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Canadian conservative think tank to host ‘the adverse impacts of COVID lockdowns’ event online

Presenters will discuss 'options to carve a new path moving forward' in response to the ineffectiveness of lockdowns.
Tue Apr 20, 2021 - 7:29 pm EST
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April 20, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – The Canada Strong and Free Network, a conservative Canadian think tank focused on limiting government and protecting free speech, will host an online seminar to discuss “the adverse impacts of COVID lockdowns and alternative courses of action moving forward.”

The online event is titled “When Politicians Panic: A Look at COVID Management – What’s Working, What’s Not Working and Alternatives Moving Forward.” It will take place April 21 at noon EST.

“For over a year now Canadians have been in an endless cycle of lockdowns,” the online seminar description states. “This clearly is not working. Join us for a discussion April 21st as we examine the adverse impacts of lockdowns and the options to carve a new path moving forward.”

The Canada Strong and Free Network was originally founded in 2005 as the Manning Centre for Building Democracy by former Reform Party/Conservative Party MP Preston Manning. 

The event is free to attend and is open to all, and will include prominent speakers known in conservative circles in Canada from medical, political, and media backgrounds. 

These include Dr. Richard Audas, Conservative Party of Canada MP Pierre Poilievre, U.S. Congressman Ralph Norman, and Sun writer Anthony Furey. 

Furey is one of the few Canadian mainstream media reporters who has questioned extended Wuhan coronavirus lockdowns on a regular basis. He has also openly cross-examined the mainstream media’s role in shaping how Canadians view the coronavirus. 

“It's become clear that there are too many Canadians getting their news in an echo chamber, completely unaware that many experts here oppose lockdowns. This thread compiles news stories on these Canadian experts. I hope it's a useful resource that gets this news shared widely,” Furey wrote recently on Twitter. 

Dr. Audas is the creator of the “COVID Misery Index” that was recently released by McDonald Laurier Institute.

The “COVID Misery Index” is a “a comparative tool designed to assess comprehensive government performance through the COVID-19 pandemic, measuring the extent to which the virus itself and our responses to it have harmed human well being,” according the site description. 

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Subject experts for the online seminar include Dr. Matt Strauss and David Redman.

Redman worked in emergency management in Alberta, Canada, and North America, and has come out against COVID lockdowns and the strategies of the Alberta government.

Dr. Strauss is an “internal medicine and ICU specialist practicing in Ontario” who is active social media critic of lockdowns.
“I am troubled by a burgeoning suspicion that the most intelligent, effective, and clear-thinking people are not in charge,” Strauss wrote recently on Twitter.


  canada strong and free network, covid misery index, covid-19, lockdowns, pierre poilievre, preston manning, ralph norman, richard audas

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Help defend freedom for Portuguese homeschoolers

Under cover of the COVID-19 restrictions, the Portugese government is looking to impose 'unreasonable restrictions' on homeschooling. Home School Legal Defense Association is urging readers to contact Portugese politicians to support the homeschooling community in Portugal.
Tue Apr 20, 2021 - 4:14 pm EST
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April 20, 2021 (HomeSchoolLegalDefenseAssociation) – HSLDA is asking our members and friends to act on behalf of the small and beleaguered homeschooling community in Portugal. These families are working hard to defend homeschooling freedom in their country, but they face a hostile government and need help from us!

The current ruling party in Portugal is refusing input from homeschoolers and is taking advantage of the current COVID-19 lockdown to advance further restrictions on homeschooling. A vote is planned for Wednesday, April 21, by the current government on the new regulations, which would impose unreasonable restrictions on homeschooling. So far, homeschoolers have been shut out of the debate.

Homeschoolers in Portugal are organizing, and they have support from some of the parties in the National Assembly. But they are desperate for help in the face of the government’s attempts to impose new constraints without allowing hearings or input from the homeschooling community. We can help them by sending a message to Portuguese officials that homeschooling works and should not be subject to unreasonable restrictions. 

The proposed rules require that a parent have a university degree and use the national curriculum in order to homeschool. Also, under the new measures, homeschooled students would have to take the national exam every year and submit to regular, in-person visits by government officials.

Taking a stand

You can help the homeschool community in Portugal by sending an email to members of the various parties, calling on them to respect the rights of families to choose homeschooling without unnecessary government interference. You can also ask lawmakers to respect the democratic process by giving the homeschool community the opportunity to be heard.

Home School Legal Defense Association is working with national leaders in Portugal, including the largest advocacy group for homeschooling: MEL, Movement for Education Liberty. They have asked for our help—please answer their request for support by sending an email today!

As HSLDA founder Michael Farris has said, “if we don’t defend these rights everywhere, we won’t have these rights anywhere!”

It seems like the disdain for homeschool freedom epitomized in Germany is spreading to France, and now to Portugal. This is a trend that we must help stop!

What you can do

Please use the email addresses and text below to send a message using your own email service of choice! It will take only a moment of your time, but your action will send a message to the Portuguese government and the Portuguese homeschooling community!

The emails addresses below are to the speaker of the National Assembly and to the major parties in the Parliament.

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Send emails (cut and paste the whole string) to: 

[email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]

Choose a subject line!

Respeite a Liberdade!—Respect Freedom!

Respeite a democracia—ouça as famílias!—Respect Democracy – Listen to Families!

Não vote até ouvir as famílias!—Don’t Vote Until You Hear from Families!

O ensino doméstico funciona—não vote em mais restrições! —Homeschooling Works: Don’t Pass More Restrictions!

Proposed message in Portuguese (English translation below)

Estou a escrever para lhe pedir que não vote em mais restrições às famílias portuguesas que praticam a educação domiciliar até que tenha procurado e recebido sugestões deles e se tenha educado sobre a verdade da educação domiciliar. A educação em casa é um método comprovado de educação que funciona. As famílias que optam por educar em casa não precisam da supervisão do governo para que a educação em casa funcione bem ou para que as crianças estejam seguras. As crianças estão seguras nas famílias e aprendem bem com os pais. Numa época em que as escolas estão fechadas, é inaceitável que qualquer governo imponha mais restrições às opções para os pais - especialmente ao direito dos pais à educação em casa.

O processo democrático exige que você busque a opinião da comunidade antes de regulamentar. Você também deve obter pesquisas baseadas em evidências para apoiar quaisquer restrições que você coloque no direito dos pais e filhos de escolherem livremente a educação em casa. Nos EUA, existem quase 8 milhões de crianças que são educadas em casa. A educação em casa é legal em todos os 50 estados e em muitos estados com apenas notificação exigida. As famílias são livres para escolher o melhor currículo e, na maioria dos estados, nenhuma avaliação é necessária.

Aprendemos ao longo de muitas décadas que os pais escolhem o que é melhor para seus filhos e em que pode confiar. Os países livres respeitam seus cidadãos para tomar essas decisões e não impõem controles desnecessários ou irracionais. Portugal está indo na direção errada e peço que pare o processo de votação até que esteja devidamente informado e peça a opinião da comunidade de educação domiciliar.

Obrigado por ouvir e respeitar a liberdade, as famílias e a democracia.

English translation

I am writing to ask you not to vote on more restrictions on Portuguese families who homeschool until you have sought and received input from them and have educated yourself about the truth of home education. Home education is a proven method of teaching children. Families do not require government oversight for home education to work well or for children to be safe. At a time when schools are closed, it is unacceptable that any government would impose more restrictions on options for parents—especially on the right of parents to home education.

The democratic process demands that you seek input from the community before you regulate. You should also obtain evidence-based research to support any restrictions you place on the parents and children’s right to be free to choose home education. In the USA there are nearly 8 million children who are educated at home. Home education is legal in all 50 states, and many of these only require notification. Families are free to choose the best curriculum, and in most states no assessments are required. 

We have learned over many decades that parents choose what is best for their children and can be trusted. Free countries respect their citizens to make these decisions and do not impose unnecessary or unreasonable controls. Portugal is moving in the wrong direction, and I urge you to stop the vote process until you get properly informed and seek input from the home educating community.

Thank you for listening and respecting freedom, families and democracy.

If you would like to compose your own message you can also use Google Translate to write a personalized email!

Thank you for taking action to support homeschooling freedom!

Michael Donnelly, JD, LLM is an attorney, writer, homeschooling dad, adjunct professor of government, and frequent media spokesperson on homeschooling, freedom, and parental rights.

Published with permission from HSLDA


  covid-19 restrictions, family rights, homeschooling, hslda, portugal

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Apple finally lets Parler return to App Store following Republican letter

The social network vows to maintain 'our strict prohibition against content moderation based on viewpoint.'
Tue Apr 20, 2021 - 4:07 pm EST
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April 20, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Alternative social network Parler will be allowed to return to Apple’s App Store, months after being blacklisted for content moderation policies Apple claims it found inadequate.

Apple, Google, and Amazon blacklisted Parler in January, with Amazon forcing the entire site to go down until it managed to arrange an alternative web-hosting solution to replace Amazon Web Services. The moves were based on the internet companies’ claims that Parler took insufficient action to remove user comments that supposedly contributed to the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill.

The website returned with updated community guidelines Parler said were “designed to enable productive, polite discourse among people with differing interests, life experiences, and viewpoints,” but Apple said in March they didn’t go far enough.

On Monday, however, Apple announced that Parler will be returning to the App Store next week, in response to a letter on the subject by Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Ken Buck of Colorado, which said the companies’ actions “seem to lack any of the procedural fairness typically afforded in the case of an alleged breach of contract create the appearance of close coordination.”

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Without walking back its original decision, Apple claims that “substantial conversations with Parler in an effort to bring the Parler app into compliance” led to pledges on Parler’s end that finally meet with Apple’s approval.

“Parler has, and will always be, a free and open forum where users could engage in the free exchange of ideas in the full spirit of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution," Parler interim CEO Mark Meckler said of the development. "We have worked to put in place systems that will better detect unlawful speech and allow users to filter content undesirable to them, while maintaining our strict prohibition against content moderation based on viewpoint."

During the blacklisting, Apple users who already knew of or were interested in Parler could still access the social network on their iPhones or iPads via their preferred mobile web browser. But the blacklisting prevented the use of a version of the platform optimized for mobile devices, prevented potential newcomers from discovering it on their own while browsing the App Store, and stigmatizes the service despite the fact that more mainstream platforms were used far more by the so-called Capitol Hill “insurrectionists,” according to the federal government’s own charging documents.


  app store, apple, big tech, free speech, iphone, ken buck, mike lee, parler, social media censorship

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Minneapolis church goes up in flames as anti-Chauvin protests roil outside nearby courthouse

People were inside the church when the fire started, but they were safely evacuated. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
Tue Apr 20, 2021 - 3:07 pm EST
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MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, April 20, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A Minneapolis church went up in smoke and flames yesterday evening.

Firefighters were summoned to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Polish National Catholic Church, which is not part of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, shortly before 7:00 p.m. There were still people in the church when the firefighters arrived, but they were immediately evacuated.

Despite the firefighters’ efforts, the roof and tower of the century-old building collapsed, and the interior suffered heavy damage. According to one news report, some of the antique stained-glass windows were salvageable.

According to CBS, Minneapolis Fire Department Chief Bryan Tyner said that the building was going to be “a total loss.”

“Because of the construction of the church, the fire spread quickly into the attic area and it eventually burned through the roof, so unfortunately, we weren’t able to save this one,” he said.

“It’s going to be a total loss, but we were able to avoid any loss of life or any injuries.”

Michael Kutek, the son of the church’s pastor, the Rev. John Kutek, has begun a GoFundMe page to help rebuild the church. Kutek stated that the fire started “unexpectedly” and that it soon grew out of control. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Nevertheless, some commentators – notably on Twitter – believe that the fire is connected with the unrest that has again blazed up in Minneapolis, thanks to the ongoing trial of police officer Derek Chauvin. Chauvin who has been charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. Early on Sunday morning, unknown assailants fired upon a Minnesota National Guard and Minneapolis Police Department neighborhood security team.

Meanwhile, there have been daily – and nightly – protests outside the Hennipen County courthouse where the trial is taking place. The courthouse is an 11-minute drive from the Polish National Catholic church.

Commentators have blamed Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) for stirring up tensions in Minneapolis.

“Oh no, not manslaughter. This is guilty for murder. I don’t know whether it’s in the first degree, but as far as I’m concerned it’s in the first degree,” Waters told a group of Black Lives Matter protesters in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota this weekend, the Media Research Center reports. If he isn’t convicted by the jury, the California lawmaker continued, “We’ve got to stay on the street and we’ve got to get more active, and get more confrontational. They’ve got to know that we mean business.”

Chauvin’s attorney used the remarks to “[move] for a mistrial” and argue “that Waters was prejudicing the jury in favor of conviction, given that an acquittal might lead to rioting,” Reason explained. Although Judge Peter Cahill, who is presiding over Chauvin’s trial, denied the motion for mistrail, he said Waters’ comments “may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned.”

Locals told the Daily Caller that if Chauvin is acquitted, they expect Minneapolis will “burn,” and “businesses are gonna burn again.”

One local noted it’ll “be chaos either way.”

Republican politicians have severely criticized Waters. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell thought her words and actions were completely out of order.

“It’s harder to imagine anything more inappropriate than a member of Congress flying in from California to inform local leaders, not so subtly, that this defendant better be found guilty or else there’ll be big trouble in the streets,” he said on Monday.

