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Propaganda video shows children indoctrinated into “gender fluidity” agenda

Some disturbing statements from this video:

“Our genitals actually don’t determine our gender.”

“Some people born with vulvas can be boys.”

Child abuse to teach kids such insane, unscientific beliefs.

h/t Liz Wheeler

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Correcting someone’s grammar is now racist

Note: This post was originally published on December 15, 2013, but it was disappeared after WordPress took down this blog, Fellowship of the Minds, on August 15, 2018. Although I have been able to restore most of our posts by retrieving them from our “Draft Posts” folder and republishing them one by one, this post is among a handful that are irretrievable. Fortunately, I was able to find this post on the net because it had been re-blogged on other sites, including FromTheTrenchesWorldReport. I am, therefore, republishing this post today.

Did you know that if a professor — whose job supposedly is to teach — corrects a student’s grammar, he is being raaaaaacist?

Of course, the “someone” who is corrected must be a “person of color” — not just any color, but a person of dark skin color.  

The plain truth is that in today’s America, under the sway of Leftwing Tyranny, criticizing a person of color about ANYTHING is being racist.

That’s what Val Rust, a professor emeritus of education and information studies at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), discovered.

Robby Soave reports for The Daily Caller, Nov. 26, 2013, that members of an UCLA student group, Call 2 Action: Graduate Students of Color, launched a sit-in protest against Professor Rust because he had the temerity to — GASP! – correct the grammar, punctuation and capitalization in “minority” students’ assignments.

According to Inside Higher Education, some 25 students participated in the sit-in, including five of the 10 members of Professor Rust’s class. The protesters wrote this statement to the college:

A hostile campus climate has been the norm for Students of Color in this class throughout the quarter as our epistemological and methodological commitments have been repeatedly questioned by our classmates and our instructor. [The] barrage of questions by white colleagues and the grammar ‘lessons’ by the professor have contributed to a hostile class climate.

As an example of Rust’s egregious racism, Ph.D. student and sit-in organizer Kenjus Watson, said the professor told one student that she should not capitalize the word “indigenous” (as in “indigenous” or native American) in her papers. Watson claimed the correction was “ideologically motivated,” whatever that means.

Rust, who was guest-lecturing in China at the time of the sit-in, sent a letter to his colleagues in the education department, saying he meant no offense to “minorities”: “I have attempted to be rather thorough on the papers and am particularly concerned that they do a good job with their bibliographies and citations, and these students apparently don’t feel that is appropriate.”

Rust also apologized for making matters worse by not aggressively and proactively taking the side of a “minority” student who was engaged in an argument with a white female student. The minority student told the woman that she had no right to feel oppressed, and Rust did not express agreement either way.

Rust wrote:

Two weeks ago a Student of Color and a white female student got into a big discussion. She wants to use Standpoint Theory [a method of analysis coined by feminist sociologist Dorothy Smith, based on the idea that all knowledge is subjective and based on one’s position in society] in her dissertation, and the Student of Color told her she had no business claiming that she was a member of an oppressed group. She came back saying there are all kinds of oppression. I likely did not handle the situation well, because I chose not to stop the discussion between them, so it went on for quite a while, and the Students of Color apparently interpreted my silence to mean I wasn’t supporting them.

Here’s Professor Rust’s email address: rust@gseis.ucla.edu

~Eowyn

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How would you score on this 1945 English grammar test?

True confession: I love quizzes. 😀

BabaMail has a 15-questions quiz on English grammar, taken from a test administered in 1945. The quiz says:

Someone once said: “Good grammar is like good philosophy.” Indeed, grammar is a kind of deeper understanding of a language…. These 15 questions were taken from an English test administered in 1945. In those days, there were no spell checks, and people wrote long letters, so good grammar was a must in proper society. Care to give it a go? Make us proud!

To take the quiz, click here, then report back to us on your score, please.

I got 15/15, which I’d expected because I’m kinda “anal” about grammar. 😉

~Eowyn

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Knoxville ‘Children’s Ministry’ to teach satanism to Tenneesee public school children

The Left, especially satanists, have learned to use the U.S. Constitution against decent Americans and orthodox Christians.

