Pre-Order Your Copy of Great Southland Revival

Watch the Prayer Launch for Great Southland Revival and get up to 40% off pre-orders for the book.

After much anticipation throughout 2022, Great Southland Revival is finally available for pre-order. The Canberra Declaration has already received pre-orders for around 600 copies of our latest book. Read on to find out about a special pre-order discount code available for a limited time.

On Monday, we held the Prayer Launch for Great Southland Revival. Joining us on the call were Jenny Hagger AM, Dr Mark Harwood and Ps Jeff Daly. Each of these leaders had read the book in advance and written an endorsement for it. On the call, they shared their reflections about Great Southland Revival and prayed for its release. We were very humbled and encouraged by their words.

Watch the Prayer Launch below.

‘A Book I Could Not Put Down’

Jenny Hagger AM is the founder and former director of the Australian House of Prayer for All Nations. She has given our new book a glowing endorsement, writing:

Great Southland Revival is an exciting, glorious account of the manifestation of heaven upon earth, through the demonstrated power of the Holy Spirit expressed in revivals. This book is an incredible encouragement to all who have been called to weep between the porch and the altar, crying out to the King of Glory to awaken His church and bring in the harvest for His reward.

Dr Mark Harwood is a scientist, writer and the Speaker Coordinator for Creation Ministries International (Australia). He wrote the following commendation after reading Great Southland Revival:

Warning: Do not read this book — that is, if you do not want to be challenged and inspired! But if you realise that our nation is rapidly deserting its Christian heritage, with far-reaching consequences, and if it is the earnest cry of your heart to see revival sweep across Australia once more, then you will be greatly blessed by reading Great Southland Revival. What a wonderful encouragement it is to discover how God has moved powerfully in every part of the globe, drawing people into His presence through revival after revival. Kurt and Warwick have provided a comprehensive survey of revivals through the ages, dispelling many myths along the way, and revealing wonderful accounts of the Holy Spirit at work in the hearts of people from every ethnic group and nation. Especially encouraging are the accounts of revival amongst Aboriginal people that have had lasting positive effects on their communities. What God has done before, He can and will do again. Come, Holy Spirit, come!

Hailing from California, Ps Jeff Daly is the founder of the National Day of Repentance and the director of Jesus Christ Fellowship. He was equally glowing about the Canberra Declaration’s latest publication:

Great Southland Revival is a book I could not put down. It could not be more timely. Kurt and Warwick give wonderful details from the book of Acts until today of how the risen Christ has moved to advance His Kingdom through hearts and minds zealous to follow His way. As an overview of earlier revivals in Australia and all over the world, it is a great resource. But its best feature may be its encouragement for each of us this very day to turn to God, to start our own revival, thanks to His loving presence and His wish for each of us to become more like Him.

Get Up to 40% Off Pre-Orders

We have been overwhelmed by the support and encouragement towards this project, and amazed at how many pre-orders have already been placed.

To pre-order your copy of Great Southland Revival, visit the Canberra Declaration’s online bookstore. You can receive 5% off all pre-orders placed before 6th December using the discount code PREORDER6DEC.

In addition to the 5% off, you can save up to 40% off by buying in bulk. Many of the orders we have received already are for quantities of 2, 5 or 10 books, and even whole cartons. Great Southland Revival is the perfect Christmas present to give to family and friends.

Find out more and place your pre-order here.

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The Victorian Election: Disheartening, But Do Not Despair

Bad news in Victoria — yet, though earthly governments may fail, we look to our eternal hope in the Lord.

Saturday night was not a good one for Christians, for conservatives, and for those who value freedom, family and other key values. The short story is this: Labor’s vote went down. The Liberals’ vote went down. The vote of some others (Teals, Greens, independents) went up. The Greens, for example, took some seats away from Labor. Despite all this, Labor managed to stay in power, and it looks to retain a majority in the lower house.

