Jan 18

Family Court: father ‘in contempt’

Family Court rules forbid the identification of children or parents.

‘EL’ outside the court. Face obscured because Family Court rules forbid the identification of children or parents.

A father fighting a local authority in the family court narrowly escaped jail for contempt of court yesterday.

We may only identify him as ‘EL’ and his fourteen-year-old son as ‘J’ on instruction from Judge Richard Scarratt, pursuant to rules designed to protect the secrecy of the family courts.

Father posted notes and pictures

The judge said EL posted notes, an image and the name of his son, identifying him as a child in care.

He also had a picture of himself and his son on Twitter and has posted tweets identifying ‘ J’ and his school. Another post identified a contact centre and its manager.

These activities contravened a reporting restrictions order in the case made by Mrs Justice Theis in September 2015.

MarkChaloner

MarkChaloner  – represented Medway Council but acted decently throughout.

It was never stated in evidence or in the submissions of Mark Chaloner, barrister for Medway Council, precisely how any member of the public could actually identify the son from this information. Nevertheless, Judge Scarratt decided the case was proven.

Local authorities fear the light

But His Honour criticised Medway Council for seeking (in vain) to have the case heard in private. ‘Only in rare cases should committal proceedings be heard behind closed doors and this is not one of them’, said Judge Scarratt.

EL’s supporters were consequently in court. Many of them were also parents of children unjustly, they told this reporter, in the care of local authorities.

Attempts such as that by Medway Council to hold the case in private only strengthen the public’s view that local authorities are ashamed of what they do in the family court.

Suspended sentence in family court

His Honour Judge Richard Scarratt

His Honour Judge Richard Scarratt

When it came to sentencing, His Honour was clearly conscious that if he sent EL to prison it would hand the father a publicity coup. Anyone committed to prison must be named in public. A fine would also run of the risk of non-payment and consequent committal. So he handed down a suspended sentence of 56 days and told EL to behave himself for a year.

EL and J are only allowed to meet for a couple of hours four times a year, in the ‘contact centre’. The father says Medway Council have not always kept to that ‘care plan’. Mr Chaloner, who acted decently throughout, undertook to make sure Medway would arrange a meeting this month. Judge Scarratt demanded a report next month on that matter.

Father’s campaign will continue

EL is clearly not going to let things rest. He set up a new protest on the steps of Canterbury Combined Court immediately after the hearing. His campaign will continue, he told this reporter, until his son is returned.

Read why ‘J’ is in care, how Medway Council encouraged him to play a violent video game which Anders Breivik used for training, and how a psychologist invented a new anti-Semitic medical condition: ‘inherited holocaust trauma’ which allows local authorities to remove the children of Jewish parents.

 

Jer 22:3 Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place.

1John 3:10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

 

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Jan 17

Father fighting Medway Council faces jail for contempt

Protestors support 'EL' outside Canterbury Family Court

Protestors support ‘EL’ outside Canterbury Family Court.  He is fighting Medway Council for the return of his son ‘J’.

Medway Council is asking a court to jail a father for contempt of court after he posted a picture of his in-care son online.

Medway Council took son into care

Canterbury Family Court heard the father, a concert pianist, had breached an order made by Mrs Justice Theis in 2015 banning him, or anyone, from doing anything which might identify his son.

The son, who also plays the piano, is being fostered after being taken into care – for the second time – by Medway Council.

Circuit Judge Richard Scarratt instructed this author that we may only refer to the father as ‘EL’ and the son as ‘J’.

That is because of secrecy rules the family court employs to protect the reputation of the courts and local authorities.

Barrister Mark Chaloner, a Southampton local Councillor who is representing Medway, refused to tell me why the boy was in care. That may be because he was busy. But a woman who appeared to be briefing him refused to give her name, perhaps because the grounds for keeping ‘J’ in care appear very thin.

Medway Council allowed boy to play Breivik’s violent video game

Medway Council allowed 'J' to watch video games which inspired Norwegian neo-Nazi Anders Breivik

Medway Council allowed ‘J’ to play a video game which inspired Norwegian neo-Nazi killer Anders Breivik

‘J’ was taken into care for the first time in 2010. His father, who is a single parent, left his son, 8 or 9 at the time, home alone. ‘J’ got into some trouble with a neighbour’s son. Rather than warn ‘EL’ not to leave his son alone again, Medway Council took the boy away.

While in Medway’s care, the council failed to safeguard ‘J’. He was encouraged by his foster parents to play particularly violent video games in their possession.  These included one used by Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik as ‘training’, and about which an MP has called for a ban.  They also refused to let him practice his music.

The father told this ministry that when his son came out of care, the effects of the emotional harm inflicted on him by the council became apparent in increasingly violent behaviour.

Mistakes made in asking for help and complaining

Canterbury Combined Courts

Canterbury Combined Courts

In 2014 there was a bout of extreme behaviour from ‘J’. ‘EL’ made the mistake of dialing 999 to ask for for help from paramedics. Ambulance staff attended with police and naturally, social services again became involved. There were lurid stories in the press of the boy ‘cowering under a piano’.

These stories, put about by the local authority, made it appear as if the son was hiding from his father. In reality, says the father, he was trying to hide from the police and social services.

‘EL’ then made a second mistake. He complained about Medway Council. Many parents report the system ‘biting back’ when they complain. The Council promptly commissioned one Melanie Gill to provide a psychologist’s report on the father. In this ministry’s experience, a case in the family court is never complete without a psychiatric report on the parents.

New Jewish mental condition

Melanie Gill, inventor of 'Inherited Holocaust Trauma'

Melanie Gill, inventor of ‘Inherited Holocaust Trauma’

Miss Gill’s website claims she specialises ‘in developmental trauma, attachment science, schema theory, family dynamics, mental health and child and adult forensic assessment’.

She is also well-connected in Parliament.

EL’s 84-year-old father happens to have survived the Jewish ghetto in Vinnytsa in Ukraine during WW2.

Although conditions were appalling in the ghetto, the Nazis did not separate families as in the concentration camps and EL’s father remained with his father and mother.

Out of this, Melanie Gill dreamed up a previously unheard-of condition. She decided EL was suffering from ‘inherited holocaust trauma’.

Because of this imaginary genetic condition, which must affect a huge number of Jewish people, EL was found unfit to care for his son until he had therapy, which no reputable psychiatrist would provide.

The anti-Semitic stance of Medway Council was further in evidence when their social workers refused to allow ‘J’ to attend a Passover (Pesach) celebration with his father.

