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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: Transgender Is "Mental Disorder," Sex Change "Biologically Impossible"

By Rick Pearcey • August 21, 2014, 08:03 AM

Michael Chapman reports at CNSNews.com:

Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said that transgenderism is a "mental disorder" that merits treatment, that sex change is "biologically impossible," and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder.



Friday, April 4, 2014

Muslim Cleric Urges Needy Women to Become Sex-Slaves

By Rick Pearcey • April 4, 2014, 08:54 AM

Raymond Ibrahim quotes a Muslim sheikh:

We hereby give fatwa permitting the Syrian woman who desires to be married to a Muslim man, via a "right hand possession" contract -- whereby he becomes her master and she becomes his slave -- that all this contract needs is for the woman be clean of her menstruation period, and that this contract be registered with the sheikhs or other authorities, either in a Sharia or civil court. . . . 

Afterwards, once the woman says, "I give you possession over myself," via contract of "right hand possession," this woman becomes his loyal servant, and he her lord; she becomes a slave and concubine to him, and he must support her according to a previously agreed upon monetary fee . . . thus they become governed by the rulings of "right hand possession," and there is no problem with this, Allah willing.

Go here to read the entire article. 

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Pressure on Brit Politicians to Explain Links to "Vile" Pedophile Group

By Rick Pearcey • February 24, 2014, 06:31 AM

Guy Adams and Tim Shipman report at the UK Daily Mail:

Pressure is mounting on three Labour grandees to explain their links with a vile group that tried to legalise sex with children.

MPs, commentators and even Labour-supporting newspapers lined up yesterday to attack the silence of the party’s deputy leader Harriet Harman, her MP husband [Jack Dromey] and former minister Patricia Hewitt.

The chorus of condemnation follows the Mail’s devastating series of reports into how the trio held key roles in a human rights organisation that supported the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE).

The Mail has revealed how, before they became MPs, the three were leading officials in the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL) which granted "affiliate" status to PIE and built close links with it.

"The group of predatory paedophiles was calling for the age of consent to be cut to just four," according to the Daily Mail.

In addition, the Mail reports, the "NCCL itself lobbied Parliament for the age of sexual consent to be cut to ten -- if the child 'understood the nature of the act' -- and called for incest to be legalised in what one MP dubbed a 'Lolita's charter'."

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Female Privilege: How Society Disincentivizes Male Responsibility

By Nancy Pearcey • December 3, 2013, 02:53 PM

Psychologist Helen Smith is author of the book Men on Strike. Its theme is that too many men are simply dropping out of normal adult responsibilities.

In a Salvo article titled "Cashed Out: The War Against Sexual Order Has Young Men in Full Retreat," Terrell Clemmons discusses several "zones" where men are "going on strike":

Higher Education. In addition to the enrollment imbalance, which is approaching a 60/40 ratio of women to men, college has become, in the words of one professor, "a hostile working environment [in which] males increasingly feel emasculated." . . .

Work, including community involvement. With higher female graduation rates and salaries, men today are falling behind their fathers economically and professionally. Consequently, their efforts to prove themselves worthy mates through hard work and higher earnings don't win female attention the way they used to. Discouraged, too many retreat to a man cave. . . .

Marriage. Marriage rates are down, and honest men opting out will tell you why. Smith cites a Rutgers University study of single heterosexual men which turned up the top reasons they hadn't married. They can get sex and the companionship of cohabitation without marriage more easily than in times past, and they don't want to open themselves up to the risk of divorce and financial loss. It really isn't that complicated a decision. 

But Smith cautions against any superficial conclusions that attribute all this to male immaturity, laziness, or plain sexual economics. While those things may figure in, the man-child label simply doesn't stick to the men she actually hears from. On the contrary, she says men are "acting rationally in response to the lack of incentives today's society offers them to be responsible fathers, husbands and providers." It isn't an organized, or even a declared strike. It's more of a reluctant retreat. Why should they do otherwise? Chris, a thirty-something single man, captured it: "There is nothing in it for me, no incentive and no reason."

Read more here.

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Legalized Prostitutes Support Obamacare

By Rick Pearcey • December 3, 2013, 08:18 AM

"This is truly a blessing," says Caressa Kisses of the Moonlight Bunny Ranch in Nevada, according to KRNV/MyNews4.com in Reno. 



