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Kids now 10 times more likely to die from suicide than COVID, Tucker reveals in devastating monologue

A FAIR Health study indicated that insurance claims for self-harm were up 90 percent last March and drug overdoses up 119 percent last April among teens.
Wed Mar 3, 2021 - 6:20 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – On Tuesday’s Tucker Carlson Tonight, the eponymous host exposed many of the ills emanating from lockdown restrictions, including the devastating effect wrought on American children, whom he noted are now “10 times more likely to die from suicide than from the coronavirus they’re meant to be protected from.”

During a blistering opening monologue, Carlson referenced a recently published FAIR Health study, The Impact of COVID-19 on Pediatric Mental Health, which highlights the developments in the mental health of children as a result of locking down the country.

The statistics therein demonstrate that “kids are depressed and dejected and they are regressing.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on mental health, particularly that of young people. School closures, having to learn remotely, and isolating from friends due to social distancing have been sources of stress and loneliness,” Carlson said.

“Among children aged 13 to 18 – teenagers – insurance claims for intentional self-harm were up 90 percent in March of 2020 compared to the previous year. The next month, in April, self-harm cases rose by nearly 100 percent.”

Continuing, Carlson drew attention to the astronomical rise in “claims for medical help related to drug overdoses,” which rose by “95 percent in March and then to 119 percent in April, and those numbers remained elevated through the fall.”

“Why was this happening? Mental illness caused by coronavirus lockdowns.”

“For the age group 13 to 18 in April 2020, insurance claims for generalized anxiety disorder increased 93.6 percent. As a percentage of all medical claims in April of 2019, major depressive disorder claims increased 83.9 percent and adjustment disorder claims by 89.7 percent.”

Concluding from the above, Carlson made the grim observation that “children are 10 times more likely to die from suicide than from the coronavirus they're meant to be protected from.” 

“That is the new normal that Andrew Cuomo and The New York Times are working to make permanent in this country,” he stated.

Carlson flagged the extreme-leftist teachers’ unions of America as perpetuating the lockdown problem, noting in particular the president of the Los Angeles Teachers’ Union, Cecily Myart-Cruz, who said, “Some voices are being allowed to speak louder than others. We have to call out the privilege behind the largely white, wealthy parents driving the push for a rushed return.”

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Matt Meyer, the head of the Berkeley teachers’ union, also came under fire after it was revealed by a group of parents that he has been sending his children to private school for in-person education, defying his own public advocacy for the shutdown of public schools.

Speaking in January, Meyer said, “Real-life children do not keep their masks on, they do not keep distance from each other or their teachers. Given the realities of working with real children in person, we need to account for the inevitable lapses in risk mitigation practices by choosing a standard of lower transmission for reopening.” 

Dr. Marty Makary, professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Health, told Carlson that “public health research always lags behind reality. … We're going to see a lot of research come out on the restrictions, particularly against kids, and this is the first of many research studies and it looks pretty grim.”

Using the national FAIR Health study, Makary lamented the “91 percent increase in kids, Tucker, who come to us as doctors because they tried to hurt themselves at a time when all medical utilization has been cut in half.” He noted there has been a “300 percent increase in some parts of the country where there are very strict restrictions against kids and school closures.”

Makary added that there has been “a 63 percent increase in overdoses. Twenty-three percent of all emergency room visits at one point last year were from mental illness complaints.”

“This is the first of many studies that's going to tell us that many of these policies were basically an abuse by one group that has power over another group, and they exercise that power unfairly just because they could.”

Makary described the “fundamental problem” with accountability for locking down as a result of having “not looked at the totality of data on the health of kids and health consequences.” 

He explained:

“If you were to ask me if you left your home could you get bacterial meningitis, the answer will always be yes; but if people stay isolated there will be more health consequences against that individual, and as a scientist, you've got to look at the totality of data on health outcomes. Those CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines that came out, Tucker, they were flawed. They were filled with dogma, they contradicted top CDC scientists who published in the journal the American Medical Association three weeks prior that schools don't significantly contribute to transmission, and if they were applied to the airline industry, every plane in the U.S. would be grounded. Why is it that adults get to pack into planes, and they do it safely with masks, but kids are last in the reopening plan? That is an abuse of power.”

Carlson added that the reason for keeping schools shut is not the science, as has been demonstrated, but rather it is on account of the teachers’ unions that have “inordinate political power.”

Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume told Carlson that “as powerful as I thought they (teachers’ unions) were, I did not realize they were powerful enough to do what they've succeeded in doing.”

“We saw the most recent manifestation of that when the director of the CDC came out and said, you know, that the science shows it's safe to reopen schools without everyone being vaccinated. And in a matter of hours, really, the Biden administration had come out and said, ‘Well, she (the director) was speaking for herself,’ which gave you a sense of how afraid the Biden administration, newly in power, is of what the teachers’ unions say,” continued Hume.

Hume laid blame on “the effect of the media coverage in particular, and of a lot of the pronouncements of public health officials as well” for the “nation's attitude” on allowing children back to school. 

This narrative was, according to Hume, “very powerful and the sense of fear that it engendered in the American body politick has been the strongest thing we've seen, really, in terms of people's unwillingness to face the data as it became clearer and clearer.”

“Scientists have said, almost in (sic) the beginning, that this is a disease that way disproportionately affects the elderly and those with certain attendant comorbidities, and that everyone else was, if not completely safe against the disease, then largely so.”


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Priest suggests parishioners over 60 must be vaccinated to distribute Communion

Requiring church volunteers to be vaccinated with an experimental mRNA vaccine that only has Emergency Use Authorization rather than formal approval from the FDA may be illegal under federal law.
Wed Mar 3, 2021 - 6:05 pm EST
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RIO RANCHO, New Mexico, March 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Only lay people who have received two experimental COVID-19 vaccines may ask to assist with distribution of Holy Communion, a New Mexico priest wrote in a memo to his parishioners last week.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS AND USHERS OVER 60, if they have received both COVID vaccine shots, may ask their Heads of Ministry to be placed upon the schedule once again,” wrote Monsignor Douglas Raun in a February 23 memo to parishioners at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. LifeSiteNews obtained a copy of this memo, which is also posted on the parish website. (Click HERE to read a PDF of the email with the vaccine-related parts highlighted.)

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“The vaccine cannot be mandated to church volunteers,” responded Greg Glaser, General Counsel for Physicians for Informed Consent, a group focused on delivering accurate information about infectious disease and vaccination.

That is because each pandemic vaccine in circulation currently, including Pfizer and Moderna’s two-shot mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines and Johnson and Johnson’s newly released single shot vaccine, have not been licensed by the Food and Drug Administration but have been granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) only.

While the media and health agencies have misreported that the vaccines in use are FDA “approved,” the “Emergency Use Authorization” status they have been granted means that they are still under investigation, allowed for emergency use only, and under 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3 must only be given voluntarily and without coercion.

The FDA states that as EUA products, each vaccine is “an investigational vaccine not licensed for any indication” and the agency requires that all “promotional material relating to the Covid-19 Vaccine clearly and conspicuously … state that this product has not been approved or licensed by the FDA, but has been authorized for emergency use by FDA.”

Both Moderna’s and Pfizer-BioNTech’s two-shot experimental mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines are still in phase III clinical trials. Moderna’s phase III trials in human subjects will not be complete until October 27, 2022, according to the clinicaltrials.gov website. Pfizer’s main Phase III clinical trial in healthy individuals will not be completed until January 31, 2023.

There are critical differences with emergency use authorization and licensing, particularly when it comes to the law. “While organizations are certainly free to encourage their employees, students, and other members to be vaccinated, federal law provides that, at least until the vaccine is licensed, individuals must have the option to accept or decline to be vaccinated,” said New York City lawyer Aaron Siri of Siri & Glimstad LLP.

“Organizations that require [COVID-19] vaccination in violation of federal law may face lawsuits under these state laws not only to block the policy but also for damages and attorneys’ fees. Such potentially costly lawsuits can be avoided by refraining from adopting policies that require vaccination or penalize members for choosing not to be vaccinated,” Siri added.

The legislation applies to churches and volunteers as well, according to Glaser.  “The reason is that the Federal EUA law governing [COVID-19] vaccination applies to ‘a person who carries out any activity for which the authorization is issued,’” he said.

“This phrase refers to anyone who participates in the EUA activity, including private institutions such as churches that offer or require the product,” he added.

“In short, so long as the church maintains a [COVID-19] vaccine program/requirement, then the vaccine must be voluntary to the volunteer,” said attorney Glaser.

The misunderstanding about the status of COVID vaccines has been fueled by false reporting and advertising by health agencies themselves. New York State’s Department of Health launched a social media campaign which included the false statements that COVID vaccines in circulation “went through the same rigorous approval process that all vaccines go through” and that they are “approved by the FDA, the CDC, and by NY’s independent vaccine panel.”

When attorneys for a group called the Informed Consent Network “fact-checked” the Commissioner of New York State’s Department of Health, Howard Zucker, and Governor Andrew Cuomo in January and demanded that they remove the false messaging, the state quickly complied and the campaign was halted.

Another predominant issue, particularly within the Catholic community, is freedom of conscience with respect to the use of injections that have used aborted babies in their manufacturing process. Many Catholics find the new COVID-19 vaccines morally abhorrent because of their use of fetal cell lines taken from aborted fetuses in their production. Moderna’s vaccine utilizes Human Embryonic Kidney cells (HEK293 cells) in production, protein production, and testing of the vaccine, according to Children of God for Life, a group that monitors the use of fetal tissue in vaccines.

HEK cells come from a healthy unborn baby girl, according to FDA testimony, who was aborted in the Netherlands, likely late-term, in the early 1970s and whose organs were culled for experimentation. The number 293 denotes a numerical system so that this was the 293rd experiment.

Pfizer/BioNTech’s vaccine did not use human cells in the production of its COVID-19 vaccine, but it did use HEK cells in testing its vaccine.

Johnson & Johnson’s newly released one-shot COVID vaccine, meanwhile, uses PERC6 cells – derived from the eye tissue of an 18-week-old unborn baby aborted in 1985.

While Pope Francis and many Catholic priests and laity have downplayed the theological and ethical implications of injecting abortion “tainted” products and both Pope Francis and Benedict reportedly received COVID-19 vaccinations, a Vatican document affirming the use of the vaccine underscores that its use “must be voluntary.”

The Catholic Church’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) issued a doctrinal “Note on the morality of using some anti-Covid-19 vaccines” in December stating that injecting an abortion-tainted vaccine “does not constitute formal cooperation with the abortion from which the cells used in production of the vaccines derive.”

“The moral duty to avoid such passive material cooperation is not obligatory if there is a grave danger, such as the otherwise uncontainable spread of a serious pathological agent – in this case, the pandemic spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19” states the CDF note, which adds that “At the same time, practical reason makes evident that vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation and that, therefore, it must be voluntary.”

Whether or not the COVID-19 virus is such a “grave danger” is open to expert debate and epidemiologists have argued against the narrative that a vaccine being the only way out of the pandemic. The Great Barrington Declaration signed by more than 12,500 epidemiologists and public health scientists, for example, states that, “As immunity builds in the population, the risk of infection to all – including the vulnerable – falls. We know that all populations will eventually reach herd immunity – i.e.  the point at which the rate of new infections is stable – and that this can be assisted by (but is not dependent upon) a vaccine.”

Others say that a virus for which death is “exceptionally rare” among children and young people and shaves an average 87 days off of life expectancy for those infected over age 70 is not a “grave” danger. An open letter signed by several thousand doctors in Belgium states that “[i]f 95% of people experience Covid-19 virtually symptom-free, the risk of exposure to an untested vaccine is irresponsible.”

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The CDF note refers to a “common good” and the need to prevent “becoming vehicles for the transmission of the infectious agent” yet none of the vaccines currently in circulation claim to prevent transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus at this time. Vaccine manufacturers only claim that their products may reduce severe symptoms and there are concerns that the vaccine could give a false sense of security to people and that they may be infected after vaccination.

Msgr. Raun did not respond by press time to a request from LifeSiteNews to comment. An archdiocescan spokeswoman said she would pass LifeSite’s questions on to “leadership.” If the archdiocese does respond, LifeSiteNews will update this story.

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4000 Saint Joseph’s Place NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120 
(505) 831-8100


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2-minute video captures drama of Canadian pastor jailed for breaking COVID rules, holding church service

The video targets Alberta Premier Jason Kenney for his laws that resulted in a pastor going to jail.
Wed Mar 3, 2021 - 5:08 pm EST
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CALGARY, Alberta, March 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – A prominent Canadian legal group released an impactful video calling out Alberta Premier Jason Kenney for COVID-related emergency laws that led to the recent jailing of Christian Pastor James Coates of Grace Life Church.

“While Premier Kenney was sending out his Ash Wednesday greetings, Pastor James Coates was locked up in an Alberta prison for exercising his charter freedoms of conscience, religion, association, expression, and peaceful assembly,” says John Carpay, president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF), in the video called “Kenney's Alberta: Where a Pastor is in jail for refusing to stop attending and holding church.”

The JCCF video details events surrounding Coates’ arrest and his subsequent incarceration for ministering his Christian faith contrary to COVID health rules. Coates is the pastor of Grace Life of Spruce Grove, Alberta, and both he and his church are being represented by the JCCF.

Kenney, who is a Catholic, said that on Ash Wednesday, he joined “many fellow believers at an Edmonton Church to participate in Ash Wednesday observances,” noting at the “great care” taken by “volunteers and clergy” to ensure health guidelines were being followed.

Kenney went on to claim that he is protecting “fundamental freedoms of religion” in his province, even though Coates remains behind bars.

The JCCF video highlights a February 19 interview between Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and former Alberta MLA Danielle Smith, on the last day of her prominent talk show with Global News Alberta radio.

In the interview, Smith pressed Kenney regarding the jailing of Coates, pressuring him about bail conditions that state he agree to not practice his faith.

“Do you know it’s against the criminal code to obstruct a clergyman? I’m reading section 176. So, who's guilty here,” Smith said to Kenney.

Kenney claimed to Smith that no person in Alberta is “obstructed from leading their congregation in worship in Alberta.”

Smith retorted, “Hold on, Premier. He’s in jail and he was not released because the provision of the court was he had to agree not to go back to his church. That is standing in the way of this 176 provision in the criminal code.”

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

Coates and Grace Life have said the frequent inspections by AHS officials could be “a potential criminal offense,” pursuant to the 176 provision.

During the interview with Smith, Kenney also was critical of Coates’ last sermon before being jailed on February 14.

Coates’ sermon took aim at government-imposed COVID-19 restrictions in Alberta, saying he refuses to “give the government what isn’t theirs,” and that they have “no jurisdiction” to tell churches what to do.

About Coates’ last sermon, Kenney for his part said in his interview with Smith that Coates is irresponsible for delivering “libertarian sermons” during COVID-19, noting that he would not get involved in what he considers to be a “legal case.”

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

On Sunday, February 14, Coates held a church service in violation of a January 29 order by Alberta Health Services (AHS) demanding that the church doors remain shut. It was shortly after this date he was jailed.

He has been detained at the Edmonton Remand Centre, awaiting trial since February 16, after refusing to agree to bail conditions.

Last week, an Alberta judge set May 3-5 trial dates for Coates, meaning that he could remain behind bars for two months while awaiting trial, which his legal team says is unacceptable.

JCCF lawyers were successful in obtaining a court date of March 4 to appeal Coates’ bail conditions after announcing last week that they would do so.

The JCCF video also highlighted a recent protest at the jail in Edmonton where Coates is located that was attended by the pastor’s wife, Erin Coates. She told everyone to “open your churches.”

Also included in the JCCF video is a clip of an impassioned speech by Aylmer, Ontario, Church of God Pastor Henry Hildebrandt, who made the trip to Edmonton to be at the protest in support of Coates.

“In the communist country of Cuba, churches are open, and we are jailing our pastors? What is happening!” said a passionate Hildebrandt to those gathered at the jail.

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

The JCCF video finishes with a clip of Coates’ last sermon before being jailed, where he said that it’s not up to the government to protect “us from a virus” but to uphold “God-given rights.”

“We live in a fallen world. Viruses are inevitable in a fallen world and it isn’t the government’s responsibility to protect us from a virus. What’s their responsibility? To protect our God-given rights,” said Coates.

As for Kenney, he recently released a statement regarding the jailing of Coates, saying his imprisonment is “unfortunate,” but Coates had “flagrantly” violated COVID rules.  

“I know how important faith is to many people’s lives. So I want to be absolutely clear: Alberta’s government will always respect and protect the fundamental freedoms of religion and worship, period,” wrote Kenney in a post on his Facebook page shortly after Ash Wednesday.

However, in a letter sent to Kenney, Carpay said Coates was essentially “jailed” for holding a church service. 

“For the first time ever, Alberta has arrested and incarcerated a Christian minister for the ‘crime’ of holding a church service,” read a portion of a letter addressed to Kenney regarding Coates from Carpay. 

The JCCF letter addressed to Kenney demanded that Alberta’s COVID orders be scrapped and Coates be released at once. 

“The Charter envisions a ‘free and democratic’ society. Under your permissive watch, (Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health) Dr. (Deena) Hinshaw has been permitted to turn Alberta into a police state where neither freedom nor democracy are apparent. It is past time for the Alberta legislature to review all of Dr. Hinshaw's Orders. And it is far past time for your government to cease its religious persecution,” wrote Carpay in his letter to Kenney. 

LifeSiteNews asks its readers to take the time to defend the religious liberty of Canadians by filling out our VoterVoice Alert to free Pastor Coates.

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Georgia legislature introduces bills to plug holes in state election system

Georgia was a focal point for the battle over the integrity of the 2020 presidential election.
Wed Mar 3, 2021 - 4:51 pm EST
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ATLANTA, March 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Republican lawmakers in Georgia introduced legislation aimed at preventing a repeat of the disputed legitimacy of the 2020 elections, though questions remain as to whether the measures will adequately close every potential avenue for vote fraud.

The Epoch Times reported that Republicans in each chamber of the state legislature introduced their own proposal for reforms to state election rules. 