Care Plan ‘not honoured’ by Medway Council

Some of the Christmas Cards which Medway Council refused to deliver to 'J'

Some of the Christmas Cards which Medway Council refused to deliver to ‘J’

A care plan allows ‘EL’ to see ‘J’ in a ‘contact centre’ four times a year, although he says Medway do not honour this committment. Father and son are forbidden to speak in their native language and when ‘EL’ tried to pass a copy of the Human Rights Act to ‘J’ the social workers objected, saying it was not in ‘J’s’ ‘best interests’ to know his human rights.

‘EL’ also says:
* Medway refused to deliver Christmas presents to his son,
* They refused to pass on Christmas cards from family and friends,
* They even refused to allow ‘J’ to take a phone call from his grandfather,
* Medway refuse to accept that keeping ‘J’ in care is doing him any harm.

The court heard from Ann Domeney, Deputy Director of Social Care at Medway. She told the court she had seen a Facebook page and some Twitter feed of photographs and other details of ‘J’ and ‘EL’ together and the name of a contact centre and its manager.

Social Care Duputy Ann Domeney runs a sideline offering management consultancy to her previous local authority employers.

Social Care Deputy Ann Domeney runs a sideline offering management consultancy to her previous local authority employers.

Is it likely?

Judge Scarratt can only find ‘EL’ in contempt of court if what he has published ‘is likely directly or indirectly to lead to the identification of the child’. Under cross examination from ‘EL’, who represented himself, neither Ann Domeney not Mr Chaloner’s second witness, contact centre boss Sarah Cahill, could think of anyone in the general public who had identified ‘J’ from the information he posted. The likelihood appears slim.

Judge Scarratt will pass judgment today.  If he finds ‘EL’ guilty of contempt of court he will then pass sentence on him. That could range from a conditional discharge to imprisonment. The maximum sentence is two years.

Post-Script

As a post-script, it appears Ann Domeney previously worked for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. She has now set up a very lucrative little business, ‘A D Children’s Services Ltd‘ supplying that council with ‘management consultancy’.

His Honour Judge Scarratt has been criticised and his judgments set aside on at least two occasions in the Court of Appeal for siding with local authorities rather than giving due weight to the evidence of parents. His Honour, ‘Dickie’ to his friends, has also been up an African mountain fundraising for a charity, of which his wife is a trustee, which provides children’s home places to local authorities. But more about all that after the verdict, expected today.

Have you been affected by Family Court injustice?

If you have been affected by injustice in the family courts, we should like to hear from you.  In particular, if you are a young adult who was wrongfully taken into care and your right to a family life was thereby disrupted, you may have a cause for legal action against the local authority.  Contact us at [email protected]

 

Psalm 72:4  He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.

Malachi 4:6  And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

Luke 17:1 Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! 2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.  

 

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Jan 13

Transgender documentary spills beans

Dr Kenneth Zucker was fired for rejecting the fasionable 'gender affirmation' approach.

Dr Kenneth Zucker was fired for rejecting the fasionable ‘gender affirmation’ approach.

Fifteen years ago it was middle-aged men, very often fathers, deciding they should have been women all along, who formed the backbone of the miniscule transgender movement.  They were so few, and so off-the-wall, they were a mere add-on to the homosexual network.  Even bisexuals took precedence among ‘LGBT’ activists.

But now the focus has shifted to the school.  Four year-olds are coming out with the ‘trapped in the wrong body’ mantra.  Last night (12th January 2017), a BBC2 documentary explored the culture war between the ‘gender affirmative’ mainstream and the traditionalist dissidents.  The iplayer version of ‘Transgender kids who knows best‘  is available for 29 days.

Gender Affirmative

‘Gender affirmative’ blindly accepts what the child is saying.  It objects to any idea of a psychological or emotional root to the child’s gender dysphoria.  It objects to there being any parallel dysfunction in the child’s mind.  It allows the child to progess to hormone treatment which blocks the onset of puberty and from thence to full hormone treatment and ‘sex reassignment’ surgery, which is irreversible.

Ontario MPP Cheri di Novo

Ontario MPP Cheri di Novo

Crucially, ‘gender affirmative’ holds the levers of power in the UK and in Canada, the focus of the documentary.

The documentary gave time to Ontario Politician Cheri dii Novo to set out her pro-transsexual views.  In November 2016, MIss di Novo marked ‘International Trans Day of Remembrance’ raising ‘the Trans Flag at the Ontario Legislature for the first time in history’.  Later that month she celebrated the All Families Are Equal Act. This is where law-making becomes ‘LGBTQ’ activism, in which Miss di Novo excels.

Transgender Opponent

But the film also gave a welcome platform to Dr Kenneth Zucker.  He ran Toronto’s Child Gender Clinic for thirty years and helped many children accept their God-given biological gender.  In the documentary he said a “whole range of psychological issues can manifest themselves in a child’s desire to change their gender”. Dr Zucker said a majority of the children he had treated also had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or were on the autism spectrum, or had other psychological problems.  One girl he treated had seen her mother murdered and began to think if she had been a boy she could have prevented it.  So she then hated being a girl.

Female-to-male transsexual and psychooanalyst Hershel Russell. The whiskers are the result of all the male hormones she had to take.

Female-to-male transsexual and psychoanalyst Hershel Russell. The whiskers are the result of all the male hormones she had to take.

There was a heartbreaking moment when a girl described how she had undergone a double mastectomy as part of gender reassignment surgery before realising she wanted to remain as a woman.

A creepy activist, female-to-male transsexual and psychotherapist called Hershel Russel made light of the case.  ‘There are very few,’ she said.

Furious transgender activists

Activists were furious, according to the Guardian.  Susie Green own son wanted to be a girl. She is now chief executive officer of the ‘trans’ agitators Mermaids Foundation.  She told the paper: “We’ve had real concern that this is going to cause them to be targeted, because it supports this idea of trans children being mentally disturbed or that they can be cured. Parents are very afraid.”

But parents outside activist groups are relieved someone is sticking up for them.  There was an uplifting story in the documentary of a family who resisted their daughter’s claims that she was a boy.  They attended Dr Zucker’s clinic.  Showing her she could play ball games and take part in rough sports transformed her life.  She is now a happy adolescent girl.

Mermaids has been criticised itself for ‘bullying’ parents and schools in ‘gender affirmation’.

Not in step with the latest thinking

In 2015 Dr Zucker was sacked and his clinic closed when his approach fell foul of the spirit of the age.  His work was “not in step with the latest thinking”.  the BBC defended his inclusion in the programme.  They said: ‘He believes he was fired for challenging the gender affirmative approach.’  Five hundred of his colleagues signed a letter supporting him.

'Trans' activists on the march

‘Trans’ activists on the march

At the very end of the programme, ‘Warner’, a small boy dressing up as girl with the full approval of his misguided parents, said he thought there were ‘a couple of pieces missing’ in his brain.

