Children Fast-tracked into Gender Transition

Therapists willing to dig into the complexity of gender dysphoria and help children affirm their biological gender may now face legal trouble.

Parents, doctors, and pro-family groups in Britain this week sounded the alarm about the skyrocketing rate of children with complex psychological issues being streamlined into gender transition by the country’s National Health Service (NHS).

Britain’s The Daily Mail on Sunday ran a story about a rash of concerned parents joining an online community called Transgender Trend, self-described as “parents questioning the trans narrative.” The group said parents contact it because schools and clinics are blindly accepting their children’s assertions that they are transgender and pushing them into treatment without cautious evaluation.

The number of children being treated at the NHS Tavistock Clinic, which specializes in treating gender identity issues, has jumped from just under 100 in 2009 to over 2,000 in 2016, according to The Telegraph.

Parents say young celebrities—like American reality TV star Jazz Jennings or British YouTube sensation Alex Bertie—play into the craze by making transgenderism trendy and sex-change treatments seem cool, not scary.

One mother of a 15-year-old girl told The Daily Mail her daughter’s school referred her to an NHS therapist because she told teachers she was “stuck in the wrong body.” After a 40-minute therapy session, the girl was referred to the transgender clinic. The mom believes her daughter was groomed by a gay friend who told her she was ugly as a female and encouraged her transition. The girl, now 17, is undergoing testosterone treatments against her mother’s wishes.

Therapists willing to dig into the complexity of gender dysphoria and help children affirm their biological gender may now face legal trouble.

The U.K. Council for Psychotherapy this month issued a memorandum of understanding on conversion therapy that included “gender identity” alongside “sexual orientation.” Bans on so-called conversion therapy have previously been limited to sexual orientation. The new memorandum expands the limit to any counselors, therapists, and other clinical professionals who might do anything other than affirm individuals’ expression of their gender identity.

Despite language that the document does not intend to discourage those who have uncertain feelings around their gender identity from seeking professional help, critics argue the memorandum threatens the livelihood of professionals who may want to explore why a child or adult is claiming to be transgender.

“Some people may experience gender confusion for a host of complex reasons, but you have to ask yourself if the media’s fixation with these issues is causing some children to question their gender identity who may not otherwise have done so,” said Simon Calvert, deputy director of public affairs for the U.K.-based, pro-family group The Christian Institute, noting the movement is being led by politics and fashion, not medicine, science, or the best interests of children.

“Right now it seems a child who in any way questions their gender is put on a one-way conveyor belt to gender reassignment, and that is incredibly dangerous and damaging,” Calvert said. “We are already seeing the stories starting to emerge from children who were encouraged to transition by parents and doctors and who are now regretting it.”

Some in the medical community agree.

“What I’ve been seeing in a fertility clinic are the long-term results of often very unhappy people who now feel quite badly damaged,” Robert Winston, an emeritus professor of fertility studies at Imperial College London, told the Today program on BBC Radio 4. He said the “results are horrendous in such a big proportion of cases,” noting 40 percent of people who undergo vaginal surgery have complications, and 23 percent of people who have their breasts removed “feel uncomfortable with what they’ve done.” He said the fundamentals of why people say they are transgender need to be better understood.

Other critics say taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for expensive transgender treatments. In September, The Daily Mail ran a story on the NHS helping transgender children as young as 12 freeze their eggs and sperm before beginning hormone treatment so they can use them later if they want to have children. Earlier this summer, an NHS doctor advocated for publicly funded womb transplants for men who identify as women. Experts have said the controversial surgery—implanting a donor womb into a person born with male organs—could be available within the next decade.

Catholic Bishop Accused of Misusing $120,000, Having Secret Mistress Resigns After Protests by Priests

An Indonesian bishop, who has been accused by dozens of priests in the Diocese of Ruteng of having a mistress and misusing over $120,000 in church funds, has resigned from his post.

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Hubertus Leteng on Wednesday, BBC News reported, though the under fire senior church member did not provide a reason for his exit.

The Vatican has been investigating claims that he borrowed $94,000 from the Indonesian bishops’ conference, along with reports that he took another $30,000 from his diocese without accounting for either sum of money.

According to Ucanews, at least 69 of 167 diocesan priests quit their posts in June in the midst of the scandal, though clergy who remained loyal to Leteng urged members to continue supporting him.