A case in point: In the name of the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of religion, satanists claim their “religious right” to erect devil statues in public squares and to proselytize in schools and colleges. See:

The latest incident is in Knoxville, Tennessee.

There’s a Tennessee statute that excuses students to attend an hour-long released time course in religious moral instruction if authorized by the local school district.

WVLT CBS 8 reports, November 4, 2019, that Knox County Schools Superintendent Bob Thomas gave the okay for a test program that would allow school children to miss class for church-sponsored Bible study.

Thomas agreed to test the program at Sterchi Elementary School after the Elgin Foundation and The Church at Sterchi Hills approached the school about the opportunity.

Elgin Foundation Executive Director Tim Rogers said the foundation sponsors several established bible release time programs across East Tennessee, including Anderson, Roane, Scott and Union Counties: “We just educate churches and schools in the legality of it. We ask schools to just simply accommodate parents who would participate in that.”

After the Knox County Schools announced the pilot release program, a group calling themselves the Satanic Children’s Ministry of Knoxville (SCMK) demanded equal opportunity for children who do not wish to participate in studying the Bible to attend SCMK’s satanic study program.

A representative from SCMK said: “We believe church and state should be separate and that includes the schools. Unfortunately, organizations such as Elgin Children’s Foundation and Emerald Youth have been attempting to dismantle this separation in Knoxville for quite some time now. We have done our best to counteract the indoctrination that they are working on bringing into schools but the only way we can successfully do that at this point is to exercise our own religious freedom by implementing a program of our own.”

Like satanic groups elsewhere in the U.S., SCMK claims to stand against bigotry and hate, and that they do not to believe in a literal Satan, but merely use him as a symbol of free thought: “Our goal is to teach children the empathy, compassion, and kindness that [our] tenets…promote. We initially thought we would just be signing out our own children with this program but amid the outrage, we have learned the interest in our program extends beyond our families.”

In a Facebook post, SCMK said they hope the school board will vote to allow their satanic release program at a December meeting:

“Satanic Children’s Ministry of Knoxville will be coming to your local elementary with our Satanic Release Program! For one hour once a month, your children can be released from their school to come learn about Baphomet!”

A spokesperson for Satanic Children’s Ministry of Knoxville gave the Daily Mail this written statement:

The Elgin Foundation and The Church at Sterchi Hills will broadcast that their program is “opt-in” and children do not have to attend. They do not announce that their goals are to promote proselytization in our public classrooms by teaching children to do this for them. ‘They will send the kids back with toys, candy, and propaganda to help them achieve these goals.

This creates problems in the classroom not just for us as Satanists but also any Muslim, Jewish, Hindu or atheist child in the classroom as the children involved in the Bible Release Time are taught to challenge the beliefs of their classmates and promote that their god is the one true god. We do not send our children to schools to be converted by outside religious organizations. We send them to get a state-approved education.

Satanic Children’s Ministry would prefer not to introduce our own program. We do believe in separation of church and state; however, if another religion is allowed to introduce a program to indoctrinate children, we feel the need to step up and ensure our children have their own program to attend. Our children would already be losing precious instructional time due to the schools accommodating Elgin’s program, so we might as well sign them out and allow them to receive their own religious education focusing on the tenets of Satanism.

Our preferred outcome is that all parents of Knox Co realize the importance of keeping religion out of public schools completely. It is in the best interest for all children to keep these programs out of school all together and in homes and churches where they belong. They create divisiveness among students based on their religion creating conditions that are optimal for bullying.

The statement concluded by calling on Knox County residents to contact their local schools and school board representatives about blocking the implementation of release time programs.

The spokesperson said SCMK is “legitimate” and had filed for 501(c)3 non-profit status, but refused to identify the five people on the board “due to threats of violence.” The spokesperson said that between 5 to 10 children are initially expected to take part in their satanic program, but there “may be more people interested” than initially thought.

