Inclusive = protected characteristics

My circuits are fried…

Definition of inclusive (Merriam-Webster)

1: comprehending stated limits or extremes. Ex.: from Monday to Friday inclusive; 2a: broad in orientation or scope; b: covering or intended to cover all items, costs, or services

A 17-year-old student was kicked out of his classroom for saying that there are “only two genders”. The pupil, who has not been named, secretly filmed his teacher reprimanding him before he shared the clip online, and it went viral. It was shared internationally, sparking a debate about transgender rights and free speech, with one YouTube version being watched nearly 90,000 times. 

Now, a leading teachers’ union has defended the 56-year-old teacher featured in the video, saying that the child had been ‘looking for trouble’, reports UniLad. In the three-minute clip, the teacher can be heard explaining to the child why he’d been asked to leave the class at the Aberdeenshire secondary school, following the pupil’s claim that there are only two genders. 

The teacher can be heard telling the pupil: “You’re entitled to your opinion.”

However, in response, the pupil says: “If I am, then why did you kick me out of class? It’s not very inclusive. This is an inclusive school.”

In response, the teacher then says: “No, I’m sorry, what you were saying is not very inclusive. This is an inclusive school.” He then goes on to explain that there are more than two genders ‘by law’, and that by saying there are only two, the student hadn’t been very ‘inclusive’. He then adds: “You were clearly given an opportunity not to pursue it. You chose to do so.”

However, the 17-year-old won’t give up that easily. In response, he says: “I think it’s silly to have anything other than two genders, sir.

The teacher then adds: “Could you please keep that opinion to your own house?

In response, the teenager says: “So you get to put your opinion out in class, and my opinion has to stay inside my house?

In response, the teacher says: “No, I am not putting my opinion out. I am stating what is national, school, authority, policy. Ok?” 

The pupil then tells the teacher that it’s ‘not scientific whatsoever’, to which the teacher responds that ‘not every policy is scientific‘. 

It is understood that the teenager has been disciplined for sharing the video online without consent, but it is not known whether the boy has been suspended, reports the Daily Mail. The clip generated a debate online, with many saying that the boy had been unfairly treated, while others said that the teacher was in the right. Speaking to the Daily Mail about the situation, an Aberdeenshire Council Spokesman said: “As part of our Public Sector Equality Duty we aim to: eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation; advance equality of opportunity between those who have protected characteristics and those who don’t; and foster good relations between those who have protected characteristics and those who don’t.

The website , or the teachers union (it was not clear which), finished with the following: If you’ve been affected by any of these issues, and want to speak to someone in confidence contact Mindline Trans+ on 0300 330 5468. The line is open Mondays and Fridays, 8 pm to midnight and is run by trans volunteers.

My only remarks are: 1. “inclusive” and “protected characteristics” are mutually exclusive. 2. To the kid, “shut up, don’t disagree with policy, and think for yourself”, because inclusive = exclusive. 3. If the teacher thinks his job is simply to repeat the party line and suppress contrary opinion, robots could replace him for less money. 4. LGBTQ+ propagandists have co-opted another word to mean what it doesn’t mean, demonstrating their contempt for everyone else’s intelligence. 5. Ingsoc says “War is peace. Freedom is slavery.  Ignorance is strength.”

Prayer as spectacle?

His marvelous works…

“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” – Matthew 6:6

This morning, even very early, the first two new blogs on my WordPress reader were about Paula White’s prayer for Donald Trump, and they were not affirming of what she prayed. I won’t repeat her prayer nor what the bloggers wrote. I don’t know her heart or her sincerity. My own confession about prayer is this: I pray only to Jesus Christ or my Father in heaven. My prayers are not long, nor eloquent, and they are between God and me. I have never been completely comfortable praying in a group, especially when “waiting for my turn.” Why not? Two reasons: Since I am very hard of hearing, I notice how the other people lower their voices to almost a whisper when they offer their prayer, almost as if they too are not comfortable with other people hearing their prayer. That’s a huge problem for me, because most people lower their voice so much I can’t even understand a word, nor can I be sure when they are done.

