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Top Arizona Catholic High School Mandates COVID-19 Vaccine, Masks

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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. 

 

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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This is How Far Left-Wing State Bars Are Now Going to Destroy Conservatives: Prosecution

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State bars have acquired a reputation for targeting conservative attorneys and destroying their ability to practice law, and now they are taking it to a new level — prosecution. It is practically unheard of — unless you’re being targeted — to be criminally prosecuted and arrested for not checking a box about an unrelated civil matter on a form, but that is what is happening to former Republican congressional candidate Jeffrey Moffatt.

Moffatt, who many believe was targeted by the State Bar of Arizona because he and his wife both ran for office as Republicans, was indicted a week ago by the Biden administration related to his efforts fighting back against a sketchy disbarment. He is being retaliated against because of how hard he’s fought back. A good prosecutor can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, as the old saying goes. That’s because the defense doesn’t get a chance to show their side to the grand jury, so the prosecutor can just pick and choose what evidence they want to produce.

In 2016, the presiding judge of the Arizona bar, William J. O’Neil, who has a lengthy history of corruption, including allegedly protecting a sexual predator, so bad that even the liberal Arizona Republic has written about him, disbarred Moffatt over something that other attorneys receive a mere slap on the hand for. But unfortunately, once an attorney has been disbarred in one state, almost every other state and jurisdiction reciprocally refuse to allow that attorney to practice law. It sounds draconian, and the effect sure is, but multiple jurisdictions piling on doesn’t make a person any worse. The left controls much of the legal system, particularly state bars, so it’s done deliberately when they want to thoroughly destroy someone.

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Notably, even though Moffatt lives in California and the person who complained about him lives in New Mexico, neither the California bar nor the New Mexico bar did anything about the complaint, only the Arizona bar — and Moffatt has practically nothing to do with Arizona or practicing law there — pursued an investigation, no doubt as part of its pattern of going after conservative attorneys.

The prosecution comes down to the fact Moffatt didn’t disclose to the Social Security Administration that he was disbarred when representing claimants. There is NO requirement that people representing claimants be attorneys, it’s a red herring. Moffatt didn’t think he needed to disclose this information because he was actively fighting the disbarment, fully expecting to get it reversed since it was so obviously heavy-handed targeting. He wasn’t hiding the disbarment and his fight either, he has four federal lawsuits going over it and he and his wife have been very vocal on the internet.

The indictment lists just five payments he received for representing those clients, totaling merely $30,000. The Biden administration is charging him with wire fraud and falsifying a material fact. Whenever the government can’t get someone on a real crime, they throw in wire fraud. It merely means a method of communication like a phone, email, text or fax was used while you were supposedly committing some other crime. It sounds scary but it’s just meant to pile on.

In 2017, Moffatt sued the Arizona Bar, the State of Arizona and the Arizona Supreme Court over the disbarment. He has ongoing proceedings with the Social Security Administration fighting the disbarment going back to at least 2018 — so why bring criminal charges against him now over something they were perfectly happy to civilly litigate with him for three years?

Obviously, by fighting back he got under the skin of a Democrat on a power trip. The U.S. Attorney who signed the indictment, Tracy L. Wilkison, was appointed immediately after Joe Biden took office as president.

Efforts have arisen around the country to strip state bars of their monopolies over the practice of law — essentially functioning as unions, which is illegal in right-to-work states — but havent had any real luck yet. State bars have deep pockets because they gouge attorneys with huge mandatory dues. Their powerful lobbyists buy RINO legislators who oppose any legislation dismantling the bars.

The Moffatts believe that O’Neil was unconstitutionally seated — a judicial imposter who committed false impersonations. Many attorneys in Arizona believe he was put in that position in order to do the dirty work of powerful leftists at the top of Arizona’s legal system, accumulating so much dirt on people that no one would dare try and remove him.

Moffatt’s wife Star, who has spent a considerable amount of time investigating O’Neil’s corruption, said, “Some day, the Arizona Supreme Court will have to answer to a higher power why they condoned O’Neil to commit acts of a ‘Judicial Imposter.’ Tell me how in the world does an attorney like my husband get arrested for exposing O’Neil? O’Neil was also previously admonished by the Arizona Supreme Court for exceeding his jurisdiction and authority on death row cases.”

One of the top former prosecutors in Arizona told me, “I have never seen such a gross abuse of prosecutorial power, to arrest and pursue someone merely for not checking a box. Nowhere in the indictment does it even say how Jeff continuing to represent these individuals caused any harm or that the law even prohibits him from representing them. Since he’s not required to be an attorney, it sounds like a violation of equal protection.”

Moffatt is filing a motion to dismiss the indictment. Tellingly, O’Neil unexpectedly resigned about six months ago. Moffatt and his wife are wonderful people who have spent years volunteering and serving on the board of Miracle Star helping people with substance abuse problems. When some of the women had no place to go, they put them up temporarily.

This is just the beginning, expect more conservative attorneys to be prosecuted after disbarment. Trump’s attorneys are next, including Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell. If a conservative attorney fights back too hard trying to expose corruption in the legal system, the leftists who control that arena will retaliate with prosecution. And sadly, judges like O’Neil are rarely punished.

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Tucker: Biden’s botched drone strike killed kids

Finally, this afternoon, the Biden administration was forced to stop lying.

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Tucker explores emerging facts about the recent drone strike that killed several civilians, including children, in Afghanistan … and what the Biden administration isn’t doing about it.

Highlights include:

“The administration at that moment needed something to prove they are not senile and incompetent; they are instead decisive and strong. And what better way to do that than to kill people?”

“So that day the US military bombed a white Toyota in a residential complex not far from the Kabul airport. The White House touted that strike as a demonstration of our over-the horizon military capabilities in Afghanistan.”

“Soon, however, a few people started to ask the obvious questions. For example, who exactly had the US military killed? When asked, the defense department wouldn’t say. Oh, that might have been a tip.”

“Neither John Kirby nor anyone else at the Pentagon ever corrected that story.”

“But the New York Times did, to their rare credit. More than a week ago, the New York Times ran a piece revealing, with video evidence, that the Biden administration’s drones did not actually kill anyone from ‘Isis K,’ whoever they are, assuming they exist. The drone killed a civilian aid worker in a car full of kids.”

“Finally, this afternoon, the Biden administration was forced to stop lying.”

“After consulting with our inter-agency partners … we’re admitting that we lied to you for weeks about what we actually did.”

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