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A 10-year-old Brooklyn, NY, boy says he is founding an online drag club for kids

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January 5, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — “Haus of Amazing,” purportedly the “first ever drag house established exclusively for kids who are doing amazing drag,” will be a “positive, encouraging and safe on-line community for drag kids to connect with each other,” according to an on-line flyer for the club.

Desmond Napoles has been showing interest in dressing in drag since he was a toddler, a Daily Mail report said, and has gained fame on the New York drag circuit as his drag alter ego, Desmond is Amazing.

'Ever since day one... ever since I was able to walk, I used to take my mom's towels and take her heels and clomp around the house,” Napoles said, “put the towel on my head, wrap a towel around my body and walk the runway down my house.”

At age six he began asking his parents for princess costumes and dresses, the report said. His parents consulted a therapist and were told it was best to allow Desmond develop naturally and to explore his tastes on clothing, toys and activities.

The boy continued to dress in drag and was featured in 2014 in a music video with drag celebrities RuPaul and Jinkx Monsoon.

His June 2015 appearance in a rainbow tutu and sparkled gold beret at New York’s Gay Pride event went viral, and Napoles is the youngest member of New York’s longtime “Vogue” dance house Iconic House of UltraOmni. He hopes to have his own fashion and cosmetics line some day.

Napoles calls himself a “drag kid” as opposed to a “drag queen,” with the explanation that the term “drag queen” should only refer to adults. 

Napoles came out as gay last year, the Daily Mail report said. His parents are emphatic that their son is not yet sexually active, the report said, and although Napoles is an advocate for LGBTQ issues, he has not ”reached the age where sexual relations are appropriate or discussed explicitly.”

He told Out magazine last fall his advice for other kids was, “If your parents say, “Oh, gay is bad” or “it’s a sin,” pay them no mind and say, “If you don’t like me, I’m gonna leave.”

Napoles told kids if they feel suicidal, “don’t commit because there is always love in the world. There are a lot of people like you and my motto is - Be yourself always.”

The “Haus of Amazing” club remains an on-line announcement from last October with more information to be forthcoming, though Napoles does have a website, Instagram account and Facebook page.

Napoles advised the “haters” via his Instagram account this past week that he was secure in who he was and they will not change or shame him.

“You mean nothing to me,” he said. “You are like a fly I shoo away.”

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CDC study shows decline in teen sex during abstinence education period

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WASHINGTON, D.C., January 5, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — “Fewer students are having sexual intercourse during the earlier years of high school,” according to a new study released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

About 41 percent of ninth to 12th grade students now admit to having had sexual intercourse, down from 47 percent in 2005 and a steep decline from 53 percent in 1995. The downward trend is especially prevalent among ninth and 10th graders, the CDC study found. Significantly less sexual experience was even greater among both black and hispanic minorities.

“Nationwide, the proportion of high school students who had ever had sexual intercourse decreased significantly overall and among ninth and 10th grade students, non-Hispanic black (black) students in all grades, and Hispanic students in three grades,” the report concluded.

Rates dropped among boys in general (down 48 percent to 43 percent), girls in general (46 percent to 39 percent), blacks students (down 68 percent to 48.5 percent), and hispanic high schoolers (51 percent to 42.5 percent). Much greater decreases in sexual intercourse were reported among black and hispanic students than among white students. Also, decreases were greater among freshmen and sophomores than among juniors and seniors.

The government called the drop a “positive change,” but only for secular reasons. “Early initiation of sexual activity is associated with having more sexual partners, not using condoms, sexually transmitted infection (STI), and pregnancy during adolescence,” the report explained.

The report also did not state the reason for the decline in sexual activity among teens. The government simply concluded, “More work is needed to understand the reasons for these decreases,” and “more research is necessary to understand the contributing factors” in order “to ensure that they continue.”

Despite the survey period showing dramatic decline in sexual intercourse when the U.S. was supporting and increasing funding for abstinence-based education, the CDC said, “These findings cannot be connected directly to any specific intervention.” As a result, both sides of the sex-ed debate are drawing their own conclusions.  

Two different presidential administrations served during this period of dramatic decline in teen sex. The George W. Bush administration was supportive of abstinence-only programs, and the Obama administration worked against abstinence ed to specifically defund such programs.

Planned Parenthood attributes the drop to Obama cutting abstinence-based sex-ed. Pro-life and pro-family organizations note the decade surveyed — and the not insignificant previous decade — prove government-supported abstinence-ed works.

Dr. Rebecca Oas of the Center for Family and Human Rights says CDC figures show “abstinence education is a reason why teen pregnancy has fallen to historically low rates.” She cited last year’s National Bureau of Economic Research findings on the impact of condom-distribution programs finding higher pregnancy rates when students were given condoms in the absence of counseling.

The Planned Parenthood-founded Guttmacher Institute at first questioned the CDC report’s veracity. Guttmacher researcher Laura Lindberg noted the steepest drop occurred in the last two years of the surveys, from 2013 to 2015, and the most significant decline happened in 2015. “That raises questions of survey value,” she said.

