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-Boy Scouts: Transgender Children Now Allowed

by Dr. D ~ January 30th, 2017

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Earlier this month, a Cub Scout Pack kicked a transgender girl out of their program for not being a biological boy, causing quite a controversy in the media. Now the parent Boy Scout organization has officially announced that transgender children are welcome in all of their programs. Here’s the story from Fox News:

The Boy Scouts of America announced Monday that it will allow transgender children who identify as boys to enroll in its boys only programs.

The organization announced it had made the decision to begin basing enrollment in its boys-only programs on the gender a child or parent lists on the application to become a scout. The organization had previously held a policy that relied on the gender listed on a child’s birth certificate for those programs.  …

Rebecca Rausch, a spokeswoman for the organization…said the enrollment decision goes into effect immediately.

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Response: The Scouts responded to the onslaught of the media by quickly caving in. They obviously did not think this through and consider all of the consequences and downsides to this new policy. The fact that this new policy goes into effect immediately means that those who might have opposed this change were not given a chance to register their opinions and misgivings. As a result, controversy will be the new organizational norm as this change is put into effect.

First of all, hundreds of conservative churches that sponsor Cub packs and Scout troops will be considering how they’ll respond to this change. Undoubtedly many will want a ruling on whether this new policy is optional or mandatory.

Then thousands of parents will be asking their local leaders pointed questions about how they plan to handle certain compromising circumstances and depending on the answers you can bet that many will be pulling their boys out of the organization. For sure, alternative Christian organizations like Trail Life will soon see an increase in their numbers.                *Top

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-March For Life 2017

by Dr. D ~ January 27th, 2017

Today is the 44th annual March for Life in Washington DC and all across America. It will be interesting to see how the media covers today’s events after the large women’s rights march last weekend. Usually the press downplays or ignores the hundreds of thousands who normally attend these annual pro-life events in cities all over the country.

I expect that there will be comparisons between the two if the earlier march is shown to be larger. Trump Derangement Syndrome obviously played into and contributed to the huge numbers in earlier ‘woman’s march.’  I will be surprised if the pro-life march equals or surpasses it but for once its should actually receive some coverage.                  *Top

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-Trump Ends Government Funding for International Abortion

by Dr. D ~ January 25th, 2017

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One of President Trump’s first acts in office was to end government funding for international groups providing abortions. Here’s the story from the Christian Post:

President Donald Trump signed an executive order to ban government funds for international groups that provide or promote abortion, which reverses Barack Obama administration policy.

LifeNews reported the executive order reinstates the Mexico City Policy, which eliminates funding to certain groups, including some Planned Parenthood affiliates, around the world or requires them to agree that they "would neither perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations."

The policy was first announced in 1984 by former President Ronald Reagan. Every Republican president since Reagan continued the policy. The Bill Clinton and Barack Obama administrations rescinded it in their first week in power.

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Response: Regardless of what you may think about Trump, we obviously now have a pro-life president. That alone should provide a major reason for evangelical Christians to be happy with the outcome of the 2016 election. Remember that not only was Hillary Clinton pro abortion but had clearly stated in the campaign that she wanted to force Christians to change their beliefs and teaching on this issue.                 *Top

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-Transgender ‘Man’ Decides to Get Pregnant?

by Dr. D ~ January 20th, 2017

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A transgender ‘man’ in the UK has decided to get pregnant and have a child before she/he has her/his sex change operation. Here’s the story from Charisma:

A woman who has been living as a man has become the first ‘transgender’ individual in the UK to become pregnant.

The 20-year-old woman, who refers to herself as "Hayden Cross," has been taking male hormones but decided to postpone surgery so she could give birth to a child.

After finding a sperm donor through a Facebook group, she is now pregnant.

The woman, from Gloucester, was taking hormones and plans to eventually have her breasts and ovaries removed. The National Health Services (NHS) are funding the process at the cost of around £29,000.

.She said she then decided to postpone surgery so she could have a child before her ovaries were removed.

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Response: Wow, this is really confusing. If it is for me how much more would it be for the child. It is hard enough for a child to be raised by a single parent but would this parent be the mother or father? The fact that the state is paying for the artificial insemination, the pregnancy, and the sex change operation is just crazy.

