GERMANY & COVID-19 ILLEGAL MANDATES: Police fire water cannons at Berlin demonstrators after they ignored calls to wear face masks

Police Use Water Cannons Against Anti-Lockdown Protesters in Berlin

German government trying to codify social distancing, mandatory mask wearing.

BY PAUL JOSEPH WATSON

SEE: https://summit.news/2020/11/18/police-use-water-cannons-against-anti-lockdown-protesters-in-berlin/;

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Police in Berlin used water cannons on anti-lockdown protesters who were demonstrating near the Brandenburg Gate against new COVID-19 laws they claim are unconstitutional.

The new law would codify current social distancing requirements, mandate mask wearing and increase the punishment for those flouting the rules.

The measures are expected to pass both lower and then upper houses of parliament, but that didn’t stop thousands of protesters defying a government ban to descend on the Bundestag in opposition to the law.

Police turned water cannons on demonstrators as the crowd booed while LRAD sound cannons were also utilized.

However, as the videos show, the size of the gathering was far too large for the water cannons to have much effect.

German chancellor Angela Merkel is attempting to make the country’s current “soft lockdown” more draconian, but she does not have the backing of enough state leaders and has delayed the move.

Merkel wants people to self-isolate at home for 7 days even of they only display symptoms of an ordinary cold while limiting social interactions to a maximum of two households.

The chancellor is pursuing the new measures despite Germany’s Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Muller warning that the lockdown will end up killing more people than coronavirus itself.

 

When Leftists Call For ‘Unity,’ They Mean ‘Submission’ – and They’re Not Getting It From Me

BIDEN'S TOTALITARIAN DECLARATION THAT HE WON THE ELECTION & CALL FOR "BIBLICAL" UNITY

After years of calling conservatives "racists," "Nazis" and "white supremacists," Democrats now say they want "unity" - while making lists of Trump supporters to be "held accountable."

THE "UNITY" SPEECH THAT WAS & IS A LIE:

DOJ Defends Church’s Pandemic Lawsuit Against D.C.

DOJ Blasts D.C. Mayor for 'Silencing' Churches:

'There Is No Pandemic Exception to the Constitution'

BY PAULA BOLYARD

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/culture/paula-bolyard/2020/10/06/doj-says-d-c-mayor-is-silencing-religious-worship-there-is-no-pandemic-exception-to-the-constitution-n1007402;

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The Department of Justice on Friday announced it had filed a statement of interest in the case filed by Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., against the District of Columbia and Mayor Muriel Bowser. The 853-member church has a strong religious conviction that it must meet weekly and in person, as a single body, for worship. As a result of Mayor Bowser’s onerous COVID-19 orders (first capping worship services at 10 people and now 100), Capitol Hill Baptist Church (CHBC) has not been able to meet together in the District since March. As a temporary measure, they’ve been meeting in a field in Virginia.

The congregation had asked the mayor for permission to meet at the 45,000-plus-seat Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, which would give them ample room to social distance, but the city denied the application for a waiver, and also the church’s appeals. (More background here.)

Finally, on Sept. 22, the church filed a lawsuit and a request for a temporary restraining order asking that they be allowed to hold outdoor worship services in the District of Columbia, citing the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. CHBC says the mayor has double standards—one for churches and another for large gatherings of protesters. The lawsuit pointed out that the mayor herself has attended some of these gatherings.

“The right to free exercise of religion and the right to protest are both enshrined in the First Amendment of the Constitution,” said Eric Dreiband, assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division, in a press release. “We are a nation dedicated to freedom of conscience and freedom of expression. The District of Columbia has, unfortunately, neglected these rights. The Justice Department is committed to defending both of these fundamental freedoms and in supporting all Americans’ rights to worship as they choose.”

