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Psychologists form new task force to normalize ‘polyamory’

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LOS ANGELES, July 10, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — In order to reduce the associated “stigma” for people who practice polyamory, the American Psychological Association (APA) is putting together a task force to study "consensual non-monogamy.”

Psychologists based at California universities, who are leading the group, seek to promote "awareness and inclusivity about consensual non-monogamy and diverse expressions of intimate relationships."

According to the website for the task force of Division 44 of the APA: "Finding love and/or sexual intimacy is a central part of most people’s life experience. However, the ability to engage in desired intimacy without social and medical stigmatization is not a liberty for all. This task force seeks to address the needs of people who practice consensual non-monogamy, including their intersecting marginalized identities."

Division 44 of the APA is the Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, which seeks to normalize the homosexual and transgender lifestyles.

"The APA Division 44 Consensual Non-monogamy Task Force promotes awareness and inclusivity about consensual non-monogamy and diverse expressions of intimate relationships," the APA website explains. "These include but are not limited to: people who practice polyamory, open relationships, swinging, relationship anarchy and other types of ethical non-monogamous relationships."

The task force plans "to generate research, create resources, and advocate for the inclusion of consensual non-monogamous relationships in the following four areas: basic and applied research; education and training; psychological practice; and public interest." 

Another constituent of Division 44 is the Religion and Spirituality Task Force, which seeks to “reduce theological barriers often separating sexual minorities from the sources of their beliefs."

A Facebook page for the task force was started in April 2018, but its website is private. Psychologists Heath Schechinger and Amy Moore are co-chairs.

To gain access to the task force, potential members are asked whether they agree with a series of statements, including: “I support generating research and promoting awareness of issues facing individuals engaged in consensual non-monogamy with multiple marginalized identities,” “I support including consensual non-monogamy on healthcare provider locator websites/directories,” and “I support including consensual non-monogamy as a legally protected class (i.e., to avoid discrimination in employment, housing, etc.).”

Schechinger is a psychologist at the University of California-Berkeley. According to his eponymous website, Schechinger “specializes in providing sex therapy and working with alternative relationships and lifestyles, diverse sexualities, couples/partners, and infidelity. He has considerable experience in working with concerns related to polyamory/open relationships, kink, TGNC/NB, and LGBQIA.” 

Social conservatives have long warned that the introduction of same-sex “marriage” would effectively abolish the meaning of marriage. Princeton University professor Robert P. George warned in "Is Polyamory Next?" for The American Interest in 2015 that homosexual “marriage” opens the door to marriage that includes more than two persons.

"If gender doesn’t matter for marriage, they ask, why should number matter?” he asked. “'If love makes a family,' as the slogan went when the cause being advanced was gay marriage, then why should their family be treated as second class? Why should their marriage be denied legal recognition and the dignity and social standing that come with it?"

In an email to LifeSiteNews, psychologist Daniel Boland responded to the news about the polyamory taskforce. A member of APA for more than 50 years, Boland said, "In this entire arena of so-called transgenderism and affiliated conditions, the APA has abandoned all respect for fact-based research and scientific tradition. It has capitulated to the most unstable, most radical elements in our society. It has thereby nullified its once well-founded claim to represent health service providers. It abandonment of its original professionalism renders it no longer credible to the public or to its members.”

According to The Christian Post, Andre Van Mol, MD, of the American College of Pediatricians said the APA task force is an example of the promotion of “marginal sex practices being promoted as normal with academic gloss … This is the entirely expected and predicted consequence of what happens when ideology replaces science. The APA is yet again showing us that they are a professional guild and not a scientific organization."

Polyamory is gaining acceptance in popular culture. For instance, Teen Vogue -- which is directed at girls 13 and over — recently had an extensive article about Willow Smith, daughter of singer Jada Pinkett Smith and actor Will Smith, who has declared herself polyamorous. 

Admitting to occasions of past self-harm, the 18-year-old singer said she is equally attracted to men and women and averred that she would find fulfillment in a relationship with two other people. The arrangement is known as a “throuple.”

“I love men and women equally, and so I would definitely want one man, one woman,” she told Red Table Talk recently. “I feel like I could be polyfidelitous with those two people." Willow said  “ … I feel like if I were to find two people of different genders that I really connected with and we had a romantic and sexual connection, I don’t feel like I would feel the need to try to go find more.”

Smith said of monogamy, “There's no freedom. It's all fear based."

Teen Vogue has had a number of articles on abherent sexuality, including the normalization of anal sodomy for teens.

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Dutch diocese fires priest who proclaimed his homosexuality to parish

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July 10, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — The Dutch priest who publicly proclaimed his homosexuality at the end of his jubilee Mass marking the 25th anniversary of his ordination earlier this year, has been “fired” from his parish in Amsterdam known as the “Vredeskerk.” His dismissal as of June 24 by the diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam was noted to the parish council of Our Lady of Peace a few days ago and made public by letter to all the parishioners last Sunday.

Local and international reports stated that Fr. Pierre Valkering had been dismissed because of his homosexuality. However, the diocese lost no time in telling the media that Valkering was “absolutely not” being sent away from his parish of 25 years because of his “orientation.”

According to spokesman Bart Putter, Bishop Jozef Punt had already made clear immediately after Valkering’s “coming out” that he would not return to the Vredeskerk. The bishop decided that Valkering should enter into a period of reflection and guidance before receiving a new nomination, the spokesman explained.

“Frankly, there has been nothing new,” Putter told Katholiek Nieuwsblad. “To date, the parish priest has taken no initiative regarding a period of recollection with guidance, which means there is no opening yet for a possible new nomination,” he said, thus making clear that the diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam would be in principle prepared for Valkering to continue his ministry in another parish.

He was not to return to the Vredeskerk — although he still resides at the parish rectory — because of the “unrest” created by his spectacular and not very penitent confession from the pulpit on March 31. This “unrest” followed the publication of an autobiography about his sexual inclinations, immoralities, and escapades, which appear to have triggered the decision to sideline the priest, rather than his homosexuality.

The situation as described by the diocese’s spokesman also means that to date, no steps have been taken to sanction Valkering  in other ways, including reduction to the lay state. He is still a priest of the Roman Catholic Church, even though he was asked temporarily to lay aside his priestly duties at the beginning of April this year.

The coadjutor bishop of Haarlem-Amsterdam, Bishop Jan Hendriks, was named acting pastor of the Vredeskerk on June 24, mainly to look after legal and administrative affairs.

Pierre Valkering himself may challenge his dismissal, a procedure that could take “several months” if appeals take place before the ecclesiastical courts. For the duration of the procedure, there will be no nomination of a new pastor at Our Lady of Peace, and Masses and other ceremonies will be celebrated by replacement priests, as has been the case since the beginning of April.

