Wednesday, July 17, 2013
More multiculturalism in Britain
The final member of a 16-strong mob convicted of killing a 15-year-old schoolboy in an attack planned on Facebook was jailed for 11 years today.
Junior Bayode was 16 when he helped hunt down Sofyen Belamouadden, who was stabbed to death in front of hundreds of horrified rush hour commuters at Victoria Station in London.
Witnesses said the teenage victim was chased into the Tube station ticket hall in a scene likened to an 'infantry charge' and attacked with a terrifying arsenal of weapons including knives and a samurai sword.
Bayode, now 19, was one of those armed with a blade and was caught on CCTV surrounding the victim on the floor as he was hacked to death.
Mr Belamouadden died after suffering fatal wounds to his heart and right lung on March 25, 2010.
Bayode was convicted of manslaughter at the conclusion of a trial last October, but a jury were unable to agree on a more serious charge of murder. Judge Christopher Moss QC refused permission for a retrial and prosecutors lost an Appeal Court challenge.
Today, more than three years and three months after the killing, Bayode was formally acquitted of murder after the Crown offered no evidence and jailed.
Bayode was the twentieth suspect to go before the courts and the sixteenth to be convicted of his part in the killing.
Judge Moss said he reduced Bayode’s sentence from 12 years to 11 years for manslaughter because he is suffering from lymphoma, although it is now in remission.
The judge added: ‘I have no doubt you travelled to Victoria expecting a violent confrontation which in fact took place and prepared to take part in it.
‘You joined the group of killers, you set upon Sofyen as he lay helpless and defenceless on the floor of the ticket hall. It is said that you were yourself armed with a knife.
‘The killing of Sofyen Belamouadden took place in dreadful circumstances in a public place. You played your part in the death and you stand convicted of his manslaughter.’
Bayode was also sentenced to seven years for conspiracy to cause GBH.
His conviction came at the conclusion of a series of five trials spanning nearly two years and comprising the biggest case the Crown Prosecution Service has ever dealt with.
Fifteen others have already been jailed for a total of 129 years.
The massacre had been planned the night before using Facebook and - in a chilling foreshadow of the 2011 London riots - the instant messaging feature on the killers’ BlackBerry mobile phones.
Det Ch Insp John McFarlane from Scotland Yard's Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said: ‘Had it not been for social media - for BlackBerry messaging, Facebook and telephone usage - they wouldn’t have been able to organise and get the weapons and numbers and the situation would have been able to defuse.
‘A quarter of a mile from Buckingham Palace, half a mile from Scotland Yard and at one of the busiest railway stations in the country in front of hundreds and hundreds of eyewitnesses they are brandishing weapons and carrying out extreme violence.
Mr Belamouadden’s murder was the result of ‘simmering tensions’ between pupils at St Charles Sixth Form College in Ladbroke Grove, west London, and teenagers from Henry Compton School in Fulham, where Sofyen was studying.
His attackers used a £3.99 five-piece knife set bought from Argos, as well as batons, iron bars and a Samurai sword in an act of ‘indescribable aggression’.
This ferocious attack was captured on CCTV inside the station and showed the teenager being knocked to the floor and set upon.
The attacking group, many of whom wore a single glove on their left hand to identify themselves, thought of the station as their territory.
Facebook was used to recruit troops and weapons, with one attacker asking online friends for a ‘flick-up ting’ and asking an older friend to ‘buy some nanks from Argos’, referring to a box set of kitchen knives.
Others, who communicated by BlackBerry Messenger and text message, talked about the ‘madness’ that was going to unfold the next day.
Victoria Osoteku, who had then just turned 18, bought the weapons from a branch of the chain store the following day, alongside pastor’s son Femi Oderinwale, 19.
Osoteku, now 20, and Oderinwale, along with Adonis Akra and Samuel Roberts, both 19, were each jailed for 12 years after they were convicted of manslaughter in a series of five trials spanning nearly two years.
The police presence at the station had been stepped up following an assault the previous day, but officers were unable to prevent the ferocious violence that followed.
Witnesses said the attacking group had a ‘pack mentality, a collective sense of common purpose, as though they were a team’ and used an ‘indescribable’ level of aggression.
Sofyen and his friends tried to flee, but he made a ‘fatal mistake’ and headed into the Tube station ticket hall where he was surrounded and stabbed at least nine times.