The statement of interest is part of Attorney General William P. Barr’s initiative, announced April 27, directing the DOJ to “review governmental policies around the country to ensure that civil liberties are protected during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“While a local government has significant discretion to decide what measures to adopt to meet a public health threat, the Free Exercise Clause of the Constitution requires that, whatever level of restrictions it adopts, government must treat religious gatherings the same as comparable nonreligious gatherings, absent the government meeting strict scrutiny, that is, proving that it has a compelling governmental interest pursued through the least restrictive means,” the DOJ argued in the statement of interest. “Similarly, the Free Speech Clause forbids the government from discriminating against certain speech while privileging other speech with a viewpoint favored by the government, unless it meets strict scrutiny.”

The District of Columbia is also bound by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), the Justice Department said. RFRA “requires that any government action imposing a substantial burden on religious exercise meet strict scrutiny.” The city’s current approach to COVID-19 restrictions “has the effect of treating some forms of protected First Amendment activity differently than other forms of comparable activity and in so doing singles out religious exercise for differential treatment.” CHBC has demonstrated that its lawsuit is likely to succeed on merits, the statement of interest noted.

John MacArthur’s Religious Freedom Case Is Headed to Trial

In its filing, the DOJ said that while the United States “has a strong interest, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, in ensuring the development and maintenance of the best possible public health strategies to combat the virus and protect the people of the United States from harm,” that interest “must be balanced with constitutional liberties.”

“Although the precise legal tests may change based on the specific restriction at issue, the bottom line remains the same: there is no pandemic exception to the Constitution and our fundamental rights,” the DOJ lawyers declared. [Emphasis added] “Individual rights set forth in the Constitution are always operative and restrain government action.”

Mayor Bowser and the District of Columbia clearly don’t agree. Protesters who have the “correct” political views are allowed to gather in the streets with impunity—and without anyone in the mayor’s office, the MSM, or Democratic Party saying boo about it—while churches are told to close their doors and forsake their religious teachings. The aforementioned leftists have no use for those “icky” Christians who insist on obeying the Bible, but, ah, the protesters and rioters—they, and they alone, are worthy of robust constitutional protections amid the pandemic. That hypocrisy is what CHBC takes issue with. The Justice Department is insisting that the discrimination stop.

People need Jesus during these tumultuous times. Christians need to be in church, where they can obey biblical mandates to hear the Word of God preached, partake of Communion, and fellowship together. A few brave churches are wading into the fray, asking only to be treated the way other groups are and for the government to abide by the First Amendment and RFRA. William Barr and Trump’s Department of Justice are making it clear that government “shall make no law… prohibiting the free exercise” of religion. Period. Not even during a pandemic.

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Prominent D.C. Church Becomes First to Sue Over Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Hypocritical Worship Restrictions
 

LOGAN, OHIO: MOM TASED FOR NOT WEARING MASK

A mother, who was peacefully sitting outside on school bleachers to watch her son play a school football game in Logan, Ohio, was grabbed, shoved, pulled, tased, handcuffed, pushed down the steps and arrested by a local cop Wednesday – all for the horrible crime of being outside without a mask over her face. https://www.mrctv.org/blog/ohio-mom-t...

CONTINUED UNCONSTITUTIONAL PERSECUTION OF NORTH VALLEY BAPTIST CHURCH~$52,750 IN FINES FOR GOING TO CHURCH & $50,000 MORE EACH WEEK

PASTOR TRIEBER REPORTS ON GOVERNMENT INTRANSIGENCE, DEFIANCE OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT. CHURCH WILL NOT BACK DOWN FROM DOING GOD'S WILL TO MEET. SAYS NO FINES WILL BE PAID, SINCE THE MONEY BELONGS TO GOD, NOT THE STATE.

North Valley Baptist Church has been fined $52,750 in 9 days for going to church. An additional $50,000 is being fined Weekly from Santa Clara County. Pastor Trieber explains the situation. We greatly appreciate the prayers and support of God's people!

