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Calls For Hank Hanegraaff The “Bible Answer Man” To Resign After Converting To Greek Orthodox Religion

Can Hank Hanegraaff continue to be the “Bible Answer Man,” after converting to the Greek Orthodox Church last spring? Many people are saying no.

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Can Hank Hanegraaff continue to be the “Bible Answer Man,” daily answering questions about faith and practice posed by a largely evangelical Protestant audience of radio listeners after converting to the Greek Orthodox Church last spring?

“And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,” 2 Corinthians 6:16,17 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: When I first got saved back in the early 1990’s, Hank Hanegraaff was one of the first radio Bible expositors I listened to. He had a great radio voice and spoke with great conviction, but as I continued to study the Bible I quickly came to understand that Hanegraaff was teaching Replacement Theology. Not only that, he wasn’t a Bible believer, he was a Bible corrector. So it’s with wry amusement that I see today’s story of his conversion to ‘Roman Catholic Lite’, the Greek Orthodox church. Another false teacher goes home to “mother church”, the Roman and Greek Catholic harlot of Revelation 17. 

Hank Hanegraaff believes so, contending that in the spirit of “mere Christianity,” he remains a defender of the essentials of the faith. But family members of the founder of the organization he leads, the Christian Research Institute, are calling on him to resign. They argue in a statement it is “fundamentally dishonest” for Hanegraaff on CRI’s call-in radio show to try to reconcile Protestant doctrinal principles such as “sola scriptura” — the Bible is the sole rule of faith and practice — with the Eastern Orthodox belief in the on-going, Spirit-led authority of church tradition.

Jill Martin Rische, a daughter of the late CRI founder — renowned cult expert Walter Martin — was one of six family members to sign a statement urging Hanegraaff to resign. Hanegraaff has led CRI since 1989, when Martin, who founded the organization in 1960, died at the age of 60.

Famous Protestant, “Bible Answers” Hank Hanegraaff converts to Orthodoxy

Rische told WND she’s in no position to judge Hanegraaff’s faith but contends he can no longer promote the mission established by her father with integrity.

“If Hank’s joined the Orthodox Church, that’s his decision. Fine, teach Orthodox theology. Go create an Orthodox ministry,” she said. “But don’t think that you can do that and still run an evangelical Christian ministry. It’s not right.”

Rische leads Walter Martin Ministries with her husband, Kevin Rische, who both signed the statement urging Hanegraaff to resign. They were joined by her mother, Elaine, and siblings Daniel, Elaine and Debbie Martin. Her sister, Cindee Martin Morgan, whose husband, Rick Morgan, is CRI’s webmaster, did not sign the statement. She told the Christian Post her father would argue the Eastern Orthodox Church holds the “core” doctrines of Christian faith.

WND reported in April Hanegraaff’s confirmation to his radio audience that he had gone through the conversion ceremony of chrismation (“the seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit”) on Palm Sunday at a Greek Orthodox Church near his home in Charlotte, North Carolina.

WND asked for an interview with Hanegraaff, but his spokesman, Stephen Ross, said he has been unable to respond due to his health. Hanegraaff revealed in May he has mantle cell lymphoma, a rare form of cancer, and has been undergoing aggressive treatment.

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Ross gave WND a previous statement by Hanegraaff addressing the question of whether or not his conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy is in conflict with the mission of CRI.

“I am and have always championed ‘mere Christianity.’ Or as I publicly repeat again and again, ‘In essentials unity, non-essentials liberty, and in all things charity,’” Hanegraaff said.

He noted that CRI had spent the month of June promoting Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore’s book “Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel,” in which Moore states the body of Christ “is wide and broad and deep, and each tradition brings with it some aspects that bless the others, and the wider world, even when we disagree with much else.” Moore points to teachings that have benefited Christians of every tradition that come from Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, Lutheran, Presbyterian and Pentecostal traditions, among others.

“CRI has always stood and will continue to stand fast on the essentials, and with love and charity discuss secondary matters of the faith while steadfastly encouraging unity in the midst of diversity when it comes to non-essentials,” Hanegraaff said.

‘I don’t know how you can blend the two’

Rische told WND any comparison of the beliefs of evangelical Christianity with Eastern Orthodoxy show substantial differences.

“So, I don’t know how you can blend the two in any way. We’ve been separate for centuries,” she said.

