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  • A new study from the World Health Organization shows how dangerous it is to become “transgender.”
     
    The WHO performed a meta-analysis of 15 different countries and found that men who dress as women are 49 times more likely to contact the HIV virus than the general population. Men who dress as women and also prostitute themselves are nine times more likely to contract HIV than those who do not prostitute themselves.
     
    Such devastating news is never included in the “transgender” narrative that is sweeping American culture, including the school system. Breitbart News reported this week about a school system in Wisconsin that tried to feature the book I am Jazz, an illustrated children’s book that tells the story of a gender confused 15-year-old boy who has become one of the breakout stars in the trans firmament. The school board makes the claim that a boy can have a girl brain, something not supported by science.
     
    What is not discussed with school children or anyone else is the dark-side of the trans world. Walt Heyer, who lived for years as a woman, hosts a website called “Sex-Change Regret” that tells the horror stories of those who have tried to live the trans life.
     
    Dr. Paul McHugh, former chief psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins University and the man who shut down Johns Hopkins’ renowned sex change unit, cites a study performed by the National Institute of Health that found the suicide rate among men who live as women, even in trans-friendly Sweden, is significantly higher than the general population.
  • Churches around the world are softening their position on transgender people, according to a study by a Cambridge University academic.
  • Edmund Burke once wrote that there was one rule in government that was fundamental, universal and invariable: “Never attempt a measure of authority you are not morally sure you can go through with.” To which, rather presumptuously, I would add: “. . . and whose aim may not be clearly understood.
  • A High Court ruling on abortion law could mean every girl under the age of 16 who becomes pregnant in Northern Ireland has a right to a termination, the human rights commissioner has said.
     
    A judge ruled on Monday that Northern Ireland's legislation on the issue is in breach of human rights law.
     
    He said grounds for abortion should be extended to include pregnancies resulting from sexual crime.

    The legal age of sexual consent in Northern Ireland is 16.

    The current law in Northern Ireland only allows an abortion in cases where a woman's life is at risk or there is a permanent or serious risk to her mental or physical health.
  • Alternating the promise of cures for intractable diseases with anxiety about designer babies and eugenics, hundreds of scientists and ethicists from around the world began debating the boundaries of a revolutionary technology to edit the human genetic code.
     
    “We sense that we are close to being able to alter human heredity,” Nobel laureate David Baltimore of the California Institute of Technology said Tuesday in opening an international summit to examine what he called “deep and disturbing questions”.
     
    “This is something to which all people should pay attention,” he said.
     
    It’s an issue that gained urgency after Chinese researchers made the first attempt at altering genes in human embryos, a laboratory experiment that did not work well but did raise the prospect of one day performing genetic engineering that goes far beyond helping one sick person – and could pass modified genes on to future generations.
  • A decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) not to prosecute doctors filmed offering abortion on the basis of a child's gender has been upheld by the High Court.
     
    Aisling Hubert accused the DPP of making "politically motivated" rather than "legally based" decisions.
     
    In November this year, one of the doctors involved, Dr Palaniappan Rajmohan, was struck off for three months in fitness to practise disciplinary proceedings after being recorded offering to arrange an abortion for a woman at a clinic in Edgbaston, Birmingham, who said she wanted the procedure because the baby was a girl.

    But Lord Justice Burnett and Mr Justice Irwin, sitting in London, refused Ms Hubert permission to seek judicial review and will give their full reasons at a later date.
     
    Ms Hubert and the Christian Legal Centre (CLC), which backed her application, are facing a legal bill of over £22,000 after losing their case and a linked challenge.
     
    Their barrister, Paul Diamond, submitted that the desire of people to choose whether they have boys or girls is creating problems in the UK and raising important issues about gender-based abortion which should be addressed by the courts.
  • A 50-year-old woman who has 'lost her sparkle' and does not want to grow old has won the right to refuse hospital treatment at the hands of a senior judge who has effectively allowed her to die.
     
    The woman, who has not been identified, has refused to undergo kidney dialysis because she does not want to become “poor, ugly or old”.
     
    Last month, the Court of Protection, in London, heard the mother-of-three, whose organs were damaged when she took an overdose in an attempt to take her own life, wanted to “go out with a bang”.
     
    King’s College Hospital NHS Trust, who were responsible for her care, asked the judge to rule it would be in her best interests if treatment was "imposed" and restraint and sedation used if necessary.

    But Mr Justice MacDonald said although many would be horrified by the woman's decision, she had the mental capacity to refuse treatment.
     
    He said the woman was "in respect of her own body and mind, sovereign".
  • The Norwegian government has dropped requirements for religious buildings housing migrants to remove crosses after a national backlash.
     
    The requirement by the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) had been directed at Churches hoping to house asylum seekers, to ensure the buildings were “religion neutral” before they received the foreigners into their care. This meant removing crosses, images of Jesus and other religious symbols, reports TheLocal.no.
     
    Now the government has admitted they decided to enact the policy without even receiving a single complaint from migrants about obviously religious buildings being used to house them, and in light of popular resistance to the move they have cancelled the requirement. Despite the retreat, other rules still remain for would-be Christian hosts.
     
    Overnight accommodation must still have a “religion neutral” room with no Christian symbols for migrants to pray in, and despite having displayed Christian charity towards migrants groups have been banned from also sharing the faith. Told “no preaching”, the official guidelines still state: “It is very important that there is no active service of any kind in refugee centres”.
  • The British government’s advice on teaching “British values” to nursery school children has been criticised as “vacuous” and “ideologically driven” after failing to mention the UK’s Christian heritage.
     
    The advice, promoted by the Department for Education, lists values such as “making links in the local community” and “living in a multicultural and diverse world” as typically British. But Christians are concerned that the UK’s predominant religion for over a millennium is barely mentioned.
     
    The advice on the government website includes a diagram of things teachers may want to teach children about British cultures.
     
    It lists secular festivals such as Burns Night, May Day and even the Notting Hill Carnival, but does not mention Easter or even Christmas, despite these being public holidays in the UK. It does list certain saints’ days, but these are the national saints of the UK, thus making their festivals largely secular.
  • A primary school headmistress who fiddled SATS results after her school came under threat of being turned into an academy, has been banned from the classroom for life.
     
    Rehana Siraj-Allan, 56, tampered with her pupils' Key Stage 2 Standard Assessment Tests in reading and maths, the panel found.
     
    The head, who had been at the school for 12 years, had achieved good results after taking over the failing inner-city Easton Church of England Primary School in Bristol.

    But results had 'reached a plateau' and the school was at risk of being turned into an academy which both she and others at the school were strongly resisting.
     
    As a Muslim, her appointment to the Church of England school led to several governors resigning in protest.
     
    Mrs Siraj-Allan had been described as 'a leading light' and 'genuine, hard-working and committed' when she took over.

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