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In This Issue:
   President’s Message:
      Beware of the Politics of
            Gender Identity!

   News Items of Interest
      Abortion
      Homosexuality Related
      Marriage Related
      News Items of General Interest
   Have We Gone Mad?

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September 15, 2011

 

Why Everyone Should Oppose “Gender Identity” Policies at the UN and Elsewhere


Dear #Salutation#,

Recently Family Watch’s Director of Communications, Lynn Allred. testified at a hearing of the largest district of community colleges in the United States opposing a proposal for these colleges to add  “gender identity” (i.e., transgenderism) to their nondiscrimination policy.  Family Watch helped stop a similar proposal in 2008.

The policy would define gender identity as “an individual’s actual or perceived gender, including an individual’s self-image, appearance, expression, or behavior, whether or not that self-image, appearance, expression or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the individual’s sex at birth as being either female or male.”

One of the reasons this policy is so dangerous is because, similar to most proposed “gender identity” policies, it does not only protect people who are confused about their gender (many of which suffer from a mental condition known as “Gender Identity Disorder”), it is carefully worded to give unlimited protection to anyone to express their concept of gender however they choose.

It establishes a right for people to act and behave as the opposite gender. This means it would allow men who claim they are women or who just decide to express themselves as women to use the women’s locker rooms, bathrooms and showers on campus.

You can click here for a brief discussion on How Gender Identity Policies Promote Gender Anarchy.

I strongly urge you to also read the arguments Lynn Allred makes in her testimony opposing this “gender identity” policy because if this issue has not yet come up where you live, it soon will.  At a minimum, your country will soon be dealing with this at the United Nations and here is why:

In June of this year the United Nations Human Right Council passed a highly controversial resolution requesting a study to “document discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, in all regions of the world.” (Emphasis added).

Now if this resolution was only aimed at preventing violence against these individuals it might not be so bad.  Violence against people because of their sexual orientation and gender identity is just plain wrong.

However, note that the resolution goes on to require the study to document discriminatory laws and practices,and it further requires an examination of “how international human rights law can be used to end violence and related human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity; (emphasis added).

Of great concern is the fact that the entity tasked with identifying these supposed human rights violations  is the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights which strongly supports the radical sexual rights outlined in the Yogyakarta Principles. (Click here to see our policy brief on the Yogyakarta Principles.)

Even more troubling is the fact that the resolution begins with the false assumption that sexual orientation and transgenderism already qualify as “international human rights” under UN human rights law.  The study, which is supposed to be submitted to the UN General Assembly in December, is meant to lay the foundation for the Assembly to establish this false assumption as a fact in an official document. 

Sexual rights activists will use the study’s recommendations once they are released to further their goal to mainstream homosexuality and transgenderism into all societies.  Under the banner of “nondiscrimination” they will work to remove all social, cultural or religious distinctions between homosexuals, transgenders, and heterosexuals.

The UN has already been promoting “human rights education,” which activists have also distorted to advance broad sexual rights.

Their ultimate goal is to lay the foundation for striking down any laws protecting marriage between a man and a woman or that prohibit same-sex couples from adopting children by claiming such laws violate internationally recognized human rights law.

In order to stop harmful “gender identity” policies from being adopted at the UN and elsewhere, it is important to understand issues surrounding gender identity, especially since it is always defined in such broad and vague ways.  Again, we discuss these in more detail in the discussion available here.

Most important to understand is that mainstreaming and normalizing gender confusion further undermines the traditional family, which must be the foundation of any healthy society.  If people are confused about their own genders they cannot form normal healthy heterosexual relationships, and they certainly cannot act as healthy role models for the rising generation. 

The more “normalized” transgenderism becomes the more likely that more people will themselves become gender confused.

We will continue to keep you apprised regarding further developments at the UN on these issues.

If you find this information helpful please pass it on to others.  The more people who are educated on the harmful aspects of these policies the more likely we will be able to stop them wherever they emerge.

Finally, click here to read another statement Family Watch is submitting to the college board to stop the gender identity policy.

