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CNS News: On his March 23 trip to Naples, Pope Francis spoke with young people, as translated in LifeSiteNews, and said, “Gender theory is an error of the human mind that leads to so much confusion.”
National Right to Life: As Father’s Day approaches, I’ve been thinking a lot about how my dad (and mom, too!) helped to influence my work here at the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette: His letter proposes the district either remove sexual orientation and gender identity from the policy or replace it with one based on a policy drafted by either Alliance Defending Freedom or Liberty Counsel, two conservative organizations.
Christian Post: Failures of the Church to reach members of the LGBT community were highlighted at a Wednesday panel during the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio.
National Review: And so begins the Times’s exploration of the new trend of helping even children “transition” from male to female, through puberty-delaying drugs early in childhood culminating in surgery that permanently damages their bodies while they are still teenagers.
Send Network: Continuing our parenting series, we look specifically to fathers. Fathers play many roles in rearing their children. Through each role, they prepare their children for life and give their kids opportunities to build a relationship with dad.
Daily Spark Tribune: A legal analysis of the law by the Alliance Defending Freedom makes much of the fact the law will force school officials to make student bathrooms and shower facilities available to students who identify with a gender other than their biological gender.
The Federalist: Transableism is defined as someone who desires to become physically disabled. They ostensibly believe they are “meant” to be that way, much in the way that someone like Jenner believes he was meant to be a woman.
The Federalist: Last week, it was revealed that Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal, who had represented herself as black for the better part of a decade, was not actually black.
Crossmap: “A federal court in Pennsylvania recently rejected a similar lawsuit filed by a transgender student seeking access to restrooms at a college,” said Tedesco, “ruling that ‘separating students by sex based on biological considerations … for restroom and locker room use simply does not violate the Equal Protection Clause.’”
NBC News: The federal government is encouraging employers to provide transgender staffers with access to bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity—a recommendation that is the latest in a series of policy steps the Obama administration has undertaken to support transgender equality.
Public Discourse: The idea that one’s sex is a feeling, not a fact, has permeated our culture and is leaving casualties in its wake. Gender dysphoria should be treated with psychotherapy, not surgery.
Focus on the Family: Many were surprised when Bruce Jenner started appearing in public with long hair, wearing a dress and then announced his decision to “transition into a woman.”
The Stream: At one point, there were upward of 50 gender options available for users to choose on Facebook. Things must have changed, because when I checked this morning, it was down to three: male, female and a write-in custom option.
The Stream: At a moment when many on the left are desperately trying to conjure up enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton’s bid to become the first woman president, others on the left want to turn the word “woman” into a term of exclusion and oppression.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Real people are feeling the effects of the passage of sexual orientation, gender identity nondiscrimination ordinances across the country.
The Federalist: As a former transgender myself, who underwent all the surgeries in mid-life and lived eight years as the female Laura Jensen, I will take care not to be hurtful. But I have concerns.
The Federalist: A central theme of modern, or third-wave feminism is that women should not be treated merely as sexual objects. A central theme of the trans movement is the presentation of trans women as hypersexual objects. Feminism is not big enough for both of these themes. Either being a woman is essentially defined as being alluring to men, or it isn’t. Either the playboy bunny defines the essence of womanhood, or it doesn’t.
The New York Times: Reflecting both on Caitlyn né Bruce Jenner and the Gallup data that inspired my own sojourn into polygamy, Damon Linker argues that social conservatives (in particular, his friend and mine Rod Dreher) are wrong to portray the rise of social liberalism as a matter of individualism unbound from all moral restraint. Rather, it represents the triumph of one distinctive moral code, the morality of rights, over another, the morality of ends.
The Christian Institute: An author and family campaigner whose father lived as a woman when she was growing up has spoken out to say that all children need a mum and dad.
Public Discourse: Supporters of transgender ideology believe that they are freeing people from restrictive understandings of gender. In reality, the more our society tries to free itself from gender stereotypes, the more it becomes enslaved to them. By saying that people can be born in a body of the wrong gender, transgender activists are saying there is a set of feelings that are only allocated to women and another set for men.
Stand to Reason Blog: As rational human beings, we desire to think consistently about the world, but consistent views aren’t necessarily accurate ones. We can help people think consistently, but we’re rapidly losing our ability to help people think accurately. The problem comes down to a worldview difference.
One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Matt Sharp says it’s up to schools to protect a student’s privacy, safety and dignity.
Fredericksburg (The Free Lance-Star): The Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit legal organization, sent a letter to the Fairfax School Board.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Cities across the U.S. are contemplating new laws that would put “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in the same category as race or religion.