The House bill, which has already passed the chamber 97-72, would require absentee ballots to include identification (such as a driver’s license number, state ID card, or a utility bill containing a name and address), cut the window for requesting an absentee ballot from 180 days to 78 days (with all early votes received 11 days before Election Day), ban the mailing of unsolicited absentee ballot applications, reduce the period for runoff elections from nine weeks to four weeks, impose new restrictions on the number, location, and supervision of ballot drop boxes, and ban politicking (soliciting votes, distributing campaign literature, etc.) within 25 feet of people standing in line to vote or within 150 feet of a polling place itself.

However, the bill still allows residents to cast absentee votes without demonstrating a specific need (such as medical incapacitation or military service), does not abolish ballot drop boxes, and does not keep activists completely away from those waiting to vote. It also does not address calls to replace Georgia’s runoff system with more conventional primaries. The state’s Republican Senate candidates won more votes than Democrats on Election Night, but went on to lose both races on the January 5 runoff election, giving Democrats unified control of the federal government.

The Senate bill, which passed 35-18, contains similar provisions, but is somewhat stronger in that it completely eliminates no-excuse absentee voting. It remains to be seen what combination of measures will ultimately result from lawmakers reviewing both proposals in conference.

Georgia was a focal point for the battle over the integrity of the 2020 presidential election, due in large part to alleged deficiencies in the state’s signature-matching procedures, suspicious video of ballots being counted after hours, revelations about homeless residents being allowed to use the address of an Atlanta charity instead of valid proof of residence, and changes made to the state’s absentee ballot rules without legislative approval. 


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Texas, Mississippi finally repeal mask mandates, allow full reopening

Gov. Greg Abbott's announcement in Texas was greeted with praise, disappointment, and resentment over the mandate lasting too long.
Wed Mar 3, 2021 - 4:44 pm EST
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AUSTIN, Texas, March 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that he is finally lifting his state’s COVID-19 mask mandate and remaining lockdown restrictions, eliciting a mixed response between those relieved to be reopening and resentful that Abbott kept the state closed as long as he did.

The new executive order officially rescinds most of Abbott’s previous emergency orders related to COVID-19, including the statewide mask mandate, and allows businesses to reopen at 100 percent capacity. It also forbids judges from imposing penalties for wearing a face mask and limits the new restrictions that can be imposed at a county level.

"With the medical advancements of vaccines and antibody therapeutic drugs, Texas now has the tools to protect Texans from the virus,” Abbott said in a press release. "We must now do more to restore livelihoods and normalcy for Texans by opening Texas 100 percent. Make no mistake, COVID-19 has not disappeared, but it is clear from the recoveries, vaccinations, reduced hospitalizations, and safe practices that Texans are using that state mandates are no longer needed. Today's announcement does not abandon safe practices that Texans have mastered over the past year. Instead, it is a reminder that each person has a role to play in their own personal safety and the safety of others. With this executive order, we are ensuring that all businesses and families in Texas have the freedom to determine their own destiny."

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves also made a similar announcement Tuesday, declaring that “the governor’s office is getting out of the business of telling people what they can and cannot do.”

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is facing a recall effort due in part to imposing some of the harshest COVID restrictions in the country, condemned Texas’s announcement as “absolutely reckless,” with various left-wing pundits predicting disaster:

On the other side, the announcements have been met with praise by public figures such as Bishop Joseph Strickland, while some conservatives argue that Abbott finally reversing himself does not fully exonerate him for imposing the restrictions in the first place:

In the early days of the coronavirus outbreak, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams counseled against wearing masks, as did White House COVID adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci, claiming they were ineffective at blocking COVID. But the public later learned that health officials actually wanted to discourage the general public from buying masks to conserve the supply for health workers.

Despite the popular insistence that masking is essential outside one’s home, there remain reasons to doubt their effectiveness, such as the CDC’s September acknowledgement that masks cannot be counted on to keep out the coronavirus when spending 15 minutes or longer within six feet of someone, or a May 2020 study published by CDC’s peer-reviewed journal Emerging Infectious Diseases that “did not find evidence that surgical-type face masks are effective in reducing laboratory-confirmed influenza transmission, either when worn by infected persons (source control) or by persons in the general community to reduce their susceptibility.”


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Airline boots large Orthodox Jewish family off plane over mask compliance

'We paid for tickets and we were just harassed. It was an anti-Semitic episode. We want to make sure this doesn't happen again'
Wed Mar 3, 2021 - 4:20 pm EST
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MIAMI, Florida, March 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Witnesses say that a flight crew cheered and high-fived each other after they successfully removed a large Orthodox Jewish family from a plane over masking compliance.

Last Sunday, Martin Joseph, 51, and 21 of his family members were ordered to leave Frontier Airlines Flight 2878, which was scheduled to fly from Miami to LaGuardia Airport in New York City. According to Joseph, the family, composed of 13 adults and nine children, was thrown off because his 15-month-old grandson was not wearing a mask.

Frontier Airlines contradicted this account, saying adult members of the family were also not wearing masks.

“Members of a large group, including adults, refused to wear masks as flight 2878 was preparing for departure from MIA-LGA. Repeated requests to comply with federal law necessitated their removal from the flight. The issue did not stem from a child under 2,” the airline stated on Twitter.

However, video footage of the incident seems to show adult family members wearing masks.

Witnesses unrelated to the family have stated on video that as the family, who were wearing distinctive Hasidic dress and spoke Yiddish, began to leave the plane, the crew cheered and high-fived each other, saying "We did it!” One witness reported that crew members said, “A job well done to those Jews.”

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A spokeswoman for the airline stated that she had “not seen any information that would support these claims.”

However, cheering and applause is audible in video footage of the incident, though it is unclear where it originates from and if it came from airline staff.

Joseph told the UK’s Daily Mail that there had been no problems until after the whole family had taken their seats. Most of the family were seated in the back rows of the plane, and eventually a female flight attendant approached Joseph’s pregnant daughter and objected to the fact that her infant son was not wearing a mask. The young mother explained that the infant was under two, and in fact the mask-wearing regulations excuse children his age. However, soon a voice on the plane’s loudspeaker said that all the passengers in the last two rows were required to leave.

The grandfather said that he had attempted to mollify the flight attendants but failed. As the staff insisted that the family leave, all the children began to cry and the young mother, who is six months’ pregnant, began to feel contractions, he said.

There are reports that Orthodox Jews unrelated to the family were also asked to leave the plane.

Ultimately, the flight was cancelled. Footage of the incident showed the Hasidic family gradually making their way down the narrow aisle, staff scurrying about at the front of the plane, children wailing, and outraged onlookers shouting. In one video, a man not wearing Hasidic dress scolds the flight staff saying, “This is going to go all over the news” as another man shouts, “This is Nazi Germany!” There are also cries of “Anti-Semites!” and “Jew-haters!”

The video also recorded a woman explaining that the flight attendants had been upset because some of the children had taken off their masks “for a few minutes” to eat a snack.

In a different video, a passenger unrelated to the family says that he was thrown off the plane because he was taking videos of the fracas. Another eyewitness said she saw the entire family boarding the plane wearing masks.

Joseph reported that Frontier Airlines did not offer the family any apology for the way they were treated, and the company also did not offer the family any accommodation. They were forced to pay to stay in a Holiday Inn that night, he said, and flew home to New York on Monday with Jet Blue. The grandfather is convinced that the family was singled out because they were Hasidic Jews.

“We’re law-abiding citizens,” he told The New York Times.

“We have small children. We understand that the mask has to be worn, and everybody has to wear a mask, and that’s the law. We comply one million percent,” Joseph continued.

"We paid for tickets and we were just harassed. It was an anti-Semitic episode. We want to make sure this doesn't happen again.”

This is not the first time airline staff has used masks as an excuse to bully parents. In December 2020, United Airlines forced a married couple and their two-year-old daughter to leave a plane because the toddler refused to wear a mask. In this incident, the family had boarded in Denver, Colorado and expected to fly to Newark, New Jersey to visit family over Christmas. Video filmed by the child’s mother shows the dad trying to put a mask on the little girl as the family is seated on the plane. The toddler does not cooperate. Then a United staff member approaches and tells the family to “grab” their things and leave the plane. The mom and dad remonstrate, but the United Airlines agent is adamant that they must leave.

The video footage was later censored by two social media platforms.

Meanwhile, although it took Martin Joseph and his family back to Brooklyn without incident this week, JetBlue’s record on infant mask-shaming is not immaculate. In August 2020, a New York mother named Chaya Buck told media that she and her six children were treated in an “inhuman way” when they were thrown off a JetBlue flight in Orlando, Florida because her two-year-old, who had a pacifier in her mouth, kept pulling her mask off.

The mother said that she did not think it was “feasible for a child who is 2 years old to wear a mask.” Buck added that she does not think “under 4 is even possible to force a child to wear a mask, and especially if they have a pacifier in their mouth.”

“A 2-year-old child does not have the logic as an older kid and doesn’t understand the consequences of not wearing the mask,” she said.


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Indonesia to begin imposing fines on those who refuse COVID vaccine

The Asian country prepares to inject a ‘target of 181.5 million people.’
Wed Mar 3, 2021 - 4:04 pm EST
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JAKARTA, Indonesia, March 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The president of Indonesia decreed last month that steep financial penalties could be imposed on citizens who do not comply with mandatory vaccination drives for the COVID-19 jab, including fines and the removal of social welfare benefits.

Jakarta, the nation’s bustling capital, houses some 10 million people and is the first region in the country, and the world, to put the new rules into action, imposing fines up to 5 million Indonesian rupiah (approximately $350) for vaccine non-compliance. The remaining 33 provinces, which have prerogative in applying the president’s new rules, have not yet elected to impose the harsh penalties.

Jakarta’s deputy governor, Ahmad Riza Patria,, defended the new enforcement measures, warning any potential dissenters, “If you reject it, there are two things, social aid will not be given, (and a) fine.” A health ministry official, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, qualified that “(s)anctions are our last effort to encourage people’s participation,” as the country prepares to inject a “target of 181.5 million people.”

Indonesia’s health ministry reported that 65 percent of Indonesians are willing to have a COVID-19 vaccine, with just 8 percent admitting they would outright refuse the jab.

Dr. Febi Dwirahmadi, PhD, an Indonesian associate lecturer at Australia’s Griffith University, called the measures “coercive.”

“Social trust is absent. People are still questioning whether this is safe for the elderly, or pregnant women,” she said.

Usman Hamid, a director at Amnesty International Indonesia, criticized the Indonesian government for imposing a “blanket mandate on vaccination, especially one that includes criminal penalties,” calling it “a clear violation of human rights.”

A number of governments around the world — while not mandating vaccination — is beginning to implement strict measures that are tantamount to forcing vaccine uptake.

Israel leads in this regard, having just started reopening parts of its economy to citizens who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 after a two-month lockdown and the recent release of a vaccine tracking app. Those who have not yet received the COVID vaccine, or who have refused to take the jab, will remain unable to access a number of venues and businesses.

Furthermore, Israeli authorities have passed a law allowing the personal information of those who have refused the COVID-19 experimental vaccines to be collected and shared to various government bodies by the health ministry. The legislation extends to those who have received their first dose of the COVID vaccine, but did not return for the second.

As the government considers legislation that would allow private businesses to take up the mantle of imposing vaccination, Mobileye, an Israeli self-driving car developer and subsidiary of Intel, announced it will ban employees who reject a coronavirus vaccination from working on-site, CEO Amnon Shashua said.

Similarly, in Sweden, coercive measures are being implemented which make life increasingly difficult for those who refuse COVID-19 vaccines, be it on moral, medical, or religious grounds.

Currently, Swedes who have received the vaccine are eligible for a certificate proving their vaccine status. Sweden’s minister for digital development, Anders Ygeman, announced that “When Sweden and the countries around us start to open up, it will probably be required to have a vaccination certificate to travel and take part in other activities,” including access to entertainment and recreational businesses.

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U.S. President Joe Biden, as well, signed an executive order in January directing the government to evaluate the “feasibility” of vaccine passports.

But the international effort to coerce populations into receiving the experimental COVID-19 vaccines is producing deadly results. Israeli health ministry data confirmed that Pfizer’s mRNA experimental vaccine killed “about 40 times more (elderly) people (in Israel) than the disease itself would have killed” during a recent five-week vaccination period. Among the younger class, these numbers are compounded to death rates at 260 times what the COVID-19 virus would have claimed in the given time frame.”

The authors of the study into Israel’s health records demonstrated that among “those vaccinated and above 65 (years old), 0.2 percent … died during the three-week period between doses, hence about 200 among 100,000 vaccinated. This is to be compared to the 4.91 dead among 100,000 dying from COVID-19 without vaccination.”

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Pro-lockdown union chief caught bringing daughter to in-person preschool

Matt Meyer advocates making public-school reopening conditional on 'social distancing, mask-wearing, and vaccinations for adults.'
Wed Mar 3, 2021 - 3:47 pm EST
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March 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A California teachers’ union leader is under fire after he was caught dropping his daughter off at a private school even as he demands public schools remain closed due to COVID-19.

Over the weekend, the pro-reopening group GuerillaMomz published a video of Berkeley Federation of Teachers president Matt Meyer dropping off his daughter for in-person classes at a private preschool, which the group says was filmed on February 18. The video blurs out Meyer’s child and does not identify the school.

"We’d heard for a while that he sent his kid to private preschool and we’ve been hearing him make crazy claims at the school board meetings — it was ‘too dangerous’ for schools to open because kids wouldn’t wear masks,” GuerillaMomz says. “Meanwhile, his kid is wearing a mask at school.”

KQED reported that Meyer, who advocates making public-school reopening conditional on “social distancing, mask-wearing, and vaccinations for adults,” responded to the video by claiming preschools are “a completely different universe from an elementary school in terms of size, services provided, outside space and public health guidelines,” and that the videographer “scared my kid and the others in the vicinity. It was super inappropriate.”

GuerillaMomz denied scaring the girl, telling KQED they were walking quietly to ensure they didn’t catch ambient noise.

“I am a physician. It is definitively the scientific agreement that it is possible to deliver safe in-person education,” says Dr. Shelene Stine, who treats COVID patients and has kids who attend the same preschool as Meyer’s. “It’s infuriating to know Matt Meyer says kids can’t wear masks when kids in his preschool wear them all day long.”

In the United States and abroad, evidence indicates that reopening schools is safer than prolonged closure.

Last summer, U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) director Dr. Robert Redfield said the “cost to our nation in continuing to keep these schools closed is substantial,” especially the mental and emotional toll of prolonged social isolation. “We’re seeing, sadly, far greater suicides now than we are deaths from COVID,” he said. “We’re seeing far greater deaths from drug overdose that are above excess that we had as background than we are seeing the deaths from COVID.”

“The risks to children from COVID are very low and the risks of school closures we know are very serious,” says Professor Russell Viner, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in the United Kingdom, citing a study of 20,000 students and teachers across 100 U.K. schools. He says 35 other studies from various other nations reached similar conclusions.

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In June, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) declared that it “strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school,” and that — unlike influenza — the “preponderance of evidence indicates that children and adolescents can become infected and are less likely to be symptomatic and less likely to have severe disease resulting from SARS-CoV-2 infection.”

Nevertheless, the public education establishment tends to remain hostile to reopening schools. Last month, members of the Oakley Union school board in California were caught on tape mocking parents who want schools to reopen.


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Pro-life investigators appeal $16M judgment in Planned Parenthood baby parts case

'Justice in this case would be a reversal of all claims against us all.'
Wed Mar 3, 2021 - 3:17 pm EST
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SAN FRANCISCO, California, March 3, 2021 (Operation Rescue) – Attorneys with the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), who represent Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, filed an appeal brief last week with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.   The appeal seeks a reversal of a hefty $16 million total judgment brought against him and three co-defendants in a retaliatory lawsuit from Planned Parenthood after an undercover journalism project exposed their involvement in the illegal trafficking of aborted baby body parts.

Newman’s 68-page brief was one of four appeals briefs filed in the Planned Parenthood case. The other briefs were submitted by attorneys for Newman co-defendants David Daleiden, Sandra Merritt, and Albin Rhomberg.

Newman’s attorneys argue that the jury erred in finding Newman culpable for violating the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) law while consulting on the three-year undercover investigation into the sale of aborted baby remains by Planned Parenthood, members of the National Abortion Federation, and other abortionists. 

They also argue that Newman’s Constitutional Rights were violated when the jury was allowed to draw 20 negative inferences from invocations of Fifth Amendment privilege by Newman, despite clear court precedence that states no negative inferences can be drawn from invoking the Fifth Amendment.  Newman’s attorneys also argue that some of the adverse inferences were not supported by evidence presented during the trial.

Newman served as a board member for the Center for Medical Progress, which conducted the undercover investigation that recorded public conversations with Planned Parenthood executives and others that revealed discussions about the sale of aborted baby tissues and organs. Once the videos were released beginning in July 2015, Planned Parenthood launched a manipulative public relations campaign that attacked the videos as being “fake” and “deceptively edited.” 

However, at the time of trial last fall, Planned Parenthood admitted in court that the undercover footage was indeed authentic. Nevertheless, attorneys for all four defendants were prohibited from making any defense based on the veracity of the videos.

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During the Trump administration, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was transformed from the most liberal and most overturned court in the country to one that is more ideologically balanced.  This has given Newman new hope that he and all the other pro-life defendants in this case may be given an opportunity to receive impartial justice.

“I am grateful to Ed White and the rest of my ACLJ legal team for my excellent defense throughout this case. I look forward to the outcome of this appeal and expect that I will be fully exonerated either by the Ninth Circuit or by the U.S. Supreme Court, should the case get that far,” said Newman.  

“I am proud of the work done by the Center for Medical Progress in exposing the unethical – and likely illegal – activity committed by Planned Parenthood. That work launched a national conversation about the immorality of trafficking in aborted baby remains.  Even though we did nothing wrong, Planned Parenthood sought retaliation against the four of us through the courts. Justice in this case would be a reversal of all claims against us all.”

Read Newman’s Opening Appeal Brief

Editor’s note: The article first appeared at Operation Rescue here. It is republished on LifeSiteNews by permission.