If you are pro-faith, pro-family, and pro-freedom, it was another bad election result. It is getting to be a broken record, certainly in places like Victoria. In simple political terms, the Liberals have lost 6 out of the last 7 state elections. One wonders if they will ever recover, given their pathetically weak and useless ability to be a viable opposition.

It would seem clear that Matthew Guy will have to step down, with two losses in a row (although recall that Jeff Kennett had also lost twice). But it is not just the leader, but the whole party: it is utterly hopeless. They believe in nothing, stand for nothing, and have no conservative convictions whatsoever. So why even bother?

Yes, Labor went down in votes (around 7 per cent all up), but it was not enough to see them moved along. And the absolute worst part, of course, is that Dan Andrews easily got back in. Four more years of his tyrannical reign. If Victoria is not already irredeemably damaged, it will be now.

In the lower house, it is simply darkness and defeat. As always, however, it will be a while before we see how the upper house fares. Will some of the freedom and family candidates and parties get some wins on the board? Time will tell. If we get a few more of these folks in, that will be the one bright spot of this election. Otherwise, it has been bad news indeed.

Politics is important, but God is everything

As always, one has to bring God back into the picture. He has not jumped off the throne, and He has not stopped being sovereign. But when horrible political outcomes like this take place, it is easy to get our eyes off God and to become overwhelmed and appalled. I feel it too. Many do.

But Andrews and Labor are not divine and they are not eternal. Their days are numbered. Soon they will be all but forgotten. But Christ and His rule continues forever. That is what we must hold on to. Politics is temporary, and we will win some and lose some. But God’s eternal purposes will not be thwarted.

We now need to trust God even more, we need to pray even more, we need to see the big picture even more. Things will get worse before they get better. If we cannot trust God now, we will be in a hard place in the days ahead as the forces of darkness accelerate and expand.

God is clearly testing His people, while He judges a godless and immoral state. And sadly, God’s people in Victoria suffer along with everyone else. It was the same when God judged Israel and carried off so many into exile. Godly prophets along with members of the remnant also had to go through all that. But their situation did not last forever.

So now is not the time to despair. Now is the time for God’s people to get on their faces before God and repent. It is the time for them to get their priorities right. It is the time for them to stop playing games and pursuing their trivial pursuits. It is time for them to put Christ first — completely first.

In light of this depressing night, it is worth keeping in mind some basic biblical truths. For example, Psalm 2:1-6 says this:

Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
“Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”

He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.
Then He will speak to them in His wrath,
and terrify them in His fury, saying,

“As for me, I have set my King
on Zion, my holy hill.”

And in Revelation 19:6-7 we read this:

Hallelujah!
For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory.

It is also worth offering a slight adaptation of Habakkuk 3:17-18:

Though the Andrews government be re-elected,
and he retains his seat,
Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

Believers must not cave in now. The fight has gotten harder, the stakes have gotten higher, and the need for prayer has gotten more urgent. But as long as God is on the throne, we have every reason to take heart, to persevere, and to keep on keeping on. That we must do.

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Originally published at CultureWatch. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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Don’t Trust Me, I’m a Doctor

With the ongoing censorship of health professionals, how can we truly trust their medical advice?

I was recently accused of lying. This was a little hard to swallow, as it was over a directly referenced quote. At the same time, I found the accusation understandable. So much has happened over the past two and a half years, it’s difficult to know who to trust anymore.

Take this example: Pfizer recently admitted they didn’t test for transmission because they were too busy moving at the ‘speed of science’ (to be honest, they really didn’t need to admit it — just ask any double, triple, quadruple-jabbed person whether they’ve had the virus yet). Yet we were repeatedly told by authorities that the vaccine would stop the virus in its tracks. Trustworthy?

Or this example: The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) revealed it did not know the myocarditis risks of the Pfizer and Moderna products until five months after provisionally approving them for use. Five months! Trustworthy?

Meanwhile, adverse event reporting systems around the world indicate more adverse events in Covid vaccines than all previous vaccines developed over the past 50 years, combined. Yet we were subject to months of multimedia messaging that claimed the vaccines were both ‘safe and effective’. Trustworthy?

