Catholic News Watch
June 30, 2006

Mark Alessio

Australia’s “Gay-Friendly” Child Care Center

( “A Council-run childcare centre is teaching toddlers that gay, lesbian and ‘transgender’ parents are normal in a bid to ‘challenge the perception’ of young children about sexuality,” reports Australia’s Daily Telegraph (May 27, 2006).

The Tillman Park Children's Centre in Tempe, Australia (a suburb of Sydney), a government-funded preschool, has devised a “gay-friendly curriculum” for children aged six weeks to six years, in which children are introduced to the notions of "transsexualism" and "gay marriage." The Marrickville Council, the municipal body responsible for the center, says the staff of their child care facilities "work as collaborators with children" and supports "all aspects of human diversity within our community."

Mayor Sam Byrne applauded staff and families at the center for "broadening the minds of our future generation," and stated that "we believe in offering children and families an inclusive program based on social justice.” He boasted that the center had "successfully adopted several strategies to encompass lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and inter-sex issues," and he admitted to The Saturday Daily Telegraph that the purpose of the curriculum was to alter the children's "perception of what is 'normal' gender and sexual identity." This includes ensuring that educational materials were reflective of "diverse families" and "actively affirming the identity of lesbian and gay families."

Books used in the children's program include the controversial Learn to Include books which feature homosexual partners as "dads." The Daily Telegraph revealed that the books – produced by a non-profit program run by the Gay and Lesbian Counseling Service of New South Wales – were funded by the Attorney-General’s Department, which provided $33,000 over two years.

"Kids of that age just want to get on with being kids and why should we inflict all our adult hang-ups and angst on kids,” asked Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott who described the “gay-friendly” curriculum as “wacky.” Another opponent of the curriculum is Federal Education Minister Julie Bishop, who stated, “I wouldn't want to see any perverse biases put into early childhood development that could affect children one way or the other."

However, psychologist Lorraine Corne of the Australian Psychological Society and the American Psychological Association believes it is essential that the concept of gay and lesbians is introduced to young children in a proper way. "It would be done at a level that they understand,” says Corne. “It could be as simple as some people have a father and a mother and some people have two mothers and some have two fathers. It would have to be put in a very simplistic way otherwise it is beyond their comprehension and it would go above their heads.”

Comment: In 1989, Penguin Books published a book titled After the Ball - How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90s.

This self-described “gay manifesto for the 90’s” was written by Marshall K. Kirk, a researcher in neuropsychiatry who died of “unknown causes” in 2005, and Dr. Hunter Madsen, an expert on public persuasion tactics and social marketing. Anyone who doubts that there is, indeed, a “gay agenda” at work need only read the words of its architects for a good dose of reality. Kirk and Madsen outline a campaign based on three principles: “Desensitization,” “Jamming” and “Conversion.”

Desensitization: “As a general physio-psychological rule, novelties cease to be novel if they just stick around long enough; they also cease to activate alerting mechanisms,” writes Kirk and Madsen. “If you hear a protracted, earsplitting mechanical screech, you'll either be so alarmed, or so annoyed, that you'll be forced to take action; if you hear a softer—though, perhaps, nonetheless annoying—sound, like the ticking of a clock, and can't shut it off, you will, eventually, shut it out, and may cease to hear it altogether. Similarly with a rank odor, smelled upon entering a room; if you can't get rid of it, you eventually cease to smell it.” Therefore, conclude Kirk and Madsen, “we can extract the following principle for our campaign to desensitize straights to gays and gayness, inundate them in a continuous flood of gay-related advertising, presented in the least offensive fashion possible. If straights can't shut off the shower, they may at least eventually get used to being wet.”

Jamming: “The trick is to get the bigot into the position of feeling a conflicting twinge of shame, along with his reward, whenever his homohatred surfaces, so that his reward will be diluted or spoiled,” write Kirk and Madsen. “This can be accomplished in a variety of ways, all making use of repeated exposure to pictorial images or verbal statements that are incompatible with his self-image as a well-liked person, one who fits in with the rest of the crowd. Thus, propagandistic advertisement can depict homophobic and homohating bigots as crude loudmouths .... It can depict gays experiencing horrific suffering as the direct result of homohatred – suffering of which even most bigots would be ashamed to be the cause. It can, in short, link homohating bigotry with all sorts of attributes the bigot would be ashamed to possess, and with social consequences he would find unpleasant and scary. The attack, therefore, is on self-image and on the pleasure in hating.”

Conversion: “Please don't confuse Conversion with political Subversion,” state Kirk and Madsen. “The word 'subversion' has a nasty ring, of which the American people are inordinately afraid – and on their guard against. Yet, ironically, by Conversion we actually mean something far more profoundly threatening to the American Way of Life, without which no truly sweeping social change can occur. We mean conversion of the average American's emotions, mind, and will, through a planned psychological attack, in the form of propaganda fed to the nation via the media. We mean 'subverting' the mechanism of prejudice to our own ends – using the very processes that made America hate us to turn their hatred into warm regard – whether they like it or not.”

