The Fight for Afghan Women’s Rights Is Just Beginning

The Taliban’s persecution of Afghan women and ethnic minorities reveals the vindictive face of radical Islam and underlines the urgency of collective action against its tyranny.

The persecution of Afghan women is pervasive and pitiless. Women have been systematically and summarily dismissed from their government jobs, even from completely apolitical posts that do not involve contact with the public, such as water-filtration engineers. Schoolgirls cannot study after the age of twelve. Female teachers have lost their jobs because only men can teach boys. Several university students have phoned me from the provinces to express their concern about their uncertain future. 

Some of the Taliban’s prejudices are surprisingly petty. In some provinces, where the climate is hot and dry, the Taliban force Afghan women to wear both burqas and socks to cover their feet. (In their earlier government, in the 1990s, socks were not required for women wearing sandals.) While the socks soon become dirty and uncomfortable, the Taliban say they are guarding against the sexual temptation posed by exposed toes.

The Hazara people, an ethnic and religious minority in Afghanistan, are among the Taliban’s main targets. They are physically distinctive, speak a different language, and, too often, singled out for abuse by the shorter, Pushtun-speaking radicals now in power.

For two decades, the Taliban have been biding their time in Pakistani madrassas, debating, arguing, planning. In those long years, they learned no moderation.

Taliban fighters and commanders who know only war and weapons cannot accept the social and economic changes in Afghan society, especially the financial independence of educated women and the hard-won prosperity of non-Pushtun ethnic groups. To ask the Taliban to respect women or the rights of minorities is to ask them to preserve the gains of the regime that they toppled. It is against both their ideology and their inclination to do so.

In Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province, which borders Uzbekistan, several dozen women and men were also present last week in Darwaze-Jamhori Square, east of the city’s majestic blue mosque. Under the large ceramic portrait of Commander Ahmad Massoud, the best enemy of the Taliban, the new masters of the city, the traffic was dense and street vendors prepared their stalls.

A group of a dozen young women, aged between twenty and thirty, began chanting slogans in the name of freedom to demand a government that included women. Tense, they knew that the protests had to be declared to the Ministry of the Interior in order to be authorized. The Taliban, who quickly arrived, formed a security cordon preventing other women from joining them, as well as young men who came to support them.

This courageous resistance is perhaps the result of twenty years of American presence in Afghanistan, which helped make Afghan women into a genuine political force. More numerous and more representative, Afghan women today embody the last resistance to the Taliban.

How can we help these courageous women? The Biden administration has frozen Afghan government funds that are held in U.S. banks. Other NATO allies should follow suit.

Also, the United States should use its influence at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund to deny funds to the Taliban until it recognizes the equal rights of women.

But above all, the fight against the export of poppy must be intensified. Without heroin and other illegal drugs, which the Afghan underworld transports to Iran for shipment through the former Soviet states to Russia, Europe, and North America, the Taliban would be starved for cash. Fighting the scourge of drugs and the terror of the Taliban is what policymaker call a “two-fer.”

Finally, pressure must be brought to bear on Pakistan, the Taliban’s most reliable ally. Arms sales, and things Islamabad values, could be suspended until the Taliban is brought to heel.

Of course, the U.S. State Department should do what it can to work with the Taliban, to exfiltrate trapped Americans and their allies. But there should be no talk of “normalizing” diplomatic relations with a terrorist group until it normalizes its treatment of women and ethnic minorities. Treating the Kabul regime as a normal country, without those changes, would be likely to undermine what unites the United States: its values.

Ahmed Charai is a publisher of The Jerusalem Strategic Tribune. He is on the board of directors for the Atlantic Council, an international counselor of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, and a member of the Advisory Board of The Center for the National Interest.

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Atty General Eric Schmitt Is Fighting for Missouri, and Plans to Take the Fight to the Senate – RedState

Misouri’s Attorney General Eric Schmitt is fresh off his victory in the St. Louis County Circuit Court, where the court upheld his lawsuit against St. Louis County’s Executive Council mask mandates, as well as the preliminary injunction preventing the county from enforcing said mandates. St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page issued motions to have the lawsuit dismissed, to dissolve the preliminary injunction, and to stay discovery. All of these motions were denied.

