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Catholic Priest Says A Prayer For ‘Unborn Child In The Womb’ During The DNC

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A Catholic priest who was called upon to deliver a prayer during the Democratic National Convention no doubt made quite a few folks very, very angry by praying for and making a plea on behalf of unborn children at the end of the event.

Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit who has caused quite a stir in the Catholic Church for his writings about gay and transgender issues, prayed that folks who were watching the event would open their hearts to “those most in need,” which included “the unborn child in the womb.”

Here’s more on this from The Washington Examiner:

“Help to be a nation where every life is sacred, all people are loved, and all are welcome,” he said.

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Martin confirmed to the Washington Examiner earlier in the week that his prayer would contain explicit references to the unborn.

Although a hot-button issue for much of the Democratic primary, abortion did not play a major role in the Democratic convention. Aside from Martin’s prayer, the issue received only minimal attention, with some speakers mentioning it in their speeches.

Republicans, by contrast, are gearing up to make a major issue of abortion at the Republican National Convention next week. In addition to several anti-abortion speakers, the Republican National Committee invited Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, to deliver the convention’s opening prayer. Dolan has previously done so at both the Republican and Democratic conventions, during which he prayed for the protection of the unborn.

At the end of the day, abortion is one of the most critical issues to face our culture in modern history. The reason, of course, is because fundamentally, at the core of the issue, is the defense of the most basic right we all have. The God-given right to exist, to live.

If we cannot protect the rights of our most vulnerable citizens, those who have not yet been born, how in the world can we defend liberty for those who already exist.

Freedom is for a moral people. Slaughtering the unborn is far from moral.

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COVID Closes Churches Across the Country on Christmas

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While America prepares for another COVID Christmas, the omicron variant is creating a whole new set of snarls for those looking to celebrate the season with friends and family.

Several of the world’s top health organizations have been steadily pushing back against the idea of gathering for the holidays, even as omicron’s symptoms remain on the milder side of things.  Airlines are gummed up as well, with staffing shortages casting a dark cloud over the usually-busy holiday travel season.

And now, in a move that feels more dismal than most, many churches are being forced to close their doors as well.

Many churches across the U.S. are canceling some or all in-person Christmas services amid yet another surge in COVID cases that have put a damper on people’s holidays for a second year.

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Among those churches were Washington National Cathedral in the nation’s capital; St. John the Divine, the cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of New York; and the historic Old South Church in Boston.

The Rev. Nancy Taylor, senior minister of Old South, said the church was shifting its popular Christmas Eve service to online-only.

“While we cherish these guests under normal circumstances, these are not normal circumstances. We are prioritizing the health and safety of our volunteers and staff,” Taylor told The Associated Press. “We know how disappointing this is.”

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Leaders of Washington National Cathedral said all services would be offered only remotely until Jan. 9, with no worshippers or visitors allowed in the cathedral.

“Given the spike in infections, I simply cannot justify gathering massive crowds as the public health situation worsens around us,” said the cathedral’s dean, the Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith.

The news comes as health experts have begun to wonder whether or not omicron is impervious to the use of masks; a possibility that could explain its rapid spread.

While America prepares for another COVID Christmas, the omicron variant is creating a whole new set of snarls for those looking to celebrate the season with friends and family. Several of the world’s top health organizations have been steadily pushing back against the idea of gathering for the holidays, even as omicron’s symptoms remain on the milder side of things.  Airlines are gummed up as well, with staffing shortages casting a dark cloud over the usually-busy holiday travel season. And now, in a move that feels more dismal than most, many churches are being forced to close their doors as well. Many churches across the U.S. are canceling some or all in-person Christmas services amid yet another surge in COVID cases that have put a damper on people’s holidays for a second year. Among those churches were Washington National Cathedral in the nation’s capital; St. John the Divine, the cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of New York; and the historic Old South Church in Boston. The Rev. Nancy Taylor, senior minister of Old South, said the church was shifting its popular Christmas Eve service to online-only. “While we cherish these guests under normal circumstances, these are not normal circumstances. We are prioritizing the health and safety of our volunteers and staff,” Taylor told The Associated Press. “We know how disappointing this is.” And also… Leaders of Washington National Cathedral said all services would be offered only remotely until Jan. 9, with no worshippers or visitors allowed in the cathedral. “Given the spike in infections, I simply cannot justify gathering massive crowds as the public health situation worsens around us,” said the cathedral’s dean, the Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith. The news comes as health experts have begun to wonder whether or not omicron is impervious to the use of masks;…