It turns out that for a small (but significant) number of people, the vaccines are neither safe nor effective.

People like Tyson Illingworth (known to his millions of fans as ‘tyDi’). He is an acclaimed composer, songwriter, and DJ with a swag of awards. Like so many others trying to ‘do the right thing’, he stepped up for his first dose with ‘complete faith and trust in (Australia’s) leadership and medical system’.

What happened next was alarming. He writes,

‘Within days I started to feel severe and unbearable shooting pain and paralysis in my hands and feet.’

Soon afterwards, Tyson was rushed to the hospital.

‘I couldn’t believe the vaccine could do this to me, especially when we were all told it was safe and effective and if there was a reaction it would be minor.’

But there was worse to come. Before his release from the hospital, Tyson was strongly advised to get the second vaccine by the neurologist.

‘I acted on the neurologist’s advice and ended up taking the second vaccine… in hindsight, I cannot believe I listened to her, as I have always thought of myself as a critical thinker, and instead I took advice from a doctor who had no regard for my personal situation.’

Tyson’s symptoms were further exacerbated by the second dose, and he was rushed to the hospital once again.

‘I was unable to move, my hands felt like they were on fire, and I struggled to get through the day… I thought my life was over…’

A couple of months later he contracted the virus, sending him to the hospital yet again.

Tyson’s life has changed immeasurably. Where there should be touring, performing and interviews, instead is terrible pain, medications and doctor’s appointments, and a new understanding of the state of medicine in Australia.

Vaccine Claims and Censorship

The COVID-19 Vaccine Claims Scheme was established to help people receive financial support if they’ve experienced harm because of a Covid vaccine. The application process could be described as complicated, at best. Many patients find they are ineligible to claim due to the limited list of recognised adverse effects. In addition, submitting a claim requires a doctor to complete a 10-page report documenting their medical opinion and link to vaccination — something many doctors are unwilling to put their name to.

Tyson experienced this also:

‘I had 5 different doctors confirm that my condition was caused by the vaccine, and they all said they cannot go on record.’

Thank you, AHPRA position statement

(The position statement makes clear that any health advice which undermines the national immunisation campaign may result in investigation and regulatory action. Result? Many doctors are too scared to report an adverse event for fear they might be investigated.)

Despite these limitations, the claims scheme budget is set to blow out to almost $77 million by July 2023. That’s a lot of claims.

Un-informed Consent

Tyson rightly questions the advice he was given recommending he take the second dose of the vaccine.

‘One would think that when a patient presents with severe neurological issues in hospital a specialist would think first, “I will do no harm and disclose the risk”… The information about neurological side effects was available to every clinician at the time, a simple Google search would have revealed this.’

A formal complaint from Tyson to the Queensland health ombudsman returned a letter acknowledging that although the doctor advised him to get a second vaccine, despite being injured by the first, the practitioner was (conveniently) indemnified.

However, an April 2021 letter from Greg Hunt to both the AMA and the RACGP released under freedom of information outlines the parameters of this ‘indemnity’ and confirms ‘as with all vaccines, informed consent is required before the administration of each vaccine dose’.

The Australian government’s six-page consent form lists only a handful of potential and ‘rare or very rare’ side effects including blood clotting and heart inflammation. There is no mention of neuropathy or potential for other serious side effects emerging or not yet known, due to incomplete safety data of these provisionally approved injectables.

So, what exactly is informed consent?

Every health practitioner should know ‘consent is a process, not a form’, says medical professional insurer Avant.

‘Gaining consent from your patient means more than just going through a checklist of risks… you need to understand the risks that are material to your patient.’

Medical professional insurer MIPS agrees that it is important that professionals ‘identify the risks that the patient is most concerned about.’

Given the nature and severity of Tyson’s reaction to the first dose, it would be reasonable to be concerned about the risk of a reaction to the second.