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  derek chauvin, george floyd, maxine waters, minneapolis, polish national catholic church, riots

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Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe files defamation suit against Twitter

The lawsuit alleges that the social media platform's 'true purpose ... was silencing Mr. O'Keefe's reporting.'
Tue Apr 20, 2021 - 1:26 pm EST
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April 20, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Project Veritas filed a defamation suit against Twitter on Monday, accusing the social media giant of lying about the conservative investigators as a pretext to suppress their reporting critical of CNN.

Last week, Veritas began releasing a series of undercover videos in which CNN technical director Charlie Chester admits and boasts about the news organization's use of “propaganda” and “manipulation” to oust former President Donald Trump, efforts to “milk” COVID-19 and climate change because “fear sells,” and practice of “leading” guests in such a way as to reinforce their predetermined narratives.

On Thursday, Twitter suspended the accounts of Veritas and its founder, James O’Keefe, claiming that he had supposedly violated the platform’s rule against creating “fake and misleading accounts or us(ing) multiple accounts to manipulate Twitter conversations” or “engage in spamming, abusive, or disruptive behavior.” O’Keefe responded by denying the accusation and announcing he would be “suing Twitter for defamation because they said I, James O'Keefe, ‘operated fake accounts. This is false, this is defamatory, and they will pay. Section 230 may have protected them before, but it will not protect them from me. The complaint will be filed Monday.”

On Monday, O’Keefe filed the suit with the Supreme Court of New York, asserting that Twitter’s claim is “patently and demonstrably false,” that “as the owner and operator of its own platform” Twitter “was in a unique position to know it,” and as such for Twitter to claim otherwise exhibits “reckless disregard.”

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The suit details the inconsistency with which Twitter enforces its own rules, such as having previously suspended Veritas for publishing video of a journalist confronting the subject of a story outside his home while allowing CNN (and other news outlets) to do the same without incident, and argues that Twitter’s claim was a “pretext to mislead the public regarding Twitter’s true purpose, which was silencing Mr. O’Keefe’s reporting.”

The lawsuit seeks a judgment confirming that Twitter defamed O’Keefe, monetary damages, and a “permanent injunction enjoining Twitter, its officers, agents, servants, employees, and all other persons acting in concert or participation with Twitter from further dissemining (sic) the false, misleading, and defamatory representations of fact concerning Mr. O’Keefe discussed above, and requiring Twitter to remove such statements in all forums in which they are posted.”

While conservatives remain divided on whether and how to change existing laws to rein in social media giants’ censorship of and discrimination against conservatives, O’Keefe’s lawsuit may represent, for at least some cases, a path forward without having to wrestle with contentious philosophical or constitutional issues. If successful, it would set a precedent of Twitter facing real consequences for banning conservatives under false pretenses, using existing law and long-established principles of legal defamation. 


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Bill Maher: ‘I don’t want politics mixed in with my medical decisions’

Political commentator, comedian and host of 'Real Time with Bill Maher' calls out the media for pushing COVID 'panic porn.' Maher said polls show Dems are 'wildly off' when it comes to how many people are in danger of being hospitalized for the virus.
Tue Apr 20, 2021 - 12:43 pm EST
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April 20, 2021 (Children’s Health Defense) — Bill Maher’s latest new rule is this: “Don’t spin me when it comes to my health.”

In the segment below, the political commentator, comedian and host of “Real Time with Bill Maher” accuses the medical establishment, media and the government of taking a “scared straight” approach to getting people to comply with their COVID recommendations.

“When all the sources for medical information have an agenda to spin us, you wind up with a badly informed public,” Maher said.

The truth, said Maher, is that only between 1 percent – 5 percent of people end up needing to be hospitalized for COVID, despite the media’s non-stop “panic porn.”

Not only that, citing figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Maher said 78 percent of people who end up “hospitalized, ventilated or dead” from COVID are obese — something news outlets are “too polite” to talk about.

What the media isn’t hesitant to do is to policitize COVID — a phenomenon Maher said he finds offensive: “I don’t want politics mixed in with my medical decisions.”

In his “New Rule” segment, Maher — whose political views are largely seen as ranging from liberal to libertarian — revealed findings from a Gallup poll showing about 70 percent of Democrats were “wildly off” on the key question of how many people who get COVID end up being hospitalized. The poll showed liberals have a “greatly exaggerated” view of the danger of COVID, and of the mortality rate among children. 

“If the right-wing media bubble has to own things like climate denial,” Maher said, “shouldn’t the liberal media have to answer for ‘how did your audience wind up believing such a lot of crap about COVID?’”

 

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  bill maher, cdc, children's health defense, covid-19, covid-19 restrictions

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Facebook is using censorship to interfere with Scottish elections, says Scottish Family Party

'When a potential voter clicks to like our page, Facebook asks them if they are sure,' stated Scottish Family Party Chairman Michael Willis. 'No other Party faces such restrictions.'
Tue Apr 20, 2021 - 12:40 pm EST
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EDINBURGH, Scotland, April 20, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Scotland’s only pro-life, pro-family party has accused Facebook of tampering in the upcoming Scottish elections. 

Scots and residents of Scotland go to the polls on—or send in their absentee ballots by—May 6 this year, and both Members and would-be Members of Scottish Parliament are hard at work campaigning. However, candidates of the Scottish Family Party have discovered that Facebook is treating their online posts as if they were potentially disturbing or “fake news.” 

“When a potential voter clicks to like our page, Facebook asks them if they are sure,” stated SFP Chairman Michael Willis.  

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“No other Party faces such restrictions.”

The founder of the Scottish Family Party, teacher Richard Lucas, told LifeSiteNews via email that Facebook is also “artificially limiting” their page reach.

“There is no mechanism for appeal nor any indication why these restrictions are in place,” he added. 

“Foreign interference in UK elections is illegal, but the Electoral Commission has declined to take any action.”

The Scottish Family Party was founded to give social conservatives in Scotland a political voice. They are determined to help parents raise their children at home and free from government-enforced LGBT ideology.  Richard Lucas has been a vocal opponent of Scotland’s age-inappropriate, grotesquely graphic sex education for years.

In a press release, Chairman Willis pinpoints the SFP’s pro-life, pro-family advocacy as the reason for Facebook’s quasi-censorship. 

“Our defence of the unborn as well as protecting children from the tyranny of transgender ideology in schools is viewed as a violation of Community Standards,” he stated. 

“This election is being manipulated by Big Tech because we are not following the accepted narrative.”

Willis stated in the Party’s press release that they want to give married couples “fully transferable tax allowances and cash in lieu of childcare costs” if they choose not to put their children in full-time day care. The families would still get a bonus if they chose to put their children in day care only part-time.

The perennial debate over Scottish independence will be put aside to concentrate on children’s well-being. 

“We oppose the promotion of transgender ideology to young children below the age of consent and age-inappropriate sex education,” the Chairman wrote.  

“The Party seeks to repeal the Hate Crime legislation, get the country out of perpetual lockdowns and re-energise the economy before addressing any questions of independence.” 

This year the Scottish Family Party is running candidates in 7 constituencies and all 8 Scottish regions. Scotland has its own “devolved” parliament in Edinburgh, which decides on matters dealing specifically with Scotland, including health and education. 

Unfortunately, the Scottish Family Party has experienced a lot of abuse over social media during its campaign. 

“Some of our Party live streams and zoom forums have been bombed by trolls with hateful and pornographic images," Michael Willis revealed. 

“We have reported this to Police Scotland who adopt a zero-tolerance approach to public communication crime during the Election.”  

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Despite the abuse, there is hope for the Scottish Family Party. Richard Lucas told LifeSiteNews that “the campaign is going very well.”

“We are realising just how much hostility there is to the pro-life message, and how much support there is for it as well," he said. 

Michael Willis told LifeSiteNews that he was appointed Party Chairman this year and is standing as the first SFP candidate on the Party List for the Highlands and Islands. Willis will be familiar to LifeSiteNews readers as the Catholic businessman who was punished by his professional organization for linking to LifeSiteNews articles on Twitter

“It is a privilege to be Chairman of a Party which stands up for the protection of human life, marriage and the importance of families for the future of Scotland,” he said. 

“[Scotland’s] fertility rate has crashed to 1.3 and this country has a death wish and a total lack of belief in any sort of future,” he continued. 

“We are cowering in a never-ending series of lockdowns and the economy is on life support. The churches have kowtowed to the civil authorities and failed to show any leadership during the Wuhan virus terror. We advocate an immediate end of lockdown and a speedy return to normality for the vast majority of the population.”

Scottish voters will be able to vote for the Scottish Family Party in all regions and in the constituencies of Coatbridge and Chryston; Edinburgh Pentlands; Edinburgh Southern; Mid Fife and Glenrothes; Perthshire North; Renfrewshire North and West; and Strathkelvin and Bearsden. The party is standing a total of 42 candidates.


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Who’s in charge? White House official says Biden’s words don’t ‘represent the administration’s official position’

Press Secretary Jennifer Psaki later insisted Biden’s use of the word ‘crisis’ was only meant to describe the hardships that bring migrants into the U.S. in the first place.
Tue Apr 20, 2021 - 12:27 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 20, 2021, (LifeSiteNews) – After President Joe Biden called the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border a “crisis,” anonymous White House officials downplayed his comments to CNN, causing the leftist outlet to report: “The President's use of the ‘crisis’ label doesn't represent the administration's official position, the White House said Monday in regard to a term that top administration officials have refused to say as the numbers of migrants surged.

Press Secretary Jennifer Psaki then insisted Biden’s use of the word was only meant to describe the hardships that bring migrants into the U.S. in the first place and not the problem that Biden’s administration has caused at the U.S. and Mexico border.

“The President does not feel that children coming to our border seeking refuge from violence, economic hardships, and other dire circumstances is a crisis,” Psaki said at a press briefing Monday. “He does feel that the crisis in Central America – the dire circumstances that many are fleeing from – that that is a situation we need to spend our time or effort on and we need to address it if we're going to prevent more of an influx of migrants from coming in years to come.”

The disparity between Biden’s apparently unscripted message to journalists and the White House undermining his comments in an effort to do damage control raises serious questions about who is calling the shots at the White House.


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New Jersey Catholics pray for an end to Seton Hall University radio station airing Satanic music

Catholics in New Jersey are organizing a series of rosary-rallies outside WSOU, the official radio station of Seton Hall University
Tue Apr 20, 2021 - 11:54 am EST
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SOUTH ORANGE, New Jersey, April 20, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – On March 30, more than 30 Catholics gathered in front of Seton Hall University to protest Satanic music being played from the university's official radio station, WSOU. The event was organized by ShutDownWSOU and the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property (TFP).

It brought together men, women, and children of all ages in prayer for an end to the broadcasts. 

The group is planning to gather again at the university this month with the participation of the young adults of TFP Student Action. On April 26, they will peacefully meet to pray the rosary at two locations. At 1 p.m. EST, ShutDownWSOU will be in front of the entrance to Seton Hall University at S. Orange Avenue and Centre Street. At 2:30 p.m. EST, they will gather in front of the headquarters of the Archdiocese of Newark, 171 Clifton Avenue, in Newark, New Jersey.

Protests and prayer campaigns have been organized over several months against the Satanism, violence, and blasphemy being broadcast by the university radio station. Online petitions from The Lepanto Institute, Return to Order, and TFP Student Action have together gained more than 30,000 signatures. 

There has so far been a “complete blackout” from mainstream Catholic news agencies, Richard Smaglick, one of the organizers of ShutDownWSOU, told LifeSiteNews. He has extensively researched the anti-Chrisitan ideologies associated with the musical genres regularly aired on the station, including Black Metal. Smaglick says that this sub-genre of heavy metal was founded to promote violence against Christians, and has inspired numerous church burnings and serial church arsonists. 

The appeals from ShutDownWSOU have thus far been met with promises of “oversight” by Seton Hall officials. But ShutDownWSOU says that the university is refusing to answer questions about recent airings of highly disturbing material. 

Email communications obtained by LifeSiteNews show that the university has been sending unsigned “communications” emails every time ShutDownWSOU and other organizations petition them. 

These communications have included statements such as: 

“Every song that WSOU plays must meet strict FCC standards for content. … In addition, its music also must meet even stricter University standards for content…” 

“Everything that airs on WSOU is ‘clean,’ meaning songs are edited to remove offensive lyrics. … WSOU is committed to strengthening Seton Hall’s Catholic and academic identity.”

“WSOU encourages students and listeners to pursue a quest for lifelong learning sustained by Catholic values.” 

However, these claims contradict the audio and video evidence from as recently as this month, which can be heard on ShutDownWSOU’s website. (Warning: graphic imagery and explicitly blasphemous and violent content.)

A “song” that aired April 4 titled “Last Caress” by Misfits contains these lyrics:

I got somethin' to say
I killed your baby today
and it doesn't matter much to me
as long as it's dead

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On March 15, the station aired “Maneblot” (Moonblood) by the Scandinavian Satanic artist Myrkur, which describes sexual sin and the ritual sacrifice of a newborn child. On March 31, the track “Old Evil” by Windhand and Satan's Satyrs was played on the station. “Old Evil” contains the following lyrics:

You who bury your crosses
You who crawl through the weeds
You who whisper your curses
You will show it to me
Kneel, surrender, a servant, of dawn

Not only are Seton Hall’s leaders aware of the facts that demonstrate the serious problems with the music played by WSOU, but so is the Newark Archbishop, Cardinal Joseph Tobin, who is the chair of the diocesan university’s Board of Trustees and the president of their Board of Regents. In 2019, an anonymous Catholic sent a 44-page report detailing all the evidence of the Satanic music being played at the radio station to the U.S. Apostolic Nuncio in the hope of the report being brought to the attention of Pope Francis. The author of the report, who wishes to remain anonymous, told LifeSiteNews that the nunciature informed them that the report was forwarded to Tobin. 

