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China: Christian Schoolchildren-No Religion

WorldWatchMonitor.org,..10/2/18, “China: Christian schoolchildren forced to tick ‘no religion’ box” [Excerpts]: More than 300 Christian children in two high schools in Zhejiang province, which has been referred to as the “Jerusalem of the East” for its strong Christian presence, have been asked to fill out a form stating that they did not follow a religion.

Schools in China are government-controlled and financed and therefore communist in ideology, and Christian children have sometimes faced “shaming” incidents from Communist Party Members later in life...

In this case, however, the children were handed a questionnaire in class about faith, which is not normal. It seems this is part of the new push to identify Christians and give them pressure of one sort or another.

Children in this part of China would write “Christian” because of 1) their innocence and 2) they come from families of fervent believers who do not compromise their faith.

In the first school, which has around 200 Christian students, the teacher demanded they rewrite the questionnaire, stating that they had “No religion.” But when filling out the next questionnaire, half of the children maintained that they were Christians. According to [sources], following further warnings, in the end all but one child complied. 

(https://goo.gl/Wc6g9Q)

Evolutionists Deify Nature

ICR.org 10/11/18, “Evolutionists Sense Life’s Design and Deify Nature” [Excerpts]: The inclination of some evolutionists to project God-like powers onto nature is becoming more prominent in scientific literature. 

Evolutionary ecologist Tim Lenton and co-author, French sociologist Bruno Latour, laud nature’s innate cognitive powers in their new paper, Gaia 2.0.1, [providing] another chance to highlight how deeply religious evolutionists can be—not in their veneration of God, but of nature itself.

The Gaia hypothesis—first articulated by James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis in the 1970s—holds that Earth’s physical and biological processes are inextricably connected to form a self-regulating, essentially sentient, system. Lovelock named his theory after the mythological goddess.

This impulse to project power onto nature has been exceedingly difficult for evolutionists to quell. Perhaps they realize at some level the need for a far more profound explanation for life’s design than a fortuitous series of chance happenings. One evolutionary biologist notes despairingly that his colleagues habitually succumb to the projections of agency onto nature through natural selection—even when they should know otherwise.

(https://goo.gl/KJGZ3T)

Transgender Prisoner Jailed For Life

TheGuardian.com, 10/11/18, “Transgender prisoner who sexually assaulted inmates jailed for life” [Excerpts]: A “predatory and controlling” prisoner has been jailed for life after he/she attacked vulnerable women in female prisons.

Karen White, 52 [born Stephen Wood], who was described as being a danger to women and children, admitted sexually assaulting women in a female prison.

The Ministry of Justice has apologised for moving her to the women’s prison, saying that her previous offending history had not been taken into account.

Prosecutor Chris Dunn described White as an “alleged transgender female” who has used her “transgender persona to put herself in contact with vulnerable persons” whom she could then abuse.

“The prosecution says that because there is smattering of evidence in this case that the defendants approach to transition has been less than committed,” he added.

Sentencing White to a minimum of eight-and-a-half years in prison, the judge, Christopher Batty, said: “You are a predator and highly manipulative and in my view you are a danger. You represent a significant risk of serious harm to children, to women and to the general public.”

(https://goo.gl/Mijfu3)

[TBC: Due to the terribly subjective nature of transgenderism, addressing this matter in a court of law becomes impossible. Once the biological fact of one’s gender at birth has been discounted, psychobabble will take over, even to the point of deciding whether the sentence should be carried out in a male or female prison.]

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