You have to love the way the ACL continues to attempt to drive fear into the hearts of parents. Let’s have a look at Martyn’s (Marts for short) latest blog that he calls:
They Want Your Children
Queue scary music and men in masks.
“The first thing that a totalitarian regime tries to do is to get at the children, to distance them from the subversive, varied influences of their families, and indoctrinate them in their rulers’ view of the world.”
Those words were penned by five judges of the United Kingdom Supreme Court in 2016.
It is astonishing that they felt the need to use such language about a law which had passed the Scottish Parliament. That is, a democratic government with a great pedigree of freedom – not, in fact, a totalitarian regime.
Well actually, they thought it was a good idea, someone said ‘hey did you think of this’ and took them to court, the court went, “no, no, no” and threw it out. That is actually why we have checks and balances in the system. It’s a bit of a stretch to suggest that there was some evil sinister plot going on. In fact, the judges said,
the Children and Young People Act 2014 was “unquestionably legitimate and benign”, but key proposals about information-sharing were “not within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament”.
It’s essential for Marts to focus only on the scary bits.
But as our culture changes, I fear that the temptation to reach into family life and get at kids is too great for some to resist.
Just quietly, you’re the one trying to reach into family life and create fear.
Cultural Marxism is bent on removing every trace of inequality and oppression – not just overt, institutional examples, but also the subtle and benign. Think traditional family structures in children’s story books, the statement of certain beliefs which are “harmful” to so-called oppressed minorities, oppressive language like “ladies and gentlemen”, preventing public debate around same-sex marriage… The examples of political correctness coming out of this movement border on the absurd.
Cultural Marxism is just a conspiracy theory that someone is trying to dismantle western civilisation. Again, it’s about Marts trying to scare people into believing that the big evil commies are real, dressed in pink, and coming to break up your traditional family structure by mimicking those structures by getting married and raising children.
But what happens once they get wind of the fact that some of the bigots have children?
The crusade against inequality does not stop at the door of the family home.
Professor Gillian Triggs, our former Human Rights Commissioner, once lamented, “Sadly you can say what you like around the kitchen table at home.”
There are dark corners of society – families – which are free to speak bigotry and incubate little bigots without consequence.
Plenty of people believe that, and they want to stop it.
Nah, that’s a stretch. What plenty of people do want is an acknowledgement that children are diverse in their sexuality and gender identity. There’s plenty of research to prove that. What everyone would like is for the bigots that have children also to have a decent education in modern approaches to raising children. Doing it like it’s 1945 just doesn’t cut it any more.
That is why a Christian Western Australian couple were recently denied the opportunity to become foster parents. Their Christian beliefs about human sexuality would make it “unsafe” to place children in their care.
I found a case from 2010 which is sort of recent if you look at it in a biblical sense. Anyway, their Christian belief is that it is ok to hit children. You’re asking that the state of Western Australia allows a couple to take children into foster care, that’s other people’s children, and let their foster parents hit them? Seems sensible to deny them that right.
The most alarming local example of this totalitarian impulse comes from the Australian Labor Party.
Their current national platform – the suite of policies which will become law if they are elected to government – states a desire to outlaw “LGBTI Conversion Therapy.”
I think it’s more alarming that they do nothing about locking up innocent children on remote islands. Just so you know Marts, there’s nothing wrong with being LGBTI, and to try to convert a young person is simply monstrous.
It is an Orwellian phrase. It evokes images of electric shock treatments, bizarre rituals, and abuse.
Says the man who worships a deity nailed to a stick and talks about cultural Marxism.
But the policy statement begins by saying that mere claims about the possibility of a changed gender identity or sexual orientation are false, harmful, and should not continue to be made.
That is rather a problem for the Christian gospel… The Apostle Paul has already breached this proposed suite of laws in 1 Corinthians 6 (quoted below).
Are we going to ban the Bible? Or Christian preaching on the very nature of the gospel itself – that radical, “new creation” change comes to a person who is in Christ? Change that trains us to “renounce ungodliness” and “live self-controlled, godly lives” (Titus 2:12)? What about the scores of people who have known changed sexual desires or gender identities by experience?