Seton Hall claimed to ban Satanic radio broadcasts in 1988 and 2001. Yet WSOU continues to air Satanic music. 

The protesters assert that “there is no form of oversight that can make the broadcasting of genres fundamentally opposed to Christianity and Catholic values consistent with the moral and social obligations of a Catholic institution.”

A series of rosary rallies

The attendees at the March 30 event to pray for an end to the broadcast of Satanic music told LifeSiteNews that they received incredible support from drivers passing by in their vehicles. An overwhelming number of people in cars honked in favor of the gathering. The group held signs and banners reading: “HONK to protect our children,” “Faithful Catholics protest the Satanic & obscene broadcasting on Seton Hall's 'Catholic' radio station, WSOU,” and “No Seton Hall Satanism.”

At one point during the rosary rally, a Catholic priest stopped his car and spoke to the crowd. He voiced his support for the gathering but also mentioned his regrets for previously attending Immaculate Conception Seminary, located on the university campus just feet from the radio station. One of the organizers told LifeSiteNews that the priest said, “I am ashamed and embarrassed to say that I went here. Keep doing what you’re doing. I’m praying for you.”

Despite all the support received during the event, there were a few minor incidents displaying the pervasiveness of Satanism at Seton Hall. For example, some students were heard shouting “Hail Satan” as they drove out of the campus, and others screamed curses and expletives at the attendees. Another incident, which was captured on video, included a father and child in a car waving Satanic hand gestures at the faithful praying the rosary.

Media outlets criticize Catholics

Following the event, a number of media outlets have criticized both the prayer rally and its participants.

A New York Post news piece on March 27 named the group as “outraged activists,” and The Lepanto Institute as “arch-conservative.” Although the story did mention a disturbing example of the “music” played at WSOU, referencing lyrics such as “Piano wire strangling our necks,” it did not include any references to the numerous blasphemous, violent, and anti-Christian songs. Moreover, a report from a New Jersey news radio station described the criticisms of the Seton Hall radio station as coming from “out-of-state groups,” even though the people protesting for months at the campus are all residents of the state. 

 “The Lepanto Institute isn’t an ‘arch-conservative’ or ‘ultra-conservative’ organization, as these media outlets assert,” Michael Hichborn, president of the Lepanto Insitute, told LifeSiteNews. “We are a Catholic organization living out our sacramental obligation to witness, spread, and defend the faith boldly and without shame.”

The Setonian, which labels itself as “the official undergraduate newspaper of Seton Hall,” published a story on the day of the rally complaining that the Catholics praying the rosary outdoors were “unmasked.” It is worth noting that WSOU and The Setonian work together or a radio program called “Pirate News Desk.” 

The Setonian also cited the radical leftist and anti-Catholic Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), while describing TFP as “virulently anti-LGBT.” The SPLC regularly suggests pro-life organizations are “hate groups” on par with neo-Nazis.

But Hichborn told LifeSiteNews that while Seton Hall claims to be a Catholic institution, it is in fact betraying its Catholic charter by broadcasting “blasphemous, demonic music that glorifies violence against women and children and even includes prayers to devils.” 

“That these reporters, who make a living out of sniffing out hypocrisy whenever they can find it, can’t even see the contradictory nature of what Seton Hall is doing speaks only to their willful blindness,” Hichborn said.

As their movement grows, the faithful Catholics from New Jersey remain confident in their fight to have the radio station WSOU shut down, and have promised to “continue to increase the stakes until that occurs.” More information about ShutDownWSOU can be found at the group’s website.


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Anti-lockdown Ontario Pastor calls on Premier Ford to commit ‘political suicide’ and open up his province

In his video message to Ford, Pastor Hildebrandt blasted the restrictions that have been placed on churches Canada-wide and made it clear his congregation would be gathering despite any limits put in place.  
Tue Apr 20, 2021 - 11:14 am EST
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ONTARIO, April 19, 2021 (LifeSiteNews A Canadian pastor known for opposing coronavirus lockdowns has urged his provincial leader to commit “political suicide” and remove all restrictions in place, which are some of the strictest in North America. 

I’m calling on our premier: stand up for the people – were living a lie, were living a lie. This is not real, it’s not true. We have derailed, we have totally derailed...from the foundation that this country was built upon. Totally derailed,” said Pastor Henry Hildebrandt, of the Church of God in AlymerOntario, in a video message posted last Friday directed at Ontario Premier Doug Ford 

Mr. Premier, if it takes committing political suicide, I urge you to do that. Throw that rope around your neck, jump off that political bridge and commit political suicide and follow the brave men of your cabinet that have already done that. And just come forward, stand up for the people that voted you in and come back to your word and do what it takes. 

Hildebrandt made the video in anticipation of new restrictive COVID measures which were announced last Friday by the provincial government of Ontario under Premier Doug Ford, which he called the “strictest” in North America.  

The Ford government extended a stay-at-home order, placed a 10-person limit on church service attendance size, closed playgrounds, implemented provincial border checks, and gave police the power to stop anyone for any reason, if they were outside their home, without cause.  

After a public backlash, however, the Ford government walked back some of its new coronavirus rules less than a day later. Playgrounds were allowed to stay open, and police must now have “reason to suspect that you are participating in an organized public event or social gathering, in order to question people.   

In his video, Hildebrandt said that it might be time for Ford to consider letting “go” his health officials if their advice “kills more people than it saves.” 

It might be time to just override what they are saying and taking [sic] the things into your own hands and start standing up. Let Ontario be the first province to lead the way to end slavery. Let Ontario be the first, for Mr. Ford, why would you not be the first one to stand up, come forward and help us out,” said Hildebrandt 

Hildebrandt’s video message to Ford was removed from his YouTube page, for going against the site’s “community standards guidelines.”  

Hildebrandt made mention of COVD vaccines in his video message to Ford, saying of them, “there's more people dying of vaccination, of the effects of vaccination right now.” 

The more you oppress us, the stronger we will get 

In his video message to Ford, Hildebrandt blasted the restrictions that have been placed on churches Canada-wide and made it clear his congregation would be gathering despite any limits put in place.  

Let me say something about the churches. Historically, biblically, look back as far as you want to look back, the more you oppress the children of God, the more they multiply, the more pressure you will put on the churches, the stronger their roots will grow,” said Hildebrandt. 

You can ticket us, you can fine us, you can charge us, you can lock those doors, you can build fences around us, around our meeting places. Nothing will stop us. Nothing will stop us. The more you oppress us, the stronger we will get. We will not stop meeting, churches are not super spreaderswell, in a way they are, churches are super-spreaders of joy, super-spreaders of happiness. We will not stop gathering no matter what it takes. 

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Over the course of the last few months, several members of the Church of God have received fines for defying the local health orders. Hildebrandt’s son Herbert was also charged with obstruction of justice in December of 2020. 

Hildebrandt recently made the trip to Edmonton, Alberta, to be at a protest in support of Pastor James Coates of Grace Life Churchwho was jailed for 35 days for preaching his faith to his flock amid severe lockdowns. 

Coates’ church has been forced to meet underground after their building was raided and fenced off by police for breaking coronavirus health rules. 

In his video message to Ford, Hildebrandt stated that “Canada is not the place for underground churches.”  

Canada is not the place where we have to go into hiding. Why do we have to tell our children, watch out, thats the police. Theyre here to hurt us. Never in history before, never in history before was our police force such a mockery. Never before were our laws such a mockery as they are now,” said Hildebrandt 

Hildebrandt then urged the police to “step up, stand up, stand by your oath.”  

Policemen, step up, stand up, stand by your oath. More and more are stepping out and we thank God for you. Keep on doing it, step up, step out, do whatever it takes and stand by your oath and tell the health officials, the unelected health officials, tell them in their face, you want to charge those people, you do it. That's not our job. We don't do the dirty job for you,” urgeHildebrandt 

We protect the people, we protect the Constitution, we protect the Charter of Rights, the bill of Rights. We will stand by the people. We will not hurt them. Absolutely not.”  

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Few Ontario politicians have spoken out against Wuhan coronavirus lockdowns. Those that have spoken out have been tossed from their party, such as Independent Ontario MPP Roman Baber. He was booted by Ford from the province’s ruling Progressive Conservative Party for opposing COVID lockdownsHe is now suing the government for restrictions around outdoor prayer and gatherings.  

Last Thursday, a coalition of Canadian politicians gathered in Ottawa to argue that governments are responsible for “a series of failures” regarding COVID-19 related lockdowns, and that alternative virus treatments should be promoted by governments. 

Speaking out as part of the coalition were Independent federal MP Derek SloanIndependent Ontario MPP Randy Hillier, and former federal MP and leader of the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) Maxime Bernier 

The group was speaking as part of the non-partisan “End the Lockdowns National Caucus,” founded by Hillier, Sloan, and Bernier. The group states it is “unified in pursuit of the truth, and resolved to ensure there is open, honest, and public debate regarding the COVID-19 government response.” 

Recently, Hildebrandt along with his son Herbert were allegedly stripped of their Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) memberships 


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January 6 Capitol police officer died from ‘natural causes,’ despite leftist claims

The official autopsy by the Washington, D.C. medical examiner has been released.
Tue Apr 20, 2021 - 10:32 am EST
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WASHINGTON D.C., April 20, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – D.C.’s chief medical officer has found that Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick died of natural causes, after the media and liberal elites for months pre-emptively declared that he died due to injuries sustained in the January 6 Capitol protests.

Brian D. Sicknick, 42, was on duty during the Capitol protests of January 6, and died at 9:30 p.m. on January 7.

Due to widely circulated media reports, he was initially believed to have sustained injuries after supposedly being struck in the head with a fire extinguisher, but this was later proven to be false. The official statement at the time, from the United States Capitol Police (USCP), stated that he “was injured while physically engaging with protesters,” then “returned to his division office and collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.”

This was echoed by the Department of Justice (DOJ), who issued a statement on January 8, declaring that Sicknick had “succumbed last night to the injuries he suffered defending the U.S. Capitol.”

Sicknick’s death was quickly used by Democrats and liberal media alike, who hailed him as a martyr for democracy in the face of what the DOJ described as an attack by a “violent mob.” The New York Post commented that “Democratic leaders have presented Sicknick as a martyr of the #Resistance against President Trump and his dangerous supporters.”

Figures such as Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Sen. Cory Booker (D–NJ) were among the high profile politicians who used Sicknick’s as yet unexplained death as a tool to attack former President Trump and Trump supporters.

This came even against the wishes of the officer’s own family, who released a statement mentioning that “Many details regarding Wednesday’s events and the direct causes of Brian’s injuries remain unknown and our family asks the public and the press to respect our wishes in not making Brian’s passing a political issue.”

Sicknick was himself an “outspoken Trump supporter,” a fact which was consistently hidden in the media reports concerning his tragic death.

By early February, and despite the FBI conducting “dozens of interviews,” confusion still remained about the moment and means by which Officer Sicknick was injured. The investigators were apparently “struggling” to construct their case, hampered by a “lack of evidence.”

The case, which looked to paint Sicknick as a martyr for the Democrat cause, was not helped by interviews from Sicknick’s own brother, who stated that text messages between them after the January 6 protests, revealed that the officer had been “pepper-sprayed twice,” but was in “good shape.”

Ken Sicknick continued by saying that his brother had “collapsed in the Capitol and they resuscitated him using CPR.” It was only on the next day that the family was informed he had a blood clot and suffered from a stroke, resulting in him being put on a ventilator for life support.

Back in February, LifeSiteNews contacted the FBI, the USCP, and the Department of Justice, seeking details about the autopsy, and information about the true cause of Officer Sicknick’s death, as well as suggestions that he suffered from a pre-existing medical condition.

Reports had emerged as early as January 8 that Officer Sicknick’s death had in fact been “driven by a medical condition.”

Now, over three months since his death and the subsequent hue and cry which has been levied at Trump and his supporters, the official report from the district’s chief medical officer has stated that Officer Sicknick actually died of “natural causes.”

Released Monday, April 19, the ruling stated that Sicknick had undergone two strokes and later died of natural causes.

The Washington Post interviewed the medical examiner, Francisco J. Diaz, who also ruled out any possibility of the pepper spray having a direct link to Sicknick’s death. Diaz noted that the autopsy produced “no evidence the 42-year-old officer suffered an allergic reaction to chemical irritants,” and further, that there was “no evidence of internal or external injuries.”

Diaz confirmed the previous statements of Ken Sicknick, saying that a blood clot in the artery at the base of the brain stem had caused the two strokes.

According to the statement, Sicknick collapsed 7 hours and 40 minutes after he was sprayed, and his death came nearly 24 hours after the event.

However, the medical examiner would not comment on whether Officer Sicknick had any pre-existing medical conditions, citing privacy laws.

The USCP issued a statement in response to the ruling, saying that the force “accepts the findings,” but that it “does not change the fact Officer Sicknick died in the line of duty, courageously defending Congress and the Capitol.”

In March, two men were arrested and accused of attacking Sicknick with chemical spray during the January 6 protests. The autopsy report had not been completed at the time of their arrest, and the recent ruling could make any attempted charge of homicide much harder to argue.

