Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Not again! Stupid Indian bitch condemns treatment of women in BRITAIN!
Muslim countries ignored, of course
The United Nations sparked outrage last night after claiming a combination of austerity economics and instituional sexism in the UK is increasing the risk of violence against women.
Rashida Manjoo, the UN special rapporteur on violence against women, will today publish a report concluding that David Cameron’s welfare and legal aid cuts could make it harder to ‘prevent’ attacks on vulnerable women.
In a highly-controversial intervention, she will also launch a blistering attack on the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ – claiming it makes it harder for women to escape violence.
Due to be published in Geneva today, the study claims that Britain’s court system is ‘widely perceived to be biased in favour of men’, and criticises the ‘indifference’ of the police towards domestic violence.
In a section on ‘violence perpetrated or condoned by the state’, she calls for an urgent inquiry into claims of sexual abuse at Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre.
The report concludes that there is a ‘lack of a consistent and coherent human rights based approach in the government’s response to violence against women and girls’.
Last year Ms Manjoo sparked outrage by saying there was a ‘boys’ club sexist culture’ in Britain which was worse than anywhere else she had visited. She made the comments despite the fact she has also praised the governments of Jordan and Algeria over women’s rights.
The special rapporteur is the latest in a long line of UN advisers to criticise British policies over immigration, the bedroom tax and policies towards travellers.
Last month, the UN’s special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, sparked outrage with the claim that the UK risks taking the path of Nazi Germany if the Tories pull out of the European Convention on Human Rights.
And in the most famous example of UN meddling, housing rapporteur Raquel Rolnik – dubbed the ‘Brazil nut’ – launched a blistering attack on the Coalition’s policy of austerity two years ago, saying housing benefit cuts were breaching human rights.
Andrew Bridgen, Tory MP for North West Leicestershire, said: ‘These UN officials are being funded by our taxpayer-funded UK contributions to generate this drivel.
‘Rather than criticising us, she should take a look at the rest of the world such as the Middle East, where violence against women is a much greater problem.
‘Millions of people are voting with their feet to try to get in here, so the UN should take a long hard look at what is going on in the rest of the United Nations.’
Theroux on Women, the Family, and Christianity
According to Independent Institute President David J. Theroux, the decline of the family has resulted from government policies that are based on an “unfounded and easily refuted” “progressive narrative.”
That narrative, Theroux argues, includes the mistaken view that traditional marriage is “a patriarchy to dominate and oppress women, all supported by Christian despots.” In contrast, Theroux points to the work of sociologist and historian Rodney Stark, who makes the case that Christianity created a new foundation for marriage, one based on the idea that women and men are equals, and which implied mutual obligations on the husband and wife, including fidelity.
This development has been particularly beneficial to women, according to Theroux. “No longer serfs to men, women had dignity, were not rushed into marriages, and served as leaders in rapidly growing Christian communities,” he writes. It has also fostered a more stable foundation for child rearing.
“Abandoning these lessons is at the root of the modern decline of the family,” Theroux continues, “and government can only further undermine the rights and benefits that have uplifted the lives of countless men, women, and children through Christian-inspired marriage. To restore the family, civic and religious leaders must challenge such folly to achieve the needed privatization and de-politicization reforms.”
Sen. Mike Lee: America ‘Could Be Losing Ground’ on Religious Liberty
U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) warned that the “culture-defining” religious liberty guaranteed by the Bill of Rights “could be losing ground” in contemporary America.
“Religious liberty as it has been lived in America is not, to be sure, a mere accident of history, and it’s not a mere quirk of the law. It is nothing less than a culture-defining human achievement,” Lee said during a speech at Hillsdale College’s Kirby Center in Washington, D.C. Thursday.
“Yet, recent events suggest resoundingly that it could be losing ground -- and we can’t accept this, we can’t stand back, we can’t tolerate it, we can’t just let it happen,” Lee said. "The great American commitment to religious liberty and diversity may still be universally successful, but it is no longer universally shared."
Senator Lee pointed out that the First Amendment to the United States Constitution -- which states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” -- established not just religious toleration, but full religious freedom for all believers.
“Religion here breathes in the natural human space between the isolated individual and the overwhelming, overpowering state,” Lee continued. “The government’s role...is not to direct our interactions within that space so much as it is to ensure that all Americans have equal access to it, and equal opportunity within it.”