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Tanzania ‘has no plans to receive vaccines for COVID-19,’ health minister says

‘We Tanzanians haven’t locked ourselves in and we don’t expect to lock ourselves down,’ Tanzania’s president previously said.
Wed Mar 3, 2021 - 3:07 pm EST
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DODOMA, Tanzania, March 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The east African country of Tanzania is continuing its opposition to the global trend in responding to COVID-19. Tanzania’s health minister supported President John Magufuli’s opposition to the experimental vaccines.

Health Minister Dorothy Gwajima doubled down on President Magufuli’s opposition to the COVID-19 injections, saying the country would follow its own protocols when testing and administering medicines.

“The ministry has its own procedure on how to receive any medicines and we do so after we have satisfied ourselves with the product,” Gwajima said. “The ministry has no plans to receive vaccines for COVID-19,” she continued, before recommending more natural remedies for the virus, such as increased attention to personal hygiene, exercise, eating “nutritious food,” and drinking “plenty of water.”

Gwajima mentioned that there were natural treatments proved to be beneficial for treating the virus: “Through the Chief Government Chemist, the Ministry has been working to inspect a number of natural remedies that have met the safety standards for use, are already in use and they have helped Tanzanians, including me and my family.”

Recent data from COVAX (the international collaboration between Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, WHO, and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations) revealed that the experimental vaccines were being distributed to more than 130 countries, but Tanzania was not on the list — despite being eligible to receive the COVAX vaccines.

The health minister’s comments support Magufuli’s own words against the vaccines, as he has expressed deep suspicion about the injections. “If the white man was able to come up with vaccinations, then vaccinations for AIDS would have been brought, tuberculosis would be a thing of the past, vaccines for malaria and cancer would have been found,” he previously declared.

In a manner that has alarmed authorities such as the World Health Organization (WHO), Magufuli has also refused to follow suit and shut the country down. While there was an initial closure affecting schools, sports, and the border, the country’s markets, businesses, and churches remained open in contrast to most other countries that reported the presence of the virus.

“We Tanzanians haven’t locked ourselves in and we don’t expect to lock ourselves down,” Magufuli said. “I don’t expect to announce any lockdown because our God is living and He will continue to protect Tanzanians.”

The country has not reported any information about COVID-19 to the WHO since April 29, 2020. On that day, 509 cases and 21 deaths were reported. In June, Magufuli declared that the country had eradicated the virus. He attributed the event to divine intervention, giving an address in a church in the capital of Dodoma, where he said, “I want to thank Tanzanians of all faiths. We have been praying and fasting for God to save us from the pandemic that has afflicted our country and the world. But God has answered us.”

Such a response has been termed “distressing” by medical journal The Lancet, and major news corporations have consistently employed a hostile tone when reporting on the decision to inflict relatively minor restrictions upon normal life and the economy.

Meanwhile, the WHO increased its pressure on the country to rejoin the fold and take part in the organization’s response to the infection. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus issued a statement “urging Tanzania to scale public health measures against COVID-19 and to prepare for vaccination.”

Describing the situation as “concerning,” he repeated his call for partaking in the global vaccination rollout, adding that Tanzania “implement the public health measures that we know work in breaking the chains of transmission.” He did not mention which particular measures he believed would be effective in preventing the spread of infection.

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One day after the Director-General’s statement, and following the death of Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad, the first vice president of Zanzibar in Tanzania, Magufuli commented on the use of masks, still prioritizing “faith” as a response to the virus, but also advising people on which masks to wear. “I have not said people should not wear facemasks, don’t misquote me, however, some facemasks are substandard, if you have to wear them, please consider those locally made. Most people who have been affected are in urban areas. We will defeat this virus by faith.”

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Bishop in Dominican Republic to host car rally in fight to keep the nation pro-life

Now that Argentina has legalized abortion, the Dominican Republic is one of the last four countries in Latin America to fully protect the lives of unborn children.
Wed Mar 3, 2021 - 2:36 pm EST
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BANI, Dominican Republic, March 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The Dominican Republic will not go the way of Argentina if one determined bishop can help it. Bishop Víctor Masalles of the Diocese of Baní is organizing a “heavenly caravan for life” to shore up the nation’s traditional respect for the lives of the vulnerable. The “Caravana Celeste por la Vida” will take place on Saturday, March 27 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Santo Domingo, the nation’s capital.

Now that Argentina has legalized abortion, the Dominican Republic is one of the last four countries in Latin America to fully protect the lives of unborn children. The others are Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. However, there is pressure on the government to loosen the total ban on abortion.

Activists have used the general overhaul of the Dominican Republic’s penal code, which dates back to 1884, as their opportunity to demand legal abortion in the country. The abortion lobby wants the government to pass legislation allowing the killing of the unborn baby whose existence threatens the life of his or her mother, who was conceived in rape or incest, or who is unlikely to live for more than a month after birth.

“The government at this moment is ‘pro-choice,’” the Bishop Masalles told LifeSiteNews yesterday. “The feminist agenda has been pushed for many, many years; (they are) pushing for abortion freedom.”

Happily, the right to life from conception until natural death is preserved in the “beautiful” Constitution of the Dominican Republic, so “the constitutional court is our voice in this,” the bishop explained.

Masalles mentioned also that Catholics have been working for 20 years to keep abortion illegal — and although they have so far succeeded, pro-life people in the Dominican Republic are not certain that the total ban on abortion will be upheld.

“At this moment, the government is going to (revise) the Criminal Code without (changing the law on) abortion, but there are people who are trying to put abortion in (the revisions),” the bishop of Baní said.

“We (think) that the Congress is going to approve this Criminal Code without (legalizing) abortion, but we are not sure,” he continued. “We have to push, and that is why we are organizing that car rally. We’re trying to fundraise because all the cars and all the things we’re going to be using are going to cost a little less than $10,000, so probably $8,000 or $9,000. We need some help with this.”

The bishop is enthusiastic about the ecumenical nature of the pro-life effort in the Dominican Republic, saying that although it is unusual in Latin America for the different Christian denominations to get along, he has a good relationship with the different churches in the region.

“We have been working together for many years against abortion, so that is a beautiful thing we are seeing in the Dominican Republic: the good relationship among the churches,” Masalles said. “So we know that they are going to be coming with us, supporting the rally that we’re (having).”

The bishop believes the demonstration will show support for the members of congress who are “finally” going to sign the renewed Criminal Code — without legalizing abortion — after the 20-year delay, and counter the pressure of abortion activists.

The president of the senate, Eduard Estrella, is pro-life, Masalles said, as are most of the senators. However, there are two chambers in the congress of the Dominican Republic, and the members of the chamber of deputies, that the bishop likened to the U.S. House of Representatives, are more likely to listen to the abortion lobby.

“You never know what’s going to happen (with them),” the bishop said.

Nevertheless, Masalles remains hopeful that the chamber of deputies will pass the revised Criminal Code (without removing the abortion ban), and is certain that the senate will. The final decision, he believes, will be at the end of March or beginning of April, which is why the “heavenly caravan for life” will take place on March 27.

Although the ruling party favors the abovementioned three exceptions to the abortion law, Masalles said that it is not inclined to push for the changes, further delaying the passing of the revised Criminal Code, as they have many pressing problems, like the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

“But the feminists put on a lot of pressure,” the bishop added. “That’s the problem.”

Fighting pro-abortion pressures, payouts, perceptions

Masalles said the local abortion lobby is very small and yet has a “lot of money” and “a lot of power.” Given its small numbers, he doesn’t understand why they have “so much power.” The money usually comes from NGOs, via the United Nations, which calls abortion rights “human rights.” The ill-named organization Profamilia operates in the Dominican Republic, and it is funded by International Planned Parenthood.

“They receive more than one million dollars every year to promote abortion,” the bishop revealed.

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He rejected claims by the abortion lobby that hundreds of women in the Dominican Republic die from back-alley abortions, saying they are just trying to control perceptions. “There are illegal abortions ... but it is not true that many women die having abortions.”

The bishop also stated that there were not as many illegal abortions being performed as is claimed.

“The feminists use the same quantities for all the countries,” Masalles said. “They say that there are 5,000 illegal abortions every year, hidden.”

“That’s not true. That’s not right. There are (illegal abortions), but not 5,000, and not hundreds of women dying from having abortions. That’s not true. That’s the media working with the perceptions of people. That’s the problem.”

Masalles pointed out that the abortions are illegal, so it is impossible to know how many there really are. He estimated that perhaps 40 women in the Dominican Republic die at the hands of abortionists every year.

The pro-life solution to teenage pregnancy, sexual pressures

There is an institution in the Diocese of Baní, the bishop said, to help poor pregnant women prepare to have their children, accompanying them before and after the children are born. It is guided by Carmelite nuns, and Masalles lends it his support. He said that there were many other institutions like it in the Dominican Republic.

Masalles is also interested in fixing such long-standing problems in the country as pressures on girls to have sex, leading to teenage pregnancy, and brutal violence. He believes the answer lies in “socially affective education.”

“I am at this moment promoting a program to include 26,000 children in this education,” he said, adding that there should be a great social improvement in five years, including a vast reduction in the number of teenagers becoming pregnant.

“It’s proven that this program reduces by 85 percent adolescent pregnancy,” the bishop added.

The program is called “Aprendiendo a querer” (Alive to the World), which means both “learning to love” and “learning to expand your horizons.” Marsalles said that it is working in Venezuela and is also established in Hungary and South Korea. It helps young people cope with the social pressures that lead to both teenage pregnancy and violence.

“It’s about having the tools to handle the pressure and to handle the violence,” Bishop Masalles explained. “We have to educate because violence is (endemic to) the country.”

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Vaccine watchdog group: Trudeau would violate Canadians’ rights, freedoms with ‘immunity passports’

Trudeau is 'demonstrating his support of coercive measures to compel vaccination upon unwilling citizens'
Wed Mar 3, 2021 - 1:56 pm EST
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CANADA, March 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s remarks that there are “pros and cons” to COVID-19 “immunity passports” shows that he has some openness to a measure that would ultimately violate “Canadians rights and freedoms,” a vaccine watchdog group is warning.

“The idea of immunity passports, such is one that has been talked about for a while, there are potential pros and cons that I’ve heard on various, various issues surrounding it,” Trudeau told reporters on February 26 during a press conference announcing Canada’s approval of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. “Our position as a government is always going to be to rely on the best advice of experts in terms of how we can move forward,” he added.

Trudeau’s remarks surrounding the idea of COVID-19 “immunity passports” for Canadians came from a question from a reporter last Friday in light of Quebec’s Health Minister, Christian Dube, recently saying he is open to the idea of “immunity passports” for his province.

However, Trudeau’s response to the question in French differed slightly from the English version. It notably included the phrase “negative consequences” for those who don’t have the passport.

“I think it’s something people have been talking about for a while now I think it’s important to follow recommendations from experts at every stage, there might be negative consequences if you want benefits but don’t have this health passport but we're going to follow public health recommendations,” said Trudeau in French as translated to English.

The president of a leading Canadian vaccine watchdog group told LifeSiteNews there is no “Medical Justification” for “immunity passports” in Canada, saying they would violate Canadians rights and freedoms if implemented.

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“The real risk of ‘vaccine immunity passports’ is the violation of our rights and freedoms. The unstated intention of such a document would be used to restrict access to travel and services of those individuals not partaking in this medical experiment. Such arbitrary restrictions would be a clear violation of our inherent freedoms in Canada,” Ted Kuntz, president of Vaccine Choice Canada (VCC), a not-for-profit society founded by families who have suffered from vaccine reactions or injuries, told LifeSiteNews.

Kuntz stated that in considering vaccine “immunity passports” Trudeau is “demonstrating his support of coercive measures to compel vaccination upon unwilling citizens.”

“While this may not be a vaccine mandate in the strictest sense, it is effectively a vaccine mandate in practice. Any mandating of vaccines cannot be tolerated. Vaccination carries risks including permanent disability and death. Where there is risk, there must be choice,” Kuntz told LifeSiteNews.

Kuntz also mentioned that there is “no medical justification for implementing ‘vaccine immunity passports’” in Canada.

“To do so fails to recognize the limitations of vaccine-induced immunity, and the COVID vaccines in particular. The assumption Trudeau makes is that vaccination equalizes immunization. This is not the case,” Kuntz told LifeSiteNews.

“Unlike the immunity conferred by natural infection, which is most often life-long, the immunity conferred by vaccines is limited and temporary. Vaccine-induced immunity wanes after years or even months and therefore ‘confirmation of vaccination’ does not mean ‘confirmation of immunity.’”

In January,  Trudeau said his government did not plan to implement COVID-19 “immunity passports” in Canada, saying at the time they are “an interesting idea” but could have “real divisive impacts” and is “fraught with challenges.”

COVID-19 “immunity passports” have been welcomed by some European Union countries such as Sweden and Denmark.

Recently, the president of the European Union Commission Ursula von der Leyen said she is behind an EU-wide “vaccine passport” program. 

At the provincial level in Canada, the idea of COVID-19 “immunity passports” was raised in Ontario in late 2020.

In December of 2020,  Christine Elliott, the health minister of Ontario reaffirmed a second time that residents of Canada’s most populous province will need “for lots of reasons” a yet-to-be-determined type of proof that they received the COVID-19 vaccine.

In April of 2020, Trudeau said that he would need time to “reflect” on the possibility of making a coronavirus vaccine mandatory in Canada.

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

Legal group warns ‘immunity passports’ would most likely violate the charter

There are questions as to whether a vaccine “immunity passport” would violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, in particular Section 2, which involves one’s conscience rights; Section 6 regarding mobility rights; and Section 7, which protects one’s “right to life, liberty and security of the person.”

Lisa Bildy, a lawyer for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF), told LifeSiteNews last year that for a government to “threaten or mandate liberty restrictions” against Canadians who do not want a COVID-19 vaccine is indeed a violation of one’s charter rights.

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

“To do otherwise, and particularly to threaten or mandate liberty restrictions on Canadians who make the perfectly reasonable assessment that they do not need or want such a vaccine, is a violation of the rights to freedom of conscience and belief, mobility rights, and the right to life, liberty and security of the person under the Charter. If there’s no solid data on transmission, then there is simply no rational basis for the infringement of these rights.”

Other freedom groups speak out against ‘immunity passports’

Objections to “immunity passports” for COVID-19 vaccines have been raised before in Canada by groups other than the JCCF or VCC.

In December, the left-leaning Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) gave a warning to Trudeau about “immunity passports.”

The group called them a “wrongheaded” solution which if implemented could end up dividing people into “categories” causing “abuse, discrimination, and oppression.”

Currently, there are three COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Canada. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which both are abortion-tainted, were approved months ago.

The abortion-tainted vaccine from AstraZeneca was just recently approved for use in Canada for those over 18 despite Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization saying it should not be given to those over 65.

In December of 2020, Health Canada put out a warning to Canadians that they should avoid the Pfizer jab if they are allergic to any of its listed ingredients.

About a month ago, the Trudeau government announced that they had signed a deal with pharmaceutical giant Novavax, to permit them to make its abortion tainted COVID-19 vaccine in Montreal.

At the same press conference announcing the deal with Novavax, Trudeau also said that he had signed another deal with Precision NanoSystems.

Trudeau said during the announcement of the Novavax and NanoSystems that “Vaccines work,” and also that they are “safe and effective.”

“When it’s my turn, I’ll be ready to roll up my sleeve and get my doses. These vaccines save lives, so I hope you’ll join me,” said Trudeau.

As for the VCC, in the summer of 2020, they announced a lawsuit against Trudeau’s Liberal Government along with Ford’s Government of Ontario to hold them “accountable” for their “overreach and the draconian and unjustifiable measures taken in response to COVID-19.”

The group also said it is seeking that the defendants do not force any mandatory COVID-19 vaccine on Canadians as it would violate one’s rights under the Canadian constitution.


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University demands 25 hours of community service after student ignored COVID test rule

The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign requires even remote students to submit COVID-19 test results in-person twice a week if they live near-by.
Wed Mar 3, 2021 - 1:52 pm EST
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URBANA, Illinois, March 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC) put a PhD student on probation and demanded he complete 25 hours of community service for failing to get tested for COVID-19.

The radically far-left and anti-family university previously had dismissed the student, Yidong Chen, for one year, although the suspension was revoked after public outcry.

Chen, a 4th-year international doctoral student, had been working off-campus and mostly sheltering in place with his mother, who was at high risk for the virus and relied on Chen as her primary caregiver. The university requires even remote students to submit COVID-19 test results in-person twice a week if they live near-by, though Chen rarely ever came to campus, according to The College Fix.

“He didn’t know he was supposed to get tested until the spring semester, until December basically,” a member of the university’s Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) said. Chen eventually was exempted from the testing requirement after applying for a waiver late in the fall semester.

Nevertheless, Chen still received a disciplinary notice in December for testing non-compliance earlier in the term. A disciplinary hearing in January, which lasted 10 minutes, resulted in a one-year dismissal from the university for Chen, as well as a total ban from university property, the GEO said. The terms of his re-instatement included 80 hours of community service.

In response, the GEO launched a petition, which has garnered more than 40,000 signatures, calling for an investigation and a reversal of the expulsion. Chen and his mother risked losing their visas and were subject to possible deportation in the meantime, the GEO said.

“If the GEO and the University are unable to reach a mutually agreeable compromise, we will be forced to enter the lengthy process of legal arbitration, which may take up to one year,” the petition reads, slamming the university for showing “no sign of empathy.”

The backlash apparently worked, with the student discipline committee reconvening last month and holding Chen’s dismissal “in abeyance” until graduation, in an updated notice. He still has to write two 1,000-word essays and do 25 hours of community service, the GEO said.

The University of Illinois previously had made headlines for extraordinarily harsh COVID-19 measures, including after the school sanctioned over 100 students in one week for not complying with anti-virus rules last fall.


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Trudeau gov’t to ignore warning that seniors not be given newly approved AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine 

Germany has also said that the abortion-tainted vaccine should not be given to those over 65, with Italy saying those 55 or older should get an alternative shot
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CANADA, March 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last Friday that Health Canada had approved the abortion-tainted AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for use in Canadians over the age of 18. A government-run immunization committee warned, however, that this vaccine should not be given to seniors due to lack of knowledge about how it might affect this group. Despite this, Trudeau’s government said it will ignore the advice and administer the vaccine to people 65 years of age and older, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Trudeau said that Canada will purchase a total of 20 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, and among 1.9 million and 3.2 million additional doses through COVAX, which is a global vaccine-sharing program.

