Public Discourse 4 June 2013If the recent French mobilizations against same-sex marriage have taught us anything, it’s this: The LGBT lobby has misrepresented its cause’s relationship to time and history. Illinois Democrat Greg Harris stated in a National Public Radio piece what the lobby has been claiming for years:Folks know this will be a vote that history will remember . . . And I think a lot of folks are deciding they’re going to want to be remembered on the right side of history.The proponents of same-sex marriage like polls. A Gallup poll published in mid-May showed public support for their cause rising from 27 percent in 1996 to 53 percent this year. Pew’s survey data reflect a more modest rise, from 35 percent in 2001 to 49 percent in 2013, but the upward march is still clear. In April 2013, the Williams Institute published a state-by-state analysis that reflected a steady growth in the number of states, such as New York, in which more than 50 percent of respondents supported same-sex marriage.Less often mentioned are certain caveats in all these polls. For instance, in Gallup’s poll respondents were asked to choose between supporting or opposing same-sex marriage, without being offered a third option such as civil unions. The data from the Williams Institute show that liberal California is still only at 50 percent for same-sex marriage, perhaps because the state has domestic partnerships already. Minnesota residents only supported same-sex marriage by 43 percent, despite their popular vote to reject a constitutional ban in 2012 and despite the legislature’s hurried process of legalizing it in the state.Nevertheless, two assumptions have determined the way pundits have interpreted these data.One assumption is that the increase in support will be consistent over time rather than fickle. We can name this the Inevitability Assumption, a quasi-Marxian or at least Hegelian view that History is beckoning in one direction and there will be no turning back.The second assumption is that more people accept same-sex marriage because they have more reliable information about what it entails. This is the Enlightenment Assumption, the notion that there is a transcendental benevolence in same-sex marriage, which can rely on the good and the true, if not the beautiful, to be vindicated by the diffusion of knowledge.These assumptions are in fact fallacies. More than any other populace, the French have laid them bare with their four massive “manifs” or mobilizations (November 17, January 13, March 24, and May 26).These four mobilizations are credited as the largest mass uprising in France since the famous revolts of May 1968. As many as 60 percent of French respondents supported same-sex marriage in the fall of 2012, but the level of support now hovers around only 39 percent, with 54 percent supporting “civil unions” only. It is no wonder that the French government has had to shield itself and its LGBT benefactors from outrage with an increasingly totalitarian modus operandi encompassing tear gas and other familiar police-state tactics.The French resistance to same-sex marriage has demonstrated that an ostensibly progressive nation that had little issue with homosexuality as a moral question can change its mind, not based on ignorance of reality, but based on knowing more about what same-sex marriage really means. Sorry, LGBT lobby, the French are sending your soufflé back to the kitchen.Fallacy #1: The Inevitability AssumptionFrance proves that no opinion trend on any graph can be taken for granted as perpetual. In the United States we knew this already; we simply weren’t aware that we knew it. We know from the abortion debate that what seems like a steady march of acceptance can actually grind to a halt or reverse.The Gallup polls on abortion show how unpredictable the trends in opinion can be, for the number of “pro-choice” Americans peaked in 1996 at 56 percent, then declined to 45 percent today, while pro-life opinion gained significant ground, albeit in fits and starts (only 33 percent of Americans were pro-life in 1996, compared to 48 percent today).If we take a step back and examine how the international LGBT lobby has fought for same-sex marriage, we see that the lobby’s leaders must be equally aware that nothing is inevitable about acceptance of same-sex marriage, regardless of what they say publicly. Rather than patience, haste has characterized their tactics.Fallacy #2: The Enlightenment AssumptionRather than maximize people’s access to information about the impact of same-sex parenting, the lobby has sought to suppress journalistic and academic investigations into areas such as surrogacy, which give people pause with time and reflection. While it is impossible to know the inner thoughts of people running advocacy groups, it is reasonable to conclude that they opt to force same-sex marriage and same-sex parenting through the legislatures and courts at lightning speed, before people have the chance to stop and think about what they are signing up for. (The recent examples of California and Illinois are telling; in both states the large number of people who have gay friends did not lead to easy passage of same-sex marriage, but rather may have triggered a backlash resulting in California’s Proposition 8 and the failure of same-sex marriage last week in the Illinois legislature.)http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/06/10293/?utm_source=RTA+Lopez+Myths+Same-Sex+Marriage&utm_campaign=winstorg&utm_medium=email
