousands of employees absolutely do not support this stuff!”      

If this is the case, where are the thousands of Delta Airline employee voices objecting to their company’s woke leadership?   

Real men stand up for principles, for country, for family – and speak out. But we hear mostly silence.

Not to be outdone, United Airlines (UAL) joined the fray.  

“Our flight deck should reflect the diverse group of people on board our planes everyday,” declared UAL in a Tweet. “That’s why we plan for 50% of the 5,000 pilots we train in the next decade to be women or people of color.”

“No,” objected Matt Walsh. “Your pilots should reflect the absolute best of the best, no matter their race or gender.”

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“Nobody is so committed to ‘diversity’ that they’d willingly choose to board a plane piloted by someone who got the job through affirmative action,” added Walsh.

My father spent his entire career as a UAL Captain. If he were still alive, he would be appalled that the airline he loved is sacrificing safety to woke idealism.  

In the video portion of the UAL Tweet, the airline affirmed that “Partner organizations will help identify and recruit top talent.”  

Which partners are those? Black Lives Matter? The Southern Poverty Law Center? The ACLU? The Chinese Communist Party (CCP)? 

Corporate Communism  Lies will continue to dominate the direction of public and corporate policy unless there is fierce pushback from those within their employee and customer ranks who object to our nation’s preening social justice corporate elites. 

These corporate executives are posturing their organizations to invite lucrative financial deals with Communist China. In doing so they display contempt for Americans.   

When will MLB players stand up to their embarrassing commissioner, Rob Manfred? When will airline employees object to their incompetent corporate leadership, now  jeopardizing public safety?  

Jonathan T. Gilliam, author of “Sheep No More” and founder of FreeTerritoryAlliance.com, has suggested new logos for the corporations who have  become politically involved in the Georgia voter law:   


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Why is there a painting of a nude Jesus ministering to Judas in Pope Francis’ study?

L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's own newspaper, featured as its cover photo a scandalous painting of Our Lord in the Pope's own quarters.
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April 7, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – According to the Vatican’s own newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis has placed a painting of a resurrected nude Jesus ministering to Judas, Christ’s own betrayer, behind the Pope’s desk in his personal study in the Vatican.

The Vatican newspaper dedicated the first three pages of its Holy Thursday edition to Judas and called into question, as Pope Francis has done, Judas’ damnation. Although Pope Francis has, several times already, suggested that Judas is not in hell, that notion directly conflicts with statements of previous popes and Our Lord Himself, who said of Judas it would be better for him that he had not been born.

L’Osservatore Romano, which is officially approved before publication, featured as its cover photo a scandalous painting of a nude resurrected Jesus ministering to Judas. And if that’s not bad enough, the acompanying editorial explains that that painting was inspired by one of Pope Francis’ books that suggested Judas may not be in hell, and that the artist gave it to Francis, who had placed it behind his desk in his personal study along with a statue of Jesus carrying Judas as a lost sheep 

Now, I hate to say it but, considering the track record of Pope Francis, it’s not all that surprising that he has such a fascination with Judas. To many faithful Catholics, it seems like Francis is betraying the Mystical Body of Christ in much the same way that Judas betrayed Our Lord.  

This painting being behind the Pope’s desk and placed on the cover of the Vatican newspaper is itself a scandal. Andrea Monda, the director of L’Osservatore Romano, explains in the Vatican newspaper’s editorial that the painting was inspired by Francis’ 2018 book Quando pregate dite Padre Nostro in which Francis suggests the salvation of Judas.  

It’s not the first time Francis has pushed the notion that Judas may be saved. Last April, he did the same thing in a televised homily in his private chapel on Wednesday of Holy Week, where he had to read that very passage where Jesus says it would be better for Judas not to have been born.

“How did Judas end up? I don’t know,” said Pope Francis at the time.

As often happens, Pope Francis let’s his trusted men speak with more vigor than he himself would. In December last year, one of Pope Francis’ most trusted allies in the Vatican, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, went so far as to say that all those who say Judas is in hell are “heretics.”

Paglia, who is the President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said on December 10, 2020 that, “We must also remember that, for the Catholic Church, if someone says that Judas is in hell, he is a heretic. 

In that same address, Paglia asserted that a priest may legitimately remain at the bedside of someone undergoing assisted suicide in order to “hold their hand” and “accompany” them.

Nevertheless, the teaching of the church is clear on the damnation of Judas. The Catechism of the Council of Trent is very explicit on this point saying that Judas “lost soul and body” and that his betrayal despite his priesthood “brought him everlasting destruction.” 