But surely our whole society is now a few sandwiches short of a picnic.  We sack doctors trying to help young people.  We browbeat parents into ‘gender affirmation’.  We allow adult activists to impose damaging hormone treatments designed to block puberty on children who know no better.  We allow surgeons to mutilate bodies and physicians to interfere with young people’s biochemistry.  And we do all this because it is politically correct.

Have you been on the receiving end?

Be watchful.  Gender affirmation is coming to a school, a church or a family near you.

If you have a story to tell about how ‘gender affirmation’ messed up your life, or how you overcame it, please get in touch.

 

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Jan 11

MPs debate Saudi violence in Yemen

Houthis rebels guard the west of Yemen.

Houthis rebels guard the west of Yemen.

MPs will debate the catastrophe of Yemen tomorrow (Thursday 12th January 2017).

According to the Parliament website, a fairly innocuous motion has been put down by Stephen Twigg (Labour) and Chris White (Conservative).

It says: “That this House notes the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen and the impact of the conflict on civilians; condemns any breach of International Humanitarian Law; and calls for an urgent independent investigation into reports of breaches of International Humanitarian Law on both sides of the conflict.”

Saudi Arabia bombed a funeral in Yemen

Al Jazeera's map shows the areas held by the Houthi rebels in green and the government in red.

Al Jazeera’s map shows the areas held by the Houthi rebels in green and those controlled by the government in red.

Yemen’s Shia Houthi rebels, backed by Iran, control the west of the country  including the capital city of Sanaa.  Al Jazeera reports they have recently formed a government there.  The coastal city of Aden is still in the hands of the Sunni Muslim internationally-recognised government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

It amounts to a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia and neither side has been particularly scrupulous about observing human rights.

However, Saudi Arabia, which backs the government, has the advantage of air power.  There have been many well-documented instances of Saudi air strikes causing great devastation in the Houthi areas.  One of the more notorious caused 140 deaths at a funeral.  But the aircraft and arms used by Saudi Arabi are supplied by the US and the UK.  That makes the UK complicit.  For that reason, MP’s have been calling for over a year for arms sales to Saudi Arabia to be curtailed.

EDM’s call for an end to arms sales to Saudi Arabia

In November 2015, Early Day Motion 665, tabled by Margaret Ferrier, called for an end to military exports to and military cooperation with Saudi Arabia.  The motion described it as ‘one of the most repressive regimes in the world’.  The motion has just thirty-three signatories to date.  No Conservative has signed.

The Saudi attack on a funeral in Sanaa left 140 dead.

The Saudi attack on a funeral in Sanaa left 140 dead.

On 1st March last year (2016) Tom Brake tabled Early Day Motion 1170, again calling for an ’embargo’ on arms sales to Saudi Arabia.  It also asked for the UK government to condemn the use of cluster munitions against the Huthi rebels.  These were sold to the Saudis by the UK in the 1980s (see below).  This motion has 59 signatories, again drawn solely from the ranks of Labour, LIbDems, SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party’s MP.

In February 2016, the International Development Committee wrote to the Secretary of State for International Development, who was Rt Hon Justine Greening MP at the time.  They too asked the government to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia, noting these were worth £3 billion since the start of the conflict.

(The actual figure, according to Middle East Eye, is £3.3 billion during the first twelve months of the Yemen conflict.)

Opposition called debate on Yemen last year

Emily Thornberry MP

Emily Thornberry MP

This is not the first debate in the House of Commons on Yemen.  On Wednesday 26th October 2016 the Opposition tabled a debate.  They called for a ‘UN-led investigation … into alleged violations of international humanitarian law in the conflict in Yemen’.  Labour’s Emily Thornberry also called ‘on the Government to suspend its support for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition forces in Yemen until it has been determined whether they have been responsible for any such violations’.

Naturally the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, objected to all of that and tabled an anodyne amendment.  This was carried, according to the Hansard record of the debate, by 283 votes to 193.

Labour tabled the debate, as Peter Oborne reported in Middle East Eye, ‘ in the wake of a recent Saudi coalition attack on a funeral in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, which killed more than 140 mourners’.

UK does not know where arms end up

In answer to a Freedom of Information request by Christian Voice, the Department for International Trade admitted it does not know how many armaments sold to Saudi Arabia have been passed on by the Saudis to their client jihadis in Syria.  These include Al-Nusra Front (as was) and of course Islamic State.

CAAT's Andrew Smith spoke at this conference on Yemen last year. It is not just the US which supplies Saudi Arabia. The UK sold them £3.3 billion worth of arms in the first year of the Yemen conflict. Thses have been used against the Houthi rebels.

CAAT’s Andrew Smith spoke at this conference on Yemen last year. It is not just the US which supplies Saudi Arabia. The UK sold them £3.3 billion worth of arms in the first year of the Yemen conflict. These have been used against civilians in Houthi rebel-held areas.

Legal action is being taken by the Campaign against the Arms Trade to have the UK’s sales of arms to Saudi Arabia ruled unlawful.  This appears timely and with the political prevailing wind.

The sale of arms is worth staggering amounts of money to the UK’s manufacturers.  One year ago, the Independent reported CAAT’s figures that since David Cameron came to power in 2010, licenses worth £5.6 billion had been granted for arms sale to Saudi Arabia.  They are our biggest armaments customer worldwide.

It is legitimate to ask if the UK should be supplying arms to Saudi Arabia and other despots.  In practical terms, if we do not know and cannot control where they end up, they could be used against us.  But we can also ask if these are the actions of a constitutionally Christian nation.

We should remember Judah’s king Jehoshaphat was condemned for forming a military alliance with the Ahab regime in Israel:

2Chron 19:2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD

Under Margaret Thatcher’s administration, from 1986 to 1989, the UK sold cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia.  In 2010, one hundred nation states agreed to a Convention on Cluster Munitions which prohibited their use or production.  The UK is a signatory.  Saudi Arabia is not.

Can the UK stop meddling?

Meanwhile, the House of Commons International Relations Committee is taking evidence today.  They are asking witnesses ‘How can the UK assist political reforms and stability across the Middle East?’  Many of our readers would respond: ‘By ending ‘Responsibility to Protect’, stop destabilising sovereign states, cease activities aimed at ‘regime change’ and spend the money on the NHS or Transport, or Broadband.  Or anything else at home.’

It is worth remembering that Saudi Arabia was, for most of the twentieth century, a client state of the United Kingdom.  The UK financially supported the Saud family.  (Please remember when pronouncing Arabic that each vowel is enunciated separately.)  The UK set up the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932.

