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New evidence exposes abortion and LGBT agenda pushed by orgs funded by US bishops’ charity arm

Wed Feb 24, 2021 - 3:39 pm EST
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February 24, 2021 (Lepanto Institute) – Recently, the Lepanto Institute detailed activities and memberships of three Nashville-based organizations funded by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) that violate both Catholic teaching and the CCHD’s own grant guidelines. We followed up with a second report, even worse than the first, detailing a CCHD grantee actively partnering with and promoting Planned Parenthood. We have yet to receive an official response regarding these reports.

Further research shows that a FIFTH Tennessee based CCHD grantee, Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM), is in direct violation of CCHD’s grant guidelines. We have direct evidence that prove SOCM is a “community partner” of Planned Parenthood, raises money cooperatively with Planned Parenthood, and is a participant in the promotion of abortion and homosexual activism in its coalition work and across its social media platforms.

What makes this situation completely inexcusable is that SOCM was reported to the CCHD by the Reform CCHD Now coalition for some of the very same violations in 2012!

However, since being reported for breaking CCHD grant guidelines, the CCHD has instead REWARDED SOCM with praise for their environmental work in 2014, and then an additional $150,000 over three grant cycles starting in 2017 and continuing through the most recently published grantee list.  All told, since 2011, SOCM has received $215,000 in Catholic funds.

Last week, we showed that CCHD grantee Workers’ Dignity Project (WDP) was identified as a “community Partner” with Planned Parenthood, in PP’s 2018 Annual Report.   Well, WDP wasn’t the only CCHD grantee on the list.  SOCM was also identified as a “community partner” of Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and Northern Mississippi in the same Annual Report.

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And just as WDP’s partnership with Planned Parenthood played out in video collaborations and promotions, SOCM has also publicly collaborated with Planned Parenthood.

In July of 2020, SOCM co-hosted an event with Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi called The East TN People’s State of the State.

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This was a cross promotional webinar that included heavy promotion of Planned Parenthood, abortion and homosexual activism.

But SOCM has promoted abortion on its social media platforms as far back as 2015, again showing the absolute failure of CCHD to vet its grantees.

This 2015 Facebook post shows SOCM praising the Nashville Womens march and the insurrectionist breaching of the Tennessee capitol building by Abortion “rights” protestors.

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Given SOCM’s partnership with Planned Parenthood, it’s promotion of abortion going back to 2015, and it’s video collaboration with Planned Parenthood, it shouldn’t be surprising that in 2020, SOCM partnered with the heavily pro-abortion Power Together TN as a funding “co-creator” for its 2020 Womens March Tennessee.

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The 2020 Womens March was intended to be a cross promotional event featuring as heavy emphasis on abortion and transgender activism.

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In addition to partnering with the nation’s largest abortion chain and local abortion activists, SOCM has been heavily involved in the promotion of LGBT activism.  This 2016 SOCM Facebook post celebrates SOCM member Hector Black’s homosexuality.

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These 2015 and 2017 SOCM facebook posts further promotes the homosexual activism of its members.

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More recently SOCM promoted Knoxville’s 2019 pro-abortion Womens March, as well as ran a table there:

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As we mentioned at the beginning of this report, this isn’t the first time SOCM was discovered violating CCHD grant guidelines.  Nine years ago, Reform CCHD Now showed that in 2012 SOCM was a dues-paying member of Community Shares Tennessee, a partnership of organizations that mutually fundraises and cross promotes member organizations.  As a reminder, CCHD strictly forbids grantees from being members of coalitions that are involved in the promotion of anything contrary to Catholic moral teaching.  Membership in Community Shares is a step above mere membership since all members pay dues which go toward assisting other members. Planned Parenthood and LGBT activist organizations were also members of Community Shares at the time. This means that SOCM was paying dues to an organization directly promoting and fundraising for Planned Parenthood and other evil organizations.

Incredibly, the CCHD’s response to this information was that “as a member of community shares, (SOCM) does not violate any (Church) teachings.”

Currently, SOCM is still a member of Community Shares Tennessee alongside Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi. Community Shares still describes itself as “a federation of Tennessee based non-profits who have joined together to raise money cooperatively.”

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Community Shares still regularly promotes Planned Parenthood and abortion. For example, this May 2020 Facebook post from Community Shares highlights Planned Parenthood and calls for “maintaining access to lifesaving reproductive health care like…birth control, abortion, and more.”

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These are easy to-find examples of activity by SOCM that should have been found by CCHD’s rigorous screening process.  However, somehow SOCM passed through both the screening process as well as any ongoing grant reviews THREE TIMES since 2017.

CCHD has shown itself to be absolutely INCAPABLE of responsibly handling Catholic donations. We have now shown that the entire slate of 2019-2020 CCHD funded national grants for Tennessee are absolutely unworthy of Catholic funding.

We are tired of the lies and empty promises. The CCHD needs to end all operations, IMMEDIATELY. And, to any good bishop reading this, the time to stand up to this is NOW. For the sake of your own souls and the souls of the faithful in your care, end this wicked program once and for all.

It is time to END the Catholic Campaign for Human Development!

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Please contact the CCHD and demand answers!  Ask them how or why organizations like these ever received a grant and if CCHD will demand Catholic money to be returned for violating CCHD guidelines and Catholic moral/social teaching. Also, contact your bishop and ask them to withdraw completely from the CCHD.

Click here for the contact information for your bishop.

Click here for the name and email address of your diocesan CCHD director.

CCHD NATIONAL OFFICE STAFF

Ralph McCloud, CCHD Director 202-541-3367 [email protected]

Lydia Jiles, Grants Administrator 202-541-3210 [email protected]

Juan Aranda, Grants Specialist for Area D 202-541-3370 [email protected]

Main Number . . . . . . . . . . 202-541-3210

Fax Number . . . . . . . . . . 202-541-3329

Main Email . . . . . . . . . . [email protected]

Grant Specialists

Area A   Ian Mitchell   202-541-3371   [email protected]

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont

Area B   Gene Giannotta   202-541-3211   [email protected]

Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin

Area C   Randy Keesler   202-541-3369   [email protected]

Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee , Virgin Islands, Virginia, West Virginia

Area D   Juan Aranda   202-541-3370   [email protected]

Arizona, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas

Area E   Sean Wendlinder   202-541-3212   [email protected]

Alaska, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

 

Published with permission from the Lepanto Institute.


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Leaked emails: Top Canadian aides released misleading COVID data regarding masks

Cabinet-level political aides of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party released misleading figures regarding N95 masks, as an apparent cover for a shortage of supplies.
Wed Feb 24, 2021 - 3:22 pm EST
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February 24, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Leaked emails show that cabinet-level political aides of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party purposefully released misleading figures regarding COVID medical supplies, specifically N95 masks, as an apparent cover for a shortage of supplies.

According to a Blacklocks Reporter article dated February 22, figures regarding masks were exaggerated to include defective masks, not disclosing that many were out of date.

The emails show that in the spring of 2020, Liberal aides took the time to calculate how to present to the media and public the maximum numbers in terms of inventory for COVID medical supplies.

Leslie Church, the chief of staff to Canada’s Public Works Minister Anita Anand, email shows that figures for masks in inventory included those that had expired.

“Here’s the thinking. We are planning to talk about having received 5.3M N95,” Church wrote as shown by the leaked emails. “This figure undoubtedly includes a number of unusable N95s. To mitigate this, we make clear on the table that these numbers are subject to testing. We can asterisk this further in this category.”

Emily Harris, director of communications for Anand stated in a leaked email from April 23, 2020, that they “don’t revise based on testing results.”

“Inventoried does not mean tested. So, yes there is a bit of a lag as the Public Health Agency literally counts the products and then they get tested. And we still have situations where reporters ask about defective goods,” wrote Harris.

“What this does is present one unified set of numbers that presents the truth as it stands on X day.”