“The people of St. Louis County scored another win as the Court denied the County’s motions to dismiss our case and dissolve the Preliminary Injunction, which remains in place,” said Attorney General Schmitt. “There is no mask mandate in St. Louis County, and I will continue to lead this important fight on behalf of the people of Missouri.”

As well as for the people of America. When asked why Schmitt chose this hill, he replied:

“This is a much larger issue of individual liberty, and how much power are we going to cede to government,” Schmitt said.

Schmitt stated that our Founders were very clear about the type of governance they wanted America to have, and this current push for mask and vaccine mandates is not it.

“This is about power and control, pure and simple,” he said.

As our RedState Deputy Managing Editor Susie Moore (a Missouri native) reported, Schmitt is battling the mask mandates in the state of Missouri one lawsuit at a time. On August 24, Schmitt filed a class action lawsuit against Missouri school districts forcing mask mandates on schoolchildren and teachers. On September 21, Schmitt also filed an amicus brief in support of Rae’s Café (now Rae’s Private Club) in their lawsuit against Jackson County’s COVID restrictions, and for the county violating the owner’s due process rights.

Schmitt is looking to remove these mandates from the state completely, and was particularly critical of the mandates concerning children.

“This is overreach, trying to tell people how to live their lives. They [school districts] are making this stuff up as they go along. Infringing on freedom and individual liberty with information not based on facts or science. Parents should have the right to decide what is best for their kids, not the government.”

Schmitt also has the vaccine mandate that President Joe Biden threatened to impose on companies who employ 100 or more people in his crosshairs.

“The people have had enough. America has been the freest country, but we have to ask ourselves, ‘What do we want to become?’ Are we going to become a biomedical security state? We have to be on our guard here.”

Schmitt is not tired of fighting or winning, and as one of five candidates hoping to fill the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Roy Blunt, Schmitt is unafraid of his association with former President Donald J. Trump. Schmitt, along with the Texas Attorney General’s office, fought to have the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)—the “Remain in Mexico” policy reinstated.

“I’m proud of being the America First candidate, and I’m proud to be leading the charge nationally. I am working to hold on to this great country, and ensure that we protect liberty and freedom. People want their country back.”

When asked if he was splitting the baby by waging the fight against these mandates on the state level, while also running for Senate, Schmitt disagreed.

“I worked with Trump to fight for energy independence and a successful economy. I’ve fought for border security. All of these are big issues that are going to roll through the Senate, and we need a fighter to continue upholding these issues.”

When asked how he saw himself stacking up against his fellow candidates, Schmitt was confident:

“Voters know me as a proven, lifelong Constitutional conservative who will fight for them. We need more fighters in D.C. who will stand up for regular folks and their individuals rights. I’ve been the one candidate doing this for the people of Missouri and taking action.”

“Actions speak louder than words.”

 





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Eco-Extremist Bill Gates Gets $100M to Fight ‘Climate Crisis’ from Fossil Fuel Investment Giant BlackRock

One of the world’s richest practitioners of eco-hypocrisy is getting tens of millions in funding from a fossil fuel investment giant for his climate change fight. 

Liberal billionaire Bill Gates has reportedly secured over $1 billion in funding for his Breakthrough Energy Catalyst (BEC) project. The project is dedicated to accelerating “the commercial viability of four key solutions to the climate crisis: green hydrogen, sustainable aviation fuel, long-duration battery storage and carbon capture from the air,” according to Bloomberg News.

One of the top financiers for the project is none other than investment giant BlackRock, “the world’s largest investor in fossil fuels,” as characterized by The Australian Financial Review. BlackRock is giving the Gates project $100 million from its charitable arm, according to Bloomberg News. But here’s the kicker: After the BEC supplies the cash needed to get its eco-projects off the ground, Bloomberg News said, “debt financing and government funds can be raised to cover the remaining 90% of the cost.” This means taxpayer dollars will inevitably be sucked in to pay for the green pipe dreams of Gates. [Emphasis added.]

Bloomberg News reported that Gates estimated the cost for a global energy transition to net-zero emissions was an ungodly $50 trillion. But Gates even admitted in late 2019 that fossil fuel divestment has had “zero” impact on climate. Former Secretary of State John Kerry also acknowledged in 2015 that getting to net-zero emissions is meaningless. None of this has stopped Gates from hypocritically pushing unrealistic net-zero emissions standards on the world.

