Just what our kids need in school; LGBTQ+ history of sodomites!
‘Scotland has officially become the first country in the world to implement a required LGBTQ+ curriculum in schools after a new teacher toolkit launched this week. Educators now have access to a website offering an e-learning course on teaching topics related to the LGBTQ+ community, as well as a host of inclusive lesson plans and educational support materials, according to Scottish news outlet The Scotsman.
While LGBTQ+ subjects will be taught explicitly, the new curriculum also seeks to integrate inclusion into everyday learning. Lessons offered on the website range from exercises on discrimination to a math problem involving a young girl purchasing Father’s Day cards for her two dads.
While the new curricula were created, in part, for students to receive a more well-rounded education, the Scottish government also hopes the lessons will help reduce bullying. LGBTQ+ youth in the U.K. are twice as likely to have been bullied in the past year than their straight, cisgender classmates, according to a June study released by the youth advocacy group Just Like Us.
Scotland’s history-making curriculum is in large part due to the efforts of Time for Inclusive Education (TIE), an LGBTQ+ advocacy group that successfully lobbied the Scottish Parliament to implement nationwide inclusive learning. In 2017, the country’s government created the “LGBTI Inclusive Education Working Group,” which consisted of TIE and several other pro-LGBTQ+ groups, to investigate deepening inclusion in schools. A year later, the government accepted all 33 of its recommendations.
“Everything we’re trying to do here is all very, very Christian,” TIE Co-founder Liam Stevenson told them. in 2019. “It’s about looking after one another, it’s about respecting one another, and it’s about caring for and loving one another and producing healthy young people.”’
“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.
Australia along with the UK is becoming more and more anti-God and antagonistic toward God’s Word!
‘After facing arrest and detention for preaching that homosexuality is a sin, an American evangelist is warning that “things are getting very bad” in the United Kingdom and other Western countries, suggesting that the situation has deteriorated to the point where they are “becoming communist.”
Ryan Schiavo, who describes himself as an “evangelist and missionary,” was arrested in London on July 22 for preaching that homosexuality is a sin. While Schiavo is an American, he spends a considerable amount of time in London and frequently ministers to British youth and others gathered in the public square.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Schiavo recounted the events leading up to his arrest and warned about its implications for free speech and freedom of religion in the U.K. and Western civilization as a whole.
“I was preaching the Gospel on the streets as I frequently do, but it was about a 30-minute message, and in the course of a long message I can touch on many topics that I believe are pertinent,” he said. “At one point, I talked about the issue of homosexuality and transgenderism. I said that homosexuality is a sin; I talk about how it’s destructive, and the damage the transgender agenda is doing to children right now in the schools because it’s being pushed on children at a very young age here.”
Schiavo told CP that one of the things he said while preaching was that “the churches that have rainbow flags on them” were “not real churches.” His message drew the ire of one young woman, whom he believed was a lesbian. According to Schiavo, she was “very upset at what I had said, and so she called the police and the police came.”
As documented in a video of his arrest, Schiavo was detained for purportedly violating Section 4A of the Public Order Act, which bans people from causing “intentional harassment, alarm, or distress.”
The law declares that “a person is guilty of an offense if, with intent to cause a person harassment, alarm, or distress, he — (a) uses threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior, or disorderly behavior, or (b) displays any writing, sign or other visible representation which is threatening, abusive or insulting.”
As Metropolitan Police officers moved in to arrest him, Schiavo declared, “It is an honor to suffer for Jesus Christ.” He predicted that “God is going to judge this country so severely” because of its embrace of LGBT ideology.
“This is because I am a Christian!” he exclaimed. “That’s why this is happening.”
Schiavo told CP that when he was taken to jail, he was “put in a cell for 10 hours and given a mental health evaluation by the National Health Service before being released in the middle of the night.” He lamented that situations like his “egregious” detention were becoming “all too common.”
Describing the mental health evaluation to CP, Schiavo maintained that he was asked “personal questions about my family and about my work and how I was doing physically.” Schiavo cited the fact that he had to undergo a mental health evaluation as evidence that “things are getting very bad” in the U.K. regarding freedom of speech and religious expression.
“All these institutions are working together with each other; they’re anti-Christ,” he added. “It’s time for the church to wake up and to be prepared for persecution. Freedom of speech and expression are very much under attack in the Western world, and I’m concerned that many of these Western countries are becoming communist.”