Nevertheless, Lindberg attributed the “welcome development” to Obama defunding abstinence-based programs. She added that condom-based education is “medically accurate.”

Noting that despite the drop in teen sex that still more than half of high school graduates do have intercourse, Lindberg told The Washington Post the government needs to “support healthy choices,” meaning condom-based sex-ed in schools.

The CDC report itself merely speculated that “changes in technology,” “the use of social media,” “funding for education,” and “teen pregnancy prevention” may have contributed to the drop. However, under “teen pregnancy prevention,” the government cited Office of Adolescent Health programs that included several Planned Parenthood grantees.

The teen pregnancy prevention programs noted by the new CDC report were “evidence-based,” meaning it showed the program had a positive impact on pregnancy prevention. But at least one government review protocol acknowledged among studies that “measure program impacts,” most of them “use self reported measures.”

Of 44 programs, only three were abstinence-based, and 25 featured “condom demonstrations.”

No explanation was given why the government officially considers “the consequences of adolescent sexual activity remain a troubling issue in the U.S.” yet funds school programs by organizations that encourage teen sexual activity.

What is undeniable is that more students are remaining abstinent. The CDC acknowledges that “abstinence is the only 100 percent effective way to prevent HIV, other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and pregnancy,” and “the longer you wait to start having oral, vaginal, or anal sex, the fewer sexual partners you are likely to have in your lifetime. Having fewer partners lowers your (STI) chances.”

The new CDC report acknowledged two limitations: that its surveys only included school-attending students, and “the extent of underreporting or overreporting of behaviors cannot be determined.” But there may be other limitations to the sexual experience study.

  • In some places, the surveys went to public and private schools, such as Catholic and Evangelical-based schools, but in other areas only public schools students were surveyed.  

  • Participation was voluntary, so the surveys had to rely on statistical predictions of universal application.  

  • In some areas, as few as 60 percent of students surveyed submitted answers.

  • Since “local parental permission procedures were followed before survey administration,” surveys from states where parents are informed of such personal sexual inquiries included only those whose parents gave written permission for their children to share personal sexual information.

  • The CDC report said results were “weighted to yield nationally representative estimates,” but didn’t explain how the answers were curved.

  • Most state surveys were large (10,000-plus), but some were as low as 1,313 students in an entire state.

National Youth Risk Behavior Surveys cited in the CDC report differ from another major survey conducted through homes rather than schools, which found no significant drop in sexual intercourse among teens.

The CDC has also found fewer teen are becoming pregnant, drinking alcohol, using marijuana and smoking cigarettes.

The study is available here.

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India’s abortion rate is 20 times higher than estimates, but there’s a push for even more liberal laws

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WASHINGTON, D.C., January 5, 2017 (C-Fam) — A recently-released study estimates that abortion in India is 20 times higher than previous estimates – 15.6 million children aborted in 2015 alone. The news led abortion advocates to call on New Delhi to liberalize India’s abortion law even further, past the 20-week gestation limit, even though India’s law is already among the most liberal of its kind in Asia.

The study, published by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, reported that despite the law, most of these abortions take place outside legally approved facilities and are done by medications without a prescription. However, a comment published alongsidefor the study in The Lancet, co-authored by the director of a World Health Organization (WHO) research institute on human reproduction, stressed that not all illegal abortions are necessarily considered by WHO to be unsafe.

India’s Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act (MTPA), adopted in 1971, allows for abortion on demand under 12 weeks of pregnancy, while abortions between 12 and 20 weeks require two doctors’ approval.  Beyond 20 weeks, abortion is only permitted to save the life of the mother.

In an editorial published on the Indian digital platform The Quint, Nikita Mishra argues that the MTPA needs to be “smacked down” entirely. She notes that at the time it became law, current prenatal testing methods did not exist. “The problem is that most of these abnormalities are picked up in ultrasounds only by the 20th to 24th week only,” she writes, “and that exceeds the legal abortion ceiling.”

Any legal provision that could limit unfettered access to abortion — even unintentionally — has come under renewed scrutiny. Abortion proponents object to the requirement for doctors to approve second-trimester abortions prior to 20 weeks, as well as requirements for minor girls to obtain the consent of a legal guardian to obtain an abortion. Another editorial in The Better India implies that another law banning sex determination by ultrasound to prevent sex-selective abortions may be driving women to dangerous, unlicensed abortion providers.

The 15.6 million annual abortions figure is staggering, even taking into account India’s large population size. The report points out that India’s unintended pregnancy rate is comparable to that of Nepal and Bangladesh and lower than that of Pakistan. It says that about half of pregnancies in India are unintended, a similar figure to that in the United States.

According to the Lancet report, “unintended pregnancy is a strong indicator of the need for improvement in contraceptive services” and cite a figure of 13 percent of married women in India with “unmet need” for family planning. However, another Guttmacher Institute study reports that only 4 percent of women in India with “unmet need” cite lack of access to contraceptives as their reason for nonuse. The Lancet study acknowledges that another factor may be inconsistency in “couples’ strength of motivation to have small families.”