Recently, leaked emails from Dr. Marcus Powlowski, Liberal M.P. for Thunder Bay, showed that he was unhappy with his party’s initial response to the COVID crisis last year.

Powlowski was frustrated with how the Trudeau government initially handled the COVID-19 crisis and concerned over the slow procurement of medical supplies, masks, and ventilators.   

“Am I going to say something to my own government, to my own party, when I have health concerns of my constituents in mind? Damn right I am,” said Powlowski.

The federal government came under fire in the early days of the COVID crisis for being unprepared. It was found out that a lot of the medical equipment in storage was old and unusable and had been tossed before the crisis began.

Reports showed that around 2 million N95 masks along with 440,000 medical gloves were thrown in the trash in 2019.

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In addition to an email from Leslie Church, a May 20 email from Sabrina Kim, who at the time was Trudeau’s director of communications, also appears to show that a deception of numbers was taking place.

“I am not sure why we continue to say 11m N05s [sic] received, and then only indicate at the bottom in a tiny footnote that the vast majority of them are faulty. Seems a bit deceiving!” wrote Kim.

Over 20,000 deaths have been ascribed to COVID-19 in Canada since the spring of 2020. With a population of around 37 million, that means around .05 percent or five one-hundredths of one percent of the population have been killed by the virus.

In Canada, most deaths attributed to the coronavirus — around 80 percent, according to official government statistics — are in those of advanced age in long-term-care homes. 


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British actress calls abortion ‘relief,’ says having a baby can ‘ruin everything’

‘I just didn’t want a baby, and that’s okay,’ Jameela Jamil said. ‘That’s an okay enough reason.’
Wed Feb 24, 2021 - 2:31 pm EST
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February 24, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The British-born TV actress and celebrity Jameela Jamil said she felt only “relief” from her abortion, saying that a baby could “f--king ruin everything if it’s not something that you feel comfortable with.”

Jamil’s video addressed a variety of issues ranging from life in Hollywood, to expressing her support for sexual acts with multiple people, and closing with her views on abortion, including aborting her own child.

“I love talking about my abortion because I think it is one of the most important subjects in our generation,” Jamil declared. “The only side effect I’ve ever had from mine is relief, and I think it is the single most important decision I’ve ever made and the best one I’ve ever made.”

“I was not in a dramatic situation,” she admitted. “My life wasn’t in danger. I wasn’t a victim of rape or incest in how I got pregnant. I was just not in the right relationship, not ready, not financially stable enough, not emotionally stable enough, not psychologically stable enough.”

“I didn’t want a baby; I would have hugely resented a baby at that time,” stated Jamil, before mentioning how she did not want her “dreams” to be affected in any way by having a baby.

“I just didn’t want a baby, and that’s okay. That’s an okay enough reason.”

Jamil has previously spoken out about her abortion. In since-deleted tweets, Jamil wrote in 2019 that her abortion somehow benefited the baby who was killed, as well as her. “I had an abortion when I was young, and it was the best decision I have ever made. Both for me and for the baby I didn’t want.”

In the latest video on her YouTube channel, Jamil advocated for abortion, not simply for women who felt they had a “super dramatic reason,” but simply because they “didn’t want a baby.”

Having a baby, could “just f--king ruin everything if it’s not something that you feel comfortable with and that you are ready for,” she claimed.

The actress stated that she felt “no shame whatsoever about having had my abortion,” before continuing by attacking people who disagreed with her on the morality of abortion. “They’re wrong; they’re stupid, and they are ar----les.”

“I’m not sorry, it wasn’t wrong. Best thing I’ve ever done and my life is a million times better for that decision. And if I choose to one day have babies, I’m so glad that will be my choice.”

She ignored the possibility of adoption and made no mention of the significant detrimental effects which abortion has on the mother. Research continues to highlight those (often ignored) effects. A study conducted by the Franciscan University of Steubenville pointed to significant negative biological and behavioral consequences which resulted from abortion.

In fact, a 2011 study published by the British Journal of Psychiatry revealed that women who underwent an abortion experienced an 81% increased risk of mental health problems. The study also found that almost 10% of all women’s mental health problems are directly linked to abortion.

Worrying statistics from 2013 have also shown that the suicide rates among mothers who abort their children are six times as high as those who give birth. The figures also noted that 65% of women suffered symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after abortion.

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Jamil’s outspoken defense of abortion and attack on pro-lifers is not without precedent, however. Following her Harper’s Bazaar interview in 2019, in which she spoke strongly for abortion, Jamil delivered another tirade aimed specifically at pro-life Twitter users, calling them “clueless.”

“I SAID WHAT I F‑‑‑‑‑‑ SAID and you’re clueless if you think I’m going to take it back. My life *is* more important to me than an unborn fetus’ one. Suck on that,” she wrote.

Jamil’s pattern of intolerance continued last year, when she canceled a planned interview with the conservative activist Candace Owens, after Owens made comments on transgender issues. Owens had commented on a news headline of a “transgender man” (i.e., a biological woman) giving birth, saying, “only women can get pregnant and only men can impregnate them.”

Jamil subsequently revoked the interview invitation, saying that she had a transgender member of staff, and that “nothing is worth my friends and coworkers feeling unsafe.”


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NBA arenas require ‘Health Pass,’ COVID tests before allowing fans inside

Even in states with fewer government mandates, like Florida, the rules imposed by private arena are extremely strict.
Wed Feb 24, 2021 - 1:44 pm EST
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ORLANDO, Florida, February 24, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — As spectators flocked to Orlando’s Amway Center last Wednesday evening for the NBA game, they were required to download a “Health Pass” app upon arriving at the doors. The app tracks information about the user’s test history for COVID-19, as well as their vaccination status, to prove a clean bill of health before being allowed to take their seats.

Florida is currently one of the least restricted states amid ongoing COVID-related government lockdowns. There are no state-wide travel restrictions in place in Florida and no imposition on businesses to close, or individual Floridians to stop working, following a September 25 executive order from the state’s Republican Governor, Ron DeSantis. The order also revoked provisions that allowed fines or any other penalties to be levied for violations of local face mask orders.

Currently, Florida Health, the state’s health department, is only recommending face masks be worn in public, without making it a mandate.

Despite no government regulation of face masks or requirements for COVID tests to enter buildings and stores, individual businesses seem to have taken it upon themselves to mandate a health screening before granting paying customers access to their buildings, using one of the newly available COVID-19 “passport” style smartphone apps.

The Amway Center in Orlando is one such business.

LifeSiteNews spoke to a family that had turned up for the game. They said being asked to prove they were healthy, even without having had COVID symptoms within the last two weeks, came as a shock. “[I]t all happened so quickly,” they said. “[A staff member] was instructing everyone to take out their phones, download the app, and enter their information.”

Spectators at Wednesday night’s New York Knicks v. Orlando Magic basketball game were required to download the CLEAR Health Pass app onto their devices, upload a government-issued I.D. to the app to “verify” their identity, and then take a health screening survey before being granted access to the stadium. The father and his three boys in question had already paid for their tickets in advance, but would still have been denied entry if they did not comply with the arena’s strict rules or, indeed, if the CLEAR app returned a “red” result, an Amway representative confirmed.

The family said that after they had complied with the mandatory health screening and proceeded to their seats for which they had paid hundreds of dollars, they were still barraged with “non-stop reminders, workers with signs, to keep masks up while in the arena, even in between sips of a beverage.”

According to their website, “The Orlando Magic are partnering with Health Pass by CLEAR to help you enter Amway Center. Health Pass is a free mobile solution that allows you to complete a COVID symptom and exposure survey before arriving at the game. The survey must be taken no more than 12 hours prior to game time.”

“All fans will need to complete a symptom and exposure survey before or upon arrival using the CLEAR app.”