The Eastern Orthodox Bible has an additional 17 books written during the time period between the Old and New Testaments that Protestants call the Apocrypha, believing they are not inspired and, therefore, have no authority.

Rische said the Eastern Orthodox Church would be the first to say “that we’re completely different.”

“So, I find it puzzling why Hank’s bishop is allowing him to take this strange doctrinal mix and teach it on the ‘Bible Answer Man’ program,” she said.

Rische said she has not heard Hanegraaff answer on the air specifically whether or not he supports “sola scriptura,” the authority of Scripture alone, and “sola fide,” salvation by faith alone. She also pointed out that every CRI employee must sign a statement of faith based on evangelical doctrine.

Rische posted an essay with a chart comparing key doctrines and beliefs.

In the family members’ statement, they write that they “believe CRI’s founder, Dr. Walter Martin, would be appalled” by Hanegraaff’s conversion.

“In his teachings on Roman Catholicism, Walter Martin categorized Evangelical Christians who convert to Eastern Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism as ‘apostate’ — believing a different gospel,” they write.

“CRI was founded on the absolute authority of the Bible and salvation by faith alone, doctrines the Eastern Orthodox church denies.”

They call on Hanegraaff to “immediately cease teaching Eastern Orthodox doctrine on the Protestant Bible Answer Man program, and step down from the leadership of Christian Research Institute.”

“To do anything less, from a Biblical perspective, is unethical and profoundly dishonest,” they say.

Two Christian radio networks, totaling 120 stations, have dropped the show: the Truth Network and the Bott Radio Network, which has more than 100 stations in 15 states. That exodus reduced the number of stations to 60, but CRI’s website currently shows only 40 stations carry the show.

After airing the show for more than 25 years, the Bott network’s president, Richard P. Bott II, told the Baptist Press he dropped it because “we want to make sure our listeners know that the programming that we have on Bott Radio Network is thoroughly biblical.”

Hanegraaff told the Observer he found that statement painful, revealing “an ignorance about Orthodoxy.”

The Web-based Orthodox Christian Network now carries the show and features a “partnership” with Hanegraaff that includes a podcast called “Hank Unplugged.” The June 9 episode of the podcast is titled “How Orthodoxy Saved Me.”

Disillusioned with evangelicalism

When Hanegraaff disclosed his membership in the Eastern Orthodox Church, he said he and his wife, Kathy, and two of their 12 children had “found a church community that has greatly benefited from the work of the Christian Research Institute.” Hanegraaff observed that he and his wife had been “more in synch spiritually” over the past 10 years than at any other time in their marriage.

“I have been typically more skewed towards truth, and, quite frankly, Kathy more skewed towards life,” he said. “But today we are on precisely the same page, in life and in truth, and we’re loving it.”

“This is a very wonderful time in our life and ministry, and so daily we thank God that he has saved us by grace alone through an active faith in our dear Lord Jesus Christ who has done all that we might experience life now, and experience life in the age to come.”

In a feature by the Charlotte Observer in June, Hanegraaff talked about his journey to the Orthodox Church.

A few years ago, he found himself growing disillusioned with evangelicalism, pointing, the paper said, to its “megachurches, its star pastors and its devotion to branding.”

“We live in an age of ‘pastor-preneur,’ where the pastor is the entrepreneur,” Hanegraaff told the Observer. “And the church has become consumerist. Instead of Christ being the end, Christ becomes the means to an end. Instead of people coming to the master’s table because of the love of the master, they come to the master’s table because of what is on the master’s table.”

Via the Web, he discovered St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church in southeast Charlotte.

“I opened the door of that big cathedral. And the moment I did, the sights, sounds and smells engaged me,” said Hanegraaff, referring to the icons, chants and incense. “I thought, ‘I’m here to worship God. This is not about what I’m going to get.’ ”

In April, when his conversion was announced, Eastern Orthodox blogger John Sanidopoulos said he was “astounded” to hear the news of Hanegraaff’s membership in his church, adding it was “something I had always hoped for him, but never really expected.”

But Jeff Maples, who blogs for a Christian apologetics site Pulpit and Pen, echoed some of the unfavorable buzz on the Web, writing Hanegraaff “has left the biblical Christian faith for Greek Orthodox tradition.”

“The Orthodox Church is a false expression of Christianity, much like the Roman Catholic Church, that is highly driven by graven images and denies the biblical doctrine of salvation by grace alone through faith alone, and instead, trusts in meritorious works and a sacramental system for salvation,” Bridges wrote.