DAVID CLOUD’S “WAY OF LIFE” RECENT ARTICLES

SEE: https://www.wayoflife.org/friday_church_news/21-35.php;

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CALIFORNIA WAGING WAR ON CHURCHES 
CALIFORNIA WAGING WAR ON CHURCHES (Friday Church News Notes, August 28, 2020, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@
wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - If you want to know the future of America if Democrats are ever in full control, just 
take a look at California, where the Democrats control the governorship, both houses of the legislature, every 
statewide office, and the leadership of major cities. (When one party controls the office of governor, the state House, 
and the state Senate, that is called a trifecta. Currently, there are 21 Republican trifectas and 15 Democrat trifectas.)
For example, their mindless commitment to Green Energy has resulted in third-world type brownouts across the 
state this summer. Their homosexual rights agenda has silenced free speech. Their clueless homeless policies have 
trashed formerly beautiful cities. Their public schools are removing the names of the nation’s Founding Fathers and 
brainwashing children in Marxist doctrine. That’s a very short list. Oh yes, and they are using the coronavirus 
situation to attack churches. I believe they will back off eventually and leave the churches alone for now, but only 
because (humanly speaking) they don’t have full power. The following is excerpted from “California’s All-Out War 
on Church Worship Intensifies,” PJ Media, Aug. 24, 2020: “California Governor Gavin Newsom and county leaders 
are escalating the state’s war on church worship services, dragging pastors into court and demanding thousands 
of dollars in fines for illegally singing and holding indoor worship services. ... The state is armed with Newsom’s 
no-worship order and subpoenas. ... Liberty Counsel’s Founder Mat Staver says Newsom’s worship ban is clearly 
unconstitutional. ‘The same governor who encourages mass protests, bans all worship and is now fining churches 
for their right to assemble and worship. The same governor who says the church can meet for secular services, 
bans the church from having religious worship. This unconstitutional hostility against religious worship must end.’ 
Newsom has issued a rule against singing and chanting--even in worship in private homes. Then, he outlawed 
church worship. ... The pastor of Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Ventura County, Rob McCoy, was in court on Friday 
and fined $3,000 for holding three socially distanced worship services each Sunday on August 9th and 16th. ... 
McCoy was ready to go to jail on Sunday if need be. Senator Ted Cruz sent a supportive tweet, letting California l
eaders know he’s watching. ‘Thx for standing up for the flock and We the People! The bullies won’t win. We are 
with you, Pastor.’ In Santa Clara, county officers sent in agents to spy on North Valley Baptist Church, according to 
documents the county gave to the court. That church has been fined $10,000 for illegally singing in two worship 
services. Singing. ... In Los Angeles County on Monday, megachurch Pastor John McArthur of Grace Community 
Church went to court for a fourth time to fight the governor’s ban on worship. [The county is seeking $20,000 in 
damages. On August 25, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff refused the county’s request to grant 
a temporary restraining order against the church’s services.] McArthur issued a declaration on Monday, saying it’s 
clear that the County thinks it’s OK to let ‘congregants to gather to worship the Lord in parking lots, in parks, or 
perhaps beaches--but never in any church. From Grace Community Church’s perspective, this is nonsensical, and 
we view it as a direct ban on engaging in the worship which our faith requires.’” The previous report did not 
mention Harvest Church of Pasadena, Calif. “Last week, Pasadena’s chief assistant city prosecutor sent Harvest 
Church Pastor Che Ahn a letter, threatening fines and up to one year in jail for anyone who attends a future service
. [The letter, dated Aug. 13, reads:] ‘This letter is to remind you that violations of these orders are criminal in 
nature. Each day in violation is a separate violation and carries with it a potential punishment of up to one year in 
jail and a fine for each violation. ... Any violations in the future will subject your church, owners, administrators, 
operators, staff, and parishioners to the above-mentioned criminal penalties as well as the potential closure of your
Church.’ ... Liberty Counsel founder and Chairman Mat Staver says, ‘These actions of the City of Pasadena and 
Gov. Gavin Newsom are akin to repressive foreign regimes, not America where the First Amendment guarantees 
freedom of religion’” (“Pasadena Threatens Church,” Christian Headlines, Aug. 20, 2020).