Valkering, who is away on vacation, told the Dutch public news service NOS that he is not happy with the diocese’s decision, “but this way of operating does not surprise me.” He added that he has not yet decided whether he will appeal the decision: “I’m letting this rest to the end of my holiday. My life has been sufficiently turned upside down and it's good to be able to step back a bit.”

For the time being, the most remarkable aspect of this affair is the way the diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam fell over itself to correct reports about the supposed sanctioning of Valkering because of his homosexuality.

This is more or less what was conveyed when Valkering decided to go public about his “sexual orientation”: at the time, Bishop Punt said the diocese had been “publicly forced into a corner” instead of being put in a position privately to help Valkering explore the situation.

“The pastor could also have chosen to talk openly and honestly about his struggles with sexuality and celibacy with the bishop. Such honesty would certainly not have been punished. On the contrary, ways could have been explored with Fr. Valkering to reflect on this and to get help. This has happened in the past with a few other priests,” an official statement from the bishop’s office said at the time.

LifeSite also at the time quoted the lines preceding this statement: “In the public news, it’s usually forgotten that Fr. Valkering, on the grounds of previous declarations and publications, had been having talks with the diocese for a longer time. During these talks the bishop explicitly indicated that he didn’t intend to get rid of him because of his orientation, but he did ask him to stick to his promise of celibacy that he made when he was ordained.”

The main problem, from the bishop’s point of view, is still Valkering’s difficulty with remaining faithful to his promise of sexual continence. Bishop Punt told De Gaykrant a few days ago that he appreciated Valkering’s honesty and could understand his struggles but that he was still asking him to put his duties aside. His refusal to remain true to his promise was not compatible with the worthy exercise of the priesthood, the bishop stated, according to Katholiek Nieuwsblad.

In particular, Valkering wrote in his book about his visits to dark rooms and gay saunas to find partners with whom to commit homosexual acts, his long-lasting relationship with a male “friend,” and an ongoing porn addiction.

In interviews with the press, he made clear that he had stopped committing sodomy over the years and had conquered his porn addiction more recently, either when he decided to publish this book or when he spoke about it to his parish congregation. His versions vary.

In a lengthy interview with left-wing TV BNNVara at the end of April, Valkering explained that he was now prepared to live a “celibate” life and added that according to him, a large number of priests in his diocese have some homosexual aspect in their lives.

He also consistently refused to say his sexual activities were sins, adding that that is something for each person to decide in conscience and that the main problem in his case had been his promise to live a continent life. He added that in his view, there is nothing wrong with homosexuality and homosexual acts as such for people who are “born that way” and who are basically looking for human companionship.

In an August 2018 interview with director Paul Hofman of DeGayKrant — Hofman is Valkering’s official spokesman — Valkering criticized Cardinal Raymond Burke’s statements about the link between homosexuality and sexual abuse in the Church. Valkering is presented in the article as “also a homosexual.”

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Close Clinton friend arrested for allegedly running global pedophilia, sex trafficking ring

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NEW YORK, New York, July 10, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, a close friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton who helped launch the Clinton Global Initiative in 2005, was arrested Saturday for sexually abusing underage girls and operating an international sex trafficking ring. He had just landed at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey after spending time in Paris.

Epstein, 66, was officially charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors by U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman of the Southern District of New York. 

“Epstein created a vast network of underage victims for him to sexually exploit, often on a daily basis,” Berman said at a press conference Monday. The crimes are alleged to have taken place from 2002 until at least 2005.

Epstein pleaded not guilty in a New York courtroom earlier this week. He is being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan until a bail hearing takes place on July 15. If convicted, he faces up to 45 years in prison. 

Epstein was previously accused of sexually abusing dozens of teenage girls in Florida in 2007. He avoided federal prison by striking a deal with state authorities that resulted in him being sentenced to 13 months in a county jail and registering as a sex offender. The sweetheart bargain, which allowed him to travel to his office six days a week, was obtained with help from then-U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta, President Trump’s current Secretary of Labor. Democrats are calling on Acosta to resign.

Epstein’s indictment was possibly foreshadowed by Trump. During a question and answer session at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference, Sean Hannity asked candidate Trump to share his thoughts on Bill Clinton. “Nice guy,” Trump said, but he’s “got a lot of problems coming up, in my opinion, with the famous island with Jeffrey Epstein.” In February of this year, Trump’s Justice Department opened an internal review of how it previously handled Epstein’s accusers.

Aside from donating more than $140,000 to Democratic candidates since the 1990s and having close connections to A-list celebrities and powerful politicians across the world, Epstein owns several luxurious properties, including a 21,000-square foot Manhattan mansion and a private “Island of Sin” in the Caribbean. On that island prostitutes, underage girls, and “sex slaves” allegedly play out the sexual fantasies of the rich and famous. No one is quite sure how Epstein acquired his vast fortune.

Various high-profile people, including the late physicist Stephen Hawking, actor Dustin Hoffman, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Clinton himself – to name a few – have either visited the island or flown on Epstein’s “Lolita Express” jet, where it is believed debauched sex parties take place. Trump allegedly traveled on the plane at least once.

According to a 2016 Fox News report, court documents show Clinton flew on Epstein’s plane at least 26 times between 2002 and 2003, at times ditching the secret service. Clinton issued a statement this week denying any knowledge of Epstein’s “terrible crimes,” claiming that he only took “a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane” from 2002 until 2003.

One of Epstein’s alleged victims, Virginia Roberts-Giuffre, says she met him at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate when she was just 16 years old. 

Now in her thirties, Roberts-Giuffre has long claimed Epstein’s girlfriend at the time recruited her and groomed her to be part of his underground empire. 

“It wasn’t just sexual training,” Roberts-Giuffre said, “they wanted me to be able to cater to all the needs of the men they were going to send me to..I was trained to be ‘everything a man wanted me to be.’”

Fox News commentator Alan Dershowitz, Epstein’s lawyer at the time, and Britain’s Prince Andrew were two of Epstein’s friends Roberts-Giuffre said she was forced to have sex with.

Both men have denied the allegations.

Prosecutors raided Epstein’s New York mansion Saturday and discovered “an extraordinary volume of photographs of nude and partially-nude young women or girls.” The photographs, stored on CDs, were locked in a safe and were of what appeared to be “underage girls,” according to authorities

A 2006 police report revealed Epstein wired his home in Palm Beach, Florida with secret video cameras. Roberts-Giuffre says the cameras were installed so Epstein could record and ultimately blackmail his famous visitors while they engaged in orgies and other lurid behaviors. 

Trump, who has known Epstein since the late 1980s, said in 2002 that he was a “terrific guy.” On Tuesday, he said he had a “falling out with him” and that he hasn’t spoken to Epstein in 15 years. “I was not a fan of his,” he added. Court documents from 2011 indicate Trump barred Epstein from Mar-a-Lago after he sexually assaulted an underage girl.

