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Government’s Back-to-School Grooming

by Martina Moyski • ChurchMilitant.com • August 28, 2021

As parents are revving up for the school year, the government is spoon-feeding LGBT propaganda to children. Church Militant's Martina Moyski unpacks the "Back-to-School" video luring schoolchildren into the LGBT web.

Suzanne Goldberg, acting assistant secretary for the Department of Education: "I join my colleagues in wishing you all the best for an enriching and fulfilling school year!"

Framed as a benign welcome-back message, the video is anything but. Three government officials smile while they normalize a dangerous — and immoral — LGBT lifestyle for K–12 schoolchildren.


Assistant attorney general Kristen Clarke: "We know that many school administrators ... are doing their best to make schools ... welcoming places for all students. ... We also know that's not the reality for all transgender students, including ... some of you."

The Biden-appointed secretary of Health and Human Services, Rachel Levine (a biological man posing as a woman), directed students to learn more about how to be like him and how to report anyone who doesn't approve.

Dr. Rachel Levine: "I want you to know I have your back too."

Appropriating the tone of a concerned parent, one official, a self-avowed lesbian, reassured students of the State's unwavering support.

Goldberg: "But we also want you to know that the Department of Education and the entire federal government stand behind you. Your rights at school matter. You matter."

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse of the pro-family Ruth Institute says the State wants every child to see it as protector, not the "people who gave them life, their parents." More parents are opening their eyes to the dangers behind the smiles and virtue signaling of school officials, turning to homeschooling and protecting children from a sinful and unhappy life.

The LGBT movement presents itself as weak and oppressed, but it wields enormous political power, remaking laws and education. Case in point, the Arcus Foundation, a pro-gay nonprofit, was founded by homosexual billionaire Jon Stryker.

 


US Government Sends a Not-So-Friendly Back-to-School Message

This article was originally published in the National Catholic Register.

The U.S. Department of Justice recently released a special “Back to School” message on its YouTube channel. Why, you may ask, is the Department of Justice, the top law enforcement establishment in the most powerful country in the world, producing a back-to-school message?

They are welcoming the “transgender students.” Superficially, it looks warm and friendly. But beneath the surface lies a masterpiece of sexual-revolutionary propaganda: This is the Sexual State at work.


It begins harmlessly. Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Suzanne Goldberg smiles into the camera and assures us that lots of kids have anxieties about a new school year. After establishing this rapport with the viewer, she continues, “If you are transgender, perhaps you’re worried about simply being accepted and safe and treated with respect as you head into the new school year.” As if this is an obvious issue in schools festooned with “Safe Space” stickers and trans-supportive signage.

Likewise, Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke for the Civil Rights Division starts off nicely enough, acknowledging that “many schools are doing their best to make schools safe and welcoming places for all students, including LGBTQI students.” But then the tone darkens. That is not the case for everyone, she intones, “including, perhaps you.”

With this phrase, this high-ranking official of the federal government is making an alliance with the student: “In some places, people are putting up obstacles, to keep you from playing on the sports field, accessing the bathroom and receiving the supportive and life-saving care you may need.” In other words, “all those terrible people who oppose our agenda are threatening your health and well-being.”

Then the hammer drops: “We’re here to say that is wrong. It is against the law.” In other words, the Department of Education and the entire federal government stand behind you. The video tells students where they can file a complaint.

Some students who adopt a transgender identity are on the autism spectrum. Many adolescents feel out of place and socially awkward. When they “come out” as trans, they suddenly have friends and support. Now, they learn that the federal government “has their back.”

Many public and private schools have GSAs, defined originally as “Gay Straight Alliance,” but more recently defined as “Gender and Sexuality Alliances.” In many schools, these clubs have more posters and promotions on the school grounds than any other club.

Who exactly, then, is likely to file a complaint?

Perhaps a child in a state that is trying to resist the trans-juggernaut by passing laws allocating bathroom use and athletic participation according to the sex of the body. The self-identified trans kid who makes a complaint can become the focus of a test case. Maybe some rural schools somewhere are still “holding out” against the gender ideology. The federal government can step in and get the school district in line with a lawsuit or even the threat of a lawsuit.