The discovery of oil in 1938 altered the dynamics of the relationship somewhat.  But how do matters stand today?  Is the House of Saud merely an ally of the UK?  Dan Glazebrook suggests it goes further than that.  He claims Saudi Arabia does the Middle Eastern dirty work for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Christ Church Aden during reconstruction in 1994/1996.

Christ Church Aden during reconstruction in 1994/1996. Sadly, as a result of the violence, the church is now closed again.

Christians in Yemen

Whatever the truth of the UK/Saudi relationship, life for the estimated 40,000 Christians in Yemen is now particularly harsh, with the Sunni jihadists and Islamic State elements who are active in the south and east of the country taking a particularly hard line.  Christian books including Bibles are being burned and churches have been damaged or destroyed.

The fine Anglican church of Christ Church in Aden is closed again.  It was only twenty years ago that a member of Christian Voice directed its restoration and set up the Ras Morbat Clinic alongside, providing healthcare for the poorest Yemeni patients.

Pray for today’s Committee meeting, tomorrow’s debate, for an end to arms sales to anti-Christian despots, for CAAT’s court case and for the UK to stand up for Christians in Yemen and across the world.

 

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Jan 10

NATO rattles its sabre in Europe

US tanks being offloaded at Bermerhaven

US tanks being offloaded at Brermerhaven

According to reports in the Daily Express, the Independent and RT among others, the US has just landed the biggest shipment of military equipment since the Cold War at Bremerhaven in Germany as part of a NATO build-up.

The Express said hundreds of tanks had been off-loaded at the port and are now trundling across Europe to Poland.

The Indy ventured: ‘Some 3,500 troops from the 4th Infantry Division in Fort Carson, Colorado, will join up with the equipment, which includes 87 tanks and 144 Bradley fighting vehicles, over the next two weeks.’

NATO exercise on Russian border

The military build-up is part of a NATO sabre-rattling exercise to be held later this month on the Russian border.

The MainStreamMedia line is typified by what has been written in the Daily Express: The exercise ‘comes amid growing fears that war-hungry Russian president Vladimir Putin could trigger an all-out global conflict’.

In reality, the President of the Russian Federation is far too pragmatic to fall into the trap.  Witness his refusal to respond when President Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats in the row over ‘the hack that never was‘.  Western diplomats are well aware that Russia is only interested in defending its own people, spheres of influence, bases and allies.  They must know Mr Putin has little ambition to recover old Soviet Union assets.

in his book '1984' George Orwell, written in 1948, predicted that empire-building governments would engineer a continual state of war.

in his book ‘1984’ (written in 1948) George Orwell predicted that empire-building governments would engineer a continual state of war.

What is the real reason?

So what might be the real reason for the military build-up?  These ideas may not be mutually-exclusive:

1 President Obama, in the short time he has left,  is trying to ‘poison the well’ of relations between President Putin and President-elect Trump.  He gambles that Trump will not wish to appear ‘weak’ by bringing all the kit back home and that therefore Putin will remain in a cross mood.

2 The myth of a ‘war-hungry’ President Putin is useful for NATO chiefs and their pals in the armaments industry in order to keep up defence spending.

3 Some military people have not yet adjusted to the end of the Cold War.

4 George Orwell’s prediction that governments would use wars and rumours of wars in order to distract the population from focusing on domestic problems is coming true in our lifetime.

5 President Obama is incandescent at the Syrian Government’s recovery of eastern Aleppo, the strengthening of President Assad’s position and the vanishing likelihood of ‘regime change’ in Syria.

Still annoyed: John Kerry

John Kerry, still annoyed by the House of Commons

John Kerry still irritated by UK vote

To bolster the last idea, outgoing US Secretary of State John Kerry last week expressed irritation at the vote in the House of Commons in 2013 against military action in Syria.  He blamed it for President Obama’s lack of action against President Assad and the latter’s subsequent military successes.

Mr Kerry said: “Now, we were marching towards that time when, lo and behold… Prime Minister David Cameron went to the parliament… and he sought a vote for approval for him to join in the action that we were going to engage in. And guess what, the parliament voted no, they shot him down.”

Mr Kerry described how MPs’ 285 to 272 vote against joining American-led airstrikes led to the demands from the US Congress for its own vote on action.  It is good to be reminded of how great an answer to prayer was that historic vote in August 2013.  The link above shows how your MP voted.

Please sign our petition

Please sign our PETITION calling on the UK Government to help rebuild Syria.  It’s the least they can do after the destruction they help unleash.

 

Can you offer another reason for the NATO exercise?  Please leave a comment below!

 

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Jan 05

Boris, Help Rebuild Syria!

‘O hush the noise, ye men of strife, And hear the angels sing’.

(From the carol: ‘It came upon the Midnight Clear’)

Celebrating Christmas in Aleppo last month.

Celebrating Christmas in Aleppo last month.

We thank God for the liberation of Aleppo last month by the Syrian Government, supported as they were by Russia and Iran (and opposed by Boris Johnson and the British Government), and for the eviction of Western- and Saudi-supported jihadists from the east of that historic city.

The reunification of the city was a triumph for peace.  Christians in Aleppo were able to celebrate Christmas in their churches for the first time in five years!

But now, as we pray for a cease-fire and a political solution, the British Government should recognise it is time to help rebuild Syria.

For the first time in five years Christmas was celebrated in Aleppo. Most British MPs thought the liberation of the east of the city from Al-Nusra Front was a bad thing.

For the first time in five years Christmas was celebrated in Aleppo. Most British MPs seemed to think the liberation of the east of the city from Al-Nusra Front jihadists was a bad thing.

Petition to the Foreign Secretary

Click here to sign this petition.

So we call upon Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson MP to do the following:

1 Stop all support and encouragement for the Syrian opposition and all further attempts to destabilise the Syrian Government and President Bashar al-Assad and work for peace instead,

2 Realise that President Assad, despite his faults, is the only guarantor of stability in Syria and the rights of religious minorities – the ‘Free Syrian Army’ jihadists supported by the Foreign Office have destroyed churches and would evict or kill every last ‘infidel’ Christian, Alawite, Shia and Druze from the land,

It's time to send bricks to Syria - why not use our aid budget and secure some British jobs from it?

It’s time to send bricks to Syria – why not use our aid budget and secure some British jobs?

3 Recognise and re-establish diplomatic relations with the Syrian Arab Republic. (The Syrian embassy in London was closed in May 2012,

4 If we have to spend as much as £12.2 billion on foreign aid, send some of it, in fact, a lot of it, to Syria to help rebuild that country and its infrastructure, especially helping its Christians to re-establish their homes and their businesses, and

5 Never again interfere in the internal affairs of a sovereign state, under the pretext of ‘Responsibility to Protect‘ or with any other excuse.

