When The Nazis Came For The Communists,
I Remained Silent;
I Was Not A Communist.
When They Locked Up The Social Democrats,
I Remained Silent;
I Was Not A Social Democrat.
When They Came For The Trade Unionists,
I Did Not Speak Out;
I Was Not A Trade Unionist.
When They Came For The Jews,
I Remained Silent;
I Wasn’t A Jew.
When They Came For Me,
There Was No One Left To Speak Out.
–Pastor Martin Niemoller
I am not a Christian by profession but was exposed to the teachings as a child and it has left an indelible impression on me in terms of values, a sense of Right vs Wrong.
When I tried to upload this onto my blog ‘SUDDENLY’ would not work and miraculously started working again on the next item.
As with when I try to post stuff onto my blog I can get round the interference by emailing it to myself and working from another computer.
When I tried typing this it came out like this:
I Am Not A Christian – I could not get rid of the capital letters.
Everything returned to normal right after this.
It happened to me TWICE when trying to share material relating to NZ.
Am I to just put it down to “coincidence’?
Coronavirus: Health Minister
Grilled Over Why Strip Clubs
Can Open At Alert Level 2,
But Not Churches
14 May, 2020
National MP Simon O’Connor Has Grilled The Health Minister Over The Government’s Alert Level 2 Rules, Asking Why They Allow More People To Attend Strip Clubs Than Religious Gatherings.
O’Connor Put The Question To Dr David Clark In Parliament On Wednesday, Claiming The Government Failed To Consider New Zealanders’ Rights To Freedom Of Religion When It Drafted The COVID-19 Public Health Response Bill.
“Is The Minister Aware That Strip Clubs Are Allowed To Open During Alert Level 2 But Churches Are Not, And If So, Why Is One Deemed So Much Safer Than The Other?” He Asked.
“Speaker, I Think The Member Will Understand – Both He And I Are People That Have Interacted With Churches, That I Know – That People Often Attend Services Of Worship For Fellowship Reasons,” Dr Clark Responded.
“They Are There To Worship, But They Are Also There To Mix And Mingle With Others. The Purpose Of Having Rules Around Gatherings – Places People Gather To Intermingle – Is Precisely To Ensure We Are Keeping The Space For People, The Appropriate Social Distance, And Keeping The Virus Out.”
Dr Clark Went On To Explain That Commercial Premises Such As Strip Clubs Had Their Own Requirements To Ensure People Did Not Intermingle.
“I Have No Desire To Keep People From Engaging In Their Religious Freedoms Any Longer Than Necessary, But I Also Know All New Zealanders Do Not Want To See Us Go Back To A Previous Level.”
Earlier, O’Connor Asked Dr Clark How Much Consideration It Had Given To Faith Communities When It Drafted The COVID-19 Public Health Response Bill. He Later Wrote On Facebook That Their Back-And-Forth Had “Exposed” The Government, After He Revealed That It Didn’t Mention Freedom Of Religion Once.
The Bill, Which Sets The Legal Framework For Enforcing Alert Level 2 Rules, Was Controversially Passed On Wednesday – Despite It Being Voted Against By National MPs Over Concerns It Gives Too Much Power To The Prime Minister.
Chicago Mayor Had Entire
Neighborhood’s Cars Towed
To Stop A Church From
20 May, 2020
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Had Entire Neighborhood’s Cars Towed To Stop A Church From Having Services.
The Following Has Been TOTALLY Censored From The MSM, This Is The Only Place You Are Likely To See It.
The Mayor’s goal: To tow every car of everyone who attended church services.
The outcome: No church service attendees got towed, everyone else in the entire neighborhood did; and it was a disaster involving countless cars that were legally parked when the signs went up.
Here’s a summary of what happened: The mayor wanted to shut down a church. So on Saturday night, the mayor put up temporary no-parking signs in an entire neighborhood — while normal residents of the neighborhood had their cars totally legally parked and were sleeping. In the morning, at 7 AM, she had had a mob of tow trucks ready to arrive to take EVERYONE’s cars. They did.
All cars were gone in a very short time – including those of people who were legally parked in front of their homes.
Well, it turned out the church had a contract with a bank and other businesses to use their parking lots, so all the parishoners (for the morning service) parked their cars in these lots; so none got towed.
When the mayor heard what happened, and that only normal residents plus medical workers and others who normally parked on the streets in that area got towed, the mayor flipped out and for the next services had police cars block entrances to the parking lots the church used to force churchgoers to park on the street where they would be towed.
That was totally against the law, but the mayor – a well established communist – did it anyway. By that time, the church knew what was going on and warned everyone. RESULT: Zero church cars towed and one very pissed off neighborhood.
APPEAL FOR THE CHURCH AND THE WORLD
to Catholics and all people of good will
Veritas liberabit vos.
In this time of great crisis, we Pastors of the Catholic Church, by virtue of our mandate, consider it our sacred duty to make an Appeal to our Brothers in the Episcopate, to the Clergy, to Religious, to the holy People of God and to all men and women of good will. This Appeal has also been undersigned by intellectuals, doctors, lawyers, journalists and professionals who agree with its content, and may be undersigned by those who wish to make it their own.