S&P Global reported in February that the value of BlackRock’s coal investments was “more than $12 billion and the value of its oil and gas investments was nearly $90 billion” as of Sept. 30, 2020. BlackRock’s ironically-named U.S. Carbon Transition Readiness ETF holds major oil and gas companies like ExxonMobil and Chevron. Bloomberg News didn’t mention BlackRock’s massive fossil fuel investments.

Gates has a notorious record for lecturing the rest of the world about climate change while being a big fossil fuel emitter himself. In fact, Gates admitted to CNN anchor Anderson Cooper in February that he had “one of the highest greenhouse gas footprints of anyone on the planet.” But in August 2020, he exploited the COVID-19 pandemic to encourage people to have conniptions over climate change in a blog headlined, “COVID-19 is awful. Climate change could be worse.” Gates didn’t apparently see the hypocrisy in getting a massive chunk of the funds for his climate pet project from the biggest fossil fuel investor in the world. 

 

 

Surprisingly, BlackRock Chairman and CEO Larry Fink still tried to pass his company off as a champion on climate change. He said in a statement that achieving a net-zero world was “‘the shared responsibility of every citizen, corporation, and government.’” What a joke.

Conservatives are under attack. Contact Bloomberg News at letters@bloomberg.net and demand it report on the hypocrisy of Gates using fossil fuel giant BlackRock to fund his climate activism.



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Supreme Court Dodges Another Religious Liberty Fight – Reason.com

The Supreme Court once again sidestepped a conflict between religious freedom and anti-discrimination laws when it ruled in June that Philadelphia officials violated the First Amendment by requiring a Catholic charity to certify same-sex couples as foster parents.

Philadelphia refused to renew a contract with Catholic Social Services because the organization would not comply with the city’s anti-discrimination laws by serving same-sex couples. That decision, six justices concluded in Fulton v. Philadelphia, amounted to an unconstitutional burden on the free exercise of religion.

The ruling hinged on the fact that the city’s foster care contracts gave the commissioner of the Department of Human Services “sole discretion” to grant exceptions to the city’s nondiscrimination rules. In the 1990 case Employment Division v. Smith, the Court held that the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause does not require religious exemptions from “neutral, generally applicable” laws. But in this case, the majority said, the commissioner’s discretion meant that Philadelphia’s policy was not generally applicable.

The decision bears some resemblance to the Court’s 2018 ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which involved a baker who refused to sell gay wedding cakes because he had religious objections to same-sex marriage. In that case, the Court did not say whether Colorado could use its anti-discrimination law to compel such transactions. Instead, the majority determined that the law had not been neutrally applied, citing comments from members of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission that suggested an anti-religious bias.

To the frustration of several justices, both decisions dodged the underlying issue of whether anti-discrimination laws trump religious freedom. In the Philadelphia case, Justice Samuel Alito wrote a concurring opinion, joined by Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch, that urged the Court to consider whether Smith gives the government too much authority to override religious liberty. Justice Amy Coney Barrett expressed sympathy for that view in a separate concurrence. In yet another concurring opinion, Gorsuch argued that Smith was wrongly decided and warned that “these cases will keep coming until the Court musters the fortitude to supply an answer.”



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Tyrant Joe Biden Says He Will “Fight Vaccine Disinformation” to Increase Vaccinations After Project Veritas Exposé (VIDEO)




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Finally! Celebrities Taking the Fight to Covid with Open Letter

Decades hence, historians laboring to make sense of the Covid years will undoubtedly ask why it took 18 months to deploy our most powerful weapon against the virus — the open celebrity letter. How many lives would have been saved if, in the early weeks of the pandemic, authorities had tapped the intellect of Anne Hathaway or the insights of Peter Dinklage?

Indeed. But better late than never. According to the New York Post, “Seventy entertainers signed an open letter to world leaders in a plea to help stymie the spread of the coronavirus.” 

Published September 21, to coincide with the UN General Assembly, “The memo asks leaders to provide vaccines for 70% of the world’s population by 2022. It also requests resources for countries with lower capital, more support for health care workers as well as a vested interest in public education.”