Two Christian apologists who have been personally acquainted with Hanegraaff told WND at the time they don’t see any reason to think the Bible Answer Man has abandoned his faith, but they have concerns.

Michael Brown, Ph.D., who has served as a visiting professor for numerous evangelical seminaries, including Fuller and Gordon Conwell, said: “As far as I know he’s still affirming all of the fundamentals of the faith, but I look at it as more negative than positive, because it would put too much emphasis on church tradition that could then take us away from the authority of Scripture.”

James White, the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, an evangelical Reformed Christian apologetics organization based in Phoenix, Arizona, was a contributor to the Christian Research Institute Journal when the organization was based in Southern California and was a guest on Hanegraaff’s show.

He said Hanegraaff “needs to be up front about the fundamental differences that exist between the world that he was in and the one he is in now.”

“You need to come out to your audience and say, ‘Look, I’m not approaching this any longer as a Protestant. I’m not approaching it as an evangelical. I’m approaching it from an Eastern Orthodox perspective, and, yes, my views have changed,’” White said.

Historic strengths

In the CRI statement provided to WND, Hanegraaff said one of his organization’s “historic strengths has been its autonomy.”

“It doesn’t have to genuflect before any particular denominational doctrine and its ability to discern and critique from a position of independence is a great freedom clearly not available to all,” he said.

He said Christ’s prayer for unity in John 17 is not “unity at all costs, but a unity focused on essentials that continues to remain a distant dream because of the theological tribalism and thinly veiled arrogance that continues to pit one branch of the church against another.”

Hanegraaff said that if the body of Christ “proves incapable of unifying around essentials and achieving the elusive maturity that would enable us to see diversity in non-essentials as something undeserving of contention and vilification, we may well deserve the pain that will most certainly be amplified on multiple social and cultural fronts.” source

 


 

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Watch As On Fire 11-Year Old Ainsley Grace Bakondy Gives The Gospel To Gay School Board Member While Rebuking Their Child Grooming Agenda

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We are in a battle, brothers and sisters, an end times war and it is raging all around you. It is a war for the souls of men and women, and we who are saved are called to stand in the gap to witness Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world…TO THE FIGHT!!!

Here at NTEB, I am constantly calling Bible believing Christians to open their mouth, to speak up, and get in the game witnessing the Lord Jesus Christ to a God-hating, sin-loving, Jesus Christ rejecting world. As it turns out, 11-year old Ainsley Grace Bakondy took me literally and went and witnessed Jesus Christ to members of her local school board in Sarasota who are promoting the gay grooming agenda we talked about yesterday. Man oh man, if we could get some adults on fire like 11-year old Ainsley, we would really have something. Watch the video below to see just how awesome Ainsley was.

“…and a little child shall lead them.” Isaiah 11:6 (KJB)

Thomas Bakondy, Ainsley’s dad, told me that he has sent a number of NTEB articles to school board member Tom Edwards, an openly-gay “married” man, and that Edwards has led the charge with drafting policies that allow children to choose their pronouns without parental consent or notification. So what did the longtime NTEB-reading Bakondy family do? They did exactly as we are always calling people to do, to respectfully push back against this rising tide of darkness and preach Jesus! Kudos to you, Bakondy family, that’s real front lines stuff, keep it up.

Another NTEB’er named Kim wrote to me earlier and said this:

“I have been a Sunday school teacher for 15 years and this past Sunday I believe I had the most intense conversation with a kid that I have ever had.   This girl, Amber, is in the 6th grade and was the only kid in my class this week. She began asking me questions about what I thought about Transgender and people that are transitioning. It caught me off guard because no kid, at our small Baptist country church,  has ever brought this up before. I am well aware of the movement BUT I have never had a conversation with a child about it before.   This 6th grader is very knowledgeable about LGBTQIA, transgender, and the terms they use. I told my husband about it after church and I said it is like she has been groomed for this. I told her that I did not agree that people should change their gender. God created us in his image. We are male or female  and God does not make mistakes. He knows us from the womb before we are born into this world. We read scripture in several places. 

She proceeds to tell me that her teacher is Non-binary and prefers the pronoun They.  (this made me wonder what they call the teacher….Mr.?  Mrs? Ms? Teacher?  So much confusion in this 6th grade class).   She also tells me that a lot of students at her middle school is Pan-Sexual.  Amber stated that LGBTQIA + people love God too and they have Pastors that support them. She wanted to know where our church stands on these issues?  

