DW – April 21, 2018
Germany’s Justice Minister Katarina Barley warned about rising anti-Semitism on Saturday following an assault on a young man wearing a kippah in Berlin.
“We have to admit that anti-Semitism is becoming socially acceptable again,” Barley told the Funke Media Group. “It’s our job to work against this development.”
Barley said that it was important to stress to newcomers that religious discrimination “has no place in Germany,” and that “anyone who promotes anti-Semitism will have to reckon with the firm hand of the law.”
On Tuesday, a young man called Adam, an Arab Israeli, decided to wear a Jewish skullcap in his Berlin neighborhood as a social experiment – to see if he would face prejudicial treatment, as a friend told him he might.
In a video shared widely on social media, Adam and his companion were rushed at with belts by a man yelling “Jew” at them in Arabic.
DW – March 29, 2018
British Prime Minister Theresa May has called for national unity, exactly a year ahead of Britain leaving the EU. May was speaking during a whistle-stop tour that took in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Prime Minister Theresa May urged British people to get behind Brexit on Thursday, claiming that the departure of Britain from the European Union presented “opportunities for the future.”
The prime minister was speaking on a rapid tour encompassing England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
“Brexit provides us with opportunities,” May said while visiting a weaving firm in southwestern Scotland. “I want to see us coming together, the four nations across the United Kingdom.
“It is in our interests to come together and really seize these opportunities for the future,” she said.
DW – March 26, 2018
The water crisis is clear before you’re even out of Cape Town International Airport. The bathroom faucets are dry, with soap replaced by hand sanitizer.
After a historic three-year drought, Cape Town faced the prospect of “Day Zero” — the moment when the water supply runs too low to supply homes, and all the city’s faucets go the way of those at the airport.
To avert the collapse of municipal plumbing, the city imposed a limit of 50 liters (13 gallons) of water per person per day, with sharp financial penalties for overuse.
Day Zero was initially expected in April, but pushed back to June, July, and then August. Earlier this month, the city announced that water-saving limits had worked.
“Provided we continue our current water savings efforts, Day Zero can be avoided completely this year,” deputy mayor Ian Neilson said in a statement.
Grace Carr – March 4, 2018
The United Kingdom’s recently appointed Labour Party LGBT+ adviser thinks that children as young as eight years old should be able to choose their gender and begin transitioning so they can embrace their true selves.
Biological male and former transgender model Munroe Bergdorf landed a job as a Labour Equalities adviser last week and is now being investigated for comments he made about gender transition for young children.
“The government needs to be putting more money behind services to benefit transgender kids and gender non-conforming children,” Bergdorf said according to The Daily Mail. “If you are putting barriers in people’s way you are forcing people not to be themselves,” he also told The Times UK.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell indicated that his office will look into Bergdorf’s comments. The model said children should not only be able to choose their gender but also access the hormones, therapy and surgical procedures necessary to facilitate their transitions. “We will be talking to her about her views,” McDonnell said, the Daily Mail reports. “It will obviously be investigated by the Leader’s Office,” he added.
Rachel Blevins – February 5, 2018
Lawmakers in the state of California are now pushing for families who homeschool their children to be subject to involuntary home visits from state employees—treating those parents with the same oversight and involvement that they would give parents who have abused their children.
The new regulations could consist of forced meetings with child protective services and other government agencies, which would leave the burden on the parents to prove to the government that they are fit to be parents who homeschool their children, according to the state’s guidelines.
As the Washington Examiner reported, if this increase in government oversight becomes law, it would “reduce the valid legal option of homeschooling from a fundamental parental right, to direct the education and school choice for children, to compelled consent to government intrusion upon the sanctity and privacy of the home and school choice.”
DW – February 8, 2018
With the US’s international role waning, Europe must define its own future, says a highly anticipated report. This assessment sets the agenda for leaders in the run-up to Germany’s pre-eminent conference on security.
Security experts are rarely optimists and security reports rarely optimistic. That holds true for the latest Munich Security Report published on Thursday. Titled “To the Brink — and Back?” it forecasts a new era of uncertainty on the horizon.
“In the last year, the world has gotten closer — much too close — to the brink of a significant conflict,” wrote Munich Security Conference (MSC) Chairman Wolfgang Ischinger, who has served as Germany’s former ambassador to the US and UK.
Ischinger pointed to ever-louder saber rattling between the US and North Korea, the growing rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and ongoing tensions between Russia and NATO in Europe.
Tim Brown – November 4, 2015
A sodomite activist group has sought to impose mandatory sexually perverse lessons on kids as young as five years old, demanding that they “learn about homosexual, bisexual and transgender issues.”
May I ask the obvious before continuing? What business does a 5-year-old need to know about sexuality, except they are a boy or girl at that age? They have absolutely no business being indoctrinated with sodomite, mentally ill and sexually perverse indoctrination at all, let alone at five years old!
However, the Christian Institute reports:
The leader of the Free Church of Scotland has criticised a call to make LGBT education compulsory in all schools across Scotland.
Revd David Robertson, Moderator of the Free Church, said the proposal is a “Trojan horse to impose an ideological perspective on all pupils”.
Pro-LGBT group Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) has launched a petition demanding that children as young as five learn about homosexual, bisexual and transgender issues, and this week it addressed the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee.
Grace Carr – December 29, 2017
California lawmakers are debating whether to adopt a bill that would require the state’s public universities and colleges to offer abortion drugs at their health centers.
Senate Bill 320, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Connie Leyva, will mandate that the state’s community colleges and public universities provide women with abortion pills for up to 10 weeks of pregnancy so they don’t face the “burden” of traveling to obtain an abortion.
While the bill — if passed — isn’t set to take effect until 2020, it would also require the state’s public university health centers that don’t already offer abortion pills to provide transportation to an abortion facility or to arrange an abortion for students requesting the procedure.
“If a UC, CSU or community college already has a student health center, it makes sense that they provide this health care service within that facility so that students do not have to travel many miles away from their work and school commitments in order to [have an abortion],”
Lela Gilbert – January 3, 2017
As 2017 drew to an end, the media missed one of the biggest news stories of the year: the persecution of Christians around the world.
According to a groundbreaking new report, “Persecuted and Forgotten? A Report on Christians Persecuted for Their Faith 2015-2017,” published by the Catholic organization Aid to the Church in Need, Christian persecution is growing worse in virtually every nation.
The report states Western governments “failed to offer Christians in countries such as Iraq and Syria the emergency help they needed as genocide got underway.”
Had Christian relief organizations and other institutions not stepped in to help, the report says, “the Christian presence could already have disappeared in Iraq and other parts of the Middle East.”