Sincerely,
Sharon Slater
Sharon Slater
President

 


 

News Items of Interest

Abortion

Over Sixty-seven Percent of Babies Aborted in One Area of New York.  Following the release of statistics showing a 2009 abortion rate of over 40 percent in New York City, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has released figures that break down the abortion numbers by zip code.  In Chelsea, 67.23 percent of pregnancies end in abortion.  Fifty-sex percent of New York abortions were repeat abortions, and 38 percent were paid for by Medicaid.  Read more here.

Planned Parenthood Loses Funding After Florida Council Vote.  The Children’s Service Council of St. Lucie County in Florida voted unanimously to give hundreds of thousands of dollars to other programs rather than to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the U.S.  Read more here.

Homosexuality Related

UK Leaders Support International Homosexual Rights Group.  David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband have thrown their support behind Kaleidoscope, an organization that promotes homosexual rights.  The group works in Africa and the Middle East, areas where punishments for homosexuality can be harsh.  Homosexuality is illegal in 76 countries.  Read more here.

After Winning Right to Serve Openly, Homosexuals Want More From U.S. Military.  The repeal of Don’t Ask/Don’t tell will be in effect in weeks, and homosexual activists are now urging U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to extend military housing and other benefits to the homosexual spouses of personnel.  A Pentagon spokesman stated that provisions in the Defense of Marriage Act (which the Obama administration has refused to defend in court), prohibit the Department of Defense from granting such benefits.  Read more here.

Nebraska Court Sides with Lesbian Partner in Custody Case.  The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that the former lesbian partner, who is not a biological parent of the child in the center of the custody issue, has the right to seek custody and visitation rights.  Under Nebraska law, which does not recognize same-sex unions, the former partner could not adopt the child born to her partner through in-vitro fertilization nor claim legal standing as a parent.  Read more here.

Business Contracts in California Must Have Same-sex Partner Benefits.  A new law signed by Jerry Brown requires that all businesses that have contracts in California exceeding $100,000 must provide benefits to same-sex partners of employees.  Read more here.

Court Rules Arizona Same-sex Partners Entitled to Benefits.  In a unanimous ruling, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that the state cannot deny health care benefits to a specific group of employees.  Doing so violates the equal-protection provision of the U.S. Constitution.   Read more here.

Marriage Related

Same-sex Marriage a Factor in U.S. Congressional Race Upset in New York.  In a surprise upset, Republicans took a U.S. House seat that has not been held by the GOP since 1923.  While many analysts concluded that the major dynamic in the victory was a repudiation of a number of President Obama’s policies, according to a survey done by the National Organization for Marriage, it also reflected fallout from the recent vote to legalize homosexual marriage in New York.  The defeated Democrat, David Weprin, is a state assemblyman who voted for the change, and several pro-marriage groups conducted a campaign in the district to defeat him based on that vote.  Read more here.

North Carolina Voters to Decide Marriage Amendment on May Ballot.  The North Carolina Senate voted 30-16 to allow the initiative that if passed will amend the state constitution and define marriage as being between one man and one woman.  Thirty other U.S. states have voter-approved constitutional amendments.  Read more here.

Almost Half of Americans Favor Federal Amendment Banning Homosexual Marriage.  A new Associated Press poll found that 48 percent of Americans support such an amendment compared to 43 percent opposed.  Eight percent were undecided.  The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4.1 percent.  Read more here.

Report: Falling Marriage Rates Hurting Australian Children.  The report by Sydney University law professor Patrick Parkinson claims that the sharp drop in the well-being of Australia’s children can be partly blamed on the breakdown of marriage in that country.  Indicators include increases in child abuse and neglect, the number of children in foster care and teenage mental health problems.  Read more here.

Poll Shows Young U.S. Evangelicals Split on Supporting Homosexual Marriage.  The poll by Public Religion Research Institute found that 44 percent of evangelicals between the ages of 18-29 are in favor of same-sex marriage.  The margin of error is +/- 4.5 percent.  Read more here.