What 11 year old thinks and ask stuff like this?  I explained to her that God does not support this lifestyle / transgenders.We read some verses in Roman 1. I also told her that any “Pastor” that supports this is a false teacher and deceiving people. She went on to explain to me how she hates her body, wants her hair cut really short and mentioned that transgender and LGBTQ has cool haircuts and hairstyles and she even described it to me. Her Grandma, who brings her to church, will not let her get her haircut. Praise God for Grandma!

This discussion made me realize how much I did NOT know about this movement.   It made me realize that I needed to educate myself more about it  so that I can witness to children that come in my Sunday School class. The devil is targeting our children like never before and it seems the church is just sitting idly by. It bothered me all Sunday afternoon and took me a while to go to sleep that night thinking about this girl and if I said the right things.   My first thought was to present the gospel and that is what I tried my best to do. 

I am praying for God to help me with this, read my bible more and most of all pray more.” – Kim

Wherever you live, across America or around the world, if you’re saved you are called to open your mouth and witness Jesus Christ as the darkness rises all around you. Soon we will be called away and caught up to the clouds to be with Jesus, before we go, let’s get something done that will make it through the Judgment Seat. TO THE FIGHT!!!

The Sarasota County Schools Board is made up of 5 members, 3 liberals (Jane Goodwin, Shirley Brown, Tom Edwards) and 2 conservatives (Karen Rose & Bridget Ziegler). The man in the video, Tom Edwards, is a gay married man, pushing the child grooming agenda, who says he is “good with the Lord”. Watch this 11-year old girl give him the gospel of Jesus Christ!

Click to watch this explosive video on elementary school teachers grooming your children in 2022 with ‘The Gender Unicorn’

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But whatever you do, don’t do nothing. Time is short and we need your help right now. If every one of the 15,860+ people on our daily mailing list gave $4.50, we would reach our goal immediately. If every one of our 150,000+ followers on Facebook gave $1.00 each, we would reach 300% of our goal. The same goes for our 15,900 followers on Twitter. But sadly, many will not give, so we need the ones who can and who will give to be generous. As generous as possible.

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The Chinese Military Deploys Forces To Surround The Island Of Taiwan For What Looks Like A ‘Dress Rehearsal’ For Upcoming Actual Invasion

On Monday, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) announced its Eastern Theater Command organized maritime, aerial, conventional missile and other forces around Taiwan and carried out drills around the island from Friday to Sunday.

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The military in China deployed forces all around the island of Taiwan over the weekend in a set of large-scale military drills that one Chinese military analyst called a ‘dress rehearsal’ of possible real action.

While here in America, as the folks in Washington DC are bracing themselves for the upcoming ‘Red Wave’ of the Midterms elections, an actual Red wave has surrounded the island of Taiwan in what analysts are calling a ‘dress rehearsal’ for China to launch an actual invasion. If China is ever going to do it, doing it while pretend president Joe Biden is in office is the key to successfully attacking Taiwan. Why do you think Russia waited until Biden was in to attack Ukraine? Remember Afghanistan? But I digress.

“And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.” Revelation 16:12 (KJB)

We stopped counting at day 777, but if we were still counting, today is Day 786 of 15 Days to Flatten the Curve, and end times events are proceeding apace exactly as they should be. China invading Taiwan is not a matter of ‘if’, only a matter a ‘when’, and as the long, hot and upcoming ‘Summer of Blood’ begins to assemble itself to distract Americans here at home, Russia and gas prices are doing a great job of providing distraction on a global scale. Speaking of Ukraine, when’s the last time you heard of a ‘war zone’ hosting s rock concert? It’s all theater, kiddies, but with a deadly finale.

China surrounds Taiwan for massive invasion ‘rehearsal’ drills

FROM AMERICAN MILOTARY NEWS: On Monday, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) announced its Eastern Theater Command organized maritime, aerial, conventional missile and other forces around Taiwan and carried out drills around the island from Friday to Sunday. The Eastern Theater Command said the drills were intended “to test and improve the joint operations capability of multiple services and arms.”

While Taiwan governs itself as an independent nation, China considers the island a part of its territory and Chinese officials have repeatedly discussed “reunification” with the island, including by means of military force.

“In preparation of and a possible real action of military conflict in the Taiwan Straits, all PLA forces will play their roles, as they will surround the entire island, seal it off and launch effective strikes,” Song said according to Global Times.