Whether they like it or not. Kirk and Madsen sum up the process: “Desensitization lets the engine run out of steam, causing it to halt on the tracks indefinitely. Jamming, in essence, derails it. Conversion – our ambitious long-range goal – puts the engine into reverse gear and sends it back whence it came.” Yes, Virginia, there is a “gay agenda,” and it has grown bold enough to attack the world’s children, precisely because its proponents are aware that too many parents have already been conquered by the strategy outlined in After the Ball. The Kirk and Madsen disciples who are launching the attacks against the innocence and intelligence of the toddlers of Tempe, like their cohorts all around the globe, know exactly what they are about.

Dutch Pedophiles Launch Political Party

Reuters reports (May 30, 2006) that “Dutch pedophiles are launching a political party to push for a cut in the legal age for sexual relations to 12 from 16 and the legalization of child pornography and sex with animals, sparking widespread outrage.”

The official name of the party, which was officially registered on May 31st, is the Naastenliefde, Vrijheid en Diversiteit (NVD), or the “Charity, Freedom and Diversity Party.” The party wants to cut the legal age for sexual relations to 12 and eventually scrap the limit altogether.

"A ban just makes children curious," Ad Van den Berg, one of the party's founders, told the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper. "We want to make pedophilia the subject of discussion. We want to get into parliament so we have a voice. Other politicians only talk about us in a negative sense, as if we were criminals," Van den Berg told Reuters.

The NVD party wants private possession of child pornography to be allowed although it supports the ban on the trade of such materials, and  supports the broadcasting of pornography on daytime television, with only violent pornography limited to the late evening. The party advocates that toddlers should be given sex education and youths aged 16 and up should be allowed to appear in pornographic films and prostitute themselves. In addition, sex with animals should be allowed although abuse of animals should remain illegal, everyone should be allowed to go naked in public, all soft and hard drugs should be legalized, and there should be free train travel for all.

Despite the Netherlands’ liberal policies on soft drugs, prostitution and gay marriage, an opinion poll published on May 30th revealed that 82 percent wanted the government to do something to stop the new party, while 67 percent said promoting pedophilia should be illegal.

Lawmaker Geert Wilders said he had asked the government to investigate whether a party with such "sick ideas" could really be established, and Kees Van deer Staaij, a member of the Christian SGP party, the "Constitutional Reformed Party” (which follows conservative “Christian” principles, in the tradition of the Dutch Reformed Church), also demanded action: "Pedophilia and child pornography should be taboo in every constitutional state. Breaking that will just create more victims and more serious ones."

"They make out as if they want more rights for children. But their position that children should be allowed sexual contact from age 12 is of course just in their own interest," said anti-pedophile campaigner Ireen van Engelen.

Comment: It is interesting to note that the Reuters scribe who filed the above report couldn’t help noting that pedophilia-party opponent Geert Wilders is a “right-wing lawmaker.” As though political affiliation really counted in the matter of stopping a group whose sole aim is the legalization of child sexual abuse.

The brain-trust (and I use the term very loosely) of the NVD party is overplaying their hand by violating one of the principles outlined in the “gay strategy manifesto,” After the Ball (see above comment). Authors Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen, focusing on the mainstreaming of the homosexual image, wrote:

In practical terms, this means that cocky mustachioed leather-men, drag queens, and bull dykes would not appear in gay commercials and other public presentations. Conventional young people, middle-age women, and older folks of all races would be featured, not to mention the parents and straight friends of gays .... It cannot go without saying, incidentally, that groups on the farthest margins of acceptability, such as NAMBLA [North American Man-Boy Love Association], must play no part at all in such a campaign. Suspected child molesters will never look like victims.

The same would apply to any sort of “mainstreaming” of pedophilia. The NVD wants the practice of pedophilia to be divested of its “negative sense.” For their blatantly criminal demands to be treated as acceptable ones, the concept of the pedophile as “victim” would have to be deeply ingrained into the modern psyche. It doesn’t seem possible, but we can take nothing for granted these days. A look at the huge advances made in the last decade by the homosexual agenda provides adequate proof that “victimhood” is worth its weight in gold.

Sioux Tribal Council Bans Abortions

Life Site News reports (June 1, 2006) that the tribal council of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation of South Dakota has voted to completely ban abortion on the reserve, ending efforts by council president Cecelia Fire Thunder to establish an abortion clinic within tribal territory. The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council also voted to suspend council president Fire Thunder, saying she solicited donations for an abortion clinic without the permission of the council. Tribal council representative Will Peters, who made the motion to suspend Fire Thunder for 20 days until an impeachment hearing takes place, said the president’s actions amounted to unauthorized political activity.