The report concludes with recommendations consistent with the Guttmacher Institute’s broader advocacy, including expansion of legal abortion providers by training nurses and midwives to perform abortions. The WHO-affiliated authors of the accompanying comment further call for strategies to reduce abortion stigma and “simplifying training requirements.”

​Reprinted with permission from the Center for Family and Human Rights.

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Chelsea Clinton, Church of Satan exchange Happy New Year wishes

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NEW YORK, January 5, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Chelsea Clinton offered “Happy New Year!” greetings to the Church of Satan.

The daughter of former presidential candidate and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former president Bill Clinton mentioned that last year she and the Satanists “were put on a few threads together.” A Twitter thread is a conversation on the social networking site.

She doesn’t mention how or why, but she tags the Luciferian “church.” She added that this year she was tagged with Hooters, the bar chain known for its scantily-clad servers.

Tweeting to a friend, she concluded, “What a time to be alive!”

The Church of Satan took note of her Twitter nod and tweeted back, “The never ending excitement here is never ending.”

To which Chelsea replied to the Satanists, “It’s been so long! Happy New Year!” The Devil worshippers responded, “Same to you!”

The never ending excitement here is never ending.

— The Church Of Satan (@ChurchofSatan) January 2, 2018

The exchange was met with praise from liberal social media users, calling Chelsea “graceful” and “classy.”  

It also caused a backlash of jokes from conservatives, such as one woman who tweeted, “At least Chelsea Clinton is open about worshiping Satan. If only Hillary Clinton could be as honest.”

Chelsea defended her “Happy New Year” wish to the Church of Satan by tweeting, “We can be...friends with people who don’t share our religious beliefs. Sometimes, we even marry them. I’m a Methodist & my husband is Jewish.”  

“Imagine if Donald Trump Jr. cheerfully wished David Duke or anyone else controversial or considered a white supremacist/Nazi/KKK a Happy New Year,” the Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft opined. “The media would absolutely go crazy!”

“Even worse, Trump supporters would be pummeled if they supported the cheerful exchange and called it ‘classy,’” Hoft continued. “The left embraces the Church of Satan more than they do Trump supporters. Let that sink in.”

Chelsea revealed in 2016 that in her youth she left her dad’s Baptist Church and joined the Methodists because she believes in abortion.

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President Trump nominates marriage champion to the federal bench

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WASHINGTON DC, January 5, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The Trump Administration has already established a sterling record of solid judicial nominees, and his nomination of Howard C. Nielson, Jr. to the federal bench continues that trajectory.

The Washington, DC attorney, who has yet to be confirmed by the Senate, has come under fire for saying that gay judges shouldn’t hear cases involving issues that affect the LGBT community.

Nielson first came to national attention when he served as one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs in Hollingsworth v. Perry, better known as the “Proposition 8” case.  In 2008, California voters approved a constitutional amendment temporarily banning same-sex “marriage” in the state.  Nielson was on the team that sought to defend the measure in court.

When the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that Prop. 8 violated the United States Constitution, Nielson filed a motion to nullify the ruling, arguing that the judge, Vaughn Walker, should have recused himself because he was in a long-term gay relationship.  Walker had waited until after issuing his decision to make his sexual orientation public.  Nielson asserted that Judge Walker “had a duty to disclose not only the facts concerning his relationship, but also his marriage intentions.”

Nielson went further, saying only if Walker “unequivocally disavowed any interest in marrying his partner could the parties and the public be confident that he did not have a direct personal interest in the outcome.”

Nielson’s motion was denied by another district court judge and the Prop. 8 case eventually made its way to the United States Supreme Court, where the Justices ruled in support of Judge Walker’s decision.  

That case paved the way for the Obergefell ruling by the Supreme Court two years later, legalizing same-sex “marriage” across the country.

Neilson’s Nomination Set Off Progressive Alarm Bells

Perhaps the greatest measure of Nielson’s qualification for the federal bench comes from the magnitude of the alarm his nomination has raised among progressives.

The pro-LGBT Human Rights Campaign (HRC) website announced today in bold capital letters, “SHOCKER! ANOTHER ANTI-LGBTQ JUDICIAL NOMINEE FROM TRUMP.”  The HRC AM Tipsheet continued, “Nielson is just the latest in a long line of extreme and unqualified anti-LGBTQ officials Donald Trump and Mike Pence have appointed and nominated to crucial agencies and court benches -- some of whom will serve lifetime appointments.”

The LGBT publication, The Advocate, said that Neilson is just “the latest in a string of problematic judicial nominees.”

And the very left-leaning judicial watchdog group, Alliance for Justice, declared that Nielson’s nomination “raises red flags” because, in part, “in taking a leading role in the effort to prohibit same-sex marriage in California,” Nielson, “argued that a federal judge should be disqualified from hearing the case solely because he was gay.”

Early in his career Mr. Nielson served as a law clerk to United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.  He went on to serve in the Department of Justice as Counsel to the Attorney General, supervising high profile litigation.

In 2003 Neilson was appointed Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel, providing legal opinions and informal advice to the White House, the Attorney General, and Executive Branch Departments and Agencies.