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Facebook intentionally blocked pro-life ads during Irish abortion vote, CEO admits

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ASPEN, July 10, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — During a recent speech, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted that the social media company chose to block American pro-life groups from running ads on Ireland’s abortion referendum last year despite being under no legal obligation to do so.

Zuckerberg was speaking to the annual Aspen Ideas Festival. In a video clip highlighted by Live Action founder Lila Rose, Zuckerberg cites the company’s experience with the May 2018 referendum to repeal Ireland’s constitutional protection for preborn babies as an example of why countries need clearer laws on the permissibility of foreign advertising on political decisions.

“During that election, leading up to that referendum, a bunch of pro-life American groups advertised in this Irish, leading up to this Irish election, to try to influence public opinion there,” Zuckerberg said. “And we went to the Irish, and asked folks there, ‘how do you want us to handle this? You have no laws on the books that are relevant for whether we should be allowing this kind of speech in your election, and really this doesn’t feel like the kind of thing that a private company should be making a decision on.’”

He says Irish officials told them at the time that “we don’t currently have a law, so you need to make whatever decision you want to make.” However, despite the fact that the Irish government themselves didn’t consider American pro-life ads to be impermissible “election interference,” Zuckerberg revealed that “we ended up not allowing the ads.”

Rose went on to note that the admission seemingly contradicts his April 2018 testimony before Congress that “there is absolutely no directive in any of the changes that we make to have a bias in anything that we do.”

The Facebook chief’s admission reinforces conservatives’ assertion that the social media giant is engaged in political bias and censorship. The social network recently came under fire for blocking objective informational links about abortion from the American Pregnancy Association’s website and criticism of a Canadian coin to celebrate homosexuality, as well as flagging accurate reporting about a controversial history textbook as false. In March, a Project Veritas investigation detailed how Facebook “deboosts” traffic to several mainstream conservative sites.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai told Congress last month that he considers “unregulated Silicon Valley tech giants” to be today’s “greatest threat to a free and open internet.” While conservatives are divided on what the proper remedy is, Republican Sen. Josh Hawley has proposed legislation that would require social media platforms to certify their political neutrality with the FCC if they want to keep their congressionally granted immunity from legal liability they allow users to post.

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Teacher sues Catholic school for firing her over pro-abortion posts on social media

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BERKELEY COUNTY, South Carolina, July 10, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A former teacher filed a wrongful termination suit against a South Carolina Catholic school that fired her for championing legal abortion on social media in violation of long-settled, well-known Catholic doctrine.

According to the lawsuit filed by Elizabeth Cox, Bishop England High School principal Patrick Finnerman wrote her on June 7 regarding a “public Facebook account which identifies you as a teacher at our school and publicly supports abortion,” which “is contrary to the mission of the Church and our school and is materially incompatible with your duties as a Catholic School teacher,” WCSC reported.

Cox had “admitted to it and, moreover, reacted in a manner leading us to conclude you would not do differently in the future,” the letter continues. Because her “public expression of disagreement with Catholic values undermines” parents’ confidence that their children will receive a “Catholic teaching and upbringing,” the school fired her and rescinded a contract offer for the next school year, which Cox says she had already accepted.

The social media posts in question promote common pro-abortion talking points. One quotes pro-abortion feminist icon Gloria Steinem complaining that aborting a child is allegedly more heavily regulated than buying a gun (which ignores that U.S. gun purchasers must submit to federal background checks), and another declaring, “I’ll start believing you’re pro-life when” abortion opponents agree to a list of left-wing policy positions, including “ban guns,” “raise minimum wage,” and “act on the climate crisis.”

The suit alleges that her pro-abortion posts were protected political speech, that they didn’t violate anything in her teaching contract, and that firing her is a criminal violation of state law.

However, WCSC quoted from the “Duties” section of Cox’s contract, which requires teachers to agree that a “fundamental mission of the School is the intellectual and spiritual development of students according to the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Roman Catholic Church,” and that regardless of whether an individual teacher is personally Catholic, he or she “acknowledges and agrees that he or she will at all times publicly speak and act in accordance with the mission and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, as set forth in Sacred Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.”

“Complying with such requirement is a material condition of his or her employment by the School, is one of Teacher’s essential job functions and is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification, as defined and permitted by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act,” the contract adds.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church is unambiguous on the subject of abortion. It states that “Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception,” as a “human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person” from the “first moment of his existence.” Since the “first century, the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion,” it continues. “This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law.”

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The pro-life movement existed long before Roe v. Wade. Here’s proof

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July 10, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – In this week’s episode of The Van Maren Show, Jonathon Van Maren speaks with Dr. Daniel K. Williams, author of two books published by Oxford University Press, God’s Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right and Defenders of the Unborn: The Pro-Life Movement Before Roe v. Wade. This week’s episode and Dr. Shaw’s second book are absolutely filled with information that everyone in the pro-life movement needs to know.

There is a broad understanding that the pro-life movement was simply a reactionary movement to Roe v. Wade imposing abortion across the United States in 1973. In reality, this is not the case. History shows that some of the first pro-life laws were passed in the 1800's in response to doctors’ discovery that life began long before “quickening,” which is when the mother could first feel the baby in the womb. These Protestant doctors stated that human beings in the womb deserve protection under the law. It's also important to note that it wasn't until much later during the pro-life movement that abortion became associated with “right-wing” or conservative beliefs.

Williams states that he would like abortion supporters to understand that “pro-life activism is not necessarily a product of conservatism. It wasn’t originally a product of conservatism.” It also wasn’t formed as a “backlash against women’s rights.” For pro-lifers, he says, “liberalism does not have to be the enemy and it has become the enemy partly because of the choices the pro-life movement made, as well as choices the pro-choice movement made.”

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Facebook posts then deletes rules allowing calls to violence against ‘dangerous individuals’

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July 10, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Facebook came under fire Tuesday for posting an update to its Community Standards suggesting that the social media platform’s ban on threatening or inciting violence doesn’t apply to “dangerous individuals,” and quietly deleted the alarming language the next day.

Breitbart reported that Facebook updated its Community Standards section on Violence and Incitement with language banning “threats that could lead to death (and other forms of high-severity violence)” against individuals or groups, “unless the target is an organization or individual covered in the Dangerous Individuals and Organization Policy.”

The Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy applies to “terrorist activity,” “organized hate,” “mass or serial murder,” “human trafficking,” and “organized violence or criminal activity.” While most of those categories are straightforward, critics have expressed concern that Facebook interpretes “organized hate” – which it defines as “any association” whose words, actions, or views “attack individuals based on characteristics, including race, religious affiliation, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation, serious disease or disability” – to encompass non-hateful conservative views.