Fire Thunder began pushing for the establishment of an abortion clinic on the reserve after South Dakota passed a law last March banning almost all categories of abortion in the state. She said that state law would not apply within the reservation boundaries. In a March 24, 2006 article in Indian Country Today, Fire Thunder is quoted as saying regarding abortion: ''It's my personal opinion that it's a woman's choice. She makes the decision and the only person she is going to be accountable to is the Creator and the spirit of that child.” She also said, in an April 4, 2006 interview with alternate:

A long time ago, we had medicines that were available to terminate a pregnancy. Women like my grandmother were medicine women, and they had it in their possession. So you look at every culture in the world, and there were ways we took care of ourselves. You didn't have people passing laws to control a woman's body.

But retired chief judge for the Oglala, Patrick Lee, who teaches tribal law at Oglala Lakota College, told the Associated Press in April that an abortion clinic would go against tribal law and the inherent respect for all life held by the Oglala people: “Life is sacred – the winged, two-legged, four-legged. You hear constant references to respect for life. It’s the tribal law.” Lee also pointed out that respect for the unborn is specifically stated in the juvenile code of tribal law, which states that “a child conceived, but not born, is to be deemed an existing person so far as may be necessary for its interests and welfare to be protected in the event of its subsequent birth.”

Comment: In the event of its subsequent birth. The juvenile code of tribal law manages to do what the highly-touted and mercilessly verbose legal systems of the rest of the world cannot. It recognizes, quite simply, that every single human being walking the earth today started out as a “fetus.” It recognizes that it is the very nature of the “fetus” to develop into a fully grown human person. The pre-born is the exact same creature, in soul and substance, as he or she will be when they are 40 or 80 years old. The law recognizes the pre-born individual as a human being, and thus recognizes also the pre-born’s need for legal protection.

America has always been a land of “grassroots” movements. In September of 2005, the tribal council of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of western North Carolina made headlines by voting unanimously to mount a copy of the Ten Commandments in the council house where government meetings are held. Now, in 2006, the tribal council of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation of South Dakota votes to completely ban abortion on the reserve.

These are examples of independent thought at work, what used to be called “the American spirit.” These are examples of people who have chosen not to sacrifice their reason to destructive, self-serving agendas which only drag us down, and never uplift us. May more such examples come to light, from any and all regions of this vast country.

Europe’s Oldest Surviving Book?

“A collection of charred scraps kept in a Greek museum's storerooms are all that remains of what archaeologists say is Europe's oldest surviving book,” reports the Associated Press (June 1, 2006).

More than four decades after the Derveni papyrus was found in a 2,400-year-old nobleman's grave in northern Greece, researchers announced on May 31st that they are close to uncovering new text — through high-tech digital analysis — from the blackened fragments left after the manuscript was burnt on its owner's funeral pyre. Although large sections of the mid-4th century B.C. book — a philosophical treatise on ancient religion — were read years ago, archaeologist Polyxeni Veleni believes U.S. imaging and scanning techniques will considerably expand and clarify that text.

"I believe some 10-20 percent of new text will be added, which however will be of crucial importance," said Veleni, director of the Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum, where the manuscript is kept. "This will fill in many gaps, we will get a better understanding of the sequence and the existing text will become more complete.”

The scroll, originally several yards of papyrus rolled around two wooden runners, was found half burnt in 1962. It dates to around 340 B.C., during the reign of Philip II of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great. "It is the oldest surviving book, if you can use that word for a scroll, in western tradition," Veleni said. "This was a unique find, of exceptional importance." The scroll contains a philosophical treatise on a lost poem describing the birth of the gods and other beliefs focusing on Orpheus, the mythical musician who visited the underworld to reclaim his dead love and enjoyed a strong cult following in the ancient world.

Greek philosophy expert Apostolos Pierris said the text may be a century older. "It was probably written by somebody from the circle of the philosopher Anaxagoras, in the second half of the 5th century B.C.," he said. Anaxagoras, who lived in ancient Athens, is thought to have been the teacher of Socrates and was accused by his contemporaries of atheism.

The scroll was found in the Derveni grave, about five miles northwest of Thessaloniki, part of a rich cemetery belonging to the ancient city of Lete. "It belonged to a very rich man, a Macedonian nobleman, warrior and athlete who had a lot of very important and valuable artifacts in his grave," said Polyxeni Veleni. Finds included metal vases, a gold wreath and weapons.

In May, experts from Brigham Young University in Utah used multi-spectral digital analysis to create enhanced pictures of the scroll’s text, which will be studied by Oxford University papyrologist Dirk Obbink and Pierris, and published by the end of 2007.