It’s time for bricks, not bullets.

PRAY for the UK Government to stand for peace in Syria.  PRAY they understand that further support for rebel groups will only add to the bloodshed and destruction.  PRAY for them to accept reality and bring war to an end.

Click here to sign this petition.

 

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Dec 16

White Helmets – a British invention

White Helmets as they like to be seen, rescuing babies.

‘White Helmets’ as they like to be seen, rescuing children from ‘Assad’s bombs’.

With the liberation of Aleppo, we have heard much about the so-called ‘White Helmets’ in Syria.

Last month, ‘Avaaz’, a group of George-Soros-funded globalists in the US, ran a campaign to raise a “people’s million” in dollars for the ‘White Helmets’.

The campaign was started after the group was unaccountably overlooked for this year’s Nobel Peace prize.

The message went far and wide, with the UK contingent on the Avaaz emailing list invited to donate from £2 to £32 to the ‘White Helmets’ to ensure ‘the recognition they deserve and the funding they desperately need’.

JUST ORDINARY SYRIANS?

Syria’s ‘White Helmets’, Avaaz claims, have saved ‘70,280 lives … rushing to the scene of bombings to pull people from the rubble and carry them to safety’.  ‘For their heroic efforts’, it goes on, ‘White Helmets volunteers are often targeted — Russian and Syrian regime planes bomb civilians, then circle back to bomb the rescue workers who scramble to help’.

White Helmets celebrating with AL Nusra Front in a video on YouTube.

White Helmets celebrating with Al Nusra Front fighters in a video on YouTube.

‘These heroes’, it gushes, ‘are just ordinary Syrians – bakers, teachers, tailors – who felt they couldn’t do nothing, and threw themselves right into the line of fire’.  ‘The White Helmets aren’t from an international aid organization, and they need every dollar they can get’, it goes on.

CASH-STARVED AND LOCALLY-GROWN?

So are the ‘White Helmets’ really a cash-starved locally-grown humanitarian group of peacemakers and para-medics as Avaaz claim?

Well, actually, no, they aren’t.  They are a foreign-inspired and foreign-funded partisan force working against the Syrian government.  As can be gathered from the comment about ‘Russian and Syrian regime planes’ bombing them, they only work in rebel-held areas.

There is footage online of ‘White Helmets’ waiting while jihadists execute people they disagree with before carrying the bodies away.  They have been briefed in advance.  Also online are videos of ‘White Helmet’ persons celebrating with Al Nusra jihadists firing guns in the air (see picture above).

White Helmets founder British insider James Le Mesurier standing on the Eminonu docks in Istanbul, Turkey, where he trained the 'White Helmets'

White Helmets founder British insider James Le Mesurier.  We discovered the background is the Eminonu docks in Istanbul, Turkey, where the UK-funded Syrian National Council is based and where he trained the ‘White Helmets’

‘White Helmets’ are also called ‘Syria Civil Defence’, perhaps to engender confusion with the genuine Syrian government ‘Syria Civil Defence’ or even to claim to be locally-inspired.

But they are actually a Western-Arab import.  The ‘White Helmets’ was started in 2013 by insider James Le Mesurier.  He claims to have been a British Army Officer, but does not give his rank.

He also claims to have been on the staff of the United Nations and to have been a consultant for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) as well as private security companies.

GlobalResearch.ca carries an account by Scott Ritter, former US Marine Corps intelligence officer and weapons inspector in Iraq:

ARAB LEAGUE SENT WEAPONS TO REBELS

‘The organizational underpinnings of the White Helmets can be sourced to a March 2013 meeting in Istanbul between a retired British military officer, James Le Mesurier—who had experience in the murky world of private security companies and the shadowy confluence between national security and intelligence operations and international organizations—and representatives of the Syrian National Council (SNC) and the Qatari Red Crescent Society.’

Naturally, the Syrian National Council is an anti-Assad opposition group based in Istanbul and just as naturally, it is funded by the British Foreign Office.  Earlier in March 2013, the SNC was given Syria’s seat in the Arab League at a meeting of the league held in Qatar.  Scott Ritter continues in ‘TruthDig‘:

‘At that meeting, the SNC assumed Syria’s seat, and the Arab League authorized member states to actively provide support, including arms and ammunition, to the Syrian rebels. The Qataris, working through the SNC, helped assemble for Le Mesurier $300,000 in seed money from Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom for a seven-day course designed to train and equip a 25-person rescue team, recruited by the SNC, for duty in socalled “liberated areas” of Syria. The SNC made available a pair of Syrian activists – Raed Saleh and Farouq Habib – to assist Le Mesurier in this work.’

The British Foreign Office, under Permanent UNder-Secretary Sir Simon MacDonald (left!) FUNDS THE 'whITE hELMETS'.

The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, under Permanent Under-Secretary Sir Simon MacDonald (seen here welcoming his new Foreign Secretary in July) funds the ‘White Helmets’.

$30m BUDGET

GlobalResearch.ca says the ‘White Helmets seems to have an annual budget of US$30 million and has raised a total support of well over $100 million’ in its three years of operation.

A White Helmets’ briefing page says: ’funding for their humanitarian relief work is received from the aid budgets of Japan, Denmark, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.’

A Freedom of Information request earlier this year made by one Rori Donaghy elicited the following response from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office:

‘The United Kingdom has provided support to Syria Civil Defence (also known as the White Helmets) through the crossdepartmental Conflict Pool and its successor, the Conflict Stability and Security Fund.  Our assistance has been delivered through trusted third party implementers. The total value of funds committed between June 2013 and the end of the current financial year (31 March 2016) is £19.7m.’

FUNDING ALSO CAME FROM JO COX FUND

With money like that sloshing around, the ‘White Helmets’ certainly do not need the ‘peoples’ million’.  White Helmets is even listed as a beneficiary of the Jo Cox Memorial Fund.  They don’t need that money either.  But then Jo Cox was co-chair of the fiercely anti-Assad ‘Friends of Syria’ All-Party Parliamentary Group with the Tory MP Andrew Mitchell who initiated a debate on Aleppo just days ago.

Naturally, photos abound of men wearing white helmets carrying wounded infants out of bombed sites presumably in Syria.  But journalist Vanessa Beeley told RT the ‘White Helmets’ are ‘terrorist support group & Western propaganda tool’.

Syrian women have spoken out against the 'White Helmets'

Syrian women have spoken out against the ‘White Helmets’

‘This organization is a fraudulent shadowstate construct created by NATO to simply propagate the propaganda that will demonize Assad’s government and also demonize Russian legal intervention in Syria,’ said the journalist, who recently returned from Syria.

