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The most prominent Catholic high school in Arizona has decided to require masks and COVID-19 vaccines for students and staff, sparking outrage. Brophy College Preparatory, where Governor Doug Ducey’s children attended, announced the policy earlier this month. Any student who refuses to be vaccinated will be required to undergo onerous testing twice a week, and the mask mandate will be in place indoors until at least September 10. Oddly, the girls’ associated high school, Xavier Prep, does not have a vaccine mandate; if the vaccine is so imperative, why are they exempt?  

 

The mandate is strange considering there is no significant COVID-19 surge in Arizona. Cases have barely gone up since the winter surge ended in March, and the death rate has remained the same since March, according to Worldometer, which is cited by reputable organizations and governments around the world. 

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The mandate also goes contrary to the advice of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, which reportedly last had 5,000 members and grows by 10% every year. The AAPS published an article earlier this month entitled “Not Everyone Should Get COVID Vaccine.” They wrote a letter to colleges and universities in April demanding that they refrain from mandating the vaccine. 

 

The AAPS surveyed 700 doctors in June and found that nearly 60% were not vaccinated. This is significant considering doctors come into close, often physical contact with people every day as part of their job. The survey also found that 54% of physician respondents were aware of patients suffering a “significant adverse reaction,” and 80% of those unvaccinated said, “I believe risk of shots exceeds risk of disease.”

 

Ducey opposes vaccine mandates, and issued an executive order a few days ago prohibiting local officials from implementing them. The Arizona Legislature also banned them. Ducey signed an executive order in June prohibiting public colleges and universities from mandating them. 

 

The AAPS also opposes mandatory masks in schools and has a lengthy analysis of their effectiveness and negative health implications on its site. They cite “Psychological Damage in Children,” with a discussion of 70 doctors in Belgium who begged to cancel mask mandates at schools. There are graphs showing how areas that institute mask mandates have spikes in COVID-19 compared to areas that don’t. The AAPS concluded, “Wearing masks (other than N95) will not be effective at preventing SARS-CoV-2 transmission, whether worn as source control or as PPE.” The left-leaning Drudge Report just linked to an article about a study showing masks only filter 10% of exhaled aerosols. 

 

Yet schools constantly defend their mask mandates by ignoring the AAPS and citing the American Pediatric Association, which supports mandatory masks in schools. No one ever bothers to disclose, however, that of all the types of doctors, pediatricians lean the most to the left. 

 

Ducey opposes mask mandates in schools, and signed a law that bans them from public schools. Several school districts have defied him, requiring them anyway, and so now the issue is in litigation. Ducey announced Tuesday that he will financially penalize those districts. They will not receive any of the $163 million that the state got through the American Rescue Plan to boost per-pupil funding. Students in those districts will receive vouchers to attend schools elsewhere.

 

Even though there is no third surge in Arizona, Brophy’s principal Bob Ryan claimed there was in a letter to families announcing the mandate. The only areas experiencing a third COVID-19 surge around the countries are primarily blue cities and counties. Arizona never locked down and has a relatively lower vaccine rate, 55% are fully vaccinated. A recent Rasmussen poll found that more Americans oppose than support mandatory masks and COVID-19 vaccines in schools.

 

A backlash is starting. Six students dropped out after Brophy announced the mandate. A group of more than 800 student family members, alumni, donors, supporters and over 25 state legislators signed a letter to the school requesting a reversal of the vaccine mandate. They said the families of at least 100 children are considering withdrawing them. One parent started a Twitter account for updates.  

 

Brophy is a Jesuit school, which are known for being more progressive than other Catholic schools. Pope Francis is the first Jesuit pope. Brophy has a video posted on its homepage of the Pope telling people to get vaccinated because it’s an “act of love.” 

 

However, a group of Colorado bishops recently published a letter explaining how “The Catholic Church teaches that a person may refuse a medical intervention, including a vaccination, if his or her conscience leads them to that decision.”

 

Many of the COVID-19 vaccines use tissue from aborted fetuses, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute. Considering the strong pro-life stance the Catholic Church takes, it is even more surprising Brophy is mandating them. The bishops state that it is only acceptable to get vaccines made from aborted fetuses “if there are no other alternatives available and the intent is to preserve life.”

 

An insider confided that Brophy leadership made the decision because they are trying to impress the limousine liberals who run much of Democrat-leaning Phoenix. It has nothing to do with children’s health, just trying to be part of the hipster cocktail circuit crowd. 

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Rachel Alexander is a conservative political writer and pundit. She is the editor of Intellectual Conservative and a recovering attorney. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2019.



