Paraguayan government bans gender ideology in schools

“I kept my position because of my convictions, not for my convenience”,

(Evangelical Focus)  The Ministry of Education and Science of Paraguay has issued a resolution prohibiting “the dissemination and use of materials” referring to “gender ideology” in public and charter schools.

The Education Minister, Enrique Riera, presented this resolution in Asuncion, during the General Assembly of the Latin Evangelical Alliance (AEL in Spanish), on 18 October.

“We are not going to teach gender ideology in the school, but we are not going to discriminate anyone either,” explained Riera.  The Ministry of Education and Science of Paraguay has issued a resolution prohibiting “the dissemination and use of materials” referring to “gender ideology” in public and charter schools. The Education Minister, Enrique Riera, presented this resolution in Asuncion, during the General Assembly of the Latin Evangelical Alliance (AEL in Spanish), on 18 October.   “WE ARE NOT GOING TO TEACH GENDER IDEOLOGY AT SCHOOLS” “We are not going to teach gender ideology in the school, but we are not going to discriminate anyone either”, explained Riera. He acknowledged that he found a strong internal opposition to his idea of applying the national Constitution, which advocates for the marriage between a man and woman. Riera received a lot of pressure from both the Ministry and the international community. “I kept my position because of my convictions, not for my convenience”, he explained. The minister emphasized the importance of parents as the ones who educate in values inside the family. At the end of his presentation, interrupted with frequent applause, participants in the assembly prayed for Minister Riera, political leaders and the country of Paraguay.   STATE AND CHARTER SCHOOLS The prohibition affects both public and charter educational institutions, which will not be able to use in their classrooms any kind of resource, whether printed or digital, that refers to gender ideology.

“The Ministry is not going to promote gender ideology or any other kind of ideology”, Riera said. And he added: “We respect diversity, but that does not mean instilling gender ideology, which, as everyone knows, is a controversial topic throughout the world. As Paraguayans the idea is clear: dad, mom, children. There is no easier way to say it”

 REVIEWING THE EDUCATIONAL CURRICULUM The resolution prohibiting the use of materials on gender ideology also entrusts the Curriculum, Evaluation and Guidance General Board to review the educational content and issue a report within 60 days, with proposals which follow the “constitutional principles and the current legislation”. In addition, the educational coordinators and supervisors will be responsible for ensuring compliance with this law, the resolution says.   PARAGUAYAN CHRISTIANS ASK FOR THE WITHDRAWAL OF GENDER IDEOLOGY This measure responds to the controversy that arose a few weeks ago about the alleged use of materials on gender ideology in the country’s schools. Both evangelical and the Catholic churches of the country demanded the withdrawal of such materials. Hundreds of people took part in a demonstration in front of the Paraguayan Congress several days ago, to demand a public education based on the traditional family values, included in the Paraguayan Constitution.  The main claim focused on maintaining the concept of gender ideology outside the educational materials of Paraguayan public education, since they do not want concepts such as homosexuality or bisexuality to be taught in school.

Mom Who Beat Daughter for Not Reciting Bible Verses Correctly Sent to Prison

Each time the teenager gave an answer Shoffner did not find acceptable she slammed her daughter’s head into bathroom drywall.

A mother who allegedly assaulted her 13-year-old daughter after she failed to correctly recite Bible verses earlier this year was sentenced to two-and-a-half to five years in state prison Wednesday after she pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, strangulation, terroristic threats and endangering the welfare of a child.

The mother, Rhonda Shoffner, 41, of Middletown, Pennsylvania, was sentenced by Dauphin County Judge John F. Cherry, Penn Live reported.

“This was an extremely scary situation for this young victim to have to endure. Fortunately, she is doing well now and is in a safe place,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Sean McCormack said Thursday.

According to Penn Live, Shoffner was reportedly drunk for three days straight when the assault took place in March. Police said Shoffner told her daughter to call several family members and when none of them responded, she forced her daughter to get on her knees in the bathroom of their home.

The daughter said this was a sign that her mother was getting ready to beat her so she began pleading with her mother to spare her the abuse.

“Please don’t hit me. I don’t want to get on my knees,” police said the victim told her mother.

An angry Shoffner demanded that the 13-year-old “get on her (expletive) knees,” police said.

After the girl complied, Shoffner started reciting Bible verses which she expected her daughter to repeat verbatim as well.

“What did God tell the man to do with his son?” she asked the teenager.  

When her daughter could not respond police say Shoffner told her: “God told the man to kill his son.”

