Jul 13

What does ‘taken into care’ mean?

Danielle was moved 26 times in five years and raped three time while 'in care'.

Danielle was moved 26 times in five years and raped three times while ‘in care’.

Birmingham Social Services oversaw some of the worst cases of child abuse, including that of seven-year-old Khyra Ishaq, who starved to death at her home in Handsworth in 2008, and Keanu Williams, who was found collapsed in his mother’s partner’s flat in 2011.

These high-profile cases, following after that of baby Peter Connelly, who was murdered by his mother, her boyfriend and his brother in 2007 in London’s Haringey, which was already under pressure following the death of Victoria Climbié ten years earlier, caused social workers to put caution before common sense.

Children have been taken from their parents on the slightest whiff of abuse, which for today’s social workers involves any sign of corporal punishment.  But what happens then?  The BBC website is carrying a video of an interview with a girl called Danielle.  She was taken into care in 1998 at the age of 11 after marks from a belt were seen on her back.  If that were punishment, it sounds excessive, but what subsequently happened to Danielle makes it seem like the ultimate in compassion.

Danielle, who is now twenty-seven, says she was moved six times in six weeks and had twenty-nine moves by the time she left the care system aged just sixteen.  She was raped three times whilst ‘in care’, in addition to an attempted rape when she was only eleven and in a children’s home.  She ran away when she was thirteen but was brought back.

The outcomes of children in care make shocking reading.  According to a Government study in 2013, ‘67.8% have special educational needs’.  ‘Around half of all looked after children aged 5 to 16 were considered to be ‘borderline’ or ‘cause for concern’ in relation to their emotional and behavioural health’, the study said.

Their educational gaps ‘are still large, especially for key stage 4, where 15.3% of looked after children achieved 5 or more A* to C GCSEs or equivalent including English and mathematics compared with 58.0% of non-looked-after children’.

Even according to the NSPCC, which has an interest in providing care facilities, the mental health difficulties of children in care are four times higher than their peers.

The Government report did not mention the staggeringly high incidences of sexual abuse faced by children in care, but the Independent newspaper reported:

‘One in every hundred children living in care is abused every year in Britain, according to the most comprehensive study conducted into the issue.

The research by York University and the NSPCC is the first of its kind to uncover and analyse local authority records on abuse in foster and residential care.

‘Academics tracked abuse allegations – and their outcomes – between 2009 and 2012. They found that on average there are between 450 and 550 cases of proven abuse every year in foster care and between 250 and 300 cases of confirmed abuse a year in residential care.

I’n residential care the rate of substantiated abuse claims is significantly higher than for foster families, with an average of between two and three proven cases per 100 children.’

Would the children have done better and been treated better left with their parents under some kind of supervision with assistance in parenting?  It is hard to imagine their outcomes would have been much worse.

There is little sign of social workers, whose jobs are under no risk if they take children from their parents, becoming more family-friendly.  But with being in care leading to such horrifying abuse as Danielle suffered and the poor outcomes reported by the Government, surely a rethink is overdue.

 

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Jul 07

How many Muslims support Islamic State?

The East London Mosque

The East London Mosque

In the wake of David Cameron’s ridiculous assertion, made on 26th June 2015 in the wake of the Tunisia  beach shooting, carried out by a Muslim gunman, that ‘Islam is a religion of peace’, how many Muslims actually support Islamic State?

An ICM poll carried out for the Daily Mirror has some shocking findings.

They found that 3% of respondents in Britain were very favourable towards the Muslim terrorist group (which they called ISIS) and 6% were somewhat favourable. Female and male respondents had similar attitudes.

The pollsters did not ask people their religious affiliations, but when you consider that around 5% of the population is actually Muslim, rising to 10% of the under-25’s, this must mean that the Mirror’s claim that ‘around half of Britain’s three million Muslims could be ISIS sympathisers’ could be an understatement.

Daniel Greenfield is even saying that in London it could be as high as 80% of Muslims supporting IS.

Women and men are fairly equal in the support for Islamic State.

Women and men are fairly equal in their support for the self-styled ‘Islamic State’.