Scottish Church Opposes Same-sex Marriage.  The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Scotland expressed concern with the Scottish government’s 14-week public consultation on homosexual marriage.  The bishops stressed that the suggestions in the consultation were hostile to the teaching of the Catholic Church.  Read more here.

East African Women Delaying Marriage.  Greater education opportunities are influencing the age at which women in East Africa are marrying.  The latest Kenya and Demographic Housing survey shows that girls with no education will marry at about 17.5 years but those with at least a secondary education will marry at about 22.4 years.  Read more here.

News Items of General Interest

U.S. Bill Seeks UN Reform.  The legislation would make U.S funding to the United Nations contingent on major reforms to the UN system.  The U.S. currently gives over $7 billion to the UN annually.  The bill would allow the U.S. to fund only the activities and agencies considered efficient and in the national interest.  There are currently 74 Republican cosponsors of the bill.  Read more here.

Canadian Woman Convicted of Killing Infant Given Suspended Sentence.  The woman, then 19, strangled her newborn son and threw the body over the backyard fence after secretly giving birth to the child in her parents’ basement in 2005.  The case has been in the courts for nearly six years.  The woman was convicted of second-degree murder twice, but both convictions were overturned on appeal.  Read more here.

Thai Court Rules Transgenders Not Suffering From Mental Illness.  Despite overwhelming professional opinion to the contrary, the court ordered the military to stop labeling transgenders as mentally ill.  The lawsuit was filed by a transgender person in 2006 who felt the transgender definition “tarnished our dignity.”  The military has proposed the phrase “current sexual status does not match that of birth” to describe transgenders.  Read more here.

Dutch Government to Change Transgender Law.  Current law requires transgenders to undergo surgery and sterilization before they can register their new gender.  The LGBT activist organization Human Rights Watch issued a report criticizing the law stating the requirement is upsetting to transgenders who have not undergone sex reassignment surgery.  Read more here.

Study Finds Men Biologically Wired to Become Nurturing Fathers.  Researchers from Northwestern University found that men who found partners and became fathers experienced a drop in testosterone levels, which may contribute to men becoming more nurturing.  The study will be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Read more here.

H.H.S Says Teaching Abstinence “Unallowable Activity.”  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a new funding opportunity for initiatives that promote healthy marriages and responsible fatherhood providing the projects do not include any type of abstinence education.  Groups that apply are required to make a written commitment that they will not teach abstinence.  Read more here.

Study Finds Boys with Absent Fathers Become Fathers Younger.  According to a study by researchers at the London School of Economics, boys who are raised without fathers from the ages of seven or earlier are nearly seven percent more likely to become fathers at a young age than those who are raised with a father.  Read more here.

UN Watchdog Group Barred from Racism Conference.  UN Watch, based in Geneva, is accredited by the United Nations to attend meetings, but they have been blocked from attending the high-level meeting marking the tenth anniversary of the Durban Declaration and Plan of Action.  The U.S. and 10 other Western countries are boycotting the proceedings for political reasons.  Read more here.


 


 

Have We Gone MAD?

Bizarre, real-life examples that make us wonder. . . Have We Gone MAD?

A Lesson in Babysitting in Illinois

by Seymour D. Kaye

Guess who the state of Illinois is paying to babysit some low income children?

Give up?

Convicted felons and sex offenders.

That’s right.  Convicted felons and sex offenders.

This state government-funded program to provide babysitters for impoverished families costs $750 million annually.

And because the individuals who apply for the babysitting positions are not vetted carefully, it turns out the state has been paying convicted felons—including sex offenders—to babysit children.

Take the example of Cornelius Osborne. He was convicted of raping two women, robbery, and failing to register as a sex offender.  Yet he had been paid with state funds for babysitting two children until recently when he was convicted and imprisoned yet again for dealing drugs.

And he was not the only one.

Investigators found that a number of convicted rapists, molesters and other violent convicted felons have been paid to babysit Illinois children over the last ten years.

It seems that the state was relying on people to be honest in filling out their job applications.  So they did not do independent background checks.

Turns out you can’t trust convicted felons and sex offenders to be honest.

Whatever is the world coming to?

 

 


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