Finally! Who but the likes of Eva Longoria could realize that “None of us are safe until all of us are safe” from a disease that is “now a man-made pandemic of apathy.” It takes stars like Julianna Margulies and Ciara to dream so big that they aim to “end COVID-19 everywhere.”

We’re sure that, outside of the Met Gala and the Emmys, and the odd dinner at The French Laundry, these celebrities are acting locally. And they are definitely thinking globally. They want “7 billion vaccine doses available before the end of 2021, and an additional 7 billion doses by mid-2022 to fully vaccinate 70% of the world by next summer.”

And they’ve thought this through:

To get this done, the world community must also invest in last-mile delivery systems, public education and frontline health care workers to get vaccines from tarmacs into arms. Millions of doses could go to waste because low-income countries don’t have the support they need to get vaccines to vulnerable people.

The upshot is that “We can save millions of lives — and trillions in further economic damage.” 

World leaders have been put on notice. They can’t plead ignorance or indecision; celebrities have told them how to defeat Covid-19. And if they don’t act, celebrities know exactly how to punish them. That’s right, they’ll sing “Imagine.”



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Young Women Fight During An Olivia Rodrigo Concert In Laughable Viral Video

Some young women got into an altercation during an Olivia Rodrigo concert.

In a video tweeted by @pussitionz, two young women traded a few shots, and the video really has to be seen in order to be believed. (SLIDESHOW: These Women On Instagram Hate Wearing Clothes)

Give it a watch below. It might be the funniest thing you see all day. (SLIDESHOW: 142 Times Josephine Skriver Barely Wore Anything)

That’s without a doubt one of the most pathetic fights I’ve ever seen in my life. Neither of those women was swinging hard enough to inflict damage. (SLIDESHOW: 71 Times Samantha Hoopes Stripped Down)

Just how pathetic was the interaction between the two young ladies? A guy separated them with seemingly zero effort at all. (SLIDESHOW: This Blonde Bombshell Might Be The Hottest Model On The Internet)

Also, who the hell fights at an Olivia Rodrigo concert? Doesn’t she sing music for kids? If you find yourself brawling at a concert for a teenage pop star, then you’ve made some terrible decisions in life. (SLIDESHOW: 60 Times Abigail Ratchford Wore Almost Nothing)

You’re really at the bottom of the barrel if you’re the kind of person fighting at a concert.

Next time, take a deep breath, relax and just have fun. It’s not that hard to figure out.





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Biden administration sanctions cryptocurrency market to fight ransomware

The Biden administration cracked down on a cryptocurrency exchange on Tuesday to disrupt ransomware attackers using digital payments to facilitate the cyberattacks on America’s critical infrastructure.

The Treasury Department announced sanctions against SUEX, a cryptocurrency exchange operating in Russia, for allegedly facilitating payments to cyber gangs. A cryptocurrency exchange is a digital marketplace where users buy and sell digital assets.

Ransomware attackers hold data and systems hostage until victims pay up, often through digital currencies.

“As cyber criminals use increasingly sophisticated methods and technology, we are committed to using the full range of measures, to include sanctions and regulatory tools, to disrupt, deter, and prevent ransomware attacks,” said Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen in a statement.  

More than 40% of SUEX’s transactions are associated with “illicit actors,” according to Treasury, which targeted the exchange for providing material support to ransomware attackers.

“Virtual currency exchanges such as SUEX are critical to the profitability of ransomware attacks, which help fund additional cybercriminal activity,” Treasury said in a statement. “Treasury will continue to disrupt and hold accountable these entities to reduce the incentive for cyber criminals to continue to conduct these attacks.”

Monitoring ransomware attackers’ use of cryptocurrency has proven to be a fruitful tool in the federal government’s hunt for cyber criminals. For example, the U.S. government recovered approximately $2.3 million of the cryptocurrency paid by major U.S. fuel supplier Colonial Pipeline to its attackers affiliated with the ransomware gang DarkSide, which President Biden has linked to Russia.

Mr. Biden previously sought to stymie Russian crime gangs by admonishing Russian President Vladimir Putin to act against cyberattackers within his country’s borders. Mr. Biden warned Mr. Putin multiple times this summer that there would be consequences for cyberattacks affecting America’s critical infrastructure, according to the White House.