 
 
 

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When the Secret Service agents shielded former President Donald Trump off the stage to a waiting limo, he raised his fist to show that he was all right. As he repeated “fight, fight, fight,” you knew that it would be easy to define his response as a call to take it to his political enemies. Thankfully, his comments since then have focused that word on his desire for America to know that he “fights on” in pursuit of his second term. Commentators are pointing to the iconic pictures of his fist as an indication of how strong and courageous he is as a man; you can’t keep Trump down! The next few days will determine whether he can be “man” enough to tone down the anger and rhetoric that would be so easy to release against his political adversaries. Early indications are that he is asking Americans to give control to the better angels of their nature.

The day after the attack, Melania Trump penned a letter that showed her grace and love for America. She acknowledged the support she had received from Americans across our political divide. She closed her letter with these words: “And let us remember that when the time comes to look beyond the left and the right, beyond the red and the blue, we all come from families with the passion to fight for a better life together, while we are here, in this earthly realm. Dawn is here again. Let us reunite. Now. This morning, ascend above the hate, the vitriol, and the simple-minded ideas that ignite violence. We all want a world where respect is paramount, family is first, and love transcends. We can realize this world again. Each of us must demand to get it back. We must insist that respect fills the cornerstone of our relationships again. I am thinking of you, my fellow Americans. The winds of change have arrived. For those of you who cry in support, I thank you. I commend those of you who have reached out beyond the political divide – thank you for remembering that every single politician is a man or a woman with a loving family.”

Former President Trump echoed that call for unity. In a post on Truth Social, Trump wrote, “Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers yesterday, as it was God alone who prevented the unthinkable from happening. Instead, we will FEAR NOT but remain resilient in our Faith and Defiant in the face of Wickedness. Our love goes out to the other victims and their families. We pray for the recovery of those who were wounded and hold in our hearts the memory of the citizens who were so horribly killed. In this moment, it is more important than ever that we stand United and show our True Character as Americans, remaining Strong and Determined and not allowing Evil to Win. I truly love our Country and you all, and look forward to speaking to our Great Nation this week from Wisconsin.”

President Joe Biden took a strong response after the attempted assassination, “There’s no place for this kind of violence in America. We must unite as one nation to condemn it… Everybody must condemn it.” He called and talked directly to the former President. Trump acknowledged and appreciated Biden’s call of concern and support. Biden’s campaign also decided to stop all campaign ads in the coming days to tone down the rhetoric. Biden also echoed Trump’s call for unity.

Former President Trump has also called for a change of theme for the Republican National Convention. There will be a call for unity in the Republican Party and in the country. Nicky Haley, the last campaign opponent to endorse Trump, has now been invited to speak at the convention on Tuesday night and has accepted. Unity does not mean an absence of focusing on party differences; it does mean lowering the heat of political discourse. Mike Huckabee, former Presidential candidate and Governor of Arkansas, asked all Americans to “fight ineffective but non-violent ways-debate, dissent, and ballots rather than censorship, retaliation, and bullets.” Yes, we need less hateful comments and personal attacks and a heartfelt desire to seek first to understand each other across our political divide.

In this brief period where both parties are calling for change, we must work to disagree without being quite so disagreeable. Understand that in the world of social media and political opinion, the more extreme the statements are, the more eyeballs are attracted. We feed partisan hatred and forget that all of us know people on the other side of our political divide who we love and respect. We may disagree about how to ensure the right course for America, but the vast majority of Americans love this country and reject any form of violence.

There is a human trait that is easy to give in to and hard to resist-“When in pain, find someone to blame!” Some on the left have already blamed Trump’s extreme statements on the campaign trail. Others on the right have blamed Biden for a campaign that called Trump a “threat to democracy.” There are those who both praise and blame the Secret Service’s response. There will certainly be time to review what can be learned from this tragic event. But rest assured, no matter what the motivation of Thomas Matthew Crooks to attempt to assassinate Donald Trump, he does not represent any responsible party or freedom-loving, law-abiding American from either party. Yes, political campaigning is a “fight” for our own side, but it should never condone violence of any kind.

How are we, the citizens, to respond? There indeed must be a call to our better angels, a rejection of hateful rhetoric and name-calling, a willingness to dialogue across our divide, and a spiritual commitment to live out God’s love for our neighbors, even our neighbors who vote for the “other guy.” America has survived past assassinations, successful and unsuccessful. It will survive this one. This is a wakeup call for our
country, may we each do our part to turn down the heat and increase the tolerance and respect for political differences.
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