Even stricter rules are in place for those who have purchased courtside tickets or “ultimate seats,” that is, seating in the first seven rows. Such ticketholders “will also need your lab provider login,” to “prove” oneself to be virus-free after having taken a COVID test: “Remember to complete the in-app checklist before the game as a COVID-19 test is also required to enter if you’re in Courtside or Ultimate seats.”

Even with the pre-screening measures in place as people enter the arena, spectators are still required by Amway management to wear face masks of at least two layers: “Bandanas, gaiters, face coverings with vents and face coverings with only a single layer of fabric are not acceptable.”

Additionally, tickets are to be booked “in groupings of 2-6 seats called pods. All seats must be purchased within a designated pod.”

Any customers who have health conditions or impairments that normally satisfy face mask exemptions are asked to contact the arena at least 72 hours in advance of the event, or else entry will be denied. Those who do make prior notice of their exemption “will be required to wear a face shield and will be relocated to seats to accommodate the wearing of a face shield.”

Other measures introduced by stadium management include a no-bag policy “to reduce contamination,” and making all transactions necessarily cashless.

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While the NBA is relying on negative RT-PCR tests to “verify” guests as being COVID-free before granting entry to paying customers, a group of 22 independent research scientists have thoroughly criticized and debunked the Corman-Drosten paper (CD), a study which gave rise to the widespread use of PCR testing for COVID-19.

The consortium identified “numerous technical and scientific errors,” noting that neither the “test nor the manuscript itself fulfils the requirements for an acceptable scientific publication.” They dubbed the CD paper as “flawed science” and called its authors “intellectually dishonest.”

The scientists drew attention to the fact that the team which initially developed PCR testing had no access to COVID-19, and thus were unable to verify its application. On account of this, the group called the tests “useless” and “completely unsuitable” to sufficiently detect cases of COVID.

In New York, meanwhile, games in gigantic arenas are limited to a few hundred spectators. The NBA’s Brooklyn Nets provide “a free COVID test when you buy a ticket.”

“As soon as you enter, you’ll provide your name where they’ll check for the ... required negative PCR test result you received before the game and the health questionnaire you’ve filled out,” reported the local ABC station. “Then you sign a waiver, get your free mask, get your temperature checked, and receive an antigen test. Then it's off to an outdoor heated tent space to wait for your results, which is supposed to take about six minutes.”

Only then will paying customers be allowed to enter the facility.


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Democrat Equality Act ‘the most comprehensive assault on Christianity ever written into law’

'This is a radical bill that uses the government to control, through coercion, how every American thinks, speaks, and acts on issues of human sexuality'
Wed Feb 24, 2021 - 12:16 pm EST
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February 24, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Following the announcement that the radical pro-abortion and pro-LGBT Equality Act will be brought before the U.S. House of Representatives this week, pro-life and pro-family leaders have described the proposed legislation as “the most comprehensive assault on Christianity ever written into law.”

Dr. Bill Donohue, Ph.D., president of the Catholic advocacy group Catholic League, said that, contrary to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s claim that the Equality Act is “about ending discrimination,” that in fact the opposite is true, with Christians set to experience severe discrimination should the act be passed into law.

Donohue explained that, as well as amending the 1964 Civil Rights Act “to include sexual orientation and gender identity to the definition of sex,” a thing never intended or envisioned by the authors of that legislation, the Equality Act would “undermine the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by allowing gay rights to trump religious rights.”

Donohue said that the act’s broad scope would force healthcare providers to supply hormone therapies and even surgeries in accordance with “sex change” procedures.

Women’s sports, too, will become unfairly altered by the inclusion of boys and men who purport to be female. “These biological males can use the locker rooms, restrooms and shower facilities that have always been reserved for females,” he added.

But for Catholics and members of other religious groups who hold to a traditional understanding of human nature, they “could not raise religious liberty objections to any of the aforementioned rights of transgender women. In effect, religious entities would be secularized,” Donohue warned.

As an example, Donohue explained that “if the Equality Act were to become law, Catholic foster care programs would be shut down. They would either have to agree to allow two men to adopt children—a clear violation of Church teachings—or lose federal funding.”

Additionally, Catholic hospitals would lose any federal funding they receive under the proposed Equality Act if they refuse to perform abortions, “or be forced to get into the abortion business.”

“This is the kind of ‘gotcha’ type element that makes this bill so pernicious,” Donohue said.

Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins described the Equality Act as “a catastrophic loss of religious freedom in America.”

“The Equality Act is a grave and treasonous threat to our nation's core values contained in our First Amendment. The fact that no Republicans have co-sponsored it, even those who co-sponsored in the previous Congress, underscores the Democrats' lurch to the Left. This is a radical bill that uses the government to control, through coercion, how every American thinks, speaks, and acts on issues of human sexuality. It may be named the Equality Act, but as the details make quite clear, the only equal thing about it is how much damage it does to many facets of American life,” Perkins said.

“The bill erodes parental rights and positions the government as lord over churches and other faith-based institutions, potentially dictating how their facilities are used, who they hire, and even punishing them for not falling in step with a view of human sexuality that directly contradicts orthodox biblical teaching,” he continued.

“No person of faith or religious institution, whether school, church, synagogue, mosque, business, or non-profit, will escape the Orwellian reach of the Equality Act,” Perkins warned.

Mary Beth Waddell, FRC's Director of Federal Affairs for Family and Religious Liberty, commented that the bill “politicizes the medical profession and denies biological reality, harming those it claims to protect.”

“In addition to obliterating the rights, privacy, and safety of women and girls, this extreme bill would politicize the medical profession, forcing doctors who provide legitimate hormone treatments and surgical procedures to offer those treatments against their conscience. It would put the threat of litigation over every medical professional who would dare to stand up for the science that indicates the harms of these treatments and surgeries, likely causing many to stay silent. The misnamed 'Equality Act' has no place in any just, fair, and tolerant society.”

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Lila Rose, Founder & President of Live Action, described the Equality Act as “deceptively named and corrupt in its vision.”

“There is nothing empowering or ‘equalizing’ about killing innocent preborn children nor confusing what it means to be male and female. This deceptively named piece of legislation hides within it policies that override conscience rights, require employers to cover abortions in their healthcare plans, and nullifies pro-life laws and protections on a massive scale,” Rose said.

Experts from the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC) agree. President Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., a specialist in bioethics, religious liberty, and political philosophy, said: “The so-called Equality Act is legislative malpractice that turns equality on its head.”

“It isn’t drafted as a shield to protect vulnerable minorities from unjust discrimination, but as a sword to persecute those who do not embrace new sexual and gender ideologies.”

Anderson cautioned as to the effect the act would have on religious agencies, like schools and adoption firms, warning that, if the act passes, they “would face federal sanction for operating according to basic biology and mainstream biblical teaching on sex and marriage.”

Anderson’s colleague and EPPC Fellow Erika Bachiochi, J.D., a legal scholar specializing in Equal Protection jurisprudence, criticized the bill as an attempt to “transform the great Civil Rights Act of 1964 into a mechanism for public funding of abortion.”

“But taxpayer funding of abortion — deeply unpopular among Americans — would only further incentivize employers to prefer abortion for their pregnant employees over far more costly accommodations for parenting,” Bachiochi said.

Andrew T. Walker, Ph.D., a scholar in EPPC’s Evangelicals in Civic Life criticized Biden in particular, whose “appeal to unity and moderation” he described as merely “a shallow political ploy.”

“This bill targets goodwill people of faith by making historic and reasonable claims about gender and sexuality suspect and ripe for exclusion from the public square,” he said.

The American Principles Project (APP), a national organization for pro-family advocacy in public policy, have released a scathing review of the impact of the Equality Act, recommending that Congress oppose the legislation on multiple grounds.

Terry Schilling, APP’s executive director, expressed dismay at the continued efforts of Democratic legislators to limit religious freedom, “now trying to make these changes permanent in federal law.”