Yet despite attributing Sicknick’s death to “natural causes,” Diaz added that the events of January 6 “played a role in his condition.”

While the media have been focussed on the death of Officer Sicknick, they have largely overlooked the death of Ashli Babbit, who was also killed on January 6 – the only person to have actually been directly killed that day.

Babbit, 35, was one of those who entered the Capitol building and was subsequently fatally shot by a USCP officer whilst inside the building. She was an Air Force veteran of 14 years who completed four tours of duty during her service.

A recent announcement from the Department of Justice stated that the officer in question, who killed her with a single shot, would not face charges, since he was acting in “self-defense.”

The D.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner had already ruled that Babbit’s death was homicide, yet the un-identified officer who shot Babbit will now avoid any prosecution, as the DOJ has “closed the investigation into this matter.”


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‘I cannot blame them’: CNN finally covers BLM targeting their crew, defends violence

'You know, a lot of people are very angry, suspicious of the press, the corporate media, all of those things come into it at these places. And it was just one of those situations that – it was intense, there were people who were angry at everything and everybody and we happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.'
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April 20, 2021 (NewsBusters) – NewsBusters was the first on the scene Wednesday night to report how CNN was covering up an incident where one of their crews in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota was battered and chased off by a violent Black Lives Matter mob. Four days went by before Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter mentioned the incident on air for the first time, and in doing so he scoffed at our reporting that went “viral” and said it was “ridiculous” to say they covered it up. The target of their violence even defended BLM’s actions.

As NewsBusters reported last WednesdayWashington Examiner reporter Nic Rowan shared two videos on Twitter documenting an unnamed CNN crew member being hit in the head with a water bottle and falling to the ground. The BLM crowd mocked the crew member and accused him of being an undercover cop embedded in the crowd. The second video showed CNN correspondent Miguel Marquez and his crew being pursued by the mob until they go in an SUV and fled.

This incident went un-mentioned that night and the following days (this is backed up by a Nexis search) until Stelter brought it up for the first time on Sunday when discussing what happened with Marquez.

According to Stelter and the mocking voice he used, it was “ridiculous” to describe their refusal to cover the incident as a cover-up:

There was video shared on Twitter of a water bottle being thrown at your crew on one occasion. This seems like protesters trying to create trouble. This was a story that went viral in right-wing media. Frankly, they claimed that CNN was covering it up, which is ridiculous.

It’s possible that CNN decided that Reliable Sources was the right venue to mention the incident since Stelter was suffering from terrible ratings. It also gave them the out so they could say they talked about it on-air.

In response to Stelter’s question, Marquez provided more details about what happened that day. According to him, the mob tried to shout him down with a loudspeaker and hit him with another water bottle:

We even moved because some protesters didn't want to be on camera so we moved to accommodate them. And then another smaller group of protesters came around and started sort of shouting us down. They had a loudspeaker, they were trying to shout us down. They wanted us to move to a place where we couldn't see the protesters that were taunting the police.

And that’s when this water bottle gets thrown at one of our guys. He stumbled back, fell over – tripped over a curb but it heightened everything at that point. We started trying to figure out how to make an exit because it was just getting too intense there. But we didn't want to look like we were running. That’s when somebody hit me with a water bottle. And then we sort of started moving toward our cars.

They continued to sort of pelt us with whatever they could find. We got in the car and we took off,” he recounted.

This was the first time we learned that the Marquez and the rest of the CNN crew were being relentlessly battered by the crowd as they were fleeing, four days after it happened. And we’re supposed to believe CNN wasn’t trying to keep this secret?

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Marquez and his crew were the victims of battery at the hands of the BLM mob, but towards the end of his comments he was making excuses for being targeted with violence.

I cannot blame them for being angry,” he defended them. “But, you know, a lot of people are very angry, suspicious of the press, the corporate media, all of those things come into it at these places. And it was just one of those situations that –  it was intense, there were people who were angry at everything and everybody and we happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

What made this acceptance of being a target for BLM violence even more disturbing was, the fact, a CNN technical director admitted in an undercover Project Veritas video that the network was “trying to help” the radical Marxist organization.

They were fine with BLM making victims of their employees. This is CNN.

CNN’s dismissal of the obvious cover-up and defense of Black Lives Matter violence against their own crew was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from Allstate and Amazon. Their contact information is linked so you can tell them about the biased news they fund.

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100 experts tell Facebook: Don’t launch Instagram for kids under 13

An international coalition of nearly 100 advocacy groups and child development experts said Facebook’s Instagram for kids under 13 will exploit children in numerous ways, putting their health and well being at risk.
Tue Apr 20, 2021 - 5:44 am EST
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April 20, 2021 (Children’s Health Defense) —  An international coalition of 35 consumer advocacy groups and 64 experts in child development last week called on Facebook to ditch plans to launch a version of Instagram for children under 13.

In a press release, the coalition, led by Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, said research demonstrates “Instagram, in particular, exploits young people’s fear of missing out and desire for peer approval.”

Instagram requires users to be 13 years or older to create an account, but in March, Buzzfeed reported on the social media giant’s plan to build a version of the platform for people under the age of 13 years to allow them to “safely” use Instagram for the first time. Facebook told the Guardian the company was exploring a “parent-controlled version” of Instagram, similar to the Messenger Kids app that is for kids between six and 12.

But in a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, child development experts and consumer groups criticized the move:

“The platform’s relentless focus on appearance, self-presentation and branding presents challenges to adolescents’ privacy and well-being … Younger children are even less developmentally equipped to deal with these challenges, as they are learning to navigate social interactions, friendships and their inner sense of strengths during this crucial window of development.”

The authors of the letter said Facebook’s “long track record of exploiting young people and putting them at risk makes the company particularly unsuitable as the custodian of a photo-sharing and social-messaging site for children.”

The groups pointed to news reports about leaked documents showing how Facebook boasted to advertisers that it could target teens at the exact moment they were feeling bad about themselves, including when they have negative thoughts about their bodies.

The letter cited more than 20 studies on the negative impact of social media on children, which include:

According to the letter, research published in 2020 showed “vast amounts of data” from apps played by kids were sent to the Facebook Graph database, yet “no effort has been made by your company to address the problem of the children’s data that you possess or process for marketing purposes.”

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The letter also noted that in 2019, a design flaw in Facebook’s Messenger Kids allowed young children to circumvent parental controls and chat with strangers.

Signatories of the letter include: Center for Humane TechnologyCommon Sense5Rights FoundationCenter for Digital DemocracyParentsTogether ActionGlobal Action Plan UK and the creators of “The Social Dilemma,” a documentary about the hidden agendas of social media and search platforms.

As The Defender reported in January, Instagram recently launched a “Shop” tab that experts say exists solely for the purpose of surveillance capitalism. Nazanin Andalibi, Ph.D., with the Center for Social Media Responsibility and Center for Ethics, Society and Computing, wrote:

“As a researcher who studies social media, people and society, I’m concerned about the effects of surveillance capitalism. This includes social media companies profiting from collecting user data, making algorithmic inferences about people’s preferences and using this information to target people with advertising.”

Instagram’s top competitor in social media — TikTok — already has an app tailored to kids under 13. According to TechCrunch, TikTok was forced to “age-gate its app” as a result of its settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC had investigated Musical.ly (the app that became TikTok) for violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA). TechCrunch reported:

“Facebook, too, could be in a similar situation where it has to age-gate Instagram in order to properly direct its existing underage users to a COPPA-compliant experience. At the very least, Facebook has grounds to argue that it shouldn’t have to boot the under-13 crowd off its app, since TikTok did not. And the FTC’s fines, even when historic, barely make a dent in tech giants’ revenues.”

In December, the FTC issued a joint statement in support of an investigation of social media’s impact on children. The statement said in part:

“The FTC wants to understand how business models influence what Americans hear and see, with whom they talk, and what information they share. The questions push to uncover how children and families are targeted and categorized.”

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Viganò on Vatican ‘health’ conference with Fauci: Holy See is ‘making itself the servant of the New World Order’

The result is the super-imposition over the true Church of a sect of heretical and depraved Modernists who are intent on legitimizing adultery, sodomy, abortion, euthanasia, idolatry, and any perversion of the intellect and will. The true Church is now eclipsed, denied and discredited by her very Pastors, betrayed even by the one who occupies the highest Throne.
Tue Apr 20, 2021 - 7:32 pm EST
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April 20, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – From May 6-8, 2021, the fifth International Vatican Conference will take place, entitled Exploring the Mind, Body & Soul. Unite to Prevent & Unite to Cure. A Global Health Care Initiative: How Innovation and Novel Delivery Systems Improve Human Health. The event is being hosted by the Pontifical Council for Culture, the Cura Foundation, the Science and Faith Foundation, and Stem for Life.

Michael Haynes of LifeSiteNews has reported (here) on the topics to be addressed and the participants, including the infamous Anthony Fauci, whose scandalous conflicts of interest did not prevent him from taking over the management of the pandemic in the United States; Chelsea Clinton, a follower of the Church of Satan and a staunch abortion advocate; the New Age guru Deepak Chopra; Dame Jane Goodall, environmentalist and chimpanzee expert; the CEOs of Pfizer and Moderna; representatives of Big Tech; and a whole slew of abortionists, Malthusians, and globalists known to the general public. The conference has recruited five prominent journalists to be moderators, who are exclusively from left-wing media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, CBS and Forbes.

This Conference – along with the Council for Inclusive Capitalism of Lynn Forester de Rothschild, the Global Compact on Education, and the inter-religious Pantheon to be held in June in Astana, Kazakhstan – is the umpteenth scandalous confirmation of a disturbing departure of the current Hierarchy, and in particular its highest Roman members, from Catholic orthodoxy. The Holy See has deliberately renounced the supernatural mission of the Church, making itself the servant of the New World Order and Masonic globalism in an antichristic counter-magisterium. The same Roman Dicasteries, occupied by people ideologically aligned with Jorge Mario Bergoglio and protected and promoted by him, now continue unrestrained in their implacable work of demolishing Faith, Morals, ecclesiastical discipline, and monastic and religious life, in an effort as vain as it is unprecedented to transform the Bride of Christ into a philanthropic association enslaved to the Strong Powers. The result is the super-imposition over the true Church of a sect of heretical and depraved Modernists who are intent on legitimizing adultery, sodomy, abortion, euthanasia, idolatry, and any perversion of the intellect and will. The true Church is now eclipsed, denied and discredited by her very Pastors, betrayed even by the one who occupies the highest Throne.

The fact that the deep church has managed to elect its own member so as to carry out this infernal plan in agreement with the deep state is no longer a mere suspicion, but a phenomenon which it is now essential to ask questions about and shed light on. The submission of the Cathedra veritatis to the interests of the Masonic elite is manifesting itself in all its evidence, in the deafening silence of the Sacred Pastors and in the bewilderment of the People of God, who have been abandoned to themselves.

Further demonstration of this degenerate libido serviendi of the Vatican towards the globalist ideology is the choice of speakers to give testimonials and lectures: supporters of abortion, of the use of fetal material in research, of demographic decline, of the pan-sexual LGBT agenda, and last but not least, of the narrative of Covid and the so-called vaccines. Cardinal Ravasi, the President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, is certainly one of the leading representatives of the deep church and Modernist progressivism, as well as an advocate of dialogue with the infamous Masonic sect and a promoter of the famous Courtyard of the Gentiles. It is therefore not surprising that included among the organizers of the event is the Stem for Life Foundation, which proudly defines itself as “a nonsectarian, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization focused on creating a movement to accelerate development of cell therapies.”

On closer inspection, the sectarianism and partisanship of the Vatican Conference are made evident by the topic it addresses, the conclusions it seeks to draw, its participants, and its sponsors. Even the image chosen to promote the Conference is extremely eloquent: a close-up of Michelangelo’s fresco of Creation on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, in which the hand of God the Father reaches out towards the hand of Adam, but with both hands covered by disposable surgical gloves, recalling the regulations of the new “health liturgy” and implying that even the Lord Himself might spread the virus.

In this sacrilegious representation, the order of Creation is subverted into therapeutic anti-creation, in which man saves himself and becomes the mad author of his own health “redemption.” Instead of the purifying laver of Baptism, the Covid religion proposes the vaccine, the bearer of disabilities and death, as the only means of salvation. Instead of Faith in the Revelation of God, we find superstition and the irrational assent to precepts that have nothing scientific about them, with rites and liturgies that mimic true Religion in a sacrilegious parody.

This choice of imagery has an aberrant and blasphemous ring to it, because it uses a well-known and evocative image to insinuate and promote a false and tendentious narrative that says that in the presence of a seasonal flu, whose virus has still not been isolated according to Koch’s postulates (here) and that can be effectively cured using existing treatments, it is necessary to administer vaccines that are admitted to be ineffective and that are still in the experimentation phase, with unknown side-effects, and whose producers have obtained a criminal shield of immunity for their distribution. The victims immolated on the altar of the health Moloch, from children dismembered in the third month of pregnancy in order to produce the gene serum to the thousands of people who have been killed or maimed, do not stop the infernal machine of Big Pharma, and it is to be feared that there will be a resurgence of the phenomenon over the next few months.

One wonders if Bergoglio’s zeal for the dissemination of the gene serum is not also motivated by base economic reasons, as compensation for the losses suffered by the Vatican and the Dioceses following the lockdown and the collapse of attendance by the faithful at Mass and the Sacraments. On the other hand, if Rome’s silence about the violation of human and religious rights in China has been paid for by the Beijing dictatorship with substantial prebends, nothing prevents the replication of this scheme on a large scale in exchange for the Vatican’s promotion of the vaccines.