While there, she was told by an emergency worker with the legitimate Syrian Civil Defense that the White Helmets are ‘very poorly trained in paramedic work.’  Beeley went on: ‘He claimed that they drive around with guns in the back of their car, like every other terrorist there. They carry out and facilitate criminal activities in Eastern Aleppo.’

A woman named Rana from Damascus said: ‘they are an armed force [which has] covered themselves under the wing of ‘humanitarian’ organization. In rural Idlib they did so many executions against Syrian civilians that don’t support the fake revolution’.

DUAL-PURPOSE ORGANISATION

So which is it?  ‘White Helmets’, good or bad?  Jan Oberg of GlobalResearch suggests a both/and approach.  He suggests the White Helmets is ‘a dualpurpose organisation. They claim to be ordinary Syrian volunteers who came together around the idea of saving lives and are truly altruistic ‘bakers, tailors, engineers, pharmacists, painters, carpenters, students and many more, the White Helmets are volunteers from all walks of life.’ It could well be that some of them actually are, even a majority.

‘That doesn’t preclude that other elements – not the least those operating outside Syria such as foundations, PR and marketing firms, change organisations, NATO government and NGOs are in it with less noble, war-promoting purposes.’

 

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Dec 14

Yes, Aleppo is being liberated

morningstarA row has broken out on the left following a headline yesterday in the Morning Star (in red opposite) saying ‘Final liberation of Aleppo is within sight’.

According to the liberal-leaning Huffington Post, a host of Labour MPs queued up to condemn the communist paper for its headline.

Many were from the disgruntled Blairite wing, like John Woodcock MP who fumed about the paper: ‘They sponsored the Momentum conference. If you associate with this traitorous scum after this front page you’ve no place in our politics.’

There.  If you question the Establishment line, you are a traitor.

Tom Blenkinsop MP called the paper an ‘absolute disgrace’, while Stephen Doughty thought they were ‘vile and disgusting’.  Angela Smith, a Remoaner of expenses scandal fame, asked ‘How can anyone claim what is happening in Aleppo is ‘liberation’?’

House of Commons Debate on Syria

Jeremy Corbyn reportedly reads the Morning Star but his team missed an open goal in the Syria debate.

Jeremy Corbyn reportedly reads the Morning Star but his team missed an open goal in the Syria debate.

The row came on the same day (13th December 2016) as a House of Commons debate on ‘international action to protect civilians in Syria’ initiated by the foul-mouthed Tory ex-chief-whip Andrew Mitchell MP.

During the two-hour debate not one Member of Parliament condemned the UK for funding and encouraging jihadists in Syria.  Not one mentioned that whatever his faults, President Assad had protected religious minorities including Christians in Syria.  Not one mentioned that the Western-funded terrorists in Syria had torched churches and murdered Christians.  Not one asked to which groups the UK’s money had gone or where what it had bought was now.

The fault was especially bad in Labour’s ranks.  They are supposed to be an Opposition.  By cosying up to the Conservatives, allying themselves with the Establishment’s new ‘Cold War’ stance and blindly following the ‘Rebels Good, Assad Bad’ line the Labour front bench missed any number of available shots at an open goal.

Donald Trump = will end 'Responsibility to Protect' or 'Excuse to Interfere' as it should be known.

Donald Trump will end ‘Responsibility to Protect’ or ‘Excuse to Interfere’ as it should be known.

‘Responsibility to Protect’ is dying

Mitchell himself used the debate to try to breathe life into the doctrine of ‘Responsibility to Protect’.  This is the line invented by financier George Soros to give legitimacy to the US and its allies to destabilise the countries of national leaders whose faces do not fit, fund opposition groups, run fake news and try to effect ‘regime change.’

By the grace of God, ‘Responsibility to Protect’ is now on its death-bed.  Donald Trump has said the days of the US interfering in countries around the world is coming to an end.  With Trump as Presidenta new era of US co-operation with Russia could begin.

An Islamic State militant urging people to fight against Assad in Aleppo

An Islamic State militant urging people to fight against President Assad in Aleppo (The Guardian)

That would leave the likes of Messrs Mitchell, George Osborne and Michael Fallon up a creek without a boat, let alone a paddle.

Aleppo is being liberated from jihadists

But to answer Angela Smith’s question, yes, east Aleppo is being liberated.  How can we claim that?  Because those holding the people there hostage were and are a bunch of hard-line jihadists.

Or, as the Morning Star’s Ben Chacko put it in an editorial, ‘murderous religious extremists’.

The paper went on: ‘The insurgents being driven from East Aleppo after a four-year occupation are still being lionised as freedom fighters in the press and Parliament. Their defeat by the Syrian army is being treated as a tragedy.  They are not and it is not.

‘The occupiers of East Aleppo are terrorists, who have deliberately targeted civilians in their regular bombardment of government-held West Aleppo — a bombardment that, in contrast to the Russian and Syrian bombardment of the eastern parts of the city, does not appear to bother Western governments.

‘They are tyrants, who have held the civilian population hostage. Families who have managed to flee have spoken of the use of civilians as human shields; the massacre of people who sought to leave the city by insurgent militias; the execution of family members of those who successfully got away, as a warning to others to stay put.  And they are fighting for a brutal, medievalist vision.’

We should also be sceptical of reports of actions taken by the Syrians against ‘civilians’.  The terrorists are not above disguising themselves as civilians to escape and begin actions elsewhere.  As the Morning Star’s James Tweedie put it in a post about the retaking of Aleppo:

‘Hidden among the refugees Syrian authorities found Yousef Fahd Deeb, who confessed to being head of the “sharia tribunal” office of the al-Jabha al-Chamiya terrorist organisation which sentenced 25 civilians to death by public firing squad.

‘He said that insurgent factions included numerous foreign jihadists from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Libya, Egypt, Tunisia and Russia’s Chechnya region.’

Odd politics

Politics is truly in a odd state in this country when the Morning Star and Christian Voice, not normally found on the same page, are the only ones trying to call the Government to account over its support of jihadists, its sense-defying ‘Assad must go’ Syria policy and actually celebrating the defeat of terrorists in Aleppo.

Syria has a long way to go and its remaining Christians need our prayers.  But at last the people of Aleppo can start getting back to some kind of normality.

Acts 15:23 And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia: 41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches. (KJV)

 

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Dec 13

I watched Muslims Like Us

Mehreen: 'I'm a Muslim girl gone bad. But I pray every single day. '

Mehreen: ‘They (some Muslims) think I’m a Muslim girl gone bad. But I pray every single day. ‘

I watched the first episode of Muslims Like Us last night.