In September, the U.S. met with allies about how to effectively fight back. Treasury said it met multiple times earlier this month with the Bank of England and other members of the G-7 Cyber Expert Group to discuss ransomware and its effects on the financial services sector.

Alongside its new sanctions on SUEX, the administration also issued guidance warning Americans against paying ransomware attackers or encouraging others to make such payments.

“Companies that facilitate ransomware payments to cyber actors on behalf of victims, including financial institutions, cyber insurance firms, and companies involved in digital forensics and incident response, not only encourage future ransomware payment demands but also may risk violating [Office of Foreign Assets Control] regulations,” read a Treasury Department advisory. “The U.S. government strongly discourages all private companies and citizens from paying ransom or extortion demands and recommends focusing on strengthening defensive and resilience measures to prevent and protect against ransomware attacks.”

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Disturbing 911 call concerning Gabby Petito’s fight with Brian Laundrie apparently contradicts police report, details public assault

A bystander called Moab, Utah, authorities to report that Brian Laundrie was seen striking his girlfriend, Gabby Petito, during an Aug. 12 domestic dispute,
Fox News reported.

What’s a brief history here?

Authorities declared Laundrie a “person of interest” in Petito’s disappearance after he came home to Florida from a cross-country trip in Petito’s van without her.

Laundrie inexplicably
went missing last week, and local authorities have embarked on a manhunt to discover his whereabouts after he reportedly went for a hike in a Florida swamp preserve.

Authorities on Sunday
discovered remains in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park that they said were consistent with Petito’s description. An autopsy to confirm the findings and possibly determine the cause of death is scheduled for Tuesday.

Petito was reported missing on Sept. 11 after falling out of contact with her family in late August.

You can read more on the background of the case
here and here.

What are the details?

Fox News reported Monday that an unidentified male 911 caller phoned in a “domestic dispute” to Moab police and was heard telling a dispatcher that the “gentleman was slapping the girl” and “proceeded to hit her” before the two drove off in their vehicle.

“We drove by and the gentleman was slapping the girl,” the caller said.

Fox News obtained audio of the call, in which the dispatcher can be heard saying, “He was slapping her?”

“Yes,” the caller responded. “And then we stopped. They ran up and down the sidewalk. He proceeded to hit her, hopped in the car, and they drove off.”

The 911 call apparently contradicts a
previous police report on the incident in which a responding police officer named Petito as the primary aggressor in an incident that was categorized as a “mental/emotional health break” rather than a domestic assault.

“Police said the couple agreed to spend the night separately instead of charges being filed,” a portion of the original report noted.

Fox also noted that the 911 call apparently contradicted the police report, in which a responding officer added that “no one reported that the male struck the female.”

Anything else?

Last week, police released bodycam footage of Petito and Laundrie’s interaction with police.

The footage showed an inconsolable Petito crying and attempting to explain what had happened between the two before police stopped their van.

“I have really bad OCD,” she told one of the responding officers. “I was apologizing to [Laundrie] saying ‘I’m sorry I’m so mean.’ We’ve been fighting all morning. He wouldn’t let me in the car before … he told me I needed to calm down.”

The officer then asked Petito if Laundrie had struck her, to which she responded, “I guess.”

She gestured to her chin in a grabbing motion and said, “He, like, did that with his hand.”

In a separate interview, Laundrie told the officer that Petito “just gets worked up sometimes.”

“I try to distance myself from her,” he added. “I locked the car. … I said, ‘Let’s just take a breather.’ She had her phone. I was trying to push her away to say, ‘Let’s just take a step back.'”

Laundrie at that point said that Petito struck him with her phone.

In the police report, it was noted that at “no point” during Petito’s interview did she “stop crying, breathing heavily, or compose a sentence without needing to wipe away tears, wipe her nose, or rub her knees with her hands.”





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New York, California hospitals reverse religious exemption denials after workers fight vaccine mandates

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POMONA, California (LifeSiteNews) – Hospitals are backtracking on hundreds of previously denied religious exemption requests for COVID vaccine mandates as healthcare workers fight back against compulsory vaccination.