Saturday, October 12, 2013

High Schoolers Perform Bestiality-Themed Play

By Nancy Pearcey • October 12, 2013, 05:00 PM

According to AZCentral.com, students in an Arizona high school performed  

The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? by Edward Albee, an absurdist play in which one of the characters falls in love with a goat. It includes the use of several vulgar sexual terms. . . .

In the play, a middle-aged man leads an ideal life with his wife and teenage son, until he admits that he is also in love with a goat named Sylvia, with whom he has had sex. The play explores themes of tolerance, morality and revenge, and includes scenes of homosexuality and incest.  

I remember this play well -- I wrote about it in Total Truth. But at the time, I did not anticipate that it would filter down to the high school level. Here's what I said there to explain the worldview backdrop: 

In the past, it was Christians who warned that Darwinian evolution would ultimately destroy morality, by reducing it to behavioral patterns selected only for their survival value. Back then, evolutionists would often respond with soothing reassurances that getting rid of God would not jeopardize morality -- that “we can be good without God.” But in recent years, evolutionists themselves have begun bluntly declaring that the theory undercuts the basis of ­morality.

For example, biologist William Provine of Cornell travels the lecture circuit telling university students that the Darwinian revolution is still incomplete, because we have not yet embraced all its moral and religious implications. What are those implications? Provine lists them: “There is no ultimate foundation for ethics, no ultimate meaning in life, and no free will.” Thus evolutionary psychologists are simply completing the Darwinian revolution by drawing out its full implications. They are connecting the dots, by showing what consistent Darwinism means for morality.

The results can be quite abhorrent. A few years ago, conservative commentators around the country gave a collective gasp when an article appeared by a Princeton University professor supporting -- of all things -- sexual relations between humans and animals. The professor was Peter Singer, already notorious for his support of animal rights. (Apparently we ­didn’t realize what kind of rights he meant . . . ­)

The article was titled “Heavy Petting,” and in it Singer makes it clear that his real target is biblical morality. In the West, he writes, we have a “Judeo-Christian tradition” that teaches that “humans alone are made in the image of God.” “In Genesis, God gives humans dominion over the animals.” But evolution has thoroughly refuted the biblical account, Singer maintains: Evolution teaches us that “We are animals” -- and the result is that “sex across the species barrier [isn’t that a scientific-sounding euphemism?] ceases to be an offence to our status and dignity as human ­beings.”

These sentiments do not remain carefully contained within academia, but trickle down into popular culture -- where they have a much greater impact on the public. In 2002 a play opened on Broadway to rave reviews called The Goat, or, Who Is Sylvia? featuring a successful architect who confesses to his wife that he has fallen in love with someone else. The object of his affection turns out to be a goat named Sylvia. Apparently, playwrights no longer feel that they can get enough dramatic tension out of an ordinary affair; to really create drama, they must probe the theme of ­bestiality.

A culture is driven by a kind of logic: It will eventually begin to express the logical consequences of the dominant worldview. If evolution is true -- if there really is an unbroken continuity between humans and animals -- then Singer is absolutely right about what he calls “sex across the species ­barrier.”

Once again, all the dots connect back to your view of ­origins.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Paging Nancy Pearcey: Evolution in Pop Culture

By Rick Pearcey • October 9, 2013, 12:51 PM

Excerpt from Saving Leonardo

In our own day, the evolutionary worldview has filtered down through all levels of society. In 2005 the London Zoo offered a provocative exhibit with a sign that read: “Warning: Humans in their Natural Environment.” The exhibit featured men and women dressed in bathing suits with green fig leaves attached.

The humans cavorted, posed on the rocks, and pretended to groom like baboons, picking parasites out of one another’s hair. Several children were heard asking, “Why are there people in there?” That’s exactly the question the zoo was hoping to spark, a spokeswoman replied: “Seeing people in a different environment, among other animals . . . teaches members of the public that the human is just another primate.”

What are the implications of seeing humans as “just another primate”? Even Hollywood actresses know the answer to that question. In an interview, Scarlett Johansson was once asked to respond to rumors that she had a reputation for being sexually promiscuous.

