‘Last week, the Republican National Committee (RNC) announced the “Pride Coalition.” The coalition is a partnership with the “Log Cabin Republicans,” an organization that describes itself as “LGBT conservatives and straight allies who support fairness, freedom, and equality for all.”
Although many find the move disheartening, it will only shock those who haven’t been paying attention. Al Mohler has described the relationship between Republicans and evangelicals as a “marriage of convenience.” In this case, marriage is a particularly painful and ironic metaphor.
And to be clear, the convenience in this marriage goes both ways. For many within the RNC, evangelicals are just one of several voting blocs, albeit an important one. For many evangelicals, the Grand Old Party (GOP) is simply a better fit than the alternative, given their stance on social issues like abortion, gender, and religious freedom. And, some on both sides are taken in by what quirky French theologian Jacques Ellul called “the political illusion.”
When all problems and all solutions are reduced to politics, all hope rests in gaining political power. Thus, when it comes to engaging in politics, Christians must always work to keep straight what are the means and what are the ends. A decision to partner with an LGBTQ group only makes sense if the “end” is to regain political power. The same decision, however, makes no sense if power is only the means and something else, such as limited government, is the end.
The problem with this coalition isn’t that some in the LGBTQ camp wish to support a political party of limited government. That’s been true for a long time. In contemporary politics’ pragmatic exercise, it never hurts to have unexpected allies vote for your candidate. However, welcoming voters to a political party is different than creating an alliance with a group that hopes to advance its own goals within a political platform. This particular coalition signals a change in the GOP’s platform and party positions, as well as broader changes in what it means to be “conservative.”
A core element of the GOP platform has long been so-called “family values,” sardonic shorthand for the party’s often inconsistently expressed and lived-out traditional moral framework. Key to this framework is the centrality of the nuclear family, the notion that marriage between one man and one woman who stay married is not merely a social construct but essential for both a healthy society and the wellbeing of the next generation. Therefore, it is the government’s task to protect the family, not redefine or deconstruct it. The more the government protects the family, the more non-governmental entities are able to collectively secure the future.
But, moral consensus around the nuclear family is only possible if it rests on grounds other than government. That requires grounding truth itself in something outside the government. Today, however, ours is what Os Guinness calls a “cut flower society.” Though we still have the trappings of so-called “family values,” no shared moral foundation remains for it. The quest for freedom has devolved into a pursuit for radical autonomy, especially in sexual matters.
All of which brings us back to this “coalition.” The RNC is mistaken to think that it is possible to be fiscally or politically conservative without, on some level, being culturally conservative first. You can’t have limited government while at the same time embracing a movement wishing to deconstruct and redefine marriage and the family since only the family reliably produces citizens able to govern themselves.
Whenever family fails, the state is compelled to step in. America’s founders, even with all their flaws, understood this. John Adams said, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our constitution as a whale goes through a net.”
Chuck Colson was fond of saying: “The Kingdom of God will never arrive on Air Force One.” We vote how we must and do what we can to love our neighbors in political ways, but we must not put our hope in candidates or parties as if political power for our party is the end. In a Christian view, political ends are never ultimate ends.
Christians must maintain a clear-headed vision of the importance of social issues in the public arena. That means determining what is true theologically, first, and then letting political chips fall where they may. As my friend, Focus on the Family president Jim Daly put it, “We must, lovingly and winsomely, never stop contending for the things that matter to God.” Family and marriage matter to God.’https://www.breakpoint.org/the-rncs-pride-coalition/
While Facebook cancels normality it allows the following.
‘The Victorian State government is sponsoring a session for primary school aged transgender, gender diverse and non-binary young people. It is aimed at children aged six to 11-years-old.
The facebook post states:
Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health’s WayOut program is pleased to hold a second Planet GAGA session this month for your primary school aged transgender, gender diverse and non-binary young people.
When: Saturday 20 November 10am – 12pm
Where: Bug-a-lugs Playcentre, 3 Hoyle Ct, Kyneton
This is a free event.
A parent/carer is encouraged to stay for Planet GAGA. WayOut is just waiting to hear back from the venue as to their requirements re: vaccination status of accompanying adults.
Please RSVP to Rhani and Mez at WayOut by Tuesday 16 November on 5421 1666 / email@example.com
The accompanying flyer advertises “gender affirming games” at the Bug-a-lugs indoor play centre.
