Sep 15

Isle of Wight goes transgender mad

Nigel & Sally Rowe are challenging a school on the Isle of Wight

Nigel & Sally Rowe are challenging a school on the Isle of Wight

A Christian couple on the Isle of Wight are to challenge a primary school’s handling of a six-year-old boy’s request to be treated as a ‘girl’.  Here is the BBC’s report.

Nigel and Sally Rowe are from Freshwater.  They raised concerns with the school when a six-year-old boy in their son’s class started to come to school sometimes dressed as a girl.

They say their son, also six years old, came home from school upset.  He said he was “confused” by the situation.

‘Transphobic behaviour’

Nigel and Sally met with the headteacher and class teacher.  They followed up with a letter.  In it, they set out some of the questions that they had.

But the school’s formal response was “cold”, they say, and didn’t address their concerns.

In its reply, the school took issue with an “inability to believe a transgender person is actually a ‘real’ female or male”. They objected to “the refusal (to) acknowledge a transgendered person’s true gender e.g. by failing to use their adopted name or using gender inappropriate pronouns.” The school said this was “transphobic behaviour”.

No More Boys and Girls on the Isle of Wight

Frank Maloney as 'Kellie'. It takes more than a frock and some lipstick to be a woman.

Frank Maloney as ‘Kellie’. It takes more than a frock and some lipstick to be a woman.

The Isle of Wight was in the news last month.  BBC2 ran its ‘No More Boys and Girls’ propaganda piece from Lanesend Primary School on the Island.

The implication from the school is that the gender the child has decided upon is a better indication of their ‘true gender’ than the one God allocated to them at conception. Not surprisingly, Christian Voice takes the opposite view. We shall never knowingly refer to any transgender individual by anything other than their God-given gender.

In addition, we shall always refer to whoever it is by his, or her, original name – and by male pronouns. So he’s Bruce Jenner, not ‘Caitlin’. He’s Frank Maloney, not ‘Kellie’. And neither of them, by the way, is a real woman.  They both remain, genetically, blokes.  It follows also there is no such thing as ‘a pregnant man’. A pregnant woman who decides she is a man remains for us a mother, not ‘a father’. Moreover, we urge Christians and all decent, truth-loving people to do the same. Otherwise, we are colluding with insanity, or with rebellion, or with both.

Youth Trust supports ‘questioning young people’

Mairead Healy's 'thoughts' are with promoting confusion

Mairead Healy’s ‘thoughts’ are with promoting confusion

Joining the collective madness, the Isle of Wight Youth Trust chimed in. Its executive director Mairead Healy said: “We were saddened to hear the news that an Island family has withdrawn their child from school and is looking to sue the school in response to this issue. Our thoughts are with the children and young people who have been involved or affected by the news over the weekend.

“We would like to reiterate that our services are open to all young people on the Isle of Wight who need professional support, regardless of their gender identity. We would also like to acknowledge the excellent work that is carried out by Breakout Youth in supporting transgender and gender questioning young people here on the Isle of Wight.”

Breakout Youth’ is a Southampton-based group advancing the cause of homosexuality among the young. But what does ‘our thoughts are with’ intend to convey? Come to that, what does ‘regardless of their gender identity’ mean? Public money seems to fund one third of the the Isle of Wight Youth Trust’s income.  The rest is from events, appeals on Virgin Money,  and corporate sponsors.

Sponsors include Isle of Wight ferries and the Royal Hotel in Ventnor. At the latter, a weekend’s B&B will set you back upwards of £250 per night per couple.

Equalities Act told us to do it!

Frank Godwin's representation of Treasure Island's Long John Silver

Frank Godwin’s representation of Treasure Island’s Long John Silver

The Isle of Wight school has not been named.  According to The Independent, it said it ‘followed Church of England guidance’. The headteacher said transgender people were protected under the Equalities Act.

