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Facebook CEO offered Dr. Fauci ‘very exciting’ proposal, vaccine ‘resources’

Emails show Mark Zuckerberg reaching out to the doctor to provide social-media messaging and financial assistance, including 'authoritative information from reliable sources,' and the 'very exciting' redacted offer.
Thu Jun 3, 2021 - 8:51 pm EST
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June 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Recently published emails revealed that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg collaborated directly with Dr. Anthony Fauci, offering “resources” for COVID-19 vaccine development and a redacted offer Fauci described as “very exciting.”

The emails, released earlier this week, were obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by media organizations.

In one message from February 2020, Zuckerberg wrote to Dr. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and then the top White House COVID-19 adviser, offering help to facilitate development of coronavirus vaccines

“I was glad to hear your statement that the covid-19 vaccine will be ready for human trials in six weeks. Are there any resources our foundation can help provide to potentially accelerate this or at least make sure it stays on track?” the Facebook CEO asked. 

“If we start in April (~6-7 weeks from now) with a phase 1 trial of 45 subjects, it will take another 3-4 months to determine safety and some immunogenicity,” Fauci responded. “We may need help with resources for the phase 2 trial if we do not get our requested budget supplement. If this goes off track, I will contact you. Many thanks for the offer.”

On March 15, Zuckerberg again wrote to Fauci, this time with a proposal to highlight a video with Fauci on Facebook’s centralized COVID-19 “hub.” He noted another unknown offer as well that federal officials appear to have been even more interested in. 

“I wanted to send a note of thanks for your leadership and everything you’re doing to make our country’s response to this outbreak as effective as possible. I also wanted to share a few ideas of ways we could help you get your message out,” Zuckerberg said.

“This isn’t public yet, but we’re building a Coronavirus Information Hub that we’re going to put at the top of Facebook for everyone (200+ million Americans, 2.5 billion people worldwide) with two goals: (1) make sure people can get authoritative information from reliable sources and (2) encourage people to practice social distance and give people ideas for doing this using internet tools,” he told Fauci. “As a central part of this hub, I think it would be useful to include a video from you,” Zuckerberg added. 

“Your idea and proposal sound terrific. I would be happy to do a video for your hub. We need to reach as many people as possible and convince them to take mitigation strategies seriously or things will get much, much worse,” Fauci wrote back, despite having downplayed effectiveness of mitigation methods in other emails.

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Zuckerberg also made another offer to Fauci, though it remains redacted as a FOIA b(4) exemption, that pertains to “trade secrets” or other confidential “commercial or financial information.” 

Fauci called it “very exciting.” An NIAID official likewise described the redacted proposal as “an even bigger deal” than the video. 

“The sooner we get that offer up the food-chain the better. I gave Bill Hall a heads-up about this opportunity and he is standing by to discuss this with HHS and WH comms, but I didn’t want him to do anything without being aware of the offer,” the official, Courtney Billet, told Fauci. 

“Is it OK if I hand this aspect off to Bill to determine who the best point of contact would be so the Administration can take advantage of this offer, soonest?” she asked. Within days of Billet’s email, reports emerged that Facebook was working with the White House to provide the federal government with location data of social media users. 

Facebook admittedly has been in close communication with the U.S. government throughout the COVID-19 crisis, consulting the Biden White House on alleged coronavirus misinformation, for example. 

Besides offering resources for COVID-19 vaccines, Zuckerberg notably poured around $400 million of private money into election processes across the country last year ahead of the 2020 election. Many of the details of the unprecedented funding remain unclear, though experts who obtained documents from entities sponsored by Zuckerberg have estimated it gave Democrat-leaning counties massive spending advantages in battleground states.

Wisconsin lawmakers announced last week that they will be expanding an investigation into Zuckerberg’s funding after revelations that employees of a group backed by the tech founder may have violated election law and had access to ballots


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Canadian bill to ban sex-selective abortion defeated by pro-abortion politicians

Thirty-eight members of the Conservative Party and all Liberal, NDP, Bloc, Green and other independent MPs except one voted against the bill.
Thu Jun 3, 2021 - 7:46 pm EST
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OTTAWA, Ontario, June 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – A bill that would have made it illegal for any doctor in Canada to knowingly commit an abortion merely because of the sex of the unborn baby was defeated in the House of Commons yesterday with support from pro-abortion politicians, including conservatives. 

The vote against Bill C-233, the “Sex-selective Abortion Act,” was 248-82 during a planned second-reading of the bill in Canada’s House of Commons on Wednesday. 

Bill C-233 was introduced by MP Cathay Wagantall, Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) MP from Saskatchewan, in February 2020. Wagantall said of her bill that “sex-selective abortion is not permissible in a society that advocates for the equality of the sexes.”
After the vote tally, Wagantall took to Twitter to thank those who supported the bill. 

“I'm proud to be standing with colleagues in the house who have the bravery to vote their conscience on #SexSelectiveAbortion. Please send a 'thank you' to the individuals who stood up in defence of baby girls in the womb by voting in favour of bill #C233,” tweeted Wagantall yesterday. 

In all, 81 CPC MPs voted in favor of the bill with 38 voting against. The only other MP to vote in favor of the bill was Independent pro-life MP Derek Sloan, who was booted from the CPC in January. 

All sitting Liberal, NDP, Bloc, Green, and other independent MPs besides Sloan voted against the bill. 

Bill C-233 was defeated despite the fact that a 2020 Dart & Maru/Blue poll found 84 percent of Canadians “oppose legalizing abortion if the family does not want the baby to be a certain sex.” 

Josie Luetke, youth coordinator for Campaign Life Coalition (CLC), said the fact that only about a quarter of sitting MPs voted in favor of the bill compared with what the Dart & Maru/Blue poll found shows a large “disparity between the public and our politicians on this issue has been helpfully illuminated.” 

“Our ‘feminist’ Prime Minister and Cabinet have once again been exposed as frauds, not really interested in gender equality at all,” she said.

Prominent CPC MPs to vote in favor of the bill were former CPC party leader MP Andrew Scheer and CPC MPs Candice Bergen, Garnett Genuis, and Rachael Harder. 

Thirty-eight CPC MPs voted in opposition. Those opposed to the bill included CPC MP and party leader Erin O'Toole, who has repeatedly said he is “pro-choice,” and CPC health critic MP Michelle Rempel Garner and MP Pierre Poilievre. 

O’Toole said before the vote took place that he supports “a woman's right to choose” abortion and that if elected Prime Minister his government would “secure the rights of Canadians and never erode them.”

Luetke told LifeSiteNews it was “most disappointing to see Erin O'Toole vote against Bill C-233,” and that the CPC must realize that they're never “going to win over the mainstream media nor the small class of political elites.” 

“They’re always going to be accused of having a hidden agenda. O'Toole would be better off catering to the 84 percent of Canadians who would like to see this evil prohibited,” said Luetke. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party MPs all voted to keep infanticide in Canada legal, with Trudeau taking to Twitter to blast the CPC MPs who stood up for life. 

“81 members of the Conservative Party voted in favour of anti-choice legislation today. It is completely unacceptable that they will not support, protect, or defend a woman’s right to choose. Our government always has - and always will,” wrote Trudeau on Twitter.

Trudeau’s tweet included a retweet of a letter from Canada’s Women and Gender Minister MP Maryam Monsef, who wrote “Women - and women alone - control their bodies and their healthcare choices.” 

Monsef’s tweet elicited a response from Wagantall, who rebuffed her pro-abortion views.

In response, Wagantall tweeted, “You don’t stand up for baby girls in the womb, equality, or human rights. You don’t represent the majority of Canadian women. You represent 16% of Canadians who are pro-abortion any time 4 any reason. #regressive #shameful.”
Luetke told LifeSiteNews that “whenever pro-life bills or motions are voted down, there's the temptation to despair, but we must appreciate the value in simply raising the issue and getting the positions of our parliamentarians on the record.”

CLC president Jeff Gunnarson made similar points in a video interview with LifeSite at the 2021 Canadian March for Life.

“It took many, many attempts to criminalize other human rights injustices, like slavery in the United Kingdom, and conversely, our opponents tried again and again to legalize certain practices, like euthanasia here in Canada,” added Luetke. “If they didn't give up, we must not either.” 

The text of Bill C-233 stated that any medical practitioner who uses “any means to perform an abortion knowing that the abortion is sought solely on the grounds of the child’s genetic sex,” is guilty of an “indictable offence.” 

An official House of Commons e-petition on sex-selective abortion sponsored by Wagantall had more than 10,000 signatures before being closed to signatures. The petition was presented to parliament. 

As it stands, the CPC’s official party policy regarding abortion is that a CPC government would not regulate abortion.

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Tucker Carlson: Fauci committed perjury, might be under criminal investigation already

The Fox News host cited emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request indicating the president's chief medical adviser knew in early 2020 that research he backed may have led to the creation of COVID-19.
Thu Jun 3, 2021 - 6:44 pm EST
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June 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Tucker Carlson slammed Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to the president, on Wednesday, saying Fauci lied under oath and may be under criminal investigation based on recently released emails. 

Earlier this week, The Washington Post and Buzzfeed News published a trove of emails to and from Dr. Fauci obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The messages show that Fauci knew in early 2020 that COVID-19 may have been engineered and appeared to express fears about research he supported that may have led to the creation of the virus.

“The utter fraudulence of Tony Fauci is obvious now, and it’s widely acknowledged,” Tucker Carlson said. “But it was not always obvious. In March of last year, we interviewed Fauci on this show. We treated him with respect. We took his answers seriously.”

“It soon became clear that Tony Fauci was just another sleazy federal bureaucrat — deeply political and often dishonest,” Carlson continued. 

“More shocking, we then learned that Fauci himself was implicated in the very pandemic he’d been charged with fighting,” he said, apparently referring to “gain-of-function” experiments at a laboratory in Wuhan, China funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which Dr. Fauci has led for decades. The NIAID is a division of the National Institutes of Health.