FACEBOOK CRACKS DOWN ON ANTIFA AND QANON
FACEBOOK CRACKS DOWN ON ANTIFA AND QANON (Friday Church News Notes, August 28, 2020, www.wayoflife.
org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Facebook has taken down Antifa and affiliated anarchist groups. 
“Facebook explicitly sought to disrupt Antifa’s operations and said it restricted 1,400 hashtags related to the 
militant leftists and tore down 520 pages and 160 ads. Facebook’s crackdown on Antifa is a harbinger of things to 
come, as the company said it has begun changing its policies to more aggressively go after militia groups 
supporting violent protests. ... Facebook’s policy shift takes aim at the radical organizations’ funding, their ability 
to attract new followers, and the visibility of their content. ... By publicizing its actions against Antifa, Facebook 
has called attention to its more aggressive content moderation approach as affecting all political ideologies” 
(“Facebook cracks down,” The Washington Times, Aug. 20, 2020). At the same time, Facebook has “removed 790 
QANON groups and imposed restrictions on an additional 1,950 QAnon groups on its platform and 10,000 accounts
on Instagram.” QAnon is a hodgepodge of conspiracy theories based on enigmatic reports published by an 
anonymous person known as “Q” who allegedly has access to ultra top-secret information. There is no evidence 
that “Q” is anyone other than some goofball with too much time on his hands having a lark, but QAnon believers 
see Q’s publications as “breadcrumbs” of evidence for their enlightenment. There are fragments of truth, of course,
as in all such things, but largely it is a will-o’-the-wisp world of inscrutable poetry, numerology, secret signals, etc. 
An example of a Q message is this: “Think SC vote to confirm (coming). No Name action. Every dog has its day. 
Enjoy the show.” It is as murky and meaningless as a Nostradamus prophecy. QAnon is an Alice Wonderland in 
which nothing is solid, nothing is sure, nothing means what it seems to mean. The main theme is that presidents 
before Trump were part of a cabal of “deep-state” international evil operators who control America and the world 
(the media, politicians, Hollywood), operating death squads and pedophile rings and a great many other secret 
things. Trump was chosen by military generals to run for president to destroy this cabal, which he will supposedly 
do in a purge called “The Storm” (in which tens of thousands of deep state operatives, including Hilly Clinton, will 
be arrested and subjected to military tribunals, etc.). Trump supposedly flashes secret signals to QAnon insiders. 
One of the theories is that John. R. Kennedy, Jr., and his wife faked their own plane crash deaths and went 
undercover to work with Trump. QAnon is associated with a hodgepodge of conspiracies pertaining to Covid-19, 
9-11, UFOs, 5G technology and mind control, etc. It is as nutty as a fruitcake. While a lot of people are attracted 
to such things and are true believers, a lot of the followers are doubtless just entertaining themselves like “Q” is. 
To any Q followers in Bible-believing churches, we would say, you don’t need Q; you have the infallible Word of 
God! Stop wasting your time chasing will-o’-the-wisp in a rabbit hole and become a serious Bible student and 
disciple of Jesus Christ. And to Facebook and other social media companies, we would say, by all means ban 
violent speech and pornography and pedophilia and such things, but you should not be censors of speech that is 
legal under law. Allegedly nutty or not, it should be none of your business. Liberals and leftists, et al, have plenty 
of their own fake news and conspiratorial nuttiness. Do you want someone censoring your free speech?

THE U.S. BILL OF RIGHTS DO NOT GRANT FREEDOM FOR SUBVERSIVE SPEECH 
AND ACTION
THE U.S. BILL OF RIGHTS DO NOT GRANT FREEDOM FOR SUBVERSIVE SPEECH AND ACTION (Friday Church News 
Notes, August 28, 2020, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - In 1950, the U.S. Supreme 
Court, in Dennis v. United States, ruled that Eugene Dennis, General Secretary of the Communist Party USA, did 
not have a First Amendment right to free speech if his goal was to overthrow the Constitution. President Dwight 
Eisenhower agreed: “The Bill of Rights contains no grant of privilege for a group of people to destroy the Bill of 
Rights. A group--like the Communist conspiracy--dedicated to the ultimate destruction of all civil liberties, cannot 
be allowed to claim civil liberties as its privileged sanctuary from which to carry on subversion of the Government” 
(“Eisenhower on Communism,” Time magazine, Oct. 13, 1952).