Moreover, the first Pope, St. Peter, was clear that after Judas betrayed Christ he had to be replaced as an apostle, whereas after the deaths of other apostles they were not replaced.  

Theologian Peter Kwasniewski explains this point well in an essay at Rorate Caeli 

The first Pope argues that Judas, by his transgression, fell away from the apostleship forever. Note that Judas was the only apostle whose place had to be filled after his death. When James was killed by Herod (Acts 12:2), Peter and the others did not appoint another man as a James substitute. There were successors to the apostles (and many more than twelve of them!), but no other replacements. Ultimately, all of the original eleven together with Matthias left this world in death to become the everlasting foundations of the heavenly Jerusalem: “And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them, the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb” (Rev 21:14). Put simply, an apostle who died in a state of grace is an apostle forever, irreplaceable, going to his reward as a perrmanent foundation stone of the Church. This can only mean that Judas, who had to be replaced, died in sin and lost his ministry and apostleship forever. He went “to his own place,” that is, the place that befitted him: hell. 

But we hardly need go to the Catechism or even the first Pope on this question when Our Lord Himself has already been explicit on it. Three times in the Scriptures, Jesus is recorded as indicating Judas’ ultimate fate. In John 6:71, Jesus calls Judas a devil. He says “Have not I chosen you twelve? And one of you is a devil.” The following verse explains, “Now he meant Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon; for this same was about to betray him, whereas he was one of the twelve.”  

In John 17:12, Jesus calls Judas the “son of perdition” in his prayer to God the Father. “While I was with them, I kept them in thy name. Those whom thou gavest me have I kept: and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition: that the scripture may be fulfilled.” 

And finally, in both the Gospels of Matthew 26:24 and Mark 14:21, we hear Jesus saying of Judas: “It would be better for that man if he had never been born”  

As Cardinal Avery Dulles once reflected when contemplating these verses in an article about the fate of Judas: “If Judas were among the saved, these statements could hardly be true. Many saints and doctors of the Church, including St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas, have taken it as a revealed truth that Judas was reprobated. 

So, let us never presume our salvation. Let us rather work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, as St. Paul teaches. We must practice self-control or, as St. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9:27, “I chastise my body, and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway. 

Hell is not empty of human souls. As Our Lady of Fatima revealed to the three children of Fatima, there are many many souls falling into hell like snowflakes. That is why this life is all about winning our eternal salvation. St. Paul likens it to a race which we have to run.

So, let’s run the race, let’s fight the good fight! Let’s strive to get to that place where St. Paul was right before his martyrdom when he said (2 Timothy 4), “I am even now ready to be sacrificed: and the time of my dissolution is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. As to the rest, there is laid up for me a crown of justice, which the Lord the just judge will render to me in that day: and not only to me, but to them also that love his coming. 

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Philosopher Michel Foucault, founder of ‘wokeness,’ may have been pedophile rapist

An eye witness says says that French journalists, as well as other witnesses, had to have known about Foucault’s behavior, but that his god-like status bought him immunity — or at least, silence.
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April 7, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Almost without exception, the architects of the Sexual Revolution have proven to be reckless hedonists and, in many cases, sex criminals who took their theories of pelvic liberation to horrifying but logical conclusions. It is long past time that we re-examined the history of our cultural transformation in light of these facts.

Alfred Kinsey was a voracious sado-masochistic bisexual who shot illegal porn movies in his attic. Marriage-hopping Margaret Mead also had an affair with a female colleague. Hugh Hefner was a notorious pervert with an alleged fascination with bestiality.

And it has been long known that Michel Foucault, the French celebrity intellectual and post-structuralist philosopher, was an unapologetic hedonist. A sadomasochist, Foucault was one of the first publicly “out” figures and died of AIDS in Paris in 1984.

Foucault is, unfortunately, one of the most influential philosophers of our era, the founder of “wokeness,” the father of critical race theory, and the man who lent academic credibility to progressive activists and politicians. His work was the inspiration for “queer theory,” as Foucault frequently argued that sexuality existed on a spectrum and that sexuality was socially constructed. Naturally, this meant there was nothing unnatural — or wrong — in the realm of sex.

In fact, in 1977 Foucault signed a petition calling for the legalization of sex with thirteen-year-old children. Thus, it should be no surprise that new evidence has been uncovered indicating that the French philosopher may have been a pedophile rapist. According to an article published by the Sunday Times on March 28:

The philosopher Michel Foucault, a beacon of today’s “woke” ideology, has become the latest prominent French figure to face a retrospective reckoning for sexually abusing children. A fellow intellectual, Guy Sorman, has unleashed a storm among Parisian “intellos” with his claim that Foucault, who died in 1984 aged 57, was a paedophile rapist who had sex with Arab children while living in Tunisia in the late 1960s.