Gender affirmation is an Orwellian expression that means exactly the opposite of what it proclaims. Gender affirmation is about denying biological sex and reinforcing a fantasy that can only be attained via appropriation.
Gender affirmation is a trendy expression to encourage people to wear costumes, engage in a daily pill popping/drug-taking regime, and can eventually lead to the surgical mutilation of perfectly healthy body parts.
It’s all about denying scientific reality and pretending to be something you never can be. It is not affirmation, but rather denial and rejection of self.
This activity is aimed at 6-11yr olds who regularly engage in imaginative play, crucial to their development. The organisations funding this event, including the Victorian government, are attempting to assert that imagination, feelings and appropriation equal reality.
The Victorian government has even passed laws to penalise anyone who objects to this style of appropriation. It is inexcusable to subject children to such lies and deception.
Here in Australia we have some ‘Brilliant news: Senator Claire Chandler has announced she will be introducing a private members bill to get sex reintroduced into the Sex Discrimination Act. Staggeringly, the definitions of male and female were removed in 2013 leaving the Sex Discrimination Act impotent in promoting or protecting biological sex.
Disappointingly, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Minister for Women, Marise Payne, have refused to engage on this issue; they have ignored the pleas of thousands of Australians to reinstate legislation to protect girls and women from discrimination and disadvantage in sport, refuges, changerooms, prisons and a myriad of other female services and spaces.
Senator Claire Chandler is about to change all of that. The PM, the Minister for Women, and every other federal politician’s position on this issue will be exposed.
In an email sent out to supporters, Chandler announced her intention to legalise women’s rights.
For the past 18 months, you and I have been calling on Sport Australia to withdraw their misguided “inclusion” guidelines and acknowledge the importance of single-sex women’s sport.
Australians have had enough of ideologically driven bureaucrats claiming that women’s sport should be based on gender identity and not biological reality.
Our common sense position is backed by international sporting bodies, leading scientists from around the world, female athletes, parents, and coaches – and thousands of Australians like you who have signed my petition.
With your support, I’ve put a mountain of evidence in front of Sport Australia and the parliament, demonstrating unequivocally that it is neither fair nor safe for biological males to be allowed to compete against women.
Our concerns and the evidence have been ignored.
Sport Australia has made it clear they intend to ignore the latest research and that they will not, under any circumstances, change their guidelines unless the law changes.
So today, I am letting you know that I am drafting a bill to protect single-sex sport for women and girls in Australia.
I have started a process to amend the Sex Discrimination Act 1984, to ensure that women’s single-sex sport will once again be celebrated and encouraged in Australia.
The Sex Discrimination Act was always intended to provide for single-sex sport. But after changes made in 2013 by the former Labor Government, it’s now being used as a weapon to convince sporting organisations that they must base participation in sport on gender identity rather than sex – or risk being in breach of the law.
The senator is committed to ensuring that all sporting clubs have the legal right to rule that female sporting categories are for women and girls only. She will eliminate loopholes and work on ways to ensure transgender athletes can compete in a fair and safe way that does not put females at risk.
The media will not doubt either ignore or misrepresent the intentions of this bill. You can be sure that Coalition MPs and the opposition will be running scared, as they will either have to come out in support of the protection of women and girls, or risk being exposed as political ideologues if they oppose it.
Well done Senator Chandler, you have our whole-hearted support and commitment to work with you until the job is done.’https://www.binary.org.au/game_on?utm_campaign=2021_11_15_weekly_enews&utm_medium=email&utm_source=binary
‘Allyn Walker is a biological woman who identifies as a transgender male, and she is an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Her recent book — released in June — aims to embark on the cultural mission of “destigmatizing” pedophilia — although she refers to it as “minor attraction.”
Titled A Long, Dark Shadow: Minor Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity, she noted in a recent interview that she uses that term because it is the one pedophiles prefer, stating that “MAP advocacy groups like B4U-Act have advocated for the use of the term, and they’ve advocated for it primarily [because] it’s less stigmatizing than other terms like pedophile.”’https://thebridgehead.ca/2021/11/12/trans-professor-seeks-to-destigmatize-pedophilia-sexuality-can-be-fluid/
The truth will get you cancelled on Twitter so it seems. When truth is cancelled lies become the norm.
