The Atlantic pandemic amnesty

No Amnesty for Pandemic Pandemonium

4 November 2022

4.5 MINS

A more honest headline for The Atlantic’s recent demand for amnesty over the pandemic response would have been: “Sorry, Not Sorry.”

The sarcasm best represents the article’s smug sentiment.

Author and economics professor Emily Oster inferred that we should just sweep the rubber bullets, totalitarianism, job or jab mandates, medical apartheid, militarisation of the police, mass psychosis and government overreach under the carpet.

Excuses, Excuses

Defending “pandemic choices,” Oster wrote, “In the face of so much uncertainty, getting something right had a hefty element of luck. And, similarly, getting something wrong wasn’t a moral failing.”

Implying that there is no need to hold the commissars of COVID accountable, she added, “Treating pandemic choices as a scorecard on which some people racked up more points than others are preventing us from moving forward.”

Still backing the so-called “vaccines”, Oster preached hard against misinformation.

She then landed her article in the dismissive “both sides were just as bad as each other, so we should just move on” zone.

Notably, Oster blamed the pandemic, and not the pandemic response for “creating many problems that we still need to solve.”

An important distinction, though clearly not one important enough for The Atlantic to make.


The (now viral) Oster piece is a slap in the face for many people, who, like my father-in-law, lost his job to a “gross misconduct” charge.

He was fired after years of dedicated service simply because he refused to play along with daddy government’s unjustified medical mandates.

Oster’s words are also of little comfort to my daughter who, in her first year in the workforce, experienced fat cats in the bloated bureaucratic caste forcing her to choose between medical coercion, and losing three months of income.

Worse, Oster’s exaltation of the secular gospel of niceness and nuance blurs black-and-white issues.

With an unsympathetic jackboot, she kicks the concepts of boundaries and accountability to the curb.

Discounting “vax or the axe” victims, the vile, militant embrace of segregation, discrimination, denouncements, and “papers please” domestic passports, she fails to provide any reasonable ground for moving forward.

Nowhere in her demand for forgiveness does Oster demand an end to “vaccine” mandates, or the reinstatement of workers who had been wrongfully dismissed.

Oster would have hit a better tone if she acknowledged that for many victims, solutions start where restitution begins.

Give the unvaccinated their jobs back!

Then include compensation for all the unnecessary suffering, and time unjustly spent in COVID Communism’s version of a Soviet gulag.

Chiming In

Unsurprisingly, co-Atlantic contributor and COVID policy apologist David A. French gave Oster’s article five stars, writing on Twitter:

“This is an excellent piece from someone who was, in fact, quite right about many aspects of COVID policy (including opening schools, for example). Critics are forgetting the focus of this piece is that period when we knew so little. There *should* be grace.”

He, like Sky News commentator Chris Smith, and others who failed the fourth estate by band-wagoning the abuse of power, have a lot to hide from, and a lot they want hidden.

At the height of COVID, French — a favourite among “vax or the axe” segregate-so-we-can-congregate cult — wrote an extensive op-ed, damning dissenters as extremists.

Writing for The Dispatch in August 2021, French appallingly declared,

“The remaining vaccine holdouts are growing more extreme, and significant parts of the Christian Right are enabling, excusing, and validating Evangelical behaviour that is gravely wrong and dangerous to the lives and health of their fellow citizens.”

Weaponizing the oft-misused term “anti-vaxxer”, French then proclaimed that the assertion of civil liberties, such as religious freedom and informed consent, was ‘extreme and dangerous.’

He then charged headlong into the heresy of natural theology, stating that refusing the “vaccine” was the equivalent of refusing Christ: “A sincere desire not to take a shot does not equate with a sincere expression of orthodox Christian faith.”

Grotesquely, like many in his camp, French has gone from: “You’re not a Christian if you refuse the vax,” to “you’re not a Christian if you don’t forgive us for pushing the vax.

Now, in lieu of an apology, and repentance, David French is demanding “vax” victims, and dissenters — that he and others defamed — show “grace.”


Calling French out, The Daily Wire’s Megan Basham was right to post screenshots in a Twitter thread with this retort:


Right again was Caldron Pool contributor and cancelled medical professional Dr Jereth Kok, who argued that ignorance is no excuse for abuse:

“By July 2020, the main facts were known. The severity of the virus was known and the harm of lockdowns was known. The “ignorance” excuse applies only to the first 6 months of 2020. Everything after that was not done in a state of ignorance.”

Jereth added,

“You don’t do crazy, destructive things in ignorance. It’s like- “there might be a dangerous terrorist hiding in that village, but we’re not totally sure. Let’s nuke the village to be safe.” The inability of vaccines to stop spread was known in July 2021. The serious adverse effects of the vaccines were known by June 2021. Yet all the mandates took effect in October 2021 onwards.”

If French and those like him are right with God, they’d repent, and seek forgiveness, not demand happy ignorance.


If French is indeed as theologically literate as his work suggests, surely he understands the great value in the healthy Christian Anselm’s axiom: ‘Fides Quaerens Intellectum’ — faith seeks understanding. A 1,000-year-old praxis reflecting the Holy Spirit’s gift of discernment spoken of in 1 Corinthians 12, and 2 Corinthians 10:4-5. Not to mention 1 Corinthians 2:15, ‘The spiritual man tests all things.’

