Is nothing sacred? The St. Ambrose Catholic Church on Gilman Street in Berkeley has tentatively agreed to allow AT&T to put a new 4G cell phone tower in its steeple. Considering many residents of the community are opposed to the cell tower, this church is certainly not acting like a good neighbor.
By now, most people have heard that it’s not wise to live next to a major cell phone tower – especially a new 4G (LTE) tower that is much more powerful than the older 3G antennas. Microwave radiation levels will soar in this community and there are epidemiological studies throughout the world linking cell phone towers to declining health (watch this 2014 presentation by Dr. Paul Dart to the Oregon State Legislature and read this damning 2014 Japanese research paper showing a significant decrease in clinical symptoms once a cell tower was removed from an apartment building). Common symptoms of insomnia, headaches, tinnitus, fatigue, agitation, depression, cognitive decline and increased cancer rates (primarily breast and brain cancer) occur when people are exposed to cell tower microwave radiation. In addition to bringing adverse health effects, cell towers have led to lower property values in communities after being installed.
In 2011, the World Health Organization moved to classify pulsed digital microwave radiation from cell phone towers a “Class 2b” carcinogen. This means that cell phone towers are officially considered a “possible carcinogen” – in the same category as DDT, lead and chloroform. Could you imagine that the community would allow this church to spray DDT over its neighbors 24/7? What will happen in five or ten years when the considerable science leaves health officials with no choice but to label microwave radiation a “definite carcinogen?” Indeed, top researchers have already called for it to be a definite carcinogen. Sadly, the world is not yet ready to accept their findings. Some leading researchers have received death threats for their work showing the biological effects of wireless technology.
This community will not prevent the installation of this cell tower by complaining to the Berkeley planning board. Its hands are tied by a 1996 federal law written by telecommunications lobbyists that makes it illegal to consider the health effects of microwave radiation. The federal government will not be changing their laws anytime soon, either – everyone knows that corporations control Congress.
Instead, it is time for local communities to realize that no one has the right to pollute their entire neighborhood and that these matters should be settled within the community. The solution is for this church to be a good neighbor and the pastor, of all people, should know this. He should strive to be a pillar of the community – not an instrument of harm.
If having a good conscience is not enough for this pastor, then liability may be. Churches typically receive $40,000 per year for allowing a cell phone tower to be hidden in their steeple. However, the science is not on industry’s side and brain cancer cases related to cell phone radiation are making their way through federal courts. The largest insurance companies will no longer cover injuries linked to microwave radiation. If the residents of this community are harmed over the next 5 to 10 years, the legal liability that this church is exposed to will be exponentially higher than the sum AT&T is promising to pay this church to pollute its neighborhood. The people who sign these contracts may become personally liable.
It is not wise for this church to put its neighbors in harm’s way. Let us have faith that Pastor Jack will realize this and make the right decision for his community.
Rather than being up front about the cell tower that would be hidden in its steeple, AT&T placed this sign far back away from the street where neighbors might not see it.
This scene from the film “Resonance – Beings of Frequency” shows that many cancer clusters have occurred in England around cell towers.
Henrik Eiriksson runs the Mast-Victims.org website, which has had 14 million visitors since 2005. His story, and that of his parents who became electro-hypersensitive (EHS) because of cell towers, are becoming all too common.
This is what a neighborhood sounds like after cell phone towers are installed.