The new emails “show that from the beginning, Fauci was worried the public might conclude that COVID originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” Carlson said. “Why was Fauci be concerned that Americans would conclude that? Possibly because Tony Fauci knew perfectly well he’d funded gain-of-function experiments at that same laboratory.”

“The emails prove Fauci lied about this under oath,” he concluded, pointing to an email from Kristian Andersen, a professor with the Scripps Research Institute who informed Fauci last
January that the virus may well be man-made. 

“The unusual features of the virus make up a really small part of the genome (less than point one percent), so one has to look really closely at all the sequences to see that some of the features (potentially) look engineered,” Andersen wrote. “I should mention that after discussions earlier today, Eddie, Bob, Mike, and myself all find the genome inconsistent with expectations from evolutionary theory.”

“Fauci then sent an urgent email to his top deputy, Hugh Auchincloss,” deputy director of NIAID, Carlson noted. 

“It is essential that we speak this AM. Keep your cell phone on. Read this paper as well as the email that I will forward you know. You will have tasks today that must be done,” Fauci wrote to Auchincloss on February 1 in an email titled “IMPORTANT.”

“The paper you sent me says the experiments were performed before the gain of function pause but have since been reviewed and approved by NIH,” Auchincloss told Fauci, informing him that someone named “Emily” “will try to determine if we have any distant ties to this work abroad.”

Fauci’s email to Auchincloss had included a document titled “Baric, Shi, et al -- Nature Medicine -- SARS Gain of Function.pdf.” 

“The ‘Baric’ in that attachment refers to Ralph Baric, a virologist based in the United States who collaborated with the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” Carlson said. “Keep in mind that during questioning from Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, Tony Fauci denied that this same Ralph Baric had conducted gain-of-function research.” 

“Again, this is the Ralph Baric in Fauci’s attachment entitled ‘Baric, Shi et al - SARS Gain of Function.’ Yet, under oath, Fauci denied it,” he said. 

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“Dr. Baric does not do gain function research,” Fauci had told Congress at a hearing earlier this year. 

“And if you look at the grant and you look at the progress reports, it is not gain function despite the fact that people tweet that,” he had alleged.

“In retrospect, that looks a lot like perjury,” Carlson commented. 

“We do know that starting early last year, a lot of people at NIH were worried that COVID had not occurred naturally — that it had instead been manipulated in a lab in China – and yet they seemed determined to hide that fact from the public,” he added. “Why?”

“On the afternoon of February first last year, Fauci held a conference call with several top virologists. Most of the details of that call remain hidden from public view. They’ve been redacted,” he said. “We know the call was related to a document entitled ‘coronavirus sequence comparison.’”

“Jeremy Farrar, a British physician who runs a major research nonprofit, reminded everyone on the call that what they said was top secret,” Carlson said. “In other emails, Jeremy Farrar passed along an article from the website Zero Hedge, suggesting that the coronavirus might have been created as a bioweapon.”

Zero Hedge ultimately was de-platformed from multiple sites after discussing the COVID-19 lab leak theory

“Until recently, you weren’t allowed to suggest that COVID might be man-made,” Carlson said. “The fact-checkers wouldn’t allow it. Why wouldn’t they? Because Tony Fauci assured the tech monopolies that the coronavirus could not have been man-made. So the tech giants shut down the topic. Fauci lied.”

Dr. Fauci had claimed at a White House press briefing last spring that “highly qualified evolutionary virologists” had concurred that “the mutations that it took to get to the point where it is now is totally consistent with a jump of a species from an animal to a human.”

“At that point, what Tony Fauci just asserted as known could not have conclusively been known. That was a lie,” Carlson said.

“Two days later, one of the virologists Tony Fauci was funding to conduct dangerous coronavirus experiments in Wuhan wrote to thank him for the help,” he said. “That man, Peter Daszak, complained to Fauci that the American tax dollars he’d taken for these experiments were being ‘publicly targeted by Fox News reporters.’” 

“Strangely, most of this specific email from Daszak to Fauci has been redacted under FOIA section (b)(7)(A). That specific exemption to disclosure applies to: ‘records or information compiled for law enforcement purposes, but only to the extent that production could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings,’” Carlson added. 

“Are Dazak and Fauci under criminal investigation?” he asked. “We can only hope they are. They certainly deserve it.” 

Carlson mentioned other emails, like ones in which Fauci discouraged COVID-19 vaccines for those previously infected, downplayed the effectiveness of masks, and seems to have communicated extensively about Bill Gates. 

‘“Oh my god,’ one Biden voter wrote to him back in March,” Carlson noted. “‘Is there anything I can do for you, besides being grateful?’ ‘Wash my feet with your tears,’ Fauci may have responded. We can’t say that he did respond that way for certain.” 

“We do know that in affluent neighborhoods throughout Washington D.C., you can still see signs that say ‘Thank you, Dr. Fauci.’ What does that tell you?” Carlson asked.

“It tells you that Tony Fauci is no longer a scientist, assuming he ever was. He’s a figure of religious veneration — Jesus for people who don’t believe in God.”

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Marjorie Taylor Greene excoriates Dems for seeking Jan. 6 Commission while ignoring BLM riots

The congresswoman addressed the ‘two-track justice system,’ the extensive damage and death toll from last year’s Marxist riots, and the explicit support of ‘BLM and Antifa domestic terrorists’ by ‘our now Vice President Kamala Harris.’
Thu Jun 3, 2021 - 5:33 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., June 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) —  In a rousing speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) condemned the “the two-track justice system” being pursued by the Democrat majority in seeking to establish a January 6 Commission, singling out that day’s riots for special investigative attention while ignoring last summers’ countless Antifa and Black Lives Matter (BLM) riots which resulted in over $2 billion in damages and 25 deaths.

On May 19, the Democrat-led U.S. House of Representatives voted to create a special commission for investigating the roughly four-hour afternoon riots in January, providing it with virtually unlimited authority to subpoena even the internal records, communications, and donor lists of conservative organizations with full access to all data held by any department of the Federal government, including the National Security Agency (NSA), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Last Friday, the attempt to establish the commission failed in the Senate. “The final vote Friday was 54-35, but Republicans withheld the votes necessary to bring the bill up for debate,” NPR reported. “Just six GOP senators joined with the Democrats, leaving the measure short of the 60 votes needed to proceed.”

House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA) released a statement opposing the bill pointing out the significant double standard: how this initiative “ignores the political violence that has struck American cities (in 2020).”

Congresswoman Greene expanded on this aspect of the legislation in her speech.

“Mr. Speaker, I would like to address the two-track justice system here in the United States. If you are part of the Democrat-sponsored domestic terrorist organizations BLM and Antifa, you can burn down American cities for an entire year, get bailed out of jail, and face no investigation or commission from Congress,” she said.

“Meanwhile, if you’re a Trump supporter who happened to be at the Capitol on January 6, you face exorbitant bail, solitary confinement, abusive jail guards, and no due process. This is an outrage,” said the freshman Congresswoman.

Given the contrast between the concern of Congress for the roughly four-hour riots on January 6, and the complete lack of attention to hundreds of violent riots in cities across the nation last summer, Greene stated that Congress has revealed that they care much more about themselves than they do about American citizens.

“After all, we have witnessed American cities all over our country be victims to violent riots by domestic terrorists,” she said. “The people have endured this. Businesses have been destroyed, violence has happened, police officers, night after night, have been abused. Yet this institution [Congress] has been focused on itself,” by investigating only the events of January 6.

This is the case “even though there are many investigations already happening here through the Senate and the House committees,” she said. With regards to investigations by law enforcement agencies, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI, “there have already been over 445 people arrested … [and] there are also more than 100 to be arrested soon. There is justice happening for the riot here at the capitol on January 6.”

“Republicans and Democrats together are against the violence and the riot that happened here in the Capitol on January 6,” but according to Greene, these two parties “are not together on the violence that’s happened to the people all over this country throughout the past year.”

According to Greene, left-wing Antifa and BLM “domestic terrorists … did a horrific and jaw-dropping amount of damage to cities across America during 2020,” including 2,385 looting incidences, 624 arsons, 97 burned police vehicles, over 2,000 injured police officers, a death toll of 25 Americans, and bill of $2 billion.

She went on to describe the vandalism and arson of federal buildings in Guilford County, North Carolina, Nashville, Portland, Los Angeles, Oakland, Louisville, and Dakota City asking, “Why were those involved attacking and setting fire to” these federal buildings “not called ‘insurrectionists’?”

“Members of Congress are not demanding a commission to investigate the damages happening to the federal buildings in these cities. No one is being called ‘insurrectionist’ for the damage that is done to these federal buildings. As a matter of fact, most the time if you watch the news they're called ‘peaceful protesters.’ These are not peaceful protests. These are violent domestic acts of terror, and this is exactly how they should be viewed and this is how they should be handled,” Greene said.

“Riots caused an estimated $55 million in damages in Minneapolis alone,” she said, including to an estimated 700 buildings and 1,500 businesses which “were damaged, burned, or destroyed.”

“By the way, it’s these businesses and these business owners that pay the taxes that fund everything that we do here. These people should matter. Their businesses should matter. Why is there not a commission investigating this? Why doesn’t Congress care about these people and their businesses?” Green asked.

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She covered the enormous costs of riots in Portland, New York, Wichita, and Denver, including millions of dollars to pay police overtime to try and manage these incidents. “Yet here, the 117th Congress has no interest in launching a commission to investigate, to stop, these incredibly organized and well-funded organizations of terror.”

With regards to the burdens on police officers across the nation, Greene emphasized that dealing with such a circumstance “didn’t just happen to them on one day, for part of the day. It happened to them night after night, day after day, continuously. In some cities for a short time, weeks, but in some cities months and months. And it still continues.