In May, an internal Facebook spreadsheet surfaced identifying several mostly-conservative personalities to be investigated for alleged association with any “designated hate entity,” “designated hateful ideology,” or “hate paraphernalia.” The targets included several figures previously banned from Facebook and Instagram for being “dangerous,” such as Alex Jones and Laura Loomer, as well as the more mainstream conservatives Candace Owen and Brigitte Gabriel.

Last month, it was revealed that Facebook’s criteria for identifying potential “hate agents” doesn’t merely include discernible hate speech or association with established hate groups, but can include simply interviewing individuals the tech giant deems hateful.

“119 Antifa groups are currently active on Facebook, some advocating for milkshakes and bricks to be thrown at the people they disagree with,” Corinne Weaver wrote at NewsBusters. “Facebook has no issue with their presence, but instead has tailored the violence standard in order to allow these groups to be the exception to the rule.”

On Wednesday, Facebook deleted the “unless the target is an organization or individual covered in the Dangerous Individuals and Organizations Policy” qualifiers from the Violence and Incitement page, without comment or acknowledgment.

The incident is only the latest item in conservatives’ case that the social media giant is engaged in political bias and censorship. The social network recently came under fire for blocking objective informational links about abortion from the American Pregnancy Association’s website and criticism of a Canadian coin to celebrate homosexuality, as well as flagging accurate reporting about a controversial history textbook as false. In March, a Project Veritas investigation detailed how Facebook “deboosts” traffic to several mainstream conservative sites.

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Interest rises in Marianne Williamson, New Age ‘spiritual guru’ and 2020 Democrat contender

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July 10, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – She’s not yet even a blip in RealClearPolitics’ polling averages of the crowded 2020 Democrat primary field, but “pop religion” author and speaker Marianne Williamson has piqued the curiosity of liberals and conservatives alike.

According to a February ABC News profile, Williamson is a motivational speaker and author of a dozen books rooted in New Age spirituality, who rose to prominence in the 1990s as a recurring guest on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show.

A standard-issue pro-abortion, pro-LGBT progressive who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2014, Williamson says she’s running for president because America needs a “moral and spiritual awakening” more so than “just a political mechanic.” For months she faded into obscurity among a primary field that currently contains 25 Democrats, but is enjoying an uptick in attention following the first Democrat debates.

Salon’s Ashlie Stevens dubbed Williamson the “bonkers break-out character” of the debates for her unusual, albeit brief, performance. It was then that she said her first call as president would be to tell New Zealand’s Prime Minister, “girlfriend, you are so wrong” about making her country “the best place in the world for a child to grow up” because “America is going to be the best place.” She also promised to defeat President Donald Trump by “harness[ing] love for political purposes.”

Williamson’s name was the most searched of all the candidates on Google following the debate, The Hill reports. In addition, various old tweets of Williamson’s resurfaced as a source of online mockery for their bizarre New Age sentiments:

The chief source of Williamson’s philosophy appears to be the book A Course in Miracles, a purported “complete self-study spiritual thought system” which “teaches that the way to universal love and peace – or remembering God – is by undoing guilt through forgiving others.”

The California-based Foundation for Inner Peace claims the book was “scribed” by Columbia psychologist Helen Schucman from divinely-inspired dreams she took as a “special assignment I had somehow, somewhere agreed to complete,” to “provide a way in which some people will be able to find their own Internal Teacher.” According to the New York Times, Schucman “believed she was channeling new revelations from Jesus Christ himself.”

Williamson credits the book as her “path out of hell” when she read it while struggling with a recurring case of bronchitis and depression. She began teaching courses on it in the 1980s, and in 1992 published her first book, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles.

“Before the Course, I felt like I was on a desperate journey to find God, but as much as I climbed up this huge flight of stone steps in front of a cathedral, my knees bloody and my elbows bloody, the cathedral door was locked,” she told the Times. “And when I read the Course, I thought I understood the key.”

While virtually nobody expects Williamson to make it onto a future Democrat ticket, and many dismiss Williamson’s brand of spirituality as the sort of fringe silliness that’s long been popular in certain left-wing circles, others argue the theology of A Course in Miracles is harmful to a proper cultural understanding of faith, and her candidacy could help popularize it.

The text can be tempting to “nominal Christians in the church who have recognized the bankruptcy of theological liberalism and desire more spiritual ‘reality’ in their lives,” the Christian Research Institute (CRI) warns, but ultimately “indoctrinates its students in Eastern metaphysics and human potential psychicism, while it specifically insulates them against biblical revelation and true Christianity.”

The “proper” attitudes advocated in the book include the “rejection of biblical understandings about such issues as sin, guilt, and atonement” while accepting “New Age occult teachings, such as pantheism (All is God, God is All) and psychic development,” CRI explains. “In biblical teaching, the Atonement is based on the fact that man’s sinfulness separates him from God,” but “in the Course, the word ‘atonement’ involves the exact opposite: one is not, and never has been, separate from God.”

“As a result of this distorted theology, the Course’s approach to ‘salvation’ lies in understanding that no one requires salvation in the biblical sense because all men and women are already divine,” CRI adds. “‘Sin, guilt, death, judgment, propitiatory atonement, and other biblical doctrines are viewed as ‘attack’ philosophies by the Course; that is, they are concepts that supposedly stand in the way of spiritual ‘progress’ and severely damage the realization of our ‘true’ divine nature.”

Williamson has one daughter, India, whose paternity she has never publicly disclosed.

Some conservatives have advocated donating to Williamson’s campaign for the purpose of keeping her in future debates to embarrass the Democrat Party and for her entertainment value.

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Benedictine theologian calls Amazon Synod working doc ‘biodegradable Christianity’ in searing new critique

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ROME, July 10, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — A Benedictine theologian has joined the chorus of voices criticizing the working document of the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, calling it “biodegradable Christianity.”

In an analysis published by Italian journalist Aldo Maria Valli on July 2, Dom Giulio Meiattini, a monk of the abbey of Madonna della Scala in the southern Italian province of Bari, said the Instrumentum laboris proposes and contains nothing less than a “reversal” of the “very idea of Church and Christian faith.”

“The Person of Christ and His Gospel disappear; they are literally swallowed up by the lush tropical forest” of repetitious reflection on ecology and sociology, Dom Meiattini writes.  

“In reading this hymn to the Amazonian paradise on earth,” the Italian monk adds, “it is difficult to understand how and why this portion of humanity needs faith in the Incarnation.”

Commenting on the document’s focus on the Amazon as an “epiphanic” source of revelation, Dom Meiattini says the apostolic, scriptural, and liturgical tradition of the Church “are covered by vines and tropical molds or sunk in marshy quicksand.” Yet he notes that the authors of the document do not seem “concerned at all about giving theological and scriptural plausibility to what they say.”