“President Trump has made an outstanding choice to fill the vacancy on Utah's federal District Court,” said Utah Senator Orrin Hatch.  “Howard Nielson is a first-rate talent with broad experience and a commitment to the rule of law. He has sterling credentials and a solid reputation in the legal community.

“President Trump promised to make judicial nominations a priority for his administration, and today, he continued delivering on that promise,” added the Utah Senator.  “I applaud the White House for selecting such an exceptional nominee and look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to see Howard confirmed.”

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Christians in India under assault for celebrating Christmas

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January 5, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) - Hindu extremists beat eight Catholic priests and set their vehicle on fire in a central town of India in mid-December as the priests attempted to help 30 seminarians and two other priests who had been detained and some arrested for singing Christmas carols.

The seminarians from St. Ephrem’s Theological College in Satna went to a local village to sing carols December 14, when an angry mob began shouting against them for alleged conversion activity, the Catholic Herald reports.

Six states in India have strict laws against conversion away from Hinduism.

The violence and seminarians’ arrest preceded a more recent altercation where Hindu nationalists tried to force their way on campus at a Catholic college to perform a Hindu ritual on the premises.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) confirmed the 30 seminarians and two priests from St. Ephrem had been detained when they were carrying out a routine carol-singing program.

Father Maria Stephen, a spokesman for the regional bishops’ council, said this kind of attack raises serious questions about a lack of religious freedom in mostly Hindu India, the Catholic Herald report said.

“One of them called police and demanded action against us,” said Father George Mangalapilly from the Theological College.

A police officer said on condition of anonymity that after the carolers were arrested and charged, they were kept in protective custody because of fears they would be attacked if immediately released.

Father Anish Emmanuel, one of the priests who went to the police station to help the carolers, said that about 100 Hindus attacked them in the police compound.

“We were beaten up in front of the police, but they did nothing,” he said. “They set our vehicle on fire, forcing us to take shelter inside the police station.”

“We were only singing carols, but the hardline Hindus attacked us and said we were on a mission to make India a Christian nation,” Father Emmanuel said in a Reuters report. “That’s not true.”

The carolers were held after a resident of Bhumakahar village, Dharmendra Dohar, charged that he was being forcibly converted to Christianity, according to the independent digital publisher

Bishop Joseph Kodakallil of the Syro-Malabar Diocese of Satna told that a villager had falsely claimed he’d been offered 5,000 rupees (US$65) to convert to Christianity.

Charges had been filed against six carolers under codes pertaining to “imputations and assertions prejudicial to national-integration” and “outraging religious feelings.” The police said they had filed a case against unidentified individuals for torching the car.

Secretary General for the CBCI Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas rebutted the allegations of forced religious conversions as “frivolous and laughable.” He also accused the police of being complicit during the incident.

Bishop Kodakallil said missionaries in the diocese had been facing hostility for the past two years, the Catholic Herald report said.

Police were called this week when members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) Hindu nationalist student organization argued with administrators at St. Mary’s Post Graduate College, CRUX reports, threatening to force their way into the school to perform a Hindu religious ritual.

The ritual, Bharat Mata Aarti, is to the “mother goddess” deity, and involves burning a special candle and songs of praise. The goddess is the personification of the nation of India.

The clash at the Catholic college took place in the city of Vidisha, in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, near the state capital of Bhopal. The state is over 90 percent Hindu, and less than 1 percent Christian, according to the CRUX report.

“The ABVP youth wing trespassed St. Mary’s Post Graduate College - which is a private, unaided institution - on December 30 and they threatened that they would perform Bharat Mata Aarti forcefully on January 4, 2018,” said Father Maria Stephen, public relations officer for the Catholic Church in Madhya Pradesh.

Father Shaju Devassy, director of St. Mary’s, said the Hindu nationalist group has been inciting local sentiment against the college and that the students were in fear because of the group’s tactics.

“The ABVP members are provoking the people of Vidisha against this institution through social media and other means due to which the reputation of this institution is deformed,” Father Devassy said. “Moreover, we are emotionally harassed. The students of the institution are feeling insecure due to these violent procedures.”

Bishop Anthony Chirayath of the Syro-Malabar Diocese of Sagar, which oversees the college, told CRUX he was “in great anxiety” from the threats by “right wing forces” to hold Hindu worship services in Catholic educational institutions.

“We do not even conduct Mass or any Christian prayers in our College and we will not allow any puja [Hindu ritual] to take place,” he said.

“There is a heavy police deployment around the college,” Bishop Chirayath said. “The local church has also submitted a memorandum to the administration asking for protection and security.”

The president of India’s bishops’ conference condemned the incident at St. Mary’s in Vidisha.

“It is an act of humiliation against the sacred constitution of India,” Cardinal Baselios Cleemis said. “The Indian constitution provides a dignified space and atmosphere for the practice of each one’s beliefs and faiths, and to force a Catholic priest to bow down before a deity, and to compel him to worship another religious faith is a humiliation against our sacred Constitution.”

More than 650 attacks on minority Christians had been reported in India as of the mid-December attack on the priests and seminarians, the Catholic Herald report said.

In 2014, the Indian government declared that December 25 would henceforth be celebrated as “Good Governance Day.” The date, the birthdate of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, was said to be honoring the former prime minister and foster awareness with the Indian people of accountability in government.