This ‘un-informed consent’ story is all too common and one I have heard repeated time and again. Being simply handed a form to read and sign does not equate to informed consent. It never has. Especially when administering a provisionally approved medical product.

If the government’s indemnity scheme is dependent on informed consent, and informed consent didn’t happen, what happens when the patient suffers a vaccine injury? Where does the buck stop?

It stops with the patient, the person at the receiving end of this bureaucratic mess. In this case, that person was Tyson, who now suffers debilitating symptoms.

How Bureaucracy Undermines Trust

The recently amended National Law, which regulates medical practitioners, is set to give AHPRA even more power to silence doctors if they are deemed to be undermining ‘public confidence’. This means if doctors disagree with public health messaging, like a ‘safe and effective’ mantra, they risk disciplinary action.

How then will patients be able to trust they are receiving the best health advice for their individual circumstances alongside up-to-date evidence, and not the government-endorsed public health message of the day?

They won’t.

For someone who used to trust our medical system, like Tyson, I’m not sure that trust can be earned back. And with the way things are heading, I wouldn’t trust it either.

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Originally published at The Spectator Australia. Photo by Chokniti Khongchum.

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Critical Theory or Critical Thinking?

These two terms sound very similar, don’t they? Nothing could be further from the truth. Today I would like to explore their differences, as well as the danger of one and the importance of the other.

Critical Theory

Critical theory (CT) can be traced back to the Marxist-inspired movement in social and political philosophy known as the Frankfurt School in the 1920s. Since the 1970s, CT has become immensely influential in the study of history, law, literature, and the social sciences.

From the 1980s, it has gained an even bigger following on the back of ‘critical race theory’ (CRT), which has proven to be the central backbone of the CT movement. Recently, CRT came to the fore in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. He was a black man, killed in the US city of Minneapolis by Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, the tragedy igniting the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests around the globe.

CT focuses on the twin dynamics of ‘power’ and ‘submission’. It challenges the assumptions of power and seeks to liberate those in slavery. That sounds good, doesn’t it? However, in contrast to the traditional concept of a ‘theory’ that relies on evidence and data to prove or disprove, CT simply relies on ‘perspective’ and a ‘person’s lived experience’ alone. That’s where it gets dangerous.

A theory is, by definition, a cold hard, unemotional objective ‘theory’, until proven to be true. Then it can become a cold hard, unemotional objective ‘fact’. But CT and CRT are ‘right’ only because someone says so. There is no debate, questioning or discussion. What is more, so many in society are following it, not even aware that they are.

CT has its roots firmly in Marxism, a left-wing social and political movement that favours communism and socialism over capitalism. As such, it is at pains to stand up for the underdog, the minority, and those perceived to be discriminated against. That’s good, yes?

Yes, laudable goals, I agree. But with the goal to demolish capitalism and the abolition of the need to provide objective evidence, the outcomes of CT can be tragic for the individual and for civilisation as a whole. I will give a few examples of the effects of CT from the state of Victoria, Australia, under the leadership of Daniel Andrews. You may say I am being extreme. Well, this short piece does not have the space to explore the full chain from CT to the premier of Victoria, but it is quite clear that his regime is firmly rooted in far-left socialism, Marxism without the name:

  1. So as not to discriminate, Victoria became the first state in Australia to adopt same-sex adoption laws.
  2. Again, supportive of minorities, the establishment of the Pride Centre in St Kilda to encourage LGBTIQA+ activism.
  3. The introduction of Hate Speech laws.
  4. In 2008, Victoria was the first state in Australia to introduce abortion on demand right up to birth.
  5. The introduction of a criminal offence for offering alternatives to those seeking abortion.
  6. The “conversion therapy” laws prohibit parents from being able to object to a child wishing to change their gender.
  7. The abolition of Special Religious Education in schools and its replacement with ideological classes which have resulted in an explosion in the number of children with gender dysphoria.
  8. The banning of Christmas Carols in schools.
  9. The funding and promotion of the compulsory Safe Schools Program for children with its overt emphasis on anti-Christian views on morality.
  10. Employment laws are making it extremely difficult for Christian schools to employ teachers who can support their own ethos.
  11. The introduction of doctors into schools so children can consult a doctor without their parent’s knowledge or support.
  12. The politicisation of the police force, that no longer supports the keeping of law and order around Christian events.