Father Robert Pelita, episcopal vicar of Labuan Bajo, was one of the many to accuse the bishop of financial irregularities.  

“Bishop Leteng admitted at a meeting that he took the diocese’s money,” Pelita said at the time.

The priests who resigned have accused the bishop of using part of the money on a woman, who they suspect he is having an affair with. The allegations stem back from 2014, when one departing priest shared such observations.

Leteng has in the past denied the accusations and, according to The Catholic Herald, told priests in a meeting that he was using the borrowed money to finance the education of youth from a poor family in the United Sates.

He has not provided further details, however, and reportedly told priests who asked for more information that it was “none of their business.”

Leteng was ordained a priest of the Ruteng Diocese in 1988, and consecrated a bishop on April 14, 2010.

Catholic News Agency reported that Bishop Sylvester San of Denpasar will temporarily serve as apostolic administrator of Ruteng in the wake of Leteng’s departure.

The Vatican has been involved in several investigations of controversial priests this past year, including one case from January concerning Father Andrea Contin of the northern city of Padua in Veneto, Italy.

Contin is reportedly facing defrocking after he was accused of organizing orgies on the San Lazzaro church premises, some of which he recorded in pornographic home videos. The revelations were made when police seized such material from his possession after three female parishioners came forward with complaints.

He was also accused of pimping out 15 women at naturist and swingers’ resorts in France.

ABC Network Bleeps Out Jesus’ Name on ‘The View’ Leading to Outrage on Social Media

During the ladies’ discussion, Faris spoke about her upbringing and said she was taught by her parents to not use the Lord’s name in vain.

The ABC network is facing backlash from Christians who were offended by its decision to bleep out “Jesus” each time “The View” co-host Paula Faris said His name on the show last Friday.

The hosts of the talk show were discussing the results of a British poll The Christian Post reported on that found most Britons believe only six of the Ten Commandments are relevant today. 

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 ABC’s daytime talk show “The View” is under fire for bleeping out the name of Jesus. From Left: Whoopi Goldberg, Sara Haines and Paula Faris, New York, October 27, 2017.

During the ladies’ discussion, Faris spoke about her upbringing and said she was taught by her parents to not use the Lord’s name in vain.

“My parents were really strict about what we said in the home. We couldn’t say ‘Oh my God.’ We couldn’t say J.C. We couldn’t say [bleeped out],” Faris said during the 

during the show. “We could say ‘Jeez’ … unless you were praising Him, and then you could say, [bleeped out].”

It was clear the words bleeped out were Jesus Christ and Jesus.

Unaware she was being censored, Faris continued and said she implements the same restrictions in her family. She then went on to say that regardless of the controversy surrounding the Commandments, the Bible remains relevant.

“The great thing about the Bible and God is the same yesterday, today and forever,” Faris declared, citing the verse found in Hebrews 13:8 of the Bible, which reads, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” The decision to bleep the name of “Jesus Christ” led a number of commentators and bloggers to question ABC.

“Woah. Are they really censoring the word Jesus? America is so weird,” one person said in a video commentary posted on YouTube.Another viewer asked: “Why are they bleeping out Jesus? It’s a NAME for heavens sake! If they were to say something about Satan they wouldn’t bleep that out.”

Perhaps the network took caution because the name was part of a discussion about using the Lord’s name in vain. But some viewers were offended because Faris also talked about worshiping Jesus and His name was still bleeped out.

This is not the first time “The View” has bleeped out Jesus’ name. A similar issue took place during an episode in 2002 when co-host Joy Behar said she was ending a vigorous diet, “Thank you, thank you, Jesus is all I have to say.” Her words were aired live but when ABC broadcast a taped version of the show for the West Coast “Jesus” was edited out.

According to ABC spokeswoman Julie Hoover, that use “ran afoul of a particular standard the network adheres to. ABC has no problem with Jesus’ name if it is used in a ‘prayerful and respectful manner,” she said. “But ABC does not allow Jesus’ name to be used in an exclamation.”

 

 

Officials, Police in India Halt Worship in 10 Churches

“It is a well-planned conspiracy against the Christian community, as the Hindu extremists know that it is not easy to approach the collector’s office for such permissions,”

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News)  Officials and police in Tamil Nadu state, India, have ordered 10 churches to discontinue worship services, sources said.