Transgender prisoner could apply to moveNZ Herald 4 April 2014A transgender Oamaru woman sentenced on Wednesday to nine months’ imprisonment in a men’s jail could apply to be moved to a women’s prison.A new system for transgender prisoners was introduced on February 10 in which prisoners who have changed the gender on their birth certificate are automatically put into a prison based on that gender.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11232138Department of CorrectionsCorrections Dep’t: “upon entering the prison system, prisoners are able to apply for placement in a prison where they identify with the gender of the prisoners managed in that prison.”http://www.corrections.govt.nz/resources/prison-operations-manual/Movement/M.03-Specified-gender-and-age-movements/M.03-4.htmlTransgender model vows to competeNZ Herald 4 April 2014An aspiring transgender model has vowed to take to the catwalk tomorrow night despite a row over whether she was eligible to enter a beauty contest.Aucklander Amy Brosnahan, 18, said she wanted to represent transgender women in the competition and show they shouldn’t back down when they faced opposition.Organisers for the beauty contest – called Battle of the Babes – were forced into a u-turn after initially telling Amy she could not compete when she came out as a trans-woman.“I’m sort of doing it as a stand, to show other transgenders that they can do anything they want to do, they just have to sometimes fight for it,” she said.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11231785Girl, 7, unsure over calling sex-change parent ‘Mum’ or ‘Dad’ Mail Online 13 February 2014A primary school girl in Australia calls her step-parent both ‘Mum’ and ‘Dad’ after the woman became a transgender male, had her breasts removed and grew a beard.The seven-year-old girl is confused about her step-parent who was once her biological mother’s lesbian lover.In a closed hearing of the the Family Court in Queensland, the transgender man referred to as ‘Mr Brown’ was applying for regular contact with his step-daughter following his separation from the girl’s mother.The Court heard Mr Brown had lived in a lesbian relationship with the mother, the young girl and another, older sibling for almost three years.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2558261/Girl-7-confused-step-parents-sex-change-lesbian-mothers-partner-transgender-male-grew-beard-Family-Court-Australia-hears.html
When the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock checkers flew Friday at Stuart Speedway, Jack Phillips celebrated his first feature win in a quarter-century. (Photo by Jim Zimmerline)By Cyndie LambSTUART, Iowa (Aug. 17) – There were some emotions in victory lane to be sure, following Jack Phillips’ IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock win Friday at Stuart Speedway.Phillips held off all challengers in taking the checkers and his post-race speech was emotional as he announced this was his first win in 25 years.John Watson was second and Jeremy Purdy third.Clint Luellen led the IMCA Modifieds to the checkers and Brandon Pruitt was best in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature.Austin Luellen topped the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature and Hunter Patrick paced the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.
The trio are joined by a fourth London Olympian, welterweight Adam Nolan, in the line-up for the tournament which starts on June 1 in the Belarusian capital. Ireland head coach Billy Walsh said: “We are looking forward to the Championships and we are looking at getting the best out of our performances in Minsk.” Olympic medallists John Joe Nevin, Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan have been named in a 10-strong Ireland squad for next month’s European Championships in Minsk. Press Association
South Africa lost their first two games of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav shone for India in the series in South Africa.India has won only once against South Africa in ICC Cricket World Cups. highlights New Delhi: South Africa was low on confidence heading into the game against India in the ICC Cricket World Cup clash in Southampton on Wednesday. They had lost their first two games against England and Bangladesh. They were battling injuries to Dale Steyn and Lungi Ngidi. Their opponents, India, had been dominant against them in the last couple of seasons and in recent ICC events. From 2012, South Africa have lost five consecutive games in ICC events starting from the World T20 clash in Colombo right until the 2017 Champions Trophy in London. In 2018, South Africa was hammered by 1-5 in the six-match bilateral series at home, their worst loss ever.The prime reason behind the loss in the ODI series was their inability to tackle the spinners, more specifically the wrist spinners. Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal had taken 17 and 16 wickets respectively. The South African batsmen were often caught between aggression and defence and both bowlers exploited their weakness brilliantly. The variations, combined with the accuracy, helped India register their biggest win against the Proteas. Kuldeep and Chahal have been vital to India’s success in ODIs overseas in the last couple of seasons and South Africa faced the full force of the power of the wrist spinning duo. It was Chahal who struck first when Rassie van der Dussen employed an ambitious reverse sweep and missed it to be out for 22. The second wicket of Faf du Plessis exposed the weakness South Africa have had against spin for a long time.The tendency of South Africa’s batsmen had been to read the ball off the pitch rather than off the hand. Chahal bowled a quicker ball and it skidded through as du Plessis played down the wrong line and was cleaned up. Chahal had maintained the pressure built up by the earlier two strikes of Jasprit Bumrah. Kuldeep joined his partner at the other end and trapped JP Duminy LBW for 3 with quick, straight delivery. David Miller and Andile Phehlukwayo tried to string a partnership but Chahal broke the stand when he caught and bowled Miller for 31. Phehlukwayo was stumped for 34 as Chahal ended with 4/50.A combined spell of 5/96 from 20 overs from Kuldeep and Chahal, dubbed KULCHA was instrumental in breaking the back of the South Africa batting and it needed a solid 42 from Chris Morris to ensure the Proteas had something to bowl to. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.