These are just some of the legacies of the Daniel Andrews government in Victoria that I have collated from a piece by Martyn Iles, Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL).

Critical Thinking

In a study on critical thinking and education in 1941, Edward Glaser defined critical thinking as the ability to think critically, involving three elements:

  1. an attitude of being disposed to consider, in a thoughtful way, the problems and subjects that come within the range of one’s experiences
  2. knowledge of the methods of logical inquiry and reasoning, and
  3. some skill in applying those methods

Critical thinking expects a persistent effort to examine any belief or form of knowledge in the light of the evidence that supports it. It also generally requires an ability to recognise problems, find workable solutions for those problems, gather and marshal pertinent information, recognise unstated assumptions and values, comprehend and use language with accuracy, clarity, and discrimination, interpret data, appraise evidence and evaluate arguments, recognise the existence (or non-existence) of logical relationships between propositions, and draw warranted conclusions and generalisations. (Glaser, 1941, An Experiment in the Development of Critical Thinking, Teacher’s College, Columbia University)

critical thinking

This figure is from a modern take on critical thinking by Jennifer Herrity (2022). It always starts with careful observation of the facts; it is never sidetracked by a subjective perspective or individual lived experiences alone. The second step returns to the first observation and seeks to collect a deeper understanding of the issue or circumstance.

The third stage is very exciting — it is an exercise in lateral thinking. Namely, an examination of the implications for others and apparently unrelated situations if we progress along this line of thinking. In essence, it is being careful and thoughtful about the impact of our thinking on those around us and society at large.

The fourth stage can be described as testing out our thinking with trusted others, a safeguard against self-deception. And finally, at stage five, the problem is solved, or the situation is understood.

Further, I would like to add an additional dimension to critical thinking, namely the ‘scientific method’ (I wrote about this in the Daily Declaration, 22 December 2021). It seems to me that the rationality, and objectivity of the scientific method of enquiry is a natural partner with critical thinking. At the heart of this method is the assumption that something is ‘not true’ until it can be ‘proven’ by the evidence.

It seems to me that as a society and as individuals, we have lost our appetite for the scientific method and for critical thinking and as a result, we have become prey to the onslaught of critical theory (CT).

I would argue that if we have lived our own lives unaware of the advance of CT into our own lives, our families, and our communities, it is because we have neglected or ignored critical thinking and the scientific method. For me, critical thinking is the clear first line of defence against CT and the march of modern Marxism into every aspect of our lives.

Cosying Up to the CCP

Let me conclude with the story of the Belt and Road Initiative. This is an investment strategy developed nearly ten years ago by the Chinese. This initiative seeks to form a network of Chinese infrastructure and investment that covers the globe an empire in all but name. It has often focused on the takeover of key ports such as Haifa in Israel and Piraeus in Greece, to say nothing of Darwin in the Northern Territory, Australia.

With great fanfare, the Victorian government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chinese government on October 8, 2018, and later a ‘framework’ agreement on October 23, 2019, to develop one of the Belt and Road Initiatives for Victoria. This was done behind the then Prime Minister Morrison’s back; he swiftly wound it back. What does this say about Daniel Andrews’ agenda? Not just the concept of facilitating even greater Chinese investment/ownership in Australia, but his seeking to do this international trade deal without the federal government’s approval!

Let’s never give up on the importance of critical thinking and always be aware of the dangers inherent in critical theory (CT).

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Photo by cottonbro.

