COVID-19 scare leads to more digital surveillance, talk of mandatory vaccine ‘tattoos’ for kids

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by Claire Chretien, LifeSite News:

April 3, 2020, 6:15 p.m. EST: During tonight’s coronavirus press briefing, President Trump was asked a question about the FDA’s new requirement that men only abstain from homosexual activity for three months before donating blood (there were previously required to wait a year). Trump said the decision was made by “very capable people.”

Pro-life activists in North Carolina and Michigan are suing over their states’ “stay-at-home” orders that apparently ban them from exercising the right to free speech outside abortion centers, even when following so-called social distancing guidelines.

 

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The rumors are true – I was arrested this morning. My boys and I went to support the awesome sidewalk counselors who work with our non- profit, Cities for Life. We offer life affirming services for at risk mothers. It’s been an absolute privilege serving over 5,000 vulnerable mothers who felt abortion was their only choice! We support taking every precaution during COVID-19. This is why we maintained our social distance and stayed under 10 in number. We were not belligerent… We simply stood our ground. MLK once said, “A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice.” It’s our dream that we would see abortion come to an end in this country. Would you pray with us towards that goal?

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LifeSite’s coverage of the coronavirus crisis today includes:

April 3, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The worldwide coronavirus lockdown continues.

The Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), which was a “life raft” for Catholics desiring Holy Mass right now, has announced it is cancelling “most” public Masses in the U.S. It is still encouraging its priests to be available for Confession and other Sacraments.

An article in Scientific American describes the vision of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers for embedding vaccine records “directly into the skin” of children.

“Along with the vaccine, a child would be injected with a bit of dye that is invisible to the naked eye but easily seen with a special cell-phone filter, combined with an app that shines near-infrared light onto the skin. The dye would be expected to last up to five years, according to tests on pig and rat skin and human skin in a dish.”

In developing this idea, which the article proudly notes avoids using “iris scans” that might violate privacy, was “funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.” It “came about because of a direct request from Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates himself, who has been supporting efforts to wipe out diseases such as polio and measles across the world.”

A LifeSiteNews article with more details is forthcoming.

Governments are ramping up their surveillance on citizens.

Reuters reported yesterday:

Digital surveillance rolled out to curb coronavirus should be limited in time and scope, more than 100 rights groups said on Thursday, warning governments not to use the crisis as cover for pervasive snooping.

From facial recognition to phone tracking, governments are turning to technology to trace infections and keep tabs on the population as they enforce lockdowns, curfews and quarantines.

But without appropriate safeguards in place, tools deployed to save lives could cause lasting harm to people’s rights, leading civil society organisations, including Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Privacy International, said in a statement.

“An increase in state digital surveillance powers, such as obtaining access to mobile phone location data, threatens privacy, freedom of expression and freedom of association,” the groups said.

Bishop Robert Baker of the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama has walked back his suggestion that priests find creative ways to distribute Holy Communion to the faithful on Holy Thursday.

Since making his initial suggestion, “I have heard arguments for and against this initiative (some of which were even presented in a respectful manner), and have ultimately decided that it is best to delay it a bit longer,” Baker said in a statement. “It seems that scientists do not yet agree on whether the virus can be passed through the air. As long as the virus is still so prevalent (it has not yet peaked in Alabama) and we do not yet have clear answers on such weighty issues, I now judge it best that we revisit the possibility of distributing Holy Communion after Easter.”

In New York, eight sex offenders are among the prisoners who have been released from jail because of the coronavirus (3,500 California prisoners will also be released from that state’s crowded prison system early to slow the spread of the virus.)

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