By implication, the head claims they cannot address the child concerned by anything other than his assumed girl name because of the law. Nor can they take him aside and quietly reassure him he is a boy. Nor would they dare suggest his parents refer him to a child psychiatric professional.  In all that, they are failing the child concerned.

Lawyers for the couple are expected to say that the school cannot rely on the Equalities Act. They will argue legal recognition of gender reassignment is only given to those over the age of 18.

In ‘gender dysphoria’, your mind is out of step with your genetic make-up.  But the idea that your body has to change rather than your mind is, frankly, barking mad. Suppose I sincerely believed I was Long John Silver.  Maybe I “consistently and persistently insist” this is the case.  Would you expect a doctor to cut off my leg and buy me a parrot?

That would be as much a perversion of medicine as puberty-blocking drugs and subsequent ‘gender re-assignment’ surgery. But that is not stopping our politicians, media and public authorities, including schools on the Isle of Wight, from going along with what amounts to child abuse.

No consultation

Sally Rowe said, “There was no consultation with other parents. Our son, like others, was struggling with starting school life, and with the school’s suggestion that young children can change gender. So, we felt that we could no longer allow him to attend the school.”

The couple’s younger child continued at the school, only for a similar thing to happen.

Nigel explains:  “Incredibly, a similar situation occurred again when our youngest son was six years old. A child, also aged six, would come to school one day as a boy, and on another day as a girl.

“Unsurprisingly, we raised our concerns with the school when our son came from school saying he was confused as to why and how a boy was now sometimes a girl!  The suggestion that gender is fluid conflicts sharply with our Christian beliefs as a family.”

As it happens, it conflicts equally sharply with sheer common sense and reality.

‘God has created humanity in his image’

Andrea Williams of the Christian Legal Centre

Andrea Williams of the Christian Legal Centre

Commenting on the case, Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, which is supporting the family, said:

“God has created humanity in his image, male and female. These are not arbitrary categories. It is not compassionate to encourage children to think that they can change genders. The loving thing to do is to help children embrace who they are as God made them, and especially to help those who experience confusion or anxiety about their identity.

“Transgender ideology is being aggressively imposed on unsuspecting schools, parents and children. School classrooms, which should be among the safest environments for children, are rapidly becoming dangerous battlefields in a war over gender identity. Vulnerable children are being used as pawns and will be harmed the most.

Michelle Cretella, M.D.

Michelle Cretella, M.D.

“The right response to gender identity confusion is not to fuel ambiguity and anxiety but to give children the tools they need to embrace their birth sex. We need to expose this agenda for what it is – delusional, destructive and abusive.”

Leading paediatrician argues against transgenderism

Meanwhile, we have come across an article by a leading American paediatrician.  It was originally posted in the Daily Signal. Michelle Cretella, M.D., argues against the transgender agenda from a scientific background. Dr Cretella makes a huge number of valid points.

She says: ‘Transgender ideology is not just infecting our laws. It is intruding into the lives of the most innocent among us—children—and with the apparent growing support of the professional medical community.’

 Click on the article, which is essential reading.

Matt 19:4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female?

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  1. Rox

    Home Schooling is popular in the Isle of Wight, in fact it comes second only to the Scilly Isles, and just above Medway in places where a lot of it goes on. Does anybody know any definite connection with the stories appearing on Christian Voice ? It seems a coincidence. One must keep one’s eyes open for injustices in the Scilly Isles.

    However, there is another very good reason for home schooling in the Scilly Isles — it avoids being transported by boat to where there is a suitable school ! The Isle of Wight does have a range of schools.

    1. Stephen

      I rather have the feeling that the people of the Scilly Isles (population 2,153) have more on their wind-swept plate than snatching each other’s children or cross-dressing their own.

      1. Rox

        Most of us have.

        1. Stephen

          But if you are a child protection social worker it is your job to do just that.