Her reply was unfiltered naturalism: Humans are merely biological organisms and therefore the practice of monogamy -- being sexually faithful to one person -- is just not natural. “I do think on some basic level we are animals,” Johansson said, “and by instinct we kind of breed accordingly.”

Actress Sienna Miller was more caustic. “Monogamy is . . . an overrated virtue,” she told Rolling Stone, “because, let’s face it, we’re f------ animals.”

Obviously, Darwinian evolution is not just a scientific theory. It has worldview implications that percolate from classic literature down to Hollywood and into our living rooms.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

New Porn Study Shocks Former Editor of Soft-Porn Magazine

By Nancy Pearcey • October 2, 2013, 10:55 AM

Martin Daubney, formerly editor of Loaded, discusses in the Daily Mail (U.K.) a study he conducted with Dr. Valerie Voon of Cambridge University. Daubney explains that their study focused on . . .

. . . a particular brain region called the ventral striatum -- the "reward centre" -- where our sense of pleasure is produced. This is one of the areas where an addict will show a heightened response to visual representations of their addiction -- whether it's a syringe or a bottle of vodka.

What we discovered was a revelation. When shown porn, the reward centre of normal volunteers barely reacted, but that of the compulsive porn users lit up like a Christmas tree. 

The compulsive porn users' brains showed clear parallels with those with substance addictions.

Everybody on the project was astounded. . . .

If porn does have the insidious power to be addictive, then letting our children consume it freely via the internet is like leaving heroin lying around the house, or handing out vodka at the school gates.

And this toxic effect is filtering down directly into young girls' lives.

The most shocking testament came from Professor Gail Dines. Regarded as the world's leading anti-pornography campaigner, she has interviewed thousands of men and women about sex and pornography.

"When you interview young women about their experiences of sex, you see an increased level of violence: rough, violent sex," she says.

"That is directly because of porn, as young boys are getting their sexual cues from men in porn who are acting as if they're sexual psychopaths. Pornography is sexually traumatising an entire generation of boys."

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Nancy Pearcey Podcast: "The Reality of a Transgender Worldview"

By Rick Pearcey • September 13, 2013, 10:30 AM

Nancy was recently interviewed by Jeremy Dys of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia (FPCWV), and a podcast of the interview is now posted online.

"The next big push in sexual orientation rights is for transgender people. There's an idea that one's physical body has nothing whatsoever to do with who a person really is," states FPCWV. Pearcey Report Editor at Large and HBU Prof. Nancy Pearcey argues "that affirming the transgender lifestyle is damaging to a person's self-image. She talks about how our view of our physical body is linked to our worldview and, consequently, the laws we advocate for."

The interview centers on Nancy's article, "Transgender Politics vs. the Facts of Life," recently published in The Pearcey Report.

Perhaps also of interest to readers is my article "The Revolt of Intelligence Against 'Marriage Equality,'" published at American Thinker and The Pearcey Report.

Among other points, this article examines how the push for "marriage equality" in reality leads to "'marriage elasticity,' with the ultimate goal of 'marriage extinction'." The stated views of a leading lesbian journalist-activist on these matters is most revealing.



Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Pervert Party

By Rick Pearcey • July 25, 2013, 08:09 AM

You probably already know which political party is "the pervert party."

And higher-information voters will likely not be surprised that this well-earned description has something to do with a certain Anthony Weiner. 

This, after all, is the guy running for mayor of New York City who, among other recently exposed indiscretions, reportedly had plans for a "secret sex bunker."

Unfortunately, there's more to the story. Far too much more, as Robert Stacy McCain discusses at The American Specator while answering the question: "Do liberals really mind Anthony Weiner’s interest in 'smooth' girls?"

Decent parents may be shocked by what they read here because they are, in a word, decent.

That's good for them, and for their kids. But this could be bad news for the pervert party.



Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Pornography Leads to Sexual Assault Among Children

By Rick Pearcey • March 12, 2013, 01:56 PM

A press release from Liberty Counsel states:

Pornography & sexual promiscuity are destroying a generation of young people.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is reporting that from 2009 to 2012 over 5,000 sexual assaults in England involved a child perpetrator raping or sexually assaulting another child.