Praising German Cardinal Walter Brandmüller’s recent critique of the working document, Dom Meiattini said “it’s hard to blame him” for calling it “heretical.” But, he adds, “more than heresy, we should speak of apostasy.”   

The Instrumentum laboris “is not a Christian document,” the Benedictine theologian insists. “Let this be clearly stated: a few biblical quotations inserted as the title to several paragraphs, or the use of words like ‘Church’, ‘conversion’ and ‘pastoral,’ are not enough to guarantee the evangelical character of a text.”

The working document for the synod on the Amazon, he says, represents an “abandonment of the biblical faith for something different, with only a counterfeit label of Christianity. A bit like products bearing the EU [European Union] mark that are manufactured in China.”

In his analysis, Dom Meiattini also claims that the working document’s fascination with the “world of the primitive,” i.e. the “childhood of mankind,” betrays an infantile regression.  

“After the attempts of the flower children, what is now being proposed is a cultural model which is ecologically more sustainable and as minimally neurotic as possible: life brought back to its beginnings, to bows and arrows, to shamanic healing rituals,” he writes. 

He further argues that we should not underestimate the connection between such infantile regression and “homo and trans ideology” which is founded on the idea of spontaneous self-determination coupled with a rejection of reason. 

However, according to the Benedictine theologian, the most interesting aspect of the document is that “things become clearer, compared to the previous ambiguous formulations that were supported by erroneous quotations of St. Thomas in order to be able to claim that everything was ‘completely Thomistic.’”

“Here it is clear that St. Thomas has nothing to do with it,” he writes, adding it is equally clear “that the Bible has nothing to do with it either. If there is still something Christian in this Instrumentum laboris, i.e., a few words and expressions here and there, there is no need to worry: it is undoubtedly biodegradable!”

Here below is an English translation of Dom Giulio Meiattini’s commentary on the Instrumentum laboris. The original Italian may be read here.

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Promoting a biodegradable Christianity

For some time now, we have known or imagined that the Synod on the Amazon would hold some surprises and create further reason for division. At first, it seemed that perhaps the thorniest issue to arise at the synod would concern married clergy. It must be said that the publication of the Instrumentum laboris has far exceeded these expectations and the liveliest imagination. The document, in fact, points towards a much more ambitious and radical goal. It is the most daring move that could be conceived and attempted by the secretariat of a synod of the Catholic Church. The document proposes and contains nothing less than a reversal ab imis fundamentis [in its deepest foundations] of the very idea of Church and Christian faith.

Diluting Christianity: wine turned into water 

I say “Christian” and not “Catholic” with good reason, because in fact the method and contents of this text, which is full of repetition and quite cumbersome, have actually liquidated the fundamental elements of Christianity. Naturally, the operation is carried out with the usual system, which I have pointed out on other occasions: not by denying but by keeping silent, not by contradicting but by diluting. In this way, the reader can also be favorably impressed by all the interesting reflections on ecology, ethnology, health and sanitation and sociology that it contains, and many of which are in themselves also right. But in the midst of these lush and redundant empirical analyses, which say nothing new and which a specialist could say in a better and more substantiated manner, the Person of Christ and His Gospel disappear; they are literally swallowed up by the lush tropical forest.

The relationship between faith and culture should be illustrated using the classical Christology expressed by the first ecumenical councils, which affirm the transcendence of the divine Person of the Word with respect to the human nature that it sustains, assumes and transforms, not vice versa. The Instrumentum laboris expresses, in fact, in its general logic, a completely inverted conception that no longer conforms to Christological orthodoxy. In reading this hymn to the Amazonian paradise on earth (which is presented as a new Eden of innocence and communal and cosmic harmony without stain, except those brought by Western civilization; cf. n. 103), it is difficult to understand how and why this portion of humanity needs faith in the Incarnation. The myth of the great Amazonian river as the source of life replaces the great Christological and Paschal image of the river that flows from the Temple (according to the prophet Ezekiel) and that “brings life and heals wherever it flows.” Instead of asking how the proclamation of the Gospel can be brought to these peoples, and how the living water of Christ can heal and bring life to the lives of these peoples, it is taken for granted that they already live, thanks to their ancestral traditions, in an Edenic condition by which, if anything, the Church must allow herself to be converted. It is said several times that the Church must take on “an Amazonian face,”but the document does not understand whether, and how, the Amazon can or should assume a Christian face, and whether this is desirable or not.

The Instrumentum laboris expresses opinions which some may like, but it is not a Christian document. Let this be clearly stated. A few biblical quotations inserted as the title of several paragraphs, or the use of words like “Church”, “conversion” and “pastoral,” are not enough to guarantee the evangelical character of a text. They look like protective screens, but the Word of the living God does not constitute the foundation and inspiration on which the document is built. By way of example, consider Part I, Chapter 1, which is dedicated to the theme of life. The title is inspired by John 10:10: “I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance.” It would seem to be an excellent starting point. But what follows never says what this life that Jesus came to bring consists in, nor that John speaks of “eternal life” and that this life is the same Trinitarian life given by the Holy Spirit. In commenting on this verse from the Gospel of John, the text is content to illustrate Amazonian biodiversity and the rich hydrography of the Amazon basin, and to praise the “good life” of the indigenous people, which — an astonishing discovery — “means understanding the centrality of the relational-transcendent character of human beings and creation and includes ‘doing good’” (n. 13). Of course, it is not clear whether the Cross of Christ and his Resurrection are still necessary for the sort of “good living” that is here being presented as a model. The Cross is mentioned only twice, and it is understood that it never refers to the redemptive Cross of Christ, but to the “history of the Cross and Resurrection” which consists in the Church’s solidarity with the struggles of indigenous peoples in the defense of the territory (n. 33-34; 145).

The removal of the scriptural principle: apostasy, rather than heresy

Cardinal Brandmüller, in his widely circulated commentary on the Instrumentum laboris, states in no uncertain terms that the document is heretical. It’s hard to blame him. But one thing must be noted to better understand the type of “heresy” we are dealing with. Church history teaches us that heresies normally develop out of a controversial interpretation of scriptural texts. The heretic always believes that he is giving a more correct interpretation of Scripture, whose authority he does not question. Therefore, it was to the sound of biblical quotations that controversies were generally fed. In other words, from Arius to Luther and beyond, the assumption that united orthodoxy and heresy, Catholics and non-Catholics, beyond all division, has always been the undisputed authority of Sacred Scripture, recognized as the inspired word, and to whose scrutiny every teaching and every theology had to submit. 