Hindu extremists compelled state officials and police to issue orders to the churches in Coimbatore District to stop worship unless they obtain permission from the collector’s office, and the extremists intend to target 20 others in the same way, church leaders said.

“It is a well-planned conspiracy against the Christian community, as the Hindu extremists know that it is not easy to approach the collector’s office for such permissions,” pastor Johnson Sathyanathan, president of the Synod of Pentecostal Churches of Coimbatore, told Morning Star News. “The time to get such approvals can stretch from a year and a half to many more years.”  The district revenue officer (Tehsildar) told church leaders that orders against six churches were issued on the complaint of members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a Hindu nationalist, paramilitary organization widely regarded as the parent organization of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. Orders were issued in one case based on a complaint by the Hanuman Sena, a fairly new Hindu extremist group.  

A Christian delegation met the minister of Internal Affairs of Tamil Nadu early last week and expressed concern and fear about the recent notices. The state minister on Oct. 24 called on the deputy superintendent of police and the local Member of the Legislative Assembly of Sulur to look into the matter and take steps to ensure that the worship services can resume, Pastor Sathyanathan said.

“Altogether there are 10 churches that have been directly affected in the last two months,” he said. “They are all residents of the area, and people have never had trouble with these churches before. These pastors have been doing ministry for many years now.”

Besides the six churches, another congregation, an Assemblies of God Church in Thennampalayam, was first targeted during its Vacation Bible School this summer, when the members of RSS attacked its van transporting children, assaulting three young people. The revenue officer has closed down the church based on a complaint by the RSS, saying the pastor must secure permission from the collector to continue worshiping.  

The pastor has been leading the church at its present location for more than five years.

Other Shut-Downs

In Myleripalayam, a police inspector called the pastor of an independent fellowship, Solomon Raja, following a complaint by members of the Hanuman Sena, and forced him to sign documents stating that he would “obtain proper permission” to continue worship services.

“This happened with Solomon on Sept. 1, and since then no worship service has taken place in his church,” Pastor Sathyanathan told Morning Star News.

In Mathampalayam, where pastor Vinod Kumar had constructed a small hall for church services, about 25 RSS members on Oct. 15 disrupted a church service and called police.

“The inspector deliberately vacated the church, and Kumar was ordered to stop conducting worship in the future,” Pastor Sathyanathan said.

Though no case has been registered against Kumar, he has been threatened with warnings to halt worship services or bear the consequences, he said.

In Kalampalayam, police accompanied by 20 RSS members approached a church leader identified only as Pastor Charles and ordered him to close down services until he obtained permission from the collector, Pastor Sathyanathan said.

In Sulur, pastor Selva Singh of Sultanpet has filed a case with police against the notice the revenue officer issued to him. A court has granted him one month’s permission to continue the regular church service, but with a condition that there should be no use of amplifiers during the service. The permission will be voided if there are complaints.

The court instructed Pastor Singh to obtain permission from local officials within one month.

Pastor Singh has been leading the area church for more than 10 years.

Demand to Re-Open Churches

Nearly 500 protesting Christians approached the district sub-collector and the superintendent of police on Oct. 11 and submitted a memorandum demanding protection and appealing for the churches to be re-opened.

Pastor Sathyanathan, who participated in the protest, told Morning Star News that the city superintendent of police flatly refused any support or action.

“They said that they can do nothing about it, and why should we create unnecessary trouble, that instead we should go ahead and get legal permission for our churches,” he said. “We had organized a day of silent protest on Oct. 21, but we were denied permission to carry it out, as they stated that it was a law-and-order situation.”

Clarifying reports that 30 churches had been targeted, Pastor Sathyanathan said Hindu extremists had yet to take action against 20 of them.

“The Hindu extremists have openly threatened Christians that they are going to do the same in 20 more churches of the area that they have done to these 10,” he said.

Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took power in May 2014, the hostile tone of his National Democratic Alliance government, led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), against non-Hindus has emboldened Hindu extremists in several parts of the country to attack Christians, religious rights advocates say.

 

Former StemExpress Worker Recalls Daily ‘Grocery List’-Like Outline of Baby Body Parts Needed From Planned Parenthood

StemExpress was accused of similar actions, paying Planned Parenthood $55 for a baby and then selling his or her body parts for $250 each, making $1000 from just one child.

