We see that, for the time being, at least, violence and tyranny have won in Ottawa. The paid minions of the Deep State have obeyed a pansy dictator. “Just following orders,” a line from the defeated Nazis at the Nuremburg Trials, has been the mantra for their cooperation. Despite gigantic protests the world over, with imitators here in Alaska, the U.S., and worldwide, the globalist conspiracy against liberty has blown out a promising candle.

Are we going to quit? Of course not. Have we suffered a defeat? Certainly. Did the “We’re not going away” show its resolve, or did it rather dissolve before force? Yes, it did. Time now to learn from our mistakes. When Rome was a virtuous republic in the days before it was corrupted, historian Warren Carroll said, “Nothing was more dangerous in the ancient world than Rome after a defeat.” Despite losing to Pyrrhus, Hannibal, Etruscans and a brief barbarian raid, when thrown down, Rome emerged with renewed determination and an iron will.

Where were the institutional church leaders, such as ministers and priests? Where were our shepherds?

The convoy gave us the proof of what we all suspected: that the Canadian government, our government in the US, and others worldwide, sit atop a House of Cards, glued together by media lies and an incestuous circle of Deep State bureaucrats. Too late for them, we all saw the fireworks, the spontaneous outpouring of joy from citizens, the determination to remain non-violent.

But in the midst of this, what did we not see?

We did not see what might have been the flag from the American revolt against British tyranny: a simple pine tree, with the words “An Appeal to Heaven.”

Unless we put God front-and center, we will suffer defeat.

Now, I am certain that private prayers, circles of Christians and people of other faiths, made appeals to the Almighty. Canada’s anthem was sung often, which includes the wonderful words, “God keep our land glorious and free,” but where were the crosses? Where were the institutional church leaders, such as ministers and priests? Where were our shepherds, the Anglican, Catholic, Lutheran and Methodist bishops?

What if people knelt down to pray? What if our Christian shepherds got up on a platform or semi-trailer and led us in the Lord’s Prayer?

They were hiding, many because they want the tyranny to prevail, and have cooperated with it for a long time. For those that were not, they certainly were not highlighted by the convoy leaders. Are Canadians so polite that they do not want to offend the sensibilities of those who are allied together?

It’s a problem we share in the US, Alaska and worldwide. I cannot explain Catholic theology to other denominations here, but what if images of Rosaries, the Virgin Mary, the crucified Christ and the Sacred Heart of Jesus were in the crowd? Would the convoy leaders have told them, “Golly, it’s just not in the spirit of the thing?”

Let us see what the Filipinos did in Manila in 1986, when a spontaneous uprising peacefully overthrew the dictator, Ferdinand Marcos. Even the liberal National Catholic Reporter cannot overlook the obvious: “Marcos fled to Hawaii after Catholic bishops advised church members to reject results of that year’s fraudulent polls. [Sound familiar?]

Three days before Marcos was deposed, more than a million people trekked to Manila’s main square, as the late Cardinal Jaime Sin of Manila had advised in a radio appeal. The protestors positioned themselves between Marcos’ loyalist soldiers and the rebel troops to prevent a military coup from spilling blood. Nuns, priests and seminarians in their ranks stayed to pray the rosary, offer flowers to soldiers and sing songs of peace and freedom until Marcos stepped down.”

And from Dr. Cris Villapando, a Filipino-American of Charlotte, NC: “If you look at most revolutions in the world, you’ll see a heroic figure – a man or a woman who inspired the people to rise and fight for their cause. We have George Washington in the United States, Dr. Jose Rizal in the Philippines, and many other heroes punctuating squares and parks with their monuments. But what’s totally amazing is that in the Philippine Revolution, the person the Filipinos elevated to heroic status was the Blessed Virgin Mary.

“The Filipino nation could have chosen Cory Aquino, who was intensely campaigning against Marcos’ corruption; or the heroic Filipino Cardinal, who risked his life using Radio Veritas (the only non-governmental channel) to direct the mass demonstration; or General Fidel Ramos and Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile, who instigated military resistance against Marcos. So why did people erect a statue of the Blessed Mother as the heroine of the 1986 peaceful Revolution?

But anyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.

Matthew 10:33

“To understand this unique national phenomenon, go back to the scene that unfolded: an ocean of protestors holding something not found in other countries’ demonstrations: statues, images and pictures of the Blessed Mother.

The soldiers who were given the command to fire on the demonstrators saw this and uttered to themselves: “Hey, those people are the children of Mama Mary. I, too, am a son of Mary. Hey, those people are carrying rosaries. I, too, have a rosary in my pocket. Hey, those people are singing Ave Maria.” A spiritual alarm jarred their souls. It just did not make sense for the soldiers to fire at their fellow Christians.”

Neither Canada, the U.S. or even western Europe are Catholic or Christian cultures anymore. But we still have common ground: what if “Jesus is Our King” and “An Appeal to Heaven” signs were carried? What if people knelt down to pray? What if our Christian shepherds got up on a platform or semi-trailer and led us in the Lord’s Prayer?

Future efforts to confront the evil we all face should remember Matthew 10:33: “But anyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.”

God is using this suffering to wake us up to return to reliance on Him – not on elections, leaders or democratic systems.

The Filipinos remembered. Whether Protestant or Catholic, we all like John 3:16 on our banners.

How about Matthew 10:33?

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Why no uplifted crosses and prayers amid our convoys and protests?

Bob Bird
Bob Bird ran for U.S. Senate in 1990 and 2008. He is a past president of Alaska Right to Life, a 47-year Alaska resident and a retired public school teacher. He has a passion for studying and teaching Alaska and U.S. constitutional history. He lives on the Kenai Peninsula and is currently a daily radio talk-show host for The Talk of the Kenai, on KSRM 920 AM from 3-5 pm and heard online


  • Patrick Dalton says:

    I have been frustrated at the same realization: Until the political awakening turns into a great awakening and return(a return of the nation to Christ) the fruit will not manifest. I hope and pray it will, and the convoy in the U.S. will as well. Friends, we need a massive return to him who blessed our nation at Plymouth. Until then we will not have much. Listen to Mario Marillo and the crusades in progress through east central California now. There is hope

  • wayne walton says:

    Yes, EPHESIANS 3:14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ

  • Neil DeWitt says:

    Good article and extremely good point made here! I agree if we all prayed at a protest GOD would here us and respond in his time!


    • Terry Tiree says:

      Neil: I’ve never understood prayer. If you pray for an outcome and it doesn’t occur, what does that mean? If you pray for an outcome and it does occur, was it because of prayer? Doesn’t the Christian god have a plan for us already? Isn’t it arrogant for a christian to try to alter god’s plan?

  • Steve P Peterson says:

    Agreed! It is way past time for high profile Christian leaders to stand against tyranny, and they are not.
    Quit straddling the fence and stand against the antichrist.

  • Richard Eide says:

    As a Believer in Christ, my only option is to link with other Believers to find, vet and fund God-fearing candidates and hold elected officials accountable for their actions. Spiritual battles rage not only in our personal lives, but in our communities. Reprioritize, and join neighborhood Christian leaders to move us back to Christian-Judeo standards.

  • Ed Barno says:

    Reminded by the scriptural verse ” you cannot serve both God & money” perhaps the Churchmen should dispense with their sacred 501(C3) status and revert back to being Soldiers of Christ!

  • Akdale says:

    I saw many kneeling in prayer at the protests. Franklin Graham is publically condemning Trudeau. This read more like “where is the orthodox Church”. Good question Mr Bird. I do see protestants..not enough, but they are there and vocal. The hero folks need to promote is Christ, not a saint, not Christs biological mother. Christ is the hero, the lamb of God, I think thats who George Washington had in mind as well.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Yes, we need to stand together against his evil.
    They will know we are Christian’s by are Love.
    The last two years of this covid bull.
    I think way to many churches bowed down to the government not God, How Sad

  • Theresa says:

    Bishop Strickland of Tyler, Texas, was not silent:
    I wish there were more like him!