“The major cities’ chiefs association found that between May 25 and July 31, there were 8,700 protests nationwide. How many [were] there on January 6? One. Nearly 600 of those protests were declared riots with violence and criminal acts,” she said.

“Three quarters of law enforcement agencies reported officers harmed during the protests,” including over 2,000 injured officers in nine weeks alone. “Why don’t we hear about them over and over on the news? Does no one care about those police officers’ lives? Apparently not. This Congress obviously doesn’t.”

“Meanwhile BLM and Antifa domestic terrorists are bailed out and supported by our now Vice President Kamala Harris,” Greene stated, referring to a tweet sent out by Harris one week following the death of George Floyd.

Harris was encouraging her followers to donate to the “Minnesota Freedom Fund” which served to post bail for protestors arrested in that state allowing them to return to the riots.

“If you’re able to, chip in now to the @MNFreedomFund to help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota” wrote Harris.

“Yet we know what was going on. These were not protests,” continued Greene. “These were violent riots. I’m sorry, you can’t stand in front of a city on fire and people fighting, and say it’s a ‘protest.’ It's a riot, and it’s not peaceful.”

The congresswoman from Georgia explained how Harris helped raise $38 million dollars for the “Minnesota Freedom Fund,” which bailed out 184 “domestic terrorist criminals” at the time. Those who were bailed out “include a woman who shot at the SWAT team, another woman who is accused of killing her own friend, and a convicted rapist.”

Highlighting the double standard, Greene asked, “Can you imagine if a Republican congresswoman or congressman, or a Republican senator, or a Republican president shared a bail bond link and said ‘bail out the protesters from January 6’? Can you imagine the result of that? It would be unreal.”

Yet “there has been no backlash, there [have] been no consequences, there has been no action taken” for “supporting domestic terrorists who are responsible for violence, crime and costing the innocent American people an exorbitant amount of money, stress, [while] ruining communities, ruining people’s livelihoods and tearing apart our country,” she said.

Of the 25 fatalities from these riots, Greene highlighted 8-year-old Sequoia Turner, who was killed by a stray bullet in Atlanta and retired St. Louis police captain David Dorn.

“Why does Congress not care about David Dorn? Why does Congress not care about Sequoia Turner? Despite all of this damage there is no investigation into domestic terrorism from Congress. We have no commission launched to investigate the funding of Antifa. There’s no investigation into the funding of BLM. There is no commission set forward for the past year of violent riots but all they care about is the commission for the one riot here on January 6.”

In contrast to the treatment of accused BLM and Antifa criminals who were bailed out, Greene stressed that those who have been accused and arrested as being part of the January 6 riots have “been abused behind bars. They’ve been denied due process rights. They are still being held in jail.”

“Michael Sherwin, an attorney for [the District of Colombia], bragged that they had rounded up 400 people who participated in the breach of the Capitol on January 6. He said he wanted to charge as many people as possible. What kind of justice system do we have if officials are eager to charge as many people as possible [for this incident], but they don’t care about Antifa domestic terrorists and they don't care about [prosecuting] the people in those riots?” she asked.

“The Biden administration has taken investigators who typically work on cases involving drug trafficking [and] child pornography and assigned them to calling relatives and even ex-girlfriends of the January 6 accused in an attempt to find them guilty. Please put them back on drug trafficking and child pornography,” she requested.

“One person accused faces seven years in prison for walking through the open doors of the Capitol, taking photos in the hallway and leaving without doing any harm. Even the mainstream media outlets have reported on D.C. jail guards cruelly beating Trump supporters. One man was beaten so badly he has a skull fracture and is now blind in one eye. You don’t hardly hear anything about that on the news.”

“Months after January 6, men and women are still being held in jail and they haven't seen their day in court. Justice should be served for January 6, but this Congress needs to care about the people of the United States who have not seen justice for the riots of the past year. This Congress is failing the American people. Not only are we a nation in nearly 30 trillion dollars in debt, but we have a Congress that couldn’t care less about law and order in the United States,” Greene concluded.

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Two trustees resign in wake of Catholic school board voting to fly gay ‘Pride’ flag

One of the trustees who resigned had called Pride the 'deadliest of the deadly sins.'
Thu Jun 3, 2021 - 4:45 pm EST
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KITCHENER, Ontario, June 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Two trustees at a Catholic school board in Ontario resigned after the board voted in April to fly the ‘Pride’ flag at its schools in the month of June.

"Flying the Pride flag is one aspect of my decision but not the sole concern," former Waterloo Catholic District School Board trustee Kevin Dupuis told CTV News on Monday. “This is a separation of a specific group and giving favours to one group only divides the other students.”

The board’s trustees voted in April to fly the Pride flag for the first time this June, saying the decision was about creating a "welcoming, safe and inclusive place for all, including the LGBTQ2+ community."

"Our Catholic schools are places where we educate young people to respect every person regardless of their differences," said director of education Loretta Notten after the April 26 vote.

The rainbow-striped “Pride” flag, however, has come to represent sexual lifestyles and choices that the Catholic Church teaches are immoral and contrary to God’s plan for sexuality. The term “pride” in salvation history denotes an explicit refusal to follow God and his rule. The Book of Proverbs warns that “Pride goes before destruction” (16:18). Pro-family leaders have pointed out that flags that celebrate lifestyles contrary to Church teaching have no place at Catholic schools.

The resignation of another trustee, Greg Reitzel, was announced at the Waterloo Catholic Board meeting on Monday, although the reason for his departure was not provided at the meeting.

Reitzel told the board during a 2020 meeting that he would have to resign as trustee if the rainbow flag were ever flown at Catholics schools under his watch.

He told the board at that time that “‘Pride’ is the deadliest of the deadly sins.”

“I could not support a decision to actually fly a Pride flag,” he said at that time, as reported by Waterloo’s The Record.

The Waterloo Catholic Board accepted both resignations at its meeting this week, reported CTV News.

According to CTV News, the board has 90 days to either appoint someone to take their places or take applications from the community.


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Human rights commission tries to ‘bully’ Catholic school board into flying gay ‘Pride’ flag

The Ontario Human Rights Commission warned the Catholic school board that there could be legal repercussions over its 'failure' to fly the pro-homosexual rainbow 'Pride' flag in the month of June.
Thu Jun 3, 2021 - 4:35 pm EST
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BURLINGTON, Ontario, June 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The Ontario Human Rights Commission is warning a Catholic school board that it may face legal repercussions for its “failure” to fly the pro-homosexual rainbow “Pride” flag during the month of June, saying that the board may be in “violation of the rights of people who are LGBTQ2+.”

“The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) is aware of the Halton Catholic District School Board’s (HCDSB) recent refusal to adopt a motion directing its schools to raise the Pride flag during the month of June,” wrote Chief Commissioner Ena Chadha in a June 1 letter to the Catholic school board.

“The HCDSB’s refusal to accept this simple request — and the debate surrounding it — risks further stigmatizing LGBTQ2+ members of the Board’s community, many of whom may already feel stigmatized or excluded,” the letter continued.

“Also, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has recognized that an organization’s failure to symbolically acknowledge Pride events can in some cases amount to a violation of the rights of people who are LGBTQ2+ to equal treatment in services under the Code,” the letter added.

In April, trustees at the HCDSB decided not to fly the gay “Pride” flag, voting instead that all school staff must undergo “mandatory training” about LGBT students, schools must “raise awareness around Pride month,” and schools must post pro-LGBT signage “to ensure that students in the 2SLGBT community are supported throughout the entire school year.” A number of other Catholic boards, however, decided to fly the flags, including the Catholic boards of Eastern Ontario, Dufferin Peel, Simcoe Muskoka, Durham, Niagara, Ottawa, Toronto, Thunder Bay, and Wellington.

The “Pride” flag has become an international symbol of sexual lifestyles and choices that the Catholic Church teaches are immoral and contrary to the laws of God. Basing itself on the Bible, the Church specifically teaches that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered” and that the homosexual inclination is “objectively disordered.” While the Church holds that God does not make anyone “gay” and that same-sex attraction constitutes for most “a trial,” the Church teaches that those who struggle with such attraction “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.”

Mississauga-based lawyer Geoff Cauchi, who is himself a Catholic Elector of the Halton Catholic school board, told LifeSiteNews that the Human Rights Commissioner is attempting to “bully” the Catholic school board into promoting an ideology at odds with the Catholic faith.

“No-one should be fooled by the softer ‘I urge you to reconsider’ language used by the Head Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission of Ontario in her letter to the Chair of the Board. Although disguised poorly, this is purely and simply a form of intimidation and an abusive and improper use of the Commission’s authority,” he said. 

“It’s beyond the legal powers (ultra vires) of the Human Rights Commission to even attempt to influence Catholic trustees to vote on a denominational matter in such a way that would cause the Board to commit a breach of its fiduciary duties to the only people who are the beneficiaries of those fiduciary duties — people like me — the Catholic Electors who want the Board to fulfill its ‘constitutionally protected mandate,’” he continued. 

“I suspect that, since the Commissioner is a lawyer, she ‘knows better’ or at least ought to know better, but this would assume that there is at least one lawyer who works for the Commission who has made the effort to read the relevant Section 93 [Section 93 of the Constitution Act, 1867] jurisprudence, and educate themselves on what the word ‘Magisterium’ means.  Sadly, this is a huge assumption,” he added.   

 

 

Cauchi pointed out that the constitutionally protected mandate of the Ontario separate school board is to transmit the Magisterial teachings of the Catholic Church to its students. He noted that Section 93 of the 1867 Constitution Act explicitly guarantees Catholics in Ontario the right to have a publicly funded separate denominational school system where Catholic children are taught the fullness of the Catholic faith without government interference. Cauchi also noted that this fact was reaffirmed by the Ontario Court of Appeal in the 1999 case of Daly v. Ontario (A.G.).