“Of course, this has been their goal for a long time, and we know by now the very terrible consequences which will occur if the ‘Equality’ Act passes: female athletes will be forced to compete against biological males; women will be forced to share private spaces like bathrooms, locker rooms, and shelters with men; and religious charities will be coerced into violating their beliefs or else be shut down.”

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Join our daily worldwide rosary HERE

LifeSite's rosary for February 24, 2021.
Wed Feb 24, 2021 - 11:59 am EST
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February 24, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — In response to the crisis unfolding in our world and in the Church, LifeSite is offering Catholics throughout the world a chance to be united daily in prayer, in the Our Lady of Fatima Rosary Crusade.

Catholics from all over the world — from Israel, Uganda, Italy, France, Germany, Ireland, Pakistan, Singapore, the Philippines, India, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the U.S., Canada, Brazil, and other countries — are gathering daily to pray the rosary, led by Father Anthony Pillari, J.C.L., an American priest currently studying in Italy.

Our goal is, by means of this daily rosary and by embracing and living out the message given by the Virgin Mary at Fatima, the triumph of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart.

To help obtain that goal, Bishop Athanasius Schneider graciously composed the following prayer for this worldwide rosary crusade:

O Immaculate Heart of Mary, you are the holy Mother of God and our tender Mother. Look upon the distress in which the Church and the whole of humanity are living because of the spread of materialism and the persecution of the Church. In Fatima you warned against these errors, as you spoke about the errors of Russia. You are the Mediatrix of all graces. Implore your Divine Son to grant this special grace for the Pope: that he might consecrate Russia to your Immaculate Heart, so that Russia will be converted, a period of peace will be granted to the world, and your Immaculate Heart will triumph, through an authentic renewal of the Church in the splendor of the purity of the Catholic Faith, of the sacredness of Divine worship and of the holiness of the Christian life. O Queen of the holy Rosary and our sweet Mother, turn your merciful eyes to us and graciously hear this our trusting prayer. Amen.

+ Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana

To learn more about the urgency of responding to Our Lady’s message at Fatima, and about what you can do, please read Cardinal Burke’s 2017 address at the Rome Life Forum (https://voiceofthefamily.com/full-text-cardinal-burkes-historic-call-for-consecration-of-russia/).

As St. Padre Pio once said, “The rosary is the weapon for these times.” Through prayer, God can shape history, change the world, and bring about a great time of renewal and peace for the Church and for the world, through the triumph of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart. Join us today!

One of the prayers Fr. Pillari will also be saying for special protection is the following:

O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee; crush the plans of the enemy under your heel, and obtain from your Divine Son an election according to His Holy Will.

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5 things to know about the anti-family Equality Act that could pass this week

If the Equality Act makes it through Congress, the Biden administration has made clear that it will be approved by the White House and become law.
Wed Feb 24, 2021 - 11:39 am EST
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WASHINGTON, February 24, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — With control of the presidency and both houses of Congress, Democrats are finally poised to enact their extreme anti-family and anti-life agenda into law.

This week, House Democrats are expected to approve the Equality Act, originally passed in the Democrat-controlled House two years ago, which supporters tout as the most sweeping pro-LGBT bill in American history. The Equality Act also would be a major win for abortion providers by effectively codifying Roe v. Wade, according to numerous pro-life groups.

Democrats need 60 votes to pass the legislation in the evenly-split Senate, requiring at least 10 GOP defections. Senate Democrats could, however, take the unprecedented step of lowering the 60-vote hurdle to a majority vote, as many promised to do on the 2020 campaign trail.

If the Equality Act makes it through Congress, the Biden administration has made clear that it will be approved by the White House and become law, ushering in a hard-left onslaught against religious rights in the United States.

Here are five things all Catholics and Christians should know about the drastically pro-LGBT, pro-abortion Equality Act that could become law in a matter of days.

It would force Catholic institutions to hire transgenders, female “priests” — or face sanctions

The Equality Act would mandate that “existing Federal statutes prohibiting sex discrimination in employment” cover gender identity and sexual orientation, outlawing Catholic hiring practices.

“Any church or private school which refused to hire persons who engage in sodomy and other same-sex behaviors, or who support abortion, even though it violates church teaching, will be held to be in violation of the Act,” said Robert Marshall, writing for LifeSiteNews.

“Businesses run by Christians or those who believe in Natural law, who fail the implement the LGBTQ+/abortion agenda, will be fined, just as they would be for engaging in racial discrimination,” he continued, adding that churches may lose tax-exempt status if they reject Democrats’ dictates.

“[C]hurches which ordain male-only clergy would be compelled to change their policies under the Equality Act or lose their tax-exempt status,” he said.

A 2019 letter signed by three high-ranking Catholic bishops, as well as leaders of dozens of Catholic and Christian institutions, raised similar issues, stating that the Act would “subject private employers and others to expensive lawsuits if they fail to adhere to strict preferred pronoun policies.”

“This would affect not only small, family-owned businesses but also charities and other nonprofits that are organized with a specific mission,” it continues.

The Equality Act specifically neuters religious protections provided for in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) signed by Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1993 and sponsored by both current Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The limitations on RFRA would be the first since the pro-faith bill became law.

The Equality Act would force Christian doctors and hospitals to perform transgender mutilation surgeries, abortions

The act would redefine sex discrimination in federal civil rights law to include “pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition,” codifying and expanding abortion protections, as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ pro-life committee has noted.

“The Equality Act would amend the Civil Rights Act to forbid discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, but it would also fulfill the abortion industry’s long-fought desire to establish abortion as ‘health care’ officially and legally,” Kenneth Craycraft of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary and School of Theology recently wrote in First Things.

“It requires that access to ‘treatment’ for pregnancy must not be any different from access to any other kind of health care treatment for any other ‘physical condition.’ But this is all code language for implementation of a vigorous national policy of abortion on demand for any or no reason,” he added.

CONTACT YOUR CONGRESSMEN: Tell them to oppose the Equality Act! Click to contact your federal politicians, now.

The Equality Act also would criminalize all counselling out of step with LGBT ideology, under the guise of “non-discrimination” in health care. Studies show that reparative and conversion therapy have worked for countless ex-LGBT patients, while the vast majority of children with gender dysphoria come to accept their sex if shielded from a devastating “gender affirmation” protocol.

Like abortion, transgender surgeries and “gender transition” “therapy” nevertheless would be promoted against Christians’ conscience rights by the Equality Act’s reworking of federal health care law.

“Catholic hospitals in California and New Jersey have been sued for declining to perform hysterectomies on otherwise healthy women who want to become male. A third Catholic hospital in Washington settled out of court when the ACLU sued them for declining to perform a double mastectomy on a gender dysphoric sixteen-year-old girl,” the Heritage Foundation has said.

“These cases would multiply under the Equality Act,” Heritage continued.

The Equality Act would increase girls’ risk of sexual assault and eliminate women’s sports

“An individual shall not be denied access to a shared facility, including a restroom, a locker room and a dressing room, that is in accordance with the individual’s gender identity,” the Equality Act reads.

Gender-confused males’ access to female facilities runs a grave risk of sexual assault, as seen in Decatur, Georgia, when a male student assaulted a five-year-old girl thanks to “inclusive” school bathroom policies.

“Women and girls deserve access to private spaces when they visit their local gym or use the restroom while dining out, but [the Equality Act] would undermine legitimate privacy and safety concerns that women have about sharing sex-specific facilities with a biological man,” Christian leaders’ 2019 letter against the act warns.

The Equality Act also would cement gender-confused males’ dangerous, unfair inclusion on girls’ sports teams, which the nascent Biden administration already mandated last month. “Transgender” males retain a significant edge against female competitors, humiliate them with obscenely disproportionate victories, and have inflicted brutal injuries on opponents.

The Equality Act has been totally denounced by the U.S. Catholic bishops

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has repeatedly condemned the Equality Act and is currently running a Voter Voice campaign calling on all Catholics to push their representatives to reject the bill.