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Join Us for the Online Prayer Launch of ‘Great Southland Revival’

Great Southland Revival, our latest book telling the story of Australia’s many revivals, has been sent to the printers this week! You are invited to join us for the online Prayer Launch this Wednesday, 23rd November, at 8 pm (AEDT), using this Zoom link.

As well as hearing us share about the book, you will have a chance to listen to various Australian and international Christian leaders who have read and endorsed Great Southland Revival. They include Jenny Hagger, Dr Mark Harwood, Graeme Blaiklock and Pastor Jeff Daly from the USA.

Jenny Hagger has called Great Southland Revival “an exciting, glorious account of the manifestation of heaven upon earth”.

According to Mark Harwood, “Kurt and Warwick have provided a comprehensive survey of revivals through the ages, dispelling many myths along the way, and revealing wonderful accounts of the Holy Spirit at work in the hearts of people from every ethnic group and nation.”

Graeme Blaikock wrote, “I commend Great Southland Revival to every passionate follower of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Jeff Daly said, “Great Southland Revival is a book I could not put down.”

A Readable, Shareable Book

After a year of research, interviews and writing, Great Southland Revival was finally sent to the printers this week. We couldn’t be happier with the result. As we have confessed in the book’s acknowledgements:

When we first set out to write Great Southland Revival, it felt like we were co-piloting a humble little Cessna. As the months wore on and the scope of this project grew, we soon realised we were at the helm of a 747 and were trying to land our plane on an outback airstrip.

It has been an ambitious project to fit so many important details into a short, readable, shareable book. Our intention was not to write a history book (though we strove for historical accuracy) but a personal, story-driven account. Every chapter opens with a warm, insightful human story that relates to the historical period covered in that chapter.

A Nation Forged by Revival

Great Southland Revival begins with a brief exploration of the topic of revival. In the book’s first half, we aim to summarise all of the major revivals in world history, from the spiritual awakenings in the Old Testament and the day of Pentecost all the way through to the Welsh Revival in the early 1900s.

In the second half of the book, we recount all the significant revivals that have taken place around Australia since European settlement in 1788. Many of these are still unknown to most Australians. They deserve to be known and read widely.

One of the conclusions we have reached in writing Great Southland Revival is not just that revivals have been a frequent occurrence in Australia’s history, but that Australia itself cannot be explained apart from the spiritual awakenings that have taken place here. When we write in the blurb that “Australia is a nation forged in the furnace of revival,” we really mean it!

Join Us for the Prayer Launch

We cannot wait to get this book into the hands of as many Australians as possible. We believe it could be a game-changer for our nation if the Holy Spirit breathes upon it.

Moreover, we can’t wait to share with you about Great Southland Revival this Wednesday night, 23rd November. Join us at 8 pm (AEDT) on this Zoom link. Don’t miss out!

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ABC, SBS Muted on Child Transgender Treatment Developments

Following the Cass report, in October, the NHS issued new transitioning guidelines for minors. It adopts a “watchful approach” and asks doctors to spend time exploring all underlying health problems – including mental-health issues, family issues and conditions like autism – better to reflect the complexity relating to gender-identity development in children.

As a warning against medical intervention, the NHS guidelines state clearly that, in most prepubertal children, gender incongruence “may be a transient phase … [that] does not persist into adolescence”.

It warns that even social transitioning (wearing the clothes of the opposite sex, use of neutral-gender pronouns) should not be seen “as a neutral act”, but as an intervention in its own right with potential significance for a young person’s psychological functioning.

As for teenagers, the NHS guidelines say that it cannot be predicted which children will persist in dysphoria over the years, and which will desist and re-embrace their birth sex. Therefore, any consideration of transitioning treatments must be based on “consistent and persistent” gender dysphoria, not just gender incongruence, and the teenager must show full comprehension of the implications of transitioning.

Therefore, not one but a range of pathways are needed to support minors for a range of outcomes.

Florida’s Board of Medicine now prohibits use of hormonal and surgical interventions for children with gender incongruence or gender dysphoria. Texas is investigating the effects of puberty blockers. Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare now prioritises psychological support, to avoid hormonal treatment “except for ‘exceptional cases’”. Finland’s Health Authority has similar policies.