Health Canada's chief medical adviser Dr. Supriya Sharma said that Canadians are “hungry for vaccines," and compared them to a buffet by saying, “We're putting more on the buffet table to be used."

The vaccine approval officially came on February 26 under Canada’s Minister of Health Patricia Hajdu’s September 16, 2020 “interim order” that allows for the “importation, sale and advertising” of COVID-19 vaccines to be “expedited” in Canada.

Canada’s National Advisory Committee (NACI) on Immunization said that the AstraZeneca vaccine should not be given to those over 65, due to “lack of information” about how the vaccine performs in the older age group.

Germany has also said that the vaccine should not be given to those over 65, with Italy saying those 55 or older should get an alternative shot.

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Health Canada decided to ignore the warnings.

“Health Canada has rigorously evaluated the data available from AstraZeneca clinical trials and determined that this vaccine is safe to be administered in people over 65 years of age and older,” a spokeswoman for the department told Wall Streesaid in a statement sent by email. She added that a warning label will be attached to the AstraZeneca vaccine stating that trials did not have a sufficient number of those aged 65 and over to determine its efficacy.

Last month, dozens of teachers in Northern Italy called in sick after receiving the AstraZeneca jab.

On Tuesday, Michelle Rempel Garner, Conservative Party of Canada Shadow Minister for Health, called for an emergency Health Committee meeting regarding the approval of the AstraZeneca shot in light of the NACI’s concerns.

“Recent media reports have indicated that NACI has recommended against vaccinating Canadians over the age of 65 with the AstraZeneca vaccine, but Health Canada is planning to ignore this advice and proceed with recommending the vaccine be administered to this cohort,” she said on March 2.

Rempel said Canadians need “more information about” the vaccine before it’s given out to seniors.

The British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca developed its COVID-19 vaccine in collaboration with Oxford University. It is made through the cultivation of a weakened SARS-CoV-2 virus in the HEK-293 cell line, which is derived from the kidney of a baby girl aborted in the Netherlands in the 1970s. 

At LifeSiteNews’ recent “Unmasking COVID-19: Vaccines, Mandates, and Global Health”, biologist Pamela Acker spoke about how infants were aborted while still alive in order to get usable cell lines for research and medical purposes.

The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine joins the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines (which both are also abortion-tainted) as those approved for use in Canada.

In December of 2020, Health Canada put out a warning to Canadians that they should avoid the Pfizer jab if they are allergic to any of its listed ingredients.

At Friday’s announcement of the AstraZeneca vaccine, Trudeau said that there are both “pros and cons” to the idea of so-called COVID-19 “immunity passports” in Canada.


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‘Healthy’ 28-year-old mom dies suddenly following second Pfizer shot

‘[Sara] had absolutely nothing ever wrong with her. She was so healthy! I feel like this was not from something that’s in her brain … this was all the COVID shot.’
Wed Mar 3, 2021 - 12:37 pm EST
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ROCKFORD, Illinois, March 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A 28-year-old health care worker died soon after receiving the second injection of the experimental Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Sara Stickles, a nutritional specialist at SwedishAmerican hospital (SAH) in Rockford, was standing in line on February 2 to receive the second shot of the experimental agent, when she texted her young son’s father, “I’m getting covid vaccine now. If anything happens to me promise you will always be there for bz … Like if I go brain dead or can’t walk lol idk.”

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Just five days later, she was struck with a brain aneurysm and rushed to SAH, where she fell into a deep coma. Later that evening, she was airlifted to the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison. On February 10, Stickles’ twin sister, Kara Stickles, posted on Facebook that Sara “has no brain activity.”

Beginning with her first injection of the experimental mRNA vaccine, there were problems. Kara told LifeSiteNews that her sister “was changed … she would get headaches a lot” and become nauseous. She also developed “these red spots all over her.”

After Sara’s loss of consciousness and her subsequent death after the second shot, Kara says the diagnosis from the medical personnel was an arteriovenous malformation (AVM), but she has her doubts.

“(Sara) had absolutely nothing ever wrong with her. She was so healthy!” Kara said. “I feel like this was not from something that’s in her brain … this was all the COVID shot.”

“I feel like the doctors are lying about it, I honestly do,” she said. “If it was from the COVID vaccine, they’re not going to admit to it … they’re going to try and pinpoint it on anything else. I honestly feel that way.”

She further indicated that her twin sister at least perceived she was required on some level to receive these injections due to her employment at SAH. “She told me she had to take (the shots) because she worked at a hospital and COVID was going on,” Kara Stickles said.

Asked if the injections were mandatory at SAH, and Sara’s job depended on it, she responded, “I don’t know 100 percent, but I do know … she did it because she felt it was necessary, at least … I’m pretty sure she had to do it.”

Emily Tropp, a spokesperson for SAH, told LifeSiteNews, “I can confirm that (the shots) are not mandatory. Associates are encouraged to take the time to learn about the vaccine and make an informed decision, but they are not required to get the vaccine.”

Though additional questions were submitted regarding the percentage of employees who accept the injections, and whether associates are informed of the experimental nature of these vaccines, along with their expected survival rates if infected with COVID-19, Tropp promised to get the answers and respond but was not able to do so by the time of publication.

The COVID-19 information page on the SAH website, however, does not mention that this is an experimental vaccine, nor does it make distinctions on who may benefit from such injections, and who may not.

Being a healthy 28-year-old, Stickles’ survival rate — if she had caught the novel coronavirus — would have been significantly more than 99.98 percent without early treatment.

Yet she at least seemed to perceive that she was required or expected to be injected with an experimental biological agent that was rushed through the process of development, testing, approval, and now distribution, with a new “messenger RNA” technology, no industry-standard animal trials, nor any sufficient studies on long-term effects.

Serious concerns from experts include “allergic” and “potentially fatal reactions,” risks that these vaccines may cause infertility in women, result in an increased vulnerability to the virus, and present unacceptable dangers of long-term effects due to a lack of proper testing.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also drew up a document last fall listing the possible side-effects from experimental COVID-19 vaccines, including strokes, encephalitis, auto-immune disease, birth defects, Kawasaki disease, and death.

Present reports revealed that between Dec. 14, 2020, and Feb. 18, 2021, there were 19,907 incidents of adverse events, “including 1,095 deaths and 3,767 serious injuries.”

Approximately one third of these reported deaths “occurred within 48 hours of vaccination, and 48% of the people who died became ill within 48 hours of being vaccinated.”

A recent analysis of coerced vaccinations in Israel reveals that the experimental Pfizer vaccine killed “about 40 times more (elderly) people” than would have been killed and “260 times” more of those under 65 than “what the COVID-19 virus would have claimed in the given time frame.”

The SAH COVID-19 information page does not explain anywhere how subjecting a healthy 28-year-old to such needless risks is of service to her as a patient.

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In their analysis of these experimental vaccines, America’s Frontline Doctors (AFLDS) conclude that these biological agents are “not safer” than COVID-19 itself.

While not directly asserting that the experimental vaccines are unsafe, AFLDS clarified, “We are saying that by definition it is unsafe to widely distribute an experimental vaccine, because taking a vaccine is completely different than taking an ordinary medication.”

“In contrast to taking a medication for an actual disease,” they explained, “the person who takes a vaccine is typically completely healthy and would continue to be healthy without the vaccine. As the first rule of the Hippocratic Oath is: do no harm, vaccine safety must be guaranteed. That has not yet happened.”

Furthermore, according to Dr. Simone Gold, the founder of AFLDS, understanding that one is receiving an experimental vaccine is necessary to fulfil the requirements of informed consent according to the broadly recognized international norms articulated in the Nuremberg Code of 1947.

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

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

Dr. Gold, a physician and attorney, stated in a recent interview, “I've had so many conversations with people that don’t even realize (the vaccine’s) investigational (i.e. experimental) status, so how is that informed consent?” she asked. “They don’t write it anywhere,” and one has to search diligently to find the paperwork confirming the experimental status.

“So that’s the beginning and end of the discussion. This is not informed consent. You don’t even know it’s investigational. And very important investigational meds can never be coerced by federal law,” she affirmed.

In the meantime, Sara Stickles’ young son, “BZ,” a nickname that stuck from his being called “Baby Zach” to distinguish him from his father Zachary Gowman, will have to live his life without his mother. Further, Sara’s large family, which has experienced such trauma through this tragedy, will have to console and support each other, striving, with God’s grace, to heal a little more each day.

A GoFundMe page has been established for those who would like to pledge their support and prayers for the family.

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

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Investigation links Fauci to controversial experiments that may have led to pandemic

Fox News investigation says there’s 'reasonable grounds to suspect' that SARS-CoV-2, which may have leaked accidentally from a lab in Wuhan, China, was the product of taxpayer-funded gain-of-function
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March 3, 2021 (Children’s Health Defense) — At the outset of the COVID-19 outbreak, anyone who dared question the mainstream government and media narrative that SARS-CoV-2 evolved in the wild did so at the risk of being labeled a conspiracy theorist.

But as months passed, organizations like Children’s Health Defense (CHD), U.S. Right to Know and others began asking questions and calling for investigations

The Washington Post eventually went out on a limb to print an op-ed suggesting that the virus might have leaked from a lab. And more recently, the Wall Street Journal waded into the controversy with its article, “China’s Reckless Labs Put the World at Risk.”

On Feb. 28, Fox News tackled the COVID origins story, not to point blame, reporter Steve Hilton said, but to make sure “we learn lessons, to prevent the next pandemic.” 

The Fox News investigation reveals the connection between Dr. Anthony Fauci and the Wuhan Institute of Virology, in Wuhan, China, where some scientists believe the virus originated.

“Fox News reporter Steve Hilton persuasively linked — for the first time on national TV — Dr. Anthony Fauci to the creation of COVID 19,” said Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., CHD chairman and chief legal counsel. “Hilton explains how Fauci — despite protests from leaders of the scientific community who warned that he was playing with fire — funded the specific gain-of-function study that almost certainly created the COVID-19 virus.”

Kennedy added: “The irony of Fauci leading the global response to a pandemic that he may have created becomes starker by the day.”

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In October 2020, Kennedy, on behalf of CHD, wrote to Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.) asking the Congressman to investigate the causes leading up to and contributing to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Earlier this month, Posey introduced H.R. 834, a bill calling for an independent, bipartisan national commission on the COVID-19 pandemic.

As The Defender reported last week, 28 members of Congress sent a letter on Feb. 23 to the principal deputy director of the Department of Health and Human Services demanding an investigation into the National Institutes of Health’s response to biosafety concerns raised about the taxpayer-funded coronavirus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology  in Wuhan, China.

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Canadian pro-life group replaces billboard destroyed by arson

On one side, the billboard now reads, “Choose life,” and on the other, “Take my hand, not my life.”
Wed Mar 3, 2021 - 11:20 am EST
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LAMBTON, Ontario, March 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A pro-life billboard depicting a pre-born baby, situated outside a Catholic church in Lambton, Ontario, was destroyed by arsonists last summer. Now, Lambton Right to Life has replaced the sign with a brand new one, encouraging passers-by to “choose life.”

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Previously, the pro-life organization’s sign compared Canada’s pro-abortion laws to those of China and North Korea on the one side, having “no protection for pre-born children,” and promoted abstinence on the other, simply stating, “Abstinence: no STI’s, no abortion, no regrets. Wise choice.” The sign, mounted to a wagon, circulated the Lambton area for years.

On July 24, the billboard was taken to Immaculate Heart of Mary church in Grand Bend, Ontario, and placed in the parish parking lot. The next morning, it was found destroyed by fire. The police were contacted and began a search for the vandal.

At the time, Lorraine Minten, vice president of Lambton Right to Life, told LifeSiteNews that she was “quite upset, but not totally surprised that this has happened.” Minten explained that Lambton Right to Life planned to create another pro-life billboard as “it definitely is an effective way to speak of the importance of these issues and [to] impact the general public.”

“Now more than ever,” she continued, “we need to be courageous in standing up and proclaiming the truth of the culture of life, no matter what.”

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True to their word, the setback of summer 2020 has not stopped Lambton Right to Life from promoting the pro-life message. Following a successful fundraising campaign, the group raised close to $3,000. With the cash raised and the collective effort of volunteers generously giving their time to help assemble the frame, the group was able to create a new billboard spreading the truth about the humanity of the unborn.

The new sign has been such a hit that Deacon John Lammers of Right to Life told LifeSiteNews they “are also considering another stationary sign in a prominent place.”

Minten added that “we wanted a very positive life message, in the midst of the challenging times we are living in right now.”

“We are thankful for all of our donors and supporters!”

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Like the old sign, the new billboard is on a portable frame, meaning Lambton Right to Life will be bringing the pro-life message to as many people as possible.


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Church challenges health department COVID restrictions, echoes Martin Luther’s ‘95 theses’

‘We publicly announce that Denver Bible Church refuses your counsel, condemns your recklessness, and despises your lawlessness.’
Wed Mar 3, 2021 - 11:04 am EST
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DENVER, Colorado, March 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A Protestant Church in Colorado has taken a stand against heavy-handed COVID-19 precautionary measures by metaphorically nailing 95 theses to the local health department’s door.

“Today we nailed to our own church doors” 95 theses against coronavirus restrictions, as well as “to the [doors of the] local Jefferson County Health Department,” said Bob Enyart, Pastor Denver Bible Church, who explained that the county had sent threatening letters to his church.

The statement, published online as if written on parchment, concludes: “By this posting on the 28th of February in the year of our Lord 2021, Jefferson County Health Department, on covid restrictions we publicly announce that Denver Bible Church refuses your counsel, condemns your recklessness, and despises your lawlessness. We urge you to return to actual health concerns and to trust Christ.”

The act of nailing 95 theses to a door vividly reminds observers of Martin Luther’s famously nailing his 95 theses challenging the authority of the Catholic Church to the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany, on October 31, 1517, sparking the Protestant Reformation. Some scholars have argued that this episode actually never happened in real life.

The document which actually contains 50 — not 95 — ‘theses,’ begins with the following declarations:

  1. Whereas fear is not without its victims, and

  2. Whereas concern for mental health and suicide has been eclipsed by concern over a life-threatening respiratory disease, and

  3. Whereas the number of years robbed by the covid [sic] are given all attention with the number of years lost to suicide among teenagers and others ignored, and

  4. Whereas concern for first-world lives has blotted out concern for third-world lives, and

  5. Whereas the coviphobia global recession has threatened to multiply the ten million annual starvation deaths, and

  6. Whereas the coviphobia global recession has brought debilitating stunting to half-a-million children monthly, and

  7. Whereas America’s bureaucrats are self-absorbed control freaks who wreak destruction in the name of public health, and

  8. Whereas the health establishment has lost all credibility by conflating death from covid and death with covid, and

  9. Whereas after enjoying the full support of the bureaucracy, the fauci admitted he lied about masks, and

  10. Whereas when “hook-up” app use was exploding, the fauci [sic] said, “if you’re willing to take a risk — and you know, everybody has their own tolerance for risks — you could figure out if you want to meet somebody. If you want to go a little bit more intimate, well, then that’s your choice regarding a risk”

The remaining 40 declarations can be read here.


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Tennessee bill aims to protect girls sports from males who claim to be females

The bill ‘requires that a student’s gender for purposes of participation in a public middle school or high school … athletic activity … be determined by the student’s sex at the time of the student’s birth.’
Wed Mar 3, 2021 - 10:40 am EST
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NASHVILLE, Tennessee, March 3, 2021, (LifeSiteNews) — The Tennessee State Senate on Monday passed a bill that would prevent transgender students from participating in middle school and high school sports outside of their biological gender. SB 0228/HR 003, which was filed by Republican Senators Joey Hensley and Scott Cepicky, will now be considered by the House, but a date has yet to be set.

SB 0228 reads, “As introduced, (the bill) requires that a student’s gender for purposes of participation in a public middle school or high school interscholastic athletic activity or event be determined by the student’s sex at the time of the student’s birth, as indicated on the student’s original birth certificate.”

A similar bill, SB 208, was proposed in the Kansas State Senate in February. The Kansas bill emphasized, “Because of innate physiological differences, boys and girls are not similarly situated as they enter athletic competition … high school boys (generally possess physiological advantages over) their girl counterparts … those advantages give them an unfair lead over girls in some sports like high school track.”

Georgia also has a similar bill making its way through the legislature: HB 372. It seeks to make plain that “‘Gender’ means a person’s biological sex at birth and shall be recognized based on a person’s reproductive organs at birth.” HB 372 is being advanced by Republicans for the sake of clarity in dealing with educational programs.

Earlier this year, Rep. Greg Steube of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced bill HR 426, which is more commonly known as the “Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2021.” HR 426 reads, “It shall be a violation … for a recipient of Federal funds who operates, sponsors, or facilitates athletic programs or activities to permit a person whose sex is male to participate in an athletic program or activity that is designated for women or girls.”

The growing popularity behind these types of proposals is due to the increasing desire to safeguard girls and women, not just from injury, but from having to compete unjustly against males. These bills, if passed into law, would protect the “social, educational and career opportunities Title IX gave American women and girls,” according to Sen. Renee Erickson, a Wichita Republican.

Title IX was originally instituted to provide equal opportunity to women and men in athletic programs of educational institutions that receive federal funding. Proponents of bills that seek to maintain sports as separated by biological sex argue that allowing entry of biological males — even if they identify as females — into female sports would dismantle any real progress made by women since the implementation of Title IX and hand over opportunities, accolades, or scholarships provided to women back into the hands of men in both female and male sports.

However, opponents of such bills deny there exist unfair physical male advantages with the use of puberty blockers, believing blockers should even the playing field for males and females.

The Kansas bill refutes the claim:

(T)he benefits that natural testosterone provides to male athletes is not diminished through the use of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones. A recent study on the impact of such treatments found that even “after 12 months of hormonal therapy,” a man who identifies as a woman and is taking cross-sex hormones “had an absolute advantage” over female athletes and “will still likely have performance benefits” over women.

