by Krystle Gabele
June 9, 2009
Here’s some of the buzz from the blogosphere today.
Here’s some of the buzz from the blogosphere today.
In the latest Mapping America, General Social Surveys show that adults who attended religious services at least monthly as adolescents are less likely ever to have been picked up or charged by police than those who worshiped less frequently.
Recently President Obama signaled to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee his treaty ratification priorities for the 111th Congress. Not surprisingly, the Convention to End All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is on the list as the lone “Human Rights” treaty Obama wants ratified. A pleasant surprise, however, is the conspicuous absence of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Both treaties are extremely pernicious and the United States should ratify neither, as Pat Fagan, Bill Saunders, and I explain here. It’s good to see that for now we only need to worry about one of them.
Here’s what we are reading today.
POSITION: ASSISTANT DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE OFFICE OF SAFE AND DRUG FREE SCHOOLS
NOMINEE: Kevin Jennings
Born: Winston-Salem, N.C.
Occupation: Executive Director, and founder, of GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.
Education: graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College
View of Christians
Addressing a church audience on March 20, 2000 in New York City just days before “Fistgate” GLSEN Executive Director Kevin Jennings offered a stinging (and quite intolerant) assessment of how to deal with religious conservatives:
Twenty percent of people are hard-core fair-minded [pro-homosexual] people. Twenty percent are hard-core [anti-homosexual] bigots. We need to ignore the hard-core bigots, get more of the hard-core fair-minded people to speak up, and we’ll pull that 60 percent [of people in the middle] … over to our side. That’s really what I think our strategy has to be. We have to quit being afraid of the religious right. We also have to quit … I’m trying to find a way to say this. I’m trying not to say, ‘[F—-] ‘em!’ which is what I want to
say, because I don’t care what they think! [audience laughter] Drop dead! It should be noted that GLSEN and Jennings make heavy use of the words “respect” and “tolerance” in their public rhetoric and in descriptions of their programs. [Source]
GLSEN and Fistgate
GLSEN, which promotes homosexual clubs and the homosexual lifestyle in high schools, middle schools and grade schools and is the driving force behind the annual “Day of Silence” celebration of homosexuality
The most notorious education scandal involving homosexual activists is a GLSEN sponsored conference that occurred on March 25, 2000, dubbed Fistgate by conservatives. Three homosexual activists employed by the Massachusetts Departments of Health and Education led a youth workshop titled What They Didn’t Tell You about Queer Sex & Sexuality in Health Class part of the annual Boston-GLSEN Teach Out conference held at Tufts University. The Queer Sex session, advertised to youth only ages 14 to 21, was attended by Massachusetts family advocate Scott Whitemen, who taped it while standing in the back of the room.
In the workshop, instructor Michael Gaucher, prompted by a teen’s question, verbally guided the students on the mechanics of fisting a homosexual slang term for a sadistic sex act in which a man inserts his hand and arm into another person’s anal cavity.
Another instructor, Margot Abels, said fisting often gets a really bad rap, and described it innocuously as an experience of letting somebody into your body that you want to be that close and intimate with. Abels and Gaucher also guided the students on techniques
of oral sodomy and lesbian sex. [Source]
On Statutory Rape
In his own writings and books listed on the GLSEN [Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network] Website, I’ve reported, Kevin Jennings has given tacit nods of approval to sex between young teens and adults, (Linda) Harvey told WND. In addition to that, the writings and books, many of which I’ve read and are incredibly graphic, seem to
normalize early teen same-sex sexual behaviors. [Source]
Excerpts: Winning the Culture War speech, presented by Kevin Jennings at the Human Rights Campaign Fund Leadership Conference March 5, 1995
“If the Radical Right can succeed in portraying us as preying on children, we will lose.
In Massachusetts the effective reframing of this issue was the key to the success of the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth.
We immediately seized upon the opponent’s calling card— safety—and explained how homophobia represents a threat to students’ safety by creating a climate where violence, name- calling, health problems, and suicide are common. Titling our report ‘Making
Schools Safe for Gay and Lesbian Youth,’ we automatically threw our opponents onto the defensive and stole their best line of attack. [Source]
GLSEN: Kindergartners as Targets
During a celebration of National Ally Week, Tara Miller, a teacher at the Faith Ringgold School of Arts and Science in Hayward, Calif., passed out cards produced by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network to her class of kindergartners. The cards asked signers to be an ally and to pledge to not use anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) language or slurs; intervene, when I feel I can, in situationswhere others are using anti-LGBT language or harassing other students and actively support safer schools efforts. [Source]
The Washington Post last year admitted that it had “leaned” toward Barack Obama in the presidential race. That’s ridiculous. The Leaning Tower of Pisa leans, but it still stands. The Post and the rest of the liberal media fell over flat for him. Chris Matthews admitted to feeling a tingling going up and down his leg. The rest just wrote like that.