The cast list was a bit odd.  Yes, it was balanced between the sexes, with five men and five women.  But the racial and age mix was strange for me.

Among the women was a middle-aged opinionated woman of white appearance in Islamic dress. She was called ‘Saba’, which means ‘soft breeze’ in Arabic.  She was anything but soft.

There was a Middle-Eastern-appearing woman called Naira (Arabic for ‘source of light’), dressed British-style.  Then we had two head-scarfed Asian girls, Humaira (which means ‘rosy’) and Zohra (‘bright’).

BBC2's pomotional picture of the 'Muslims Like Us' housemates.

BBC2’s promotional picture of the ‘Muslims Like Us’ housemates. L-R back row: Nabil, Naila, Fehran. L-R Front row: Humaira, Mehreen, Zohra, Mani, Baraa, Saba, Abdul Haq / Anthony Small.

Finally, although she appeared first, there was an Asian girl called Mehreen, (possibly ‘loving nature’) described as a teacher, although she is also a model.  Some Muslims, she said, think she is ‘a Muslim girl gone bad’.  One could see why, as she tottered on her heels in Western dress. ‘But I pray every single day’, she said. There was no black woman among them.

In contrast, there was no-one of white extraction among the males. Ex-boxer Anthony Small, now styling himself ‘Abdul Haq’ (translates ‘servant of truth’), was brought up by Christian parents in a Caribbean household. Nabil (which means ‘noble’) was a Nigerian stand-up comedian from Croydon.

We had a Syrian, Baraa, (‘innocent’), a Pakistani, Mani (‘one who prevents’), who is married to a girl waiting for her visa in Pakistan, and Ferhan, (which means ‘happy’) the much-trailed homosexual.

Mehreen digests a tract on Islamic dress from Abdul/Tony

Mehreen digests a tract on Islamic dress from Abdul/Tony

Everyone his own scholar

Without an authoritative older man to defer to, each of the five, all in their late twenties or early thirties, became his own ‘alim, or Islamic scholar. But it was normally left to Abdul (Tony) to set a standard. He wanted not just separate bedrooms but separate floors for boys and girls. He lost that one.

Although obviously irritating with his endless supply of tracts on non-mixing of the sexes, Islamic dress for women, the imperative of preaching (‘da’wah’) and so on, he came across as someone of integrity.

Anthony Small in fight-winning mode.

Anthony Small in earlier fight-winning mode.

Gay Muslims Like Us?

He was the only one to separate himself from the women at mealtimes. He was also the only one to avoid eye contact with them, although he could not help the odd glance at Mehreen. And when Ferhan’s appalling white gay friends pitched up, Abdul/Tony was the only one to clear off. Mehreen turned out to have a soft spot for Abdul/Tony as well. ‘I wonder if he’s married?’ she pondered early on, before venturing at the end: ‘Abdul’s not a nasty man. He’s a mixed-up man’.

Early on they had to sort out the direction of Mecca in order to pray correctly. Naila did not pray. ‘Religion is control’ she ventured.

Nice sadness turns to karaoke

By a horrible coincidence, the Nice atrocity occurred the previous night to filming. Naila was overcome by it, but for Abdul/Tony the important thing was to remember that ‘Muslims are best because we believe in Allah’. Saba snapped that scholarship was ‘dangerous’, while the others held their peace.

For excursions, Naila took all the girls except Saba out to a karaoke pub, while only Baraa joined Tony/Abdul leafleting in town. Nabil managed to get everyone out helping at a soup kitchen. Tony/Abdul could not help doing da’wah among the down-and-outs, while two of them managed to give the inoffensive Mehreen some racist comments about her sort of people taking our jobs.

Tee-shirts were instructive. For Nabil it was ‘Black Lives Matter’, for Tony/Abdul ‘Islamic Revolution’.

Providing a point of witness

Tonight, according to the trail, the ‘housemates’ will explore the divide between Sunni and Shia. But already my worst fears are justified. Yes, you can find plenty of comments on social media about how bad, unrepresentative, bigoted, etc etc is Abdul Haq. But in truth, Mehreen’s comment about him makes sense. He is a good-looking guy, quiet and reserved, not ranting and raving. He is not coming across so badly as to alienate every single viewer by any means. He is instead providing a focus for those who want to take their religion seriously. Anyone concerned about modesty and feeling that Western society has gone a bit far in the permissive direction will find a ready champion in him.

Let us leave aside the question of whether the programme should have aired at all. I freely confess I found it fascinating and instructive. I am sure many Christians will say the same. Equally, I am uneasy at anything promoting a religion of death, and pray that hearts will be more receptive especially at this time to the Lord Jesus, Prince of peace and Lord of life.

Given that it aired at all, the BBC should not have included ‘Abdul Haq’, despite the publicity he has brought to the venture and the occasional spark he has prompted. The danger is not that Tony is winning any argument, but that he is providing a point of witness. It is one that any number of disaffected young men – and women – may attach to, become radicalised and possibly turn to terrorism. BBC2 could end up putting our safety at risk.

 

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Dec 12

Gender Neutral Pronouns at Oxford

_87038297_prounous_practice976A Student body is urging the use of ‘gender neutral pronouns’ at Oxford University, reports the Oxford Mail.

The National Union of Students is apparently behind the move, which will see ‘he’ and ‘she’ replaced with the silly gender-neutral ‘ze’.

But the ‘ze’ pronoun will only be used if the person requests it.  It is unlikely to be preferred by ‘transgender’ students, if there are any, since these are determined to use the sex-specific pronoun of their gender of choice.

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Pronoun card from the University of Milwaukee. You are meant to put the appropriate pronouns in from the respective columns.

Indeed, deliberately using the wrong pronoun for a transgender person is an offence under Oxford’s behaviour code, the newspaper has said.

Instead, ‘ze’ will be used by those who decide they are neither male nor female.  Those who are genuinely neither male nor female, or possess conflicting sexual organs, are know as ‘intersex’.

This condition is rare, but it afflicts the South African runner Caster Semenya, who has decided to identify, and run, as a woman despite having internal testes.  There is at present no ‘ze’ gender classification at the Olympics.  Athletes are male, or female.

Christian Voice was first with ‘Gender Neutral Pronouns’

Christian Voice first reported on this matter two months ago, so Oxford University and the Oxford Mail are somewhat behind the times.  In an article in our October Newsletter, ‘Brighton Bell’ wrote:

‘At the University of Sussex in Brighton, students from the school of History, Art History, and Philosophy were sent an email with regards to pronouns. More precisely, the use of ‘gender neutral’ and ‘gender non-binary’ pronouns.

‘The email states that it has come to the attention of the university that a number of students don’t wish to be referred to by ‘traditional’ pronouns such as he or she, but instead prefer gender neutral pronouns such as they and their.