  2. alexthegr8

    How bad does it have to get before Christians wake up, smell the coffee, and take seriously their God-given responsibility to train/teach/educate their children themselves. We did 15 years ago. We wuz poor… we wuz not “professional educators”…
    Result: four kids who are today adult believers. No criminal records; no STIs; no “unwanted pregnancies”; no bullying; no peer pressure.
    All four would/will home-educate their own kids.
    “But what about socialisation?” Duh… Socialisation is precisely what you get when you hand your kids over to atheists.
    “But my kids are a witness to the other kids!” Yeah… and a lamb is exactly the right way to tame a pack of lions.
    “Our school is different!” Really? Have you even reviewed the sex-ed material that is mainstream today??
    Even Church of England primary schools are peddling this insidious nonsense and most Christians still send their kids along… I just don’t geddit…

  3. Rox

    One wonders if the children as adults are good at withstanding peer pressure, bullying, and even a risk of unwanted pregnancies, since they got no practice in these matters at school.

    One is reminded of convent-educated girls like Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien, who went wild when released into the world (she became Dusty Springfield) . Convent girls like this were notorious at the time. She was STILL a lamb when the lions approached her, unlike Priscilla Maria Veronica White (Cilla Black) who had learnt to be more street-wise (they were both Roman Catholics, but Priscilla’s environment in Liverpool was altogether less protective than Mary’s in High Wycombe, and it actually worked better).

    I know personally two convent-educated girls, now in their 40s, who are still unhappily living wildly unconventional and immoral lives, although discretion prevents me from naming them.

    1. Stephen

      Convent-educated is not the same as home-schooled.

  4. alexthegr8

    You’re very “One”-focused (“One wonders”, “One is reminded of”).
    You do a lot of “wondering” and “remembering” and “knowing personally”.
    Great. As far as it goes.
    I’m not suggesting you’re solipsistic in your approach to objective issues.
    But your language sounds subjective.
    Step back. Be objective. Look at things from a biblical (God’s) view.
    And if there isn’t any objective revelation by God, then your opinions are equally as valid as mine or of those of anyone else. Including Donald J Trump.
    How do you feel about that?

    1. Rox

      I never suggested that your opinions or mine were not as valid as anybody else’s. I did actually make a further comment about home-schooling and convent education, but it has not appeared. I don’t think I use “one” very much, but it’s true that I just happen to have done so three times on this page headed “Isle of Wight goes transgender mad” (which is pretty subjective in itself, and I’m sure that many respectable residents of the IOW would be amazed to hear it !).

      I will rewrite those offending sentences which happened to use “one” (not that “one” is actually a solipsistic pronoun — it should be used to mean people in general, in German the word is “man” : the Royal Family tend to use “one” to mean “I”, or in the Queen’s case “we”, but I am not one of them ). Incidentally, don’t we all wonder, remember, and know things personally ? I’m sorry if you don’t.

      ⁋ Readers should watch out for injustices in the Scilly Isles.

      ⁋ It would be interesting to know if the children as adults are good at withstanding peer pressure, bullying, and even a risk of unwanted pregnancies, since they got no practice in these matters at school

      ⁋ Convent-educated girls can be left in something of the same predicament when they are released into the real adult world, including some girls born in the period 1939 – 1976 at least . Here are some examples, of whom the living ones must remain anonymous: …….

      Is that better now ?

      I don’t think any of this is mentioned in the Bible (certainly not the Scilly Isles or convent schools). Although you are right in theory about the “validity” of opinions, many people in Europe would still firmly hold the opinion that Trump is wrong on many non-Biblical matters, and I do believe they have every right to hold this opinion, without Alex the Great coming along to tell them that Trump might be right after all. It seems superfluous. He might be right sometimes, of course he might, but few people end every sentence in a discussion by saying “Of course I might be wrong”.

      1. Stephen

        What is mentioned, or rather, clearly stated in the Bible is that parents, not the state, are responsible for their children’s education.