“The Equality Act, which is being voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives soon, in many ways does the opposite and needs to be opposed. Instead of respecting differences in beliefs about marriage and sexuality, the Equality Act would discriminate against people of faith,” a statement for the campaign reads.

In another statement on Tuesday, five chairmen of the USCCB again slammed the Equality Act, saying that it would “discriminate against people of faith” and violate “precious rights to life and conscience” with “an abortion mandate.”

The USCCB had denounced the Equality Act in a letter in 2019, citing the bill’s attempt to “impose sweeping new norms that negatively impact the unborn, health care, charitable services, schools, personal privacy, athletics, free speech, religious liberties, and parental rights.”

“The Act’s unsound definitions of ‘sex’ and ’gender identity’ would erase women’s distinct, hard-won recognition in federal laws. Its sex-based nondiscrimination terms would end women’s shelters and many single-sex schools,” the letter read.

The Equality Act nevertheless has the total support of “Catholic” Joe Biden

“The Equality Act provides long overdue federal civil rights protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity… codifying the courage and resilience of the LGBTQ+ movement into enduring law,” Joe Biden said in a statement last week.

“I urge Congress to swiftly pass this historic legislation,” he added, having promised to sign the Act during the first 100 days of his administration if elected president.

Biden has reinforced his commitment to the anti-Catholic Equality Act with his vice-presidential pick of Kamala Harris, an avowed supporter of the legislation and other extreme pro-abortion, pro-LGBT policies.

Both Harris and Xavier Becerra, the Biden nominee to run the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, are well-known for their infamous persecution of pro-life activists during their respective tenures as Attorney General of California.

CONTACT YOUR SENATOR: Tell them to reject radical Xavier Becerra for HHS! Click to contact your Senator, now.

Biden’s backing of the radically anti-life, anti-family Equality Act supports most voters’ belief that the Democratic Party head is a “puppet of the radical left.” It also further puts the lie to his repeated assertion of being a “devout Catholic,” which Archbishop Joseph Naumann, chairman of the USCCB’s pro-life committee, recently corrected.

“The president should stop defining himself as a devout Catholic, and acknowledge that his view on abortion is contrary to Catholic moral teaching,” Abp. Naumann said in an interview earlier this month. “What he is doing now is usurping the role of the bishops and confusing people. He’s declaring that he’s Catholic, and is going to force people to support abortion through their tax dollars. The bishops need to correct him” for “acting contrary to the Catholic faith.


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Trudeau and cabinet abstain from unanimous vote condemning China for Uighur genocide

The only minister present for the vote said, ‘I abstain on behalf of the Government of Canada.’
Wed Feb 24, 2021 - 11:29 am EST
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OTTAWA, Ontario, February 23, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet abstained from a House of Commons vote resulting in a unanimous declaration that the Chinese Communist Party has been committing acts of genocide against the Uighurs in Xinjiang province.

The motion declared the atrocities being committed against the Uighurs as a genocide at the hands of the Chinese Communist regime. The motion was the work of Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) M.P.s Michael Chong and Garnett Genuis.

The vote took place Monday and had support from all political parties, including many Liberal backbenchers, the NDP, the Bloc Québécois, and Independents. However, Trudeau and his cabinet abstained from the vote.

The only Trudeau minister to be present for the vote was Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau, who noted that “I abstain on behalf of the Government of Canada.”

Last week, Trudeau said that using the term “genocide” was “extremely loaded,” and while allowing a free vote on the matter for his M.P.s, he refused to say how he would be voting.

“This is an issue that matters deeply to me, to all Canadians,” Trudeau said. “We will continue to work with our partners and allies to take this seriously. We’re still reflecting very carefully on the best path forward for Canada.”

Reports of sexual abuse and rape, torture, forced sterilization, and forced labor at the hands of the Chinese Communist regime against the Uighur people have been making headlines worldwide.

In a statement released yesterday, CPC leader Erin O’Toole said the “coordinated absence” of Trudeau and his cabinet for the vote “speaks volumes.” He called on Trudeau’s government to “respect parliament” and recognize what is taking place in China's Xinjiang province as “genocide.”

“It is shameful that Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government continue to refuse to call the horrific conduct by the Chinese Communist Party what it is: a genocide,” O’Toole explained.

The CPC motion calling out the horrific treatment of the Uyghur people stated: “In the opinion of the House, the People’s Republic of China has engaged in actions consistent with the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 260, commonly known as the ‘Genocide Convention’, including detention camps and measures intended to prevent births as it pertains to Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims.”

It went on to state that given “it has been the policy of the Government of Canada to act in concert with its allies when it comes to the recognition of a genocide,” there is a “bipartisan consensus in the United States where it has been the position of two consecutive administrations that Uyghur and other Turkic Muslims are being subjected to a genocide by the Government of the People’s Republic of China.”

“The House, therefore, recognize that a genocide is currently being carried out by the People's Republic of China against Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims, call upon the International Olympic Committee to move the 2022 Olympic Games if the Chinese government continues this genocide and call on the government to officially adopt this position.”

The vote was welcomed by The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP). In a statement, the group said it applauds “the vote by the Canadian House of Commons to recognize that the Chinese government is carrying out a genocide against Uyghurs, and calls on the UN and other governments to take action without delay.”

“China’s atrocity crimes demand a worldwide response. Uyghurs thank Canada for this historic vote,” said UHRP Executive Director Omer Kanat in the press release. “We are now in the 5th year of unimaginable hell.”

The UHRP went on to state that the Canadian government “must develop a plan of action to follow-up on the vote,” and urge its allies to “make similar designations.”

On Monday before the vote, the CPC held a press conference at which some Uyghur survivors described in horror the evils they had to endure.

A former teacher from Xinjiang named Kayum Masimov, who herself endured forced sterilization at 50 years old in 2019, gave horrid details of how many Uighurs were made to “crawl like dogs” and were beaten and tortured.

“When the Nazis were exterminating Jews, the world did not believe until [seeing] the liberated camps. Jews were not able to get any help from outside,” Masimov said, as reported by the Globe and Mail. “Today the Chinese Communist Party are holding Uyghurs in concentration camps and killing them. Yesterday’s Jews are today’s Uyghurs.”

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Last week, O’Toole said that China should not be allowed to host the 2022 Winter Olympics due to their “genocide” of the Uighurs.

On Monday, the Bloc Québécois introduced an amendment to the genocide motion to call for the 2022 Beijing Olympics to be moved out of China, should the Communist regime continue the genocide.

This motion passed with 229 votes in favor and 27 Liberal M.P.s and one independent voting against.

On the last day of Donald Trump’s presidency, then-U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo officially called China’s terrible treatment of the Muslim Uighur population in Xinjiang a “genocide.” 

According to Pompeo, the U.S. State Department’s investigation into the Uighur people showed “torture of a large number of those arbitrarily detained, forced labor, and the imposition of draconian restrictions on freedom of religion or belief, freedom of expression, and freedom of movement.”

Although Trudeau has not been vocal in calling out China’s human rights abuses, some members of his party were signatories of a recent letter signed by 20 M.P.s who called for the 2022 games to be moved out of China.

The M.P.s’ letter stated that the Chinese communist regime’s human rights abuses would taint any medals won by athletes at the games, comparing the situation to the 1936 Berlin games.

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US doctors propose ‘Vaccine Bill of Rights’ to protect citizens from forced shots

‘No one – not the government, employers, nor any individual – should maintain the authority to force anyone to get vaccinated, and a Vaccine Bill of Rights in your state will ensure that they don’t.‘
Wed Feb 24, 2021 - 10:37 am EST
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February 24, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — With a push for vaccine mandates on the rise, America’s Frontline Doctors (AFLDS) has provided a tool to assist state law makers in protecting the rights and dignity of their constituents in the face of such intrusive, dangerous and unnecessary proposals.

The “Vaccine Bill of Rights” (VBOR) was composed “so that state legislatures can re-affirm their commitment to individual rights of conscience, assembly, and movement,” an AFLDS announcement states.

