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Ottawa’s award-winning way of killing off childhood

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May 15, 2012 (Mercatornet.com) - I suppose there is something grotesquely timely about it all. The same week as the President of the United States, the most powerful politician in the world, allegedly decides fundamentally vital social policy after listening to advice from his two young daughters, the children of Canada are once again thrown into an adult swamp and used and abused by adults.

This time it’s about pictures at an exhibition so to speak, but old Mussorgsky would be spinning in his grave. In Ottawa, the capital of the first Anglo-Saxon, English-speaking country to introduce same-sex marriage, “Sex: A Tell-All Exhibition”, is on display at the publicly-funded Canada Science and Technology Museum. And just in case you can’t catch it right now, the thing runs until the beginning of 2013.

Which is in itself a little odd, in that most of these temporary exhibits have a very short run, and several museums devoted to the sacrifice and heroism of Canadian soldiers and airmen, for example, are currently struggling to even survive due to financial hardships.

In case you assume that the reference to same-sex marriage is gratuitous, it’s essential to any understanding of why and how cultures become obsessed with the public display of sex. The re-definition of marriage based merely on the demands of an intensely fashionable sexual preference rather than immutable natural law has allowed ancient social institutions to become victim to the whims of personal desire and lust. It wasn’t so much marriage that was re-defined, but the human person. We were now to be classified simply by our sexuality, and sex was promoted as the pre-eminent of human aspects. More than this, what has always been a child-centred institution was now perverted into an adult-one.

So it was inevitable that such a culture would want to sexualize children as young as possible. It’s the mantra of much of the Western world: claim to protect children, but determine to destroy childhood.

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The exhibition itself is a mixture of the clinical and the prurient. Juxtaposed with scientific depictions of eggs and sperm and explanations of procreation are tales of why abortion is so important and, hard to believe really, videos of boys and girls masturbating. Whatever we think of self-abuse, and I regard it as one of those mortal sin things, kids have been able to get the hang of it for quite a long time now. They don’t need instructional videos. But I’m sure that a few adults would like to take a look—it’s what is known as child pornography, and the police spend enormous amounts of time and money trying to stop it and incarcerate the perpetrators.

A campaign for normalization

What the exhibition is actually about, of course, is normalization. There are no barriers, no right and wrong, no absolutes, and no “normal” in the brave new post-Kinsey world of sex studies and sexual freedom.

One of Canada’s leading magazine writers and frequent award winners wrote not long ago that “inter-generational love” should be seriously considered, and that a child-adult sex ring is no different from a hockey school, both involving fun, pleasure, and some risk and danger. That there are people like him around is not surprising; that he is still welcome into the halls of mainstream journalism and praised by his peers is what is genuinely disturbing.

Normal has to be defeated, claim these zealots.  So another video presents some neurotic woman moaning on – forgive the word – about the delights of having multiple lovers, although the word love is seldom mentioned. In more robust times she would have been known as a slut, but today that word is considered offensive. Well, yes, it is. Because what it describes is indeed offensive, and anti-human, degrading and, ironically, invariably for the pleasure of men and the subjugation of women.

Yet another film has a dozen people being interviewed about sexual orientation and there is not a heterosexual among them. Which is horribly dishonest, in that the vast majority of the world’s population is heterosexual, but also entirely predictable because the agenda behind all this is to expunge any nature of heterosexuality and even any concept of gender. In Canada we now have a proposed sex education curriculum in two of the largest provinces teaching children that there are in fact seven genders. “Twin-spirited” is my favourite, mainly because I’m not sure what it is.

Will no one protest?

The exhibition is open to everyone, but children under the age of twelve have to be accompanied by an adult. So a five or an eight-year-old can go along to watch the porn movies, see graphic pictures of naked women and stare at the illustrations of people copulating, as long as some dunderhead or pervert who has managed to reach the age of eighteen holds their hand, or some other part of their anatomy.