But the decision to observe Good Governance Day on Christmas Day drew criticism as a statement against Christians. Further, rather than being closed to observe Christmas, schools, colleges and government offices now must stay open December 25 to mark the government occasion.

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Congressman fights to ban sick ‘child sex dolls’

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January 5, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – One member of Congress is shining a bright light on the issue of the manufacture and sale of child sex robots, seeking to prohibit their import into the United States.

While some assert that the increasingly lifelike sex dolls will serve as a deterrent to criminal sexual acts against children by pedophiles, many experts believe the nascent, burgeoning industry will encourage sexual predation, leading to an increase, not a decrease, in the sexual exploitation of children.  

Some of these dolls resemble children as young as three years old, and can be customized to feature lifelike facial expressions, including sadness and fear.  

The Curbing Realistic Exploitative Electronic Pedophilic Robots (CREEPER) Act, which aims to ban importation and distribution of child sex dolls, was introduced by New York Congressman Dan Donovan along with a bipartisan coalition of 12 original cosponsors.

“It’s a uniquely vile person who preys on children to fulfill horrific pedophilic urges,” said Rep. Donovan.  “During my 20 years as a prosecutor, I put away animals who played out their disgusting fantasies on innocent children. What I saw and heard was enough to make anybody sick. Now, as a legislator in Congress, I’m introducing a bill to ban the newest outlet for pedophiles: child sex dolls. They don’t belong in our communities.”

Imported from China, Hong Kong, and Japan, the dolls are purposely mislabeled as mannequins or models to avoid detection by postal authorities.

Law enforcement agents note a correlation between the purchases of child sex dolls by individuals who have history of offenses against children.  “[O]f the 128 dolls seized in the UK, 85% percent of the men who imported them were also found in possession of child pornography,” notes a press release from the congressman Donovan’s office. “Additionally, psychologists and researchers believe that these dolls reinforce, normalize, and encourage pedophilic behavior, potentially putting more children at risk to harm.”

“In fact, emerging psychology on the topic says these obscene dolls encourage abuse of real children,” said Rep. Donovan in an op-ed in The Hill. “Peter Fagan from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine recently told The Atlantic that child sex dolls likely have a ‘reinforcing effect’ on pedophiles, and “in many instances cause [the urge] to be acted upon with greater urgency.”

A Coalition of Robotics Experts, Ethicists and Child Protection Advocates have joined together to support the proposed legislation.

“Child sexual abuse is a heinous crime, one that no child should ever have to suffer,” said Michael Polenberg, VP of Government Affairs of Safe Horizon, a leading victim assistance organization.  “How, then, to reconcile civil society’s abhorrence of child abuse with the production and import of life-sized, life-like dolls of children to be used for sexual purposes? This is deeply concerning on many levels.”

“There is currently a dramatic rise in the development of talking sex robots powered by Artificial Intelligence,” explained Noel Sharkey, Co-director of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics.  “The possibility of making anatomically detailed moving robot replicas of specific children for sexual gratification is now here and is surely a step too far. Such devices will, at the very least, have a pernicious impact on our society and create a threat to the sexual safety of our children.”

“The seizures of child sex dolls illustrates that sex offenders and pedophiles will stop at nothing to reach children,” said Stacie Rumenap, President of Stop Child Predators.   “There is no doubt these dolls will be used to lure and groom children, and will ultimately lead to more sexual abuse and exploitation of real children.”

Melanie Blow, COO of the Stop Abuse Campaign said, “Child sexual abuse is an epidemic in our society, affecting one fifth of our nation's children. An epidemic with massive human and financial costs. Anything that normalizes adult sexual attraction towards children will only worsen this epidemic. Child sex dolls and robots that do this are perfectly legal, and that's a problem.”

Kathleen Richardson, Founder of the Campaign Against Sex Robots and De Montfort University Professor of Ethics and Culture of Robots and AI said, “I have listened to the stories of childhood sexual abuse survivors first hand, and we must do everything to prevent future incidences. Giving child sex dolls and robots to pedophiles will do nothing but encourage harmful acts towards innocent children. A child’s safety should never be put below a predators desire or commercial companies profits.”

Would child sex robots stop pedophilia?

Some suggest that the ‘child sexbots’ (CSBs) will provide a safe outlet for individuals who are sexually attracted to children.

“They envision a future in which pedophiles are prescribed CSBs so they can act out their urges without victimizing anyone,” according to an NBC report.  

“There’s wide agreement among experts that neither child sex dolls nor CSBs should be freely available for purchase,” continues the report.  “But some experts say the time has come to conduct scientific research to gauge their possible use as a deterrent for pedophilia, a psychiatric disorder that causes sexual attraction to prepubescent children and that is now treated with psychotherapy or, in some cases, libido-curbing drugs.”

CSBs Likely to Lead to the Normalization of Sex with Children

While proponents of the manufacture and use of these child sex dolls and robots assert they may have clinical value in curtailing criminal sexual acts against real children, science and medicine suggest that is wishful thinking.