ERLC: Any ideology that exalts one gender to the exclusion of the other is not honoring to God’s created design—namely that we bear his image (Gen. 1:26-27). Our humanity matters, and our maleness and femaleness matters. If men go the way of the Dodo Bird then we lose something precious about the image of God. And I don’t want to live in a world where that happens for men or women.
The Federalist: Neither the U.S. Constitution nor prior case law requires school boards to make these changes, said Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Casey Mattox, whose children attend Fairfax schools. Citing a recent court case in a short presentation to the board, “There’s absolutely nothing behind [these federal demands],” said Mattox. “They’re bluffing.”
Aleteia: A United Nations official has painted a chilling picture of how the Islamic State group oversees a vast network of sexual slavery, including an elaborate pricing system, violent treatment by slave masters and casual branding of female bodies and reselling of “used goods.”
I had a transgender parent. Unlike Obama, I don’t think transgender parents should be able to adopt.
The Daily Signal: The proclamation relates Obama’s latest thoughts on what’s best for LBGT adults. But what’s best for children? It is stunning that we hear no personal accounts from adults who grew up in transgender homes like this, and that so little research is made public about this.
Breitbart: The mother tried to get the Catholic school system to allow her son to use the little girl’s room and they refused. The school has even installed a special non-gendered bathroom for this situation, but the mother feels this solution is not good enough for her child; she claims no harm will come to anyone if he is allowed to use the girls’ restroom. She cited a doctor who said the boy has “gender dysphoria.”
Yo Influyo (Translated via Google): Agraz Sofia Martinez , meanwhile, discussed the impact of regional papers, citing about the Regional Conference on Population and Development and the Consensus of Montevideo. He said that the Platform for Action of Cairo (1994) does not speak of “sexual rights”. In the case of Mexico, the National Strategy to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is based on the promotion of so-called “sexual and reproductive rights.” He concluded that it is important that civil society participation in the Second Regional Conference on Population and Development, to be held on 6 October in Mexico City.
Family Studies: My dad was just 61 when he died. I never had the deep and meaningful relationship with him that I craved. From the day he divorced my mother when I was aged three, I probably saw him a couple of times a year. On those occasions, we got along extremely well and I enjoyed his company very much. But there was so much missing from what could and should have been a powerful bonding relationship between father and son. It’s an absence that has affected me profoundly and still does.
Townhall: Ahmad is a parliamentarian in a rogue Middle East nation where women 17 and under are the property of their fathers. Each year, thousands of young girls are sold into sex-slavery by age 7.
The New York Times: Hundreds of women and girls captured by Boko Haram have been raped, many repeatedly, in what officials and relief workers describe as a deliberate strategy to dominate rural residents and possibly even create a new generation of Islamist militants in Nigeria.
Public Discourse: Mothers and fathers are not interchangeable—they both add distinct benefits to the development of children. Courts and legislatures can change legal definitions, but they cannot alter biology or psychology.
Alliance Defending Freedom: While the general public is still sharply divided on the issue, some polls show that a majority of adults born after 1980 support same-sex marriage. And why not? Many of these millennials already know what it’s like to be raised without a married mom and dad.
Fox News: One of the nation’s largest public school systems is preparing to include gender identity to its classroom curriculum, including lessons on gender fluidity – the idea that there’s no such thing as boys or girls.
The Federalist: What is it that makes men and women see the world so differently, especially parenting and our roles as parents? Is it biological, cultural expectations, or some mix of the two? Because it’s clear that we don’t all live in the same head space where parenting is concerned.
NBC News: Divorce can be a one-way ticket down the road to financial instability for many women, especially for those who are middle class or low-income.
The Christian Institute: Young men are becoming increasingly addicted to pornography leading to an improper view of real relationships, a leading psychologist has said.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Do you agree that men and women are different? Do you believe that they have different perspectives? That they often express emotions differently?
Religion News Service: “Science shows women are central to the spiritual development of children and that their sense of connection to a God or higher power is the cornerstone of psychological thriving and resilience across their life span,” Miller said in an interview.
Corporate Counsel: The federal government has entered the “bathroom wars” by joining an alliance to “ensure adequate access to workplace restrooms” for transgender workers. Some states, though, are taking an opposing side through legislation.
BuzzFeed: The Alliance Defending Freedom suggested in a letter that the policy would invite legal action. “Forcing students into vulnerable interactions with opposite-sex students in secluded restrooms and locker rooms would violate [a] basic right,” the group added. “These scenarios create privacy and safety concerns that should be obvious.”
The Global Dispatch: “Schools have a duty to protect the privacy, safety, and dignity of all students,” said ADF Legal Counsel Matt Sharp.
