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(LifeSiteNews) — Sister Deirdre “Dede” Byrne, a member of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts order in Washington, D.C., told listeners not to be afraid and to hold onto religious freedom and common sense. 

At the “Stop the Shot” Conference hosted by the Truth for Health Foundation and live-streamed by LifeSiteNews on August 4, Sister Dede spoke about early treatments for COVID-19 and the unprecedented restrictions and mandates seen over the past year and a half, saying “we have lost all common sense and as a result we are losing our religious freedom.”

In a “heart to heart” with listeners, Sister Dede, a board-certified family physician and general surgeon who received her M.D. at Georgetown University’s School of Medicine and served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and as a missionary surgeon, said she has personally treated more than 150 patients with COVID-19 since last year.

The nun, who gave a rousing pro-life speech at the Republican National Convention last year, said in spite of the ongoing push to mandate experimental COVID-19 shots developed or tested with the tissue of aborted children, early treatments using safe and effective drugs are sufficient to stave off serious illness from COVID-19.

According to Sister Dede, the COVID patients she has treated have “all done extremely well.”

She began her address speaking about the horrific terror attacks of September 11, 2001, noting that she was at Ground Zero providing care for the firefighters.

While she said she “witnessed firsthand man’s inhumanity to man,” she said she also “saw the beauty and kindness of many” as people reached out to give help and support in the wake of the attacks.

“People lived in fear” after the attacks, she said, but “humanity prevailed.”

Then last year, Sister Dede remarked, COVID-19 “invaded the home front.”

Unlike the outpouring of support and kindness Byrne witnessed after the September 11 attacks, however, the retired U.S. army colonel said “people are still living in fear” more than a year and a half after the first COVID-19 cases were reported on U.S. soil.

Rather than reaching out to help and provide support, she said, many Americans are accusing one another, judging one another for failing to wear masks or to take an experimental jab developed using aborted fetal tissue.

Sister Dede noted that the emergency COVID-19 injections were originally emphasized because “we were told there were no treatments.”

“As I delved more into it,” Sister Dede said she “realized that early treatment is actually very effective.”

As the pandemic has worn on, Sister Dede said she has become “deeply concerned” about why the experimental drug is increasingly being mandated, in spite of available and successful early treatment.

She noted that COVID-19 itself has an extremely low mortality rate, particularly among the young, and the long-term effects of the experimental COVID-19 shots are unknown.

“It makes no sense why little children need to cover their faces,” Sister Dede said, remarking on masking requirements for children as young as two years old, despite the fact that children are at extremely low risk from the virus.

Meanwhile, she observed that rates of anger, suicide, and depression have spiked among children and young adults.

Sister Dede concluded by citing Matthew 10:28, which says: “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Begging Catholics, Christians, family, friends, to understand the gravity of mandating these vaccines, she warned that in losing a common sense approach to treating illness, Americans are also “losing our religious freedom.”

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