The Chinese state-run Global Times publication reported maritime, aerial, conventional missile and “other forces” participated in the drills around Taiwan. During the drills, China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier deployed east of the island while a large number of Chinese aircraft and warships carried out drills to the island’s west.

The Ministry of National Defence for the Republic of China (the formal name of the Taiwanese government) documented several instances of Chinese military aircraft entering its air defense identification zone (ADIZ) over the course of the three-day exercise. 12 Chinese fighter jets, two bombers and four other Chinese aircraft entered Taiwan’s ADIZ on Friday. Two bombers and three other aircraft entered Taiwan’s ADIZ on Saturday. Two more aircraft entered the ADIZ on Sunday. China flies military aircraft into Taiwan’s ADIZ on a near-daily basis.

Song Zhongping, a Chinese mainland military analyst told the Chinese state publication that the PLA’s drills were “like a rehearsal of  possible real action.” Song noted the participation of air and naval forces, but noted the seeming lack of amphibious landings and actions by ground forces during the drills. READ MORE

China Surrounds Taiwan With Warships and Airplanes In Stunning Aggression

The PLA has carried out another round of drills near Taiwan. Chinese warships and planes surrounded the island. They conducted a partial rehearsal of “a possible reunification-by-force operation”. Is China preparing to invade Taiwan?

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When you contribute to this fundraising effort, you are helping us to do what the Lord called us to do. The money you send in goes primarily to the overall daily operations of this site. When people ask for Bibles, we send them out at no charge. When people write in and say how much they would like gospel tracts but cannot afford them, we send them a box at no cost to them for either the tracts or the shipping, no matter where they are in the world. Even all the way to South Africa. We even restarted our weekly radio Bible study on Sunday nights again, thanks to your generous donations. All this is possible because YOU pray for us, YOU support us, and YOU give so we can continue growing.

But whatever you do, don’t do nothing. Time is short and we need your help right now. If every one of the 15,860+ people on our daily mailing list gave $4.50, we would reach our goal immediately. If every one of our 150,000+ followers on Facebook gave $1.00 each, we would reach 300% of our goal. The same goes for our 15,900 followers on Twitter. But sadly, many will not give, so we need the ones who can and who will give to be generous. As generous as possible.

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Anthony Fauci And The Centers for Disease Control Prevention Spent The Plannedemic Harvesting Data From Tens Of Millions Of Mobile Devices

The COVID-19 pandemic as a whole has been a flashpoint in a broader culture war, with conservatives and anti-vaccine groups protesting government mask and vaccine mandates. They’ve also expressed a specific paranoia that vaccine passports would be used as a tracking or surveillance tool, framing vaccine refusal as a civil liberties issue. Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Children’s Health Defense, one of the more influential and monied anti-vaccine groups in the U.S., has promoted fears that digital vaccine certificates could be used to surveil citizens.

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Anthony Fauci and the CDC seems to have purposefully targeted curfews, neighbor-to-neighbor visits, visits to churches, schools and pharmacies, and go so far as to monitor and record ‘places of worship’ during the Plannedemic.

The truth about conspiracy theory is that the actual truth of the given event in question – who shot John Kennedy, gain of function, what are they spraying in the sky, how did the Twin Towers come down –  is usually way more intense and complex than the conspiracy theory that references it. Take Anthony Fauci and the CDC, while they were “tracking the virus”, what they were actually doing is tracking everyone with a mobile device and creating evergreen data farms from what they harvested.

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32 (KJB)

Just when you think you’ve gone too far, as it turns out, you didn’t go far enough, and this is absolutely the case with Anthony Fauci and his gain of function CDC. Evil to the core, and rotten to the depths of his black heart, the same man who forced doctors in the 1980’s to give AIDS patients the ‘death drug’ AZT has only gotten worse here in 2022. They called it the Plannedemic for a reason, and as you will see in this article and in dozens more to follow, what they were really doing during over 777 days of 15 days to flatten the curve was install a full-time surveillance society. This thing is not coming to an end, it is only just beginning, and you can quote me on that.

CDC Tracked Millions of Phones to See If Americans Followed COVID Lockdown Orders

FROM MOTHERBOARD: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) bought access to location data harvested from tens of millions of phones in the United States to perform analysis of compliance with curfews, track patterns of people visiting K-12 schools, and specifically monitor the effectiveness of policy in the Navajo Nation, according to CDC documents obtained by Motherboard. The documents also show that although the CDC used COVID-19 as a reason to buy access to the data more quickly, it intended to use it for more-general CDC purposes.