TRUMP THE “MOST PRO-GAY PRESIDENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY”
TRUMP THE “MOST PRO-GAY PRESIDENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY” (Friday Church News Notes, August 28, 2020, 
www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “Grenell: ‘Trump Is Most 
Pro-Gay President,” CNSNews.com, Aug. 21, 2020: “In a video distributed by the Log Cabin Republicans, former 
Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell states that Trump is the ‘most pro-gay president in 
American history.’ In a Twitter response to the video, Trump declared, ‘My great honor!!!’ Grenell, who is gay, 
served as the U.S. ambassador to Germany (2018-20) and as Acting Director of National Intelligence (2/20/20 - 
5/26/20) under President Trump. Log Cabin Republicans ‘is the nation’s largest Republican organization dedicated 
to representing LGBT conservatives and allies,’ according to its website. In the video, Grenell, among other things, 
states, ‘I know firsthand that President Trump is the strongest ally that gay Americans have ever had in the White 
House. Donald Trump is the first president in American history to be pro-gay marriage from his first day in office.’”

BLACK LIVES MATTER CHURCH BURNED DOWN BY BLACK LIVES MATTER RIOTERS
BLACK LIVES MATTER CHURCH BURNED DOWN BY BLACK LIVES MATTER RIOTERS(Friday Church News Notes, 
August 28, 2020, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “Black 
Lives Matter Church,” Reformation Charlotte, Aug. 24, 2020: “A church that celebrated the Black Lives Matter 
movement has been burnt to the ground by, well, Black Lives Matter rioters. After the shooting of another black 
man in Wisconsin last night--an incident that, unsurprisingly, we have very little details on at this point--rioters 
took to the streets of Kenosha to receive their ‘reparations’ by looting stores, burning down buildings, and creating,
once again, complete and total chaos in the streets. And in order for them to receive justice, they have to destroy 
anything and everything in their path--and that included one church that celebrated Black Lives Matter. The 
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, ‘A little after 3 a.m., the fire had spread to the Bradford Community Church, 
the marquee of which had read Black Lives Matter before being incinerated.’”

TRUMP CALLS PASTOR MACARTHUR, THANKS HIM FOR TAKING A STAND THAT CHURCHES ARE ESSENTIAL

John MacArthur Explains Why Christians Can’t Vote Democrat, Trump Calls to Thank Him for Taking a Stand for Religious Freedom

SEE: https://reformationcharlotte.org/2020/08/24/john-macarthur-explains-why-christians-cant-vote-democrat-trump-calls-to-thank-him-for-taking-a-stand-for-religious-freedom/;

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John MacArthur has been almost single-handedly taking the heat from both the right and the left for his stand for religious liberty. As the California government has unleashed its wrath upon MacArthur, he and his congregation have stood strong in the midst of what is clearly a power grab by tyrants.

To be fair, MacArthur is not the only pastor who has stood up against the tyranny — there are countless others. But, because of his notoriety, his stance has received the most attention and has been targeted for the most attacks — even from other Evangelical leaders.

MacArthur discusses how Donald Trump called him to thank him for his stand and then talks about how no Christian should ever vote Democrat. It should be noted that Donald Trump has been much more supportive of the Christian community than most of our Evangelical leaders have been. For more on MacArthur and this situation, see this link.

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John MacArthur Files Declaration Against LA County for Depriving Christians of “Spiritual Refuge”

SEE: https://reformationcharlotte.org/2020/08/24/john-macarthur-files-declaration-against-la-county-for-depriving-christians-of-spiritual-refuge/;

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(August 24, 2020 – Sun Valley, California) Los Angeles County is returning to court this morning, August 24, 2020, attempting – for the fourth time – to get a court order to shut down indoor worship services at Grace Community Church.