But there is no longer any detectable trace of this scriptural premise in the Instrumentum laboris for the Pan-Amazon synod. The authors of the document are not worried at all about giving theological and scriptural plausibility to what they say; it seems that, to them, the only “theological locus” (venerable terminology dating back to the illustrious Melchior Cano) is the “territory” or the “cry of the poor.” We read: “Territory is a theological place where faith is lived, and also a particular source of God’s revelation: epiphanic places where the reserve of life and wisdom for the planet is manifested, a life and wisdom that speak of God” (n. 19; cf. 144; 126e). Of course, it is not said anywhere that Scripture and the Liturgy, within the great apostolic and ecclesial tradition, by order of importance, are the first theological places from which all other possible minor loci theologicimust be verified, nor are they used as primary sources. Dei Verbumand Sacrosanctum concilium are covered by vines and tropical molds or sunk in marshy quicksand.

This is a phenomenon that must not escape us, because it is the most important indicator that allows us to grasp the true nature of the deviation or “paradigm shift” that the Instrumentum laboris introduces. In modern times there have already been illustrious precedents of a removal of the scriptural principle in favor of the primacy of other entities. The so-called liberal theology from the 19th century onwards, in the Protestant sphere, was basically an attempt to justify Christianity (or its cultural relics), in the face of the multiple criticisms of modern culture, reducing it “within the limits of reason alone” or to a particularly high form of unsurpassed ethics or leading it back to universal religious sentiment. Faith and the Church were reduced to their universal comprehensibility through a process of rational homologation. The key words and concepts of Christianity remained, but their meaning was completely secularized. This removal of the scriptural principle was the consequence of the new confrontation that Christianity had to sustain: no longer through internal divisions, but with a rationality emancipated from revelation, which could only accept what was within its parameters.

This anthropological dilution of Christianity into ethics or reason or religious sentiment (which was felt in Catholic circles with the modernist crisis) no longer considers Scripture as a theological locus. It is the great Christian “symbols” (the Church, worship, the cross and the resurrection, moral norms, etc.), now extrapolated from their original ground, but still living by inertia in European civilization, that must find some justification and reinterpretation. A great thinker like Ernst Troeltsch could thus argue, on rational bases, that the Christian religion represented the highest form of universal morality and religiosity. But nothing more than this! Central dogmas thereby became “myths” to be overcome in a universally acceptable “logos.” Bultman’s demythologization was one of the most famous variants of this homologation of faith in an existential dimension that is easily digestible.

It is in the light of this history (which has not yet ended) that a phenomenon such as the Instrumentum laboris on the Amazon should be considered. It is the dilution of Christianity to anthropology, or rather to ecology to be precise, in order to give it again a semblance of acceptability in the United Nations assembly and in environmentalist, post-modern, anti-Western and biodegradable naturalist thinking. That is why Cardinal Brandmüller’s diagnosis is correct, but immediately adding, as he himself does, that more than heresy we should speak of apostasy. The removal of the scriptural principle (which is like saying the renunciation of theology and mission), the abdication of a reading of the phenomena and mission of the Church in the light of the Word of God, replacing it with the uncontaminated and mythical “theological locus” of the environment, of territory and of the poor (as if all this were immune to original sin, and therefore a “pure word” of God that can do without the two Testaments), is equivalent to the abandonment of the ground of faith, which for Paul and the Apostolic Church comes from listening to the kerygma and not from the “ecological conversion” to the territory (an expression that is repeated nine times in the text). The Apostolic Church, and the one that followed, transmitted the proclamation of Christ the Son of God who died and rose for sins. That is why it was missionary. But there is no trace of this proclamation in our document. Here, therefore, we are not faced with a variant, albeit heterodox or heretical, of Christianity, but with a phenomenon of abandonment of the biblical faith for something different, with only a counterfeit label of Christianity. A bit like products bearing the EU [European Union] mark that are manufactured in China.

I will say more. The great representatives of theological liberalism to whom I have referred at least kept Christianity in a privileged position: it remained for them the highest expression of the human ethos or religion of humanity. In their own way, “they could not but call themselves Christians.” In the new mythical reduction presented by the pre-synodal document, something more radical happens: this privileged position is lost. It seems that the Church now has the sole task of protecting what good the Amazonian people already possess. Therefore, that high vision of Christianity as the most evolved religion or, if you like, as man fully realized, also disappears. Here the problem of true religion no longer has any reason to exist. Nor does the question of the true God whom religions venerate. In fact, we read: “Insincere openness to the other, just like a corporatist attitude, that reserve salvation exclusively for one’s own creed, are destructive of that very creed.” (n. 39). As if to say: believe what you want, you are saved all the same. We had already read something like this in the Abu Dhabi document. Evidently it was not a slip of the tongue!

The cultural phenomenon: an infantile regression

Having ascertained this, there is another fact to be noted, equally important and of considerable proportions, concerning the cultural operation underway here (given that we can now only deal with culture and no longer with Christian theology). The interesting thing is that what is privileged in the Instrumentum laboris is no longer the adult logos that illuminated and dissolved the mythos of the infantile and primitive eras of humanity, including the Judeo-Christian “myth,” as happened in the interpretation of liberal theology and in all the enlightened or positivistic reductions of Christianity, such as that of Kant, Lessing, Hegel, Bultman and so on. Now the fascination with the emancipated adult age, as the “age of reason” which has guided much of modernity has dissolved for the westernized world; it has lost its appeal. 

Taking its place once again is much-despised mythos, the world of the primitive; in short, the childhood of mankind, the good savage with his ancestral animistic wisdom (which the sad homo technologicus envies, but without really knowing what it is). After criticizing and eliminating the “myth,” even the biblical one, as a remnant of the infantile age of humanity, and consequently desacralizing the ritual practices of the Church (which is accused of a magical and superstitious mentality), now an attempt is being made to replace the void produced (more than deforestation!) by resorting to the shamanic myths and rituals of the indigenous Amazon, to a pre-Christian repertoire, so that they become the new paradigm in which to water down the true wine of the uniqueness of Christ.

One cannot but notice that, from the psycho-cultural point of view, this is a classic phenomenon of post-modern infantile regression typical of the Western world, which no longer aspires to the adult age of enlightenment or positivistic memory. It’s too demanding or too boring to be an adult. Enough with pure and absolute reason, enough with the fatigue of the concept. Better to be carefree and instinctive like children, simple and spontaneous like them. Not the age of reason, but of dream and play. Too bad that this childish aspiration camouflages, behind the enchanting innocence of the puer, the deepest nihilism. Recall that the Nietzschean Superman, who decrees the end of the logos, has the appearance of a child; he is innocent in his playing (beyond good and evil) with the wheel of eternal return. The child mentioned in Friedrich Nietzsche’s novel, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, for those who do not know it, is Dionysus, “Dionysus against the Crucified”! The pagan myth replaces the Christian God. Today, what is childish fascinates, because it impersonates an innocent and irresponsible instinct that the adult cannot allow himself.