Mr. Cauchi stated that the Human Rights Commission, being an entity created by a provincial statute — namely, the Human Rights Code of Ontario — can exercise only those powers given to it by that statute.

“Because of this, and given both constitutional limitations in Section 93 and the statutory re-statements of them in section 19 of the Code, I doubt very much that the Head Commissioner could point to any legal and constitutional basis for attempting to influence a decision of a Catholic Trustee on any denominational issue,” he said.

“If the Code explicitly purported to give the Human Rights Commission of Ontario the power and authority to direct a Catholic Board to do anything that contradicted a Magisterial teaching, any such provision would be null and void,” he added. 

Parents as First Educators president Teresa Pierre, Ph.D., told LifeSiteNews that Catholic schools have “every right to preserve their denominational nature by refusing to fly the Pride flag.”

She agreed with lawyer Cauchi that the OHRC is beyond its powers in “trying to force Catholic school boards to fly the rainbow symbol.”

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Pierre pointed to legal precedent on this matter from Canada’s top court.

“The Supreme Court of Canada has recognized in Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Assn. v. Ontario (Attorney General) that section 93 is ‘absolute in its protection of denominational education rights, and legislation has been held to be ‘ultra vires’ which interferes with those rights.’”

Pierre noted that the Ontario Human Rights Code itself “does not override the Constitutional rights of the Catholic school boards contained in section 93 of the Constitution.” Rather, the Code itself expressly recognizes section 93:

19.  (1)  This Act shall not be construed to adversely affect any right or privilege respecting separate schools enjoyed by separate school boards or their supporters under the Constitution Act, 1867 and the Education Act. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.19, s. 19 (1).

Pierre said that the Commissioner’s letter makes it clear that the OHRC is “trying to bully Catholic school boards to give up their denominational rights.”

Jack Fonseca of Campaign Life Coalition told LifeSiteNews that Commissioner Chadha’s letter to the board simply reveals her “humiliating lack of knowledge about the Ontario Human Rights Code” in her attempt to “erase the inalienable human right of religious freedom that all Canadians possess.”

Fonseca called for the Commissioner to be removed from her post by Premier Doug Ford over her “clear lack of knowledge about the Ontario Human Rights Code.”

“How is it possible that she doesn’t know that Section 19 of the Code exempts Catholic school boards in Ontario from having to comply with regulations, policies, and laws that contradict the content of faith and morals? Either it’s because of ignorance and incompetence, or it’s because of anti-Catholic hate. Pick one of those two, or both. Either way, she should be run out of the OHRC for this,” he said.

Fonseca also pointed out that the Commissioner seems “completely ignorant” that Section 230 of the Education Act makes it clear that the Act is not permitted to “interfere with or control the denominations aspects of a Roman Catholic board.”

“In fact, somebody needs to show the Commissioner Section 264 of the Education Act which states that the duties of a teacher include ‘to inculcate by precept and example respect for religion and the principles of Judaeo-Christian morality.’ Clearly, Section 264 contradicts her claim that Catholic schools are obligated to fly a gay Pride flag which contradicts Catholic moral teaching,” he said.

Fonseca called on Catholic school board trustees to ignore the Commissioner’s letter.

“Trustees need to tell this bully to get out of their faces and take her anti-Catholicism with her. Trustees have no obligation to obey any of her unconstitutional, dictatorial commands,” he said.

“However, this episode does highlight the fact that we really need a new campaign to abolish this disgraceful OHRC kangaroo court once and for all. The hate campaign against Catholics needs to stop,” he added.

June 4, 2021 update: This report now contains updated comments from Geoff Cauchi. It also includes that the lawyer is based just outside of Toronto in Mississauga, not in Toronto itself, as the original report stated.


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‘Medical Jim Crow has come to America’: Tucker slams rise of vaccine-based segregation

‘The new segregation looks a lot like the old segregation,’ the popular Fox host said during a sardonic monologue about vaccination passports and the social penalties for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine.
Thu Jun 3, 2021 - 3:56 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, June 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Tucker Carlson has made the inevitable comparison between the new segregations of Americans on the grounds of vaccination status and the old segregation of Americans for racial differences.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, “pretty much everybody agreed that segregation was the worst thing this country ever did,” Tucker Carlson told his audience on Tuesday night, kicking off a sardonic monologue about vaccination passports and the social penalties for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Forcing certain categories of citizens into separate, lesser accommodations, barring them from public places, treating them like lepers or untouchables: that was completely immoral and wrong,” the Fox News host continued. “We were told that a lot, and most of us strongly agree. It was wrong.”

Nevertheless, “the very same people” who have condemned segregation “are now enforcing segregation,” Carlson charged.

“Just this morning the New York Times informed us that unless you can prove you’ve taken the injection that the Democratic Party demands you take, you are no longer permitted in bars, comedy clubs, even some dance competitions, in the state of New York,” he observed. “You’re too dirty to appear in public. You’re not welcome near normal people.”

Those who choose not to take COVID-19 vaccines will not be able to attend basketball games in New York’s Madison Square Garden, Carlson said. (A June 2 update to the stadium’s website says that “fully vaccinated sections” have been added to the Gardens.) They will also have to sit in “roped-off sections” to watch baseball games.

“Medical Jim Crow has come to America,” the host said, provocatively citing the laws that enforced racial segregation in parts of the U.S. from the 1870s until 1965. “If we still had water fountains, the unvaccinated would have separate ones.”

The original “Jim Crow” was a character in a “blackface” stage performance popular in the 1830s. The name subsequently became a derogatory term for African-Americans and then a description of pro-segregation legislation, “the Jim Crow laws.”

Carlson echoed confusion about why many who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 believe they still need to be protected from people who haven’t. He suggested that powerful interests are using the vaccination issue to find out who is “decent” and who needs to be punished.

“It’s about finding out who has obeyed,” he suggested.

Being able to discern between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated has been made easy through technology. Carlson played a news item about the $19.99 “Immunaband,” a wristband that can be loaded with a copy of a vaccination card. He added that New York is doing something similar by issuing the “Excelsior Pass.”

“The Excelsior Pass entitles you to all the rights and freedoms you imagined you were born with but that turn out to be entirely contingent on whether you do exactly what [New York Governor] Andrew Cuomo says to do immediately,” Carlson joked.

He poured scorn on the idea that the “Excelsior Pass” cannot be hacked, mentioning that Alfred Fox Cahn — an anti-surveillance activist — had managed to hack one in 11 minutes. But the host was even more disturbed by the precedence that vaccination segregation and wristbands set.

“Why should it end here?” Carlson asked. “The coronavirus is transmissible and it can be dangerous, but it’s hardly the only illness that fits that description. There are many.”

“If politicians can segregate potential COVID carriers from the rest of the American population, why can’t they do the same thing to people with HIV, or tuberculosis, or Hepatitis C? … At this point, there really isn’t a reason why this wouldn’t happen because the precedent has been set.”

The host also reflected that it is apparently no longer illegal to demand personal medical information, although the U.S. government has made it clear that it is certainly illegal to fake vaccination cards. Another change is public attitude towards coercing American citizens to take experimental drugs. Carlson cited a popular 2003 decision by a federal judge that American soldiers could not be forced to take an experimental vaccine against anthrax.

U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ruled, “The women and men of our armed forces put their lives on the line every day to preserve and safeguard the freedoms that all Americans cherish and enjoy. Absent an informed consent or presidential waiver, the United States cannot demand that members of the armed forces also serve as guinea pigs for experimental drugs.”

This, Carlson recalled, was seen as “a victory for civil liberty.”

“How would it be seen now? It would be … denounced as a win for QAnon.”

The host believes this is because of a demonstrably false narrative being peddled by the left-wing mainstream media that the most prominent group refusing to take COVID-19 vaccines are white, male Republicans.

White Republican men are dangerous”

Carlson played clips of five talking heads on CNN insisting that “white Republican men” are lagging behind in taking the vaccine. However, as the Fox host pointed out, and as has been widely reported in the U.K. press, it is ethnic minorities who are least likely to accept the vaccine.

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Nevertheless, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that to overcome the reluctance of “white conservative communities” to take the vaccine, the government had run public service announcements on “The Deadliest Catch,” a popular documentary show about deep-sea fishing, and had reached out to both the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and Country Music TV.

Carlson intimated that this was an attempt to bolster the idea that white, rural conservatives are dangerous.

“It’s the white men again,” Carlson snickered. “But not just any white men. It’s the ones who like country music and NASCAR, not the ones who go to Aspen.”

“The white Republican men are dangerous, and they can sit at the back of the bus. In fact, they can walk.”

However, the statistics show that both black Americans and Hispanic Americans have been more “hesitant” than white Americans to get the vaccine. And because people who are not vaccinated are being segregated into “unfashionable” sections at ball games, this implies that many black people are going to be treated — yet again — like second class citizens.

“That’s going to make for some pretty embarrassing photographs some time soon,” Carlson said. “It seems like the new segregation looks a lot like the old segregation, and we wonder how they’re going to explain that. Can’t wait to hear it.”

 


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Constituents rally behind Canadian politician kicked out of party for blasting lockdowns

The board of a Constituency Association in the governing United Conservative Party voted 90 percent in favor of demanding that the province’s Premier reinstate MLA Drew Barnes.
Thu Jun 3, 2021 - 2:33 pm EST
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MEDICINE HAT, Alberta, June 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — In an unprecedented move, the board of a Constituency Association (CA) in the governing United Conservative Party of Alberta (UCP) voted 90 percent in favor of demanding that the province’s Premier reinstate MLA Drew Barnes, who was booted from the party allegedly due to being critical of COVID-19 lockdown measures.