Muslim leaders in the Mirror article above are quick to blame the Government for disenfranchising Muslim youth, and some are saying that the generally fed-up may admit to a sneaking admiration for the terrorists when asked by pollsters.

But still, 9% of the general public in Britain having some kind of favourable feelings to a group butchering non-Muslims, or to be more precise, non-Sunni-Muslims, all over Iraq and Syria?

How much this story could be a political hot potato may be judged from the fact that the Daily Express ran the story as ‘half of British Muslims support ISIS‘ and then deleted it.  If you click on the link now it will come up as ‘page not found’.

The last time we checked, there was still a link to the story on the Express article about Hani Al-Sibai, a Muslim preacher alleged to be associated with the Muslim group behind the gunman.  Al-Sibai rakes in around £48,000 per year in benefits, according to the paper.  It said:

‘The 54-year-old, who is suspected of radicalising Jihadi John, also has close links to Tunisian terror group Ansar al-Sharia, which is believed to have recruited and trained beach gunman Seifeddine Rezgui.’

We should ask our Members of Parliament to ask Mr Cameron if Islam is such a religion of peace, why did it start by Mohammed slaughtering 900 Jews of the Banu Qurayza in 627 AD?  Mohammed is the example for Muslims to follow.  And the Quran endorses his actions:

Surah 33:26. And those of the People of the Book who aided (the Unbelievers) – Allah did take them down from theirstrongholds and cast terror into their hearts. (So that) some ye slew, and some ye made prisoners.27. And He made you heirs of their lands, their houses, and their goods, and of a land which ye had not frequented (before). And Allah has power over all things.

Yazidid refugees displaced by Islamic State

Yazidi refugees displaced by Islamic State

As to Islam being a ‘religion of peace’, where do Muslims get their idea that it is acceptable to take over the towns and farms of the Yazidi, capture and kill 300 of them, pursue and murder them in the mountains?  From the Quran:

Surah 13: 41. See they not that We gradually reduce the land (in their control) from its outlying borders? (Where) Allah commands, there is none to put back His Command: and He is swift in calling to account.

Surah 47:4. Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks; At length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly (on them): thereafter (is the time for) either generosity or ransom: Until the war lays down its burdens. Thus (are ye commanded): …  But those who are slain in the Way of Allah,- He will never let their deeds be lost.

In May of this year, IS took over the Syrian city of Palmyra, slaughtering and mutilating 400 souls, mostly women and children.  Where did they find the idea that it is acceptable to mutilate captives?  Why do they think it is acceptable to crucify those with whom they disagree?  (Just search ‘Islamic State crucifixion’) Where does their fondness for executing non-believers come from?  From the Quran again:

Pro-IS Muslims celebrate the anniversary of the capture of Mosul. Christians were forced to flee the town.

Pro-IS Muslims celebrate the anniversary of the capture of Mosul. Christians were forced to flee the town.

Surah 5:33. The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with
might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of
hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and
a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter;

Where did the IS fighters who terrorised the people of Mosul or those who came across foreign workers trying to scrape a living in Libya get the idea of demanding protection money from them, the so-called ‘Jizya’ tax?  Well, that’s from the Quran as well:

Surah 9:29. Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

Religion of peace, Mr Cameron?

 

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Jul 02

Tory Mayoral Primary could favour ‘gay’ candidate

Homosexual millionaire Ivan Massow supports the gay AIDS lobby group the Terrence Higgins Trust

Homosexual millionaire Ivan Massow supporting the gay AIDS lobby group the Terrence Higgins Trust

The Conservative Party’s decision to hold an open primary to select its London Mayoral candidate could favour the homosexual candidate, it has been claimed.

In a sense, a millionaire homosexual like Ivan Massow would be the perfect fit for today’s modern Tories.

But he faces opposition from Zac Goldsmith, who, although also a millionaire, is resolutely heterosexual and a strong eurosceptic.  Goldsmith is MP for Heathrow flight-path constituency Richmond Park in Surrey.  He is also an environmentalist and, as one might imagine, is fiercely opposed to a third runway at Heathrow.

