Behold the new diversity. Any view you like so long as it is liberal

Sep 1, 2015 by

By Laura Perrins, The Conservative Woman: Peter Hitchens has proposed a new Senate to replace the now hopelessly beyond reform House of Lords. Hitchens is one of the few remaining great conservative columnists writing in a national newspaper; many others have either been purged or capitulated to the great re-education camp that is Britain’s main stream media. The requirements for standing and voting for this new Senate make interesting reading. I was delighted to find that I retain a vote, and that in fact I could use that vote to support my co-editor Kathy Gyngell who I would convince to stand for this new body. Hitchens tells us that the new Senate “should ban anyone who is a current member of a political party, or has been a member in the last five years. It should also ban anyone who has ever given more than £100 in any year to any party.” (Check!) “Nobody under the age of 55 should be able to stand for election, and nobody under the age of 30 should be able to vote in those elections. Nobody under 55 knows anything much about life. Nobody under 30 knows anything.” Read here...

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Episcopal Church Plans Big Pansexual Rights Push in Africa

Sep 1, 2015 by

By David Virtue, VOL: In Salt Lake City this past July, the Episcopal Church passed without controversy resolution A051 “in support of LGBT African Advocacy” that included hundreds of thousands of dollars to push its sexual agenda on the continent of Africa in direct defiance of Lambeth resolution 1.10 and subsequent calls by Global South leaders to turn back from their wicked sexual ways. The sheer gall TEC has in pushing an unwholesome behavior that has within it the seeds of death in the name of rights, deemed unnatural to most Africans should not be underestimated. Money and flights help. Even as TEC slowly withers on the vine (some 45 percent of parishes are without a full time priest and two thirds of its congregations are made up of middle age women who have about as much interest in Africa except as a tourist destination or ISIS has in winning Tasmania for Allah), Episcopal leaders are hell bent on sodomizing Africa in the name of a revisionist sexual god of their own devising. During and since the 1990s Global South African leaders have pled repeatedly in one Primates meeting after another and in one communique after another that western pan Anglican archbishops and bishops should obey their calling to renounce and drive away all strange and erroneous doctrines. They have steadfastly refused to do that. In the name of Indaba, (a faux listening process set up in London and paid for by The Episcopal Church), and calls for generous orthodoxy and greater inclusivity, TEC leaders have adopted the stance that the best defense is an offense, even as all the indicators are that TEC will not be around as an institution 35 years from now. Read here...

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What’s Driving the Marriage Divide?

Sep 1, 2015 by

By Rachel Sheffield, Public Discourse: Although economic factors certainly play a role in the growing gap in marriage rates between higher income, college-educated Americans and those with lower levels of education and income, the impact of changing cultural mores should not be underestimated. There is a growing marriage divide in the United States. Marriage rates among lower-income and working class Americans have declined dramatically, and unwed childbearing has become the norm. However, among college-educated Americans, marriage is doing pretty well: most marry, their unwed childbearing rate has remained nearly as low as it was five decades ago, and they are the least likely to divorce. This marriage divide is driving a wedge through society: in the upper-income third of the population, children are raised by their married parents, who have college educations. In the rest of the population, children are often born to single mothers with a high school education or less. Unwed childbearing has long been common among those with the lowest income levels. Only recently has it become the norm among working-class, high-school-educated Americans as well. Not only does this trend leave a large proportion of America’s children at much higher risk of poverty, it also puts children at greater risk for outcomes that make them less likely to thrive. Children raised without their married mother and father are more likely to drop out of high school, go to jail, abuse alcohol and drugs, and become single parents themselves. Read here...

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Silence at the water-cooler: The impact of same-sex marriage in the workplace

Sep 1, 2015 by

From Science Daily: Workplace reactions to same-sex relationships suggest that legal recognition has done little to erode the marginalization many LGB people face, new research from a University of Kent sociologist concludes. Dr Mike Thomas looked at the workplace as an arena for assessing the social impact of same-sex marriage and civil partnership. Drawing on groundbreaking research carried out in the UK, USA and Canada, Dr Thomas found that getting married or forming a civil partnership sometimes led to problems for lesbian and gay people at work. In a paper presented on 25 August at the annual conference of the American Sociological Association, Dr Thomas concluded that while on the one hand news of a same-sex wedding or civil partnership made gay and lesbian employees more visible at work and led to a sense of belonging and inclusion, this was often an uncomfortable process that tested the limits of acceptance. He found that some of those who took part in the research felt they’d lost the respect of their colleagues and faced gossip and hostility from co-workers when news of their wedding or civil partnership got out. Some were outed as gay or lesbian as a result of this process. Even apparently benevolent efforts to include lesbian and gay workers, such as organising a workplace party to recognise an employee’s wedding, were likely to draw hostility and underline a lack of respect or recognition for lesbian and gay workers. This lack of respect was seen as undermining the position of lesbian and gay employees at work. Dr Thomas said: ‘These findings show that legislation and policy only tell part of the story: we need to look at the daily lives of gay and lesbian people to understand the real impact of same-sex marriage. Read here...