It’s not as if kids are unaware of their own sexuality and the realities of sex, and children have never been as exposed and often indoctrinated as they are today, but it’s the campaign to accelerate the learning process, make public what should be private, eliminate notions of love and romance, assume that sex is morally neutral, and encourage children to act upon every any impulse and lust, that is so profoundly malicious.

Smaller exhibitions and in particular trendy art galleries have been indulging in this sort of thing for a generation now. I once escorted a politician around one such in Toronto, where half the hall was devoted to sadomasochism, with an enormous photograph of a sad lady spread-eagled on a car, being whipped by a chap in a mask. The politician seemed more upset that the picture had received a government grant but the car had been made in Germany and not Canada! In other words, with some exceptions our leaders are indifferent, and those of us who criticize this nonsense will be condemned as frightened prudes.

Rise up, frightened prudes of the world, before it’s too late.

Michael Coren is a broadcaster and writer living in Toronto, Canada. His latest book is Heresy: Ten Lies They Spread About Christianity, available at Amazon.com. His website is michaelcoren.com. This article first appeared at Mercatornet.com and is reprinted under a Creative Commons License

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN, March 27, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On Thursday, Indiana became the 20th state to prevent the government from forcing people of faith to violate their religious beliefs in business or the public square.

Gov. Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (SB 101) into law, saying the freedom of religion is a preeminent American value.

“The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of religion, but today, many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action,” Pence said.

Gov. Pence, a possible dark horse candidate for president in 2016, cited court cases brought by religious organizations and employers, including Catholic universities, against the HHS mandate. “One need look no further than the recent litigation concerning the Affordable Care Act. A private business and our own University of Notre Dame had to file lawsuits challenging provisions that required them to offer insurance coverage in violation of their religious views.”

The new law could also prevent Christian business owners from being compelled to bake a cake or take photographs of a same-sex "marriage" ceremony, if doing so violates their faith. In recent years, business owners have seen an increased level of prosecution for denying such services, despite their religious and moral beliefs.

The state's pro-life organization applauded Pence for his stance. "Indiana's pro-life community is grateful to Gov. Mike Pence for signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law,” said Indiana Right to Life's president and CEO Mike Fichter. “This bill will give pro-lifers a necessary legal recourse if they are pressured to support abortion against their deeply-held religious beliefs.”

“RFRA is an important bill to protect the religious freedom of Hoosiers who believe the right to life comes from God, not government,” he said.

The state RFRA is based on the federal bill introduced by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993. The Supreme Court cited the federal law when it ruled that Hobby Lobby had the right to refuse to fund abortion-inducing drugs, if doing so violated its owners' sincerely held religious beliefs.

In signing the measure – similar to the one Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed – Pence and the state of Indiana have faced a torrent of venom from opponents of the bill, who claim it grants a “right to discriminate” and raises the spectre of segregation.

"They've basically said, as long as your religion tells you to, it's OK to discriminate against people," said Sarah Warbelow, legal director of the Human Rights Campaign, a national homosexual pressure group.

The Disciples of Christ, a liberal Protestant denomination based in the state capital, has said it will move its 2017 annual convention if the RFRA became state law. The NCAA warned the bill's adoption “might affect future events” in the Hoosier state.

Pence denied such concerns, saying, "This bill is not about discrimination, and if I thought it legalized discrimination in any way I would've vetoed it."

The bill's supporters say that, under the Obama administration, it is Christians who are most likely to suffer discrimination.

"Originally RFRA laws were intended to protect small religious groups from undue burdens on practicing their faith in public life,” said Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy. “It was not imagined there would come a day when laws might seek to jail or financially destroy nuns, rabbis or Christian camp counselors who prefer to abstain from the next wave of sexual and gender experimentation. And there's always a next wave.”

The bill's supporters note that it does not end the government's right to coerce people of faith into violating their conscience in every situation. However, it requires that doing so has to serve a compelling government interest and the government must use the least restrictive means possible. “There will be times when a state or federal government can show it has a compelling reason for burdening religious expression – to ensure public safety, for instance,” said Sarah Torre, an expert at the Heritage Foundation. “But Religious Freedom Restoration Acts set a high bar for the government to meet in order to restrict religious freedom.”

