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May 28, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – While businesses and ordinary Albertans are increasingly feeling the pinch from wave-after-wave of government lockdowns, many of those in the public-sector, whose salaries are assured and whose pensions remain untouched, appear increasingly out-of-touch with the rest of us. Many Albertans feel abandoned, forgotten, left-behind, and alone.
The names of those who have unfortunately died with COVID-19 are read aloud like soldiers’ lives lost in battle – well, not quite, but the overtly public acknowledgement of their deaths certainly seems to pay disproportionate attention to those whose lives have been taken by COVID-19.
And while the 2,000-plus COVID-19 victims rightfully deserve to be mourned, the public acknowledgement of their deaths points to the relatively unacknowledged deaths of the 20,000-plus victims of other causes, natural or not, who have died during this same period from non-COVID related causes. These Albertan’s also deserve to be mourned and their lives are no less – nor more – worthy of attention.
Though still more forgotten are those lives lost who, in most cases, have no name to remember them by. They are the unnamed victims of abortion.
In the past 15 months, since the beginning of the pandemic, six times (6X) as many Albertans have died in the womb by abortion than have died from COVID-19. And unlike other industries in Alberta, the abortion industry has not had to reduce its hours or limit its practice of operations. Abortions continue in Alberta – at the expense of tax-payers – who, as noted, are already feeling the pinch, thanks to the government imposed lockdowns that ordinary Albertans and businesses are required to endure.
So if the current “stop-the-spike” campaign being waged by Alberta’s premier is all about protecting human lives, why has nothing been done to “bend-the-curve” on the killing of preborn Albertans in the womb? In most cases, the loss of these lives is wholly preventable and unnecessary, so much so that abortion is considered an elective procedure, generally touted as a “choice”, rather than as medically necessary.
Some of the strategies employed by governments to reduce transmission rates of COVID-19, and subsequently to reduce deaths from that disease, have been the much decried “lockdown” and “social-distancing” measures we have grown accustomed to in our daily living. Indeed we have become so inured to these rather novel measures that they are often referred to as “the new normal”. And although also now seen as “normal” the “lock-down” and “gathering restrictions” relating to abortion all precede the pandemic by decades. A key difference to these restrictions, however, is that they are applied only toward those who actively object to the loss of life taking place in abortion clinics – rather than in the service of the protection of life (Alberta, like the rest of Canada has no laws limiting abortion).
To be clear, these restrictions have taken place in the form of protest “bubble-zones” which prohibit more than five people from gathering at a time outside abortion clinics. Ironically enough, five is the same number of people currently permitted to attend an outdoor funeral in Alberta (and although I do not think this was deliberate, it certainly drives the point home).
And as if these “gathering restrictions” imposed by the bubble-zones weren’t enough in and of themselves, they are further supplemented by “distancing” rules which prohibit these (again, no more than) five people from coming within 150 meters of an abortion clinic. No group or cause in Alberta faces such harsh legal discrimination on their right to free expression and assembly as pro-life Albertans – who can gather in groups no larger than five, at a distance no closer than 150 meters from an abortuary.
The Biden Administration has incredibly given permission to U.S. embassies to fly the Black Lives Matter (BLM) flag alongside the American flag for the rest of the year.
This order is an outrageous and insulting affront to American identity and sovereignty, and must be rescinded immediately!
Please SIGN this petition to demand that U.S. embassies around the world fly the American flag ONLY!
According to a leaked memo, quoted below and published by Human Events News on Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken urged embassies to push Black Lives Matter messaging and authorized them to "hang BLM flags" "for calendar year 2021."
"As outlined below, Chiefs of Mission may decide to hang BLM flags, as appropriate and depending on local context. This cable constitutes a blanket written authorization for calendar year 2021 from the Under Secretary for Management (M) to display the BLM flag on the external-facing flagpole to any Chiefs of Mission."
"The Department supports the use of the term ‘Black Lives Matter’ in messaging content, speeches, and other diplomatic engagements with foreign audiences to advance racial equity and access to justice on May 25 and beyond. We encourage posts to focus on the need to eliminate systemic racism and its continued impact."
Of course, eliminating racism is a positive thing, but NOT by promoting the Black Lives Matter organization or movement which have been linked to the following radical actions and ideas:
- Violent protests and the general destabilization of our society
- Defunding of our police departments
- The overthrow of the nuclear family
- Perpetual marxist revolution
Only a miniscule proportion of the American population supports the radical ideology and actions of the BLM organization and movement. In fact, polling shows that a strong majority of Americans believe that "All Lives Matter," rather than just the lives of just one race of Americans.
The Biden Administration's promotion of this Leftist symbolism and ideology is both dangerous and deliberately misleading.
And, it is the worst kind of virtue signaling, as the message being sent to the rest of the world is: "Get on board with the radical, marxist and revolutionary ideology of the BLM organization and movement if you want a favorable response from the United States government."
This kind of cultural imperialism and coercion is downright insulting to our allies and partners abroad.
But, it also demonstrates how the current U.S. administration is beholden to the radical leftist element of the Democratic Party -- which is downright insulting to most average Americans.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition demanding that the U.S. Department of State rescind permission to fly the BLM flag at U.S. embassies around the world.
Then, please CONTACT the Department of State by email or by telephone, to politely, but firmly, demand that only the U.S. flag, and not the BLM flag, be flown at U.S. diplomatic installations.
The State Department may be contacted by email at this webpage: https://register.state.gov/contactus/contactusform
The Office of the Secretary of State may be contacted at this telephone number: 202-647-4000
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'US embassies around the world fly Black Lives Matter flags with Biden’s backing' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/us-embassies-fly-black-lives-matter-flags-around-the-world-with-bidens-backing
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So while our provincial government castigates those who object to COVID related lockdown measures implemented to “protect [the] lives and livelihoods” of those affected by COVID-19 on the one hand, they continue enforcing restrictions on those who seek the protection of Alberta’s preborn lives from abortion, on the other hand (albeit at the expense of the abortionists’ profits and livelihood).
Richard Dur is, among other things, the executive director of Prolife Alberta – a group of women and men committed to promoting pro-life public policy in Alberta, through politics.