As well as the ABC giving no coverage of these major medical changes, open debate is being stifled by repeated activist complaints to the Press Council any time transgender ideology is challenged in mainstream media.

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ABC, SBS Muted on Child Transgender Treatment Developments

Following the Cass report, in October, the NHS issued new transitioning guidelines for minors. It adopts a “watchful approach” and asks doctors to spend time exploring all underlying health problems – including mental-health issues, family issues and conditions like autism – better to reflect the complexity relating to gender-identity development in children.

As a warning against medical intervention, the NHS guidelines state clearly that, in most prepubertal children, gender incongruence “may be a transient phase … [that] does not persist into adolescence”.

It warns that even social transitioning (wearing the clothes of the opposite sex, use of neutral-gender pronouns) should not be seen “as a neutral act”, but as an intervention in its own right with potential significance for a young person’s psychological functioning.

As for teenagers, the NHS guidelines say that it cannot be predicted which children will persist in dysphoria over the years, and which will desist and re-embrace their birth sex. Therefore, any consideration of transitioning treatments must be based on “consistent and persistent” gender dysphoria, not just gender incongruence, and the teenager must show full comprehension of the implications of transitioning.

Therefore, not one but a range of pathways are needed to support minors for a range of outcomes.

Florida’s Board of Medicine now prohibits use of hormonal and surgical interventions for children with gender incongruence or gender dysphoria. Texas is investigating the effects of puberty blockers. Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare now prioritises psychological support, to avoid hormonal treatment “except for ‘exceptional cases’”. Finland’s Health Authority has similar policies.

As well as the ABC giving no coverage of these major medical changes, open debate is being stifled by repeated activist complaints to the Press Council any time transgender ideology is challenged in mainstream media.

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Abortion Euphemisms Running Riot

This is a shocking bit of propaganda presented as journalism.

To defend the indefensible always means one has to resort to euphemisms, subterfuge and deception. Telling the truth about what is clearly unacceptable just will not cut it. As George Orwell put it, “political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness.” And he said that the goal “is to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable.”

This is most clearly exemplified in the rhetoric of the pro-abortionists. You will just not find them speaking truth and calling a spade a spade, or a scalpel a scalpel. All the language is heavily doctored so that the exact opposite of what is really going on is spoken of.

But it is not just those who work in deadly abortion mills who thrive on lies and falsehoods — most of those working in the mainstream media do the exact same thing. They might as well look at you straight in the face and tell you that black is white and white is black. Dishonesty seems to be a hallmark of most journalists today.

Twisted

Consider a piece I just came upon. It has to do with abortion legislation in Western Australia. The online newspaper article is a case study in euphemism and deception. Consider just the opening lines of this piece:

Western Australia has some of the strictest abortion laws in the country, which have forced some women to travel interstate to access care, but the state government is now finally seeking to overhaul the outdated legislation. A four-week consultation period has been opened to help modernise WA’s abortion laws, which have gone unchanged for almost 25 years, with a bill expected to go to state parliament next year.

Feedback is being sought on the need for a GP referral before 20 weeks gestation, current mandatory counselling requirements and the timing of when an abortion can be accessed. The government says abortion will be fully decriminalised, but it will remain an offence for an unqualified person to perform or assist with an abortion. Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson said the government wanted to hear from women and stakeholders.

One can have a field day assessing the way truth is twisted, logic is mangled, and morality is inverted in this article. Let’s start with this: “strictest” abortion laws. Here the term is used in a pejorative sense. But we must get to the core reality here. What if the piece was on murder legislation, and the article was bewailing the fact that WA had the strictest murder laws in the nation?

Most folks would say that is a good thing. And given that abortion is just that — a type of murder — why should we decry strict legislation on this? The stricter the better. But this circus of words keeps getting better — or worse. So women have to go elsewhere to kill their own babies. That also sounds like a good thing to me — the harder to do this the better.