Tennessee Democrats are taking aim at the proposal by shifting the focus to the timing of the bill, stating that there is no need to pass any such laws when there has not been any transgender participation in school sports in Tennessee to date.

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According to the Tennessean, Democrat Sen. Heidi Campbell of Nashville said, “The argument in favor of this legislation is about hypothetical situations that might happen.”

“What isn’t hypothetical is the tearful moms of trans kids I spoke to on the phone last week, worried about psychological effects that this bill has on their child, or the pediatricians who have emailed me that this bill will hurt children and cause irreparable damage to them psychologically and physically,” she added.

But Tennessee Republican Senator Kerry Roberts of Springfield argues that this needs to be dealt with now. “For anyone in this chamber to say that this is not a problem or this is not going to be a problem, or we don’t need to deal with it … it is a problem that is emerging with a great deal with steam,” he said. “To deny that it’s a problem is to deny reality.”


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Hyatt caves to left-wing pressure, denounces ‘abhorrent’ CPAC stage design

Leftists and their media allies ran with the claim that the stage’s resemblance to the symbol was a deliberate nod to fascists and white supremacists, and began a pressure campaign to punish Hyatt for hosting the conservative event.
Wed Mar 3, 2021 - 10:20 am EST
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March 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Just days after hosting the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at one of its Orlando, Florida locations, Hyatt Hotels has succumbed to left-wing pressure to criticize the event and its parent organization, the American Conservative Union (ACU), over far-left online activists’ claims that the stage design resembled the shape of a Nazi symbol.

As CPAC got underway over the weekend, social media erupted with posts claiming that the shape of the stage – a diamond main platform with parallel background stages for entry and exit, connected to the main stage by tails – resembles an odal rune, a letter from a pre-Roman alphabet incorporated into certain Nazi uniforms during World War II. 

The left-leaning Anti-Defamation League acknowledges that, due to the age of the runic alphabet, the shape “can also be found in non-extremist contexts” and therefore “care should be taken to evaluate the symbol in the context in which it appears.” Nevertheless, leftists and their media allies ran with the claim that the stage’s resemblance to the symbol was a deliberate nod to fascists and white supremacists, and began a pressure campaign to punish Hyatt for hosting the conservative event.

“We take the concern raised about the prospect of symbols of hate being included in the stage design at CPAC 2021 very seriously as all such symbols are abhorrent and unequivocally counter to our values as a company,” Hyatt declared in the first of two statements the company issued Sunday. “We discussed directly with ACU leadership who told us that any resemblance to a symbol of hate is unintentional. We will continue to stay in dialogue with event organizers regarding our deep concerns. Any further questions can be directed to CPAC.”

In the second statement, Hyatt said it agreed to host CPAC out of “belief in our role as a hospitality company to help facilitate meetings, events and peaceful expressions of views,” with “constructive public discourse, in particular by duly elected officials...more critical than ever to the preservation of our democratic norms.”

“When we learned that CPAC 2021 stage design had been compared to a symbol of hate, we promptly raised this concern with meeting organizers who strongly denied any connection to such symbols,” the second statement continued. “Had we initially recognized the potential connections to hate symbolism, we would have proactively addressed it prior to commencement of the event. Unfortunately, this became clear to us only after the event kicked off. With CPAC’s denial of any intentional connection to hate symbols and our concerns over the safety of guests and colleagues in what could have been a disruptive situation, we allowed the event to continue.”

The statement also accused “many” CPAC guests of showing “disrespect” to hotel staff over COVID-19 measures.

The ACU responded forcefully to Hyatt’s statements, with ACU chair Matt Schlapp calling the stage comparison “slanderous”:

“When we learned of the orchestrated assault on us, we immediately contacted your senior management to set the record straight,” ACU general counsel David Safavian responded in a letter to Hyatt executive chairman Thomas Pritzker. “Together, we quickly responded to these slanderous accusations. Your hotel’s senior management was on notice and acknowledged that these claims were false and agreed to share any statement before its release. We agreed that coordination was critical so that the general public would know the truth and that you would treat your customer with honesty. Thus, we were shocked that the Hyatt waited until after the conference concluded to issue additional statements – ones that are irresponsible, untrue, and contribute to a climate of division and hatred.”

“For months we have collaborated with your team on logistics, including sharing, reviewing, and approving the stage design that was created by one of our subcontractors,” Safavian continued. “The fact that no one on the Hyatt staff ever raised concerns during the process shows the ridiculous nature of your statements. Moreover, your statements falsely conceal your oversight role. In fact, the Hyatt Hotel, with our organization and subcontractors, approved and worked collaboratively to build this stage. Only after a coordinated far-left assault to destroy our conference arose did you succumb to lies and compound them with your own.”

While it is a long-running trope on the Left to compare mainstream conservatives to Nazis, the truth is that actual fringe extremists on the “alt-right,” such as Richard Spencer, openly oppose conservatives on issues such as abortion.


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USA ‘Miss’ beauty competition can ban males who claim to be female, judge rules

The biological male sued the Miss United States of America pageant on grounds of discrimination after he was rejected on account of rules that only allow 'natural born' women to compete.
Wed Mar 3, 2021 - 10:16 am EST
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OREGON, March 2, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The United States of America ‘Miss’ beauty competition is allowed to ban males who identify as female from competing with “natural born” females, a federal judge in Oregon ruled from the bench last week.

U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman ruled that United States of American Pageants — which runs this particular pageant — cannot be required to allow biological men who identify as women to participate on account of its mission to promote “natural-born” females. He backed the Pageant’s motion to dismiss the case.

“Because I viewed it as an organization that does promote a message and seeks to maintain control of that message, I view it as an association that cannot under the Constitution be required to allow plaintiff to participate in what defendant says is a contradiction of that message,” Mosman ruled, reported The Oregonian.

A biological male who goes by the name of Anita Noelle Green sued Miss United States of America pageant in 2019 on grounds of discrimination after Green was rejected on account of rules that only allow “natural born” women to compete.

The pageants eligibility requirements state clearly on the website that participants in the United States of America’s Miss competition must be, among other things, a “natural born female.”

Green’s suit stated that the “policy, intentionally designed to exclude the specific class to which plaintiff belongs — transgender females — is discriminatory because it denied plaintiff the full and equal advantages and privileges of defendant’s services in violation of Oregon’s public accommodations law.”

The Pageant argued for its right to deny access to “non-biological females” in order to further its mission that is geared toward “natural born women,” pointing out that to include a natural born man  would “undermine its vision” and mar its “message of biological female empowerment.”

The Pageant’s lawyer John T. Kaempf praised the ruling.

“My client is not anti-transgender but it just wants to be able to hold a pageant that is only for biological females,” said Kaempf. “Contrary to what people might think, my client, the pageant, is a supporter of diversity. It believes there can be a Miss Black USA pageant, a Miss Native American pageant or a transgender pageant.”

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United States of America Pageants states that its competitions are “designed to encourage women to strive to achieve their hopes, dreams, goals, and aspirations, while making them feel confident and beautiful inside and out!”

“We believe the true definition of beauty is ‘the unique set of combinations that make you, you.’”

“Our motto is to empower women, inspire others, & uplift everyone. We focus on women empowerment, promoting positive self-image and advocating a platform of community service, which allows our contestants to rise by lifting others. But more importantly we are an elite sisterhood that gives support and encouragement to inspire each delegate to be the best version of herself,” the website states.

Green is evaluating whether or not to appeal the ruling, reported Courthouse News Service.


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UK data show 402 reports of deaths following COVID vaccines

Government data show that, compared with the Pfizer vaccine, there have been 43 percent more reports of injuries related to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in the UK, including 77 percent more adverse events and 25 percent more deaths — but no red flags from UK regulators.
Wed Mar 3, 2021 - 7:19 am EST
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March 3, 2021 (Children’s Health Defense) — Between Dec. 9, 2020 (when the first COVID vaccine was administered in the UK) and Feb. 14, 2021, 402 deaths after COVID vaccines have been reported to YellowCard, the UK government’s system for reporting side effects to COVID-related medicines, vaccines, devices, and defective or falsified products.

Britain’s regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), runs YellowCard, which is the nearest British equivalent to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System or VAERS in the United States.

So far, only the Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines have been administered in the UK. The Pfizer vaccine was deployed during the second week of December 2020, and Oxford-AstraZeneca at the beginning of January. (Moderna’s COVID vaccine is approved for emergency use in the UK, but the country has not as of yet obtained any vaccines from the company).

The MHRA has expressed no concern about the number of reports of adverse events connected with these new products, even failing to note how much worse the Oxford product has performed in comparison to the Pfizer vaccine.

Similarly, the accumulation of hundreds of deaths has failed to register a flicker of concern from them.

In January, the deaths of 23 frail elderly in Norway made international news — and raised questions about whether we should even be vaccinating people who are already near death. While it’s true that thousands of frail elderly people inevitably die every week, the lack of evidence of an active attempt to find out what is going on in individual cases is troubling.

The MHRA responded to the Norwegian report by saying “it did not currently anticipate any specific concerns,” a highly prejudicial statement. At the time The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) permitted a short on-line response from me under the title “Is the MHRA up to it?”:

“But the MHRA also did not detect concerns with narcolepsy and the Pandemrix vaccine in 2009 and was unapologetic nine years on in these columns (while Clifford Miller going through the available data found as many as 178 potentially related reports in the first 67 days) … More recently they did not anticipate problems with PEG and anaphylaxis before the rollout of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, though these were already identified by others … ”

However, it is even more worrying that even after 400 reported deaths the British Medical Journal will not publish my letter critiquing the MHRA data.

A major difficulty is that the MHRA system breaks down the data so that it is impossible to connect these deaths with preceding adverse events, although most reports are said to include multiple reactions.

Yet it is reasonable to assume that the preponderance of these reported deaths were preceded by a sequence of events — otherwise no one would have thought to make a report. However, the YellowCard format masks this information.

As with any passive reporting database, we are met with the paradox that no single vaccine death is confirmed (and any doctor who confirmed one would likely say goodbye to their career in the UK). We also know vaccine-related injuries are generally under-reported by many times.

Nevertheless, the very distinct event profiles of two products filtered through the same same system after 15 million vaccine administrations would suggest that there is something to be investigated and explained.

The BMJ has declined to publish my successive letters on the subject of investigating COVID vaccine injuries and deaths, but here’s my latest (unpublished) letter to the publication:

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Dear Editor:

Paul Thacker raises important concerns over transparency and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, but I believe there are also questions about safety.

In January, eyebrows were raised because of 23 deaths in frail elderly Norwegian patients following the Pfizer vaccine. Since then we seem to have come a dangerous distance.

MHRA data so far lists a combined 402 fatal reactions to the Pfizer BioNTech (197) and Oxford AstraZeneca (205) products. According to the MHRA publication, the data was updated Feb. 14 when approximately 8.3 million Pfizer and 6.9 million Oxford AstraZeneca products had been administered.

It is also remarkable how unfavorably the Oxford-AstraZeneca data compare with the Pfizer data. MHRA data show 26,823 reports related to Pfizer vaccines, including 77,207 reactions, and 31,427 reports related to Oxford-AstraZeneca, including 114,625 reactions.

Thus the Pfizer reports run at ~3.2 per 1,000 while the Oxford-AstraZeneca reports run at ~4.6 per 1,000: which translates to 43% more reports associated with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine compared with Pfizer.

However, the Pfizer reports have an average of 2.9 reactions per report compared with 3.6 for the Oxford-AstraZeneca (again Oxford 24 percent higher) — so the rate of reactions reported is actually 77 percent higher overall for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

When it comes to fatalities, the Oxford-AstraZeneca product records a rate of 3 in 100,000 while Pfizer has 2.4 in 100,000 which is again 25 percent higher for Oxford-AstraZeneca.

Tabulated, as of 14 Feb:

Pfizer BioNTech: 26,823 reports, 77, 207 reactions and 197 deaths (per 8.3 million doses).

Oxford Astra Zeneca: 31,427 reports, 114,625 reactions and 205 deaths (per 6.9 million doses)

Pfizer BioNTech:

Reports 1 in 309.5 doses

Reactions 2.9 per report

Fatal reactions 1 in 42,131

Oxford AstraZeneca:

Reports  1 in 219.5 doses

Reactions 3.6 per report

Fatal reactions 1 in 33,659

It is important to recognize that these data are by no means random: The reports are filtered through the same system (even though it is passive and likely to represent only a fraction of cases) and these products have quite distinct profiles.

The Oxford-AstraZeneca safety profile should also be borne in mind considering that the company is planning to conduct trials with children.

Whether it is ethical to administer vaccines with such open safety issues is one thing, but it is another when the data from one product seems to be so markedly inferior to the other.

Note that the linked MHRA documents (herehere and here) have a rolling update and this data will only be correct for the week Feb. 26 – March 4, 2021.

Finally, I would be grateful to have any errors of transcription or mathematics pointed out to me.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Children's Health Defense.

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Johnson & Johnson to test COVID vaccine on infants

Days after the FDA authorized J&J’s COVID vaccine for emergency use, the company announced plans to test the vaccine on newborns, despite the vaccine’s risks and strong evidence that COVID poses virtually no risk to healthy children.
Wed Mar 3, 2021 - 7:00 am EST
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March 3, 2021 (Children’s Health Defense) — On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Emergency Use Authorization for Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) COVID vaccine, paving the way for the one-shot vaccine to be administered beginning this week.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommended the vaccine for people 18 and older. On Sunday, J&J revealed plans to test its one-shot vaccine on infants, including newborns, pregnant women and the immunocompromised. The expanded clinical trials were laid out in the company’s application for emergency use approval and in briefing materials provided to the FDA and discussed briefly during the meeting.

According to the New York Times, the plan for expanded clinical trials met the approval of Dr. Ofer Levy, director of the Precision Vaccines Program at Harvard’s Boston Children’s Hospital and a member of the FDA’s advisory committee that reviewed the company’s vaccine data.

When Levy saw the outlines of the planned trials, he said: “They did not get into a lot of detail about it but did make it clear they will be pursuing pediatric and maternal coronavirus immunization studies.”

A spokesperson for Janssen Biotech, a J&J subsidiary, confirmed the company plans to extend clinical trials to children –– first to children between the ages of 12 and 18, and immediately after to newborns and adolescents, then to pregnant women and immunocompromised individuals.

Levy noted vaccinating children will help the country reach herd immunity, echoing comments made by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during Sunday’s Meet the Press:

“Vaccinating young people will be necessary to approach herd immunity and significantly slow the spread of COVID-19 in the United States. While they typically have fewer symptoms than adults with COVID-19, children can still spread the disease.”

Children’s Health Defense President and General Counsel Mary Holland disagreed, stating that decades of intensive effort “have not attained herd immunity for any childhood disease.” Holland has conducted extensive research on the history of vaccine policies.

Immunologist Tetyana Obukhanych, Ph.D., and others agree that officials use the concept of herd immunity as a “trump card to justify any measures, often at odds with personal freedom of choice, aiming to increase vaccination compliance,” The Defender reported.

Most of the world’s vaccine market is pediatric vaccines, according to the Times, so it’s not surprising that J&J would be looking to capitalize on a relatively untapped market for its coronavirus vaccine. As The Defender reported in February, Bill Gates set the stage for a pediatric push last year, declaring his desire to make COVID-19 vaccines “part of the routine newborn immunization schedule” despite the fact that 99.997% of young people ages 0-19 survive COVID-19 with most experiencing either mild or no symptoms at all.

A study published in the European Journal of Pediatrics showed only a rare subset of children — mostly children with serious underlying medical conditions — experienced hospitalization or worse from COVID.

The CDC states: “COVID-19 is uncommon in newborns born to mothers who had COVID-19 during pregnancy. Some newborns have tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after birth, but it is unknown when they may have been exposed to the virus. Most infants and newborns who tested positive for COVID-19 had mild or no symptoms and recovered.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, “While all children are capable of getting the virus that causes COVID-19, they don’t become sick as often as adults. Most children have mild symptoms or no symptoms.”

The potential adverse effects of J&J’s experimental vaccine remain relatively unknown. Unlike Moderna and Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines that rely on new mRNA technology, J&J utilized a disabled adenovirus in their vaccine. Existing adenovirus vaccines include the controversial Ebola vaccine and respiratory syncytial virus.

“Do we really want to enlist our children in the war against an infectious disease when they are at little or no risk of getting COVID,” asked Lyn Redwood, RN, MSN, director and past president of Children’s Health Defense.

“After all, these vaccines are medical interventions that the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized as being unavoidably unsafe. We have to ask ourselves this difficult question: Is the potential risk to infants or children worth the potential benefit for society?”

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The FDA found J&J’s COVID vaccine to be only 67% effective in preventing moderate to severe symptoms at least 14 days after vaccination, and 66% effective in preventing moderate to severe symptoms at least 28 days after vaccination.

Although Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccines are purportedly 95% and 94% effective, these vaccine-makers have less aggressive plans to test their vaccines in younger age groups, reported the Times.

Two more COVID vaccines from AstraZeneca and Novavax are completing phase 3 clinical trials and are expected to apply for FDA authorization in the spring.

Biden’s administration announced today that J&J has partnered with pharmaceutical giant Merck to produce its COVID-19 vaccine, a senior administration official confirmed to CNBC News.

The announcement comes as the administration works to ramp up production of J&J ’s vaccine. In January, Merck scrapped plans to develop its own COVID vaccine after a clinical trial showed its shot was ineffective.

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We want God, not the Equality Act

The core of the Equality Act is found in this rejection of God’s will.
Wed Mar 3, 2021 - 5:02 pm EST
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March 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The debate over the Equality Act is much more than a discussion on “discrimination” or “rights.” If enacted, it will mark the nation’s formal and symbolic break with the will of God. Such a conclusion comes from an inadvertent remark during the Congressional debate over the nefarious bill.

This religious aspect of the proposed legislation trumps all others. Many rightly oppose the measure because they say it will create a right to abortion, facilitate its funding and impose “transgender” tyranny upon the nation’s workplaces, churches, bathrooms and schools. It will codify “gender” ideology into the law of the land. All these are legitimate and substantial reasons to oppose the bill.