The Conference will obviously take great care not to mention even indirectly the perennial teaching of the Magisterium on moral and doctrinal questions of the greatest importance. Conversely, the sycophantic praise of the worldly mentality and the prevailing ideology will be the only voice, along with the amorphous ecumenical repertoire inspired by the New Age.

I note that in 2003 the same Pontifical Council for Culture condemned yoga meditation and, more generally, New Age thought as being incompatible with the Catholic faith. According to the Vatican document, New Age thought “shares with a number of internationally influential groups the goal of superseding or transcending particular religions in order to create space for a universal religion which could unite humanity. Closely related to this is a very concerted effort on the part of many institutions to invent a Global Ethic, an ethical framework which would reflect the global nature of contemporary culture, economics and politics. Further, the politicization of ecological questions certainly colors the whole question of the Gaia hypothesis or worship of mother earth” (2.5). It goes without saying that the pagan ceremonies with which Saint Peter’s Basilica was profaned in honor of the pachamama idol fit perfectly into that “politicization of ecological questions” denounced by the 2003 Vatican document, and which today is instead promoted sine glossa by the so-called Bergoglian magisterium, beginning with Laudato Sì and Fratelli Tutti.

At La Salette, Our Lady warned us: “Rome will lose the Faith and become the seat of the Antichrist.” It will not be the Holy Church, indefectible by the promises of Christ, that will lose the Faith: it will be the sect that occupies the See of Most Blessed Peter and which today we see propagating the anti-gospel of the New World Order. It is no longer possible to remain silent, because today our silence would make us accomplices of the enemies of God and of the human race. Millions of faithful are disgusted by the countless scandals of the Pastors, by the betrayal of their mission, by the desertion of those who by Holy Orders are called to bear witness to the Holy Gospel and not to support the establishment of the kingdom of the Antichrist.

I beg my Brothers in the Episcopate, priests, religious, and in a particular way the faithful laity who see themselves being betrayed by the Hierarchy, to raise their voices so as to express with a spirit of true obedience to Our Lord, Head of the Mystical Body, a firm and courageous denunciation of this apostasy and its authors. I invite everyone to pray that the Divine Majesty may be moved to compassion and intervene in our aid. May the Most Holy Virgin, terribilis ut castrorum acies ordinata, intercede before the Throne of God, compensating with Her merits for the unworthiness of Her children who invoke Her with the glorious title of Auxilium Christianorum.

+ Carlo Maria Viganò, Archbishop

20 April 2021
Feria Tertia infra Hebdomadam II
post Octavam Paschae


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Opinion

Biden’s executive order on Russia is designed to ‘deprive American citizens and organizations of their rights’

Biden's recent Executive Order is the most dangerous of them all. It is designed to allow the Biden administration to deprive American citizens and organizations of their rights and property by arbitrarily linking those persons to real, imagined, or vaguely defined activities of the Russian government.
Tue Apr 20, 2021 - 5:05 pm EST
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April 20, 2021 (AmericanThinker) – On April 15, President Biden signed an Executive Order on Blocking Property with Respect to Specified Harmful Foreign Activities of the Government of the Russian Federation. Contrary to its title, this Executive Order (EO) is not about Russia. It is designed to allow the Biden administration to deprive American citizens and organizations of their rights and property by arbitrarily linking those persons to real, imagined, or vaguely defined activities of the Russian government.

The Biden administration unilaterally makes the determination and requires neither criminal acts nor intent. The punishment is blocking assets and a prohibition on any dealing with the accused person. Spouses and adult children of individuals found guilty by accusation under this EO are punished, too.

The EO was preceded by some distracting manoeuvres, both diplomatic (hostile rhetoric toward Russia) and military (sending naval ships toward the Black Sea and recalling them back, as if dealing with Russian threats). Thus, many people assumed that the EO was directed at Russia, and completely missed the fact that it is directed at dissent here, at home. 

Over the past four years, the Democrat Party, Fake News, and Big Tech have been frequently portraying their opponents as Russian trolls or Russian misinformation operators. The Russian collusion narrative, initially invented to overthrow the Trump administration, has been used to smear many conservative movements. Now this effort has been crowned by an Executive Order. 

Biden’s administration has been recently pushing so many other radical changes, such as packing the Supreme Court, eliminating the filibuster, restricting Second Amendment rights, etc., that the real ramifications of this new EO went completely unnoticed. In my opinion, this EO is the most dangerous of them all. It allows the Biden regime to eliminate its opposition, quickly and quietly.

Section 1 of the EO enumerates prohibited activities and defines guilty persons as those “determined” by the Secretary of Treasury and/or Secretary of State in consultation with the Attorney General to be:

(a)(ii) responsible for or complicit in, or to have directly or indirectly engaged or attempted to engage in, any of the following for or on behalf of, or for the benefit of, directly or indirectly, the Government of the Russian Federation: 

(A)  malicious cyber-enabled activities;

(B)  interference in a United States or other foreign government election;

(C)  actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions in the United States or abroad; 

(D)  transnational corruption;

Some of the language in this EO borrows from another: EO-13224 - Blocking Property and Prohibiting Transactions With Persons Who Commit, Threaten To Commit, or Support Terrorism. George W. Bush signed EO-13224 on September 23, 2001, in response to 9/11.

However, Biden’s EO is as similar to Bush’s EO as an atomic bomb is to a sniper rifle. Bush’s EO targeted financing terrorism. It defined terrorism clearly and narrowly. It minimized legal jeopardy to US persons. It did not strip away the standard for criminal liability requirements of action and intent. It did not target spouses or children of accused individuals. Additionally, Bush made a legally meaningful promise to use it with due regard to culpability and the Bush administration used it with restraint. Even so, Democrats criticized it harshly, opposed it, and fought it in courts.

In contrast, Biden’s new EO is directed mostly at US persons. It criminalizes speech and political activities, based on whimsical and arbitrary definitions. The Biden administration can define “malicious activities,” “democratic processes or institutions,” and the activities that undermine them as it wants. 

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The Biden administration is also free to interpret what constitutes “interests of the Russian Government.” Such broad and vague language allows the Biden regime to select US citizens and political organizations arbitrarily, and then deprive them of their property and rights without anything reminiscent of due process. The EO does not even require that anybody commit an actual crime somewhere. False cyber-attribution or fake bounty claims are sufficient. Biden’s remarks to the EO showed no regard to the culpability of any targeted US citizens or other persons.

Leftist pseudo-elites have been eager to ban speech based on allegations that such speech may be beneficial to Russia. Such ideation has been present among Big Tech influencers for a long time. This EO effectively gives Big Tech, banks, and credit card companies a new pretext to deplatform conservatives and anyone else who opposes the Biden regime by claiming that they are now engaged in illegal activity. 

Biden’s EO appears to allow the Democrat party to deny Americans the right to advocate against it in future federal elections. This might be accomplished through a “determination” that Russia is interfering in elections against democratic candidates. Thus, any US citizens who also oppose Democrats could be found to acting for Russia’s benefit, directly or indirectly. 

The list of prohibited activities justifying a Biden administration “determination” to deprive American persons of their property and other rights (referred to here as a “Deprived Person”) states:

       [a] (iii) to be or have been a leader, official, senior executive officer, or member of the board of directors of:
           …   (C)  an entity whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order;

For comparison, Bush’s EO only covered the leaders of terrorist-supporting entities, not multiple officials, executives, or directors.

Unprecedently, Biden’s EO targets children and spouses:

[a] (v)    to be a spouse or adult child of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to subsection (a)(ii) or (iii) of this section;

and countless associations:

[a] (vi)   to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of:

(A)  any activity described in subsection (a)(ii) of this section; or

(B)  any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order ...

[a] (vii) to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, … any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order.

Notice the infinite reach these subsections afford. Those connected to a “Deprived Person” can receive the same designation, and so on. There is no limit to the number of iterations. 

“Deprived Persons” essentially become untouchables, as dealing with them in any way is expressly prohibited without additional determinations:

Sec. 2.  The prohibitions in section 1 of this order include:

(a)  the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; and

(b)  the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.

Giving legal representation, hosting the website, selling food, and giving medical care to a “Deprived Person” is automatically prohibited. Section 4 prohibits transactions that “cause a violation” of this EO, even absent intent or knowledge. This serves as a hint to pre-emptively cut ties with anyone the Biden regime targets.

Section 9 exempts UN bodies and “related organizations” (NGOs) from any responsibility for interfering in US elections and other activities under this order.

The Russian Federation is mixed into the EO only for distraction and as a primer, triggering expanding layers of culpability. 

I do not expect any putative human rights organizations or large media outlets to hold the Biden regime accountable for how it applies this EO or to defend its victims. So far, these outlets have either ignored it or defended it.

Published with permission from the American Thinker.


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Opinion

COVID jab safety studies completely undermined by plans to remove control group

Apparently, concern about risk to the individual only matters when vaccine makers have everything to gain. By eliminating control groups, we'll have no way of really proving the harm that these 'vaccines' might impart over time, as all participants will be in the same proverbial boat.
Tue Apr 20, 2021 - 3:30 pm EST
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STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Makers of COVID-19 vaccines are now destroying long-term safety studies by unblinding their trials and giving the control groups the active vaccine, claiming it is “unethical” to withhold an effective vaccine
  • In so doing, they make it virtually impossible to assess any long-term safety and effectiveness, and the true benefit versus cost
  • It’s ironic, because vaccine mandates are being justified on the premise that the benefit to the community is more important than an individual’s risk of harm. Yet vaccine manufacturers are saying that participants in the control groups are harmed by not getting the vaccine, and saving the individual is more important than securing the data needed to make public health decisions
  • Getting the active vaccine comes with risk, not merely benefit. This is particularly true for the novel mRNA technology used in COVID-19 vaccines
  • As of April 1, 2021, VAERS had received 56,869 adverse events following COVID-19 vaccination, including 7,971 serious injuries and 2,342 deaths. Of those deaths, 28% occurred within 48 hours of vaccination. The youngest person to die was 18 years old

April 20, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – While reports of side effects from COVID-19 gene therapies, including life-threatening effects and deaths, continue to climb at breakneck speed, (1) a one-sided narrative of safety and effectiveness permeates mainstream media and medical news.

These “vaccines” are so safe and so effective, according to this narrative, that keeping control groups intact for long-term study and comparison of outcomes is now being derided as "unethical," despite the fact that there is absolutely no non-fraudulent data to support their perverse assertions. Truly, what we’re watching is the active destruction of basic medical science in a surreal dystopian nightmare. 

Vaccine makers to ditch control groups

Consider this report in JAMA by Rita Rubin, senior writer for JAMA medical news and perspectives, for example. (2) According to Rubin, the launch of “two highly efficacious” COVID-19 vaccines has “spurred debate about the ethics, let alone the feasibility, of continuing or launching blinded, placebo-controlled trials …”

Rubin recounts how Moderna representatives told a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel that rather than letting thousands of vaccine doses to go to waste, they planned to offer them to trial participants who had received placebo.

Pfizer representatives made a similar announcement to the advisory panel. According to a news analysis published in The BMJ, (3) the FDA and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are both onboard with this plan, as is the World Health Organization. (4)

In the JAMA report by Rubin, Moncref Slaoui, Ph.D., chief scientific adviser for Operation Warp Speed, is quoted saying he thinks “it’s very important that we unblind the trial at once and offer the placebo group vaccines” because trial participants “should be rewarded” for their participation.

All of these statements violate the very basics of what a safety trial needs, which is a control group against which you can compare the effects of the drug or vaccine in question over the long term. I find it inconceivable that unblinding is even a consideration at this point, seeing how the core studies have not even concluded yet. The only purpose of this unblinding is to conceal the fraud that these vaccines are safe.

None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently on the market are actually licensed. They only have emergency use authorization — which, incidentally, also forbids them from being mandated, although this is being widely and conveniently ignored — as trials are still ongoing.

At the earliest, they may be licensed two years from now, at the completion of the follow-up studies. (5) This is why those in the military are allowed to refuse it, and refuse they have. Among Marines, the refusal rate is nearly 40%. (6)

So, before the initial studies are even completed, vaccine makers and regulatory agencies are now deciding to forgo long-term safety evaluations altogether by giving placebo recipients the real McCoy, and so-called bioethicists are actually supporting this madness. As reported in The BMJ:

“Although the FDA has granted the vaccines emergency use authorization, to get full license approval two years of follow-up data are needed. The data are now likely to be scanty and less reliable given that the trials are effectively being unblinded.” (7)

Hypocrisy abounds

It’s ironic in the extreme, because vaccine mandates are being justified on the premise that the benefit to the community supersedes the risk of individual harm. In other words, it’s OK if some people are harmed by the vaccine because the overall benefit to society is more important.

Yet here they’re saying that participants in the control groups are being harmed by not getting the vaccine, so therefore vaccine makers have an obligation to give it to them before the long-term studies are completed. This is the complete opposite argument used for mandatory vaccination.

If we are to accept the “greater good” justification for vaccination, then people who agree to participate in a study, and end up getting a placebo, need to roll the dice and potentially sacrifice their health “for the greater good.” Here, the greater good is the study itself, the results of which are of crucial importance for public health decisions.