After threats of legal action, Los Angeles-area Pomona Valley Hospital (PVH) reversed a decision made earlier this month to reject around 200 requests for vaccination exemptions filed by nurses and other staff, The Epoch Times reported.

The PVH had granted a blanket denial to the requests, asking employees to provide more details about their religious beliefs than required by the hospital’s exemption request form.

“We received your COVID-19 vaccine religious exemption request. After thorough review of your request, we are informing you that the Hospital has concluded that the request should be denied on the grounds that it does not establish a sufficient basis for granting an exemption from the vaccination requirement,” read a rejection email collectively sent to 200 PVH employees on August 31.

The letter gave staff until three days before the Labor Day holiday to supply additional information about their applications. The group of unvaccinated employees, who stressed that their personal religious beliefs compelled them to avoid currently available COVID-19 vaccines, hired an attorney in response, according to The Epoch Times.

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It’s official: Joe Biden has announced that his Administration will be forcing COVID vaccinations on nearly 1/3rd of American citizens, blatantly disregarding the personal objections of millions of people and moving America ever closer towards a medical dictatorship.

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Please SIGN this urgent petition informing the President that you will NOT comply with these unconstitutional vaccine mandate orders issued by the Biden Administration, and that elected officials should act in their capacity to block these intrusive demands.

On Thursday, September 9th, Joe Biden announced the latest round of federal orders meant to further coerce large swaths of the public into getting the COVID vaccine — many against their will.

While the legal standing of these measures is, at best, dubious, the Biden Administration appears more ready than ever to gut our individual rights and practically erase medical autonomy in our country.

This latest escalation in overreach was announced via a televised speech in which Biden outlined a new “six-point plan” that includes far more than just six avenues to achieve mass medical compliance.

Among the most egregious new federal mandates are the following:

  • A requirement that all private businesses employing more than 100 people mandate their workers get the Covid-19 vaccine or submit to weekly testing (to be implemented by way of a new Department of Labor rule)
  • A requirement that all federal employees and federal contractors get the COVID vaccine
  • A requirement that all healthcare workers in facilities that receive reimbursement from Medicare and/or Medicaid (an estimated 17 million) get the Covid-19 vaccine without an alternative testing option
  • A requirement that all Head Start teachers get the COVID vaccine
  • A federal effort to lobby states to implement vaccine mandates for all school employees, and require regular testing of all students and school staff
  • A federal effort to lobby entertainment venues to require proof of vaccination or testing in order to grant entry to the public
  • A continuation of mask mandates on all federal properties and during interstate travel (i.e. planes, trains, buses)

All in all, these new vaccine mandates, which will go into effect within the coming weeks, will affect an estimated 100 million American workers — 2/3rds of the entire workforce!

And, according to an administration official, violations of these unconstitutional requirements could result in fines of up to $14,000.

While this is clearly a political ploy on the part of the Joe Biden and his team of power-hungry Washington insiders to shift the focus from their disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, the American public knows better: After nearly a year and a half’s worth of arbitrary, ever-changing, and unconstitutional government mandates in response to the COVID outbreak, it was always a given that the Biden Administration would ramp things up even further when it behooved them.

And now, it would seem that time has officially come.

“This is not about freedom or personal choice,” Biden uttered in his remarks, confirming his administration’s blatant dismissal of all Americans’ right(s) to accept or decline the experimental Covid-19 vaccine.

This is a stunning reversal from Biden’s declaration last December that “I don’t think [the vaccine] should be mandatory, I wouldn’t demand it to be mandatory.”

In fact, Biden even confirmed his intention to flout states’ rights in the process, warning that “If these governors won’t help us beat the pandemic I’ll use my power as president to get them out of the way.”

These are not the words of an “empathetic” leader; these are the words of an aspiring dictator. And, for the time being, the only way to stop Joe Biden’s tyranny is through mass noncompliance.

As we’ve said from the beginning, science, basic logic, and common sense should dictate policy regarding COVID and the Delta variant.

But Joe Biden and the federal government have long abandoned those principles throughout this crisis, culminating into this disturbing yet inevitable flurry of intrusive vaccine mandates that use people’s jobs, individual autonomy, and livelihood as leverage.