According to a report published at Harvard Health, society has good reason to be pessimistic about pedophilia, which “remains a vexing challenge for clinicians and public officials.”  The report continues, “Pedophilia is a sexual orientation and unlikely to change.”

There is a “fear that CSBs could normalize deviant behavior — and lead pedophiles to cross the line with real victims.  According to the U.K.-based nonprofit Campaign Against Sex Robots, there’s no evidence that adult sex dolls or sexbots have curbed demand for prostitutes,” the NBC report continues.  

Director of the campaign, Dr. Kathleen Richardson, a professor of ethics and culture of robots at De Montfort University in Leicester, notes, “I’ve spoken to adults who were abused as children, and they don’t support the use of CSBs. They say that pedophiles who offend are so cut off from their own humanity that giving them a machine wouldn’t address the underlying problem.”

“For the sake of our country’s children,” said Rep. Donovan, “we absolutely cannot allow child sex dolls in our communities.”

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US businesswoman named new director of UN committee on children. Will she support Trump’s pro-life agenda?

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NEW YORK, January 5, 2018 (C-Fam) – The Trump administration “welcomed” UNICEF’s new executive director, appointed on Monday, raising hopes, and questions, about whether the new chief will embrace the administration’s pro-life stance.

American businesswoman Henrietta Holsman Fore became UNICEF’s 7th executive director, replacing Tony Lake, the Obama-nominated chief and former national security advisor during the Clinton administration. The post has been occupied by an American since its inception in 1947 and is formally appointed by the UN Secretary General after consultation with UNICEF’s executive board which includes the United States. UNICEF has promoted controversial policies on life and family matters since adopting a rights-based approach based upon the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the CEDAW treaty on women’s rights. In recent years UNICEF has endorsed more contentious interpretations of the two treaties put forth by their monitoring committees.

UNICEF intervened with Nicaragua’s national assembly to keep abortion legal in that country, and to liberalize abortion in the Dominican Republic, it has advocated for the right of children to have confidential sexual health services without parental knowledge, advocated that children have genders outside the male-female binary, and has partnered with the world’s largest abortion providers and advocates to hold conferences which promote abortion of children in the womb.

Changing the guard at UNICEF during Republican administrations has raised and dashed pro-life hopes in the past, as when the Bush administration sent Ann Veneman to replace Carol Bellamy. Bellamy was known for insinuating a radical feminist approach at the children’s agency, which experts say pried the agency away from its focus on child survival and set it on its current course.

Fore’s appointment has raised eyebrows because she gave $3,500 to recruit and train pro-choice Republican women candidates in the United States.

The news source Rawstory reported that Federal Election Commission records showed that Fore donated to The WISH List from 1998-2000. The group’s website describes itself as an organization working to “raise money to identify, train, support and elect more Republican women leaders to public office at all levels of government,” and billed itself as “America’s largest fundraising network for pro-choice Republican women candidates!”

When Fore donated to the group, WISH List also described itself as opposed to the “Global Gag Rule,” the term opponents use for the Mexico City Policy, first enacted in 1984, that prohibits taxpayer funding of foreign groups that perform or promote abortion overseas. When Fore was USAID Administrator during the administration of George W. Bush, she was responsible for enforcing the Mexico City Policy.

Until this week, Fore served as Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Holsman International, a manufacturing and investment company. From 2007 to 2009, she served as the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and as Director of United States Foreign Assistance in the U.S. State Department. From 2005 to 2007, she served as Under Secretary of State for Management, and was the 37th Director of the United States Mint from 2001 to 2005. She served on the Boards of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Before taking the UNICEF position she resigned from corporate boards, including those of General Mills and the Exxon Mobil Corporation, where Rex Tillerson served as CEO prior to his role as Secretary of State.

Reprinted with permission from the Center for Family & Human Rights (C-FAM).

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Cardinal signs statement calling Pope’s reading of Amoris Laetitia ‘alien’ to Catholic faith

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ROME, January 5, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Janis Pujats, Emeritus Archbishop Metropolitan of Riga, Latvia, has joined three bishops of Kazakhstan and two Italian archbishops in signing the “Profession of Immutable Truths about Sacramental Marriage,” LifeSite has confirmed.

The addition of Cardinal Janis Pujats’ signature brings the number of signatories to six.

Earlier this week, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary of Astana, Kazakhstan, Archbishop Tomash Peta, Metropolitan of Astana, and Archbishop Jan Pawel Lenga of Karaganda, Kazakhstan issued a “public and unequivocal profession of the truth” regarding the Church’s teaching on the indissolubility of marriage as a “service of charity in truth” to the Church of today and to the Pope.

READ MORE: Three bishops call Pope’s reading of Amoris Laetitia ‘alien’ to Catholic faith

The statement of the Kazakh Ordinaries comes in response to Pope Francis’ and certain bishops’ interpretation of Amoris Laetitia to allow some “remarried” divorcees (without an annulment and not living in sexual continence) access to the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion.

The bishops state that such a reading is causing “rampant confusion,” will spread “a plague of divorce” in the Church, and is “alien” to the Church’s entire faith and Tradition.  