However, the most powerful reason for being vehemently against it is that it represents the severing of America’s relationship with God. In Congressional hearings about the act, Democratic Congressman Jerry Nadler declared that whatever may oppose the will of God is of no concern for Congress. This is tantamount to saying that America should exist outside of God’s will, that it should be completely indifferent to His Divine Law.

This declaration should cause great concern and grief for the nation. America’s ties to God are her most precious possession. The blatant contempt for this relationship cannot fail to have drastic consequences. It would mark a disastrous turning point.

A rejection of God’s will

Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) triggered the denial in remarks he made on the House floor about God’s intent in creation. Would that in their official statement on the Equality Act, the nation’s Catholic bishops had shown the courage of this congressman! Rep. Steube went straight to the core of the problem: “When men or women claim to be able to choose their own sexual identity, they are making a statement that God did not know what he was doing when he created them.”

“The gender confusion that exists in our culture today is a clear rejection of God’s good design,” he continued. “Whenever a nation’s laws no longer reflect the standards of God, that nation is in rebellion against him and will inevitably bear the consequences. We are seeing the consequences of rejecting God here in our country today.”

As chairman of the hearings, Congressman Nadler’s brutal reply was that “[w]hat any religious tradition describes as God’s will is no concern of this Congress.”

A Challenge to God’s Sovereignty

This short and impious statement contains the key to understanding the nation’s disastrous state. America has abandoned God. The congressman made matters worse by issuing a public challenge to God’s sovereignty over the American land and people. He repudiated the nation’s history.

By declaring God’s will to be a matter of no concern, he formally denies the validity of the Ten Commandments. However, they are an expression of God’s will and His loving providence for all nations, in all places, and for all historical eras.

He further kicks aside America’s past religious consensus, which recognized God’s authority. Although far from ideal, the United States was formed around a vague notion of God and a Christian moral code loosely based on the Ten Commandments. This consensus was adopted by the State, embedded in its laws, and engraved on its public buildings.

Although far-too-vague, this consensus had the good effect of deeply imprinting on the national character a sense of morality, godliness, patriotism and family devotion. It even had a healthy moderating influence on the economy.

Vast sectors of the American public remain attached to this moral code loosely based on the Ten Commandments. This attachment has given rise to reactions in defense of family, traditional marriage, property, faith in the public square, morality, and country that are the basis of the culture war still raging across the nation.

Unmasking the ungodly left

Congressman Nadler’s remark represents a new phase in the political left’s shift away from God and His moral law. The antagonism is no longer hidden. The left’s program is so radical that it allows itself to be unmasked before the public. The congressman’s reply succinctly states that God should have no influence in the affairs of His creatures. America takes care of herself. God need not bless America.

Nadler’s rejection of God echoes Lucifer’s primal cry of revolt, “I will not serve,” in the battle in Heaven at the beginning of history.

This revolt goes beyond affirming that God’s will is a matter of no concern. Instead, it sees God’s will as a terrible obstacle that must be removed as the left seeks to “reset” society toward a state of things that is diametrically opposed to God’s Will. As the Equality Act’s draconian terms prove, those who follow God’s law cannot be tolerated but must be suppressed. Everyone must be forced to validate error and approve sin.

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The core of the Equality Act is found in this rejection of God’s will. If those who favor the act are unafraid to deny God’s authority, then those who oppose it must, like Rep. Greg Steube, courageously affirm it, in the name of all Americans who recognize Christ as Lord and King.

Now is the time to reaffirm unequivocally and unapologetically America’s relationship with God. It is time to say: We want God, Who is our King.

The other aspects of the bill are important and must be addressed. However, this desire to do God’s will despite all obstacles is what will deliver victory. It secures us the right to call on the Lord God of Hosts for aid in this unequal battle for the heart and soul of America.

John Horvat II is a scholar, researcher, educator, international speaker, and author of the book Return to Order, as well as the author of hundreds of published articles. He lives in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, where he is the vice president of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property.


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Why Christians must not support Republican-sponsored ‘Fairness for All Act’

'The only difference between the Equality Act and the Fairness for All Act lies in the degree of harm they would cause if passed'
Wed Mar 3, 2021 - 2:39 pm EST
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March 3, 2021 (Family Research Council) – A lot has been made about the need for Republicans to "get on board" with some sort of alternative to the ill-conceived Equality Act. However, the "Fairness for All Act," introduced by Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) one day after the Equality Act vote in the House, is just as ill-conceived as the bill it is trying to replace. To constitute an acceptable alternative, a legislative proposal should actually solve a problem. While Fairness for All (FFA) backers may mean well, their proposal solves nothing.

Like the Equality Act, FFA would overhaul our federal civil rights framework and introduce special privileges for sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) throughout federal law. Unlike the Equality Act, FFA does provide scattered protections for religious liberty. However, these protections are so minuscule and incremental, they fail to adequately deal with many religious liberty issues that have arisen as a result of SOGI laws.

On top of this, the philosophical approach of FFA sends the message that religious liberty is something that can be "carved out" of a broad SOGI mandate like this bill. Religious liberty is a broad, over-arching principle that extends throughout the public square. Yet this assumption is not present within FFA, and this bill cannot be acceptable to anyone who cares about religious liberty.

Meanwhile, proponents of SOGI laws, while obtaining them through FFA, reveal their intolerance for religious freedom through their failure to support this bill. Even the smallest religious freedom protections are too much for them. Yet SOGI proponents are failing to support this bill despite its broad SOGI mandate.

FFA's premise that religious liberty is the only problem with the Equality Act is incorrect and it fails to adequately deal with these concerns:

  • Erosion of women's rights, privacy and safety.
  • Inequality and unfairness in women's sports.
  • Politicization of the medical field.
  • Erosion of parental rights.
  • Faith-based charities' ability to operate.

The current political dynamics reveal a lack of support from SOGI supporters for FFA. In a press release announcing the bill, Rep. Stewart's office trumpets the "Alliance for Lasting Liberty Coalition" for its support. The alliance reportedly includes the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, American Unity Fund, Center for Public Justice, 1st Amendment Partnership, The Seventh-day Adventist Church, and the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. Noticeably lacking: the Human Rights Campaign, ACLU, and other power players in the LGBT activist space. Also noticeably lacking: groups representing large segments of the evangelical conservative movement. The groups named above don't have to give account to constituencies, or represent small, niche interests.

The point is this: FFA does not represent a genuine attempt at compromise by groups representing large political constituencies. Moreover, there are no Democrats co-sponsoring this bill. FFA is an exercise in Republicans negotiating with themselves, in an effort to please the critics who call them "discriminatory."

Our motivation for policymaking should not be to try to please critics. Solving problems should be the focus. Efforts should be made to deal with the very real and ongoing religious liberty problems in our country, or problems stemming from LGBT activism, such as the politicization of medicine and prescription of puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and gender transition surgery for children. Such medical activism would not be slowed, but rather encouraged -- by both the Equality Act and FFA (which fail to protect the medical profession from being forced to forgo their moral or medical opinions about proper treatments for gender dysphoria, for instance).

The only difference between the Equality Act and FFA lies in the degree of harm they would cause if passed. FFA is not a proposal that Christians can (or should) support. If we do, we are only deceiving ourselves.

Editor’s note: The article first appeared at Family Research Council here. It is republished on LifeSiteNews by permission.


  chris stewart, equality act, fairness for all act

Opinion

Universities are now trying to cancel students for saying men cannot become female

'The intolerant cancel mob will gun for just about anyone, but conservatives are its favorite targets'
Wed Mar 3, 2021 - 2:14 pm EST
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March 3, 2021 (Family Research Council) – There was a time when schooling existed to teach kids what was true and how to think critically. Now, thinking and truth are punished, especially on college campuses.

Education student Owen Stevens learned that the hard way when State University of New York (SUNY) Geneseo suspended him from required field teaching programs. What was his crime? Saying things on Instagram like, "A man is a man, a woman is a woman. A man is not a woman and a woman is not a man." Or, "I do not recognize the gender that they claim to be if they are not biologically that gender."

According to documents obtained by The Daily Wire, Stevens will remain suspended until he completes a conservative-shaming ritual, also known as a "remediation plan," which would require him to delete his Instagram videos, tone down his social media presence, and attend school-sanctioned diversity training. It's unclear how a state university can force someone to recant things said in a public forum without violating his right to free speech. Nor is it clear how to say anything more "toned down" than an airtight logical tautology. The only thing clear in this remediation plan is that the diversity the school seeks isn't ideological. And remember, this is in a School of Education. Their litmus test for allowing teachers to instruct the next generation is simple: deny reality and submit to the Left.

When Stevens refused to comply, the graduate school's dean wrote to Stevens, "based on your continued public stance and social media presence, you do not consistently demonstrate behaviors required by the Conceptual Framework of the School of Education."

What "conceptual framework" of education censors basic scientific fact? Apparently one that has grossly reinterpreted its provision that teachers must foster "a diverse campus community marked by mutual respect for the unique talents and contributions of each individual." On paper, this is innocent, boilerplate lip-service to free academic inquiry. In New York, it now justifies woke administrators dangling students over a cliff until they affirm blatant falsehoods. Perhaps the Dean will suspend himself for not respecting the contributions of Mr. Stevens.

But it's not just one censorious dean. Stevens was also informed that his refusal to deny basic biological facts violated New York State's Dignity for All Students Act. He has received threats from fellow students. The university's president blasted an email to the entire student body condemning Stevens's insistence that there are only two genders, and lamenting that the school's options for punishing him were limited. All because Stevens believes something everyone has known throughout history.

Sadly, Stevens's experience is not unique. The National Association of Scholars has reported 128 incidents since 1975 where graduate students and faculty in the U.S. and Canada were "canceled" for unwelcome political views. Of these, 73 incidents -- or 57 percent -- happened in 2020. The intolerant cancel mob will gun for just about anyone, but conservatives are its favorite targets.

A new report found one in three conservative academics and graduate students have been disciplined or threatened with discipline for their political views. Unsurprisingly, seven in 10 conservatives self-censor in their teaching, research, or academic discussions. And only nine percent of Trump-supporting academics feel comfortable sharing their political views with a colleague. The hostility they perceive is not imagined. Only 41 percent of American academics would sit down to lunch with a colleague who voted for Trump. And only 28 percent would lunch with a colleague who, like Stevens, affirmed the existence of only two genders.

The stifling Leftist censorship in America's major universities is shocking. But we know the truth, and we cannot afford to be silent.

Editor’s note: The article first appeared at Family Research Council here. It is republished on LifeSiteNews by permission.


  owen stevens, state university of new york suny, transgender ideology, transgenderism

Opinion

Conservatives are increasingly the target of modern day witch trials in Biden’s America

In short, it looks like we have another Red Scare on our hands.  And once again, it is a real threat, not a manufactured one.  It’s a threat that could result in a communist-dominated America.  And communist domination is not a conspiracy theory.  It’s a reality for billions of people.
Wed Mar 3, 2021 - 12:59 pm EST
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March 3, 2021 (TurningPointProject) – The Crucible, Arthur Miller’s play about the Salem Witch Trials is often used by educators to teach students about the dangers that arise when true believers try to impose their orthodoxies on the rest of us.  Indeed, Miller wrote the play during the era of the Second Red Scare, and he wrote it with the McCarthy investigations in mind.

As with many others, Miller looked upon the McCarthy hearings and those of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) as a witch hunt—only this time, the witches being hunted were communists in government, in Hollywood and in other influential segments of American society.

The Salem Witch Trials began in 1692 when a group of young girls were discovered dancing in the forest and playing at conjuring.  Witchcraft was suspected, and the girls were strongly encouraged by the civil and religious authorities to reveal who had cast a spell on them.  To take the heat off themselves, the girls began to inform on adults in the community who had, they claimed, seduced them into witchcraft.  Their accusations were at first leveled against some of the more eccentric and marginal inhabitants of the village, but quickly escalated to include more prominent citizens.

A trial was convened which, although it lasted only a matter of months, resulted in the execution by hanging of nineteen men and women.  Curiously, most of those who were executed maintained their innocence to the end, while those were coerced into admitting their involvement in “witchcraft”, were forgiven and accepted back into the community.

Miller saw many parallels between the witch panic in Salem and the “red scare” of his own era.  In both cases, the fear of external threats—the Devil in the one case, and Soviet communism in the other, supposedly resulted in rigid orthodoxy and mindless conformity.  In particular, the hearings conducted by the HUAC reminded him of the Salem trials.  Liberals, such as Miller, claimed that the accusations being made by the committee members were as baseless as those made in Salem more than two centuries in the past.  Moreover, as in the witch trials, HUAC witnesses were encouraged to inform on others in order to save themselves.

As a result of the McCarthy hearings, the HUAC investigations, and a widespread fear of communist subversion, many people who were suspected of communist sympathies were put on blacklists and lost their jobs; some were imprisoned, and some left the country.  Corporations and private businesses were often as vigilant in ferreting out suspected subversives as were HUAC committee members.  A careless word to the wrong person—perhaps an acquaintance, or a fellow employee—could ruin one’s career.

But hold on!  Doesn’t that all sound familiar?  In fact, isn’t something of that very nature going on right now?  The panic over subversion of the government?  Twenty-Five thousand troops in Washington D.C to protect against domestic terrorists and white supremacists?  Blacklists?  The enforcement of a cancel culture by giant corporations and academic institutions?  The fear that failure to conform to the new orthodoxy will result in ostracism and job loss?

It looks very much as though we’re in the midst of another witch hunt. Only this time, the witch finders aren’t looking for communists, they’re looking for conservatives and Christians.  Instead of a Red Scare, the excuse for the clampdown this time is the supposed threat posed by people from red states who wear red MAGA hats.  When a rag-tag collection of these red-state types entered the Capitol building and clashed with police it was immediately labeled an “armed insurrection” and an “attempted coup.”  And it became the excuse for a bizarre impeachment trial.  If the incursion was intended as a coup, however, it has to have been one of the most poorly planned and executed coup attempts in world history.  It is highly unlikely that people armed mainly with pepper spray were about to take over the reins of government.  When some of them did make it into congressional offices, they could think of nothing better to do than to take selfies and souvenirs.

However, by January 6, 2021, it didn’t take much to scare people.  Strange and scary things had been happening for almost a year, including rioting in hundreds of cities, a planet-wide pandemic, a stock market crash, mandatory masking, lockdowns, and quarantines.  When the new administration took office in January, an atmosphere of paranoia already hung over the country, and the new ruling party seemed determined to intensify it.

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And it wasn’t merely the party.  A sort of religious fervor had gripped not only the Democratic Party, but also the media, academia, the corporate world, and the entertainment industry.  All seemed intent on exposing and punishing those guilty of non-conformity to progressive values.  And like all puritanical enforcers, they felt entirely virtuous in their attempts to ruin the lives of others.

So, the question arises:  Doesn’t The Crucible apply to the current era as much as, or even more so than it applied to the McCarthy era?  Isn’t it time for a new edition of The Crucible with a new introduction to point out the many parallels between the 17th century Salem witch hunt and our own?  It’s not likely to happen, of course; the witch hunters pretty much control the publishing industry.  If they want a new edition of The Crucible, you can be sure that the new introduction won’t cast any aspersions on their own activities—although publishers and distributors have been censoring, cancelling, and de-listing books left and right (well, mostly on the right).

It should be noted that, although witch hunts usually arise within the context of a threat, some threats are more real and, thus, more dangerous than others.  The witch trials in Salem, for example, were a reaction to a perceived threat, not a real one—unless, that is, you believe that a sizeable percentage of Salem’s residents actually were witches.

By contrast, during the era of the Red Scare, there really was a reason to be scared.  During World War II, the Soviet Union (the “Reds”) invaded Poland and annexed the Baltic States.  After the war, one country after another in Eastern Europe fell under communist control.  In 1949, Chinese communists under the leadership pf Mao Zedong succeeded in taking control of mainland China.  In 1950, communist North Korea invaded South Korea, thus initiating the three-year-long Korean War.  Moreover, recent evidence (such as the Venona transcripts) suggest that the anti-communist claim of substantial communist infiltration of federal agencies during and after the Roosevelt administration was largely correct.

The threat of communist subversion in those days was quite real.  Yet it was consistently underestimated by liberals and was often made the butt of humor—as in films such as “Doctor Strangelove” and “The Russians are Coming.”

How about today?  The current witch hunts are justified as necessary for eliminating the supposed threat to national security posed by insurrectionists, white supremacists, conspiracy theorists, and other haters—categories which are elastic enough to encompass about half the population.

The irony is that while the left is busy branding all criticism of the left as the equivalent of insurrection, the forces of the left grow ever stronger—not just in America, but all over the world. 

Russia is still a problem, but the Chinese communists pose a far greater threat.  While most of the world has been sleeping, China has been building up its military, building strategic ports, buying up technology, and buying influence.  At the same time, American politicians of the leftist persuasion are openly talking about subjecting millions of Americans to Chinese-style reeducation.  Meanwhile, the Chinese have been sending armies of agents to every corner of the globe. The Eric Swallwell/ Fang Fang scandal is just the tip of a very large iceberg.

In short, it looks like we have another Red Scare on our hands.  And once again, it is a real threat, not a manufactured one.  It’s a threat that could result in a communist-dominated America.  And communist domination is not a conspiracy theory.  It’s a reality for billions of people.

But you’re not supposed to notice that threat.  And if you’ve been in a panic over the over-hyped pandemic with the astonishingly low death rate, you probably haven’t noticed.  That seems to be the idea.  But just to make sure that your eyes aren’t on the ball, a new opportunity for panic was created when the incursion of a largely aimless mob into the Capitol was transformed overnight into the most dangerous and threatening event in American history.

For some perspective on what is really dangerous and threatening, one could read The Black Book of Communism or the Gulag Archipelago.  But our well-trained educators don’t encourage that kind of reading.  And so, that kind of threat is largely off the radar for most Americans.

It’s interesting to note that the Salem witch panic was over in less than a year.  People came to their senses relatively quickly.  It looks, however, as though the current sense of panic is designed to last a good long time.  Having people come to their senses is the last thing some of our leaders want.

William Kilpatrick is the author of 'What Catholics Need to Know about Islam' and other books about culture and religion. His work is supported in part by the Shillman Foundation.