To add a little more spice, Mr Goldsmith recruited former Conservative MP and gay marriage opponent Nick de Bois as his campaign manager when he asked his Richmond Park constituents whether he should run for Mayor.

Now, London voters who have been registered as members of the Tory party for at least three months will be able to participate in the primary election in an online ballot, according to Mr Massow.

Crucially for Mr Massow, non-Tory voters will also be able to participate in the online ballot if they are already registered to vote in London and pre-register for the online primary.  Individual candidates will be allowed to spend up to £100,000 in the nominating process, according to reports.

Mr Massow, who declared his intention to run for mayor in May, said he was “delighted” at the news of the primary.

“I’ve spent the last almost year working towards a mayoral bid knowing the only way I could win it is with this primary,” he told City A.M.

“This blows the competition wide open. Had it been just Conservative members it would have been very difficult for me to have beaten Zac [Goldsmith], who’s very popular in west London, where most Conservative members live.

“My pitch to the party is a broader appeal.”

Footballer Sol Campbell is also expected to stand, as is Andrew Boff, leader of the Conservative Group on the London Assembly.

The primary is expected to be held in September.

 

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Jul 01

‘Homophobia a sign of extremism’

Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP

Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP

Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State of Education, the one with a gay activist from Stonewall (Conservative activist Luke Tryll) as her first appointed advisor, is in the news again.

She is telling teachers to report children who exhibit negative attitudes to homosexuality to the thought police.

They are going to grow up to be terrorists, apparently.

Even the teachers’ unions, so often bastions of progressive attitudes, are not amused by this new imposition of subjective workload.

The BBC reported:

‘The education secretary was speaking as schools in England and Wales were issued with a guide to identifying pupils in danger of radicalisation.

‘She said attacking core British values or being extremely intolerant of homosexuality were examples of behaviour that could raise the alarm.

‘Ms Morgan said it was “a safeguarding” issue comparable to protecting children at risk from gangs or sexual abuse.’  Yes, really.  Homophobia is that bad.

Asked on BBC’s Radio 4 Today Programme to come up with an example of behaviour that might be a cause for concern, she said: “Sadly, Isis are extremely intolerant of homosexuality.”

‘Sadly?’  Is Nicky Morgan carrying a bit of a candle for ISIS?  Would she love them better if, despite all their land-grabbing, slaughter, extortion and rape they had applied for a float in the London Gay Pride parade?

As it happens, Muslims in general are ‘extremely intolerant of homosexuality’.

Is the Government with this initiative taking the first tentative steps to rounding up all Muslim children and sending them and their families off to the Muslim land of their heritage?  I doubt that.

What instead we are seeing is a desire to grab hold of Christian children and force some politically-correct attitudes into them.  The Trojan Horse affair, which started with a Muslim takeover of schools in Birmingham  has been used to give Ofsted new guidelines which are now being used against Christian schools.

It will be the same here.  There is already a drive to sneak homosexual propaganda into schools on the pretext of ‘tackling homophobic bullying’.  This counter-terrorism slant is just a bit of window-dressing to make pro-sodomy indoctrination a bit more acceptable.

In reality, it won’t be a Muslim child who will be picked on.  Instead, look out for the first story of a child of Christian or working-class parents being reported to the police for ‘homophobia’ and then taken into ‘care’ by Social Services.

 

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May 19

Ashers Bakery guilty of ‘discriminating’

The Politically-motivated cake was baked by another firm.

The Politically-motivated cake was baked by another firm.

A judge in Belfast has found that a bakery discriminated against a homosexual by refusing to bake a cake with a slogan supporting same-sex marriage.

Ashers Baking Company, which is owned and run by the McArthur family, who are Christians, declined an order from a gay rights activist asking for a cake featuring the Sesame Street puppets Bert and Ernie with a slogan saying ‘Support Gay Marriage’.

Marriage between people of the same sex is illegal in Northern Ireland.  In April 2014 the Stormont Assembly rejected a Sinn Fein motion to change the definition of marriage for the third time in eighteen months.  In April 2015 the Assembly rejected yet another Sinn Fein motion for ‘gay marriage’.

Gareth Lee

Gareth Lee

Despite that, the judge found Ashers Bakery had discriminated against one Gareth Lee on the grounds of sexual orientation as well as his political beliefs.