The Latvian Cardinal’s adherence to the Profession comes after that of former U.S. nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, and Emeritus Archsbishop Luigi Negri of Ferrara-Comacchio in northern Italy.

READ MORE: Archbishop explains why he signed profession affirming Church teaching on marriage

Pujats attended the Theological Seminary in Riga, Latvia until it was closed by the Soviet Union in 1951. Two months later he was ordained in a secret ceremony by Archbishop Antonijs Springovičs. He was appointed Archbishop of Riga in 1991. On February 21, 1998 he was created a Cardinal by Pope John Paul II.  His cardinalate was made public at the consistory on February 21, 2001. Cardinal Pujats was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI. He speaks Russian, Polish, Lithuanian, German and Latin in addition to his native Latvian.

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Pro-gay Vatican advisor suggests Catholic catechism contributes to ‘LGBT youth’ suicide

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January 5, 2018 (Joseph Sciambra) – In a recent interview, James Martin, S.J., clearly implied (by repeating gay-advocacy talking-points) that language in “The Catechism of the Catholic Church” directly contributes to the high level of teen suicides among LGBT young people.

[Interviewer] Well the people who’ve seen your book or know something about you are complaining that you want to rewrite some of the Catechism to differently ordered, can you speak about that.

[Martin] Yeah, well part of the Catechism says that homosexual people are objectively disordered; their actions are objectively disordered and they themselves are intrinsically disordered. And so basically what I’m saying in the book is you know we need to look at how that language is received by people and heard by people and basically all I’m saying is that there are several bishops who said that that wording needs to be looked at. And now imagine someone telling you – you are intrinsically disordered, I mean how would that make you feel?

[Interviewer] It’s a tough phrase.

[Martin] I think it’s more than that. I was giving a talk in Washington and the mother of a gay boy came up to me, a fourteen-year-old young man, and said to me, I put this in a revised version of my book that’s coming out in a couple months, this is a quote: Do people understand what that kind of language could do to a young person? It could destroy him.

[Interviewer] Wow.

[Martin] What the book says is we need to listen to that, that’s all the books says. What does that mean? Can we listen to that mother? And its true. I mean LGBT youths are five times, five times more likely to attempt suicide than straight kids. Five times.

This argument, which attempts to find a correlation linking a lack of institutional and societal acceptance and the disparity between homosexuals and heterosexuals with regards to mental health issues, has repeatedly been made by several LGBT advocates and pro-gay Catholic ministries.

For example, Javier Plasencia and his wife Martha started the “Always Our Children” ministry for the parents of “gay” children in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. On the official Catholic Ministry for Lesbian and Gay Persons (CMLGP) web-site, Javier and Martha Plascencia are listed as the contacts under “Parent Support Groups.” In a video for the Jesuit- run Ignatian News, the Plasencias were interviewed about their “gay” son and their ministry; Martha said that: “The language in the Catechism has to change. That word ‘intrinsically disordered,’ my son is not intrinsically disordered. And the bullets from the Catechism, they can harm a lot of children – I mean to the extent of suicide.”

Gay advocate Carl Siciliano, Executive Director of the Ali Forney Center, who was raised a Catholic, has criticized the Catechism for what he judges as “homophobic expressions” which he claims have contributed to increased homelessness and suicide among LGBT youth. As a result, the Ali Forney Center produced a video entitled “It’s Not a Sin.” According to Siciliano:

As a Roman Catholic, I am particularly horrified by the homophobic expressions of our Catechism, which is the mechanism by which the teachings of the Church are conveyed. It’s stance towards homosexual persons makes no sense. While it indicates that homosexual persons “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity,” its’s stance towards “homosexual acts” utterly contradicts this with categorical condemnation that is anything but respectful or compassionate. The Catechism describes homosexual acts as being a “grave depravity,” as being “intrinsically disordered,” as being against the law of nature, and “under no circumstances can they be approved.”

He added:

I hope that this video will raise urgent moral questions for us Catholics. How do we stop being complicit in the harm to innumerable LGBT youths done by the teachings of our Church? How do we create an environment in our parishes and our schools that help parents love and accept their LGBT children? How do we protect children from being harmed by homophobic teachings in churches, schools, religious education programs?

As a former homosexual, I have met and conversed with thousands of “gay” men and women, many of whom were brought-up as Catholics and or attended Catholic schools as children, but I have never met a single person who said that a priest, deacon, or lay minister called them “intrinsically disordered;” or for that matter – even mentioned what the Catechism says about homosexuality. In fact, the only individuals that discuss these so-called problematic terms are gay Catholic activists and the Catholic parents of LGBT children.

Overall, the most vocal opponents of Church teachings pertaining to homosexuality are the militant mothers of gay sons. Usually, the sons are separated from the Church, and they themselves are comfortable with that decision, but the parents become angry and bitter because the Church supposedly rejected their child. The dissident group Fortunate Families, which has received support from several US Catholic Bishops, including former USCCB President Archbishop Wilton Gregory, serves as a sort of clearing-house for the submitted stories which typically detail how a family changed their opinion of Church teachings once a son, daughter, brother or sister or some other close relative “came-out” as a “gay.”