Without this data, we will never know whether the vaccines work in the long term and/or what their side effects are. If an individual in the control group gets COVID-19, then that’s the price of scientific participation for the greater good of society, just as when a vaccinated person gets harmed, that’s considered an acceptable price for creating vaccine-induced herd immunity.

Put another way, when it comes to mandating vaccines, harm to the individual is acceptable, but when it comes to doing proper safety studies, all of a sudden, harm to the individual is not acceptable, and protecting the controls is more important than protecting the integrity of the research. The fact that they’re this inconsistent in their “ethics” could be viewed as proof positive that public health isn’t even a remote concern.

Scientific ethics are eroding

Apparently, concern about risk to the individual only matters when vaccine makers have everything to gain. By eliminating control groups, we’ll have no way of really proving the harm that these “vaccines” might impart over time, as all participants will be in the same proverbial boat.

I remain confident that we’ll continue to see many more health problems and deaths develop in time, but without control groups, these trends can more easily be written off as “normal” and/or blamed on something else. As noted by Dr. Steven Goodman, associate dean of clinical and translational research at Stanford University, who is quoted in Rubin’s JAMA article:

“By unblinding trial participants, ‘you lose a valid comparison group,' Goodman said. 'There will be this sense, and it will be sort of true, that the study is over.' Unlike, say, a highly effective cancer drug, 'the vaccine is not literally a life-and-death issue today and tomorrow' for most trial participants, Goodman said.

So, he noted, those running COVID-19 vaccine trials shouldn't feel obligated to unblind participants and vaccinate placebo recipients right away. Doing so implies 'you can just blow up the trial' on the basis of promising preliminary results, establishing 'an ethical model for future trials that we maybe don't want to set,' Goodman said.” (8)

Indeed, this strategy will set a dangerous precedent that will probably lead to vaccine and drug studies being conducted without control groups in the future, which could spell the end of medical science as we know it. At bare minimum, future variations of the current COVID-19 vaccine trials are likely to be conducted without control groups.

Trial participants told not to unblind themselves

Goodman is also quoted in another article, (9) this one in MedPage Today, discussing the problems with trial participants unblinding themselves by taking an antibody test:

“ ‘There is no good scientific reason for someone to do this,' he told MedPage Today. 'I can understand why they want that information, but it can only serve to diminish the value of the trial. Getting tested is not right unless there is a pressing need for unblinding for health reasons’.”

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Here, yet another hypocritical irony arises, as the reason they don’t want trial participants to unblind themselves is because if they know they got the vaccine, they’re statistically more likely to take more risks that might expose them to the virus.

This, then, will skew the results and “could make the vaccine look less effective than it is,” Dr. Elizabeth McNally of Northwestern University explained to MedPage Today. (10) So, whether vaccine scientists agree with unblinding or not, unblinding really only has to do with whether it will skew results in their favor.

Trial participants unblinding themselves might make the vaccine appear less effective if they alter their behavior as a consequence, whereas vaccine makers unblinding the entire control group will allow them to hide side effects, even if participants alter their behavior.

Justification for elimination of controls is flimsy at best

While pro-vaccine advocates insist the elimination of control groups is justified on the “moral grounds” that it’s unethical to not provide volunteers with something of value, this argument completely ignores the undeniable fact that no vaccine is 100% safe.

As of April 1, 2021, VAERS had received 56,869 adverse events following COVID-19 vaccination, including 7,971 serious injuries and 2,342 deaths. Of those deaths, 28% occurred within 48 hours of vaccination.

Getting the active vaccine comes with risk, not merely benefit. This is particularly true for the novel mRNA technology used in COVID-19 vaccines. Historical data are troubling to say the least, and the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is rapidly filling up with COVID-19 vaccine-related injury reports and deaths.

Reports of side effects and deaths are piling up

As reported by The Defender, (11) as of April 1, 2021, VAERS had received 56,869 adverse events following COVID-19 vaccination, including 7,971 serious injuries and 2,342 deaths. Of those deaths, 28% occurred within 48 hours of vaccination! The youngest person to die was 18 years old. There were also 110 reports of miscarriage or premature birth among pregnant women.

As reported in “COVID-19 Vaccine To Be Tested on 6-Year-Olds,” between January 2020 and January 2021, COVID-19 vaccines accounted for 70% of the annual vaccine deaths, even though these vaccines had only been available for less than two months!

In my view, it’s unconscionable and morally reprehensible to not take these data into account. Clearly, these “vaccines” have risks. Pretending like they don't, and that all placebo recipients in vaccine trials are at a distinct disadvantage simply isn't true.

Keep in mind that we still do not know the percentage of adverse effects being reported. Is it between 1% (12) and 10% (13) as past inquiries into VAERS reporting have shown, or is it higher?

If only 10% are reported, we may be looking at 23,420 deaths, but if it is as low as 1%, it jumps to more than 230,000 deaths. We will never know because there are major attempts to suppress this information, as we have already witnessed with the deaths of sport celebrities Hank Aaron and Marvin Hagler, both of whom died shortly after COVID vaccinations.

Regardless, it’s hard to justify even a single death of an otherwise healthy individual, seeing how the survival rate for COVID-19 across all age groups is 99.74%. If you’re younger than 40, your survival rate is 99.99%. (14)

There's every reason to suspect that these reports account for just a small percentage of actual side effects. Just think of all those who get the vaccine at grocery stores or temporary vaccination sites, for example. First of all, are all Americans even aware that VAERS exists and that they need to file a report if they suffer an adverse reaction post-COVID vaccination?

Who is going to file the adverse report if you get vaccinated in a grocery or convenience store? Will they return to the pharmacist and report their side effects? Will the pharmacist file the report? Who’s responsible for filing the report if you go to a temporary vaccination site?

CDC stays mum on how it’s ensuring reporting compliance

According to the CDC, deaths from COVID-19 vaccines are required to be reported to VAERS. (15) It's not supposed to be voluntary, as with other vaccines. However, it is not being transparent about how it is ensuring this “requirement” is being followed, so it’s impossible to confirm that all related deaths are in fact being reported. As reported by The Defender: (16)

"We … inquired about whether healthcare providers are reporting all injuries and deaths that might be connected to the COVID vaccine, and what education initiatives are in place to encourage and facilitate proper and accurate reporting.

Twenty-two days later a representative from the CDC's Vaccine Task Force responded by saying the agency had never received our questions — even though the employees we talked to several times said their press officers were working through the questions we sent. We provided the questions again and requested a response by April 7. To date, the CDC has not responded despite our repeated follow-up attempts.”

Absolute versus relative risk reduction

Vaccine makers are also very careful about only referencing relative risk, not absolute risk. By doing so, the vaccines appear far more protective than they actually are. It's a commonly used statistical trick that I encourage you to familiarize yourself with.

For example, in his November 26, 2020, BMJ article, (17) Peter Doshi, associate editor of The BMJ, pointed out that while Pfizer claims its vaccine is 95% effective, this is the relative risk reduction. The absolute risk reduction — which is far more relevant for public health measures — is actually less than 1%!

I recommend listening to the interview with Dr. Ron Brown above, in which he explains the ins and outs of relative and absolute risks, and the differences between them. He’s also written two papers detailing the problems with this kind of reporting bias: “Outcome Reporting Bias in COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine Clinical Trials” (18) and “Public Health Lessons Learned From Biases in Coronavirus Mortality Overestimation.” (19)

You likely don’t need a vaccine

If you're concerned about vaccine side effects, please understand there are several prevention strategies and treatments readily available that have been shown to be highly effective, which means the need for a vaccine in the first place is nearly moot.

For example, nebulized hydrogen peroxide with iodine, which I've written about in previous articles, works very well. For a refresher, see “How Nebulized Peroxide Helps Against Respiratory Infections.”Other treatments include hydroxychloroquine with zincivermectin and the iMASK and MATH+ protocols, which you can learn more about in the linked articles.

What to do if you got the vaccine and are having problems

In closing, if you got the vaccine and now regret it, you may be able to address your symptoms using the same strategies you'd use to treat actual SARS-CoV-2 infection.

I’ve written many articles over the past year detailing simple strategies to improve your immune system, and with a healthy immune system, you'll get through COVID-19 without incident. Below, I'll summarize some of the strategies you can use both to prevent COVID-19 and address any side effects you may encounter from the vaccine.

•  Eat a “clean,” ideally organic diet. Avoid processed foods of all kinds, especially vegetable oils, as they are loaded with damaging omega-6 linoleic acid that wrecks your mitochondrial function. Linoleic acid has been shown to increase mortality from COVID-19.

•  Consider nutritional ketosis and a time-restricted eating window of six to eight hours with no food at least three hours before bed. These strategies will help you optimize your metabolic machinery and mitochondrial function.

•  Implement a detoxification program to get rid of heavy metals and glyphosate. This is important as these toxins contribute to inflammation. To improve detoxification, I recommend activating your natural glutathione production with molecular hydrogen tablets.

A simple way to block glyphosate uptake is to take glycine. Approximately 3 grams, about half a teaspoon, a few times a day should be sufficient, along with an organic diet, so that you're not adding more glyphosate with each meal.

•  Maintain a neutral pH to improve the resiliency of your immune system. You want your pH to be right around 7, which you can measure with an inexpensive urine strip. The lower your pH, the more acidic you are. A simple way to raise your pH if it’s too acidic (and most people are) is to take one-fourth teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) or potassium bicarbonate in water a few times a day.

Nutritional supplementation can also be helpful. Among the most important are:

Vitamin D — Vitamin D supplements are readily available and one of the least expensive supplements on the market. All things considered, vitamin D optimization is likely the easiest and most beneficial strategy that anyone can do to minimize their risk of COVID-19 and other infections, and can strengthen your immune system in a matter of a few weeks.

N-acetylcysteine (NAC) — NAC is a precursor to reduced glutathione, which appears to play a crucial role in COVID-19. According to one literature analysis, (20) glutathione deficiency may actually be associated with COVID-19 severity, leading the author to conclude that NAC may be useful both for its prevention and treatment.

Zinc — Zinc plays a very important role in your immune system's ability to ward off viral infections. Like vitamin D, zinc helps regulate your immune function (21) — and a combination of zinc with a zinc ionophore, like hydroxychloroquine or quercetin, was in 2010 shown to inhibit SARS coronavirus in vitro. In cell culture, it also blocked viral replication within minutes. (22) Importantly, zinc deficiency has been shown to impair immune function. (23)

Melatonin — This boosts immune function in a variety of ways and helps quell inflammation. Melatonin may also prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection by recharging glutathione (24) and enhancing vitamin D synthesis, among other things.

Vitamin C — A number of studies have shown vitamin C can be very helpful in the treatment of viral illnesses, sepsis and ARDS, (25) all of which are applicable to COVID-19. Its basic properties include anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, antioxidant, antithrombotic and antiviral activities. At high doses, it actually acts as an antiviral drug, actively inactivating viruses. Vitamin C also works synergistically with quercetin. (26)

Quercetin — A powerful immune booster and broad-spectrum antiviral, quercetin was initially found to provide broad-spectrum protection against SARS coronavirus in the aftermath of the 2003 SARS epidemic, (27), (28), (29) and evidence suggests it may be useful for the prevention and treatment of SARS-CoV-2 as well.

B vitamins — B vitamins can also influence several COVID-19-specific disease processes, including (30) viral replication and invasion, cytokine storm induction, adaptive immunity and hypercoagulability.

Type 1 interferon — Type 1 interferon prevents viral replication and helps degrade the RNA. It's available in spray form that you can spray directly into your throat or nose. You can try taking a couple of sprays per day prophylactically, and more if you have a cough, fever or headache.

Report all COVID-19 vaccine side effects

Last but not least, if you or someone you love have received a COVID-19 vaccine and are experiencing side effects, report it. The Children’s Health Defense is calling on all who have suffered a side effect from a COVID-19 vaccine to do three things: (31)

This article was originally published by Mercola on April 20, 2021 and is reprinted here with permission. 

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The big lie: How COVID-19 became a disinformation operation wrapped in a virus

The CCP pulled off the greatest deception in modern history.
Tue Apr 20, 2021 - 1:08 pm EST
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April 20, 2021 (The Dossier) – At the turn of 2020, the novel coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China rapidly took its place atop the global information stage, and it wasn’t because people suddenly became interested in respiratory diseases. Supercharging this process was the breathtaking, horrifying photos and videos coming out of Wuhan. What we were seeing through the lens of social media appeared to be an Ebola-like plague, something so horrifying that it seemed to belong in a Hollywood script. Ultra viral videos and photos often showed citizens in business attire, out and about, seemingly going about their day, when suddenly, they were captured on film dropping like flies. It was “like Walking Dead” in the way that the virus supposedly struck its victims, suddenly and without remorse. 

One particular photo, which The Guardian described as the image that “captures the Wuhan coronavirus crisis,” took the world by storm.

From The Guardian:

“It is an image that captures the chilling reality of the coronavirus outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan: a grey-haired man wearing a face mask lies dead on the pavement, a plastic shopping bag in one hand, as police and medical staff in full protective suits and masks prepare to take him away.”

Notably, the AFP photographer who snapped the infamous photo “could not determine how the man, who appeared to be aged in his 60s, had died,” according to the report.

The photo of the well-dressed man, who appeared to be going about his standard business when he suddenly dropped dead in the streets, was just one of the many images and videos coming out of China presenting the narrative of a virus so deadly it would strike down its victims without warning.