‘The official Twitter account of Congressman Jim Banks (R-Ind.) was suspended for tweeting, “The title of first female four-star officer gets taken by a man” in reference to Rachel Levine, Biden’s assistant secretary for Health & Human Services (HHS), being sworn in as a four-star admiral of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps earlier this week.’https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2021/10/23/twitter-suspends-gop-congressman-for-saying-rachel-levine-is-a-man-n1526403?utm_source=pjmedia&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl_pm&bcid=5a05e186fc85b30f55c28204f849862c04192d97b134e516f76782809875c086&recip=26169367
“A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him saying, ‘You are mad, you are not like us’.”
I’m pretty sure I’ve shared that quote before, but you can only imagine what the early Desert Father, St Anthony, would make of our times after his words above.
Today, we’re meant to be the strange ones:
- We believe that biological sex is real.
- We believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.
- We believe that human life matters.
And perhaps the widest gulf at times: we believe in facts over feelings.
With much of the Western world in a rush to redefine, legislate, and basically will away its foundations, those who don’t “go with the flow” will seem increasingly weird.
We don’t even need to look beyond Australia – or the past week – to see how rapidly things are changing:
- The ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) awards announced an end its decades-old prize categories of “Best Male Artist” and “Best Female Artist”. And why? To create a new category called “Best Artist” so that “non-binary” performers feel comfortable.
- In the midst of restrictions and lockdowns, Queensland’s Government saw fit to push through a shocking bill for euthanasia and assisted suicide – with no exemptions for faith-based hospitals – and all in a mere couple of days. Strangely, I seem to recall governments having a lot to say about saving lives recently(?)
- The Victorian Government has announced it will undermine faith-based schools’ ability to actually uphold their faith. Religious schools will be banned from hiring and firing with regard not only to sexual preference, but also “gender identity”. And this, the Victorian Government says, “will strike the right balance”.
And this is just a snapshot. We certainly live in strange times.
So, how should we react? I thought it might be useful to take another leaf out of St Anthony’s book:
“Whoever hammers a lump of iron, first decides what he is going to make of it, a scythe, a sword, or an axe.
“Even so we ought to make up our minds what kind of virtue we want to forge or we labour in vain.”
It’s no use simply worrying or, conversely, busying ourselves for the sake of it.
Unless we want to “labour in vain” we need to take action as effectively as we can.https://www.austfamily.com.au/freedom_declaration?utm_campaign=210917_update_pc2_2&utm_medium=email&utm_source=afc
What is this I think is a “girl” talking about? This is scary that these “people” have a platform to spread their idiocy!
‘In 2007, America had one pediatric gender clinic; today there are hundreds. Testosterone is readily available to adolescents from places like Planned Parenthood and Kaiser, often on a first visit—without even a therapist’s note.
How did we get to this point? How is it that we are all supposed to pretend that the only way you can know I’m a woman is if I tell you my pronouns? How did we get to an America in which a 13-year-old in the State of Washington can begin “gender affirming” therapy without her parents’ consent? How did we get to an America in which a 15-year-old in Oregon can undergo “top surgery”—elective double mastectomy—without her parents’ permission? And what can we do about it?
To understand how we got to this point, it is useful to begin by considering gender dysphoria—the feeling of severe discomfort in a person’s biological sex. Gender dysphoria is certainly real. It is also exceedingly rare. It afflicts about 0.01 percent of the population, most of whom are male.
For nearly 100 years of diagnostic history, gender dysphoria typically began in early childhood, between the ages of two and four, and usually involved a boy who insisted that he was not a boy but a girl. Children afflicted are insistent, consistent, and persistent in the feeling that they are in the wrong body. It is by all accounts excruciating—I’ve talked to many transgender adults, most of them biological males, who describe the relentless chafe of a body that feels all wrong.
Historically, this has been the classic presentation of gender dysphoria. When these children were left alone—when no one intervened medically or encouraged what we today call “social transition”—over 70 percent of them naturally outgrew their gender dysphoria. Most of those who outgrew it became gay men. Those who did not outgrow it became what used to be known as transsexuals. They did not believe they were women, but they felt most comfortable presenting themselves as females.