After the Obergefell v. Hodges decision, Deb Word, then President of Fortunate Families and mother of a “gay” son, released the following statement:

“Fortunate Families celebrates with our LGBT children the opportunity to share in the same rights as their straight siblings. The Supreme Court decision brings legal stability to our children’s lives and security to our grandchildren. We applaud this decision and continue our work in the Catholic tradition seeking social justice for all our children…”

While the extraordinary high rates of homelessness and suicide among LGBT youth are incredibly troubling, I think it is also unhelpful and dangerous to simply ascribe this problem to discrimination, intolerance, familial unacceptance, and religious bigotry. While those problems certainly exist, there is a larger issue of untreated mental illness with those in the LGBT community which I believe is actually responsible for much of the unneeded suffering. Only, LGBT activists will not address this pervasive problem because of the other questions it possibly raises; such as the actual origins of homosexuality and whether legislation and social engineering are the keys to greater flourishing and happiness among those in the LGBT community.

As someone who endured oftentimes merciless bullying and teasing as a boy, because of my perceived sexual orientation, and as a young man who did not experience parental acceptance, I can testify that far more traumatic events occurred once I “came-out” and entered the gay male community. The hyper-sexualization, the preponderance of disease, and the pain caused by engaging in sexual acts which are physiologically harmful – made every disappointment and sorrow from childhood seem rather insignificant in comparison. I too once attempted to commit suicide, not because I was harassed as a boy, but after I found life as an adult “gay” man so incredibly unfulfilling. At least, in my case, it didn’t get better. (See the ground-breaking essay by Michael Hobbes: “The Epidemic of Gay Loneliness;” warning graphic content.)

Even the existence of persistent discrimination and oppression does not necessarily expedite an increase in suicides: for example, the suicide rate for African Americans is 70% lower than that of the non-Hispanic white population.

James Martin is worried about the Catechism “destroying” a young “gay” man or woman; but here are the real issues facing those same precious souls; indeed, LGBT youths are 5 times more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexuals, but there are also many other disparities:

In nations with a long history of highly progressive LGBT acceptance and tolerance, significant mental health disparities between homosexuals and heterosexuals persist; in the Netherlands, the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage: “homosexual Dutch men have much higher rates of mood disorders, anxiety disorders and suicide attempts than heterosexual Dutch men.” And in Sweden, where the Constitution was amended to include prohibitions against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, even same-sex married individuals continue to exhibit increased rates of suicidal behavior: “Among same-sex married men the suicide risk was nearly three-fold greater as compared to different-sex married.”

Reprinted with permission from Joseph Sciambra.

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Pro-abortion college student argues for infanticide of 2-year-olds

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, January 5, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A University of Tennessee student has argued that two-year-old children have no right to life because they cannot communicate.

Students for Life of America have released a video interview of the unnamed student to illustrate the extreme positions taken by the pro-abortion movement.

In the short clip, the male student is asked what he thinks about the argument that children can be “aborted” until the age of two.

“I’ll buy that,” says the student although he proceeds to argue for the death of two-year olds, believing them to be incapable of communication.

“The fact of the matter is that without communication, we have no way of knowing if you’re sentient or not,” he says. “I mean, it’s no different than this tree. It’s alive, but is it sentient? I don’t know. I can’t communicate with it.”

He brushes off his interviewer’s, Brenna Lewis’s, observation that comparing a tree to a two-year-old child is “tough”.

“Can the two-year-old talk to me?” the student demands, rolling not only his eyes, but his head. “In some instances, I’m fairly certain that is. But generally speaking, the child still has in inability to communicate. And until we communicate that as such, at what point does sentience become an issue? We can’t really debate whether that is the situation or not.”

The student’s views echo those of Peter Singer, the Australian philosopher best known for advocating the infanticide of disabled children. In his 1979 work Practical Ethics, he wrote:

The fact that a being is a human being, in the sense of a member of the species Homo sapiens, is not relevant to the wrongness of killing it; it is, rather, characteristics like rationality, autonomy, and self-consciousness that make a difference. Infants lack these characteristics. Killing them, therefore, cannot be equated with killing normal human beings, or any other self-conscious beings.

More recently, Singer argued in the Scotsman newspaper that pre-rational human beings have no right to life. “We have no obligation to allow every being with the potential to become a rational being to realise that potential,” he wrote.

But what is particularly odd about the Tennessee student’s comparison of a two-year-old with a tree is that he seems to believe two year olds can’t communicate. Newborn babies learn very quickly that if they make certain noises, there are certain results: a yell brings food, comfort, companionship. By six months of age, children recognize the basic sounds of their language. Before they are a year old, they understand words for everyday items (e.g. “cracker” and “cup”) and may even respond to such commands as “Come here.” They may already have one or two words in their spoken repertoire---but children as young as nine months have been taught a form of sign language.

Of course, what is more to the point is that a healthy-looking young man studying at an American university can so coolly argue against the right of children to live, even children who have left their mothers’ wombs and are physically independent of their mother’s bodies, even if their survival still depends on maternal care. Whatever would his mother say?

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