When the teenager told her mother that “God said to forgive his son,” Shoffner grabbed her by the hair and slammed her head into a wall.

Each time the teenager gave an answer Shoffner did not find acceptable she slammed her daughter’s head into bathroom drywall. She did this at least five times, police say, even as her daughter begged her to stop.

Shoffner then told her daughter to lie on her back and the girl complied, she began to strangle her, declaring: “I’m gonna kill you (expletive),” police said.

It was at this point that the teenager, afraid she might die, began fighting her mother. Shoffner responded by biting her daughter’s left forearm and sinking her teeth into her left shoulder.

The teenager kept fighting until the frustrated mother told her “just leave and don’t ever come back.”

She grabbed a coat, a pair of sneakers and her phone and fled. She was then met by her father who took her to the police who later charged Shoffner. 

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 Rhonda Shofner

As part of her sentence, Shoffner was also ordered to undergo alcohol and drug counseling and to remain drug and alcohol free, the Press and Journal said. She will also be subjected to random drug and alcohol testing upon her release from prison.

In January, Shoffner also pleaded guilty to a simple assault charge stemming from a second assault incident. Shoffner assaulted a woman during an argument in a car. She hit the woman and bit her during that assault, the Press and Journal said.

written by  Leonardo Blair 

 

Planned Parenthood vs. Little Girls: Sex-Selective Abortion in America

“Modern abortions politics has done strange things to our culture.” Those who claim to be advocates for women turn a blind eye to the single greatest form of discrimination against them.

The worst form of discrimination against women in our time is one that is virtually ignored by feminists.

The abortion industry has long billed itself as a champion of women’s rights. Almost thirty years ago, the head of the National Abortion Rights Action League, or NARAL, told the New York Times that “Abortion is the guarantor of a woman’s right to participate fully in the social and political life of society.”

But as Cathy Ruse pointed out recently at the Daily Signal, abortion is being used right now to keep millions of women from participating in life, at all.

By some estimates, there are as many as 160 million girls and women missing worldwide because of sex-selective abortion. Modern technology that allows parents to find out before birth whether they’re having a boy or girl, coupled with traditional cultural preferences for boys, results in nothing less than “gendercide”—the systematic killing of female babies over males. And it’s not just happening overseas.

Newsweek reported last year that sex-selective abortions are on the rise right here in the U. S. One study by Columbia University found that Chinese, Korean and Indian parents on their second pregnancy gave birth to 117 boys for every 100 girls. For third children, the ratio shot up to a staggering 151 boys for every 100 girls.  

The culprit, says Newsweek, is sex-selective abortion. So-called “family planning” clinics like those affiliated with Planned Parenthood are helping women kill their unborn daughters. You’d think organizations that pride themselves on protecting and empowering women would want this to stop, but you’d be wrong.

Last year, after the state of Indiana passed a law banning sex-selective abortion, a federal district judge granted a permanent injunction against the law at the request of—you guessed it—Planned Parenthood. In the name of ending discrimination against women, this abortion giant is literally making sure fewer women exist.

This is beyond perverse.

Even worse, pro-choice and feminist support for gendercide remains virtually unflinching. Back in March, when Arkansas enacted a ban on sex-selective abortions, the American Civil Liberties Union complained that the law prevents women from “obtaining abortions that they want for whatever reason,” even, apparently, if that reason is preferring boys over girls.

As Ruse remarks, “Modern abortions politics has done strange things to our culture.” Those who claim to be advocates for women turn a blind eye to the single greatest form of discrimination against them.

Now occasionally, a pro-choice feminist will let slip how he or she really feels about gendercide. That’s what happened back in 2011 when Pulitzer finalist Mara Hvistendahl published a book called “Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men.” In it, she decries systematic discrimination against female fetuses, but comes up short of blaming the real culprit: abortion.

Reviewing the book in The New York Times, Ross Douthat observed that the problem of gendercide puts pro-choicers in a “distinctly uncomfortable position.” They insist “that the unborn aren’t human beings yet, and that the right to abortion is nearly absolute.” But this leaves them “struggling to define a victim for the crime [they’ve] uncovered.”

As pro-lifers, we need to continually point out this glaring inconsistency in the pro-choice worldview. To anyone not sold out to abortion-on-demand, it’s obvious that the sex of a baby is not a legitimate reason to kill her.

Of course, there’s never a legitimate reason to deliberately kill a baby—in the womb or out. But the 160 million missing girls worldwide should convince many that Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry—far from empowering women—have become the greatest perpetrators of their extermination.

Written by By John Stonestreet