  • Jen says:

    The christian walk is not a show. Its a walk that can be walked underneath great suffering. I hope all the pastors were building up the church’s attendees lives, so they can be fruitful, helping them through with whatever weakens their walk and joy.

  • TARA says:

    There have been many praying, of different religions. I do not live in Canada but I am sure coverage has been poor. Someone needs to write about the Christian Pastor who was jailed as the Truckers of Canada began their rally. He is suffering greatly. His son and brother were pleading on a YOUTUBE presentation about the horrible treatment this pastor is undergoing. I also saw a Lutheran minister openly praying with the Canadian truckers.
    Mr Bird, I think you are claiming that you are NOT seeing or experiencing what you think and feel should be actively done. Jesus accomplished much (yes, because He is God) because He took a route that was not what the people readily sought. Jesus prudently chose a route that would last. A quick splash in the pan or a huge political posturing can be hot headed.
    Jesus surprised those who waited for a Messiah, they wanted to address the politics of that time , they wanted a public showdown, they did not believe the Messiah would be so unassuming.
    Jesus and scripture often speak of demons. How to break the demons and cast them out. I will poorly quote here…’ this particular demon requires prayer and fasting’. Our Blessed Mother of Medjugorje has requested that we pray and fast on Wednesdays (the day Jesus was betrayed) and on Friday (the day Jesus died on the cross).
    The Canadian Truckers is one outward sign of people needing and wanting better things because evil is altering lives . There is so much evil going on amongst mankind and in society. Yes, we need to stand for what is ‘right’ but we must do the Spiritual Work of combating evil…head on. This battle is not done with banners, nor open displays, it is done in our homes, in the privacy of our hearts, infront of Tabernacles, in prayer groups, and in going to daily Mass and praying Rosaries. It is by supplication and in doing Penance. This evil is combated and broken with PRAYER AND FASTING.
    Our Blessed Mother warned us and she told us
    what to do. It maybe too late in some regards but people must do as the Blessed Mother requested. This is the only solution, the only remedy and the only freedom.

    • Terry Tiree says:

      There’s a thousand ways to combat whatever it is you call evil. Prayer and fasting are not among those.

      • Tara says:

        Terry, you have very little knowledge of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim (plus many other religions) that practice and have spiritual reasons for PRAYER and FASTING. It is regrettable that you do not admit that you are ignorant of PRAYER and FASTING. Are you not aware that Jesus Christ prayed and fasted and so did Mahatma Gandhi. Therefore, Terry, you are ill informed that Prayer and Fasting are not among the ways to combat evil.

  • Terry Tiree says:

    This is in response to Tara: As an atheist, I reject prayer. It cannot logically succeed. It may be comforting but it is useless and arrogant. God has a plan for us, doesn’t he? Why do you feel worthy of asking him to change the plan? And fasting is the same as hunger.

    • TARA says:

      Terry, Thankyou for your honesty. Your comment is from an individual who thinks they are alone, that thete is no Higher Power to rely on along with being uncertain of how much they are cared for. Eternity is a very long long time. Someday may your soul and heart become enlightened. Peace and a huge hug. In my Christ, Tara

      • Terry Tiree says:

        Hi Tara. Thanks for your concern. No Higher Power needed for me to be content, grounded and part of my community, but I understand the appeal of believing in the comfort offerings of religion. I’d truly be interested in an answer to my question about what I called the arrogance of trying to alter god’s plan through prayer.

  • TARA says:

    Terry, is this your question or is it your statement? To Quote…’the arrogance of trying to alter god’s plan through prayer.’ It sounds like a statement to me. If it is an inquiry…it would be best for us to meet in person over coffee and chat. As with a work of art, a true, honest and beautiful work of art, one does not do it justice in the commentary section for an article. I am open to meeting you and exploring your inquiry.

  • Tara says:

    Terry, I did not say inappropriate place for religion. I invited you to a person to person engagement, meeting for coffee, to explore your inquiry and to give the beauty of Spirituality in a meeting, eye to eye and explore your inquiry. I am assuming you do not want to meet for coffee.