The cake was baked and iced by another firm.  Cllr Andrew Muir (Alliance Party) cut the cake in an event held by ‘QueerSpace’ last year.

Damages of £500 have already been agreed between the law firms representing Ashers and Mr Lee.

The case was brought by Northern Ireland’s Equality Commission.

Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuiness tweeted: “Asher’s bakery judgement a good result for equality, gay people have for far too long been discriminated against. We and the law on their side.”

But unionist politicians disagreed.

DUP MLA Paul Givan, who has proposed that lawmakers in the Northern Ireland Assembly introduce a “conscience clause” as a result of the Ashers case, said many Christians would view the ruling as “an attack” on their religious convictions.

Jim Allister MLA condemned the ruling.

Jim Allister MLA has condemned the ruling along with Democratic Unionist Party politicians.

“What we cannot have is a hierarchy of rights, and today there’s a clear hierarchy being established that gay rights are more important than the rights of people to hold religious beliefs,” Mr Givan added.

His party colleague David McIlveen tweeted: “Utterly sickened that a Christian owned business has been hauled over the coals for refusing to promote something that is not legal in NI.”

Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister said it was “a dark day for justice and religious freedom in Northern Ireland”.

Speaking outside Belfast County Court ahead of the ruling, Ashers general manager Daniel McArthur said: “We happily serve everyone but we cannot promote a cause that goes against what the Bible says about marriage.

“We have tried to be guided in our actions by our Christian beliefs.”

Christian campaigners will be looking not just to the Stormont Assembly but also to the UK Government to ensure business peoples’ Christian conscience is supported.

See 11th July 2014: Ashers Baking ‘Discriminated’

 

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May 12

N.T. Wright on Same-Sex Marriage

May 02

Green Party could legalise ‘three-way marriages’

Natalie Bennett launching the GreenParty's 'LGBTIQ' manifesto in Soho with Peter Tatchell (l)

Natalie Bennett launching the GreenParty’s ‘LGBTIQ’ manifesto in Soho with Peter Tatchell (l)

The leader of the Green Party has said she would be open to discussing the possibility of legalising three-way ‘marriages’.

Natalie Bennett made her comments at the launch of her Party’s ‘LGBTIQ’ manifesto (That’s ‘lesbian, gay, bisexual, transggender, intersex and queer’ apparently) in Soho, London.

Ms Bennett said she was “open to further discussion and consultation” on the issue after being asked whether the Greens would support group civil partnerships and marriages by a Pink News reader who said he was living with two boyfriends in a stable long-term relationship.

She said: “At present, we do not have a policy on civil partnerships involving more than two people.”  But since Green Party policy is made up by its members, all that could change overnight.

The Green Party is easily at the libertarian end of the spectrum on social issues, but fanatically authoritarian on anything the affects climate change, the environment, or animals.  One of its policies is to ban rabbit hutches.

Ms Bennett was accompanied in Soho by fellow Australian and homosexual activist Peter Tatchell, a Green Party supporter.

 

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Apr 30

Holy Sexuality Conference Cancelled

After over 40,000 people signed a petition, the Holy Sexuality Conference in London was cancelled.

The Holy Sexuality Conference in London was cancelled after 40,000 dissenters signed a petition calling for its cancellation.

The “Holy Sexuality” Conference in London was cancelled after 40,000 people signed a petition calling for its abandonment.

Dubbed the “Gay Cure Summit” by GayStarNews, the 5-day conference was to be held from 21-25 April and aimed at helping people who struggle with unwanted same-sex attraction. According to the advert:

“This conference will be invaluable for those who are struggling with their sexuality or for those who wish to find out more about issues surrounding sexuality and same sex attraction to reach out to others.”

The three people supposed to speak at the event were Americans Mike Carducci, Wayne Blakely, and Danielle Harrison. These speakers explained that they found “redemption, victory, healing and freedom from their [homosexual] lifestyle.”

The conference was organized by the Seventh Day Adventist Church, a Christian organization that believes homosexuality is a sin and breaks God’s Commandment.