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Online Conspiracy Theorists Push ‘Ritual Sacrifice’ Angle in Music Festival Massacre

The bizarre theory stems from Travis Scott’s apparent embrace of questionable imagery.

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On Saturday morning, a vast swath of the nation awoke to terribly tragic news out of Houston, Texas, where a number of concertgoers were killed and several more injured during Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival.

Scott, a hip hop artist known for his provocative imagery and reckless crowd control procedures, continued to play during the massacre that left at least 8 dead.

Those deaths have largely been attributed to the enormous crowd trampling and crushing one another, but a frightening new piece of evidence is now coming to light.

Police investigating a deadly crush that killed eight at a Travis Scott-headlined festival in Houston say a crazed man injected at least one person with opioids during the chaos.

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Houston Chief of Police Troy Finner made the shocking claim at a press conference Saturday after hours of rumors about the Astroworld Fest tragedy, and Mayor of Houston Sylvester Turner revealed the victims were aged between 14 and 27.

‘One of the narratives was that some individual was injecting other people with drugs. We do have a report of a security officer, according to the medical staff that was out and treated him last night,’ Houston Chief of Police Troy Finner said at Saturday’s conference.

‘He was reaching over to restrain or grab a citizen and he felt a prick in his neck.

‘He went unconscious, they administered Narcan. He was revived, and medical staff did notice a prick similar to a prick you would get if somebody was trying to inject,’ he added.

Furthermore, the imagery used by Scott, along with his seemingly uncaring attitude toward the chaos, had online conspiracy theorists fearing something supernatural was at work.

And while there is no actual evidence of this event being some sort of “ritual”, the theories being posited online will almost certainly continue to bolster the bizarre image that Scott has so willingly embraced.

On Saturday morning, a vast swath of the nation awoke to terribly tragic news out of Houston, Texas, where a number of concertgoers were killed and several more injured during Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival. Scott, a hip hop artist known for his provocative imagery and reckless crowd control procedures, continued to play during the massacre that left at least 8 dead. Those deaths have largely been attributed to the enormous crowd trampling and crushing one another, but a frightening new piece of evidence is now coming to light. Police investigating a deadly crush that killed eight at a Travis Scott-headlined festival in Houston say a crazed man injected at least one person with opioids during the chaos. Houston Chief of Police Troy Finner made the shocking claim at a press conference Saturday after hours of rumors about the Astroworld Fest tragedy, and Mayor of Houston Sylvester Turner revealed the victims were aged between 14 and 27. ‘One of the narratives was that some individual was injecting other people with drugs. We do have a report of a security officer, according to the medical staff that was out and treated him last night,’ Houston Chief of Police Troy Finner said at Saturday’s conference. ‘He was reaching over to restrain or grab a citizen and he felt a prick in his neck. ‘He went unconscious, they administered Narcan. He was revived, and medical staff did notice a prick similar to a prick you would get if somebody was trying to inject,’ he added. Furthermore, the imagery used by Scott, along with his seemingly uncaring attitude toward the chaos, had online conspiracy theorists fearing something supernatural was at work. https://twitter.com/thekelliannak/status/1456892481673613313?s=20 https://twitter.com/itsneshiaaa/status/1457207532242575363?s=20 https://twitter.com/Suckafree_TV/status/1457121428847792134?s=20 https://twitter.com/Miranmstfa/status/1457080910738767872?s=20 And while there is no actual evidence of this event being some sort of “ritual”, the theories being posited…

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