See also John 16:13 and John 7. Particularly John 7:18-24’s: ‘Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgement.’

Despite the smug shifting of the onus of responsibility by The Atlantic, French, and those who served at the pleasure of Big Pharma’s golden goose, there can be no amnesty without accountability.

No doubt Oster, French, Smith, and The Atlantic — all members of the fourth estate — agree that democracy dies in darkness.

Being forgiven is not a tool to keep sin hidden.

Being forgiven requires acknowledging there is fault.

Additionally, while most things can, and should be forgiven, there are some things that must not be forgotten.

As a family member, and nurse by profession, said to me the other day, “The woke herd all seem unable to discern between good policy and policy that makes them feel good.”

This sums up the masses, and their willingness to go along with arbitrary government tactics, happy to stay ignorant about both short, and long-term consequences of COVID overreach.

Lessons have to be learned. Good government must bring that which has been hidden into the light.

There can be no free pass for pandemic fanaticism.

Give bad government no quarter, or this insidious inch will turn into a murderous mile.


Originally published at Caldron Pool.



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  1. Kaylene Emery 4 November 2022 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    I am in agreement with you Rod n we are in fine company along with Gavin Ashenden who speaks eloquently on his pod cast of the impossibility of forgiveness without repentance.

    • Rod 11 November 2022 at 9:37 am - Reply

      It’s Psalm 51. James 4:6-9.

      Pride is the enemy of grace. Therefore, as James states, we’re to submit to God, and resit the devil, in the knowledge that he will flee, and that God will draw near.

      Post-CCP-19 society has no other way out of the mire without contrition.

  2. Pearl Miller 5 November 2022 at 10:18 am - Reply

    I read this with tears….so aware of the suffering caused around me because of the mandates…. that continues to happen…. People dying from the vax….chronic disease…..tragic… Lord have mercy. Like saying “sure the holocaust was unpleasant, but let’s just move on now shall we?”….

    • Rod 11 November 2022 at 9:38 am - Reply

      Or worse, “we were only following orders.”

      The phenomenon observed by Hannah Arendt, called the ‘Banality of Evil.’

  3. John Zirsj 5 November 2022 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    This article is truly casting a shining light on the darkness to the wokeness that wants to entrench it’s poisonous tentacles into today’s society in order to normalise unjust control through fear mongering (brought about via the podium of the plandemic). This matter needs to be addressed & dealt with before it is too late.

    • Rod 11 November 2022 at 9:39 am - Reply

      Thanks for the comment. Fair points.

  4. Kim Beazley 11 November 2022 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    “A more honest headline for The Atlantic’s recent demand for amnesty over the pandemic response would have been: “Sorry, Not Sorry.””

    I wonder if Rod Lampard is also “Sorry. Not Sorry” for these:-

    Early on, before lockdowns or anything like that, when a prominent Christian leader and commentator posted about downloading the Federal Government’s “COVIDSafe” app, Rod Lampard made a comment equating downloading that app with German citizens in the 1930’s taking the “Hitler Oath”. When all and sundry protested that he was out of order, and that the comparison was in bad taste, he deleted the comment, which of course also deleted the criticism.

    “Sorry. Not Sorry”, Rod?

    And this champion of protests against the current far Left “cancel culture”, who will hypocritically cancel anyone at the drop of a hat who disagrees with his or Caldron Pool’s point of view on an issue.

    “Sorry. Not Sorry”, Rod?

    And the man who conducted an endless tirade against any individual Christian or church who chose sincerely on the basis of their understanding of Scripture and the law, to adhere to the rule which saw services stopped during the lockdowns, calling them “sheeples” or other derogatory terms, as though they were complicit in some totalitarian scheme to overthrow democracy.

    “Sorry. Not Sorry”, Rod?

    And in this article, he criticises the writer for not focusing on “the rubber bullets, totalitarianism, job or jab mandates, medical apartheid, militarisation of the police, mass psychosis and government overreach”, yet that’s ALL he focuses on.

    “Sorry. Not Sorry”, Rod?

    The hypocrisy is truly breathtaking!

    • Rod 12 November 2022 at 2:32 pm - Reply

      I’m in no way surprised to receive yet more dishonest criticism from you, Kim.

      As pathetic, and as ungracious, as usual.

      Why even bother commenting?

      • Kim Beazley 14 November 2022 at 12:32 pm - Reply

        If you’re going to make a claim of dishonesty on my part, Rod, at least have the honesty to support the assertion with some detail. How “pathetic” and “ungracious” is that!

        Not to mention the “ungracious” way that you are completely incapable of seeing anything worthy of grace in what has occurred over the past three years, that you gracelessly smear every single authority with your assumptions that their every motive was sinister. And if that were not bad enough, tar every single Christian and every single church which adhered to the lockdown directives out of a sense of Biblical duty to authority as unchristian and traitorous.

        That’s why I bother, because of the myopic and dogmatic attitude of those like yourself who are immune to any form of decent and rational debate, as instanced yet again here.

        And your insult of a non-comment is also the true mark of the coward, who, as psychology tells us, is also a bully, one who will dish it out, but can’t cop any level of criticism.

  5. Ian Moncrieff. 3 December 2022 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    We must always stand for the truth – 2 Corinthians 13 v 8 NLT

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