With this draft resolution, AFLDS encourages their readers: “You are now armed with the tools to fight for your freedom. THIS IS YOUR MISSION.” 

AFLDS urges everyone to contact their “state representative with a copy of the VBOR urging him/her to pass the resolution immediately.”

In order to help facilitate the dissemination of this critical and urgent appeal to state representatives, the LifeSite Action Center has sponsored a nation-wide “Alert” on its Voter Voice platform, which allows constituents to contact their state legislators in one easy step using a single simple contact form. This system will automatically match citizens to their representatives’ email and / or Twitter accounts, and with a single click they can send their message to them directly. Calling the legislators’ offices is an option provided as well.

The VBOR first reviews how such an initiative is merely an actualization of established Constitutional law as well as federal law reflecting broadly recognized international norms as articulated in the Nuremberg Code of 1947.

The Nuremberg Code came about as a result of the post-World War II trials, convictions and executions of Nazi doctors who had conducted deadly experiments, without the subjects’ consent, on prisoners of war.

The Code’s first and most extensive principle provides the strict conditions for establishing voluntary consent, including that the individual may not be exposed to “any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, overreaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion.” In addition, they must have “sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved.”

One such necessary element of legitimate informed consent would include the fact that these experimental vaccines do not enjoy the status of being “FDA-approved,” but have only “a temporary Emergency Use Authorization as experimental (investigational) agents.” As AFLDS founder Dr. Simone Gold affirms elsewhere, this means one is being enrolled in a medical trial when they receive these injections which “almost nobody chooses to do” under normal circumstances when they are provided with this necessary information.

For these reasons and more, the VBOR confirms that it is a violation of federal law to mandate such substances (“21 U.S.C. §360bbb-3”). As the statute reads: “Authorization for medical products for use in emergencies … require … the option to accept or refuse administration of the product.”

The VBOR goes on to articulate those human and civil rights it seeks to ensure according to “six general categories of protections for individuals against overweening government and attempted interventions by private businesses and organizations.” These protections include the following:

  • No persons will be mandated, coerced, forced or pressured to take a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • No physician or nurse shall be asked by their employer to promote a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • All persons reserve the right, at all times, to determine what is in their own best medical interest without threat to their livelihood or freedom of movement.

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  • All persons must be given access to independent information to help them determine what is in their own best medical interest, including the risk of death based upon age/condition from contracting COVID-19 naturally. This information must include information from sources that are independent of a conflict of interest such as a government, political or commercial entity. Such information can be included but cannot be the sole source of information.

  • The elderly are additionally entitled to a knowledgeable, independent advocate with medical training to help them determine their own medical interest.

  • Private businesses operating within the jurisdiction have no legal authority to require or mandate or coerce medication or experimental medication for any persons.

In a press release announcing the VBOR, AFLDS went on to state, “Mandates, ‘passports’ or any effort to intimidate Americans into taking a vaccine for a virus with a 99.7% survival rate not only is damaging to individual liberty, it also contradicts safe medical practice. Yet state governments, along with powerful private interests, are moving in the direction of requiring inoculations for large segments of our society as a condition to return to a ‘normal’ life. This is wrong.”

“As part of the AFLDS commitment to science-based information exchange, transparency, and accountability, our organization developed this Vaccine Bill of Rights so that state legislatures can re-affirm their commitments to individual rights of conscience, assembly, and movement. America’s Frontline Doctors encourages our representatives to immediately pass this critical measure, direct public health officials to comply, and preserve the freedom of their constituents.”

The LifeSite Action Alert clarifies that the fundamental rights listed above are “at risk of total violation thanks to extreme government efforts around the world to force people to get vaccinated.”

“The AFLDS proposal is a reasonable, responsible, and reassuring step in the right direction as we move into the next phase of the pandemic, and state legislators should either introduce its provisions as legislation or model their proposal after them,” the Alert states.

“No one – not the government, employers, nor any individual – should maintain the authority to force anyone to get vaccinated, and a Vaccine Bill of Rights in your state will ensure that they don’t.”

To access the Voter Voice system, and quickly message your state representatives on this crucial topic, please click here.

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

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Sydney Catholics make reparation on their knees for LGBT show held outside cathedral steps

Hundreds of Catholics peacefully prayed the rosary in response to a LGBTQ variety show held just outside the cathedral steps
Wed Feb 24, 2021 - 9:33 am EST
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SYDNEY, Australia, February 24, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Over 200 Catholics gathered on the steps of Sydney’s cathedral to pray on their knees and sing hymns in reparation for a “Live N’ Queer” LGBTQ variety show being held just outside the cathedral this past Saturday.

The LGBTQ event was held immediately in front of St. Mary’s Cathedral, on a large open forecourt owned by the City of Sydney. The event was part of a series known as “Heaps Gay,” created for the “queer” community. Its performances range from regular folk and pop music numbers, to lewd onstage acts. 

Sydney Catholics, including Archbishop Anthony Fisher, OP, were dismayed upon discovering both the close proximity of the show to the cathedral, and the use of the cathedral image in advertising for the event.

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Archbishop Fisher publicized on Facebook his request to the City of Sydney to have the Cathedral image removed from the advertising of the event. The request was later granted to “avoid any confusion,” according to a City of Sydney spokesperson. However, the City of Sydney defended the performance along with the entire Sunset Piazza concert series of which it was a part.

In fact, the City claimed that they had consulted representatives from the cathedral and that no objections were made. “In the lead-up and throughout the staging of the Sunset Piazza concert series, the City consulted and liaised closely with St Mary's Cathedral representatives,” the spokesperson said.

“It is frustrating and upsetting that St Mary’s Cathedral, the mother church of Australia, has been used so provocatively to promote this event and such little sensitivity shown to people of faith,” protested Archbishop Fisher in his post. “In this great season of Lent, we need to pray to ask the Lord that in our great and ‘tolerant’ city of Sydney, that religious belief will be respected and protected and that we will all rediscover an appreciation for what is sacred.”

While the image of the cathedral was removed from the event advertising, Catholics remained upset because of the close proximity of the event to the cathedral.

One Benedictine Catholic priest who participated in the public rosary described the affront this way: “If you’re trying to explain this to someone who doesn’t believe in God, who thinks, ‘Why are these people getting so upset?’ It’s like, let’s say I have my mother and it’s her grave. And you know that grave is important to me, or that site is sacred to me, or something I find very special.”

“And also they know that it would hurt you a lot if they did this thing in that area, or near to there,” he continued. “To me it seems like more of an offense on their part for them to go ahead and do it anyways knowing that it’s going to cause offense, and knowing that it’s going to hurt you. If they don’t know that, then obviously it’s not [the same], they just don’t know. But I find that hard to believe in seeing a lot of times the vehemence and rage that you even see on their side towards the Catholic Church.”

Catholic Sydney resident Charlie Bakhos responded by organizing the public prayer on the steps of the cathedral on the night of the Heaps Gay show, even as Bakhos was in Lebanon. In a video he posted on a “Christian Lives Matter” Facebook forum, he lamented the use of the cathedral image on the Heaps Gay flyer.

“To me, it’s a like a big mockery to the Catholic Church, and to Christianity in general,” said Bakhos. “I call every Christian in Australia, in Sydney, and around the world. I’m calling everyone to pray the rosary, be peaceful, don’t cause any trouble. Through prayer, anything can be solved through Jesus Christ.”

An online petition was also launched, protesting both the use of the St. Mary’s Cathedral image to advertise an LGBT show, and the close proximity of the LGBT show to a Christian church.

The evening of the Heaps Gay show, hundreds of Catholics, along with a few traditional Catholic priests, gathered on the steps of St. Mary’s Cathedral to pray the rosary on their knees. 

One show performer thought the group was “trying to drown out the music with hymns,” according to PEDESTRIAN.TV. “You could definitely see and hear the Christians,” they said.

