Free Will and Free Speech

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Dear Patriots,

There are two things that the left fears: the free expression of ideas and the free will of people to do what they decide is in their best interest.

Many people in this country are fighting daily to protect and save these basic freedoms.

1- Leftist cities continue to force people to get a completely worthless injection in order to work. There is no "science" to support this.

NYPOST  

850 more unvaxxed NYC teachers, aides fired for not complying with mandate

QUOTE: The city Department of Education has axed another 850 teachers and classroom aides — bringing the total to nearly 2,000 school employees fired for failure to comply with a vaccine mandate increasingly struck down in court.

About 1,300 DOE employees who took a year's unpaid leave —  with benefits — agreed to show proof of COVID vaccination by Sept. 5 or be "deemed to have voluntarily resigned."

Of those staffers, 450 got a shot by the deadline and "are returning to their prior schools or work locations," DOE officials told The Post. They include some 225 teachers and 135 paraprofessionals.

The 850 let go makes roughly 1,950 DOE staffers terminated since the vaccine mandate took effect on Oct. 29, 2021.

In all, NYC has fired more than 2,600 municipal workers not fully vaccinated, according to City Hall tallies.

But last week, a Manhattan judge ruled that an unvaccinated NYPD officer, one of the dozens terminated, can't be fired because the city gave no explanation of why it rejected his religious exemption request.

2- Defending The Republic is representing service members from all branches who seek to protect their religious and individual rights.  

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Quietly?  Why is this done quietly?

Zero Hedge 

US Marine Corps Quietly Drops Punishments For Refusing Covid-19 Vaccine

QUOTE: Amid a two-month court battle which saw a federal judge side with a group of US Marines over the right to refuse the Covid-19 vaccine based on religious objections, the US Marine Corps has quietly dropped strict punishments for service members who are seeking exemptions.

A Sept. 14 notice reads that the "Marine Corps will not enforce any order to accept COVID-19 vaccination, administratively separate, or retaliate against Marines in the class for asserting statutory rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act."

The guidance references the temporary order blocking the Marines from taking action against individuals seeking a religious exemption.

"Involuntary administrative separation processing of class members for refusing COVID-19 vaccination is suspended," reads the memo, which directs commanders to "pause all administrative actions related to the involuntary separation of a class member, regardless of the current status of the separation process

3- A victory for free speech.

The Gateway Pundit  

HUGE First Amendment Win For Texas, Ken Paxton and All Americans!

QUOTE: Today in Federal Court, Attorney General Ken Paxton and the American people scored a huge victory regarding censorship and banning of individuals based on their viewpoint.  The Gateway Pundit is also involved in a free speech lawsuit of their own in Missouri v. Biden.  This victory from AG Paxton will certainly help TGP's case moving forward.

The case before the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit was regarding House Bill 20, which "generally prohibits large social media platforms from censoring people based on the viewpoint of its speaker."  Judge Andrew S. Oldham opined that while "the platforms urge us to hold that the statute is facially unconstitutional and hence cannot be applied to anyone at any time under any circumstances,"..."today, we reject the idea that corporations have a freewheeling First Amendment right to censor what people say."

This opinion could have massive implications both in the social media sphere, and beyond, such as the NFL players banned from wearing a Thin Blue Line Flag on their helmet after 5 police officers were killed in Dallas, TX in 2016.  Florida, last year, passed a similar bill that would stop social media platforms from de-platforming individuals, especially those in the media and candidates for political office.  The bill was ultimately stopped from being implemented by Judge Robert Hinkle of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida.

4- Facebook and the FBI have been spying on people who question the government. It is good to have what many have long suspected, spoken out loud.

NYPOST 

Facebook spied on private messages of Americans who questioned 2020 election

QUOTE: Facebook has been spying on the private messages and data of American users and reporting them to the FBI if they express anti-government or anti-authority sentiments — or question the 2020 election — according to sources within the Department of Justice.

Under the FBI collaboration operation, somebody at Facebook red-flagged these supposedly subversive private messages over the past 19 months and transmitted them in redacted form to the domestic terrorism operational unit at FBI headquarters in Washington, DC, without a subpoena.

"It was done outside the legal process and without probable cause," alleged one of the sources, who spoke on condition of ­anonymity.

"Facebook provides the FBI with private conversations which are protected by the First Amendment without any subpoena."

These private messages then have been farmed out as "leads" to FBI field offices around the country, which subsequently requested subpoenas from the partner US Attorney's Office in their district to officially obtain the private conversations that Facebook already had shown them.

But when the targeted Facebook users were investigated by agents in a local FBI field office, sometimes using covert surveillance techniques, nothing criminal or violent turned up.

"It was a waste of our time," said one source familiar with subpoena requests lodged during a 19-month frenzy by FBI headquarters in Washington, DC, to produce the caseload to match the Biden administration's rhetoric on domestic terrorism after the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot.

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