Of the cases reported, 98 percent of the perpetrators were boys, 20 percent of the victims were a family member, and one third of the victims were a family friend.

From the youngest age, children mimic what they see. If they see sex acts, many children naturally practice these life changing acts on vulnerable infants and children nearby.

"The offending children are ordinarily not aiming to do harm but rather to act 'grown up' as they practice the fascinating, toxic stimuli adult society has coldheartedly loosed into their developmental environment," said Judith Reisman visiting professor at Liberty University School of Law.

"We are allowing the cannibalization of our children," said Reisman. “Thanks to the latest advances in neuroscience, we now know that pornographic visual images imprint and alter the brain, triggering an instant, involuntary, but lasting, biochemical memory trail. And once new neurochemical pathways are established, they are difficult or impossible to delete," Reisman said.

"Pornographic images also cause secretion of the body’s 'fight or flight' sex hormones. This triggers excitatory transmitters and produces non-rational, involuntary reactions. Media erotic fantasies become deeply imbedded, commonly coarsening, confusing, motivating, and addicting many of those exposed.

"This scientifically documented, neurochemical imprinting affects children and teens especially deeply; their still-developing brains process emotions differently, with significantly less rationality and cognition than the adult brain," Reisman continued.

  "The mainstreaming of pornography since the 1950s directly coincides with the unprecedented explosion in sexual disease and a huge, exponential increase in new types of pornographic copycat sex crimes by and to juveniles and adults. Such facts should inform the legal arguments about free speech versus pornography in public and even private venues," Reisman concluded.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

State Department Will Issue "Female" Passports to Anatomical Males

By Rick Pearcey • March 11, 2013, 07:48 PM

Penny Starr reports at CNSNews.com:

The U.S. State Department's policy on dealing with transgendered people will allow Americans who are anatomically male but identify themselves as female to secure U.S. passports that match their gender "identity" rather than their anatomy.

But what if, O gods of State, an individual should feel simultaneously male and female? What oppression these simultransgendered pioneers must feel.

Welcome to Insanefrancisco, ladies and gentlemen, dogs and cats. Don't forget to leave that thing called a body at the door. Your intelligence, too.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Legal Prostitution a Dutch Disaster

By Rick Pearcey • February 28, 2013, 12:58 PM

Julie Bindel writes at the UK Spectator:

In 2000 the Dutch government decided to make it even easier for pimps, traffickers and punters by legalising the already massive and highly visible brothel trade. Their logic was as simple as it was deceptive: to make things safer for everyone. Make it a job like any other. Once the women were liberated from the underworld, the crooks, drug dealers and people traffickers would drift away.

That was theory. Now, 12 years later, the results are in and all too clear. Bindel writes:

Rather than afford better protection for the women, it has simply increased the market. Rather than confine the brothels to a discrete (and avoidable) part of the city, the sex industry has spilt out all over Amsterdam -- including on-street. Rather than be given rights in the "workplace", the prostitutes have found the pimps are as brutal as ever. The government-funded union set up to protect them has been shunned by the vast majority of prostitutes, who remain too scared to complain.

The legislative nomenclature has changed, but the harsh reality of the sex trade remains. Bindel explains:

Pimps, under legalisation have been reclassified as managers and businessmen. Abuse suffered by the women is now called an "occupational hazard", like a stone dropped on a builder’s toe. Sex tourism has grown faster in Amsterdam than the regular type of tourism: As the city became the brothel of Europe, women have been imported by traffickers from Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia to meet the demand. In other words, the pimps remained but became legit -- violence was still prevalent but part of the job, and trafficking increased. Support for the women to leave prostitution became almost nonexistent. The innate murkiness of the job has not been washed away by legal benediction.

"The Dutch government hoped to play the role of the honourable pimp, taking its share in the proceeds of prostitution through taxation," Bindel writes. "But only 5 per cent of the women registered for tax, because no one wants to be known as a whore -- however legal it may be." 

Despite all of this openminded, libertine legality, crime also persists in the sex trade: "Illegality has simply taken a new form, with an increase in trafficking, unlicensed brothels and pimping," Bindel notes. "With policing completely out of the picture, it was easier to break the laws that remained."

HT: Lynn Barton

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