Many Australians — including an overwhelming number of commenters who criticized Archbishop Fisher’s Facebook post — perceived the objection to the concert’s use of the cathedral for advertising, and the show’s closeness to the church, as hateful and prejudiced.

One Facebook user commented, “How very inclusive of you. Great to see you respecting others, showing compassion...oh wait, you did the very opposite…shame on you Anthony!”

Another said, “I encourage everyone to give up prejudice and hate for Lent this year, who knows, maybe you’ll stay like that forever too!”

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore told The Sydney Morning Herald ahead of the protest: “There is no place for hate, intolerance or the sowing of division. We have made great strides toward equality, but it is sadly clear there is much work left to ensure LBGTI communities live free from discrimination.”

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The Benedictine priest who participated in Saturday’s reparation rosary commented on what he described as a misunderstanding of the true Christian position towards homosexuality.

“In the modern world whenever you object to anything that’s against truth, if the opposite person holds to that, they automatically think I hate and detest that person and I want to kill them,” he said.

“The reality is, this is forbidden by God. Nobody’s saying that we have to ostracize the people that fall into this sin. We’re not here to pass judgement on any individual, but only on the ideology of the thing. The main thing we’re there for is reparation and also for praying for the souls that are involved in this, that they may receive the grace of God and be converted.”

“But if nobody tells them or lets them see that this thing is offensive to God, then we’ll be guilty of the sin. And not only that, if we don’t make reparation for other sins, then we’ll receive a chastisement, because we know better,” he continued.

“The founder of the congregation that I’m from, he said that the Christian sweetness is the surest way of bringing souls to God. And any of us that have ever had an altercation with somebody -- the minute that you bring hostility is the minute it’s over,” the priest explained.

“Nowadays, we have to have so much compassion for these people. Just starting out, compassion. Nowadays, and it’s getting worse, in the public school system, in the world, everything is programming them. They don’t have religion, they come from a broken home, they’re taught all kinds of just screwed up stuff in school about sexuality and now they don’t even know what gender they are, and they’re taught that from the youngest age possible.” 

The priest went on to describe a Focus on the Family radio segment by Dr. James Dobson, that featured the story of a boy struggling with same-sex attraction.

“[The boy] was terrified, and he didn’t know what was going on, and he was confused, and a lot of times made fun of because of the way that he is. In a certain way, what do you expect them to do, as far as going to other people who are like them and saying, ‘I’m staying here because at least they’re kind to me.’ When I read that, it was an eye opener that a lot of these people are in so much pain.”

“And if we come out very strong like, you’re going to hell, if it’s the first thing you lead off with, I guarantee you it’s not going to help them convert. Whereas if you say to them, you have a father in heaven -- maybe you didn’t have a father on earth, maybe he was a bad father, but you have a father in heaven, and He loves your soul with an eternal love -- that is going to affect them way more then some kind of abusive thing that you might say to them.”


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Lawyer skewers Canadian premier over ‘destructive, unscientific’ COVID laws that sent Christian pastor to jail

'Pastor Coates is following the science. Jason Kenney is not'
Wed Feb 24, 2021 - 8:55 am EST
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EDMONTON, Alberta, February 24, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – A Canadian lawyer has sharply criticized Alberta Premier Jason Kenney for his “unconstitutional” COVID laws that resulted in a Christian pastor being arrested and jailed last week for holding a church service after Alberta Health Services had ordered that the church close its doors for violating provincial restrictions on gatherings.

“I understand that Premier Kenney did not personally order Pastor Coates to be arrested and imprisoned, and that the premier cannot personally release the pastor. But it’s because of Jason Kenney’s unconstitutional laws that Pastor Coates is in jail today, and for no other reason,” wrote John Carpay, president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, in a Feb. 22 column for the Western Standard. Carpay’s firm is representing Pastor James Coates and is seeking his release from prison.

Carpay slammed Kenney’s COVID health orders as “irrational, destructive, unscientific and undemocratic.”

“Like most people, Pastor Coates and his Grace Life Church near Edmonton were very concerned about the COVID-19 virus back in March of 2020, when Neil Ferguson of Imperial College frightened the whole world with his wildly inaccurate predictions. Governments blindly accepted Professor Ferguson’s fearmongering about COVID-19 being an unusually deadly killer that we should all be (very) afraid of. Ignoring their own data and statistics, governments continue to base public policy on the fears of March 2020, rather than the facts of February 2021,” he wrote.

“Pastor Coates is following the science. Jason Kenney is not,” he added, noting later in his piece how COVID-19 poses “no significant threat to children, youth, young adults and about 90% of the population, who have a greater chance of dying in a car accident.”

Carpay criticized Kenney for reacting to outcry over the jailing of the pastor with a Feb. 18 Facebook post in which the Premier promised that Alberta’s government “will always respect and protect the fundamental freedoms of religion and worship, period.”

Commented Carpay: “That is, except when pastors are put in jail for refusing to comply with unscientific health orders.”

Later in the same post, Kenney referred to the COVID laws as “safe and reasonable guidelines.”

Commented Carpay: “What Mr. Kenney describes as ‘safe and reasonable guidelines’ are joy-killing, coercive laws that force people into isolation and loneliness by banning the necessary social interactions that we need for our physical, mental, spiritual and financial well-being. Lockdowns (whether full or partial) produce anxiety, stress and depression even amongst those who have not been pushed into unemployment, poverty and despair.”

“There is nothing ‘safe’ about cancelling medically necessary surgeries, like the pace-maker surgery needed by Jerry Dunham, who was killed by lockdowns – not by COVID. There is nothing ‘reasonable’ about forcing businesses into bankruptcy, often destroying the life savings of honest, hard-working people. There is nothing ‘safe’ about taking away sports, recreation, social interactions and recreational pursuits from children and adults, forcing millions to experience life primarily through a two-dimensional computer screen,” he added.

Carpay took issue with Kenney’s claim that the public health measures are “designed to save lives.”

“But his government exercises willful blindness when it comes to lockdown harms. For example, his government is making no effort to study, or to report to the public about, the number of Albertans like Jerry Dunham who died after their medically necessary surgeries were cancelled. Nor does Mr. Kenney’s government want to know how many Albertans now have late-stage cancer because their diagnostic exams or surgeries were delayed by lockdowns. You cannot honestly claim to care about ‘saving lives’ while refusing to take a hard and comprehensive look at all lockdown harms, and the specific nature and extent of each kind of lockdown harm. But the Alberta government, despite its abundant resources, is not researching, tracking, monitoring or publicizing information on lockdown harms,” he wrote.

Carpay noted how more Albertans “die from drug overdoses than from COVID-19,” a fact back up statistics.

The lawyer also took Kenney to task for his stance that asymptomatic people are significant spreaders of Covid.

“I’ve asked the Alberta government repeatedly to provide the public with scientific evidence to support the government’s thesis that healthy people spread this virus. None has been presented to date,” he wrote.

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A 2020 Chinese study of nearly ten million residents of Wuhan found that there was no “viable virus” that was able to spread in the 300 “asymptomatic positive cases” that were identified.

Carpay concluded: “Pastor Coates is following his conscience as well as science. Jason Kenney used to care about the former, and is not following the latter.”

Coates is currently in jail and awaiting trial after he refused to agree to bail conditions that he does not hold more church services that violate COVID-19 government restrictions.

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A promising treatment for COVID you’ve likely never heard of

Dr. Carmen Wheatley calls on doctors to take courage and look to vitamin B12 as a possible treatment for the virus.
Wed Feb 24, 2021 - 3:47 pm EST
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February 24, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — In this episode of The John Henry Westen Show, Dr. Carmen Wheatley and I sit down for an interesting conversation on a new and effective treatments against the coronavirus.