As the judge noted last week, the County simply refuses to accept the reasoned decisions of the California court. Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff, who will preside over today’s hearing, told Los Angeles County attorneys from the bench on August 20, “As I see it, Judge Chalfant said ‘No’ to you and the Court of Appeal declined to make the order that you requested.”

MacArthur’s declaration to the court states in part:

“Worship-bans appear to take the position that we should lock our doors and force our congregants to gather to worship the Lord in parking lots, in parks, or perhaps beaches—but never in any church. From Grace Community Church’s perspective, this is nonsensical, and we view it as a direct ban on engaging in the worship which our faith requires. The size of our congregation means that there is no place for it to meet outdoors; the summer heat makes meeting outdoors unhealthy and even dangerous; our experts have refuted that meeting indoors significantly aids in the spread of the coronavirus; and most principally, Grace Community Church’s sanctuary itself is a spiritual refuge for our congregants—a refuge of which the county has no right to deprive them.”

“Thus, the county’s and state’s July 13 and 14 worship-bans burden my and Grace Community Church’s free exercise of religion by criminalizing activity directly required by our faith. As a church, we have a moral and religious obligation to continue allowing our congregants to gather in our sanctuary to worship the Lord.

“This church is the core of life for thousands from nursery to seniors. Our church is not an event center. It is a family of lives who love and care for each other in very intensely personal ways. So essential to personal well-being that people rushed back as soon as they could. The utter unnecessary deprivation of all our people by completely shutting down the mutual love and care that sustains our people in all the exigencies, pressures and challenges of life, was cruel. And after 63 years of sacrificial, kindness to our city, to be repeatedly threatened with court-ordered efforts to shut Grace Community Church down when no one is sick, reveals an inexplicable preference for a mostly harmless virus over the life-enriching and necessary fellowship of the church. Our leaders and congregation see no real health threat to warrant such restraint. We see this action against us as an illegitimate misuse of power.”

Read the full Declaration of Pastor John MacArthur, filed on his behalf by Thomas More Society attorneys on August 23, 2020, in Superior Court of the State of California – County of Los Angeles – Central District in County of Los Angeles et al. v. Grace Community Church et al. here.

About the Thomas More Society

The Thomas More Society is a national not-for-profit law firm dedicated to restoring respect in law for life, family, and religious liberty. Headquartered in Chicago, Omaha, and Fairfield, NJ, the Thomas More Society fosters support for these causes by providing high quality pro bono legal services from local trial courts all the way up to the United States Supreme Court. For more information, visit thomasmoresociety.org.

 

 

 

JESUIT CATHOLIC FORDHAM UNIVERSITY: TRUMP DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION INVESTIGATING WHY CHINESE-AMERICAN STUDENT AUSTIN TONG PUNISHED FOR FIREARM PHOTO ON INSTAGRAM

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Fordham student says school wrongfully penalized him for social media posts

BY HANK BERRIEN

SEE: https://www.dailywire.com/news/trump-administration-investigating-university-that-punished-chinese-american-student-for-firearm-photo-protesting-tiananmen-square-massacre;

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In June, a Chinese-American student at Fordham University, Austin Tong, posted a photo of retired St. Louis police officer David Dorn, who was killed after defending a friend’s store from looters. The photo was accompanied by a note citing the “nonchalant social reaction” to Dorn’s murder. In addition, Tong posted another photo of himself holding a Smith & Wesson rifle pointed toward the ground with the photo captioned “Don’t tread on me #198964,” in reference to the Tiananmen Square massacre on June 4, 1989. That photo included emojis of the American and Chinese flags.

Tong had also posted statements including, “freedom comes from a strong and armed populace” and “Violence against any citizen should not be tolerated, and The Second Amendment protects us from that.”

The photos triggered the university to put Tong on probation.

Now the Trump administration’s Department of Education has launched an investigation into Fordham University. One department official told Campus Reform, “Of course, this raises questions about the influence of the Chinese government on American colleges and universities.”