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Pomona Valley Hospital’s vaccine mandate comes after a rule issued last month by the California Department of Public Health requiring vaccination for all health care providers in the state by September 30 – weeks later than the PVH deadline – as a condition of employment.

Recent guidance published by the California Department of Fair Housing and Employment (DEFA) noted, however, that state law “requires employers to reasonably accommodate employees with a known disability or sincerely-held religious belief or practice that prevents them from being vaccinated COVID-19” and prevents retaliation against workers who seek exemptions. The guidance also states that employers may not “discriminate against or harass employees or job applicants on the basis of a protect characteristic,” like religion.

Dan Watkins, the PVH employees’ attorney, sent a letter to hospital officials on September 3 informing them that failure to respect non-discrimination requirements would result in lawsuits by each of his plaintiffs.

Pomona Valley responded to Watkins five days later with a statement that the hospital had “decided to approve” the requests after all.

“Upon further review and examination, PVHMC has decided to approve all requests for religious exemption that it has received to date,” the statement read, adding that PVH “understands that the California and Los Angeles County public health orders identify an exemption from mandatory vaccination based upon an employee’s religious beliefs.”

“The case is pretty clear, that a sincerely held religious belief of an individual is just that,” Watkins told The Epoch Times. “The exemptions are not reliant on confirmation or affirmation from a pastor or priest or from some spiritual leader. You don’t have to testify to the frequency of attending services. Some of the questions employers are including in the applications are very intimidating and they’re designed to make employees think that they don’t even have a belief or that they can’t defend their beliefs.”

“So there are two things going on. One is there’s an actual intentional effort to intimidate and coerce people to not even submit an exemption request by asking questions of employees that are over-broad and irrelevant to this analysis. The second effort is to deny the exemption once they’re submitted, saying they want more information, or it’s denied again as a form of harassment and intimidation.”

Watkins also warned of shortage problems, as have been seen across the United States, that PVH would likely experience in the wake of mass layoffs due to non-compliance with vaccination rules. “I can’t imagine they are ready to fire or otherwise allow 200-plus staff members [to] walk off the job,” he said. “Operationally, that would be very difficult, but more importantly, patient care would be put at risk. The optics in that scenario would be pretty bad.”

Unvaccinated employees and volunteers at Pomona Valley must still wear face masks and undergo weekly COVID-19 testing, despite their exemptions.

The victory for California health care workers follows similar successes against restrictive, discriminatory vaccination mandates in recent weeks, including in Illinois and Louisiana.

In New York, a federal court ruling last Tuesday has led a Syracuse-based hospital to restore exemptions initially granted to almost 100 employees, before the New York Department of Health terminated religious exemptions for health care workers as part of a new statewide vaccine mandate three weeks ago.

Judge David Hurd of the Northern District of New York temporarily blocked the health department’s policy in light of a lawsuit brought by the Thomas More Society on behalf of 17 Christian medical professionals. New York “is barred from interfering in any way with the granting of religious exemptions from COVID-19 vaccination going forward, or with the operation of exemptions already granted,” Hurd ruled.

The Thomas More Society lawsuit argued that “it would be a violation of [the plaintiffs’] deeply held religious beliefs and moral consciences to take any of the available COVID-19 vaccines given their use of abortion-derived fetal cell lines in testing, development, or production.”

“These plaintiffs are not – I repeat – not anti-vaxxers, as the fake news media calls them,” said attorney Christopher Ferrara, Thomas More Society Special Counsel. “They are in fact in favor of voluntary vaccination with informed consent, but they oppose jack-booted coercion by the state to take a vaccine their religion forbids them to take. This is America, not Red China.”

St. Joseph’s Health, part of the Catholic, Michigan-based hospital system Trinity Health, will reinstate exemptions previously eliminated by the blocked Department of Health policy and will review applications that were pending or denied because of the state’s mandate, Becker’s Hospital Review reported. New hires may also now submit religious exemption requests.

“While Trinity Health’s vaccination requirement allowed an exemption for persons objecting to vaccination based on a sincerely held religious belief, the [state’s] emergency regulation does not,” Trinity CEO Leslie Paul Luke wrote in a memo explaining the reversal. “This meant Trinity Health could no longer grant religious exemptions to colleagues in our New York health ministries,” he said, according to Becker’s Hospital Review.



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