Sunday, May 13, 2018

An interview with a counseller who got fired for failing to toe the feminist line

Rob Tiller was fired from Relationships Australia WA for posting Bettina Arndt's domestic violence article on Facebook.

Rob Tiller is an experienced, well-respected counsellor who worked for this government-funded counselling organisation for the past eight years. He was respected by his colleagues and much in demand as the only male counsellor working in Perth, running workshops in addition to seeing his clients.

He was fired for posting on his personal Facebook page an article: "Always Beating Up on Men", published in Weekend Australian and reproduced here (Scroll down), which gave the latest official statistics and research on domestic violence, providing evidence that most family violence is two-way, involving women as well as men. RAWA promotes a “feminist framework” which denies women’s role in family violence.

Bettina says: "We need a huge email campaign to protest RAWA’s action. You will see on my website I have put together full details of what has happened, with all the relevant links, the addresses of the Relationship Australia Board members and other key people for you to write to plus a draft protest letter.

I’m hoping we can use this to show there are lots of people who really care about the undue influence of extreme feminist views in this country. I’ve spent the whole week organising media coverage of The Dismissal, only to discover Relationships Australia has been busy trying to stop newspapers and radio programmes from giving it any coverage. They have sadly succeeded in getting some of my media stories cancelled – if you have good contacts at the West Australian please politely encourage them to cover the story next week. 

Rob has taken RAWA to the Fair Work Commission claiming unfair dismissal. A crowd-funder is Here to help Rob with his legal fees and costs of establishing full-time private counselling and workshops.

Hundreds of women to quit the British Labour Party over transgender candidate row

New rule allows all transgender Labour candidates to be included in women-only shortlists

More than 300 female Labour Party members are due to quit today over a decision to include transgender candidates on all-women shortlists even if they have not legally changed gender.

Under the recent change to shortlist rules - which are used to select candidates, from parliamentary elections down to local government - Labour will “guarantee candidates the right to self-identify as female without the need for a medical test or other certification showing that they [have] biologically changed sex”, reports the Daily Mail.

A draft resignation letter penned by Labour activist group Mayday4Women warns that its supporters “cannot continue to be in a party that takes women for granted”.

The letter, sent to The Times, continues: “We are dismayed at the Labour Party’s support for sex as a self-identified characteristic for all-women shortlists.

“We now face a situation in which any man can simply claim to be a woman and be included on all-women shortlists.

“Sex is not a self-defined characteristic and it is disingenuous for Labour to pretend that it is. Self-identity - ‘I am what I say I am’ - reeks of male authority and male supremacy.

“In contrast, women are rarely believed about the sexual violence we face or about harassment on the streets and domestic violence in the home. It is for that reason that we - alongside 300 other women - are resigning from the Labour Party today.”

A party spokesperson responded: “All women shortlists are and always have been open to all women, which of course includes trans women. The Labour Party recognises the vital importance of self-definition for the trans community. The Labour Party continues to have an inclusive definition of women.”

Leigh Drennan, a councillor and vice-chair of Young Labour, believes much of the debate relates to “casual transphobia”.

Speaking to The Observer, he said: “I think that the overwhelming majority of the Labour Party certainly support the inclusion of trans women on all-women shortlists. In 40 years’ time people will look back and view campaigns for the exclusion of trans women as bizarre.”


Labour Party anti-Semitism crisis: Holocaust survivor blasts Corbyn over row as he receives MBE

A JEWISH holocaust survivor who was today honoured by the Queen has lashed out at Jeremy Corbyn over his handling of the anti-Semitism row which has dogged the Labour party.

Martin Stern, a retired doctor and immunologist, said he had “serious concerns” about recent reports of anti-Semitism. And he accused Mr Corbyn of building his reputation as a humanitarian "on false premises”.

Dr Stern was awarded an MBE at Buckingham Palace this morning for his services to Holocaust education. He arrived in the UK aged 12 in 1950 after both of his parents were killed during the Second World War.

After receiving his award today, the 79-year-old said: "It concerns me very seriously and it is not only Jews who are affected. We need politicians not only of high intellectual calibre but with intellectual courage.

"In politics a lot of trouble comes from people who have got a theory according to which they can run the human race. "They make the facts conform to their theory. A human being needs to be open to new facts.

"I think currently we have a problem with the quality of top politicians, and in the case of one of them he is a kind of a Don Quixote for whom Israel is the windmill that he imagines to be an evil giant."

Asked what he would say to Mr Corbyn if they were to sit down together, Dr Stern said: "The problem with being an ideologue is you're not open to discussion. "There are people far better than me doing that.

“It seems to me that my task is to talk to people whose minds have not been frozen into rigidity yet and to teach them and question and think and not necessarily hold my view but to keep searching for facts, keep looking at the possibility that I might be wrong or they themselves may be wrong.

"As human beings we are not infallible and humility and self-questioning needs to be part of any healthy human being and even more so of any politician."

Dr Stern’s comments come after Labour candidates fighting for control of Barnet council admitted the anti-Semitism row had played a part in their failure to win a majority.

The party did win more council seats than the Tories across the country, but yesterday’s election saw Labour gain just one council despite hopes of a much bigger win.

Labour’s Barnet leader Barry Rawlings today admitted the anti-Semitism row had “made a difference”, particularly given the area’s high Jewish population.