Samson Odegbune, now 19, was seen brandishing a ‘Japanese-style sword’ with a blade up to a foot long during the chase, during which he told his victim: ‘I’m going to f*** you up.’
He had bragged on Facebook the previous night: ‘I will bring my Samurai’.
He was on bail at the time of the killing after he was arrested as part of a gang who had been brandishing a similar sword on a bus - though he was never charged.
Odegbune, along with Christopher Omoregie, also 19, and Obi Nwokeh, 20, were each sentenced to detention at Her Majesty’s pleasure - the juvenile equivalent of a life sentence - with a minimum term of 18 years after they were convicted of Sofyen’s murder. Odegbune’s minimum term was later reduced to 16 years by the Court of Appeal.
Odegbune did not attack Sofyen but instead led others who chased the victim’s friends away from the station.
Following the attack 12 of the 20 suspects boarded a bus and appeared ‘hyper’ and ‘pumped up’ to other passengers. One of them was overheard telling a friend: ‘Didn’t you see me run in to the station and shank him?’
Police officers stopped the bus and found a selection of knives as well as blade-sharpening steels and a schoolbag. Other bloodied knives were found in a knife amnesty bin on Victoria Street.
Before officers boarded, one of the youths passed a knife covered in a cardboard sheath to a young mum. She later took the weapon home, cleaned it and disposed of it but police were able to recover it after she reported the incident.
Conservatives consider plans to cap child-related benefits at two children
The Conservatives yesterday announced a move to reinstate controversial plans that would see child-related benefits for the unemployed capped at two children.
The Tory Party chairman Grant Shapps argued the move would put jobless parents in the same position as people who choose not to have another child because they can't afford a large family.
The plans would send a message to jobless youngsters who choose to have more than two children that "welfare is not going to fund that choice," he said.
In another proposal, Mr Shapps said under-25s who are unemployed should be denied housing benefits and forced to stay living with their parents instead of using tax payers' money to fund a place of their own.
Both policies were considered last year by the Conservatives but were shelved after Nick Clegg distanced the Liberal Democrats from the plans.
Mr Shapps told the Daily Mail that taking housing benefit away from under-25s would end the "bizarre incentive" that currently makes it easier for the unemployed to move out of home than for those who save their earnings to afford to do so. He insisted the plans could be implemented despite Lib Dem opposition.
Meanwhile it emerged that Chancellor George Osborne is considering a further cut to the benefit cap level as part of a pre-election pledge to reduce welfare costs.
It is understood he could lower the amount households can receive in benefits by another £6,000 as backbenchers call for an even tougher stance on welfare.
A benefit cap was yesterday imposed across Britain for the first time, meaning families will only be able to get job seekers’, child and housing benefit up to a maximum of £26,000 a year. However, the Chancellor is facing calls for it to be cut again, to £20,000.
One of Mr Osborne's aides said they'd had "representations" on lowering the cap. "We want to see how the policy beds in," he said. "But clearly over time, lowering the cap is an option."
Iain Duncan Smith has claimed unemployed people are already going back to work because of the £500-a-week benefit cap.
The Work and Pensions Secretary said he strongly believed the benefit cap was encouraging more people to find jobs, despite claims from the UK Statistics Authority said there was no evidence this was true.
In a separate report, a group of Conservative MPs known as the 40 group – the Tories who hold the 40 most marginal seats in Parliament – have recommended that teenage mothers should no longer automatically be entitled to council housing or housing benefit as part of a drive to reduce teen pregnancy.
The report, which has been welcomed by David Cameron, also recommends a drive to cut the number of "repeat abortions" by getting health workers to encourage the use of long-active reversible contraception, such as the injection or implant.
The straight scouts of America?
Recently, millions of Americans were shocked and saddened when the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) disgracefully bowed to left-wing political pressure and became something it had never before been: a hyper-politicized, aberrantly sexualized petri dish for social and sexual experimentation.
Created in 1910 to “prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes,” the BSA, on May 23, 2013, inexplicably voted to welcome into its ranks “open and avowed” homosexuality (boy-on-boy sexual attraction and behavior), thereby disavowing the “morally straight” Scout Oath its members have been sworn to uphold for over a century.
Even worse, and in so doing, the BSA effectively waived the only legal defense it once had to preclude openly homosexual Scout leaders and gender-confused girls from its ranks: religious and moral conviction. It’s only a matter of time until the BSA is forced to capitulate to sexual extremists’ political demands and allow adult males who define their identity based upon carnal appetites for other males to take your boys on overnight camping trips.