Restricting the ability of government to interfere in people's private decisions, especially their religious decisions, is the very purpose of the Constitution, its supporters say.

"Religious freedom is the cornerstone of all liberty for all people,” Tooley said. “Deny or reduce it, and there are no ultimate limits on the state's power to coerce."

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Since I’ve gotten involved in anti-pornography work, I’ve met countless men who struggle, fight, or have beaten pornography. Each person seems to deal with the guilt and shame that accompanies porn use in a different way—some deny that it’s “all that bad,” others pretend that they could “stop whenever they want,” many insist that “everyone is doing it,” and most, when pressed, admit to a deep sense of self-loathing.

One worry surfaces often in conversation: What do my past or current struggles with pornography say about me as a man? Can I ever move past this and have a meaningful and fulfilling relationship?

I want to address this question just briefly, since I’ve encountered it so many times.

First, however, I’ve written before how I at times dislike the language of “struggling” with pornography or pornography “addiction,” not because they aren’t accurate but because too often they are used as an excuse rather than an explanation. It is true, many do in fact “struggle” with what can legitimately be considered an addiction, but when this language is used to describe an interminable battle with no end (and I’ve met dozens of men for whom this is the case), then I prefer we use terminology like “fighting my porn habit.” A semantic debate, certainly, but one I think is important. We need to stop struggling with porn and start fighting it.

Secondly, pornography does do devastating things to one’s sense of masculinity. We know this. Pornography enslaves men by the millions, perverting their role as protector and defender of the more vulnerable and turning them into sexual cannibals, consuming those they see on-screen to satisfy their sexual appetites.

What often starts as mere curiosity or an accidental encounter can turn into something that invades the mind and twists even the most basic attractions. I’ve met porn users who can’t believe the types of things they want to watch. They haven’t simply been using porn. Porn has actively reshaped them into something they don’t recognize and don’t like. 

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Porn is this generation’s great assault on masculinity and the role of men in society. It is essential that we win this battle for the sake of society’s survival. Contrary to what the gender-bending and family-morphing progressive elites claim, good husbands and good fathers and good church leaders are necessary for a healthy society. But pornography is destroying marriages, creating distant and disconnected fathers, and, metaphoricaclly castrating men, hindering their ability and desire to make a positive difference in the society around us.

So, with this sobering set of facts in mind let’s return to the question: what do pornography struggles, past and present, say about a man?

The proper way to respond is with everything that is good about masculinity. We have to fight pornography as men have fought countless evils throughout the ages. We need to fight pornography to protect women, and wives, and children, and our society at large. This is how pornography threatens society, by castrating men, and turning them from protectors into predators. Rooting out the evil in our own lives allows us to better fulfill the role we are called to perform in the lives of others. Battling our own demons enables us to battle the wider cultural demons. Every day without porn is another bit of virtue built. Virtue is not something you’re born with. Virtues are habits that you build. And one day without porn is the first step towards the virtue of being porn-free.

Many men ask me if men who have had past porn addictions are cut out for being in a relationship or working in the pro-life movement or in other areas where we are called to protect and defend the weak and vulnerable. And the answer to that is an unequivocal yes. Our society needs men who know what it means to fight battles and win. Our society needs men who can say that they fought porn and they beat porn, because their families and their friends were too important to risk. Our society needs men who rose to the challenge that the evils of their generation threw at them, and became better men as the result. And our society needs men who can help their friends and their sons and those around them fight the plague of pornography and free themselves from it, too—and who can understand better and offer encouragement more relevant than someone who has fought and been freed themselves?

So the answer to men is yes. Fight pornography. Beat pornography. And join the ranks of those who support their fellow men and women still fighting. Lend them support and encouragement. We cannot change the fact that porn has left an enormous path of destruction in its wake. But we can change the fact that too many people aren’t fighting it. We can change our own involvement. And we can rise to the challenge and face this threat to masculinity with all that is good about masculinity.

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