The schools are often more supportive of the child’s desires than their parents. The schools assist the child in obtaining medical interventions designed to change or disguise the sex of the body. Parents already fear losing a child to child protective services over these issues. The child filing a complaint to the federal government can bully the parents into submission.

Speaking of bullying, Dr. Rachel Levine, Department of Health and Human Services assistant secretary for health, had a lot to say about bullying in this video. Levine assumed the persona of a woman, even though he still remains a biological man. I wonder if he is equally concerned with all forms of bullying. Kids on the autism spectrum get bullied over their social awkwardness and other symptoms. That is why they sometimes feel better temporarily when they decide to label themselves “trans”: The kids at school fawn over them.

How about the kids who get bullied for their religious beliefs? Or their appearance? What about the girls who feel manipulated into sexting their boyfriends and then get taunted when those boys show the photos all over school? How about the female students who feel unsafe sharing a restroom with male students who claim to be female? None of these children receive a video message from the Department of Justice promising to protect them.

One thing is for sure: The Sexual State will not allow parents, states and localities to make their own decisions, pass their own laws, or adapt to the wishes of their own people. The Sexual State, captured by ideologues, is here to enforce the brave new world where no one is bound by the sex of their bodies.

The Justice Department is telling the American public: No debate is permitted on gender ideology. We have framed and answered all the questions to our satisfaction.

This video is a clear message of Radical Individualism with a Capital R and a Capital I: “You are whomever you want to be.” That’s the appealing side of Individualism. “You will have no permanent connections with any other human being. The state will see to that.” That is the dark side of Individualism.

The state will come between children and their parents. The state will come between the local school board and the community it is pledged to serve. The state will come between the child and his own gendered body, if the child so wills it, even temporarily.

This video sends an unmistakable message from the Sexual State: “We intend to enforce our ideology, like it or not. We stand ready to use children as enforcers. We want children to rat out their parents and their teachers. They cannot trust the adults who are part of their lives, such as their teachers or pastors. They cannot trust the people who gave them life, their parents. We want every child to see us and us alone, as their savior and protector.”

Make no mistake. The “transgender movement” is not a grassroots movement. This “movement” is the artificial creation of the elites, who have captured the power of the state to remake the world in their own image and gender-fluid likeness. Without the full force of the federal government crushing dissent, this movement would have no legs. Period.

Welcome back to school.


Andrew Cuomo Case Proves That #MeToo Is Not Enough

COMMENTARY: The only way to make the workplace, the movie studio, the sports arena and even the Church free from sexual misdeeds is to reject the toxic ideology of the sexual revolution once and for all.


This was originally published in the National Catholic Register by Jennifer Roback Morse.

I feel like I’ve written this column before. Yet another prominent man has fallen from public grace because of predatory sexual behavior. This time, it is New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who resigned amid charges of sexual harassment.

I wrote a version of this column about then-Cardinal McCarrick and Harvey Weinstein. I wrote another version about Jeffrey Epstein, Harvey Weinstein and Theodore McCarrick. “What is the point you think you have to keep making?” you might ask. Just this: The #MeToo movement is not enough. Holding particular powerful men to account for their sexual misconduct is not enough. The only way to make the workplace, the movie studio, the sports arena and even the Church free from sexual misdeeds is to reject the toxic ideology of the sexual revolution once and for all.


The New York Attorney General’s Office issued a 165-pagereport last week charging that the outgoing governor “engaged in conduct constituting sexual harassment” against at least 11 women. Debra Katz, the attorney for one of Cuomo’s accusers, stated that his resignation is “a testament to the growing power of women’s voices since the beginning of the #MeToo movement.”

I do not agree with this assessment. The #MeToo movement is wimpy. A few high-profile cases of predatory men being publicly shamed and punished is not enough.

Neither is gender politics, pitting men and women against each other according to a “feminist” script, an authentic solution to this problem. The difficulties of proving the charges, the pain of enduring the harassment in the first place, the long-term trauma often comes along in the aftermath of sexual victimization: Women should not have to put up with all of this. Women are suffering far more than a few successful lawsuits or criminal indictments can repair. Besides, the purely “man vs. woman” “feminist” storyline cannot make sense of the numerous male victims of homosexual predation.