This is particularly disquieting when you consider that homosexual assaults against boys occur at an alarmingly disproportionate rate when compared to heterosexual assaults. Of course, not every “gay” man – self-identified or otherwise – is a pedophile, but, and despite baseless claims to the contrary, many studies indicate that a disturbing percentage of same-sex-attracted men are.
Consider, for instance, a study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, of over 200 convicted pedophiles and pederasts. It found that “86 percent of offenders against males described themselves as homosexual or bisexual.” This demonstrates, as notes Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council, that “homosexual or bisexual men are approximately 10 times more likely to molest children than heterosexual men.”
That’s the bad news. Here’s the good news: As the BSA leadership of fools rapidly sinks, those who desire a safe, non-sexualized alternative to the Boy Scouts now have a life raft. On Saturday, June 29, I, along with nearly 50 top Christian, youth and scouting leaders from across the nation, took part in a private, landmark meeting in Louisville, Ky. The meeting was convened to lay the groundwork for a principled, values-based scout-like youth character development program for young men. Although some finishing touches remain (such as the organization’s official name), a press conference was recently held in Washington, D.C., to announce the launch of this exciting new organization. (See video announcement here).
“Our vision is to be the premier national character development organization for young men which produces Godly and responsible husbands, fathers, and citizens,” notes the news release.
“The new program will be an exciting and motivating outdoor-based program focused on leadership and character development for boys and founded on principles and values that reflect a Christian worldview.
“It will be open to all boys irrespective of race, religion, ethnicity, or national origin,” continues the release. “Parents from all faiths are welcome to place their children in the program. While boys may come from every religious background, adult leaders in the program – from the National Board level to individual unit volunteers – will adhere to a standard statement of Christian faith and values.
“The program and themes will teach practical life skills, an appreciation for the outdoors, service to others, leadership, and character development.
“The new organization’s name is currently in development and undergoing an extensive process of legal research and trademark protection. The organizational structure and primary programs are also currently being developed.”
The mission statement reads as follows: “Our mission is simple and clear: to guide generations of courageous young men to honor God, lead with integrity, serve others, and experience outdoor adventure.”
The new organization’s inaugural national convention will be held in Nashville, Tenn., on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6 and 7, 2013.
At the convention, the name, logo and branding information will be announced, along with other details.
The announcement continues: “In late November of this year the registration process for chartering new units will be announced along with a transition plan for scouting units interested in the new organization. We will be distinctly different from the Boy Scouts although there will be some similarities. For instance, rank advancements earned within the BSA will be transferable.
“In addition, the organization’s membership policy will focus on sexual purity rather than [so-called] sexual orientation. The policy will read, in part: ‘the proper context for sexual relations is only between a man and a woman in the covenant of marriage.’”
This means that boys who struggle with same-sex temptation – a subjective experience that, from a statistical standpoint, frequently dissipates over time – will, of course, be allowed to join. Still, “open and avowed” homosexual identity and socio-political activity, which are both an explicit violation of the Judeo-Christian sexual-ethic, will not be permitted.
I am so very honored to be on the ground floor of this incredible new youth organization. As someone who works daily to counter the cultural damage of the sexual anarchist lobby, I can assure you that homosexual activists’ interest in scouts and scouting was never about the boys, but, rather, was always about selfish adult political ambitions.
Like a swarm of locusts, secular-”progressives” target that which is righteous and God-honoring, fly in, devour it, and fly away in search of the next Truth-based target.
Sadly, the Boy Scouts of America is but their latest victim.
Still, as we are promised in Romans 8:28: “[A]ll things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
The official sendoff for this exciting new scout-like organization – something very good indeed – will take place on Jan. 1, 2014.
As goes the adage: “Out with the old, in with the new.”
Pedophiles want same rights as homosexuals
Claim unfair to be stigmatized for sexual orientation
Using the same tactics used by “gay” rights activists, pedophiles have begun to seek similar status arguing their desire for children is a sexual orientation no different than heterosexual or homosexuals.
Critics of the homosexual lifestyle have long claimed that once it became acceptable to identify homosexuality as simply an “alternative lifestyle” or sexual orientation, logically nothing would be off limits. “Gay” advocates have taken offense at such a position insisting this would never happen. However, psychiatrists are now beginning to advocate redefining pedophilia in the same way homosexuality was redefined several years ago.