A former procurement technician at the biomedical research supply company StemExpress is explaining how she would open her email each day to find a “grocery list”-like outline of certain baby body parts that she and others needed to strive to obtain while spending the day at Planned Parenthood.

In the Center for Medical Progress’ second whistle-blower video, released on Tuesday, Holly O’Donnell provided actual emails and documents as proof of the workings of StemExpress inside Planned Parenthood.Baby-parts

“We would turn on Messenger on our laptops, we would go to one of the medical rooms, and we would open up the task page—which it shows you what the researchers want, [such as] how many specimens that they want for that day or that week,” she explained. “And if you were able to get that specimen, you would edit the task page and put how many you had and put your initials.”“Roughly saying, it was like a grocery list of what to get for that day,” O’Donnell said. 

She recalled that she would approach the head nurse at the Planned Parenthood facility and advise them what StemExpress was looking for on that date.

“They’d give you a sheet of the appointments, which women were coming in … and if they knew how far along they were,” O’Donnell outlined.

She would then compare who was coming in for an abortion that day with what was on the task page provided by StemExpress.

“Well, at 11 o’clock, we’ve got a 15-week. I need a liver. [So I’d] highlight her,” O’Donnell illustrated. “So that way, I could prioritize my day and know who to talk to.”

Sometimes, Planned Parenthood staff would let O’Donnell know that a mother that was of her needed gestation was present, so that she could obtain the woman’s consent that the baby’s remains be used for research.

One of the task schedules shown in the video from March 20, 2013 outlines that a liver from a baby 18-22 weeks gestation was needed for UCLA that day, and a liver, thymus and skin sample from a baby 16-20 weeks gestation was needed for the University of Massachusetts and Harvard.

“Ship all tissue under Harvard’s FedEx number,” one of the task notes read.

O’Donnell left her job at StemExpress in 2013, and StemExpress discontinued its partnership with Planned Parenthood in 2015 after CMP’s undercover investigative videos were released to the public.  

As previously reported, last year, the Congressional Select Panel on Infant Lives issued numerous criminal referrals while investigating Planned Parenthood and its partners, including StemExpress.

Specifically, the Congressional Committee noted in its report that StemExpress, Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR) and Novogenics Laboratories purchased the bodily organs of aborted babies from several California Planned Parenthood locations, and then resold them at substantially higher prices. The organizations were also accused of hiking the prices above costs for “transportation, implantation, processing, preservation, quality control or storage of” the body parts.

 

“In June of 2014, an ABR technician obtained a 20-week-old fetus at a Planned Parenthood clinic, for which it paid $60,” the report outlined. “From that one fetus, ABR sold its brain to one customer for $325, both of its eyes for $325 each ($650 total) to a second customer, a portion of its liver for $325 to a third customer, its thymus for $325 and another portion of its liver for $325 to a fourth customer, and its lung for $325 to a fifth customer.”

StemExpress was accused of similar actions, paying Planned Parenthood $55 for a baby and then selling his or her body parts for $250 each, making $1000 from just one child.

The Committee also noted that despite Planned Parenthood’s “constant statements to the media that [its] affiliates had merely been recovering their costs” in receiving payment from ABR, StemExpress and other companies, its attorneys told the investigative Congressional panel that the Planned Parenthood offices only sought to determine their costs after-the-fact in light of national scrutiny.

“Around that time, Planned Parenthood announced it would no longer accept any payments in connection with its fetal tissue transfer programs,” Sen. Chuck Grassley explained.

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Teacher 36, at Christian school arrested for ‘chest rubbing,’ kissing and ‘sexy talk’ with teen boy student

accused by her former student, now 19, of sending “flirty” text messages and saying she wished he was 18 so they could have sex.

A substitute teacher at a Christian academy in Indiana is accused of having a sexual contact with a former student — though she claims he made it all up to change schools.

Jennifer McLeod, who was 34 at the time of the alleged offenses more than two years ago, was accused by her former student, now 19, of sending “flirty” text messages and saying she wished he was 18 so they could have sex.

The student, who was 17 and in the 11th grade, told police the text messages included one that read, “If I was in high school, you would be my boyfriend,” NWI Times reported.

He said that on the last day of the 2015 school year McLeod asked to kiss him. The student gave permission and the two reportedly kissed “romantically” for six to eight seconds in her classroom.  