Newspapers from around the world ate up the “dead in streets” and “zombieland” narrative.

Photos and videos of people collapsing in the streets continued to emerge via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube. What do these sites have in common? Well, they are blocked or remain virtually unused in China.

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Shortly thereafter, Chinese authorities announced a sweeping lockdown in an attempt to “stop the virus.” A few months later, Beijing announced that it had successfully stopped the virus dead in its tracks, but only through brutal suppression measures taken to “stop the spread.” The message from the Chinese Communist Party was crystal-clear: countries around the world must lock down immediately, and indefinitely, in an attempt to stop this supposedly deadly plague from infecting your nation’s population. The scare tactic worked. In a state of total panic, the overwhelming majority of the world followed the CCP’s “advice” on handling the virus, which I documented in my piece, “the origin story of COVID-19 lockdowns.”

Now back to the “zombieland” phenomenon.

On top of the fact that the “zombieland” situation was not seen in any other country, the idea that someone infected with COVID-19 could be walking around one moment, seemingly perfectly fine with no symptoms, and then suddenly, without notice, collapse to the ground, is not supported by any of the data on the virus. Looking back to January, none of the “walking dead” stuff that came out of Wuhan seems to make any sense. Even the most vulnerable individuals still present gradually declining symptoms, which worsen over time, before their passing. We have now had over a year to study the process of COVID-19 progression. The images that came out of Wuhan are not at all representative of how the novel coronavirus impacts infected human beings.

The “Wuhan Zombieland” stories don’t make any sense, and they are not supported by any evidence related to the COVID-19 pandemic. To this day, we still don’t know the source for many, if not all of the chaotic images and videos (which, again somehow originated and arrived on U.S. social media platforms even though they are banned in China) that appeared on giant media platforms.

It has been well over a year since the reported outbreak in Wuhan, and that “outbreak” has never represented itself in a similar manner in anywhere else in the world. There is only one reasonable explanation for this – we got hoaxed by the Chinese government, and its disinformation operation continues to this day.

COVID-19 should be understood as a classic Soviet-style disinformation operation. In employing previous disinformation campaigns, the Chinese Communist Party has long reflected the Soviet playbook to perform its own deceptive practices.

This graphic from The New York Times accurately summarizes the key ingredients within the Soviet-style playbook that makes for a successful disinformation campaign:

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If you break down the tactics of the COVID-19 disinformation operation, it’s easy to fill in the gaps and show how this style applies to the CCP’s COVID-19 operation.

1) The “cracks” in our society and politics are plentiful, and the West continues to abandon independent thought for total obedience to a corrupt ruling class.

2) The “Big Lie” is the idea that COVID-19 is a very lethal threat and that there must be dramatic measures, in the form of societal self-destruction that is initiated to “stop the spread.” The data in well over 100 countries proves otherwise.

3) The Big Lie is easier to pull off if it involves a kernel of truth. This was a critical component of the operation. Here, the kernel of truth is the virus itself, which causes a respiratory disease similar to seasonal Flu that results in an estimated 0.1 to 0.15% death rate. 

4) China is concealing their hand by continuing to deceive the world about the origins of the virus, and more importantly, the origins of their deliberate propaganda campaign that resulted in global panic. Sadly, there have been zero government inquiries into what exactly happened in Wuhan.

5) There are countless useful idiots in this story, namely, almost every single Western government head of state, in addition to a class of pseudoscientists known as “public health experts,” who have leveraged this era to accumulate fame, fortune, and power. These useful idiots deployed China’s narratives for a variety of reasons, none of which were supported by any real scientific justification.

6) Given that the West has largely bought into Corona Mania, China does not even need to deny everything about their role in promulgating the insanity. China is surely entertained by the wild goose chases from afar in attempts to find a patient zero at some laboratories in Wuhan, but that’s more of a distraction than anything else. It’s vitally important that Western governments dedicate resources to investigating the origins of the disinformation operation. It is infinitely more important than finding a patient zero.

7) The long game is already playing out. China has emerged economically unscathed by Corona Mania, while the West is entirely depleted due to lockdowns and other self destructive measures. China has been open and thriving, without much of a vaccine rollout whatsoever, for more than a year, while the West is still inundated in lockdown madness. In the end, China launched WWIII in the form of the coronavirus, and won the war without firing a single shot.

COVID-19 should be understood not as a disease, but as nothing more than a Chinese disinformation operation that was presented in the form of a virus.

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How the mainstream media are lying to you about Georgia’s new election integrity law

They deliberately mislead audiences about the numerous ways in which the bill actually expands voting access in the state.
Tue Apr 20, 2021 - 9:50 am EST
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April 20, 2021 (NewsBusters) – TV journalists are carrying water for Democrats by framing the new Georgia election security law as a racist roll-back of voting rights. But they deliberately mislead audiences about the numerous ways in which the bill actually expands voting access in the state.

Watch the video below for a breakdown of how the media are failing in their duty to cover the new law fairly:

Here are some of the most common complaints about the bill you’ll hear from the news media:

■     Claim: The bill restricts ballot drop boxes. Before this bill was passed, Georgia had no law requiring ballot drop boxes anywhere in the state. Thus, the bill actually establishes drop boxes, rather than reducing them. While it’s true that the bill includes an upward limit on how many can be available in the state, this does not represent a reduction.

■     Claim: It creates new voter ID requirements. Voters in Georgia were already required to show ID in order to vote in person. This law simply replaces the outdated (and sometimes inaccurate) practice signature-matching for absentee ballots. Instead, under the new law absentee ballots are verified with a voter’s identification card number. And those cards are provided — for free — to any voter who needs one.

■     Claim: The law makes it illegal to give food or water to voters waiting in line. This change eliminates a loophole in existing Georgia laws against electioneering. In the past, there have been instances in the state of Democrat activists engaging in “line-warming” by handing out freebies to people waiting to vote. This change addresses that, while still allowing vendors to set up food trucks and all manner of refreshments outside polling locations — as long as they’re 150 feet away from the polls.

■     Claim: The bill is designed to make it harder for minorities to vote. This is the most absurd of the bunch. Aside from the media’s (arguably racist) suggestion that it’s unfair to expect people of color to own ID, it’s hard to get anyone to explain how this bill even targets minorities. That’s probably because it doesn’t. Obviously there is no provision in the bill that references race, or even alludes to it.

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Under cover of COVID, the Vatican is going haywire

In May, Dr. Fauci, Chelsea Clinton, and others will be speaking at a conference organized by the Vatican.
Tue Apr 20, 2021 - 3:47 pm EST
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April 20, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Many people wrote to me aghast at my last video noting the scandal over Pope Francis having a painting placed behind his desk with Christ in the nude ministering to Judas. Many others were also taken aback because the painting was featured on the cover of the Vatican’s own newspaper, which dedicated its first three pages to the possibility of the salvation of Judas, the betrayer of Our Lord.

But that’s not all that has gone on lately. In the last month or so, Pope Francis has called for a “new world order” and more recently “global governance.” We’ve also seen top cardinals and bishops demand that the Church bless homosexual sexual unions, and Pope Francis has refused to correct them. What’s more, we’ve witnessed the Pope reject the title of Our Lady as co-redemptrix, which has been used for centuries and by previous popes. We’ve also seen the Pope appoint an open homosexual to his own commission for the protection of minors. It seems to me that, under the cover of COVID, things have gone completely haywire in the Vatican.

So much insanity has come out of the Vatican lately that I feel the need to give you an update to summarize everything all in one spot so you can see the speed at which things are happening. Philosophers tell us that things speed up near the end. Well, even if the end is still nowhere in sight, the speed and depth of the depravity coming out of Rome is unbelievable. 

We learned last week that the Vatican is hosting a health conference with, get this, Dr. Anthony Fauci, vaccine developers, Mormon elders, pro-abortion Chelsea Clinton, population control advocate Jane Goodall, a New Age activist, a prominent UK Muslim scholar, and pro-abortion American actress Cindy Crawford, among 114 speakers. The conference, entitled “Exploring the Mind, Body & Soul. How Innovation and Novel Delivery Systems Improve Human Health,” is due to take place May 6 through 8.    

In mid-March, we heard the Pope call for a “new world order” and say that “wasting” the COVID crisis would be worse than pandemic. 

Vatican News published an excerpt of the Pope’s book length interview, “God and the World to Come,” which was in bookstores in Italy on March 15. Speaking to the Italian journalist Domenico Agassowith language eerily similar to globalist Klaus Schwab, the Pope called for “a new world order,” also saying that the COVID crisis should not be wasted. “Let us all keep in mind that there is something worse than this crisis: the drama of wasting it,” Francis said. “We cannot emerge from a crisis the same as before: we either come out better or we come out worse.” 

The Pope even linked the theological aspect of salvation to the promotion of a new world order in line with globalist policies, suggesting that salvation was dependent upon their success. “We can no longer blithely accept inequalities and disruptions to the environment. The path to humanity’s salvation passes through the creation of a new model of development, which unquestionably focuses on coexistence among peoples in harmony with Creation.” 

The Pope continued that theme this month in a letter to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund at their April 5-11 meeting. Pope Francis called for “global governance” in light of COVID-19, strongly advocating for universal vaccines, and bemoaning the “ecological debt” owed to “nature itself.” The letter was delivered via Peter Cardinal Turkson, Prefect of the Holy See’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. 

On March 12, Pope Francis forbade the celebration of private Masses in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, which has gone on for centuries. Five Cardinals condemned the novel measure, including Cardinals Raymond L. Burke, Gerhard L. Müller, Walter Brandmüller, Robert Sarah, and Joseph Zen. 

Also, in mid-March Pope Francis ordered a canonical investigation into the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, which is largely seen by Vatican insiders as payback for the orthodoxy of Cardinal Robert Sarah, who was retired by Pope Francis in February. 

On March 24, Pope Francis rejected the Marian title of Co-Redemptrix, which has been believed and taught in the Church for centuries and used by previous Popes and saints. Nevertheless, Pope Francis denounced the teaching, saying there are no co-redeemers with Christ. “The mother who covers everyone under her mantle as a mother, Jesus entrusted us to her as a mother, not as a goddess, not as a co-redemptrix. 

Also on March 24, Pope Francis appointed Juan Carlos Cruz, an openly homosexual man, to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Cruz is himself a victim of clerical sexual abuse and was the one who Pope Francis called to come to the Vatican in 2018 for a private meeting where, Cruz reported after the meeting, the Pope affirmed him in his homosexuality. After the meeting, Cruz made public that Francis told him “that you are gay does not matter. God made you like that and he loves you like that and I do not care. The Pope loves you as you are, you have to be happy with who you are.”  

Cruz also revealed that Pope Franics told him that Archbishop Viganò, from his post as nuncio to the United States, arranged the Pope’s meeting with Kim Davis, the pro-family hero who as an elected county clerk went to jail rather than having her name go onto marriage certificates for homosexual couples. 

Speaking to the media after his appointment by the Pope to the Vatican commission, Cruz took the opportunity to condemn the new Vatican statement opposing the blessing of homosexual couples. He said the Vatican officials who issued the new statement “are completely in a world of their own, away from people and trying to defend the indefensible.” He called for a change in the leadership of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, saying it was undermining efforts by Francis to create a more inclusive church.   

Which brings me to the big item I’d like to focus on: the aftermath of the Vatican’s March 15 document forbidding clergy from blessing homosexual unions.  

Pope Francis’ closest collaborators let it be known that the Pope was unhappy with the statement, and he seemed to suggest as much in public statements after the documents release. Even Cardinal Burke, asked publicly on EWTN if that could be true that the Pope was distancing himself from the Vatican statement, said it was not unreasonable. 

Beyond thatCardinal Christoph Schönborn, who Pope Francis has claimed to be one of the greatest theologians in the Church, came out slamming the Vatican document as a “clear communication error,” and said homosexual blessings would not be refused. Schonborn, who is the lead prelate in the Church in Austria, said, “(if) the request for a blessing is sincere,” and desired by a homosexual couple from God to aid “a life path,” homosexual or otherwise, “then such a blessing will not be refused.”

Mayhem erupted all over the Church as a result, especially among liberal clergy. Australian Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane tweeted March 16“A Church which says we can’t ordain women is equally obliged to ask how we might include women in leadership … a Church which says we can’t bless same-sex unions is equally obliged to ask how we might include same-sex couples.” 

Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg, who chairs the German Bishops’ Conference, said he was “not happy” with the statement from the CDF, suggesting that the teaching will not be followed by the Church in Germany. 

“This gives the impression that the theological debate, which is currently being debated in various parts of the universal Church, including here in Germany, is to be ended as quickly as possible,” he said, as reported by KatholischBätzing added that this is not possible at all “because the discussion is intense and with good arguments in many places, and the theological inquiries about pastoral practice today cannot simply be put out of the way with one word of power.” 

Belgian Bishop Johan Bonny said that he felt “shame for my Church.” I “want to apologize to all for whom this is painful and incomprehensible,” he wrote.  

The Belgian bishops as a group reacted with a statement that they will continue to follow Pope Francis’ controversial encyclical Amoris Laetitia when it comes to homosexuals in the Catholic Church. 

The youngest Catholic bishop in Ireland, Bishop Paul Dempsey of Achonry, called the ban a “hurtful response from the Church to people with same-sex orientation,” in a March 26 reflection that appeared on the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference website. 

Dempsey, who was appointed Bishop of Achonry in January 2020 by Pope Francis, called the language used in the document a “problem.” “The deeper problem arises in the sphere of language, at best it is experienced as cold and distant, at worst hurtful and offensive,” he said. 