In 1973 the American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. A group of psychiatrists with B4U-Act recently held a symposium proposing a new definition of pedophilia in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders of the APA.
B4U-Act calls pedophiles “minor-attracted people.” The organization’s website states its purpose is to, “help mental health professionals learn more about attraction to minors and to consider the effects of stereotyping, stigma and fear.”
In 1998 The APA issued a report claiming “that the ‘negative potential’ of adult sex with children was ‘overstated’ and that ‘the vast majority of both men and women reported no negative sexual effects from childhood sexual abuse experiences.”
Pedophilia has already been granted protected status by the Federal Government. The Matthew Shephard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act lists “sexual orientation” as a protected class; however, it does not define the term.
Republicans attempted to add an amendment specifying that “pedophilia is not covered as an orientation;” however, the amendment was defeated by Democrats. Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fl) stated that all alternative sexual lifestyles should be protected under the law. “This bill addresses our resolve to end violence based on prejudice and to guarantee that all Americans, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability or all of these ‘philias’ and fetishes and ‘isms’ that were put forward need not live in fear because of who they are. I urge my colleagues to vote in favor of this rule.”
The White House praised the bill saying, “At root, this isn’t just about our laws; this is about who we are as a people. This is about whether we value one another – whether we embrace our differences rather than allowing them to become a source of animus.”
Earlier this year two psychologists in Canada declared that pedophilia is a sexual orientation just like homosexuality or heterosexuality.
Van Gijseghem, psychologist and retired professor of the University of Montreal, told members of Parliament, “Pedophiles are not simply people who commit a small offense from time to time but rather are grappling with what is equivalent to a sexual orientation just like another individual may be grappling with heterosexuality or even homosexuality.”
He went on to say, “True pedophiles have an exclusive preference for children, which is the same as having a sexual orientation. You cannot change this person’s sexual orientation. He may, however, remain abstinent.”
When asked if he should be comparing pedophiles to homosexuals, Van Gijseghem replied, “If, for instance, you were living in a society where heterosexuality is proscribed or prohibited and you were told that you had to get therapy to change your sexual orientation, you would probably say that that is slightly crazy. In other words, you would not accept that at all. I use this analogy to say that, yes indeed, pedophiles do not change their sexual orientation.”
Dr. Quinsey, professor emeritus of psychology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, agreed with Van Gijseghem. Quinsey said pedophiles’ sexual interests prefer children and, “There is no evidence that this sort of preference can be changed through treatment or through anything else.”
In July, 2010 Harvard health Publications said, “Pedophilia is a sexual orientation and unlikely to change. Treatment aims to enable someone to resist acting on his sexual urges.”
Linda Harvey, of Mission America, said the push for pedophiles to have equal rights will become more and more common as LGBT groups continue to assert themselves. “It’s all part of a plan to introduce sex to children at younger and younger ages; to convince them that normal friendship is actually a sexual attraction.”
Milton Diamond, a University of Hawaii professor and director of the Pacific Center for Sex and Society, stated that child pornography could be beneficial to society because, “Potential sex offenders use child pornography as a substitute for sex against children.”
Diamond is a distinguished lecturer for the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco. The IASHS openly advocated for the repeal of the Revolutionary war ban on homosexuals serving in the military.
The IASHS lists, on its website, a list of “basic sexual rights” that includes “the right to engage in sexual acts or activities of any kind whatsoever, providing they do not involve nonconsensual acts, violence, constraint, coercion or fraud.” Another right is to, “be free of persecution, condemnation, discrimination, or societal intervention in private sexual behavior” and “the freedom of any sexual thought, fantasy or desire.” The organization also says that no one should be “disadvantaged because of age.”
Sex offender laws protecting children have been challenged in several states including California, Georgia and Iowa. Sex offenders claim the laws prohibiting them from living near schools or parks are unfair because it penalizes them for life.
Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of other countries. The only real difference, however, is how much power they have. In America, their power is limited by democracy. To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges. They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did: None. So look to the colleges to see what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way. It would be a dictatorship.
For more postings from me, see TONGUE-TIED, GREENIE WATCH, EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL, FOOD & HEALTH SKEPTIC, AUSTRALIAN POLITICS, DISSECTING LEFTISM, IMMIGRATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL. My Home Pages are here or here or here. Email me (John Ray) here.