Elaborating on his mental health evaluation, Schiavo recounted that he “did talk about the issue of homosexuality and transgenderism” with the man who was questioning him. “I said to him, ‘Would you call a banana a carrot?’ And the point I was making was this is what we do with people now. We call men women and women men.”
“I didn’t say that to him. I just said, ‘Would you call a banana a carrot?’ And he looked at me and he said, ‘If somebody was offended, I would.’ And I looked at him and I said, ‘I should be the one asking you the questions.’”
Schiavo contended that his mental health evaluation, which lasted for 30 minutes, was an effort to “convince me not to talk about homosexuality in public anymore.” He told CP that “he (the mental health evaluator) wanted me to affirm him and just say, ‘OK,’ and agree, and I never did.”
The evangelist attributed his hostile treatment by the police to the fact that British law enforcement officials are “so trained to hear ‘homosexuality’ or ‘Islam’ because those are the two most protected demographics in Britain right now.” He stressed that in the U.K., “you cannot speak against homosexuality or transgenderism and you can’t speak against Islam.”
“So if they hear those words, their antennas are up because they go through all of this pro-LGBT training … in their schooling, … at every other level of society people do here, it’s being pushed on them,” he continued. “And so when they hear that word, they’re immediately thinking ‘hate crime,’ ‘hate crime.’”
Although he wasn’t formally charged with a crime, Schiavo’s arrest puts him “in the national police records for three years.” He’s now working with the U.K.-based Christian Legal Centre to “get this overturned.”
“I did not commit a crime,” Schiavo insisted. “It is not a crime in the U.K. to say homosexuality is a sin in public or to say that churches with rainbow flags on them are not churches. This is protected speech.”
In a separate interview with CP, Linda Thacker, who attends church with Schiavo when he’s in the U.K. and videotaped the arrest, explained why she decided to document his interaction with law enforcement officials on camera: “I didn’t like the security guard’s attitude toward Ryan. He seemed very hostile.”
“We wanted to make sure that there was no kind of false accusation,” she said.
Thacker characterized Schiavo’s arrest as “a bit of a wake-up call for me,” expressing concern that “the right to have free speech and to express how we feel personally about … anyone else’s lifestyle … will put you in the position of being called a domestic terrorist or some kind of hater.” Like Schiavo, Thacker fears that the U.K. is “heading toward a communist state.”
Before his arrest, Thacker said there had been confrontations between Schiavo, his supporters and LGBT individuals that weren’t captured on camera.
“The lesbian was very threatening and kicked his drink down the road. [She] also tried to tear my husband’s Bible out of his hands, which she didn’t manage to do, but she got a leaflet out of his Bible … and flung it into the street.”
While Schiavo did face hostility following his comments about homosexuality, he also received support, including from an atheist, who was featured in Thacker’s video. Schiavo told CP that while the man “said that he disagreed with 99% of what I said,” he nonetheless argued to the police that ‘This man has not done anything warranting … an arrest, he’s just exercising his freedom of speech.’”
In spite of the man’s impassioned defense of Schiavo, the street evangelist lamented that the police “never even took a statement from him.” Instead, Schiavo said, “the police only took one formal statement on the street … and it was from this young girl … [who] was upset with what I said.”
“From the beginning, they weren’t interested in getting to the truth. … It was just this one girl’s testimony that they listened to.”
Thacker seconded Schiavo’s accusation that police had conducted a one-sided investigation: “All they were interested in doing was arresting him on the grounds of this lesbian that said that she had been distressed by what was said.”
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.
‘New Zealand was the first country in the world to give women the right to vote in parliamentary elections. But now, 120 years on from that landmark moment for female equality, Kiwi women are fighting a rear-guard campaign to defend the meaning of the word ‘woman’.
As well as dealing with the fallout from the pandemic, Jacinda Ardern’s Labour government has been busy prioritising a bill that would effectively allow anyone to become a woman just because they wanted to. While Ardern is being cheered on by the transgender lobby, it has fallen to Speak Up for Women, a grassroots campaign group, to speak truth to power. Rather predictably, politicians seem unwilling to listen; worse, some are determined to stop anyone else hearing what these women have to say.
The group’s co-founder Beth Johnson is concerned that this legislation could be disastrous. ‘The gap between the intention of this law and the practicality of implementation is large enough to drive a prison bus through,’ she said. ‘How, in practice, is any agency, school, sports team or female‐only service provider meant to assess a person’s sex if not via their birth certificate?’
It’s a good question. But while liberals around the world fawn over Ardern’s ‘progressive’ government, it is one her administration has no answer to.