The facts have shown that, under the pretext of the Covid-19 epidemic, the inalienable rights of citizens have in many cases been violated and their fundamental freedoms, including the exercise of freedom of worship, expression and movement, have been disproportionately and unjustifiably restricted. Public health must not, and cannot, become an alibi for infringing on the rights of millions of people around the world, let alone for depriving the civil authority of its duty to act wisely for the common good. This is particularly true as growing doubts emerge from several quarters about the actual contagiousness, danger and resistance of the virus. Many authoritative voices in the world of science and medicine confirm that the media’s alarmism about Covid-19 appears to be absolutely unjustified.
We have reason to believe, on the basis of official data on the incidence of the epidemic as related to the number of deaths, that there are powers interested in creating panic among the world’s population with the sole aim of permanently imposing unacceptable forms of restriction on freedoms, of controlling people and of tracking their movements. The imposition of these illiberal measures is a disturbing prelude to the realization of a .
We also believe that in some situations the containment measures that were adopted, including the closure of shops and businesses, have precipitated a crisis that has brought down entire sectors of the economy. This encourages and has serious social and political repercussions. Those with governmental responsibility must stop these forms of social engineering, by taking measures to protect their citizens whom they represent, and in whose interests they have a serious obligation to act. Likewise, let them help the family, the cell of society, by not unreasonably penalizing the weak and elderly, forcing them into a painful separation from their loved ones. The criminalization of personal and social relationships must likewise be judged as an unacceptable part of the plan of those who advocate isolating individuals in order to better manipulate and control them.
We ask the scientific community to be vigilant, so that cures for Covid-19 are offered in honesty for the common good. Every effort must be made to ensure that do not influence the choices made by government leaders and international bodies. It is unreasonable to penalize those remedies that have proved to be effective, and are often inexpensive, just because one wishes to give priority to treatments or vaccines that are not as good, but which guarantee pharmaceutical companies far greater profits, and exacerbate public health expenditures. Let us also remember, as Pastors, that for Catholics it is morally unacceptable to develop or use vaccines derived from material from aborted fetuses.
We also ask government leaders to ensure that forms of , whether through tracking systems or any other form of location-finding, are rigorously avoided. The fight against Covid-19, however serious, must not be the pretext for supporting the hidden intentions of supranational bodies that have very strong commercial and political interests in this plan. In particular, citizens must be given the opportunity to refuse these restrictions on personal freedom, without any penalty whatsoever being imposed on those who do not wish to use vaccines, contact tracking or any other similar tool. Let us also consider the blatant contradiction of those who pursue policies of drastic population control and at the same time present themselves as the savior of humanity, without any political or social legitimacy. Finally, the political responsibility of those who represent the people can in no way be left to “experts” who can indeed claim a kind of , which is disturbing to say the least.
We strongly urge to commit themselves to providing accurate information and not penalizing dissent by resorting to forms of censorship, as is happening widely on social media, in the press and on television. Providing accurate information requires that room be given to voices that are not aligned with a single way of thinking. This allows citizens to consciously assess the facts, without being heavily influenced by partisan interventions. A democratic and honest debate is the best antidote to the risk of imposing , presumably worse than those our society has seen rise and fall in the recent past.
Finally, as Pastors responsible for the flock of Christ, let us remember that the Church firmly asserts her . This autonomy and freedom are an innate right that Our Lord Jesus Christ has given her for the pursuit of her proper ends. For this reason, as Pastors we firmly assert the right to decide autonomously on the celebration of Mass and the Sacraments, just as we claim absolute autonomy in matters falling within our immediate jurisdiction, such as liturgical norms and ways of administering Communion and the Sacraments. The State has no right to interfere, for any reason whatsoever, in the sovereignty of the Church. Ecclesiastical authorities have never refused to collaborate with the State, but such collaboration does not authorize civil authorities to impose any sort of ban or restriction on public worship or the exercise of priestly ministry.
, which she neither intends to, nor can, abdicate. We ask that restrictions on the celebration of public ceremonies be removed.
We should like to invite all people of good will not to shirk their duty to cooperate for the common good, each according to his or her own state and possibilities and in a spirit of fraternal charity. The Church desires such cooperation, but this cannot disregard either a respect for natural law or a guarantee of individual freedoms. The civil duties to which citizens are bound imply the State’s recognition of their rights.
We are all called to assess the current situation in a way consistent with the teaching of the Gospel. This means taking a stand:
either with Christ or against Christ. Let us not be intimidated or frightened by those who would have us believe that we are a minority: Good is much more widespread and powerful than the world would have us believe. We are fighting against an invisible enemy that seeks to divide citizens, to separate children from their parents, grandchildren from their grandparents, the faithful from their pastors, students from teachers, and customers from vendors. Let us not allow centuries of Christian civilization to be erased under the pretext of a virus, and an odious technological tyranny to be established, in which nameless and faceless people can decide the fate of the world by confining us to a virtual reality. If this is the plan to which the powers of this earth intend to make us yield, know that Jesus Christ, King and Lord of History, has promised that “the gates of Hell shall not prevail” (Mt 16:18).
Let us entrust government leaders and all those who rule over the fate of nations to Almighty God, that He may enlighten and guide them in this time of great crisis. May they remember that, just as the Lord will judge us Pastors for the flock which he has entrusted to us, so will He also judge government leaders for the peoples whom they have the duty to defend and govern.
With faith, let us beseech the Lord to protect the Church and the world. May the Blessed Virgin, Help of Christians, crush the head of the ancient Serpent and defeat the plans of the children of darkness.