‘It goes on to say that students should notify the university if they wish to be addressed by such pronouns by their lecturers or fellow students. It may be tempting to put this down to an isolated incident at a radical university, but as we shall see in this article, this issue has become increasingly widespread.

‘Before looking at how widespread the debate over the use of pronouns is, let us first consider how the issue came to be in the first place.

MASCULINITY IS ‘TOXIC’

‘The ‘traditional’ view that there are two genders is going out of fashion among today’s young people. Especially in academic circles, people are taught to accept that gender is not a binary.  Instead of there being two genders, an endless number of genders exist. Many students today are taught that gender is not an immutable characteristic, but instead merely a social construct. The term for this is the ‘gender non-binary’.  People identify as new ‘non-binary genders’ which most outside the hallowed halls have never heard of before.

‘Feminists have for a long time been seeking to blur the lines between male and female, especially with reference to attacking masculinity. Masculinity is denounced as ‘toxic’, and feminists argue that men who act like men are expected to act are wrong to do so. Changing gender from a binary of male and female to a spectrum in which one can choose from a menu of options is one way in which to attack maleness. If you can convince people, and especially men, not to identify with the gender they were born with, it will lead to a decline in masculinity.

‘Effectively, feminists seek to make the heterosexual male a dying breed, as it were.

400 GENDER OPTIONS

‘So, just how many new genders are there? According to a recent count on the website Tumblr, which is the home of the online feminist, there are over 400 gender options now to choose from. From the more popular ‘genderqueer’ and ‘genderfluid’, to far more obscure options, all are to be accepted without question, unless one wishes to be called ‘transphobic’ or ‘transmisogynist’.

From someone called 'sykochica' on a website entitled 'steemit.com'. The comments show how seriously the contributors take this issue. The leading comment says: ’The perfectly binary gender is a social construct, not a biological construct ’ to which 'sykochica' replies: ‘I completely agree.’

From someone called ‘sykochica’ on a website entitled ‘steemit.com’. The comments show how seriously the contributors take this issue. The leading comment says: ’The perfectly binary gender is a social construct, not a biological construct ’ to which ‘sykochica’ replies: ‘I completely agree.’

‘These options aren’t mutually exclusive either, so one can choose to identify with more than one of these new ‘genders’. Let’s take a look at a couple of these new ‘genders’ to see just how ridiculous they are (the definitions are from ‘Tumblr’):

‘Abimegender: “A gender which is profound, deep, and infinite”.

‘Genderflora: “A gender that blooms and evolves depending on the weather and atmosphere; similar to genderfluid but more plant-like”.

‘Polygender: “Identifying as multiple genders; may be static or fluid”.

‘In addition to the above terms, a word has even been invented for normal people who identify with the gender they were born with – cisgender. Society is said to be ‘cisnormative’, meaning that those who identify with trans and non-binary genders are an oppressed group.

‘It’s interesting to note how proponents of the gender non-binary see gender as a fluid, social construct one can choose whilst simultaneously seeing sexuality as immutable and unchangeable; something one is born with and cannot choose.

BLURRING LINE BETWEEN MALE AND FEMALE

‘Universities across the UK and America are now accepting the new gender theory as if it were proven fact. This has resulted in an increasing number of students identifying with a gender other than male or female.  It has also raised the issue of by which pronouns they would like to be addressed. In addition to gender neutral pronouns such as ‘they, them, and their’, completely new pronouns are now also being made up to protect these poor students’ feelings. For example, the pronouns ‘ze, zie, and xe’ are just three of the many sets of pronouns one can now choose as an identity. The more that the gender binary can be deconstructed in these ways, the more the lines will blur between male and female.

‘How widespread is the issue of pronouns? It’s difficult to know just how many universities are implementing new policies on them, but there are certainly a number of examples of universities doing just that. This certainly isn’t an issue confined to the University of Sussex.

CHOOSE YOUR OWN PRONOUNS

‘For example, the University of Michigan in the USA have recently implemented a new policy to allow students to choose their own preferred pronouns. These pronouns must be respected by professors and fellow students on threat of disciplinary action. In a rather amusing twist, one student who found the policy to be ridiculous decided to change his pronoun to ‘his majesty’ in an effort to highlight just how insane the policy is.

‘At American University in Washington DC, students in an induction session were asked to introduce themselves by their name and preferred pronouns.

‘Meanwhile, at the University of Vermont, students are allowed to change their pronouns on the university’s computer system, having the choice between ‘he’, ‘she’, ‘they’, and ‘ze’, along with ‘name only’ if they wish to have no pronoun at all.

‘PUTTING PRONOUNS ON THE CARDS’

‘Back home here in the UK, our very own National Union of Students seems to have a serious problem with the use of pronouns. Last year, the NUS LGBT committee submitted a motion to the NUS women’s conference called ‘putting pronouns on the cards’. The motion complained that as current name badges used at conferences only state the person’s name and educational institute they attend.  That was discriminatory as non-binary students then have to also write their pronouns on these badges so they are addressed correctly. Apparently, having to write a pronoun on a name badge can make one feel ‘uncomfortable, othered, or outed as trans’. The solution the NUS women’s conference came to is that all students will now be asked their preferred pronouns when registering for conference.  These pronouns will then be printed on all name badges.

‘Interestingly, the NUS women’s conference also declares that it is open to “all who self-define as women, including those with complex gender identities which include ‘woman’, and those who experience oppression as women.”

‘BORN IN THE WRONG SPECIES’ IS NEXT

‘As you can see, the issue of gender is now at the forefront of what is going on in the academic world, and is a new battleground which must be fought. We cannot allow for traditional genders and gender roles to be eroded further in the name of ‘progress’ or political correctness. First it was sexuality, now it’s gender. What next? A ‘trans-species’ movement? Sadly, that is an idea also starting to gain some momentum.  A number of people now not only believe they were born with the wrong gender, but they were also born in the wrong species.

‘Of course, all this ignores the clear words of scripture:

‘Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

‘1Corinthians 14:33a: God is not the author of confusion.

‘Indeed, God is not the author of confusion, and he created a binary of genders which are not social constructs.  They are ordained by God himself. So the confusion of genders and blurring of gender lines has not come from God but from the world. It is a corrupting influence on today’s youth and society as a whole. Along with the blurring of gender lines comes an increase in experimenting with different sexuality, and the ever growing embrace of homosexuality as an acceptable, alternative lifestyle.

‘PRAY for Christian young people at university. It takes courage to oppose the militants and faith to persevere. Pastors and parents should be aware of this issue in order to be able to pray with and support our young people.’

 

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