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WESTMINSTER, England (ChurchMilitant.com) - The overwhelming majority of Catholic members of Parliament (MPs), led by Jacob Rees-Mogg — England's most iconic Conservative Party Catholic politician — voted Thursday to extend until September Britain's "draconian blanket" of the Coronavirus Act 2020.
Of the approximately 31 parliamentarians who identify as Catholic, only 4 voted to "put liberty first," 28 voted in favor of Britain's "disturbing authoritarian creep," and Iain Duncan Smith — another famous Conservative Party Catholic politician — abstained from voting.
A total of 484 MPs voted in favor of prolonging the government's lockdown powers, while only 76 voted for liberty, despite a rebellion by 35 Conservative Party members.
Despite breaking his own government's lockdown rules to attend the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) in January, Britain's most prominent Catholic politician, Rees-Mogg, voted "aye" in support of the "extreme, unnecessary and disproportionate" act.
Leader of the House of Commons Rees-Mogg was slammed for "hypocrisy" after he left his house in Tier 3 to attend the TLM in a Glastonbury church in Tier 4, where locals were permitted to attend but not those from another tier.
The distinguished Etonian, who has been vocal in his opposition to abortion and so-called same-sex marriage, did not participate in the debate on the floor of the House and did not respond to Church Militant's request for comment.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who opened the floodgates for chemical home abortions during the lockdown, said he couldn't guarantee if the government would give up its stranglehold on the unprecedented powers in September.
"I cannot answer whether we will be retiring it in six months. My preference would be yes, but given the last year, I think a prediction would be hasty," Hancock told the House of Commons.
At least three evangelical Christians vigorously opposed the bill, with Sir Desmond Swayne fiercely criticizing the government for seeking "to retain powers to control aspects of our lives and implement a punishment regime for disobedience."
In comments to Church Militant, the evangelical parliamentarian (who is also "a signatory to the Great Barrington Declaration" against lockdowns) noted that he doesn't "believe that lockdowns are an effective means of controlling the spread; they merely delay it."
Sir Desmond elaborated:
I have opposed them from the outset. Now, however, as our vaccine effort progresses and we have immunized the vast majority of those vulnerable groups which, were they infected, would be most likely to be hospitalized, there seems to me to be no further reason for the government to hold on to the emergency powers.
"Tyranny is a habit, and the motions on the Order Paper this evening show that we have not quite kicked it," Swayne told the House of Commons.
Let there be no wringing of hands by members of Parliament who vote for oppressive legislation and then wail with indignation when the police actually enforce it. When families are fined thousands of pounds for staying over together at Easter, we will know that it was because this House willed it so.
Member of the London Assembly David Kurten told Church Militant that it was "atrocious that there are Christians among the 484 who voted to continue this tyranny, particularly as it imposes draconian restrictions on freedom to worship."
Kurten, a mayoral candidate, said that the Christians in parliament "should be voting for a restoration of our ancient and hard-won freedoms; instead they are ushering in the Great Reset, COVID passports and a permanent 'new normal' where people who choose not to be injected with experimental mRNA or abortion-tainted genetically-modified chimp virus will be second class citizens, excluded from the COVID-Communist New World Order."
Three weeks to 'flatten the curve' has turned into a year of misery for ordinary citizens who have suffered a catastrophic erosion of civil liberties enforced by thugs in uniform, business bankruptcies, disruption to children's education and an epidemic of mental health issues arising from the unnecessary and disproportionate destruction of normal life by the Tory/Labour uniparty.
Evangelical Tim Farron — who resigned in 2017 as leader of the Liberal Democrats after announcing that "remaining faithful to Christ" was incompatible with leading his party due to its pro-gay stance — voted against the bill, arguing that "its instincts are authoritarian."
But evangelical MP Gary Streeter, who is also chair of Christians in Parliament, told Church Militant that he voted for the bill as it "simply extends existing powers to get us through this pandemic and enables the vital unlocking, set out in the roadmap, to take place."
"As soon as it is safe to do so, all freedoms will be restored, hopefully, this summer," Streeter said.
Voting against the bill, Catholic MP Mark Harper argued that "by the government's own admission," the Coronavirus Act measures were "extraordinary and would not be acceptable in normal circumstances."
A number of MPs who voted in favor of the bill protested against Schedule 21 and 22, which give the government unlimited powers of forced detention, quarantine and biological testing — even of children — as well as the authority for ministers to ban any gathering or protest.
Church Militant reported earlier how the Catholic bishops of England and Wales, led by Cdl. Vincent Nichols, enthusiastically supported lockdowns and the closure of churches.
"Some bishops closed places of worship with a determination verging on relish," Damian Thompson, associate editor of The Spectator, told Church Militant in May. "Others, meanwhile, are not part of the bishops' conference inner circle and were neither consulted nor happy about the decision."
"What I find most disturbing is that priests who want to speak out against the total lockdown of churches are being muzzled by the more control-freak bishops," Thompson lamented.
According to The Tablet, around 11% of members in the 2015 Parliament identified as Catholics. The numbers revealed that 72 out of 646 members were Catholic. There are no official figures on the religious affiliation of MPs in the current parliament.