“I know that [the letter to Alberta Premier Jason Kenney] was approved by 90 percent of the board members that voted. Only one voted against the letter being sent,” said a source who spoke on the condition of anonymity to LifeSiteNews. The source has direct ties with the UCP Cypress-Medicine Hat Constituency Association (CMHCA).

Barnes is currently an Independent MLA for Cypress-Medicine Hat. He along with MLA Todd Loewen (for Alberta’s Central-Peace-Notley riding) was booted from Kenney’s governing UCP in May.

The CMHCA letter was sent to Kenney and his caucus this Wednesday, and demanded that Barnes be reinstated at once.

“MLA Barnes was democratically elected to be the UCP representative for Cypress-Medicine Hat by its constituents, and democratically supported in his actions by the Directors of the CMHCA,” reads the CMHCA letter to Kenney, which was also provided to LifeSiteNews. “We therefore request the immediate reinstating of MLA Drew Barnes, with all his rights and privileges. We make this request not for our own interest, but for the interests of Albertans, and so that trust in both the UCP brand and its governance may be restored.”

In the letter, the CMHCA board said it was “disillusioned in the office of” UCP Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and the UCP Caucus “by your expulsion of MLA Drew Barnes from that caucus.”

“Our trust and faith in the UCP government to govern reasonably and responsibly is shaken to its core,” reads the letter. “MLA Barnes was elected with a two-thirds majority of the local votes, and was acting within the full knowledge and support of the CMHCA. It is our conviction that the expulsion of MLA Barnes was not only contrary to the Grass-Roots vision and foundation of the UCP, but an affront to the democratic values of Alberta.”

The CMHCA letter also demands that the request to reinstate Barnes was not for the board’s own interests, but rather “for the interests of Albertans, and so that trust in both the UCP brand and its governance may be restored.”

“That is why we challenge your expulsion of our MLA Drew Barnes from caucus,” reads the letter.

Barnes’ and Loewen’s expulsion from the UCP came about after Loewen posted a letter on May 13 on his Facebook page, which asked for Kenney to resign due to failed “leadership.”

After news spread of Loewen’s letter, Kenney called an “emergency caucus meeting.” After a two-hour vote, Loewen and Barnes were removed from the UCP caucus, although Barnes never called for Kenney to resign.

Source: Most board members will leave UCP if Kenney does not do a complete “turn around”

According to the CMHCA source who spoke with LifeSiteNews, most of the board members “intend on leaving the party” if Kenney does not “do a complete turnaround with apology to members,” and “immediately” reinstates Barnes. “About 40 percent of the directors for the CMHCA have already left the party.”

The source also said that its meetings have been “consistently postponed due to either incompetence or intentional finagling higher up in the party.”

“There is a belief among some of the directors that Kenney is planning on planting his stooges into the ‘troubled’ constituency and stacking the [Annual General Meeting]. It is believed by at least one [who is not the source] that Kenney is going to hand place a ‘candidate’ in the next election.”

Back in March, Barnes 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.

“In the communication, it has been forgotten how important our spiritual health is, our mental health is, our physical health, and our economic health. And I’m absolutely a believer in freedoms of all kinds, our freedom of expression, and our freedom of speech, and our freedom of religion. Absolutely,” Barnes said.

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Kenney’s COVID-19 restrictions have been met with opposition from many caucus members within his party.

Recently, in an unprecedented political move, 17 UCP MLAs blasted their party leader and premier for taking the province back into a severe COVID-19 lockdown.

Under Kenney, three Christian pastors have been jailed — the only ones in Canada — because they defied COVID-19 health rules regarding church services that limit congregation size. Alberta currently allows only 15 percent capacity of the building, and mandates physical distancing and mask wearing.

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Legal settlement: California forced to stop discriminating against churches, must pay their legal fees

'The permanent injunctions in these cases uphold and protect one of the most cherished principles of our republic: The Free Exercise of Religion.'
Thu Jun 3, 2021 - 1:46 pm EST
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CALIFORNIA, June 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Attorneys with the Thomas More Society recently secured settlements in two major cases: South Bay United Pentecostal Church, et al. v. Newsom, et al. and Father Trevor Burfitt v. Newsom, et al. In both cases, the State of California agreed to enter into permanent injunctions that prohibit the State from ever again imposing discriminatory restrictions on all houses of worship statewide. In addition, the State of California agreed to pay $2,150,000 in “prevailing party” attorneys’ fees to settle both cases ($1,600,000 in South Bay and $550,000 in Burfitt).

Thomas More Society Special Counsel Charles LiMandri and Paul Jonna, partners at LiMandri & Jonna LLP, both expressed satisfaction with the resolutions. According to LiMandri, “The South Bay case represents an unprecedented three trips to the United States Supreme Court in a one-year period, which resulted in a landmark decision that opened up the churches in California for 40 million people. The permanent injunctions in these cases uphold and protect one of the most cherished principles of our republic: The Free Exercise of Religion.”

Jonna stated that “The settlement terms in these cases track the United States Supreme Court’s seminal holding in South Bay v. Newsom, and the basic constitutional principle is simple and now cemented into permanent statewide injunctions. Restrictions on churches cannot be more severe than restrictions on retail. We are pleased with the final results in these two important cases.”

Other attorneys who played key roles in securing the victories in both South Bay and Burfitt include Jeffrey Trissell of LiMandri & Jonna LLP and Christopher Ferrara of the Thomas More Society, who was the lead counsel on the Burfitt matter.

“The injunction in Burfitt was the first of its kind in the country, anticipating what the Supreme Court would later hold definitively, that houses of worship must receive the same treatment as the most favored secular comparators. If favored businesses are allowed 100% occupancy during a pandemic, so must churches be allowed,” said Ferrara.

Meanwhile, Thomas More Society special counsel attorneys LiMandri, Jonna, and Jenna Ellis are continuing to prosecute and defend cases on behalf of Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church. Later this month, the Los Angeles Superior Court will hear the Thomas More Society’s motion to dissolve an unconstitutional preliminary injunction entered against the church. After prevailing in that action, LiMandri and Jonna will seek recovery of the significant attorneys’ fees incurred in that action as well—along with a “multiplier” of their fees for vindicating fundamental constitutional rights.

Read the Order Granting Joint Request for Final Judgment Entering Permanent Injunction, Awarding Attorney’s Fees, and Dismissing Action with Prejudice issued June 1, 2021, by the United States District Court for the Southern District of California in South Bay United Pentecostal Church, et al. v. Gavin Newsom et al.here.

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Read the Judgment Entering Permanent Injunction, Awarding Attorney’s Fees, and Dismissing Action with Prejudice issued June 1, 2021, by the United States District Court for the Southern District of California in South Bay United Pentecostal Church, et al. v. Gavin Newsom et al.here.

Read the Stipulation Regarding Final Judgment Entering Permanent Injunction, Awarding Attorney’s Fees, and Dismissing Action with Prejudice filed with the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Kern, Metropolitan Division on May 27, 2021, in Father Trevor Burfitt, v. Gavin Newsom et al.here.


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Appeals court reverses own decision keeping pro-lifers away from abortion facility

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued an extraordinary ruling, reversing its March decision, and thus re-instating the original ruling of the district court, which rejected the state-desired sanctions against the pro-lifers.
Thu Jun 3, 2021 - 12:39 pm EST
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NEW YORK, June 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a pro-life group by granting them a rehearing and re-instating a district court decision allowing the pro-lifers to continue to gather outside an abortion facility and offer prayerful support to mothers.

The Thomas More Society has been representing the group — consisting of members of Brooklyn’s [email protected], including Pastor Kenneth Griepp — since 2017, when former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a legal case against 13 pro-lifers who were engaging in peaceful pro-life activity and witness outside an abortion facility in New York.

Schneiderman accused the group of harassing mothers who were going into the abortion clinic, claiming that the group had issued threats and had been violent towards women going into the facility. He sought to establish a 16-foot buffer zone around the business, and to put an end to the weekly pro-life vigil, which he described as “a weekly pattern of threatening, obstructive and violent activity by a network of anti-abortion protestors at Choices Women’s Medical Center in Jamaica, New York.”

He also sought compensatory damages and additional financial penalties against the pro-lifers.

The Thomas More Society’s Martin Cannon argued that the case against the pro-lifers was “without basis,” as there was “not one documented and verified instance of the force, threat of force, physical obstruction, or following and harassing, of which he has accused our clients.”

Pro-lifers had been “peacefully” coming to the abortion center since 2012, the Thomas More Society argued, and the proposed injunction sought by Schneiderman was a violation of the pro-life group’s First Amendment rights. Peaceful pro-life activity is “specifically protected” both in New York’s own Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances law and in the Federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, or FACE Act.

The district court issued a 103-page ruling in favor of the pro-lifers in 2018, in a hearing in which Schneiderman “failed to show that any defendant had the intent to harass, annoy, or alarm a patient, companion, or escort” entering the abortion facility.

Schneiderman himself was forced to resign following allegations of physical and sexual abuse. However, his successors in the Office of the Attorney General, Barbara Underwood and Letitia James, appealed the decision made by the district court.

Then, on March 10, 2021, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals reversed part of the district court decision, ruling against the pro-lifers, and classified certain actions as violating the FACE Act. Actions which the judges deemed to violate FACE Act, now included attempting to hand leaflets to people, causing them to be delayed by “one second … at most,” along with giving a leaflet to a car driver who had voluntarily stopped, rolled down the window, and engaged in conversation.

Furthermore, the court declared that minor, inadvertent contact with a patient could be viewed as a “use of force” and thus be a violation of the FACE Act.

However, after the Thomas More Society wanted an en banc hearing, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued an extraordinary ruling, reversing their March decision, and thus re-instating the original ruling of the district court, which rejected the state-desired sanctions against the pro-lifers.

The ruling read: “The petitions for rehearing are GRANTED. The panel hereby VACATES its previous opinion. Accordingly, the decision of the district court remains in place.”

