The cowardly enablers of thuggery

Sep 20, 2021 by

by Melanie Philllips: An MP is now too much at risk to attend her own party’s conference. The Labour MP Rosie Duffield has decided to stay away from this year’s Labour party conference after receiving advice that her safety there could be at risk. The reason? She has been branded transphobic for “knowing that only women have a cervix”. She has also pointed out that it might not be appropriate for people with male bodies who identify as women to enter female-only spaces. The position in which...

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The Tavistock Appeal Court ruling

Sep 17, 2021 by

from Transgender Trend: We are disappointed at the decision of the Appeal Court today to uphold the appeal of the Tavistock  and Portman NHS Foundation Trust against the decision of the Divisional Court in Bell & Mrs A v Tavistock. The Appeal was allowed on the basis that the Divisional Court did not hold that the use of puberty blockers to treat gender dysphoria is unlawful, and that the declaration and guidance issued by the Divisional Court covered areas of disputed fact, expert...

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Stories ‘My church didn’t know what to do with me’ – Libby’s transgender story

Sep 15, 2021 by

By Libby Littlewood, Premier: During her teenage years Libby Littlewood pleaded with God to make her ‘feel like a girl’. With her prayers seemingly unanswered, she transitioned to live as a man aged 17, before being convicted by God to de-transition in her early twenties. Here’s her story in full. Having been brought up in a Christian family, the Lord was no stranger to me. When I was four, we moved to a small Baptist church. At six, I had my first tangible encounter with the Holy Spirit. When...

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Schrodinger’s shield

Sep 14, 2021 by

by Harry Miller, The Critic: In the hands of the police it’s a symbol of love — Anyone else will be arrested. Anyone familiar with Seventies television will recall Regan and Carter throwing bad guys over the bonnet of a Ford Consul GT and telling them, “We’re The Sweeney, son, and we haven’t had any dinner. You’ve kept us waiting, so unless you want a kicking you tell us where those photographs are.” Before the Police and Criminal Evidence Bill spoiled it all in 1984, you could get away with...

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Evangelical Lutheran Church in America installs its first openly transgender bishop

Sep 14, 2021 by

from Daily Mail: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America installed its first openly transgender bishop in a service held in San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral on Saturday. The Rev. Megan Rohrer will lead one of the church’s 65 synods, overseeing nearly 200 congregations in Northern California and northern Nevada. ‘My call is … to be up to the same messy, loving things I was up to before,’ Rohrer told worshippers. ‘But mostly, if you’ll let me, and I...

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Can we combine compassion and truth in response to transgender?

Sep 13, 2021 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: Andrew Bunt, who is Assistant Pastor at King’s Church, Hastings and Bexhill, has written a fascinating and helpful Grove Booklet on welcoming and supporting transgender people in the Grove Pastoral series, under the title People not Pronouns: Reflections on Transgender Experience. I asked him about the background to writing the booklet, and the interesting approach that he took to this important pastoral question. IP: You start the booklet with a very honest account of...

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