“Every great social reform movement in American history -- from abolition and civil rights, to the struggles for women’s equality and labor rights, to the pro-life movement today -- has grown out of individual Americans’ religious convictions and their constitutionally protected right to live those convictions out…
“All Americans of all faiths and those with none have benefitted deeply from our nation’s unique commitment to religious liberty,” he added, drawing attention to “secular fundamentalists” on the left who “insert in place of our open, pluralistic society...submission to their secular creed.
“The creed is simple: Americans may believe whatever they want, but they may publicly express and act upon only those beliefs that the government approves,” he said.
Senator Lee recalled several instances of the U.S. government penalizing or threatening Christians for their beliefs, including Oregon bakers who were fined $135,000 for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding, and the Little Sisters of the Poor, who have been threatened with large fines for refusing to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives and abortifacients.
Most recently, U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli indicated during oral arguments for Obergefell v. Hodges that religiously-affiliated institutions that adhere to a traditional definition of marriage may lose their tax-exempt status should the Supreme Court rule to legalize same-sex marriage.
“Regardless of how the Supreme Court rules in this particular case, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the next controversies will not be over whether gay couples should receive marriage licenses, but instead, whether people who don’t think so may keep their business license, whether colleges that don’t think so will be able to keep their accreditation, whether military chaplains who don’t think so will be court martialed, whether churches who don’t think so will be targeted for reprisal by the state, whether heterodox religious belief itself will be swept entirely from the public square,” Lee said.
The senator said he will soon introduce a bill in the Senate which would extend protections to educational institutions, businesses, and organizations who act upon a moral or religious belief that marriage is between a man and a woman.
Although Lee pointed out that “arguments [for traditional marriage] are no longer winning the public debate,” he reminded the audience that “it is no small thing that the gay marriage movement has succeeded in recent years only by adopting our principles of tolerance, diversity, and equal opportunity, and it is those very principles--not the parties currently enjoying their political resonance--that hold the high ground in this debate.
“And because those of us who believe in religious freedom hold those principles in our hearts, and not just in our political quiver, that high ground remains still open and available to us,” he continued.
Senator Lee laid out two courses of action for advocates of traditional marriage to take going forward: First, he said, engage in the debate over religious liberty “with candor and compassion in the most publicly accountable venues possible,” advancing it in the legislative branches of government at the local, state, and federal levels.
Second, he urged his audience,“be witnesses not just to our own understanding of religious truth, but to the universal truth that man is not free unless his conscience is free.”
Boston Mayor Declares City Hall Bathrooms ‘Gender-Neutral’
Bathrooms in Boston’s City Hall are now officially “gender-neutral”. An executive order signed Thursday by Mayor Martin Walsh eliminated gender specific bathrooms on the fifth floor of City Hall outside the mayor’s office and City Council chambers.
New signs created by Boston’s Property Management Department indicate that the single-stall bathrooms are open to anyone.
The decision comes in the middle of Boston’s Pride Week, which celebrates the city’s LGBT community.
“Today marks a historic moment in Boston,” said Mayor Walsh. “Boston thrives on diversity, and is an inclusive city. This change will foster a safe and welcoming environment for employees and visitors, and will go a long way as we continue to work towards improving the lives of those who love and call Boston home.”
Massachusetts was the first state to legalize gay marriage. According to a recent Gallup poll, the Boston area has the sixth largest LGBT community in the country. The Boston-Cambridge-Newton area is 4.8 percent LGBT—compared to the national average of 3.6 percent.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey applauded Mayor Walsh’s actions. “Mayor Walsh’s announcement today is an important step forward in the fight for equality,” Healey said in a statement. “For all of us who are employers in Massachusetts, a real commitment to preventing discrimination starts in our own workplaces, and I hope employers across the state will join in these efforts to promote equal treatment for all.”
But a majority of the public is not in favor of the idea. A poll taken last year by CBS News found that 59 percent of Americans believe that “transgender students should use the bathrooms/locker rooms of their birth gender.” Only 26 percent believe they should use the bathrooms/locker rooms of their "preferred gender".
Mayor Walsh is not the first public official to change traditional sex-segregated bathroom policy to accommodate transgendered individuals .In April, the Obama administration established gender-neutral bathrooms in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
Earlier this month, CNSNews.com reported that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a guide explaining which bathrooms their transgender employees can use.
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 and DISSECTING LEFTISM. My Home Pages are here or here or here. Email me (John Ray) here.