No, the real problem is the sexual revolution itself. I will give you a short statement that encapsulates the philosophy that I believe is responsible for the sexual havoc in our lives.

Reproductive health can be defined as a state of well-being related to one’s sexual and reproductive life. It implies that people are able to have a satisfying and safe sex life and that they have the capability to reproduce and the freedom to decide if, when and how often to do so.

“What is the problem with this statement?” you might ask. Doesn’t everyone support “reproductive health”?

Here is the problem: This statement and others like it never tell us who is responsible to provide everyone the “satisfying and safe sex life” that we are all supposedly entitled to. When pressed, the advocates of “reproductive health” say this applies to consenting adult partners.

But “consent” is too thin a defense against sneaky and manipulative behavior. The appearance of “consent” can be manipulated. This part of the #MeToo movement is profoundly true. The “consent” caveat is just not enough to rescue this definition of “reproductive health.”

Who believes they are actually entitled to a “satisfying and safe sex life”? The rapist, that’s who. This idea of sexual entitlement provides cover for predators and disarms victims. (Come to think of it, I’ve written that column before, too. The poor girls who had their lives ruined on PornHub couldn’t bring themselves to criticize pornography. They wanted to be considered “sex positive.”)

By the way, where did this definition of “reproductive health” come from? Surely this is some kind of straw man argument that was cooked up in a fit of exasperated exaggeration.

I found it on the United Nations Population Fund FAQ page: “What is reproductive health?” The original document helpfully refers back to Paragraph 7.2 of a “U.N. Programme of Action,” adopted in Cairo in 1994, and never, as far as I know, amended on this particular point.

Behind documents like this lies the philosophy of the sexual revolution created by people such as Alfred Kinsey and Wilhelm Reich. Kinsey famously authored statistical studies of sexual behavior purporting to show that “everyone is doing it.” This was supposed to cure people of their sexual inhibitions and hang-ups.

Wilhelm Reich was an Austrian doctor of medicine and psychoanalysis. He wrote the book The Sexual Revolutionin 1936. He came up with the idea that sexual activity was necessary to a healthy life, even for children. He taught that sexual taboos were more psychological harmful and dangerous than any problems that unlimited sex itself might cause.

This philosophy has given us a generation of sex addicts and predators. The #MeToo movement, like many others in today’s world, would like to be against sexual predation and still remain “sex positive.” They want to accept the premises of the sexual revolution but draw a line against non-consensual, predatory sex. We have enough experience to show that this line will not hold. The revolution creates incentives and excuses for predation. We cannot invent enough punishments after the fact to protect women, and even men, from sexual predation.

Soon-to-be former Gov. Cuomo is accused of creating a “toxic workplace.” But, actually, the sexual revolution created the toxic workplace. The sexual revolution issued hunting licenses to predators.

Too many men have internalized the revolutionary message that they are entitled to have sex as often as they choose, with whomever they choose. Until that changes, we are going to continue to have these problems. Shameless men will continue to prey upon vulnerable women and men under their power.

That is why the #MeToo movement is not enough.




Andrew Cuomo Was the Poster Thug for the Sexual Revolution

 

Will Cuomo go to jail like Al Capone or O.J. Simpson for one of his lesser crimes?


This article was originally published in the Streamby Jennifer Roback Morse and John Zmirak.

 

It would have been fun to watch Andrew Cuomo fight impeachment, clinging to power by fair means and foul. The spectacle would have highlighted the incoherent, hysterical moralism of our cynical ruling class. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, elites claim vast, exalted rights for human beings, and pontificate about “justice.” On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and weekends, the oligarchs treat people like lab rats or veal calves. We’re finding out even now about intact unborn babieswith hearts still beating getting delivered to NIH-funded research labs. Thanks for greenlighting that, Dr. Fauci! It confirms our level of trust in you.

 

But alas, that impeachment is not to be. The governor who left empty beds on theUSS Comfort and at Samaritan’s Purse, while dumping hundreds of COVID patients on helpless residents of nursing homes, killing thousands still uncounted (since his office refused to count them) is out of politics. And why? For getting what women used to euphemistically call “handsy” or “fresh.” In reality, his harassment of women employees was simply Cuomo acting on his real beliefs about human dignity, instead of the boilerplate Woke-speak he uses when the microphones are switched on.