National Review: Smith College also claimed that the decision “affirms Smith’s . . . commitment to representing the diversity of women’s lived experiences.” But while it will admit men who identify as women, it won’t admit women who identify as men. So much for its “commitment to representing the diversity” of actual women.
Aleteia: In this exclusive interview, Aleteia asks Rabir Sinjari about the rescue of young girls held captive by ISIS in Iraq.
DNA India: Around 214 women freed from the Islamist Boko Haram militants are pregnant, Chief of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) was cited as saying by the local Nigerian media.
The Washington Post: Men in Iran wanting to get a spiky haircut, a tattoo or a good ol’ eyebrow plucking from barbers are out of luck. Officials have banned such styles, describing them as “devil-worshipping” and “homosexual.”
Barbwire: “Schools have a duty to protect the privacy, safety, and dignity of all students,” said ADF Legal Counsel Matt Sharp.
ADF Media: Alliance Defending Freedom sent Fairfax County Public Schools a letter Wednesday that explains the problems with a proposed policy that would eliminate the longstanding and common-sense policy of designating restroom facilities for use by one sex, thus allowing students to use restrooms and changing areas reserved for the opposite sex.
The wrong kind of rights: Same-sex marriage, third-party reproduction, and the sexualization of children
Public Discourse: In our culture, there is a chasm between two irreconcilable conceptions of the meaning and purpose of human sexuality and equality. For children most of all, the wrong kind of sexuality and equality has devastating effects.
Aleteia: Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz , when recently questioned about what limits should be placed on abortion, side-stepped the question, repeating the old familiar mantra, “A women’s right to make her own decisions about her body should be between her and her doctor.”
One News Now: Throwing another monkey wrench in homosexual activists’ claim that there is a “gay” gene — that homosexual behavior manifests from a biological condition rather than from a choice — a prominent psychiatrist argues that gender confusion is a temporary mental disorder that leads to suicidal tendencies, if nurtured.
One News Now: Jeremy Tedesco of Alliance Defending Freedom says the bill did not violate Title IX regulations as some argued.
Al Jazeera: A transgender teen will be allowed to return to the local DMV and take a new driver’s license photo wearing the makeup the teen puts on daily, after the teen’s lawyers struck a settlement with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles on Wednesday.
The Christian Institute: A doctor who was filmed offering an abortion on the grounds of the baby’s sex is to face a public hearing and could be struck off the medical register.
Vatican Insider: At the General Audience the Pope said women’s mistrust is understandable and condemned male chauvinism and the exploitation of the female body in the media. He also sent out an appeal for Earth Day
Aleteia: No one can change their sex, but by redefining “sex” to describe only the biological, and “gender” to how a person self-identifies—either as male, female, or something else—the trangender activists can claim that males can become women and females men. “Gender reassignment surgery” (GRS), can create the outward appearance of the other sex, but doesn’t change the DNA.
Las Vegas Review Journal: The Nevada Student Physical Privacy Act maintains the longstanding practice of ensuring single-sex use of school restrooms and other intimate settings while providing accommodations for students struggling with sexual identity. What should be an uncontroversial bill has garnered significant national attention and has been the source of much misinformation.
Elko Daily Free Press: This is what AB 375 accomplishes. It accommodates students struggling with gender confusion while preserving the historic practice of having separate facilities based upon a person’s biological sex.
Pro-abortionists have it backwards: Hiding abortion facts is ‘anti-woman,’ not a ban on dismemberment abortions
National Right to Life: The ground-breaking Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act is now on the books in two states, signed into law within this past week by Gov. Sam Brownback (Kansas) and Gov. Mary Fallin (Oklahoma). This law forbids a particularly gruesome method of abortion which (for that reason) abortionists do not honestly describe in detail to women.
Reuters: Boko Haram Islamic militants have kidnapped at least 2,000 girls and women since the start of last year, turning them into cooks, sex slaves and fighters, and sometimes killing those who refused to comply, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.
Alliance Defending Freedom: The people of Idaho, Wyoming, and North Dakota have spoken. And they have made it clear this legislative season that they do not need a sexual orientation, gender identity (SOGI) nondiscrimination ordinance in their states.
The Daily Signal: “That’s what these bills are designed to protect—the privacy of 99 plus percent of students who have very serious concerns about sharing bathrooms with kids of the opposite biological sex,” said Jeremy Tedesco, a senior legal counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal organization that supports Nevada’s bill.
Aleteia: Aborting a pregnancy in the second trimester carries risks, physicians say. Irregular bleeding is common for two weeks after the procedure and nine American women who have abortions after20 weeks gestation die every year, according to figures from medical and abortion-provider groups.