Let such diagnoses not seem excessive. Rather, note the strange and fatal attraction between Westerners with their decadent bad conscience, disappointed by the longed-for emancipated adult age (which soon turned into unwanted old age) and lost childhood, the land of gold, which cannot be found except in the pre-civilized tribal cultures, since we have also robbed our techno-children of their childhood. The myth of the uncontaminated, the neopagan naturalism of childlike innocence of the natives is an entirely western and post-modern regression. Where can we find salvation from hyper-technology? How can we escape an increasingly less manageable urbanization? How can we heal the wounds of increasingly fragmented relationships? After the attempts of the flower children, what is now being proposed is a cultural model which is ecologically more sustainable and as minimally neurotic as possible: life brought back to its beginnings, to bows and arrows, to shamanic healing rituals. A new beginning! Today everyone wants to have a new beginning, or another chance, as they say. The other possibility for westernized man is to turn to those who have remained at the beginning for millennia. This is the new myth presented by Instrumentum laboris, an excellent example of this post-modern infantile regression, a real complex or syndrome of European origin, even if it is cloaked in love for the peripheries and anti-Westernism. Like all regressions, this one too is not fully self-aware, otherwise it would be ashamed. Instead, it is said openly with impressive naivety, imagining it is doing prophetic work. But usually prophecy is “outdated.” The boring pages of the Instrumentum laboris are a smoothie blended with obvious things; it is suitable, in fact, for children (or perhaps for old people without teeth who are stammering again). 

I don’t think too many explanations are needed to understand that this aspiration to infantile neoteny, a kind of lack of distinction potentially open to any possibility of totipotent “self-determination” (for this reason representative of Nietzsche’s desire for power), goes magnificently well with a homologating culture that tries to promote the delay of sexual differentiation (a necessary phase for access to adulthood), remaining in prepubescent indeterminacy. Homo and trans ideology are related to this secret nostalgia for the fusional beginnings that bind one to the mother, a need instinctively felt by the post-modern western alogical and anomical world. The fact that it is now called “Mother Earth” (another beloved expression in the Instrumentum laboris, used six times compared to only one reference to God as father) and Mother Nature matters little.

Unfortunately, however, the Amazon described in the pre-synodal document is not real, except marginally: it is a construction of Western make-believe searching for substitute myths made to measure, after liquidating its own, especially the Christian narrative. In singing the wonders of the Amazonian territory, the document betrays an endless naivety. The writers should have reread at least a few pages of Leopardi on Mother Nature, so as not to be seduced in such a blatant way by the sirens of Rousseau.

Conclusions: Biodegradable Christianity

The objections I made to the postulates of Evangelii gaudium (especially to the first: the superiority of time over space) pointed to the theoretical weakness of that pastoral program, which already showed a certain tendency to remove the role of logos (also scriptural) in favor of reality (considered superior to the idea), renouncing in substance the mediation of theology in the name of the immediacy of practice (initiate processes). My criticism of Amoris laetitia focused on highlighting the reduction of what is specifically Christian (summed up in sacramental life) to universal morality, in line with the currents of theological liberalism previously mentioned.

It seems to me that the Instrumentum laboris for the upcoming synod on the Amazon represents a coherent maturation of these premises. The reduction of the sacraments to morals is now being replaced by the exaltation of indigenous “good living” (naturist morals, more than natural), the choice of the people as a “mythical category” and of the people’s myths in place of the biblical narrative. Above all, the preference given to the environment (territory-space) over history (time), also because indigenous peoples have no history and live in a cyclical time or (in some cases) are devoid of the concept of time. Yet we were told the opposite!

The most interesting aspect is that, in this document, things become clearer, compared to the previous ambiguous formulations that were supported by erroneous quotations of St. Thomas in order to be able to claim that everything was “completely Thomistic.” Here it is clear that St. Thomas has nothing to do with it, and as has been said, the Bible has nothing to do with it either. If there is still something Christian in this Instrumentum laboris, i.e., a few words and expressions here and there, there is no need to worry: it is undoubtedly biodegradable!

Dom Giulio Meiattini, OSB

Translation from the Italian by Diane Montagna of LifeSiteNews.

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WARSAW, Poland, July 10, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Swedish furniture company Ikea is facing a lawsuit from a Christian ex-employee after firing him for refusing to delete a dissenting opinion on a company posting about homosexuality and transgenderism.

Newsweek reports that the dispute stems from an article Ikea shared internally on May 16, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, expressing its support for LGBT causes and calling on employees to converse with LGBT customers about their families and to ask customers for their preferred pronouns.

A Warsaw-based employee identified in the press only as Tomasz K took issue with the piece, because "I've been hired to sell furniture but I'm a Catholic and these aren't my values." So he commented on the article that "acceptance and promotion of homosexuality and other deviations is a source of scandal," and shared Bible verses Matthew 18:6 and Leviticus 20:13.

He says that soon afterward, he was asked to take down the comments. "I said that I cannot withdraw my words because this is a quote from the Holy Bible," he explains. "As a Catholic I can not censure God." So, Tomasz says, he was fired. 

Ikea claims his words "could affect the rights and dignity of LGBT+ persons," particularly the Bible verses he quoted. "[He] used quotes from the Old Testament about death and blood in the context of what fate homosexual people should meet," the company said in a statement. "Many employees concerned by this entry contacted our HR department."

In response, Tomasz argues his objection "was a reaction to indoctrination, which I had been subjected to in the workplace for years. The attitude imposed on IKEA employees on the postulates of the LGBT movement is radically different from the teaching of the Catholic Church flowing from the Holy Scriptures." When he joined Ikea, he says, he never agreed to "represent the ideology of its owners."

Tomasz also denies that he advocated hatred or violence toward homosexuals. "Every man deserves respect," he said, and "you do not need to be a theologian or a philosopher to realize that the Holy Bible is not read in a literal way, and its text is full of allegories and hyperbole."

With the aid of the Ordo Iuris Institute for Legal Culture, a Polish social-conservative organization, Tomasz has filed a lawsuit against the company for religious discrimination and wrongful termination. Ikea said last week it would not be making further public comments on the lawsuit.

"From the point of view of the law and above all of propriety and common sense, it is unacceptable to attack the Ikea employee who refused LGBT indoctrination in the workplace," a group of Polish bishops said of the case Saturday, adding that Tomasz displayed "courage" and defended the Catholic faith in an "exemplary" way.

Newsweek adds that Ikea is also facing boycott calls over the incident, and Polish officials are even investigating the company for religious discrimination. 

Despite Ikea’s hardline stance against employees privately expressing religious disagreement with homosexuality, Inc notes that the company maintains stores in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, where homosexual acts are illegal.

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July 10, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – I have a dream. 