Sorman, 77, said he had visited Foucault with a group of friends on an Easter holiday trip to the village of Sidi Bou Said, near Tunis, where the philosopher was living in 1969. “Young children were running after Foucault saying ‘what about me? take me, take me’,” he recalled last week in an interview with The Sunday Times.

“They were eight, nine, ten years old, he was throwing money at them and would say ‘let’s meet at 10pm at the usual place’.” This, it turned out, was the local cemetery: “He would make love there on the gravestones with young boys. The question of consent wasn’t even raised.”

Sorman claimed that “Foucault would not have dared to do it in France”, comparing him to Paul Gauguin, the impressionist said to have had sex with young girls he painted in Tahiti, and Andre Gide, the novelist who preyed on boys in Africa. “There is a colonial dimension to this. A white imperialism.”

Sorman says that French journalists on the trip, as well as other witnesses, had to have known about Foucault’s behavior, but that his god-like status bought him immunity — or at least, silence. Sorman called his own failure to report Foucault to the police “extremely morally ugly,” and these allegations — first laid out in his new book My Dictionary of Bullshit — come at a time when many elite figures have been facing accusations of sexual misconduct and child abuse.

Academics are already admitting that these revelations might have a serious impact on Foucault’s legacy.

These allegations, coming as they do amid so many other exposés, have promoted something of a reckoning. The Sunday Times notes that Luc Ferr, “a philosopher and former education minister, argues that his contemporaries have much to answer for. ‘People had forgotten that 1968 thinking promoted paedophilia,’ he wrote in Le Figaro. ‘Every adult had the right[,] even the duty, they argued, to awaken the sexuality that the bourgeoisie was hiding.’”

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In 2019, Dan Hitchens wrote a fascinating essay for First Things titled “How Revolutions End.”

He notes that there has been a re-examination of the sexual attitudes spawned by the Sixties and the horror with which we now regard the child abuse perpetrated by some elite figures. Pedophilia was openly advocated not just by a few despised activists, but by a number of cultural icons. Could the current reconsideration of these figures and their actions, Hitchens wonders, be a hairline crack in the Sexual Revolution’s gleaming façade?

Maybe. At the very least, we now know who Foucault really was — and where his ideas led him. We should take great care not to follow him.


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Gender ‘transitioning’ for children is the biggest ‘child abuse scandal’ of our time

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Chris Elston, an activist for children against gender “transitioning,” joins The Van Maren Show today to expose the terrible effect puberty blockers have on young people. Read more: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/gender-transitioning-for-children-is-the-biggest-child-abuse-scandal-of-our-time  


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Why is there a painting of a nude Jesus ministering to Judas in Pope Francis’ study?

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According to the Vatican’s own newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis has placed a painting of a resurrected nude Jesus ministering to Judas, Christ’s own betrayer, behind the Pope’s desk in his personal study in the Vatican.


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The media needs to report the truth, not promote the dictatorship of relativism

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On this week's episode of The Bishop Strickland Show, Bishop Strickland talks about Saint Joseph, the role of men in modern culture, and the duty of the media to promote truth in a relativistic world. 

Bishop Strickland states that a quote from the Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen is crucial to our time, as we live in a world were media and reporting is all opinion-based, and not truth-based. He says that, “as a nation, and really throughout the world, we need to get back to" investigating, finding, and reporting the truth. 

Read more: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/the-media-needs-to-report-the-truth-not-promote-the-dictatorship-of-relativism


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Bishop Strickland: Pornography destroys the family…and human dignity

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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.

Read more: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/bishop-strickland-pornography-destroys-the-family...and-human-dignity


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Bishop Strickland: Gender theory is a sign that ‘error’ is taking over society

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In this week's episode of The Bishop Strickland Show, His Excellency condemns “the progression of error” and chaos spreading throughout many parts of society, brought about espeically by gender theory and the denial of human dignity. He also says that even when the majority votes in favor of error in a democracy, the truth cannot change.

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Bishop Strickland: Vatican’s refusal to bless gay unions was bold stand for truth

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In this episode of The Bishop Strickland Show, His Excellency applauds the recent Vatican document refusing 'blessings' for gay couples, as it gave clarity on the issue of sexual morality.

He believes the faithful appreciate the clarification from the hierarchy “because we're in a time of a lot of confusion, even within the Church at times.” Also, Bishop Strickland told co-host Terry Barber that the pro-LGBT Equality Act should never have been passed by Congress, and that it makes confusion the law of the land.

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