The Department of Education sent a letter to Fordham University, which stated in part:

On the night of June 4, 2020, allegedly due to “multiple student complaints related to [Mr. Tong’s] social media posts,” including the claim that his posts were “grotesque” and “racist,” Fordham dispatched two uniformed public safety officers to visit Mr. Tong at his parent’s home in Long Island, New York. … Mr. Tong allegedly told the officers he purchased the rifle so his family would have protection from the threat posed by ongoing riots and social disorder in New York City …

Fordham deemed Mr. Tong’s constitutionally protected speech “a security threat” (emphasis added). Fordham apparently was concerned because “in referring to Black Lives Matter protests, [Mr. Tong] stated that he was ‘aware of the chaotic situation that needs me to keep (sic) family safe.’”

On July 24, the Dean of Students informed Tong that he was on probation because his social media posts violated university policy. He would need permission from the dean of students to enter the campus; he would need to undergo “bias training,” and he would need to compose an apology.

The university informed Tong he would have to complete his courses online. The university added that the sanctions were non-appealable.

Those actions prompted Tong to sue the school, claiming his First Amendment rights had been violated.

In its letter, the Department of Education noted:

In its Demonstration Policy, Fordham promises prospective students, their parents, and other potential consumers in the market for education certificates ‘[e]ach member of the University has a right to freely express their positions and to work for their acceptance whether they assent to or dissent from existing situations in the University or society. Fordham further promises not to infringe on students’ right “to express [their] positions” and engage in “other legitimate activities.”

However, Fordham fails to warn prospective students, their parents, and other potential consumers in the market for education certificates of their liability to potential discipline for the lawful off-campus expression of thoughts and constitutionally protected conduct that happens to be disfavored by Fordham’s education bureaucrats.

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CATHOLIC JESUIT FORDHAM UNIVERSITY REQUIRES SECURITY ESCORT FOR AUSTIN TONG WHO POSED WITH GUN ON INSTAGRAM

BY CHRISSY CLARK

SEE: https://freebeacon.com/campus/fordham-requires-escort-for-student-who-posed-with-gun/;

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A Fordham University student who was kicked off campus for posing with a legally owned firearm won't be allowed back without an escort.

Austin Tong, a rising senior who posted a picture of himself on Instagram holding an AR-15 rifle with the caption, "Don't tread on me," in commemoration of the Tiananmen Square massacre, said that a "KGB overseer" would have to escort him to and from classes if he wants to return to campus in the fall.

"Fordham graciously offered me a realistic historical simulation of being overseen by the Soviet secret police," Tong told the Washington Free Beacon. "This just exposes the sensitivity of Fordham and colleges on safe speech, resorting to extreme means to make sure students stay in line."

Tong filed a lawsuit against Fordham on July 23 alleging that the university violated its own free speech policies when it disciplined him for posing in "non-threatening social media posts on Instagram." The suit demands that the school lift the sanctions, which require him to leave campus indefinitely, apologize for the picture, and undergo implicit bias training.

Fordham argued that the photograph ran afoul of its commitment to combating bias and hate crimes. Tong, a Chinese immigrant, said he will not apologize for the photo because it does not pose a threat to his peers.

In response to the lawsuit, Fordham withdrew its restraining order against Tong pending the court's ruling. It also said that it would not require an apology note or implicit bias training before Tong's return to campus but claimed that it was reasonable to require him to be escorted by a public safety officer to and from his on-campus destination. In addition, Tong must seek permission 48 hours in advance of his arrival.

Fordham did not respond to requests for comment.

Tong told the Free Beacon that he will not return to campus despite the withdrawal of the restraining order. "I'm probably not going back to campus," Tong said. "I don't think [the school or my peers] want to see me either. Frankly, it's not safe."


POLICE STATE NEW JERSEY: BELLMAWR GYM OWNERS DEFY TYRANT GOVERNOR MURPHY, KICK DOWN PLYWOOD BARRICADE TO THEIR BUSINESS ENTRANCE

A judge says Bellmawr’s Atilis Gym can remain open if it follows state’s guidelines. The owners say that’s not going to happen.

SEE: https://www.insidernj.com/gym-owners-kick-barricade-business-entrance/;

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