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The Thomas More Society noted that the Second Circuit only grants around .03% of petitions seeking a rehearing en banc.

Commenting on the court’s decision, Senior Counsel for the Thomas More Society, Stephen Crampton, welcomed the news. “It appears that even the judges in the majority on the panel found their original opinion indefensible. We are pleased that the fundamental First Amendment rights of our clients have been restored, and look forward to returning to the district court and finishing the case once and for all.”

“FACE was always about hindering pro-life advocates from reaching hurting women with life-saving information,” Crampton added. “But the panel majority all but eliminated First Amendment rights for these gentle and compassionate folks who sacrifice so much in order to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.”

The Thomas More Society has won a victory for its clients with the ruling, and dealt a blow to abortion advocates who seek to prosecute pro-lifers and restrict pro-life activities under the terms of FACE. It remains to be seen whether any further action will be taken, or whether the matter will now be considered settled.


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Montana city dismisses charges against peaceful pro-lifer outside abortion center

Marilyn Hatch regularly participated in prayer and peaceful counseling outside the abortion facility, offering information about life-affirming alternatives to women seeking abortion.
Thu Jun 3, 2021 - 11:17 am EST
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MISSOULA, Montana, June 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A peaceful pro-life advocate outside an abortion center in Montana has been vindicated following erroneous and unconstitutional charges made by a City of Missoula law enforcement officer. The charges against Marilyn Hatch were dismissed after Thomas More Society attorneys sent a demand letter to the Senior Deputy City Attorney of Missoula pointing out that the ordinance on which the charges were based is unconstitutional.

“All people have the right to peacefully give their opinions about the dignity of unborn human life outside abortion facilities. The City of Missoula’s decision to criminally charge Mrs. Hatch for engaging in speech protected by the First Amendment was itself unconstitutional,” declared Thomas More Society Senior Counsel Matt Heffron.

“We have to be vigilant in fighting for these rights, each and every time they are violated,” he said. “That’s what the Thomas More Society is here for.”

Hatch regularly participated in prayer and peaceful counseling outside of the Blue Mountain abortion clinic in Missoula, offering information about life-affirming alternatives to women seeking abortion. A City of Missoula police officer cited her for obstructing access to the clinic, but the Thomas More Society intervened on her behalf, insisting that the city dismiss the charges or face a lawsuit. In response, the city moved to dismiss the charges on May 26, 2021.

“This was a bad idea by the City of Missoula from the start,” explained Heffron. “It was a wise decision on their part to dismiss this case. If they had persisted in the charges against Mrs. Hatch, they would have lost.”

An April 20, 2021 letter from Heffron to the city attorney pointed out that, on the day in question, the police officer cited Hatch for obstruction even though she was outside the city’s stated boundaries. The letter also detailed the unconstitutionality of the city ordinance, citing U.S. Supreme Court decisions in McCullen v. Coakley and Hill v. Colorado, which respectively dealt with the particulars of “buffer zones” and content-based speech outside of abortion businesses, neither of which is an acceptable excuse to violate First Amendment rights.

“The government didn’t even apply the cited statute correctly, according to the plain words of the statute,” stated Heffron. “They also applied the statute as if it created a buffer zone, which would be unconstitutional. And the statute itself, as written, is unconstitutional. The statute simply has never been constitutionally challenged … yet. When it is finally challenged, it will be stricken down. This would have been a mess of a case for the City of Missoula. I am glad the city did the right thing.”


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Gender ‘transition’ is a cosmetic farce with devastating impact

We need more leaders to step up and secure our Judeo-Christian values — people who will hold true to the science of biology and the belief that we’re created by God for a specific purpose.
Thu Jun 3, 2021 - 11:43 am EST
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June 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The sudden and inexplicable rise of transgenderism in our youth today should cause pause, and we must reflect on the greater meaning. Is there really a sudden spike in gender dysphoria where there has never been one before, or is this just a cause-du-jour foisted on our impressionable youth?

Abigail Shrier, author of Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, recently gave a fantastic presentation at Hillsdale College regarding this phenomenon. Her point, as she alludes to in the title of her book, is that this sexual revolution is causing irreversible harm. The long-lasting damage is both mental and physical, as young men and women face the dangers of hormone therapy and the irrevocable mutilation caused by transition surgery. Despite this evidence, transgenderism is on the rise.

Transgender advocacy groups’ push for transgender rights over the past several years has become an all-out assault on our traditional views. Consider the legal fight by the College of the Ozarks as they battle the premise that biological males should be allowed to shower with female students, simply because they state that they identify as female. This comes after Joe Biden signed the executive order titled, “Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation”. Or consider the young women in Connecticut fighting to stop biological males from competing in girls’ sports.

Our traditional Judeo-Christian values and morals are under siege. In its place is a morally-blank slate where drag queens have story time with preschoolers, extolling the virtues of their queer sexuality, and where young, impressionable men and women believe that gender dysphoria is common.

This isn’t healthy, nor is it helpful to our youth. Anyone who’s gone through puberty knows how challenging it is to face the influx of hormones, thoughts, and questions about your own sexuality, let alone muddle through an onslaught of social media posts telling you to become something other than your own biological sex.

Research reveals that 60% of youth who pursue a transgender or non-binary lifestyle are highly likely to attempt self-harm, and an astounding 40% have contemplated suicide. This data is very telling — something is wrong with this approach to sexuality. It hasn’t resulted in happier and healthier young adults, rather the opposite. Our youth are confused and hurting.

Yet, trans activists continue to peddle the lie that this is a healthy decision to make, despite running counter to every natural indicator of who we have been created to be. Yes, there are girls who will act like “tom-boys”. Does that mean they need to transition from being a girl to become a boy? No. There are boys who are more effeminate than others, does that make them a girl? No, of course not.

Recently, I read a story about Ellen Page, the actress now calling herself Elliot Page. She posted photos of herself poolside, with no shirt and no breasts, attempting to prove to the world that she was now a man. However, despite the surgery and hormones, Page is still biologically a woman. There’s no way to change this fact. Trans advocates and the media would like us to believe that transition is real, but it isn’t! It’s a cosmetic farce with devastating impact.

This all stems from society’s prevailing belief in postmodernism, a philosophical approach to life where reason is discarded, and people make their own truth. In the case of Ellen Page, she can tell herself that she’s a man because of hormones and plastic surgery, and this is her “truth.” But it isn’t reality.

Thankfully, there are courageous people like Abigail Shrier and the young women in Connecticut who are pushing back against this illogical view of biology and sexuality. Most recently, Gov. Ron DeSantis and many Florida lawmakers joined this group, as they pushed back and created a law that bans biological males from competing in female sports at both the high school and collegiate levels. For this, they should all be congratulated.

We need more leaders like this to step up and secure our Judeo-Christian values — people who will hold true to the science of biology and the belief that we’re created by God for a specific purpose. We need more people like Shrier and DeSantis to sound the alarm to society. If we don’t stop this rising tide of illogical, self-made truths about biology and sexuality what will be next? Will pedophilia and bestiality become the next cause-du-jour? Will an entire generation become misled into believing gender really is fluid? Lord help us all.

Jason D. Bland is a Doctoral student at Regent University, specializing in Strategic Leadership. His writing focuses on Christian leadership as well as social and political commentary from a Christ-centered worldview. Jason currently leads business operations for a construction company and serves as an independent leadership coach and organizational consultant.


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Opinion

‘I love my students, but I serve God first’: A gym teacher exercises faith in a woke district

Tanner didn't set out to become the newest face in the battle over woke education. But then, he probably never dreamed that using a child's pronoun would cost him his teaching career either.
Thu Jun 3, 2021 - 9:30 am EST
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June 3, 2021 (Family Research Council) – Tanner Cross may teach P.E., but it might be grammar that costs him his job! That's the unbelievable situation playing out in Loudoun County, Virginia, where an elementary gym teacher dared to put himself on the wrong side of the gender wars during the public comment session of the local school board. “I love my students,” he said firmly, “but I will never lie to them regardless of the consequences. I’m a teacher, but I serve God first – and I will not affirm that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa... It's against my religion, it's lying to a child, it's abuse to a child, and it's sinning against our God.”

Tanner didn't set out to become the newest face in the battle over woke education. But then, he probably never dreamed that using a child's pronoun would cost him his teaching career either. “It is not my intent to hurt anyone,” he made clear, “but there are certain truths that we all must face when ready.” But obviously, Loudoun County's HR department isn't ready to face those truths – and they're willing to destroy a beloved teacher's livelihood to prove it. Less than 12 hours after Cross had his say during the public comments, he was hauled into a meeting where he was informed he'd been put on administrative leave pending an investigation. Why?

“That's a great question,” Tanner responded on “Washington Watch” Tuesday. “We would like to hear an answer for that too.” According to the letter he got from district officials, there was no explanation for the decision – only a warning that an investigation had been launched and Tanner was banned from school property.

Cross's Alliance Defending Freedom attorney, Tyson Langhofer, wasn't surprised the district didn't explain the suspension, because, as far as he's concerned, there's no legitimate rationale – legal or otherwise – to justify it. “Teachers don't shed their constitutional rights when they step on to a schoolhouse property,” Langhofer argued. “And in this case, he wasn't even on the school's property. He went to a public meeting where the school board invited the public to come comment on proposed policies...”

Loudoun County, ADF insisted, can't retaliate against Tanner just because he doesn't share their views. In a counter-letter to the district, demanding Cross's reinstatement, Langhofer warned that the administration was walking on dangerous ground by sending the message that employees have to “toe the line or face the consequences.” Unfortunately, he explained, this is a new pattern that we're seeing in school boards across the country.