And they go to “access care”? Really? Care for whom? The baby sure is not getting any care — he or she is being cruelly butchered. And how can we call a mother seeking to do this to her own baby a type of care? There is nothing caring about it.

Moreover, we are informed that this is “outdated legislation.” How so? Is the morality of killing babies simply a function of the clock or the calendar? We once believed it was the greatest thing we could do to defend the vulnerable, but now we think that is outdated? Good grief.

The state wants to hear from “women and stakeholders”. You mean like women, men and children? We are all stakeholders here. And given that roughly half of all babies are male, you better believe that us males are stakeholders as well.

And the government says it will make it an offence — not to kill an innocent baby — but to not have the killing done only by officially approved executioners. How very thoughtful. No amateur or rogue killers need apply — only the ones the state considers to be up to the task.

Killing

It is not just the abortionists and media that are covered in blood here. Heartless and callous politicians are as well. As the article goes on to state:

“Attorney-General John Quigley said criminal law had no role to play in regulating abortion services. ‘The Criminal Code currently raises the risk for medical practitioners and patients that an abortion may be considered a criminal act if certain strict legal requirements are not met,’ he said. ‘It is entirely inappropriate that such a crucial healthcare service is dealt with in this way’.”

Murder has always been considered to be a criminal act. And one need not be a religious person to understand that basic truth. The old Greek Hippocratic Oath that predates Christianity made it an absolute principle of medicine to “do no harm,” and abortion was included in its list of unacceptable practices. Even pagans knew that killing babies was wrong.

However, the most outrageous and patently false euphemism of all appeared in an accompanying photo. A woman held up a sign which had these words: “Abortion access saves lives.” Good grief. Abortion TAKES lives — deliberately, intentionally, and proudly.

Of course, she will say she is referring to women who have abortions. But this is patently false as well. As I carefully document in my 2015 book, The Challenge of Abortion, women were NOT dying in the tens of thousands before abortion was legalised.Challenge of Abortion book

I even quoted a leading abortionist who admitted to lying about how many were killed in “backyard abortions” and the like. He deliberately inflated the numbers, knowing they were false. Moreover, women are still dying from legal abortions today. So if the concern is to save the life of the mother, legalisation has done little to change things.

But the utter barbarism of speaking about “saving lives” when one really means taking lives is the epitome of diabolical deception and euphemism run amok. The simple truth is this: two living human beings enter an abortion mill, but only one of them walks out.

No one can tell the truth about abortion while seeking to defend the indefensible. We either lie about it and live in denial and fairy-tale land, or we acknowledge the reality of the situation. The only thing as evil as killing unborn babies is the way so many will lie through their teeth to try to make it sound acceptable.

Shame on the lot of them, including journalists like this who have willingly allowed themselves to peddle falsehoods and myths, and pretend they are being good journalists. Truth is the first casualty not only of war, but of the war on the unborn.

Let me finish with two quotes from two brothers — one a committed atheist and one a committed Christian:

“As a materialist, I think it has been demonstrated that an embryo is a separate body and entity, and not merely (as some really did used to argue) a growth on or in the female body. There used to be feminists who would say that it was more like an appendix or even — this was seriously maintained — a tumor. That nonsense seems to have stopped. Of the considerations that have stopped it, one is the fascinating and moving view provided by the sonogram, and another is the survival of ‘premature’ babies of feather-like weight, who have achieved ‘viability’ outside the womb. … The words ‘unborn child,’ even when used in a politicized manner, describe a material reality.”
~ Christopher Hitchens

“Abortion is the only event that modern liberals think too violent and obscene to portray on TV. This is not because they are squeamish or prudish. It is because if people knew what abortion really looked like, it would destroy their pretence that it is a civilized answer to the problem of what to do about unwanted babies.”
~ Peter Hitchens

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Originally published at CultureWatch. Photo by Lerone Pieters.

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