Location data is information on a device’s location sourced from the phone, which can then show where a person lives, works, and where they went. The sort of data the CDC bought was aggregated—meaning it was designed to follow trends that emerge from the movements of groups of people—but researchers have repeatedly raised concerns with how location data can be deanonymized and used to track specific people.

“CDC also plans to use mobility data and services acquired through this acquisition to support non-COVID-19 programmatic areas and public health priorities across the agency, including but not limited to travel to parks and green spaces, physical activity and mode of travel, and population migration before, during, and after natural disasters,” it reads. “The mobility data obtained under this contract will be available for CDC agency-wide use and will support numerous CDC priorities.”

The documents reveal the expansive plan the CDC had last year to use location data from a highly controversial data broker. SafeGraph, the company the CDC paid $420,000 for access to one year of data, includes Peter Thiel and the former head of Saudi intelligence among its investors. Google banned the company from the Play Store in June.

The CDC used the data for monitoring curfews, with the documents saying that SafeGraph’s data “has been critical for ongoing response efforts, such as hourly monitoring of activity in curfew zones or detailed counts of visits to participating pharmacies for vaccine monitoring.” The documents date from 2021.

Zach Edwards, a cybersecurity researcher who closely follows the data marketplace, told Motherboard in an online chat after reviewing the documents: “The CDC seems to have purposefully created an open-ended list of use cases, which included monitoring curfews, neighbor-to-neighbor visits, visits to churches, schools and pharmacies, and also a variety of analysis with this data specifically focused on ‘violence.’” (The document doesn’t stop at churches; it mentions “places of worship.”) Motherboard obtained the documents through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the CDC.

The documents contain a long list of what the CDC describes as 21 different “potential CDC use cases for data.” They include: 

  • “Track patterns of those visiting K-12 schools by the school and compare to 2019; compare with epi metrics [Environmental Performance Index] if possible.”
  • “Examination of the correlation of mobility patterns data and rise in COVID-19 cases […] Movement restrictions (Border closures, inter-regional and nigh curfews) to show compliance.”
  • “Examination of the effectiveness of public policy on [the] Navajo Nation.”

At the start of the pandemic, cellphone location data was seen as a potentially useful tool. Multiple media organizations, including the New York Times, used location data provided by companies in the industry to show where people were traveling to once lockdowns started to lift, or highlight that poorer communities were unable to shelter in place as much as richer ones.

The COVID-19 pandemic as a whole has been a flashpoint in a broader culture war, with conservatives and anti-vaccine groups protesting government mask and vaccine mandates. They’ve also expressed a specific paranoia that vaccine passports would be used as a tracking or surveillance tool, framing vaccine refusal as a civil liberties issue. Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Children’s Health Defense, one of the more influential and monied anti-vaccine groups in the U.S., has promoted fears that digital vaccine certificates could be used to surveil citizens. QAnon promoter Dustin Nemos wrote on Telegram in December that vaccine passports are “a Trojan horse being used to create a completely new type of controlled and surveilled society in which the freedom we enjoy today will be a distant memory.”

Against that inflamed backdrop, the use of cellphone location data for such a wide variety of tracking measures, even if effective for becoming better informed on the pandemic’s spread or for informing policy, is likely to be controversial. It’s also likely to give anti-vaccine groups a real-world data point on which to pin their darkest warnings. READ MORE

CDC Tracked Millions of Phones to See If Americans Followed COVID Lockdown Orders

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) bought access to location data harvested from tens of millions of phones in the United States to perform analysis of compliance with curfews, track patterns of people visiting K-12 schools, and specifically monitor the effectiveness of policy in the Navajo Nation, according to CDC documents obtained by Motherboard. The documents also show that although the CDC used COVID-19 as a reason to buy access to the data more quickly, it intended to use it for more general CDC purposes.

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But whatever you do, don’t do nothing. Time is short and we need your help right now. If every one of the 15,860+ people on our daily mailing list gave $4.50, we would reach our goal immediately. If every one of our 150,000+ followers on Facebook gave $1.00 each, we would reach 300% of our goal. The same goes for our 15,900 followers on Twitter. But sadly, many will not give, so we need the ones who can and who will give to be generous. As generous as possible.

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