Today, however, we don’t leave these children alone. Instead, the moment children seem not to be perfectly feminine or perfectly masculine, we label them as “trans kids.” Teachers encourage them to reintroduce themselves to their classes with new names and new pronouns. We take them to therapists or doctors, nearly all of whom practice so-called affirmative care—meaning they think it is their job to affirm the diagnosis of gender dysphoria and help the children medically transition.
The typical first step in treatment administered to these kids is puberty blockers, which shut down the part of the pituitary gland that directs the release of hormones catalyzing puberty. The most common of these drugs is Lupron, whose original purpose was the chemical castration of sex offenders. To this day, the FDA has never approved this drug for halting healthy puberty.
One has to wonder why a parent or a doctor would take measures to stop a child’s puberty, given that even a child with genuine gender dysphoria would most likely outgrow that condition if left alone. Some argue that it is traumatizing to let children go through the puberty of the sex to which they do not wish to belong. But in many cases, puberty seems to have helped children overcome gender dysphoria. The truth is that there is no satisfying answer, given that scientists have no way of predicting which children will outgrow the dysphoria on their own and which won’t.
Proponents of “affirmative care” also argue that allowing puberty to occur is dangerous, because suicide rates for trans-identified youth and trans adults are very high. Therefore, they say, we need to start treating children with gender dysphoria as soon and as dramatically as possible.
Yet there are no good long-term studies indicating that puberty blockers cure suicidality or even improve mental health. Nor are there studies that show puberty blockers are safe or reversible when used in this manner.
What we do know is that puberty blockers prevent the development of secondary sex characteristics, sexual maturation, and bone density. Indeed, because of the inhibition of bone density and other risks, doctors don’t like to keep children on puberty blockers for more than two years.
We also know that in almost every case when a child’s healthy puberty is medically arrested, placing the child out of step with his or her peers, that child proceeds to cross-sex hormones. And when puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones are administered to a girl, she becomes infertile. She may also have permanent sexual dysfunction given that her sex organs never reach adult maturity.
Given this, the claims made by so many doctors and gender activists today that these medical transition measures for children are safe and reversible—that they are a “pause button,” without serious downsides—are not only dishonest, but destructive. We would not accept this sort of glib salesmanship in any other area of medicine.’ The entire article may be read at https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/gender-ideology-run-amok/?utm_campaign=imprimis&utm_medium=email&_hsmi=145088617&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-82LxjuQXabEfThs88_P4in1JgaJKTK7mGlLyfuzWBVDVMjbRtFsK1rj0V1FiJBxOdb8mEvh3cARry8p3AAR49b0XQ8Jw&utm_content=145088617&utm_source=hs_email
Can a man put on a dress and ‘say’ they are a woman and walla they are? What nonsense! Well, ‘The Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination board have made it clear that the attacks on women aren’t slowing down anytime soon.
Anti-discrimination commissioner Sarah Bolt has ruled that lesbian events must admit men who claim they are women into their events.
The Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual alliance tried to organise an event that would exclude “trans-women” – biological men – but was denied by Ms Bolt.
“Many lesbians feel uncomfortable having transgenders in their spaces, because they are not female; they are biological males,” organiser Jessica Hoyle said.
“We are forced to have them in our groups but none of us want to date them … I feel discriminated against by Sarah Bolt on the basis of being a lesbian same-sex attracted (woman).”
You and I can see how ridiculous and dangerous this decision is. Protections for women and girls are being eroded at a terrifying pace.
And what happens to the women who try to stand up and protect our women and children? They’re labelled “TERFs” – tran-exclusionary radical feminists – and are subject to threats by transgender activists wearing t-shirts with slogans like “Kill the TERF” or “I punch TERFs”.
That’s right. Men dressed like women have been able to convince the world that their misogyny is in the name of equality. To fight back is to be ostracised and labelled as a “radical feminist”.
And who do you think the woke, politically correct crowd backs? Certainly not the women.
It is now politically correct to support misogyny, so long as it dresses like a woman.
Between men attempting to “chest-feed” newborns and the censorship of women defending sex-based rights, women and womanhood are under attack.
Men cannot breastfeed.
Men are not women.
Men’s “trans rights” should not be put before the safety of women and young girls.
Together we must stand up and fight back against these dangerous ideologies.’https://www.binary.org.au/