The flirty text messages progressed into holding hands and sexually graphic late-night telephone calls. He said the two kissed once in her house.

“Once she became his teacher, she became a lot more than his teacher,” County Deputy Prosecutor Tammy Gregg said during a trial on Tuesday.

Another student allegedly told investigators he once saw McLeod rubbing the other teenager’s chest at school.  McLeod, now 36, was charged with two felony counts of child seduction.

The 19-year-old told the court on Tuesday he “liked the attention she was giving me.”

However, McLeod denied all the allegations, claiming during the trial that the teenager made up the accusations to leave the school.

“He wanted to go to another school,” her defense attorney Steve Bush said, adding that the accuser was having problems with the academy’s basketball program and coach and wanted to attend the school where his brother coached.

Bush told the court evidence shows the teenager was nowhere near McLeod’s classroom when she is accused of kissing him. It’s unclear if McLeod remains a teacher at Hebron Christian Academy.

The trial is taking place before Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford.

The Reformation Turns 500: How Luther Shaped Our World

What an INSULT towards the Jewish people for anyone to celebrate Martin Luther and many other “early church fathers” who did nothing more than incite hatred towards the Jews that led to the slaughter of millions if not billions of Jews.

Written by John Stonestreet, G. Shane Morris

On this day in 1517—at least according to tradition—a German monk-turned-Bible-professor nailed a list of debate topics to a church door, altering the course of history.

Now, we don’t know the exact date when Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses, although he did submit them to his archbishop on October 31. What we do know is that Luther never intended to defy the church or split Western Christendom. When he challenged all comers to a debate on the sale of indulgences—which were essentially a way to buy into Heaven—he wanted to call God’s ministers back to Scripture.

But those ministers resisted. Luther wouldn’t budge, and the result was what we now know as the Protestant Reformation.

Historian Philip Schaff writes that next to the beginning of Christianity, the Reformation was “the greatest event in history.” That may be hyperbole, but not by much. If you worship in a Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, non-denominational, or—of course—Lutheran congregation, you’re directly affected by Martin Luther. Anglicans have been affected too, and even Roman Catholics saw reforms within that communion that came about because of Martin Luther.  

And the Reformation’s influence goes far beyond the church doors. Luther’s appearance before the Diet of Worms—that famous moment when he reportedly said, “Here I stand, I can do no other,” has been called “the trial that led to the birth of the modern world.”

Our ideas about free inquiry, democracy, education, and capitalism can all ultimately be traced back to the Reformation.

And the Reformation also reemphasized ideas like the sacredness of all callings, and spheres of authority in human society. In Luther’s mind, individuals and civil magistrates, as well as the clergy, were responsible to read, understand, and obey the Bible.

As Eric Metaxas and I discuss on this week’s Break-point podcast, Luther came to personify the power of Scripture. In his outstanding new biography on Luther, Eric tells how this bold reformer stood at the intersection of the Middle Ages and the modern world, insisting that there is “daylight between truth and power.”

And it was this idea—that God’s written word is the highest authority in the Christian faith, available to everyone—that birthed a still more revolutionary idea: that God Himself admits us into His kingdom by grace alone.

“The Reformation,” wrote the late Episcopal priest Robert Capon, “was a time when men went blind, staggering drunk because they had discovered, in the dusty basement of late medievalism, a whole cellar of fifteen-hundred-year-old, two-hundred proof Grace—bottle after bottle of pure distillate of Scripture, one sip of which would convince anyone that God saves us singlehandedly.”

Now the fallout of the Reformation wasn’t all good, and even today Christianity is plagued with divisions, disagreements, and distortions of Luther’s project. Luther, himself, was far from perfect.

But I’m a mentee of Chuck Colson, who together with Father Richard John Neuhaus brought evangelicals and Catholics together over common cause. I pray and believe that the divisions of the 1500s—which remain real and significant to this day—can be addressed without sacrificing truth, and yet in the meantime, we can treat each other with love and grace, and should work together whenever and wherever we can.

As we mark 500 years since Luther’s initial protest, it’s clear there’s more reforming to be done on both sides of the Wittenberg door. But that’s why Reformation is not just a moment in history. It’s a posture. During the next 500 years, the sound of Luther’s hammer should call us as the people of God to conform ourselves to the Word of God, and ultimately to the Person of God in Jesus Christ.