He said: “I must say that in some wards where there is a large Jewish community, it has made a difference, I'm not sure yet how much.  Members of the Jewish community have protested against Labour's perceived anti-Semitism


Killing Jews - a European sport to this day

by Jennifer Oriel

It was a normal flight home from Canberra. Passengers fidgeted with seatbelts, put on headphones in a pre-emptive strike against chatty strangers and jostled for armrest territory in cattle class. There was nothing ­remarkable as cabin crew helped with overhead lockers and a proud, elderly man declined ­assistance from a female attendant. As he lifted the baggage overhead, wobbling slightly from the strain, his coat sleeve slipped away. There, on his arm, was a row of numbers; the indelible tattoo of a Holocaust survivor.

The Holocaust is a curiosity shop, a fun event for collectors of the weird and wacky. At a recent fair held in Melbourne, replica canisters of Zyklon B were sold. What a great way to prop up your makeshift bar in the pool room!

We forget the Holocaust at our collective peril.

The final solution came into effect with the first mass gassings of Jews. The word "final" was defined by Nazi Reinhard Heydrich as the planned biological destruction of the Jewish race. In Modern Times, historian Paul Johnson traced the operative date for the final solution to April 1942. During the preceding year, Nazi command had experimented with various killing methods. Rudolf Hoess, commandant of Camp A at Auschwitz-Birkenau, had tried shooting but it was too messy. Another tried and failed method was the use of carbon monoxide gas. In her book Eichmann in Jeru-salem, political theorist Hannah Arendt recounted Adolf Eichmann's testimony on preparations for CO chambers at the death camp Treblinka. In Poland, the gas was in mobile execution vans to kill en masse. Eichmann recalled the horrific screaming of Jews huddled in moving vans as the gas killed them slowly.

In late 1941, Hoess discovered a killing method so efficient it put his mind at rest: Zyklon B. The Nazis issued a massive order for gas to the pest control manufacturer Degesch, whose parent company was I.G. Farben. Johnson records that the company's dividends doubled from 1942-1944.

The Nazi genocide of Jews was exceptionally shocking for its ­orderly and premeditated nature. It was a genocide industry. German firms competed for tenders to fit out different parts of the death camps. The killing chambers at Auschwitz were designed to ensure minimum wastage of Zyklon B. There were gas-proof doors with thick glass to prevent Jews breaking through in a last, desperate bid for breath and life. We know how desperate death camp victims were from testimony. The people killed in gas chambers were told they were going to bathe. When the gas started seeping into the room, they screamed and ran for the doors. Dead people were found in heaps leaning against them. Where insufficient gas had been used, Jews were transported to the ovens and burned alive.

The Anti-Defamation Commission condemned the sale of the Zyklon B replicas, describing it as perverse and obscene. But think about the possible manufacturing process. Someone had the idea to produce them. Presumably they were designed, manufactured and sold for profit. At each step of the way, someone could have remembered the horror of what they represent. Did no one remember the millions who died? Do we simply forget the children marched from the trains to the gas chambers because they were too tiny or too weak for slave labour?

In the 21st century, laws in civilised countries prevent incitement to harm a person on the basis of ­religious belief or ethnicity. But violent anti-­semitism is on the rise.

The recent attack on a boy wearing a kippah in Germany is significant. He wore the kippah as a social experiment to challenge a Jewish friend's fear of anti-­semitism in Berlin. On the way to the train station, they were allegedly attacked by a man shouting "Jew" in Arabic.

The attack came after a year of increasingly barbarous anti-­semitic acts, including the murders of Jewish women Sarah Halimi and Mireille Knoll. Halimi was tortured by Kobili Traore, who reportedly recited the Koran before throwing her out of a window. Holocaust survivor Mireille Knoll died after being stabbed several times in the throat. The suspects are 28-year-old Yacine Mihoub and 21-year-old Alex Carrimbacus. The Nation reports that Mihoub served time in prison for sexually molesting the young daughter of Knoll's care provider. Both suspects blame each other for the killing and ­Carrimbacus reportedly said that Mihoub yelled "Allah akbar!" ­during it.

In response to the rise of violent anti-semitism, some have urged Jews not to wear the kippah or display other symbols of faith in public. Germany's Jewish ­leader, Josef Schuster, advised people against wearing the kippah for fear of further attacks. In 2016, the head of the Jewish Consistory of Marseilles, Zvi Ammar, also ­advised Jews not to wear ­religious dress after a jihadi struck teacher Benjamin Anselem on the ­yarmulke.

There are many ways to make a people disappear. Genocide is the most violent method, but forcing Jews to hide their faith in the public square is another way to ­effectively disappear them.

In response to the Berlin attack, Germans of all faiths took to the streets wearing a kippah in solidarity with Jews. Collective solidarity is the right response. We should regard as intolerable any call for Jews to retreat from public life, whether it comes from a place of genuine concern or ­resurgent anti-semitism.

In the decades since the end of World War II, an endless array of books and treatises were written on Nazism. We want to regard the Nazi regime as exceptional because it creates a comforting sense of distance between humanity and our capacity for inhumanity. But communists killed 100 million people in the past century. Islamists are leading the charge in 21st century genocide. All we know after a century of genocide is that chasing after the ideal of human perfectibility ­ whether in the image of ideology, the master race or religion ­ leads us into the valley of death.



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.

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