 

Entitled Men, Gaslit Women

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was credibly accused of creating a “toxic workplace.” But actually, the Sexual Revolution created the “toxic workplace.” The Sexual Revolution, in effect, issued hunting licenses to predators. This poisonous ideology created a sense of entitlement among powerful men. They have internalized the Revolutionary message that they are entitled to have sex as often as they choose, with whomever they choose.

The New York Attorney General’s office issued a 165-page reportlast week charging that the governor “engaged in conduct constituting sexual harassment.” The report also concluded that the governor’s office “contributed to the conditions that allowed sexual harassment to occur and persist.”

In other words, the harassment was systematic. The governor’s office enabled his misconduct.

A Generation of Addicts

The Sexual Revolution has given us a generation of addicts. How else can you describe Cuomo’s behavior? “Compulsive” seems too mild a term. Any attractive woman who came within his reach was fair game.

But it was the Sexual Revolution that led to a climate where so many powerful men are caught up in scandal. This toxic ideology led to a culture where powerful men can’t keep their hands to themselves.

Numerous politicians and entertainers have been credibly charged with harassment or even assault. President Bill Clinton was impeached for an affair with an intern who was decades his junior. Former U.S. Senator Al Franken was forced to resign from Congress. Harvey Weinstein fell from the pinnacle of Hollywood’s powerful elite to convicted sex offender.

Porn: A Training Program for Harassers

Pornography also plays a role in this problem of widespread sexual harassment and assault. The Sexual Revolution gave us the pornography-saturated culture in which we live today. A regular porn theme is that any woman is ready to have sex at any time with men she barely knows. Maggie Gallagher wrote about this way back in the late 1980s, in her classic Enemies of Eros. The Sexual Revolution enshrined as our cultural norm the urges of some 16-year-old boys. Much of the inchoate anger of subsequent feminism was a misguided reaction by women to that grotesque culture shift.

The Andrew Cuomo scandal ought not to end here. It could well result in criminal charges, even jailtime. The governor pontificated about saving his elderly mother, Matilda, while sentencing thousands of locked-in veterans and grandmas to death by COVID. He might finally meet some rough approximation of justice. Remember how Al Capone only went to prison for tax evasion, and O.J. Simpson for stealing sports memorabilia? (Better still, his own memorabilia!)

Before Cuomo disappears into the dustbin of history, we must confront the Sexual Revolution. The idea that sex is an entitlement will continue to create predators like Andrew Cuomo, regardless of what happens to the New York governor.

Nobody Cares About the Victims

Cuomo lit up the Empire State Building pink to celebrate legalizing partial-birth abortion in New York. Men like him will keep on legislating the Sexual Revolution. Neither the politicians nor the other Revolutionaries care about its costs.

Neither Cuomo nor self-proclaimed defenders of blacks worry that a higher percentage of black babies are aborted than born in New York City. Nor about the percentage of fatherless boys and girls that keeps right on spiking, with all the pain and chaos that often causes. Neither Cuomo nor the “feminists” seem upset that the Manhattan Planned Parenthood "clinic” has had 32 emergencies requiring ambulances over the past 5 years.

No, the issue is never the issue. The issue is always the Revolution. And the Revolution is always about power. The Sexual Revolution is all about the power of adults to live only for themselves and to have the sexual fulfillment that Andrew Cuomo seized — with both hands.

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives. The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization, leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

John Zmirak is a senior editor at The Stream and author or co-author of ten books, including The Politically Incorrect Guide to Immigration and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism. He is co-author with Jason Jones of “God, Guns, & the Government.”

 





Transgender Agenda on Trial

This article was posted August 5, 2021, at Church Militant.

Stepping between parents and their children is a hallmark of the transgender agenda. But one organization that offers legal services is fighting back to protect the natural order. Church Militant's William Mahoney recently spoke with one of the attorneys.

The Child and Parental Rights Campaign, or CPRC, is a nationwide group founded to "respond to a radical new ideology." One example of the CPRC's work is found in a case where one parent wants a child to transition, while the other does not.

Mary McAlister: "We represent the parent who does not. [We] try to uphold them and empower them and represent them in court so that they can have their rights asserted to not put their child through all of this horrible transition."