Originally published by Turning Point Project. Reprinted here with permission.


  china, communism, covid-19, democrats

Opinion

At CPAC, articulate pro-life women discuss ‘hard questions for hard cases’

Female pro-life leaders responded to questions about pregnancies that threaten the life of the mother, unborn children diagnosed with serious disabilities, and pro-abortion canards about pro-life laws.
Wed Mar 3, 2021 - 11:01 am EST
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March 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – This past weekend’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) featured a lively panel on sanctity of life issues. This panel, entitled “Hard Questions for the Hard Cases: How to Defend Life” featured four articulate pro-life women. The panelists included Alison Centofante, the Director of Strategic Communications at Live Action, Emily Berning, the President and Co-Founder of Let them Live, and Congresswoman Michelle Fischbach, a newly elected Republican Congresswoman who represents the 7th district of Minnesota. The panel was moderated by Kelly Jane Torrance, the Associate Editorial Page Editor of the New York Post.

As the title indicated, the panel intended to give CPAC attendees information about how to best defend unborn children – particularly those conceived in difficult circumstances. The first question involved how to best engage people who were not religious. Congresswoman Fischbach commented on developments in ultrasound technology. She stated that “science is showing us so much about the humanity of the unborn.” Berning, whose non-profit provides financial assistance to pregnant women in need, emphasized that they make it a point support all women. “We wanted to switch up the narrative and make sure we were reaching beyond the church,” she said.

The next question dealt with pregnancies that threaten the life of the mother. Centofante stated that, “Abortion is the direct killing of that baby. It is violent. It is terrible.” Regarding specific situations where a pregnancy poses a risk to the life of the mother, Centofante said that the world’s leading OB-GYNs, including some former abortionists, state that the goal should always to save both mother and child. She added that either an early delivery or an emergency C-section are better options for a woman facing a life-threatening pregnancy. Congresswoman Fischbach also warned attendees to be wary of pro-life legislation that contains “health” exemptions. This is because health can be “defined broadly” and limit the ability of pro-life laws to protect preborn children.

Torrance then asked the panelists about unborn children diagnosed with serious disabilities. Here the panelists emphasized that these children are human beings worthy of legal protection. Centofante related a story about two pregnant sisters whose unborn children were both diagnosed with disabilities. One chose perinatal and palliative care and one chose abortion. In the aftermath “one has memories and other has a secret,” she said. 

“Abortion is traumatizing,” added Behring. “It is not an easy solution.” Centofante also added that is “not one person’s job to decide if another person’s life is fulfilled.” She added that “90 percent of children diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted. These are amazing children!” She urged pro-lifers to “step up and defend this demographic.”

The final question posed by Torrance asked the panelists how to respond to the argument that pro-life laws do not result in fewer abortions, but more abortions in unsafe circumstances.  In their responses, the panelists emphasized that legal abortions are often unsafe. Congresswoman Fischbach stated that abortions are not safe for either the baby or the woman. She added that many women who obtain abortions have complications including perforated uteruses. She complained that supporters of legal abortion opposed a bill she introduced in the Minnesota State Senate that would license abortion clinics like other medical facilities. “The media refuses to cover instances where the abortion industry fails.”

Added Centofante, “Tanya Reeves died!”

Toward the end of the panel, the panelists emphasized the support that was available for pregnant women in need. “Circumstances are temporary. Abortion is permanent,” said Berning, “Circumstances do not define you as a mother or define you as a person.” Berning added that pro-lifers can give women more options and can help with finances and emotional support. Centofante echoed these comments saying that “Pro-aborts are the only ones saying that you cannot do it all.” She also mentioned the resources available to pregnant women stating that “All the things we do, we do for free.”

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The moderator Kelly Jane Torrance concluded the panel by commending the panelists. She stated that “You lovely ladies answered every question with aplomb.”  Because of the strong and insightful comments of all the panelists, Torrance felt that “minds were changed.”

Michael J. New is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Busch School of Business at The Catholic University of America and an Associate Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute. Follow him on Twitter @Michael_J_New.


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Opinion

Who’s behind global effort to silence critics of the ‘Great Reset’?

The Publicis Groupe, an international PR firm, is a partner with the World Economic Forum, which is leading the call for a “reset” of the global economy. Publicis represents tech, pharma and banking corporations, all of which have partnerships with the U.S. government and global NGOs.
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  • The Publicis Groupe, a leading PR firm, represents major companies within the technology, pharmaceutical and banking industries. These companies, in turn, have various partnerships with the U.S. government and global nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

  • Publicis is a partner of the World Economic Forum, which is leading the call for a “reset” of the global economy and a complete overhaul of our way of life. As such, Publicis appears to be playing an important role, coordinating the suppression of information that runs counter to the technocratic narrative.

  • The role of the free press is to counter industry propaganda. That role has been effectively subverted through advertising. News outlets rarely report on something that might damage their advertisers.

  • Publicis connects to the drug industry, banking industry, NewsGuard/HealthGuard, educational institutions, Big Tech companies like Google, Microsoft and Bing, the U.S. State Department and Department of Defense, global technocratic institutions like the World Health Organization, national and global NGOs like the CCDH and the World Economic Forum, and dominating health websites like WebMD and Medscape.

  • These connections, taken together, explain how certain views can be so effectively erased. The answer to this dilemma is transparency. We must expose the machinations that allow this agenda to be pushed forward.

March 3, 2021 (Children’s Health Defense) — Any strategy that successfully manipulates public opinion is bound to be repeated, and we can now clearly see how the tobacco industry’s playbook is being used to shape the public narrative about COVID-19 and the projected post-COVID era.

In 2011, after many years of raising awareness regarding genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and industrial agriculture, we decided we needed a new game plan. Educating people through our newsletter was great, but we realized the best way to expose Monsanto — a leading GMO advocate and patented seed owner at the time — was to get them to engage directly and ensure national attention.

To that end, Mercola.com funded the signature gathering in California that initiated Proposition 37, the right to know what’s in your food by ensuring proper GMO labeling. We spent more than $1 million for the Prop 37 initiative, plus several million dollars more for GMO labeling initiatives in other U.S. states in the following years.

This initiative forced Monsanto to engage with the public directly to defend their toxic products and dangerous business practices, all while receiving national coverage in the process.

The Monsanto case

Monsanto spent tens of millions of dollars attacking anyone in their way, but they did so indirectly, just like the tobacco industry did before them. This is the core take-home of what I’m about to describe next.

They used a public relations team to do most of their dirty work — paying scientists and academics to voice their “independent opinions,” influencing scientific journals, and getting journalists and editorial boards to write favorable and influential pieces to help them maintain their lies and influence minds.

Still, while the spending of tens of millions of dollars to influence voters resulted in a narrow defeat of Prop 37, the new, widespread awareness of GMOs, pesticides and industrial agriculture eventually led to Monsanto’s demise.

In 2013, in a last-ditch effort to salvage its tarnished image, Monsanto hired the PR firm Ketchum. As noted in a HuffPost article by Paul Thacker, “Monsanto hit reboot with Ketchum,” which “created a campaign called GMO Answers, and used social media and third-party scientists to offer a counter narrative to allay concern about Monsanto’s products.”

The GMO Answers’ website is set up to allow professors at public universities to answer GMO questions from the public — supposedly without remuneration from the industry. But over the years, evidence emerged showing that these academics are far from independent, and often end up getting paid for their contributions via hidden means, such as unrestricted grants.

University of Florida professor Kevin Folta is one prominent example described in my 2016 article “Scientific American — Another Monsanto Bedfellow.” In that article, I also review how GMO Answers co-sponsored a panel discussion about GMOs in March that year with the media and partnerships division of Scientific American.

At the time, Jeremy Abatte, vice president and publisher of Scientific American, insisted the event was not a Ketchum event but a Scientific American event. Few bought his reasoning though, and many ended up filing Scientific American into the chemical biotech shill category.

Having purchased Monsanto at the end of 2016, Bayer continued the strategy to rely on PR firms for public acceptance. In the article “Bayer’s Shady PR Firms: Fleishmanhillard, Ketchum, FTI Consulting,” U.S. Right to Know reviews the many deception scandals involving these firms. A key discovery was evidence showing “there are objective strategies to silence strong voices.”

After investigating the strategies used by Monsanto and Bayer, we can now see that the same playbook is being used by Big Tech and Big Pharma to shape the public narratives about COVID-19 and the Great Reset. Again, a central facet of these campaigns is to silence critics, in particular those with large online followings, including yours truly.

I have been publicly labeled a “national security threat” to the U.K. by Imran Ahmed, a member of the Steering Committee on Countering Extremism Pilot Task Force under the British government’s Commission for Countering Extremism and the chief executive of the Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH).

According to Ahmed, I and others who question the safety and necessity of a COVID-19 vaccine may be prone to violent extremism. This defamatory statement clearly has no basis in reality whatsoever. Rather, it’s part of the propaganda aimed at destroying the opposition — in this case the opposition to the technocrats driving the Great Reset agenda, which spans across social, economic and health related sectors.

As reported by the National Vaccine Information Center, which was also on the CCDH list of national security threats:

The anonymously funded CCDH also has an office in Washington, D.C. and the defamatory publicity campaign created in December 2020 was designed to not only discredit NVIC’s four-decade public record of working within the U.S. democratic system to secure vaccine safety and informed consent protections in public health policies and laws, but to destroy our small charity.

Vaccination and Censorship: The Truth Will Set Us Free from Nat'l Vaccine Information Center on Vimeo.

Publicis is an organizing force in the Great Reset deception

Public deception is now being carried out at a mass scale, and the whole thing appears to be led and organized by another major PR firm, this time the Publicis Groupe, self-described as “one of the world’s largest communications groups,” which represents major companies within the technology, pharmaceutical and banking industries.

These companies, in turn, have various partnerships with the U.S. government and global nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Publicis itself is also a partner of the World Economic Forum, which is leading the call for a “reset” of the global economy and a complete overhaul of our way of life. As you will see, Publicis’ fingerprints can be found throughout the net of censorship and misdirection that is now being cast across the digital landscape.

The Publicis Groupe has manipulated what people think about commercial products for nearly a century. Over that century, they have bought or partnered with targeted advertising avenues, beginning with newspapers, followed by radio, TV, cinema and the internet. More recently, they’ve branched into Big Data acquisitions and artificial intelligence platforms.

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To understand the power PR companies such as Publicis have today, you need to understand the role of the free press. While pro-industry advertising worked well for decades, there was still the irksome problem of the Fourth Estate, a term that refers to the press.

The problem for industry was that professional investigative journalists working for magazines, newspapers and broadcast outlets would write in-depth exposés, outing the truth behind deceptive advertising and countering industry propaganda with science, statistics and other documented facts — and when a free press with honest reporting based on verifiable facts actually does its job, ineffective or toxic products are driven off the market.

The answer that industry came up with in the late 20th century to combat truth in journalism was, pure and simple, to control the Fourth Estate with advertising dollars. News organizations will simply not run reports that might harm the bottom line of its advertisers.

By further partnering with the “big guns” of media — such as the Paley Center for Media — Publicis and its industry clients have been able to influence and control the press to restrict, indeed virtually eliminate, your ability to get the truth on many important issues.

Publicis, Big Pharma and NewsGuard

To start off this sprawling web of industry connections surrounding Publicis, let’s look at its connections to the self-appointed internet watchdog NewsGuard. NewsGuard rates websites on criteria of “credibility” and “transparency,” ostensibly to guide viewers to the most reliable sources of news and information.

In reality, however, NewsGuard ends up acting as a gatekeeper with a mission to barricade unpopular truth and differences of opinion behind closed gates. Its clearly biased ranking system easily dissuades people from perusing information from low-rated sites, mine included.

NewsGuard received a large chunk of its startup capital from Publicis. NewsGuard also has ties to The Paley Center for Media, mentioned earlier. For clarification, The Paley Center is composed of every major media in the world, including Microsoft, AOL, CBS, Fox and Tribune Media. One of its activities is to sponsor an annual global forum for industry leaders.

NewsGuard is housed in The Paley Center in New York City. In November 2015, Publicis’ chairman of North America, Susan Gianinno, joined The Paley Center’s board of trustees.

Leo Hindery, a former business partner of the co-CEOs of NewsGuard, Steven Brill and Gordon Crovitz, is also a former trustee and director of The Paley Center. Taken together, NewsGuard has fairly influential connections to The Paley Center besides being a tenant in their building.

As mentioned, Publicis represents most of the major pharmaceutical companies in the world, and since so much of its revenue comes from the drug industry, it’s not far-fetched to assume Publicis might influence NewsGuard’s ratings of drug industry competitors, such as alternative health sites.

Publicis, Big Pharma, NewsGuard and Big Tech

Next, let’s add a layer of Big Tech into the mix. Publicis, which represents Big Pharma, not only has the ability to influence the public through NewsGuard, but it’s also a Google partner, which allows it even greater ability to bury undesirable views that might hurt its clientele.

NewsGuard is also partnered with Microsoft, initially through Microsoft’s Defending Democracy Program. Through an expanded partnership announced in 2020, Microsoft Edge users gained access to NewsGuard for free, and Microsoft Bing gained access to NewsGuard’s data.

Publicis, pharma, NewsGuard, Big Tech, government and NGOs

Expanding the web further onto government and NGO territory, we find that NewsGuard is also connected to the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Department of Defense and the World Health Organization. All three are listed as NewsGuard partners. NewsGuard is also partnered with:

  • Public libraries

  • Schools

  • MSN

  • Bing

  • Trend Micro and many others

To summarize, the web around Publicis now includes international drug companies, NewsGuard, Google, Microsoft, the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), the WHO and the World Economic Forum. Mind you, this is not a comprehensive review of links. It’s merely a sampling of entities to give you an idea of the breadth of these connections, which when taken together explain how certain views can be so effectively erased.

Add in ‘anti-hate’ group and Google-trusted health sites

But we’re not done yet. NewsGuard’s health-related service called HealthGuard is also partnered with WebMD, Medscape and the CCDH — the progressive cancel-culture leader with extensive ties to government and global think tanks that recently labeled people questioning the COVID-19 vaccine as national security threats.

In 2017, WebMD was acquired by Internet Brands, a company under the global investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) umbrella. KKR also owns several other health-related internet brands. Since WebMD owned Medscape, it too now belongs to the KKR Internet Brands as well.

Together, HealthGuard, CCDH, WebMD and Medscape have launched a public service campaign called VaxFacts. The goal of the campaign is to “provide facts and tools to help consumers make informed decisions about vaccines,” WebMD reports.

In tandem with that campaign, Google is funding fact-checking organizations to the tune of $3 million, with the aim of countering “vaccine misinformation,” and NewsGuard maintains a “Coronavirus Misinformation Tracking Center” that includes a “Top COVID-19 Vaccine Myths Tracker.”

WebMD dominates health searches done through Google and shares user information with Google’s advertising arm and other third-party firms — a practice that is illegal in Europe.

What this means is DoubleClick, Google’s ad service, knows which prescriptions you’ve searched for on the site, thus providing you with personalized drug ads, and Facebook knows what you’ve searched for in WebMD’s symptom checker, as well as any medical diagnoses you received. I reviewed these findings in “WebMD and Healthline exposed Violating Your Privacy.”

Since most of its revenue comes from advertising, WebMD is far from an independent source of well-researched health news. For example, it has been caught shilling for Monsanto, publishing industry-friendly “articles” that are really paid advertisements known in the media world as advertorials.

Ten years ago, WebMD was also caught publishing a fake online depression screening test. In actuality, it was an advertising trick for the antidepressant Cymbalta, and there was no way for test takers to get a clean bill of mental health.

Summary

So, to recap, we find connections between the drug industry, NewsGuard/HealthGuard, educational institutions, Big Tech companies like Google, Microsoft and Bing, the U.S. State Department and DOD, global technocratic institutions like the WHO, national and global NGOs like the CCDH and the World Economic Forum, and dominating health websites like WebMD and Medscape.

Again, this is far from an exhaustive investigation of these kinds of connections. It’s merely a small sampling of readily obvious relationships. Toward the center of this web is the Publicis Groupe, the clients of which include major drug companies, Big Tech companies and financial institutions in more than 100 countries.

By the way, Publicis also began investing in artificial intelligence technology in 2017 and partnered with Microsoft in 2018 to develop a global AI platform. It also purchased the data firm Epsilon in 2019, thereby establishing ownership of first-party data — a crucially valuable resource when it comes to the use of AI.

As detailed on its website, the firm’s expertise is concentrated within four main activities: communication, media, data and technology (including AI services), and all clients have access to its expertise in all of these areas.

While it’s easy to dismiss Publicis as just another ad agency, I believe it would be foolish to underestimate its power to organize the kind of coordination required to shut down vaccine concerns, anti-lockdown proponents and people trying to educate their fellow man about the dangers of the Great Reset, which is being brought forth as a “necessary” post-COVID step.

While these things may seem unrelated, they’re really not. As mentioned, the Great Reset involves everything — including health, education, government, economics, redistribution of wealth, business practices, environmental “protections” and much more.

Originally published by Mercola.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Children's Health Defense.

© March 1, 2021 Children’s Health Defense, Inc. This work is reproduced and distributed with the permission of Children’s Health Defense, Inc. Want to learn more from Children’s Health Defense? Sign up for free news and updates from Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and the Children’s Health Defense. Your donation will help to support us in our efforts.


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Opinion

Study shows how masks are harming children

The problems that children are having wearing masks include increased irritability, headaches, difficulty concentrating, less happiness, reluctance to go to school, malaise, impaired learning and drowsiness or fatigue
Wed Mar 3, 2021 - 8:37 am EST
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STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Data from the first registry to record children's experiences with masks show physical, psychological and behavioral issues including irritability, difficulty concentrating and impaired learning

  • Since school shutdowns in spring 2020, an increasing number of parents are seeking drug treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) for their children

  • Evidence from the U.K. shows schools are not the super spreaders health officials said they were; measured rates of infection in schools were the same as the community, not higher

  • A large randomized controlled trial showed wearing masks does not reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2

  • It is important to pay attention to the direction leadership is taking to protect your future and your finances

March 3, 2021 (Mercola) — A new study shows children have experienced great psychological, behavioral and physical harm from the mandates and lockdowns handed down during the COVID-19 pandemic. This harm affects the next generation of leaders and has dampened the spirits of people around the world. Yet, there is one place that appears to have side-stepped this damage.

Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, there have been events that have changed the world. They include the two World Wars, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the 9/11 attacks and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The current pandemic has undoubtedly been the most traumatic period for many people. The devastation that has been wrought on the world is incalculable, including things that aren't easily measured like mental health, food insecurity and physical abuse.

The harsh reality is that virtually none of it was necessary and the real damage has been the result of decisions made by global health and government officials who appear to have been acting in concert, according to some predetermined plan.

The fallout from this event will be experienced by many for the remainder of their lives. Suicide rateschild abuse and drug deaths have risen dramatically. Prescriptions for anti-anxiety drugs had risen 31% and for antidepressants by up to 22% by mid-2020. But children, whose voices are not often heard, may be suffering the most.

Children show physical, hehavioral and psychological harm

A recent study has been published online using data from Germany's first registry recording the experience children are having wearing masks. Parents, doctors and others can enter their observations; the registry had recorded use by 20,353 people as of October 26, 2020.

Using this data on 25,930 children, the researchers discovered interesting information. The average time children were wearing a mask was 270 minutes each day. There were 24 health issues reported that were associated with wearing masks that fell into the categories of physical, psychological and behavioral issues.

Of the problems that children were having wearing masks, 68% of them were reported to the registry by parents. The researchers concluded the frequency of registry use and the variety of symptoms being reported indicated the importance of the subject. They recorded symptoms that:

… included irritability (60%), headache (53%), difficulty concentrating (50%), less happiness (49%), reluctance to go to school/kindergarten (44%), malaise (42%), impaired learning (38%) and drowsiness or fatigue (37%).

Added to these concerning symptoms, they also found 29.7% reported feeling short of breath, 26.4% being dizzy and 17.9% were unwilling to move or play. Hundreds more experienced “accelerated respiration, tightness in chest, weakness and short-term impairment of consciousness.”

Measurements of anxiety or depressive disorder jumped dramatically for adults between January through June 2019 and January 2021. According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of adults reporting symptoms of anxiety disorder and/or depressive disorder was 11% in the first quarter of 2019 but jumped dramatically to 41.1% across the nation by January 2021.

Evidence has shown that there is a positive relationship between a child's behavioral problems and mental health with maternal mental health and parental mental health. This means that independent of their own stress and physiological harm from mask-wearing and lockdowns, children will also respond negatively to the rising rate of anxiety and depression exhibited by adults.

More families seeking drugs to manage remote learning

In spring 2020 an unprecedented remote learning experiment began for schools around the world. Suddenly, tens of millions of students were at home, plugged into their computer for their education. In one survey, Educators for Excellence reported 67% of teachers said their students’ homework or assignments were completed “somewhat worse” or “much worse” than before remote learning was mandatory.

In another survey, teachers reported their sense of success dropped from 96.3% when teaching in the classroom to 73.1% teaching remotely. On average, the same teachers reported that only 60% of their students were engaged in learning activities.

Remote learning has been especially challenging for young children and for the 20% of students living in the U.S. who do not have access to the necessary technology. According to Education Week, 80% of teachers believe their students are having trouble focusing during the shutdown.

Each of these factors may contribute to the growing number of parents who are seeking treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) for their children. NBC News reports specialists are flooded with questions and requests for diagnosis and prescriptions for ADHD.

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Dr. Melvin Oatis from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry believes that the pandemic has “been a tipping point that has pushed some families to get help.”

However, Dr. Arthur Lavin, who is a pediatrician with service on several national committees of the American Academy of Pediatrics, warns, "Our concern is that pediatricians and families be very careful to not simply list the symptoms of ADHD, but to look at the child's history and use differential diagnosis to make sure we have the best possible explanation for the symptoms."

The fuzziness surrounding a diagnosis of ADHD has also led to some over-identification of these issues. University of Minnesota psychologist Stephanie Carlson finds that students are often misidentified as having deficits in executive functioning skills when the behavior is within normal limits.

For example, younger students are more likely to be labeled with ADHD than their older peers. Boys are labeled more often than girls, and black and Latino students have a lower probability of being diagnosed or taking medicine.

Schools are not “super spreaders”

Early data are now available from a study performed by the University of Warwick in the U.K. looking at information on school absences between September 2020 and December 2020. The researchers were interested in students who stayed home from school sick because of COVID-19 infections and how the number who became ill varied across time.

The study evaluated pupils and teachers and how those absences changed during November lockdown and in December when the lockdown was lifted. What they found was that the infection rate in the schools matched the wider community, indicating there was no evidence that schools were a driver in producing more cases of COVID-19.

As in the U.S., students in the U.K. have been offered remote learning options. Dr. Mike Tildesley is one of the researchers and a scientific adviser to the U.K. government. He suggests using a staggered approach as plans for reopening the schools are underway.

While the rates of infection between the schools and community were the same, the researchers could not comment if the students and teachers who did have COVID-19 caught it in the school or the community. As would be expected with what is known about the virus, the rate of infection was lower in primary schools than secondary schools.

When speaking to a BBC reporter, Tildesley had a telling comment about how decisions to reopen schools should be made: “You could potentially think about doing early years first. But this is a political decision."

Face masks do not effectively reduce COVID-19 infections

The first randomized controlled trial evaluating the effectiveness of surgical face masks against SARS-CoV-2 was published in November 2020 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

During the trial, researchers evaluated more than 6,000 individuals and found that masks did not statistically significantly reduce the incidence of infection of COVID-19. Among the people who wore masks, 1.8% tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, compared to 2.1% among the control group.

When the researchers removed those who did not adhere to proper mask-wearing, the results remained the same — 1.8%. This suggests that in this group of 6,000 individuals, wearing a mask made no significant difference as to whether they would acquire COVID-19.

In the group that reportedly wore their masks “exactly as instructed,” 2% tested positive for the virus as compared to 2.1% of the controls. Despite a lack of evidence that mask-wearing in the general public was effective, widespread mask mandates were rolled out.

At the end of December 2020, researchers from Rational Ground revealed results of data analysis evaluating the use of masks from all 50 U.S. states. It was completed by data analysts, computer scientists and actuaries, who divided the information into states that had mask mandates and those that did not.

They evaluated data from May 1, 2020, through December 15, 2020, and calculated how many cases per day occurred by population with and without mask mandates. Among states without a mask mandate, 5,781,716 cases were counted over 5,772 days, which worked out to:

  • No mask mandates — 17 cases per 100,000 people per day

  • Mask mandates — 27 cases per 100,000 people per day

In other words, the evidence does not support the use of masks and school lockdowns. And, there is powerful evidence that masks and school lockdowns are causing significant damage to the physical and psychological health of children. Yet, these mandates and lockdowns have garnered support from schools and parents, likely driven by fear of the virus.

Countrywide mandates prove successful

In fact, fear seems to have been the force used to drive mandates the public would not have otherwise accepted — except, that is, in Sweden. In a 45-minute documentary, Claudia Nye shows how Sweden has approached COVID-19.

Under the guidance of chief epidemiologist Anders Tegnell, Sweden did not institute a universal lockdown, close small businesses or schools, or enact mandatory mask mandates. Instead, they chose to use enough reasonable strategies to protect their citizens. According to Tegnell, "We don't want to hurt anyone unnecessarily, but we want to have as good effect as possible."

Using this as the basis for their decision-making, only some schools were closed during certain periods of time and only office workers were asked to work from home to minimize crowding on public transportation. Retail shops, gyms and restaurants remained open, a vast difference from what happened in other countries around the world.

Businesses recommended social distancing and masks, but it wasn't a strict rule. Around the globe, people were told to stay home or face jail time. Yet, in Sweden people were asked to take commonsense precautions based on their individual circumstances.

It was recommended seniors and other high-risk individuals stay home, use social distancing and wear masks. All others were free to live as they normally would. Tegnell noted that in Sweden, “We have chosen a voluntary way and it’s proven to be sustainable and it’s proven also to be effective.”

According to the Imperial College of London model, Sweden should have experienced a death toll of 80,000 by the end of June 2020 without a lockdown. However, the true number September 30, 2020, after no lockdowns, stood at 5,893 – a vast majority of whom were elderly with comorbidities.

In fact, of those, only 872 were a direct result of COVID-19. The rest had one or more conditions that contributed to the death. Nye tells more of this story in her engaging documentary that won the Outstanding Achievement Award in the Los Angeles International Indie Short Fest film festival in January 2021.

I believe without being aware of how your behavior is being influenced, the world will continue to become decidedly different and more difficult. To protect our children, future generations and your finances, I encourage you to share “Public Health Officials Are Destroying Humanity.”

It may seem like science fiction, but just one year ago you probably could not have imagined the world as it is today. Unless and until more people understand the direction that leadership is sending the world, it will only continue down the same path.

In my newest book, The Truth About COVID-19,” I investigate the origins of this virus and how the elite use it to slowly erode your personal liberty and freedom. I’ll also show how you can protect yourself against this disease and what you can do to fight back against the technocratic overlords.

My book will be available April 29, but you can preorder it now on Amazon. Why Amazon, you may ask? Well, this book talks in detail about pandemic profiteers, and by getting its ranking pushed up via one of the biggest Big Tech companies benefiting from this global pandemic — although I am not thrilled about associating with Amazon — we are actually using their platform against them!


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Biden administration inexplicably decides to re-fund World Health Organization

The WHO received $200 million in a reversal of the Trump administration's decision last May to cut ties due to 'repeated missteps' in handling the COVID-19 virus.
Wed Mar 3, 2021 - 8:13 pm EST
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LifeSiteNews has produced an extensive COVID-19 vaccines resources page. View it here. 

March 3, 2021 (Population Research Institute) – The Biden administration just sent $200 million to the World Health Organization, reversing the May 2020 decision of the Trump administration to cut ties with the failed organization for its “role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus.”

Biden’s Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, justified the cash bailout as a way of “ensuring that WHO has the support it needs to lead the response to the pandemic, even as we work to reform it in the future.”

In my view, giving money to WHO for the pandemic is like giving more gasoline to the arsonist who set the fire in the first place.

Has anything happened over the past 10 months to justify rejoining and resuming funding to the WHO? Has the organization apologized for what Trump correctly called its “repeated missteps” in dealing with the China Virus? Has it acknowledged that it was dead wrong in opposing travel bans on flights from China, or in blithely repeating Beijing’s false claim that the Wuhan epidemic was under control? Has it in any way criticized the Communist regime for its mishandling of the epidemic?

The answer to all these questions is an emphatic no. If anything, the WHO has burrowed deeper into bed with Beijing in recent months in an attempt to hide the origin and spread of the China Virus.

Much has been written about WHO’s highly publicized visit to Wuhan last month, but did you know that a WHO team had secretly met with Chinese officials last summer? According to a since-leaked internal document, the 10-member team found Chinese officials unhelpful and unwilling to investigate the origins of the Wuhan coronavirus.  

WHO’s team reported at the time, “Following extensive discussions with and presentations from Chinese counterparts, it appears that little had been done in terms of epidemiological investigations around Wuhan since January 2020. The data presented orally gave few more details than what was presented at the emergency committee meetings in January 2020. No PowerPoint presentations were made and no documents were shared.” 

The critical tone of this internal document was not, however, reflected in WHO’s public statements. These have invariably described the Chinese government as cooperative and actively engaged in ongoing investigations in China.  

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Neither of these claims is true.

The lack of cooperation has continued to the present day. When WHO delegation was finally allowed to visit Wuhan in January, Chinese officials quarantined its members for two whole weeks. During their remaining 10 days in country, they were carefully chaperoned. Not only were they allowed only one short visit to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, they were also denied access to its research records or interviews with its researchers or staff. The Chinese side presented some “analyses” to the WHO investigators that claimed the coronavirus had originated in nature, but refused to hand over the valuable raw data and samples that could be used to verify this. 

Some members of the delegation complained about this, stating that without access to the raw data there was simply no way to judge the accuracy of the Chinese claims, but WHO as a whole pronounced itself satisfied.

This has prompted a number of well-known scientists to issue strong criticisms of the WHO investigation, one calling it nothing more than a “charade” to cover up Chinese responsibility for the China Virus. I second this opinion, having long believed that China manufactured the China Virus in its Wuhan lab.  

China is covering up its complicity by withholding the raw data that could be used to trace it back to the lab, and preventing outside investigators from interviewing the researchers responsible.

Instead, it claims that the disease actually arose in the United States or Europe and that it was brought to Wuhan in shipments of frozen food.    

This bizarre theory — for which there is zero real-world evidence — actually found its way into the WHO report. Some might call this incompetence, but I rather think it shows complicity in China’s cover-up.

If you want evidence that the WHO was taking its pandemic marching orders from Beijing, look no further than the cold shoulder it gave to Taiwan. The island nation sent multiple warnings to the WHO about the plague brewing on the mainland, and early on closed its borders to traffic from Wuhan, and yet it was ignored.  

“In December, the WHO refused to act on or publicize Taiwan’s warning that the new respiratory infection emerging in China could pass from human to human,” U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, later wrote. “In mid January, despite accumulating evidence of patients contracting what we now know as COVID-19 from other people, the organization repeated the (Chinese Communist Party’s) lie that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission. In January, the WHO, at Beijing’s behest, also blocked Taiwan from participating in critical meetings to coordinate responses to the coronavirus and even reportedly provided wrong information about the virus’s spread in Taiwan.”

The Biden administration admits that it has “deep concerns” about the World Health Organization’s investigation into the pandemic, particularly Beijing’s interference with the investigation into its origins, but it has nevertheless turned the funding spigot back on again.

The hapless bureaucrats, who ignored early warnings from Taiwan, helped China cover up the severity of the pandemic, and just carried out a pretend investigation into the origins of the pandemic that was stage-managed by the Chinese Communist Party, will now have $200 million more to play with.

In this and so many other areas, the Biden administration is returning to the failed policies of the past.

Is anyone surprised?

Steven W. Mosher is the president of the Population Research Institute and the author of Bully of Asia: Why China’s Dream is the New Threat to World Order. 


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FLASHBACK: One year ago, an astounding 90% of Americans were happy, so the Deep State destroyed the US

It was an amazing feat. In just three years, Donald J. Trump had done what no other President had done: he led America to unheard of levels of personal satisfaction, pulling the country out of the Obama-Biden doldrums.
Wed Mar 3, 2021 - 12:19 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Just over one year ago, a whopping ninety percent of Americans said they were satisfied with their personal lives, the highest ever reported by famed Gallup Reports.  

It was an amazing feat. In just three years, Donald J. Trump had done what no other President had done: he led America to unheard of levels of personal satisfaction, pulling the country out of the Obama-Biden doldrums.   

And Trump did so despite a constant barrage of political and judicial attacks, the undermining of his presidency by leaders of U.S. intelligence agencies, and the incessant false reporting and mudslinging of mainstream media. 

Gallup concluded:   

It's likely no coincidence that Americans' heightened satisfaction with their personal life comes as confidence in the U.S. economy and their personal finances are also at long-term or record highs. That two in three Americans are very satisfied is reflective of this upbeat moment in time, and whether these sentiments carry through the coming decade will be something to watch.

This was untenable for global and national elites, who envisioned Trump winning a second term in office.  

So what happened shortly after Gallup published their report on February 6, 2020?  

COVID lockdowns. Black Lives Matter. Antifa. Democrat Governors and big city mayors.  

The U.S. economy – and human happiness – had to be destroyed in order to dislodge Trump, re-entrench the Deep State, and simultaneously launch the great dream of the Soros-led globalists, the “Great Reset.” 

The Gallup report came out at the height of the Democratic Presidential primaries.  Clearly, none of those competing for the nomination had enough soul, spirit, or brains to outmatch Donald Trump. It was the biggest assemblage of ragtag political wannabees ever witnessed by the American public.  

It was only with an assist from House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn that elderly, physically, and mentally frail Joe Biden was positioned to run against perhaps the greatest American President of all time. Former Republican President George Bush hailed Clyburn as a “Savior.” The Deep State had indeed found its savior, who no doubt will soon be crucified in order to make way for Kamala Harris.   

Six weeks after the Gallup Report, the U.S. economy was flattened by America’s compliant establishment governors: Tens of millions were thrown out of work, families were made destitute, and small businesses were crushed under heavy-handed COVID lockdown measures. 

Churches were essentially padlocked and public, communal expressions of faith were outlawed. Fellowship screeched to a halt. Mask regulations insured that we could no longer smile at each other. We all became dangerous, possibly lethal strangers to one another.     

But that still wasn’t enough for Democrat and bureaucratic overlords.  

Democrat governors and big city mayors not only tolerated months of violence and destruction from Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Antifa, they applauded it, in order to make it appear as if America was coming apart at the seams because of the Trump presidency.   

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“This summer felt like a psychic break from old-school liberalism, a moment when a big part of the American elite just decided to junk the principles that have long defined American democratic life,” wrote Andrew Sullivan in October.  

To cap it all off, a feeble Capitol Hill “insurrection” was staged in an attempt to falsely blame President Trump for inciting mob violence.  

Under the nascent Harris-Biden-Pelosi Regime, Washington, D.C. has quickly sunk from being the world’s most beautiful capital city to its ugliest, most unwelcoming one.  

A full year of big city violence, increased racial animosity, the atomization of every American soul, and Washington, D.C.’s ugly fences, barricades, razor wire and armed military blocking off our great national symbols are all indisputable evidence of the Deep State’s great fear and loathing for Donald J. Trump, and you.  

All this is just a taste, a sampling, of life under the rule of the increasingly Marxist Democrat Party.  

James Woods offered a concise explanation for what the nation was witnessing last summer:  

Antifa is merely a pawn in the plan engineered by Soros and the Deep State. The Obama/Ayers/Alinsky/Cloward-Piven/Clinton strategy has always been to provoke, destabilize, and then rebuild a “socialist nirvana” from the ashes. Stay calm, be prepared, but don’t take the bait.

Make no mistake: Prosperity, freedom, and faith are now the permanent enemies of the Democrat Party. 

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