The second reason is related: I am rehearsing my prayer, talking to myself all the while instead of communing with my Lord. It’s too much like rehearsing my comeback when arguing with someone. Being acutely aware of my internal dialogue is not conducive of communion. Of course, none of my readers are plagued with this 🙊. When I do pray, since I live alone now, my prayers fall into three categories: prayers that my children will all love God and His holy Word; that God will give His people grace and strengthen their faith in affliction; that He will heal me (of whatever pain or illness I happen to be enduring right now. My prayer presuppositions are: my children are written in his Book of Life; God’s people will suffer afflictions; affliction is for appreciating grace and strengthening faith; God can and will act to heal anything, if it is in His will; God hears prayers.

Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.” 1 Peter 3:7-9.

God hears prayer, but make sure that your mind is right and your conscience is as clear as it can be. The passage from 1 Peter is not only a handy checklist, it is the only Bible passage I am aware of that specifically admonishes husbands to live with their wives with (according to the Amplified Bible) “great gentleness and tact” (“understanding way”), but warns that your prayers will be hindered if you don’t. I still remember a sermon by Tony Evans, which I paraphrase. He said, referring to this passage, “if you are harsh to your wife, and then you pray, your prayers won’t reach God, they will hit the ceiling and bounce back.” That’s my word for today.

Effective action against lgbtq propaganda.

The dark princess rescues the blond princess from the toxic male prince.

A local library recently held one of those drag queen story hours for little kids. The writer who reported it said, “it would have been easy to walk right past without even being aware it was going on”, as it wasn’t seriously marketed, except for one thing. A few people demonstrating outside the library against it grew into a near riot of two sides shouting at each other. This does NOT work people! All that noise accomplished was to pique interest in an event that probably would have been sparsely attended, and to make many of the demonstrators look bad with their “you’re going to Hell” signs.

So many parents of young children, as well as most people ignorant about the lgbtq agenda, don’t understand it’s unceasing efforts to groom and initiate younger and younger children into their lies. Many people think it’s harmless, or cute, or hip to bring their young kids to drag queen events or other indoctrinating activities. Short sighted or naive, many are your neighbors, some are even your friends. Demonstrations virtually always degenerate into shoutfests, and are not effective in changing or educating minds. Shouting epithets and threats, whether through signs, demonstrations or Twitter, might feel good or virtuous, but are anywhere from ineffective to counterproductive. Don’t be stupid.

Research the kind of activities your libraries and schools are promoting. Check lgbtq children’s books out of the library and discuss them with your neighbors and friends. Print out pages from publications that promote perversion. Educate yourself, then your neighbors. Here’s a test for you. What is the significance of this: CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and several library associations in the United States have pledged their commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). The statement reads, “Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of our associations. We believe that as a profession we must continue to support efforts in building a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive society. As professional organizations, we strive to advance the capacity to identify and remove barriers to equity, diversity, and inclusion relative to all members and patrons with a broad spectrum of best practices, tools, and resources.”

Doesn’t that sound great? But what does it actually mean, what actions and policies result from EDI? Ask your librarian. Record the conversation, if you can do so without inhibiting a truthful response. Ask specifically, “What is EDI? How does inclusion play out? What exactly does that mean in the context of our library? What about equity? Diversity usually means a variety of skin colors, ethnicities or religions, but does this initiative also support diversity of opinion?” We already know how “diversity” plays out in hiring practices, college admissions and EEOC lawsuits. But “equity” means what exactly? The most problematic one is “inclusion” That has become a buzzword for “non-binary” sexuality, “gender science” and transgenderism. Will your librarian even know? Will they be honest?

On the surface, EDI appears to be a push to get more different kinds of people involved in the library field. That’s good, but note that the EDI statement also includes patrons, not just members. See what’s actually on your local library’s website. My local library is pretty conservative, but they do carry one of the LGBTQ titles I mentioned in the previous post. I looked up “story times” but haven’t found any future drag queen story hours; perhaps the controversy generated by the recent one put the library on the hotseat. Spokane, Wa. isn’t L.A. or NYC, afterall. Your community may be even more conservative than Spokane. I hope so, for the sake of your children.