President Obama’s Mideast trip has been hailed as a “new beginning.” Indeed it is. Obama very pointedly did not visit Jerusalem on this his first trip to the region.
Liberal Democrat Harry Truman dared to recognize Israel in 1948 - minutes after the struggling Jewish state was born - and minutes before Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the rest of the Arab world tried to strangle the infant in its crib. Republican Richard Nixon - despised by the liberal media - saved Israel’s life by re-supplying her with arms during the Yom Kippur War in 1973.
The U.S. commitment to Israel has been a constant of both parties - until now. By demanding a halt to the natural growth of Jewish settlements on the West Bank, Obama is applying a tourniquet to Israel’s throat. If she cannot grow, she will die. Which is what Obama’s new-found friends have wanted since 1948.
Israelis are grumbling, not surprisingly, asking why Americans who inhabit Iroquois territories should want to choke off Israeli growth. But they know they are heavily dependent on U.S. goodwill.
President Obama looked more than a little uncomfortable in Riyadh as King Abdullah draped a golden chain around his neck. He posed for pictures with the man who rules the most anti-Christian nation on earth. He could not visit a local church because no churches are permitted in Saudi Arabia. No Bibles. No crosses. The only American flag in view was the tiny one Obama has lately taken to wearing on his lapel. The Saudi flag, of course, bears an Arabic inscription: “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his Messenger.” To those who might disagree, the Saudi flag also bears a scimitar to remind all that their heads will be cut off if they even murmur.
Obama allowed himself to be photographed with the bankroller of thousands of militant Wahhabi schools and mosques and “chaplains” even in U.S. prisons. This photo op was a cruel disappointment to millions of Christians in Africa. For centuries, Arab slave traders have descended on the wounded continent. Even today, especially today, African Christians are in danger from Saudi-backed predators. Saudi Arabia abolished slavery only in 1962—one hundred years after the U.S. Emancipation Proclamation. Obama was not permitted to visit Mecca or Medina to see for himself that Saudi Emancipation was real.
By telling the world in his Cairo speech that Iran had the right to develop nuclear power, but only in conformity with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, a treaty the mullahs in Iran have been flouting for a decade, Obama may have put Israel in an untenable position. Will the Europeans now demand tougher sanctions than the ones they are already unable to enforce? Or even agree upon?
Scripture calls on us to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” Indeed we should. And we should pray as well for the embattled Christians of Africa and the Middle East. Nothing President Obama accomplished on his recent tour can give any comfort to the Christians and Jews. It remains to be seen whether his “outreach to Muslims” will bear any but the bitterest of fruit.
Ken Blackwell is a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission and a senior fellow at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C.
This article originally appeared in The Fox Forum on June 5, 2009.
Here’s what we are reading today.
In this secular age where “science” trumps all else, it is borderline blasphemy to question the inerrancy of scientists. However, since I received this revelation of scientific misconduct from FRC’s resident scientist, Dr. David Prentice, I assume I have standing to bring it to your attention:
One in seven scientists says that they are aware of colleagues having seriously breached acceptable conduct by inventing results. And around 46 per cent say that they have observed fellow scientists engage in “questionable practices”, such as presenting data selectively or changing the conclusions of a study in response to pressure from a funding source.
Apparently a number of scientists, who increasingly are helping drive controversial public policies, don’t walk on water after all. Just because a “scientist” said it is so, doesn’t necessarily mean it is so.
The Wall Street Journal is running an interesting piece on the problems facing China’s surplus of young bachelors. The background is that 30 years of the “one child policy” coupled with Chinese “son preference” has yielded “a surplus of 32 million males under the age of 20” by the most recent count. These men are now reaching a marriageable age and, lo and behold, there simply aren’t enough women to go around as brides.
The result is that “bride prices” are increasing dramatically. To compensate, the article notes, “A study by Columbia University economist Shang-Jin Wei found that some areas in China with a high proportion of males have an above-average savings rate, even after accounting for factors such as education levels, income and life-expectancy rates. Areas with more men than women, the study notes, also have low spending rates — suggesting that many rural Chinese may be saving up for bride prices.” Unsurprisingly, these increasingly lucrative bride prices are causing increasingly common bride graft by means of “runaway brides” pocketing the money and leaving their new husbands.
This is just the beginning of the myriad problems China will face in the coming generation due to its one-child policy and the resulting sex imbalance. For more, see my article on the subject some years ago.
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