Tomorrow evening, Speak Up for Women’s nationwide tour of public meetings arrives in the capital, Wellington. To coincide with the event, the organisation raised NZ$5000 (£2,500) for a billboard carrying the dictionary definition, ‘woman: adult human female.’
So far, so harmless, you might think. But no. The advertisement, which went up on Monday, has provoked a furore. Yesterday, it was taken down following a targeted campaign against the advertising agency. Go Media’s general manager Simon Teagle explained that the billboard was removed when ‘offended New Zealanders’ complained:
‘While we believe in freedom of speech, we do not condone content that upsets our community. We apologise unreservedly for any distress this may have caused anyone and remedied the situation as soon we could.’
But what about the valid concerns of the ordinary women who make up Speak Up for Women? Hundreds of women contributed to the campaign to raise money for the advertisement which, despite containing words lifted straight from a dictionary, is considered beyond the pale. Johnson is indignant: ‘Why do these activists have so much power to intimidate businesses and women’s groups? Why is our government condoning this with their silence?’
If New Zealand’s government has been silent, local authorities are a different matter. Last week, the mayor of a city in the Wellington region posted on Facebook saying, ‘If this group needs a venue…I’ve got some nice new waste bins they can use?’
But Speak up for Women haven’t been deterred. Their meeting in Wellington is scheduledto go ahead tomorrow night. Johnson told me that the group’s events have been growing in size as they moved around the country, ‘They are mostly attended by women, but we have a few men and transsexuals attending. We expect the room to be at capacity, which is 140 people,’ she said.
Inevitably, protests are planned to take place outside. A group calling itself ‘Queer Endurance/ Defiance’ describes the campaign as an ‘anti-trans hate group’. But if my experience of similar events in the UK is anything to go on, the hate is likely to be outside the building, certainly not in the meeting. Groups like ‘Queer Endurance/ Defiance’ do not speak for trans people like me.
But while those brave women who do attend the meeting are likely to face abuse, members of Wellington City Council are far from sympathetic. Wellington mayor Andy Foster, backed by a number of councillors, has arrangedfor the centre to be lit in the colours of the transgender flag while the Speak Up for Women event takes place. Without irony, Foster explained that:
‘We are taking this action to ensure there is a voice for members of the gender diverse community, who do not normally have ready access to influence public opinion.’
In the middle of this circus, Speak Up for Women are simply trying to hold their meeting. Johnson told me that, ‘we would have no issue with this (decision to light up the building) if it was individuals exercising their own freedom of speech, but this is the power of the council trying to intimidate us again.’
This gender confusion issue pushed by the Left is out of control in many Australian states so the Australian Christian Lobby has printed pamphlets for distribution seeking to tell the truth.
However, the Victorian state ‘…Attorney-General Jacklyn Symes described the Australian Christian Lobby’s pamphlets on the recently passed Change or Suppression (Conversion) legislation as “hurtful, harmful and wrong.” However, she didn’t mention that the legislation bans LGBTIQA+ people who want help from getting help [Section 5(1)], and prosecutes parents who want to encourage their gender confused children to wait, rather than rushing into irreversible gender transitioning treatment [Section 64].
These ACL pamphlets seek to bring out truth and raise awareness in the community. And, LGBTIQA+ people should have the freedom to explore other options and seek counselling rather than limiting them to only one option – gender transitioning.
What is concerning about Section 5(1) of this legislation is that even those who consent to get help cannot get it. This harms LGBTIQA+ people by robbing them of their true freedom of choice.
In addition, Section 64 amends the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 to allow authorities to investigate and prosecute parents who help their children understand and be at ease with their own biological sex before deciding on gender transitioning treatments.
With gender theory being taught extensively in all state schools to children as young as primary level, children who return home with confusion over their gender will lose the opportunity to have proper conversation with their parents.Parents will either be forced to affirm their child’s preferred gender, or risk being investigated or prosecuted for “family violence” that is deemed to cause either emotional or psychological harm by “changing or suppressing” their child’s desired gender identity.
Out of love and care for families in the community, children, and the LGBTIQA+ community, the ACL pamphlets intend to help parents be aware of the danger of this legislation and avoid litigation. It is also ACL’s wish to advocate for the true freedom of gender confused children and the LGBTIQA+ community. If they are seeking help and consent to receive it, they deserve help in any form.
How are ACL’s pamphlets “hurtful, harmful and wrong” or “derogatory” and “appalling” when they tell the truth about passed legislation and reveal the hidden risks?