The transgender agenda has infiltrated everything from child protective services to schools. But the CPRC is there, empowering parents against this infiltration at every level.

McAlister: "The schools are conspiring with these gender ideologues and encouraging children to hide these things from their parents."

And while groups like Planned Parenthood endlessly lobby for deviant public policies to benefit financially, the CPRC is there fighting for legislation that benefits children and their parents.

McAlister: "And so we've worked with legislators when they've attempted to pass these laws that will ban the treatment of children. ... And we've had some bills that have been passed that we've worked on."

The pro-family group is endorsed by many board-certified medical and mental health professionals from coast to coast.

Attorney McAlister, who recently spoke in July at the Ruth Institute's 2021 Survivors' Summit, explained the new group is looking forward to its first victory in court. For more information on the CPRC, visit ChildParentRights.org.



Christian Pastor Walter Hoye Warns of the Wages of the Sexual Revolution

by Kathy Schiffer

This article was first published at National Catholic Register on August 2, 2021.

 

“The sexual revolution has completely destroyed the black family.” That’s the sober message from Rev. Walter Hoye, founder of the Issues4Life Foundation and the California Civil Rights Coalition, and co-founder of the National Black Pro-life Coalition. Hoye was the recipient of the “Witness of the Year” Award at the Ruth Institute’s 2021 Survivors’ Summit.

Ordained in the Baptist church, Hoye left the ministry in 2010 to pursue full-time pro-life work. His strong pro-life witness had attracted the attention of Americans the year before, when he was sentenced to 30 days in jail in Oakland, California. His supposed “crime” was praying on public property outside of an abortion business while holding aloft a sign that read:

“Jesus loves you and your baby. Let us help you.”


Hoye’s prison sentence could have been reduced to probation and he could have been released, had he agreed to stay at least 100 yards away from the abortion facility where he had been arrested; but he refused to comply, standing firm in his defense of the unborn.

The Register talked with Rev. Hoye about his ongoing pro-life efforts, the effect of the sexual revolution on the black community, and about the Survivors’ Summit, which took place July 16-17 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Hoye described the Survivors’ Summit, which focused on how people in the medical, legal and therapeutic professions could resist the progressive push by the culture, as “a transcendent, fundamental experience in accord with the all-powerful reality of truth.”

He recalled in particular the moving presentation by Walt Heyer, who underwent radical surgery and lived for eight years as a transgender woman before detransitioning in 1991. “He described the actual physical damage he has suffered as a result,” Rev. Hoye said. “Not a video, not a brochure ... but an actual person. The same with the other presenters who were there. Jennifer Morse brought in the witnesses who proved the point.”

The Sexual Revolution: An Ongoing Threat for Black America

Speaking about the African-American community, Hoye was not optimistic regarding the future for Black Americans — largely because of the deleterious effects of the sexual revolution.

“Margaret Sanger is probably smiling in her grave,” he said. “Abortion exists because of Black America.”

In its earlier days, Planned Parenthood was less taciturn about their population control goal than they are today. As evidence of the abortion giant’s early transparency, Hoye had in his file Planned Parenthood pamphlets dating to 1964 and 1969 that acknowledge that abortion takes the life of an innocent human being. In 1967, he said, it became legal to end the lives of the unborn in the states of California, Colorado and Mississippi. Just six years after that, Roe v. Wade became the law of the land, legalizing abortion in all 50 states.

While Hoye has devoted much of his career to fighting abortion, he was equally concerned about the state of marriage in the Black community. “If you go back to the early 1960s,” Hoye remarked, “families were about 70% to 80% intact — that is, with Mom, Dad and children. Back then, everyone did what they were supposed to do. A man was expected to marry a woman, put a ring on her finger, get a job, raise his children, build a family.”

“But a lot of things happened between then and now,” he said. “We no longer believe that if I do what the Bible tells me to do, then God will bless me and I will be successful.”

Hoye cited two trends which have devastated the Black community: the decrease in marriage and stable families, with the corresponding decline in fertility; and the surge in abortions. “People come to California,” he said, “because of the welfare benefits. If you’re a single woman, you get more money if you don’t marry.”

Read the rest of the article here.

 

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