Priests too have exposed themselves as opposed to the Church’s constant teaching on homosexuality. 

The German newspaper Deutsche Welle reported that about 60 German priests signed a letter stating that they will defy the CDF’s teaching and bless homosexual couples. “In view of the refusal of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to bless homosexual partnerships, we raise our voices and say: We will continue to accompany people who enter into a binding partnership and bless their relationship in the future. We do not refuse a blessing ceremony.” 

In a similar initiative in Austria, a group of about 350 priests organized by Pastor Helmut Schüller stated in a "Call to Disobedience 2.0" that they will “continue to bless same-sex couples.” 

Not to be outdone, some priests in America took to their pulpits to denounce the Vatican document, outing themselves as heretics in the process. Clergy from America’s first order of Catholic priests, the Paulists, openly criticized in homilies the Vatican’s decree that the Church cannot bless homosexual couples. The news actually came to LifeSite from a great convert from homosexuality, Joseph Sciambra, who compiled videos of priests from the Missionary Society of St. Paul the Apostle in parishes in New York, Boston, and Los Angeles openly lambasting the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. 

And if you’re hoping or thinking that Pope Francis will have to deal with it or bring clarity, we already know the Pope’s response. Two high-ranking Cardinals approached the Pope to correct the head of the German bishops conference on this same question. Edward Pentin, one of the best Vatican reporters in the world, reported that Jesuit Cardinal Luis Ladaria, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Cardinal Kurt Koch, the Swiss president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, requested that Bishop Bätzing, chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference, come to Rome to be corrected. Remember, Bätzing “directly challenged” several core Church teachings “regarding women’s ordination to the priesthood, the blessing of same-sex unions, priestly celibacy and Holy Communion for Protestants.” 

A source told the National Catholic Register that “Santa Marta said ‘No’” to the request from the Cardinals asking for Bätzing’s correction. Santa Marta being of course the Pope’s residence. Thus Pope Francis said NO. 

At least Cardinal Burke was ready to speak out against one of the Bishops spouting heresy. Speaking with Raymond Arroyo on EWTN, Cardinal Burke called out Bishop Bonny for his rejection of the Vatican refusal to allow for blessings for homosexual couples. 

Thank God someone is standing up for the truth of Christ’s Church. And let me close with this. In our time, it is becoming more and more difficult to identify true Catholics, the true faithful. Well, I came across a most beautiful quote that was taken from Robert Mader’s book Cross and Crown. Here is what it means to be a real Catholic to him:

 “Christianity should not be for us anything else than it was for the Apostles: a living relationship to Jesus . . . Neither work nor politics, neither the press nor science nor sports ought to occupy us in the least in comparison to the occupation of our memory and our understanding by Jesus. That’s Christianity! . . . The church, the house where Jesus lives, ought to be a stronger attraction for every genuine Christian than any other house in town, even during the week . . . Not to want to love Christ, Who is Love, is the sin of sins! Whoever does not love will be damned. We want to become Christians again. We want to love again, love and die for Christ the King.” 

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Despite public distancing, Planned Parenthood still continues Margaret Sanger’s work – killing children at a profit

Sanger’s name may be taken off the front of Planned Parenthood clinics, but her work is still going on inside. They’re simply attempting to virtue-signal their way to a free pass while continuing the ugly exploitation they practice as a matter of course.
Tue Apr 20, 2021 - 12:20 pm EST
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April 20, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – On April 17, 2021, Alexis McGill Johnson had an op-ed in The New York Times. “I’m the Head of Planned Parenthood,” the title read. “We’re Done Making Excuses for Our Founder.” Fifty-five years after her death — and innumerable dead babies of color later — and the abortion giant has finally decided that it is time to cut ties with Margaret Sanger.

Johnson gets right to the point. As pro-lifers have been saying now for decades, Sanger was a racist and eugenicist, and for her, those two things were synonymous. Johnson admits as much, noting that Sanger attended a Ku Klux Klan rally in New Jersey and endorsed the 1927 Supreme Court decision to allow states to sterilize people they deemed “unfit” without their consent. Thousands of people were sterilized as a result. She also supported using 1,500 women in Puerto Rico as guinea pigs to test the birth control pill.

Johnson does manage to make a few excuses for Sanger by noting that they once would have said that she was a product of her time, although they wouldn’t do that now (see what she did there?) And she barely skims over Sanger’s views. In her book The Pivot of Civilization, for example, Sanger advocated for the elimination of “human weeds” and called for “the cessation of charity, for the segregation of morons, misfits, and maladjusted,” in addition to the sterilization of “genetically inferior races.”

Johnson also neglects to mention that Sanger was close friends with Lothrop Stoddard, the Klansman who wrote The Rising Tide of Color and was appointed by Sanger to the board of the Birth Control League. Stoddard was so beloved by the Nazis for his racial theories that he even met personally with Adolf Hitler. One of the reasons the Birth Control League eventually needed a name change — to Planned Parenthood, as it turned out — was that the BCL had too many overt Nazi connections for people to ignore.

Sanger would be thrilled with the ongoing destruction perpetrated by Planned Parenthood against minority populations. Indeed, alt-right figures such as Richard Spencer are fans of the abortion industry for precisely this reason. Planned Parenthood’s management may have undergone an ideological shift — convenient, since their corporate strategy has long been to hitch the abortion wagon to progressive causes as frequently as possible — but the effect of its bloody work is precisely the same. Sanger’s name may be taken off the front of Planned Parenthood clinics, but Sanger’s work is still going on inside.

The facts speak for themselves. As Alexandra De Sanctis pointed out in National Review: “Nearly 80 percent of Planned Parenthood’s clinics are located within walking distance of neighborhoods occupied predominantly by black and Hispanic residents. Despite constituting only 13 percent of the female population, black women represent more than one-third of all abortions in the U.S. each year. Black women are five times more likely than white women to obtain an abortion, and abortions are highly concentrated among low-income women. In recent years in New York City, more black babies were aborted than were born alive.”

The slogans may have changed, but the work Planned Parenthood is something from Lothrop Stoddard’s wildest dreams. The abortion giant is making millions killing black and Hispanic babies in the womb, and they are now attempting to hoist the banner of racial justice over this pile of corpses while scoring points for repudiating a dead woman’s racism. Like many other major corporations, they’re simply attempting to virtue-signal their way to a free pass while continuing the ugly exploitation they practice as a matter of course. Meanwhile, they’re getting away with murder.

Benjamin Watson, a former NFL player and host of the recent pro-life documentary Divided Hearts of America, responded on his Facebook page:

This is well and good but it is time for Planned Parenthood to take the next step, or their denunciation of Margaret Sanger rings hollow. Whether they personally identify with Sanger’s ideology or not, they continue to carry out her mission, by serving as the leading executioner of our children. The same Sanger they claim to disavow would applaud their efforts and results, as a disproportionate percentage of Black American children have been killed in Planned Parenthood’s abortion clinics.

Acknowledging a racist history does not absolve them of the blood on their hands, as they continue to take full advantage of victims of the real and present racism they decry.

Quite frankly, how much of a racist or eugenicist Sanger was or wasn’t is of no real consequence right now as children die daily. The issue is that the profitability of abortion makes it a difficult cash cow to forgo. I urge Planned Parenthood to continue this “reckoning”, not simply by calling out racism and combating white supremacy, but by using their wealth to meet the needs of mothers and their influence to halt, not perpetuate, the ultimate goal of a eugenic agenda, extermination of an undesirable’s offspring.

That, of course, Planned Parenthood will never do. They prefer to decry the exploitation of minority communities while killing their children at a profit.


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The new scribes and scholars of the Law

If Christians in earlier centuries were perhaps too quick to label 'heresy' any opinion they couldn’t immediately recognize as familiar and to brand as a 'heretic' anyone with whom they disagreed, today we are vastly too elaborate and slow in pegging as heresy an opinion at variance with Scripture or Tradition, or identifying as a heretic someone who manifestly is one. 
Tue Apr 20, 2021 - 6:00 am EST
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By Dr. Peter Kwasniewski

April 20, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Many think that the idea of a pope being overturned for heresy is utterly unthinkable. Yet it is the sort of scenario that was patiently and thoroughly discussed by many of the greatest theologians of Catholic tradition, especially during and after the Great Schism, and even more during the Reformation period. The possibility of a heretical pope and how to resist him has been discussed quite a bit in former centuries.

Case study: the Portuguese Jesuit Francisco Leytam (1631–1716) dedicated to Cosimo III de Medici an enormous tome entitled The Impenetrable Shield of the Dignity of the Papacy (in the original: Impenetrabilis Pontificiae Dignitatis Clypeus). It had all the usual recognitions and permissions for publication. A digitized copy is available on Google Books.

This treatise dedicates a considerable section to how a heretical pope is deposed. In Section IX, §§77 (link here) Leytam considers the case in which the elected pope “does not respect the Sacraments or does other things contrary to the definitions of faith made either by Councils or by other popes preceding him” [ne observarentur Sacramenta, & ut aliquid fieret contra definitiones de fide tam in Conciliis, quam extra, ab aliis Pontificibus antecessoribus factas].

Leytam argues, citing authorities, that in this case “he may be deposed by the Church” [potest deponi ab Ecclesia]. The reason he furnishes is worth careful attention:

because those sinful precepts against that which is defined by faith in the Church are external signs which signify the internal disposition of a heretic: for heresy is not only signified in words but also in actions: whence if the pope does not wish to amend, he may be declared to be a heretic, in which case he will be censured immediately by Christ and deposed by Him: and then he would not be pope but a private person able to be punished by the Church [quia ille praeceptiones iniquae contra id, quod de fide est in Ecclesia definitum, sunt signa externa significativa interni affectus haeretici: haeresis enim non solum significatur verbis sed factis: undè si Papa ab his non vult emendari, potest declarari, ut haereticus, & censebitur immediatè à Christo depni: & tunc jam ut non Papa, sed ut persona privata potest ab Ecclesia puniri, ut suo loco dictum est]. (§78)

One wishes to shake today’s hyperpapalists awake with the caffeinated message that Catholic theology is a lot bolder and goes a lot deeper than the tidy syllogisms of Jesuit neoscholastic manuals or the well-intentioned musings, more sentimental than coherent, of Protestant converts from the twentieth century.

When the Open Letter of April 2019 accusing Pope Francis of heresy was first published (it has recently been published along with its companion documents and thirty-one items of commentary in a valuable offering from Arouca Press, Defending the Faith from Present Heresies), I recall that one reader objected that the seven heretical propositions identified by the Letter were “all about sex and Islam.” Leaving aside Islam, which is poised to overrun Christianity in its historical regions, we could respond: So what if the propositions are primarily about sexual morality? That is the main arena in which the devil has seduced the modern world and the modern Church. Yes, there are worse errors, but nothing is more like quicksand or tarpits than sins against the sixth and ninth commandments. The Open Letter focused on statements that are obviously heretical (which they are), repeatedly said, in important contexts, and backed up with actions. Many of Francis’s other doctrinal errors have been uttered in homilies or interviews, which carry just about zero magisterial weight (recall that it was a medieval pope, John XXII, who used the vehicle of papal homilies to articulate his errors about the afterlife). “Denzinger-Bergoglio” already exists for documenting hundreds of such deviations; the authors of the Open Letter confined themselves to the “smoking guns.”

If Christians in earlier centuries (especially the first five centuries) were perhaps too quick to label “heresy” any opinion they couldn’t immediately recognize as familiar and to brand as a “heretic” anyone with whom they disagreed, today we are vastly too elaborate and slow in pegging as heresy an opinion at variance with Scripture or Tradition, or identifying as a heretic someone who manifestly is one. Take Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J.: how many people would wince to hear him called a heretic? And yet he manifestly was, a thousand times over. We can become victims of our partialities, crippled by our caution, stifled by our pseudo-scholasticism.

The words of Venerable Bartholomew Holzhauser, writing in the early seventeenth century, predicted a future of logic-choppers, of Scholars of the Law, who would fashion sophistries to avoid adhering to Catholic tradition and replace it with their novelties:

They will ridicule Christian simplicity; they will call it folly and nonsense, but they will have the highest regard for advanced knowledge, and for the skill by which the axioms of the law, the precepts of morality, the Holy Canons and religious dogmas are clouded by senseless questions and elaborate arguments. As a result, no principle at all, however holy, authentic, ancient, and certain it may be, will remain free of censure, criticism, false interpretation, modification, and delimination by man.

Holzhauser’s words describe what has transpired under Pope Francis: the Christian simplicity that holds fast to the truth and identifies error, deviation, and corruption is attacked by the self-appointed knights of the papacy who care nothing for holy, authentic, ancient, and certain principles while they exacerbate the crisis by their naïve complicity. We must let them go, for we probably cannot persuade them to think or act otherwise, and make sure that we ourselves maintain and proclaim the truth of Christ and His Church, which no one—not even an angel from God, a fortiori not a pope of Rome — can alter.


  catholic church, heresy, jorge mario bergoglio, open letter to pope francis, pope francis

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Under cover of COVID, the Vatican is going haywire

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In the last month or so, Pope Francis has called for a “new world order” and more recently “global governance.” We’ve also seen top cardinals and bishops in the Church demand that the Church bless homosexual sexual unions, and Pope Francis has refused to correct them. It seems that under the cover of COVID, things have gone completely haywire in the Vatican.