Dr. Wheatley is the director of a cancer charity Orthomolecular Oncology, as well as a medical researcher and specialist in cobalamin (vitamin B12), which she says has been shown to be a promising cure to combat a significant number of illnesses.

She discovered from decades-long scientific literature that B12 was used not only in patients who had deficiency in the vitamin in their body, but also to treat polio, rheumatoid arthritis, leprosy, cyanide poisoning, and more. The doctor discovered that cases where it is used against cyanide poisoning, which causes sepsis, create a link to COVID.

Wheatley tells me that those who die from coronavirus actually die from this septic shock. In sepsis, “you have serial organ failure and very often the liver, the kidneys and the lungs will fail,” which leads to the entire body and immune system being unable to respond to the virus. She conjectured that if vitamin B12 was able to help those patients with cyanide poisoning without them having to enter the ICU, it could also possibly work against COVID.

Besides this parallel in the studies, Dr. Wheatley also discovered some other properties in cobalamin which counter the coronavirus. For example, she mentions that patients with COVID “have very low numbers of what are known as natural killer cells,” and when given B12, these cells are boosted. Moreover, the vitamin also is critical in producing antibodies.

Wheatley says that cobalamin is effective more than vaccines since the shots are “only as good as the immune system it challenges.” So, if a person’s immunity is deficient in vitamin B12, the vaccine will not prevent any disease but may cause an adverse reaction.

As noted in our interview, over-the counter vitamins will not work to counter the virus due to their low potency, and Wheatley says that even when you take more doses they will not act against COVID. She does suggest, though, that those who are healthy enough not to go to the hospital “get some liposomal B12 as methylcobalamin to begin with.” But for more serious cases, higher doses may need to be given through IV or injection either at home or at the hospital, following doctors’ orders.

In answering why the medical system is not promoting COVID cures such as cobalamin, hydroxychloroquine, and ivermectin, Wheatley notes that we are “dominated by the Big Pharma paradigm.” She says that this monopoly of large pharmaceutical companies inside the healthcare industry has led to the bankruptcy of these systems. The doctor gives some history of medicine, which demonstrates that simple cures like vitamin B12 can be effective solutions to difficult problems.

Dr. Wheatley calls on “doctors … to take courage” and look to this treatment for the virus. She also discovered that cobalamin has not only indirect effects to regulate the immune system, but is also directly antiviral not only against COVID, but other diseases. She calls it a “God given … pan-antiviral.”

Lastly, Wheatley states that one of the things which troubles her the most regarding the reaction to COVID-19 was “that governments were not issuing … general common sense [to] boost your immune system.” She says that “governments seem to act as if they own your immune system and that … you’re not safe unless you have treatments [or] vaccines” promoted by Big Pharma.

Dr. Wheatley concludes that people must take individual steps to fortify their own immunity to the disease “by doing B12 in the form, taking vitamin C, taking [vitamin] D and other things like selenium and zinc,” as well as other herbal and natural antivirals, which have all shown to be effective treatments and preventive measures.

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The Ravi Zacharias scandal demonstrates why smartphone accountability is important

There’s something particularly modern about how Zacharias carried on what appears to be the bulk of his victim grooming and his sexual interactions: his smartphones.
Wed Feb 24, 2021 - 12:42 pm EST
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February 24, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — By now, most of you will be familiar with the script: A prominent Christian figure gets accused of sexual misconduct; the allegations are denied; eventually, they are proven. In many instances, victims previously ignored or even maligned as persecutors of their predators are given apologies, which do little to repair the shambles of their lives created by the abuse and the cover-up.

From the abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church to the high-profile implosion of Jerry Falwell Jr. to the recent evidence that late evangelical apologist Ravi Zacharias was a sexual predator, the revelations seem at times relentless.

The fallout from the reports detailing Ravi Zacharias’ decades-long abuse of women is still ongoing, as global affiliates staffed with world-class Christian apologists shut down or disaffiliate from the mother ship, slowly being borne down under the weight of the name that was once the gold standard in apologetics. The Canadian branch of RZIM will be closing down entirely.

Family, friends, and legions of fans have been stunned to discover that Zacharias perpetrated abuse in the U.S., Thailand, India, Malaysia, and elsewhere; had hundreds of photos of young women, some naked, on his phones; that he solicited and received photos up until mere months before his death from cancer last May.

One woman even told the investigators hired by RZIM that Zacharias arranged for her to receive funds from the ministry, and then demanded sex from her in return. She referred to it as rape. She also said that Zacharias made her pray with him after the abuse, and even “called her his ‘reward’ for living life of service to God,” warning her that if she revealed what had taken place, millions of souls could go lost as a result of damage to his reputation.

The man so many revered as one of his generation’s best defenders of mere Christianity, a man lauded by leaders and luminaries everywhere — Mike Pence spoke at his funeral — used demonic spiritual blackmail and blasphemy to coerce his victims into sex and silence.

Despite Ravi Zacharias’s defence of the pro-life position, it appears that this, too, was likely hypocrisy. A former partner of Ravi’s younger brother Ramesh, Shirley Steward, has come forward to tell her story. In 1974, she says, she became pregnant with Ramesh Zacharias’s child — Ravi’s niece or nephew. The couple were scared, and asked Ravi for advice.

Zacharias was then a preacher of growing popularity in Toronto, and also happened to be their pastor. She was stunned when Ravi pressured her to get an abortion. Since then, Steward says that she has “lived not only with the devastating consequences of her decision, but with the shame of being called a liar when she’s tried to expose Ravi for what he did.”

Much has been written since Zacharias has been outed as predator — about how many churches and ministries protect predators and silence victims; about the failure of accountability for those who achieve celebrity status; about the inherent dangers of celebrity status; about the duty of religious leaders to address the sex abuse crisis head-on. In many ways, these ugly and horrifying revelations appear to be triggering something of a reckoning. Perhaps these discussions will lead to productive change. They have certainly been eye-opening for many.

I have only one observation to add. Sex abuse scandals in religious organizations or communities aren’t new; neither are revelations about high-profile religious leaders. The term “televangelist” carries with it a whiff of slime for this very reason.

But there is something particularly modern about how Zacharias carried on what appears to be the bulk of his victim grooming and his sexual interactions: his smartphone devices. Zacharias was 74 when he died, but phones with the ability to send and receive photos are a relatively recent phenomenon, as is the practice of “sexting.” I’m 32, and my first cell phone couldn’t send or receive pictures; I didn’t hear about sexting until university.

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Many have been asking how someone who lived so much in the public eye could have kept things so secret. Aside from his serial abuse of massage therapists, it appears that Zacharias did this primarily through his smartphones, which he kept private, unaccountable, and used to amass large collections of explicit photographs.

How could he have been still soliciting pictures from women while suffering from cancer, near death, and surrounded constantly by his family? By using his smartphones. Long after he was incapable of carrying on physical affairs — and even when he could — sexting and amassing personalized pornography appears to be one of his preferred modus operandi.

The problem of sexting and porn use has swamped the church over the past decade. Every time I speak to high school students — most recently, last week — I get endless stories about boys soliciting photos, girls sending them, students exchanging them.

At one Christian school, the daughter of a staff member was blackmailed into sex after sending photos one night and then having them used against her — the boy told her he’d send them to her parents if she didn’t do what he told her to. This story — the sexual blackmail — is a common one even among high school students. Sexting has gone from non-existent to norm since I left high school, and it has opened up another avenue of possible sin and — as in the case of Ravi Zacharias and countless others — of predation.

Smartphones give people privacy — or the illusion thereof — wherever they are, and allow them to groom victims, carry on affairs, and engage in conduct that would have been too dangerous to risk a short time ago.

We are seeing what these opportunities are bringing about. Many organizations and individuals have policies to avoid sinful situations that do not take into account the fact that smartphones are by far one of the most dangerous factors. The ugly, tragic story of Ravi Zacharias and his many victims are another clear example of why smartphone accountability should be considered by ministries, religious organizations and, above all, individuals.


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