  5. Rox

    A parent who is responsible for his children’s education may make the responsible decision to send them to a state school or to a fee-paying school, or to some kind of Christian independent “academy” (a horrible modern misuse of the word “academy”, you will probably agree, especially when it means a tough school which was “failing” and had to be taken over). In the past, a responsible parent might have put their education in the care of local monks, or even sent them away to Rome to be educated (some Anglo-Saxon kings did that). Responsible parents may decide that the children are better off at a boarding school, particularly if they travel around wild places in the army or as missionaries, or for a variety of other reasons (e.g. the mother and father may be continually fighting each other at home, which makes for an unsettling background),

    I don’t think there were comprehensive schools in Jerusalem or Jericho or Galilee in biblical times. Therefore the Bible does not say much about them as a responsible alternative to “home-schooling” (in herding animals ?). but I don’t suppose rabbis had any objection to rabbis taking some part in the education of children. They may even have organised Saturday Schools, who knows ?

    1. Stephen

      You are right I believe about schools organised from time immemorial. Jewish children especially were well-read as their society prized and still prizes a good education. Remember Topol’s character’s daughter in Fiddler on the Roof singing about her future husband, ‘For Pa, Pa, make him a scholar’? Even a first-century Jewish girl, such as Mary the mother of the Lord, was so well-versed in the scriptures she could compose the song we know as the ‘Magnificat’ totally founded on Old Testament scripture.

    1. Stephen

      Click on the ‘transgender answer’ video on Mr Hutton’s link. It’s about six minutes long. The arguments are founded on Gen 1:27, although Pastor MacArthur doesn’t actually say so.

    2. Rox

      I agree with John Macarthur on much of this, but on two points very much not.

      1) I don’t think that for most people dabbling in this cult it is principally a rebellion against God. It is simply going along with how they currently feel themselves to be, which at the present time fashion allows them to do.

      2) Living in a sort of fantasy, as something you are not, is by no means unique to people in this situation. It used to be that many people who went to grammar schools “transitioned” from working class to middle class, so that some of them were thoroughly confused as a result — particularly some Labour politicians then pretended to be working-class publicly, but in private were thoroughly bourgeois. At a lower level, there are poor lads who masquerade as romantic gang members, and women who inhabit dream worlds of all kinds. In a basically dull existence, this glamour isn’t necessarily harmful. Male trans-sexuals always seem to be become glamorous females, not charwomen.

      1. Stephen

        1) That’s what MacArthur says. They may not recognise they are rebelling against the Almighty; but they are.
        2) Entertaining points. Maybe not entirely relevant, as I don’t claim to alter my genes by pretending to be slightly posh when my grandfather was a coach-builder. (Or do I?) And I think you are more correct about male transvestite acts than about transsexuals. The latter are not sixteen feet away on a stage. They are closer. You can see they are still blokes!

        1. Rox

          1) If you rebel against the Spanish government, then you do. I don’t think many Catalans rebel against the Spanish government accidentally, and need Mr Macarthur to tell them what they are doing. What about atheist trans-sexuals ? I suppose Macarthur would say that they are unknowingly rebelling against the god they don’t believe in.

          2) Coachbuilder was posh, especially at the time of your grandfather. Either he was unemployed a lot of the time, or he must have moved in very respectable circles, like butlers. Who is more posh than a butler ? I don’t think all trans-sexual people make a great point of their genes being different, particularly not the children. It’s just the way they say they feel.

          1. Stephen

            No, the transgenders never talk about genes! That would be a give-away.
            Who is more posh than a butler? Er, his employer?

          2. Rox

            Exactly. His employer is more posh than him, but not the other servants. A coach-builder at that time was a high-ranking and respected craftsman in a luxury market, not the man cutting down the trees to make the coach, or even the decorative man driving it.

            At a time when coaches were already rare, I should think a coachbuilder would rank with a modern furniture maker, a craft which royalty has had a go at.


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