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Germany’s Muslim Demographic Revolution

Sep 1, 2015 by

By Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute: Germany’s Muslim population is set to skyrocket by more than 700,000 in 2015, pushing the total number of Muslims in the country to nearly 6 million for the first time. The surge in Germany’s Muslim population — propelled by a wave of migration unprecedented since the Second World War — represents a demographic shift of epic proportions, one that critics of the country’s open-door immigration policy warn will change the face of Germany forever. At a press conference on August 19, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière revealedthat a record 800,000 migrants and refugees — the equivalent of nearly one percent of Germany’s total population — are expected to arrive in Germany in 2015, a four-fold increase over 2014. He said that 83,000 migrants had arrived in July alone, and that the figure for August would be higher still. De Maizière said that although many of the migrants are from the Middle East and North Africa, a large number (40%) are from countries in the Balkans, including Albania and Kosovo. This implies that nearly half of those arriving in Germany are economic migrants, not refugees fleeing war zones. Read here...

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Eight facts most don’t know about physical and psychological consequences of abortion for women

Sep 1, 2015 by

by Peter Saunders, LifeSite: Contrary to popular opinion abortion hurts women. TheUnChoice.com is an evidence-based Elliot Institute campaign to raise awareness about unwanted abortions, post-abortion issues and maternal deaths and to provide help, hope and healing. The US-based Elliot Institute  publishes research and educational materials and works as an advocate for women and men seeking post-abortion healing. The following figures, referenced below from an Elliott Institute publication, are eight evidence-based facts about the consequences of abortion for women’ health.  I have, where possible linked the references to the original sources. Read here...

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Quebec begins mandatory sex ed teaching 5-year-olds about masturbation, genitalia, and homosexuality

Sep 1, 2015 by

by Pete Baklinski, LifeSite: Quebec’s Ministry of Education is rolling out a new pilot program for mandatory sex education this year that teaches 5-year-old children about male and female genitalia, how conception happens, and “different types of families.” The Ministry is refusing to allow parents to opt children out. “For the moment, no exemptions are planned,” Ministry of Education spokesperson Pascal Ouellet told The Canadian Press. An information pamphlet created by the Ministry for parents details what the Ministry considers “appropriate” material for children based on “age and level of development.” But what the government thinks is appropriate might have parents, especially those from a religious or ethnic background, fuming. By the time the children have gone through elementary school (ages 6-11), they will have: Read...

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After Chrism Masses, Benefice Appointments – CofE Independent Reviewer’s Second Report

Sep 1, 2015 by

By David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK: […]  On 10 August 2015, Sir Philip issued his second report following a letter from Dr Colin Podmore, Director of Forward in Faith, enclosing an expression of concern about the operation of the House of Bishops’ Declaration in respect of the Parish of All Saints, Cheltenham in the Diocese of Gloucester. He states “[t]he nub of the concern … was the licensing of the Revd Angela Smith as an “Associate Priest in the North Cheltenham Team” despite the fact that the Team Benefice included the Parish of All Saints where, by virtue of paragraph 43 of the House of Bishops’ Declaration, the PCC was to be treated as having passed a Resolution under paragraph 20 of the Declaration”. Read here...

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This speech on abortion by a 12-year-old left her pro-choice teacher speechless

Aug 31, 2015 by

From LifeSite: At first Lia’s pro-choice teacher told her that she was disqualified from the school’s speech competition because her topic was too controversial. But then she heard the speech and was so blown away she changed her mind. Lia went on to win the competition. Watch her speech below.

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Zis Is What I Call Social Madness

Aug 31, 2015 by

By Michael Brown, Charisma News: In the latest example of social madness, Rickey Hall, the vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, is calling on all students to use gender inclusive pronouns like “ze, hir, zir, xe, xem and xyr” in order to make the campus “welcoming and inclusive for all.” On another front, Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner has said that he would like to date a man so that he could be treated like a woman. But his suggestion was rebuffed by interviewer and friend Jenny Boylan who replied, “Caitlyn Jenner, you are a normal woman right now, today. You don’t need a man to make you a woman.” Seriously? Bruce Jenner, with male voice and taking hormones to overcome his maleness is “a normal woman right now, today”? At the risk of being redundant, may I ask again: Is the whole world going mad? We not only have a push for gender neutral bathrooms in cities across America but we have: Read...

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