The spokesperson also claims that many Knox County teachers have expressed support for the organization and its intentions:

“They may not be for the actual program, but they seem to appreciate the fact that it is shining a light on the problem with allowing one church to have their religious release program in the school. From our conversations, it sounds like many teachers at Sterchi Elementary are against the program as it takes away from their instruction time. The school completely rearranged the class schedule to make room for The Church at Sterchi Hill’s Bible Release Program and that alone seem like a promotion of a religion within the school. The overwhelming majority of people we have talked to are against a policy allowing release programs, but the principal at Sterchi Elementary and certain school board members – against their constituent’s wishes – are pushing for it.”

WVLT reached out to all school board members asking how they would vote on the proposed Bible-study release policy. Only 4 out of 9 responded:

  • Susan Horn, District 5 – Would approve
  • Virginia Babb, District 4 – Wouldn’t approve
  • Evetty Satterfield- District 1 – Undecided
  • Terry Hill, District 6 – Would approve

Virginia Babb of District 4 told Daily Mail: “I have never supported the Bible release program and it has nothing to do with the Satanic Ministry wanting to offer their own program. Should a policy be passed allowing for Bible Release then I support any organization who meets the criteria of the program to be able to offer it.”

Click here for the website of Knox County School Board members, where you’ll see the phone numbers and email addresses of the board members.

See also:

~Eowyn

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“A step forward?” New strain of HIV discovered for the first time since 2000

From Daily Mail: Scientists have identified a new strain of HIV – the first to be discovered since 2000.

The newly-discovered strain belongs to the same sub-family of the virus responsible for the pandemic that began in 1981 in Sub-Saharan Africa, spread around the globe and has killed 32 million people.

It belongs to Group M of the virus and was identified in three people in the Democratic Republic of Congo by scientists at Abbott Labs, which makes HIV diagnostic tests. The family of viruses is still the one that most commonly infects humans.

Although it may represent an evolution of the virus, the new HIV strain contains the necessary similarities to previously discovered Group M ones to still be diagnosed and treated using existing methods.

But the discovery of this strain – and all others of HIV – could be a step forward in their understanding of how the virus evolves, how to diagnose and treat it and to the development of a potential vaccine to end the pandemic for good.

‘This discovery is just the tip of the iceberg,’ said Dr. Mary Rodgers, a principal scientist at Abbott and a study co-author. ‘Abbott is making this new strain available to the research community globally to evaluate its impact to diagnostic testing, treatments and potential vaccines.’

This is the first time a new subtype of Group M HIV has been identified since classification guidelines for parsing out the various strains were established at the turn of the century.

Researchers say the new discovery helps them to stay one step ahead of a mutating virus and avoid new pandemics. They’ve actually been aware of the novel strain for some time, but DNA sequencing technology was insufficient to confirm it as new, until now.

Before an unusual virus can be determined a new subtype, three cases of it must be discovered independently.

The first two samples of the new HIV-1 Group M, subtype L were discovered in DRC in the 1980s and the 1990s. The third, collected in 2001, was difficult to sequence at the time because of the amount of virus in the sample and the existing technology.

Global healthcare company Abbott made the discovery, which is published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS).

‘In an increasingly connected world, we can no longer think of viruses being contained to one location,’ Carole McArthur, professor in the departments of oral and craniofacial sciences, University of Missouri, Kansas City, and one of the study authors, said.

‘This discovery reminds us that to end the HIV pandemic, we must continue to out-think this continuously changing virus and use the latest advancements in technology and resources to monitor its evolution.’

Latest genome sequencing technology allows researchers to build an entire genome at higher speeds and lower costs.

In order to make the most of this technology, Abbott scientists developed and applied new techniques to help narrow in on the virus portion of the sample to fully sequence and complete the genome.

The new Group M strain will not change the way HIV is diagnosed or treated, and simply means that people are tested for the new strain as well.

Existing diagnostic tests and anti-retroviral drugs, which suppress the growth of HIV, are designed to target the parts of the virus that are common to all groups.

Dr. Michael Brady, medical director at HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust said: ‘Scientific progress in our understanding of HIV continues to move at a fast pace. It’s important to stress that there are many different strains of HIV, but our ability to detect and treat the virus remains the same. Thanks to medical advances, HIV is now a long-term manageable condition and people on effective treatment can’t pass the virus on.’