Just because something can be done doesn’t mean it should. It should be common sense that if the woman wants to be a mother then that should override her plans for becoming a man. What does she really want to be -mother or a man? She should be forced to choose. The state should not support and pay for such nonsense and confusion.                 *Top

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-Abortion Rate at Lowest Level Since Roe v. Wade

by Dr. D ~ January 20th, 2017

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According to recent research, the abortion rate in the U.S. is at the lowest rate ever since Roe v. Wade. Here’s the story from NPR:

The abortion rate in the United States fell to its lowest level since the historic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalized abortion nationwide, a new report finds.

The report by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports legalized abortion, puts the rate at 14.6 abortions per 1,000 women of childbearing age (ages 15-44) in 2014. That’s the lowest recorded rate since the Roe decision in 1973. The abortion rate has been declining for decades — down from a peak of 29.3 in 1980 and 1981.

The report also finds that in 2013, the total number of abortions nationwide fell below 1 million for the first time since the mid-1970s.

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Response: Great news.  Looking at the research, the abortion rate has been in decline since 1981. Even more remarkable, the rate (14.6) is now lower than it was in 1973 ( 16.3) when the Supreme Court legalized abortion for the whole country in the first place.

The Pro-Life cause has been successful in changing the minds of a majority of Americans when it comes to abortion. Unfortunately, it has been impossible to reverse Roe v. Wade even though it was an over reach by an activist court with little real basis in the Constitution.  This is one of the issues that it should have been left for the states to decide.  There is some hope that it might change in the next 4 years  if President Trump gets to appoint a couple of new judges to SCOTUS.

Regardless, the tide of public opinion has turned and there are now even fewer abortions per 1000 in the country than there were at the beginning in 1973.               *Top

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-PC Wins: The Circus is Closing Forever

by Dr. D ~ January 18th, 2017

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It is the end of an era that has lasted for nearly 150 years. Political correctness has won out and the animal rights folks are claiming a victory. Ringling Bros. Circus is closing down permanently in May. Here’s the story from the Blaze:

After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on “The Greatest Show on Earth.” The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus told The Associated Press that the show will close forever in May.

The iconic American spectacle was felled by a variety of factors, company executives say. Declining attendance combined with high operating costs, along with changing public tastes and prolonged battles with animal rights groups all contributed to its demise.

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Response: Sad news, a traditional part of growing up in America will soon disappear. The PC crowd and animal rights activist have won out against families, whole careers, and reality itself. Even the animals they claim that they want to protect may be worse off when the circus closes.

I remember seeing the circus for the first time when I was 5 (1952) and it was still in a huge tent at the time. Several years later when I was in 2nd grade the circus visited the small town we lived in at the time (Ellensburg WA). Our teacher marched us down to the railway station and we watched them finish unloading and then parade down main street elephants and all including lions in cages on trailers with a clown playing the calliope. I will never forget that day from a bygone era and now never to be experienced again.

My wife and I use to have fun telling folks that our daughter ran away and joined the circus. She is a stage lighting tech and head electrician for Broadway shows now and also is a Vet Tech graduate. She did a tour with Ringling Bros. a few year ago doing their stage lighting and helping with the animals. Here are her comments on the circus closing:

…hundreds of employees are not only losing their jobs but also their homes. There are many circus families who have lived with the circus for multiple generations. Many of these people I had called friends.

Many of them don’t even know what it’s like to be in one place. Many won’t be able to find jobs since few places hire daredevils, high wire acts, tiger trainers, etc… they have been trained to be and do since birth. They know no other life, and some are to old to make another life. There is Vegas but I doubt Vegas will have openings for 500 of these people.

I feel real lucky to say I was apart of this and happy to have many memories with the circus. In my time with them I never saw any mistreatment of animals. I only saw warm and caring people. I talked to the elephants everyday, especially Asha and Rudy who were only babies at the time. I’m hoping they find a home since not all the elephants could fit at the conservatory. There was only so much room.

Praying that all these people find a new way to survive.  (My husband)…knows several of the musicians on the shows. In fact we both almost ended up going out with it less than 2 years ago. It was offered …but we turned it down for various reasons. So this could of been us.

The last time we saw the show it was in Anaheim CA when our daughter was working for them. We took two of our grand children who loved the show but making our way through all of the animal protestors telling us not to go see it really spoiled the experience for us especially since we had inside information about how well the animals were actually cared for.

The PC crowd wins again and I am really getting tired of all of the false claims and the press who publicize and support it all. I feel like a part of my fondest childhood memories are being ripped away and called evil by activists who make a living pushing their agendas on the rest of us.               *Top

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