Kirsten Lundquist, the communications and media director of South England Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists, was disappointed by the decision to cancel the conference, saying:

“Seventh-day Adventists are a people of peace who believe in hope and dialogue. However, it appeared that rather than drawing people together the conference had the potential to divide. The Adventist Church recognises that the individuals invited to speak at the Holy Sexuality Conference have compelling life stories to share but equally appreciate that there are those who take a different point of view.”

The entire statement can be found in this article.

However, many people took offense at the goal of the conference, saying that promoting the idea of curing homosexuality is “dangerous.” The UK Council for Psychotherapy even described “conversion theory” as abuse.

The conference was also denounced by political figures. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

“If anything needs curing, it is the outdated belief that being gay is wrong or something to be ashamed of. Sexuality is not an illness but an inherent part of who you are.”

In an article on Change.org, human rights activist Omar Kuddus called for the Government to refuse visas to people who seek to cure people of gay desires. Kuddus started the petition to cancel the Holy Sexuality conference, and he believes the Government should protect gay people from those who want to cure them.

“We are disappointed that in a society that values freedom of speech and divergence of opinion that there are those whose wish it is to silence individuals who hold a different point of view to their own.”

That same week, a similar event called The Transformation Potential Conference took place in Westminster. It was held by Core Issues, a Christian ministry organization. Although more than 13,000 people signed a petition to cancel it, nevertheless the talks were held on 14 April.

Ukip candidate Alan Craig, former leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance, was set to speak at this conference. However, organizers asked him to step aside so the issues discussed at the seminar would not be “associated with any one political party.”

Omar Kuddus also fought for the cancellation of this conference, believing these events are harmful to those who attend them. In a statement to the Evening Standard, Kuddos said:

“You don’t expect two gay cure conferences to take place in London at all, especially in the same week. I find it diabolical someone representing the group is allowed to preach hate in England. At the end of the day that is what conversion therapy is – sexuality is not a choice.”

The irony in this is that the very people who claim Christians want to “silence” gay people are the very ones who cancel conferences and want to refuse visas to people coming to speak at these events. They are the ones trying to silence differing opinions, embodying a tactic that prohibits free speech and cancels conferences.

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Apr 30

Aisling Hubert Loses Case

Aisling Hubert prosecuted two doctors who aborted babies based on their gender.

Aisling Hubert prosecuted two doctors who aborted babies based on their gender.

Pro-life activist Aisling Hubert has lost her case against Dr Prabha Sivaraman and must now pay the £25,000 bill to cover the abortionist’s legal fees.

A Christian and anti-abortion campaigner, Ms Hubert carried a private prosecution against Dr Sivaraman for performing an abortion based on the foetus’ gender.

But last month Dr Sivaraman asked the CPS to step in and examine the evidence again to assess whether the case was still in the public interest. In early April the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) dropped the suit due to “insufficient evidence.”

Judge Martin Steiger QC, presiding at the Manchester Crown Court, ruled that Ms Hubert must pay the £25,000 cost of Dr Sivaraman’s legal fees.

In 2013, Dr Prabha Sivaraman faced trial after a sting operation by the Daily Telegraph revealed her agreeing to perform an abortion based on the child’s gender. However, the CPS abandoned the case, deeming it unworthy of public interest.

In addition to performing sex-selective abortions, Dr Sivaraman had appeared in court on a report that she was involved in a conspiracy to use poison as a way to carry out an abortion. This fell under the Offences Against the Person Act, but was disregarded after Aisling Hubert’s case against her was dropped.

Ms Hubert, a 21-year-old Brighton resident, took up the case after the CPS let it go the first time. She also led a prosecution against Dr Palaniappan Rajmohan, who was featured in the Daily Telegraph report alongside Dr Sivaraman. The CPS intervened and also shut down this case because of a lack in public interest.

Christian Legal Centre, which campaigns on issues such as abortion and bioethics, backed Hubert’s prosecution.

Sex-selective abortions are still illegal in Britain according to the 1967 Abortion Act. To read more about “gendercide” (aborting a child based on its sex, usually a girl) and Aisling Hubert’s case, read our previous article here.

 

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