A growing number of woke districts are trying to send a message to teachers “that if you speak out, you're going to be punished. And that's wrong,” Langhofer insisted, “because there [are] a lot of teachers that have spoken at board meetings in the past in favor of these policies, and they haven't been punished. People on both sides of the aisle should be able to speak their mind -- and especially teachers, when we're talking about policies that are going to affect teachers' rights and also affect how students are treated in the classroom.”

As tough as the last week has been, there's been an outpouring of support for the Crosses from the local community. Tanner and his family had just started going to Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg, where our good friend Pastor Gary Hamrick has been preaching with cultural clarity for years. His unapologetic stand, Tanner says, was one of the main reasons he had the courage to stand up and speak out.

When I talked to Pastor Gary, who spent a good chunk of his Sunday sermon on Tanner's story and encouraging the community to “take back our schools,” he said this is what living out your faith is all about. “It's applying what we know to be true from God's word to everyday life... [W]e have to be ready to be salt and light” – no matter what the opposition looks like.

And as a church, Hamrick went on, we have to be ready to stand with them. Too many pastors are surrendering biblical truth in the public square. And if they would have the Daniel-like boldness of people like Tanner, our culture would look a whole lot different. But too many of us, he knows, are motivated by the flesh. We're afraid of being labeled, losing money, losing friends, losing popularity. “But what I've found,” Pastor Gary explained, “is that the more that I just lovingly tell the truth and share God's word, people are hungry for that. And it's actually had the opposite effect. People are coming because they want to know somebody who will tell [them] the truth in the midst of a very relative world.”

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So on Sunday, when he brought the Crosses up front and the church prayed over them, it was an important reminder to everyone that living boldly and courageously is what God has called us to do. “We have to rise up in this day and declare what is right,” Pastor Gary urged. “The American church has been asleep for too long, and it's time to reclaim the land for the glory of God. Do it in a loving but truthful way, but lift up your voices. Because otherwise, how will the world hear?”

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Opinion

Children’s networks change their tune for Pride month, launching a full scale assault on mainstream morality

Don’t assume that any form of secular entertainment is safe from the LGBT promoting type of storyline. Watch programs with your kids if you can, or check them out in advance.
Thu Jun 3, 2021 - 7:10 am EST
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June 3, 2021 (Family Research Council) – There are lots of parents today who wouldn’t think twice about sitting their kids down in front of the Disney Channel or Cartoon Network. And that, conservatives warn, is exactly the problem. Like so many other moms and dads, they're expecting the same kind of harmless storylines they watched in the 70s and 80s. What their children are seeing is anything but.

Say goodbye to the regular plot lines of Blue’s Clues and Scooby-Doo – and hello to a 21st century lesson in transgenderism, sex, homosexuality, non-binaries, and drag queens. That’s the new reality of radical programming on some of America’s favorite shows – especially, parents are discovering, during Pride month. Loveable animals like Arthur and My Little Pony have been commandeered by the far-Left for lessons that would make most adult’s jaws drop.

In the latest example on Blue's Clues, real-life drag queen Nina West sings a Pride parade song to the tune of “The Ants Go Marching” – except the lyrics have been replaced with “LGBTQ buzzwords like ‘ace’ – which stands for ‘asexual’ – as well as ‘queer,’ ‘bi,’ ‘pan,’ ‘allies,’ and ‘kings and queens,’” the Blaze warns. Blue and friends watch their two-mom floats go by while rainbow and transgender flags dot the colorful landscape.

This is just the beginning of Nickelodeon’s full-blown assault on mainstream morality. SpongeBob Square Pants has already stepped into the LGBTQ world, so, according to TMZ, “it’s really not that much of a stretch for them to get Blue onboard, too.” The goal, the outlet says, is to take “proactive steps to teach kids about different family structures in a fun, catchy way that appeals to young children.” And unfortunately, these networks aren't the only ones.

Breitbart ticked off 13 shows that are blatantly pushing this indoctrination on children, including some surprising favorites like Adventure Time (Cartoon Network), DuckTales (Disney), My Little Pony (Discovery Family), Arthur (PBS), The Loud House (Nickelodeon), Clarence (Cartoon Network), She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (Dreamworks), Andi Mack (Disney), Steven Universe (Cartoon Network), Star vs. the Forces of Evil (Disney XD), and Gravity Falls (Disney).

And yet, despite this complete activist takeover of children's programming, LGBT extremists still insist they have “a long way to go.” “But at least nowadays,” their Pride websites brag, “there’s so much amazing LGBTQ+ representation in animated children's shows, giving a whole new generation of young, queer kids the much-needed representation and visibility they need!”

Like so many other Netflix and PBS shows, producers seem dead set on turning wholesome, family-friendly stories into a weapon of indoctrination. And they’re doing it under the guise of children’s programming. In the case of longtime favorites like Disney and My Little Pony, beloved franchises are now being distorted to promote a radical 21st century LGBT agenda.

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So what can parents do? First off, don’t assume that any form of secular entertainment is safe from this type of storyline. Watch these programs with your kids if you can, or check them out in advance. Click over to organizations like the Parents Television Council, MovieGuide, or One Million Moms for resources or reviews. But the most important piece of advice is this: don’t take anything for granted. If you’re a mom or dad who’s concerned about the messages Hollywood is sending your kids, don't assume that just because it's the Disney Channel or because it's called ABC Family or PBS, that the show is innocent or family-friendly. Especially in the month of June.

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Opinion

Fr. Pavone on the feast of Corpus Christi: ‘The Eucharist is a sacrament of life’

‘To stand with Christ is to stand with life and, therefore, to stand against whatever destroys life, and there’s nothing, nothing, that’s destroying more life than abortion.’
Thu Jun 3, 2021 - 6:00 am EST
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June 2, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — On the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Church sets aside a day for us to reflect on the gift of the true bread from heaven. It was foreshadowed by the manna that was sent from heaven to the Israelites on their journey to the Promised Land. Each day God fed them with the bread from heaven. In this way, God was with them.

This bread we consecrate in the Mass and then consume after we offer it to the Father is the fulfillment of all the different ways Jesus remains with his people. He remains with us by his Spirit. He remains with us in his Word. He remains with us in the community where two or three are gathered. He remains with us through his ministers, appointed by him to preach the Gospel. But above all, Jesus is with us physically in this Blessed Sacrament, the Eucharist.

I want to reflect here on the different dimensions of the Eucharist from the vantage point of our commitment to defend human life. This is our full-time ministry at Priests for Life, and it has been my whole ministry, devoted to protecting the unborn — the youngest and smallest children — bringing an end to the violence of abortion, the most prevalent violence in the world. The Eucharist has a lot to say about this commitment that I share with so many of you.

The Eucharist, first of all, is a sacrament of faith. The Eucharist doesn’t look any different from unconsecrated bread, and yet faith tells us there’s something more there, beyond what we see and beyond size. The smallest little particle of the Eucharist is God, is Jesus, is his body and blood and soul and divinity. Faith teaches us that the value of something does not depend on its size or its appearance, so we learn from every particle of the Eucharist.

The Eucharist is a sacrament of life. “We proclaim your death, O Lord, and we profess your resurrection,” we say in Mass. Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. What happens in this sacrifice of the Eucharist? Death is conquered. That’s what happened. “Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life.” Jesus has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through his Gospel. To stand with Christ is to stand with life and, therefore, to stand against whatever destroys life, and there’s nothing, nothing, that’s destroying more life than abortion.

The Eucharist is a sacrament of true worship. By shedding his blood, by offering his body, Jesus established a new form of worship, a true form of worship that puts God at the center of our lives, of our choices, of our thoughts, of our desires, of our actions. We have the center of gravity shift from ourselves — that’s the kingdom of darkness, the culture of death, when we assert that we have the right to do anything merely because we want to do it. That’s not worship; it’s the opposite of worship. This notion of pro-choice, that everything ultimately depends on what I think, what I believe, and what I choose, that’s a quick road to hell. That’s not the unity of the human family.

True worship — putting God at the center, putting Christ in the middle of everything and letting him be the center of gravity — teaches us that we find our freedom, our happiness, and our fulfillment precisely when we submit our choices to him. Yes, we have our freedom of choice, but why? So that we can freely choose him, not that we can freely choose to kill. Happiness is not found by pushing someone else out of the way; it’s found when we push ourselves out of the way and make room for the other person.

The Eucharist is a sacrament of unity. “When I am lifted up from the earth,” Jesus says, “I will draw all people to myself.” That’s what he does on the cross. He’s lifted up on the cross, and then he’s lifted up in the glory of the resurrection and the ascension. He’s breaking down the enmity that existed between us and God. He’s creating one new person — the Church. He is the head; we are the members. Abortion seeks to destroy that unity. There is no more direct and devastating attack on human relationships than abortion.

The Eucharist is a sacrament of love. Love —the most abused and misused word, but the Word of God restores its original meaning. In scripture we find that God showed his love to us by offering his son as a sacrifice for our sins. In the Eucharist is where we find the meaning of love: I sacrifice myself. The greatest symbol of love is not the heart; it’s the crucifix. “This is my body,” the Lord says, “given for you that you may have life.” Some will take those words and say, “This is my body. I can do what I want. Even if it means killing the baby, it’s my body.” They use those words in the service of death. Jesus uses them in the service of life, and at every Mass we are saying those words, and we are brought right to the heart of the meaning of this Eucharist — the sacrifice, the sacrament, the revelation of love, and by receiving it, we have the power to love.

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Let us make this feast of the Eucharist — this feast of Corpus Christi — a feast of welcome: welcoming him and one another in this sacrament of faith life, true worship, unity, and love. May that be the fruit of this celebration.


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Love is what makes this priest willing to call out unfaithful bishops, even the Pope

Father Gloudeman adds that the laity must stand with and support those priests who are obedient to Jesus Christ.
Thu Jun 3, 2021 - 3:18 pm EST
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June 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — In this episode of The John-Henry Westen Show, I am pleased to bring you another interview with a courageous Catholic priest who is unafraid to speak the truth during these difficult times. Fr. Francis Gloudeman, from Ontario, California, has spoken powerfully in homilies with clarity and grace, calling out the bishops and even the Pope for abandoning the faithful.