Well no, just like it wasn’t banned when we let ‘mixed races’ get married, or stopped slavery, or stopped stoning people, or stopped… (insert another crazy biblical fable). You may have noticed that some buildings on a Sunday get partially filled with Christians who come to listen to some person preach at them.
Walt Heyer, our visiting speaker from the USA and a former transgender, would certainly have much of his experience censored.
Really? On what basis?
Worryingly, the ALP policy goes on to specifically single out the activities of “religious groups” and “circles” in which “anti-LGBTI prejudices” may affect individuals or families.
Yeah, I know, right. It’s the religious groups and circle that seem to have the idea that someone’s sexuality or gender can be changed by mumbling words over them, dunking them in water or getting some therapy.
The truth is that under this ideology, someone’s subjective feelings about their sexuality or gender cannot be questioned, contradicted, counselled, or changed – even if the person were to desire help to change.
That’s because there is nothing wrong with them. The very notion that they can be changed, as you think, is pretty impossible.
If Harry goes to school and is confused by a mind-bending teaching resource like the Gender Unicorn, he may think he is a girl. Perhaps he played with a barbie doll for a while and doesn’t like rough sports. Say he then went to the school counsellor who suggested Harry might want to undergo a social transition – dress like a girl at school, be called “she” by his peers, use the girls bathrooms, and perhaps even wear lipstick. The next discussion will be about puberty blockers, because Harry is already 12.
If mum or dad try to delay such actions by Harry, believing he is likely in the 90-odd percent of children who naturally grow out of these feelings, then they could well be guilty of “conversion therapy.”
Yeah, not how it works. This is the scare tactics kicking in again Marts. This attempt to paint the boy as odd because he wants to wear a dress, play with dolls and not footy is all part of this made up macho rubbish. Nice work throwing in the lippy and the bathroom stuff, just for added effect.
The ALP policy states that this will be deemed “serious psychological abuse” and “when suffered within the family, as domestic violence against the child.”
Woah, baby, you jumped several conclusions there. The whole ‘just a phase thing, they’ll grow out of it’ isn’t science, is it? Mostly the 90% thing is a tale told by Christians; there’s no evidence that supports it, apart from shonky people that throw the stats around.
The same would be true of Sally, if guest-presenters visiting her all-girls school spoke about human sexuality and she then assumed her 14-year-old best buddy was actually her lesbian girlfriend.
Can dad or mum do anything? Or is that “gay conversion therapy”? Can they even say anything?
Yeah, of course, they can help guide their child in life with love and understanding. They can be there to support them rather than hit them and drag them off to the therapist because they wear a colour you think should be of the opposite sex.
It is worth noting that schools must report domestic violence against children to the authorities. I am sure the school counsellor would know all about it.
If an amendment proposed at this years’ ALP National Conference passes, all these actions will also be criminalised.
I hate to say it, but if these proposed laws see the light of day, children will be removed from Christian parents. Worse – Christians won’t be fit to parent unless they submit to the State’s teaching on sexuality and gender. Christian parents will become criminals and psychological and domestic abusers.
The same fate will befall parents from a myriad of other faiths and cultural minorities.
Oh no!!!! Let me call the waaaambulance for you!!!! Seriously Marts, what a load of hogshit. It’s a feeble attempt to try and bring the myriad of other faiths into this, you can’t stand anyone not Christian or white, or straight, the idea that you even give a toss about other faiths and cultural minorities is a joke told on late night television.
Meanwhile, counsellors, academics, doctors, therapists and even pastors with traditional beliefs about sexuality and gender will not be able to help anyone in these crucial areas of their lives.
That’s because it’s not really helping. Helping would be getting them to come to terms with their identity, reinforcing that it’s ok to be who you want.
And maybe worst of all, another vital part of the Christian gospel will be both taboo and illegal.
Having a bit of trouble working out why outlawing bad ideas and concepts isn’t a good idea. As to whether or not it’s vital. Plenty of christians seem to carry on believing regardless of all the things that they’re not allowed to do anymore.
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice
homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous… has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. (Ephesians 5:5-8)
Sweet, biblical quotes. That’ll convince us. You do know that the bible has plenty of quotes you wouldn’t drop into your blog? You may be guilty of cherry-picking Marts.
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