An estimated 47 percent of people who are living with HIV are considered ‘virally suppressed, meaning that treatment has lowered the load of the virus in their blood sufficiently so that it cannot be transmitted to other people.

‘We now have the tools to end new HIV transmissions once and for all, and breaking down barriers to testing will help us achieve that goal.’

See also:

CDC: 1 out of 7 ‘transgender women’ have HIV
Liberal utopia of Seattle: 8 new cases of HIV identified in homeless population
Europe commits suicide: Explosive increase in rapes and HIV from Muslim migrants

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The “wokest” of parenting styles: Raising “theybies,” where children decide their gender

The parents believe that this parenting method could help shield the children from negative gender stereotypes.

Biology decides your gender, not your feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelings.

This is child abuse.

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Man who identifies as female named NCAA Conference “Female” Athlete of the Week

From Daily Mail: A transgender female NCAA cross country runner has been named the Female Athlete of the Week.

June Eastwood, a University of Montana senior, has been named Female Athlete of the Week by the Big Sky Conference on Tuesday after excelling in a race held on October 19. At the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational in Sunnyvale, California, the 22-year-old finished second in a group of 204 female runners.

The Big Sky Conference said she clocked a time of 20:86 in the 6km race and was instrumental in helping the team place seventh in the overall event.

Previously, Eastwood competed on the University of Montana’s men’s team before identifying as a transgender female and being allowed a spot on the women’s team.

As a man, she was a standout athlete throughout her younger years and won state titles in multiple men’s races. She competed in her first female division run on August 31 of this year.

‘(I’m) nervous and excited. Nervous for what that means and how people will react, but excited because I haven’t competed in 15 months, and excited to get this started,’ Eastwood told Bozeman Daily Chronicles.

The debate surrounding transgender athletes in sports, which are generally based on gender, has become a hot button issue in daily discourse.

Those who oppose transgender females competing in sports usually cite hormonal factors like higher testosterone levels in trans women and physiological features like height and weight. Supporters point out that sports of all levels have been categorized by gender and transgender females should compete in the gender division they identify as.

In June’s case, and other collegiate transgender athletes, the NCAA’s policy allows male athletes to compete in women’s athletics under certain guidelines.

The policy dictates that male runners who identify as transgender women must suppress testosterone levels for a full calendar year before competing in women’s sports.

In a 2011 handbook, the NCAA sought advice from medical professionals familiar with the ‘complexities of the transitioning student-athlete.’

It subsequently determined that it’s not warranted to assume: ‘that being born with a male body automatically gives a transgender woman an unfair advantage when competing against non-transgender women.’

However, other medical professionals have said that transgender woman have an advantage over cis-gendered women.

In a study in the Journal of Medical Ethics, they said there is little evidence to show testosterone mitigates past muscle mass. ‘In addition, the phenomenon of muscle memory means muscle mass and strength can be rebuilt with previous strength exercise making it easier to regain muscle mass later in life even after long intervening periods of inactivity and mass loss,’ the authors said according to the Daily Caller.

As it stands now, more research will need to conducted in the upcoming years to fully understand the several factors surrounding the topic.

After word of Eastwood’s accolade spread, people across social media had varying reactions.
Some people supported Eastwood and congratulated her on the accomplishment. One person wrote: ‘Honestly never thought I’d say this but “Go lady Griz!!” Congrats June!’

‘Looking forward to watching her run- she is an amazing athlete,’ another wrote. A Twitter user said: ‘Super excited and proud that June gets to experience this journey at the U of M. Best of luck!’

Others said the recognition was uncalled for. ‘This is hurting female competitors, and is completely unfair,’ one person said.

In May, the House of Representatives voted to approve the Equality Act, a policy that would requite all schools to allow male athletes who identify as transgender women to compete in women’s sports.

Regardless, Eastwood and the University of Montana team will be competing in the Big Sky Conference Championship.

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51% of Americans believe First Amendment should be rewritten

This is scary. But not surprising.

The rights and freedoms previous generations fought for are under attack (think Second Amendment). They always will be by progressives who want to silence those who disagree with them. That’s the only way they can apparently win an argument.

And that’s the only way to ensure that feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelings are not hurt.