During our conversation, I show some clips of Fr. Gloudeman’s homilies. To listen to the entire sermon click the link here. He tells me that he is speaking out about the hierarchy because their actions have caused “confusion among the people who need clarity, and they’re not getting it.”

The California priest has also preached about the refusal of many clergy to give Holy Communion on the tongue. He mentions that “it is a teaching of the Church” that the faithful cannot be denied the Body of Christ on the tongue.

Gloudeman adds that the laity must stand with and support those priests who are obedient to Jesus Christ. “We should reject those who are disobedient shepherds, those who closed their doors to the sheep, those who refuse to give the sacraments to the dying, those who refuse to give the Eucharist to those who have the right to receive it on the tongue.”

Fr. Gloudeman’s says his main motivation for calling out unfaithful bishops and even the Pope is love and compassion for souls and his flock. He also tells me that proclaiming the truth gives him joy, peace, and less fear. Lastly, he states that even though “our generation makes a virtue out of nice,” people must be ready to suffer and die for Christ, and for speaking the truth.

Click here to visit the Facebook page of San Secondo d’Asti, the church where Fr. Francis Gloudeman serves, where you can find his sermons.

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Dissident priest Fr. James Martin wants you to celebrate LGBT ‘pride month’

It’s especially important for churches to celebrate ‘pride,’ the Jesuit said.
Thu Jun 3, 2021 - 1:21 pm EST
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June 3, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Fr. James Martin, S.J., the most outspoken force within U.S. Catholicism for the normalization of homosexuality and transgenderism within the Church, wants you to know that he thinks all Catholics should celebrate “pride month.”

In a video tweet posted on the second day of this year’s so-dubbed “pride month,” Martin claimed that it’s “a celebration of the human dignity of a group of people who have been for so long treated like dirt.” 

The Jesuit appears oblivious to the fact that far from being “treated like dirt,” June is a month-long orgy of adulation for self-identified homosexual and transgender individuals by nearly every single major global and national corporation, secular media, social media, tech giants, the White House, the U.S. State Department, the Pentagon, every single U.S. professional sports league, and even children’s cartoon TV shows, all of which without reservation champion LGBTQ ideology.

Despite the fact that Martin’s premise is untrue, he goes on for nearly two minutes, telling Catholics, “It’s especially important for churches to celebrate pride.”

“Just because you celebrate pride doesn’t mean you have to agree with what every video, every article, or even every float in a parade has to say,” claims Martin, yet the LGBTQ movement rejects the Catholic Church’s most fundamental teaching on the nature of man and woman as God created them. 

Martin promotes a serious lie in his short presentation, asserting that Catholics should convey to young people who announce that they are LGBTQ that “you know that God wants them to accept who they are.” God does not create people gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, pansexual or anything other than males or females created for complementary monogamous relationships, bound together in Holy Matrimony. 

Martin has long sought to undermine clergy and laity who continue to embrace the Church’s wisdom and best pastoral practices regarding same-sex attraction, asserting at the 2018 World Meeting of Families that “most L.G.B.T. Catholics have been deeply wounded by the church.”

The Jesuit used his platform at the Vatican-run gathering of Catholics to brazenly lobby for the Church to normalize homosexuality and transgenderism, going as far as urging the pastors to invite self-identifying LGBT individuals to serve as Eucharistic ministers.

Martin’s record of pro-gay activism is lengthy and ranges from his many speeches and media appearances promoting homosexuality to his retweeting of a complaint that priests can’t “bless” gay unions and suggesting that the Church is full of “homophobia” and “marginalizes” the same-sex attracted.

He supports men kissing each other during the sign of peace at Mass, says that a Catholic attending a same-sex “wedding” is like attending a Jewish wedding, and suggests that his critics are secretly homosexual themselves.

At a meeting in the nation’s capital earlier this year, Martin addressed 150 Catholic college and university presidents, urging them to promote “inclusion” on their campuses by promoting “LGBT-affirming liturgies,” permitting students to choose their own pronouns, and holding “Lavender Graduations.”

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Can Catholics celebrate “pride month,” when the LGBTQ community marks its place in society, especially since pride is, after all, one of the seven deadly sins?

Well, first of all remember that there are two definitions of pride.

The first is satisfaction that comes from your accomplishments which can morph into vanity which is bad. But the second kind of pride is a consciousness of your own dignity, and that’s closer to what pride month represents: a celebration of the human dignity of a group of people who have been for so long treated like dirt.

And for the religious person it’s a celebration of them as beloved children of God.

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It’s especially important for churches to celebrate pride since a great deal of the rejection and even violence that the LGBTQ community has faced has been motivated by religion, or at least what people think that religion teaches.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church asks us to treat LGBTQ people with respect, compassion, and sensitivity, and participating in pride events or at least supporting our LGBTQ friends is one way to do this.

And just because you celebrate pride doesn’t mean you have to agree with what every video, every article, or even every float in a parade has to say. 

It’s more about supporting the fundamental human rights of this community: The right to live in safety, the right to be treated as equals, and the right to be fully welcomed into society. 

Besides, complaints about the use of the word “pride” don’t seem to happen in other situations. People say, “I’m proud to be Catholic,” or “I’m proud to be an American,” and no one objects to it or says that it’s vanity.

“Pride” is not about vanity, but human dignity.

Maybe the best way to think about pride is to imagine what you’d say to a young person who finally summoned up the courage to tell you that they were LGBTQ. You know that God created them, you know that God loves them, and you know that God wants them to accept who they are. So you would probably say, ‘I am so proud of you for being able to say that.’

That’s the kind of pride that we celebrate this month, so happy pride.


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Valedictorian uses high school graduation to deliver pro-abortion speech

Paxton Smith, a graduate of the Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, swapped out her approved speech for an impassioned plea for abortion in the wake of Texas’s new heartbeat bill.
Thu Jun 3, 2021 - 10:23 am EST
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June 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Feminism in 2021 is a simple proposition: Feticide is essential for females to have a future. Michelle Williams openly credited her abortion for enabling her Hollywood career when she won a Golden Globe. Without being able to kill a baby in the womb, the logic goes, that baby will likely make it out of the womb — and little boys and little girls are notorious for interfering with prior plans. Any suggestion that baby-making activities be curtailed or carefully regulated, of course, is scoffed at. We can change the climate and end racism, maybe, but guys and girls certainly can’t keep their clothes on.

This is the basic thesis of a viral valedictorian speech by Paxton Smith, a graduate of the Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, Texas. As she spoke to her class and the gathered crowd, she swapped out her approved speech for an impassioned plea for abortion in the wake of Texas’s new heartbeat bill. Abortion activists and celebrities promptly fell all over themselves to fawn on the young woman, who was able to articulate so effectively the message they have been selling to teenage girls just like her for so long.

The speech itself, of course, was only coherent if one completely ignores what is actually at stake in the abortion debate — or, for that matter, what abortion actually is in the first place. Let’s break it down:

Recently the heartbeat bill was passed in Texas. Starting in September, there will be a ban on abortions that take place after 6 weeks of pregnancy, regardless of whether the pregnancy was a result of rape or incest. 6 weeks. Most women don’t even realize they’re pregnant by then. And so, before they have the time to decide if they are emotionally, physically, and financially stable enough to carry out a full-term pregnancy, before they have the chance to decide if they can take on the responsibility of bringing another human into the world, the decision has been made for them by a stranger. A decision that will affect the rest of their lives.

By a “full-term pregnancy,” what she actually means is a child (“another human,” as she put it just a few words later). For those who still cling to a time in the distant past when we were unaware of what takes place in the womb during pregnancy, I refer you to the Endowment for Human Development, National Geographic’s Inside the Womb, or any pregnancy app you can find on your phone. Abortion supporters like to refer to a “pregnancy” without referring to the fetus or baby because it avoids the point pro-lifers are making: That it is an act of violence to kill that developing human being.

I have dreams, hopes, and ambitions. Every girl here does. We have spent our whole lives working towards our futures, and without our consent or input, our control over our futures has been stripped away from us. I am terrified that if my contraceptives fail me, that if I’m raped, then my hopes and efforts and dreams for myself will no longer be relevant. I hope you can feel how gut-wrenching it is, how dehumanizing it is, to have the autonomy over your own body taken from you.

What is truly gut-wrenching about that paragraph is the lie that our generation has been sold: that dreams, hopes, and ambitions are incompatible with children — with your children. An abortion kills your son or daughter, not somebody else’s. Control over our futures does not mean control over whether or not our children live or die. And again — there are more ways to control your future than to have the “right” to extinguish a developing life if that child were to inconveniently come into being.

Progressives and abortion activists have successfully presented our culture with a binary option: Either we have abortion, or we have legions of miserable, trapped parents who might be happy if they’d been able to get rid of their kids before they were born. Smith obviously believes this lie 100%; her passion appeared genuine. That in itself is a tragedy. More:

And I’m talking about this today, on a day as important as this, on a day honoring the students’ efforts in twelve years of schooling, on a day where we’re all brought together, on a day where you will be the most inclined to hear a voice like mine, a woman’s voice, to tell you that this is a problem. A problem that can’t wait. I refuse to give up this platform to promote complacency and peace, when there is a war on my body and a war on my rights. A war on the rights of your sisters, a war on the rights of your mothers, a war on the rights of your daughters. We cannot stay silent.

The war is not on women’s bodies. Abortion targets and destroys the bodies of other people, of children. For those who doubt this, take a look at Live Action’s brilliant but brutal series of videos detailing the different types of abortion procedures. This is what abortion actually is, to understand that is to recognize that as powerful as many might find pro-abortion rhetoric, it is an exercise in avoiding the point.

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