In my dream, hundreds of parents, doctors, counselors, and pastors are protesting outside children’s hospitals throughout America.

They keep protesting, not just for one day, but for months.

They march in front of Lurie Children’s in Chicago, Boston Children’s, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital, Nationwide Children’s in Columbus, Cincinnati Children’s, Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, and unfortunately, many, many others. 

Through faces of anguish, outrage, and determination, the spirit of truth prevails. They carry signs with messages like these:

  • “Stop mutilating young bodies!”
  • “Your white coats hide black hearts!”
  • “Gender ‘change’ is impossible! Stop the abuse!”
  • “Keep Big Pharma hormones out of my child’s body!”
  • “Malpractice suits ahead – stop the gender train!”

I dream of siblings who will bravely carry placards reading, “You took my sister away. She’s not my brother!” and other signs offered by furious de-transitioners: “I want my body back!”

It’s time for America to wake up and object to the mutilation of children’s bodies, minds, and spirits as “transgender” clinics betray exploding numbers of teens and children. 

Why such a surge in demand? A growing audience is responding as American consumers often do: buy the latest, heavily marketed product, regardless of safety or one’s actual need.

Hundreds of children and teens every day are now convinced they need to transform into the opposite sex, and some parents accompany them like cattle into the slaughterhouse, where there has emerged quite suddenly only one standard of care – say “yes” to the myth of “transition” and quickly prescribe drugs to shut down normal body processes or assault others. 

How did we get here? And how can we reclaim the pediatrics profession from the primitive witch doctors and activists leading this retreat into barbarism?

We can first look to the UK, where some brave people are standing up to expose the lunacy. Five clinicians resigned a few months ago from the Tavistock Clinic in London over the unneeded treatment of children as young as three in what they called an “unregulated experiment.” That clinic’s patient volume rose from 94 in 2010 to 2,519 in 2018.

Once upon a time, when children were confused about gender, doctors adopted a “watchful waiting” protocol, knowing that the child’s confusion might be caused by trauma, unresolved emotional issues, other developmental struggles, or family problems. There was reluctance to rush into prescribing puberty blockers to be followed by opposite sex hormones and then, mutilating surgery, all severe treatments with lifetime implications. 

Infertility. Loss of bone mass. Unpredictable mood swings. Future heart disease, stroke, and cancer risks. And a continuing risk of suicide, because the real problems usually remain unaddressed.

Some observers point to an article published in 2013 that went a long way toward radically re-directing the former medical “best practice” of careful evaluation and watchful waiting. The new approach urged “affirmation,” given immediately. Start medical treatment ASAP, treating the child’s desire as equivalent to reality.

The problem is, of course, reality itself. 

The authors of this article are not just dispassionate, objective health professionals. They are hard-core activists. Some are “LGBT” identifiers themselves.

The eight authors are Marco Hidalgo, Ph.D., Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D., San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital; Amy Tishelman, Ph.D., Boston Children’s Hospital; Leslie F. Clark, Ph.D., MPH, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; Robert Garafalo, M.D., MPH, Lurie Children’s Hospital Chicago; Stephen Rosenthal, MD, San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital; Norman P. Spack, M.D., Boston Children’s Hospital; and Johanna Olson, M.D., Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, who is now Johanna Olson-Kennedy, “married” to a female-to-male “transgender.”

Ehrensaft is on the board of the radical group Gender Spectrum. Tishelman is also active with that group and with the extreme international “trans” medical pressure group, WPATH. Garafolo is past president of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. Olson-Kennedy has received awards from the Stonewall Democratic Club and Equality California. Spack opened the first gender clinic for children in the U.S.  in 2007 and boasts about this “accomplishment.”

Do these sound like independent medical researchers to you? 

And yet four of them (Rosenthal, Garafalo, Spack, and Olson-Kennedy) recently received a grant for a research study from National Institutes of Health to measure the “progress” of gender-confused youth taking these potent, unneeded medications. This study is already being promoted, ahead of its completion, as the magic wand to dispel any concerns about the medical mutilation of children in the name of sexual anarchy.

Just a couple of gigantic problems. Researcher bias is almost guaranteed. And this study has no control group. The only subjects are kids who are currently taking puberty blockers/opposite sex hormones. 

So what are the chances the investigators will uncover disturbing findings and disclose them? “Wait! Stop! Gender reassignment is a huge hoax and is inflicting severe, permanent harm to vulnerable children! We can no longer condone the misuse of drugs assaulting healthy children’s bodies to achieve a nonsensical goal.” 

And maybe then revert back to the time-honored “waiting” protocol, because  it usually works. In 85 to 90 percent of the cases, children resolve their distress by adulthood and accept their biological sex.

Will these researchers backtrack? Will Nancy Pelosi become a conservative Republican? 

Jane Robbins at The Public Discourse has written about this NIH study in detail with many valuable insights.

What makes highly educated people go this direction – to ruin children’s bodies and lives while believing they are doing good?

As already mentioned, many are close allies with “LGBT” groups and individuals. The other issue may be money.

The NIH study mentioned above is $5.7 million for five years. Hmm… not bad for studying 250 kids to come to a forgone conclusion.

And then there’s the exploding market. These clinics are among the latest profit centers for hospitals with many services not covered by insurance. It’s a cash cow, and the pharmaceutical companies producing the puberty blockers and hormone medications love the new market for older drugs. Are there financial incentives for docs and hospitals that prescribe their medications? 

Of course there are.

But then, there’s another group, one that can give us all hope, one with more sense, motivated by the breathtaking betrayal of modern medicine. 

Parents. Many of them have joined together to fight gender change “affirmation” and its horrific aftermath. One such group is the Kelsey Coalition

Others are loosely aligned groups of young de-transitioners who went through these treatments and have deep regrets.

When will the mainstream media finally decide to blow the lid off this abuse?

Who knows, but in the meantime, those of us who do know must keep talking, writing, exposing this evil.

And praying.

Linda Harvey is president of Mission America.

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Jonathon Van Maren speaks with Dr. Daniel K. Williams, author of two books published by the Oxford University Press. The first, “God’s Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right” and also, “Defenders of the Unborn: The Pro-Life Movement Before Roe v. Wade.” This week’s episode of The Van Maren Show and the second book are absolutely filled with information that everyone in the pro-life movement needs to know about.

 

There is a broad understanding that the pro-life movement was simply a reactionary movement to Roe v. Wade being legalized in the United States in 1973. In reality, this is not the case. History shows that some of the first pro-life laws were passed in the 1800’s in response to the discovery by doctors that life began long before “quickening,” which is when the mother could first feel the baby in the womb. These Protestant doctors stated that these human beings in the womb deserve protection under the law. It's also important to note that it wasn't until much later during the pro-life movement that abortion became associated with the right-wing beliefs.

 

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