The Campaign for Free Speech released results of a recent poll that show the following:

51% of Americans think the First Amendment is outdated and should be rewritten. The First Amendment protects your right to free speech, free assembly, and freedom of religion, among other things.

48% believe “hate speech” should be illegal. (“Hate speech” is not defined—we left it up to the individual participant.) Of those, about half think the punishment for “hate speech” should include possible jail time, while the rest think it should just be a ticket and a fine.

80% don’t actually know what the First Amendment really protects. Those polled believed this statement is true: “The First Amendment allows anyone to say their opinion no matter what, and they are protected by law from any consequences of saying those thoughts or opinions.”

Go here for their full survey results.

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Bill Gates, Emma Watson and Oprah Winfrey among ten stars with colossal carbon footprints

From Daily Mail: Harry Potter actress Emma Watson has been named by researchers as a greenhouse gas ‘super-emitter’.

Swedish academics analysed the carbon footprints of ten famous people who travel the globe.

Miss Watson, the only Briton on the list, had the tenth worst environmental impact out of the group of celebrities selected, based on their social media accounts. She flew 14 times in 2017 and travelled 42,253 miles, all on scheduled airlines, spending 71 hours in the air, the researchers calculated.

Her carbon footprint from flying alone was 15.1 tons of CO2 – three times that of the global average from all activities.

In her work as a United Nations spokesman, Miss Watson has called for everyone to help the world achieve the UN’s 17 global goals – which include ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality and stopping climate change.

Topping the list of celebrity greenhouse gas super-emitters was Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, with a whopping carbon footprint of more than 1,600 tons of CO2. He took 59 flights in 2017, travelling 213,130 miles, mostly on his private Bombardier BD-700 jet, which he describes as his ‘big splurge’ and which seats 19 passengers.

The figures, published in the journal Annals of Tourism Research, are estimates for 2017 based on the celebrities’ pictures and posts on their social media accounts such as Twitter and Instagram, so may not cover all their travel, the academics admit.

Lead author Steffan Gossling, of Lund University said he was inspired by fellow Swede Greta Thunberg.

The teenage climate change activist has resolved not to fly, showing that celebrities do not need to leap on jets so frequently, he said. He added: ‘As Greta Thunberg affirmed early on, ‘the bigger your carbon footprint, the bigger your moral duty’.’

Miss Watson, one of only three on the celebrity list to stick to scheduled air travel, supports environmental projects to compensate for her jet-setting. A spokesman for the actress said: ‘Emma pays to offset all of her air travel carbon emissions through ClimateCare.org.’

Read the whole story here.

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Obama dines with President Trump-basher De Niro and Chicom-lover Tim Cook

The Daily Mail reports that former President Obama had dinner with TDS-infected actor Robert De Niro and Apple CEO Tim Cook.

From their story:

Former US president Barack Obama met acting legend and vociferous Donald Trump critic Robert De Niro and Apple CEO Tim Cook for dinner in New York on Monday evening. The trio spent several hours eating together at Yves Restaurant in Tribeca.

Left-leaning De Niro campaigned for Obama as president in 2008 and has consistently expressed his support for the former leader.

He has previously stated that Donald Trump ‘should not be president, period’. De Niro infamously gave a speech at the 2018 Tony Awards during which he declared: ‘I’m gonna say one thing. F*** Trump.’

Read the whole puff piece here.

Gee, wonder if Obama and De Niro discussed the lawsuit De Niro is facing in which a female employee charges De Niro with creepy and abusive behavior. The abusive behavior includes leaving her voicemails threatening “you’re f—ing history” and calling her a “bitch” and a “brat.”

And I wonder if Obama and Chicom-lover Tim Cook discussed Cook’s appointment as chairman of the advisory board for Tsinghua University’s economics school in Beijing. This is the same Cook who has come under fire over Apple’s decision to remove an app that let Hong Kong protesters track police movements in the territory, kowtowing to Chinese censors.

Or maybe Obama and Cook discussed the Muslim prisoners in China’s concentration camps who are reportedly subjected to gang rape and medical experiments?

Great dining companions there, Obama. Really impressive.

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