VfJUK delivers petition calling on Theresa May and the Conservative party to end discrimination, condemnation, and intimidation of MPs who support traditional marriage and morality

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Text of the accompanying letter read:

Dear Mr McLoughin (Chairman of the Conservative Party) and Prime Minister, 

 Delivery of Petition: “We call for former Tory MP Andrew Turner’s immediate reselection and reinstatement as candidate for the Isle of Wight.”

Long-standing Tory MP for the Isle of Wight, Andrew Turner, was reportedly forced to stand down prior to the general election by Conservative Central Office, after having told A-level students at Newport that homosexuality was wrong and dangerous to society. We protest at such unjustified treatment. If Mr Turner honestly held this view and could give sound reasons why, while maintaining charity towards people experiencing same sex attraction, surely he was entitled to express his opinion?

As it is, a sixteen-year old gay activist pupil present at the talk posted her outrage on social media, with the immediate result that the MP was universally pilloried for his contemptible bigotry. For example, Labour election boss Andrew Gwynne said, “There is no place for bigotry and hatred like this in modern society, and no one holding these views is fit for public office.”  (http://www.iwcp.co.uk/news/Anger-over-alleged-Andrew-Turner-homosexuality-comments-314956.aspx).   Astonishingly, however, he was similarly condemned out-of-hand by Conservatives, a source for whom said: “There’s no place in the party for such views.” (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/28/tory-mp-stands-allegedly-telling-students-homosexuality-wrong/)

Such response, resulting in Mr Turner’s forced resignation, is unfair, unjustified, and intolerant.

At no point was there any enquiry into why the MP held such views, or any examination of those views. Instead he was immediately condemned as a bigot. This is direct violation of Articles 9 and 10 of the Human Rights Act 1998, respectively protecting the rights to freedom of thought, belief, and religion; and the freedom to hold and express your own opinions.

All citizens of this country – including most especially Members of Parliament elected to represent the full diversity of opinion – have every right to express their honest and personal opinions without fear of recrimination, abuse and intimidation.

We therefore call on the Conservative party, and on Theresa May, as Prime Minister and leader of that Party, to have the courage to oppose totalitarian intolerance masquerading as liberalism, and actively commit to upholding freedom of speech, thought and belief for all.

In particular, we call for an end to discrimination, condemnation, and intimidation against MPs who, as result of honestly held conviction and/or Christian belief, support traditional marriage and morality.

Yours sincerely,

Please feel free to use or adapt the text of this letter to write to your own MP, and/or Theresa May.

Let’s Make Our Voice Heard!

 

 

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Sexually transmitted infections hit the highest levels ever!

According to recent data from Public Health England (PHE), STIs have soared by almost 100% since 2012, with cases for syphilis at their highest level since 1949.  The highest impact is apparently in heterosexuals aged 15-24, black ethnic minorities, and men who have sex with men. (See: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/617025/Health_Protection_Report_STIs_NCSP_2017.pdf )

Quite patently, the Government’s SRE policy is not working. Despite all the teaching – supposedly designed to keep children safe – STIs have reached epidemic level proportions among the nation’s young, and they are suffering. We are all suffering.

In relation to the figures, but clearly unwilling to ‘overplay’ the situation, Dr Michael Brady, medical director at sexual health charity the Terrence Higgins Trust, acknowledged they showed unacceptably high rates of STIs. How perceptive! Having then agreed that we’re facing huge challenges, he went on to say that, ‘we urgently need to address the nation’s poor sexual health and rates of STIs in those most at risk.’ (https://www.metro.news/sexually-transmitted-infections-have-soared-almost-100-since-2012/625331/)

Which, on the evidence, pretty clearly means the nation’s young.

Let’s face it, waving a condom in front of children at an increasingly early age and telling them how to have sex is a clear and demonstrable failure. Not only is it encouraging teenagers to mindless promiscuity without commitment, but it is seriously endangering their longer-term health and wellbeing. As we have pointed out before, of the 27 STIs currently recorded in the UK, not all are treatable, while some, such as gonorrhoea, are becoming increasingly antibiotic resistant.   In fact, whether it’s chlamydia, herpes, syphilis, or HIV, catching any form of STI is very far from a walk in the park!

It is surely time to reassess.  We warn children of the dangers of smoking and of consuming junk food and sugar – so why the silence here?  At the very least, if the government continues to refuse to revise its sex education policy, it needs to ensure that all such teaching carries full and comprehensive warning of the health risks attaching to non-monogamous sex, and of the fact that condoms never provide complete protection against infection.  To do anything less is not just to withhold the truth, but is a form of ideological child abuse

Shared values and Community are good – shared infections are not!

 

 

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Followers of a lesser god

Another terrorist atrocity leaves the nation reeling, and once again people ask, ‘Why?’ Jeremy Corbyn says it’s our policies that have caused terrorism, and that we have brought it on ourselves.

Let us be absolutely clear that we utterly condemn anything that even hints at possible justification for such evil acts, and our hearts go out to all those who have been affected, whether by death, injury, or bereavement – but at one level Mr Corbyn is right.   Our choices and actions, both as individuals and as a nation, have birthed the oppression, exploitation, and violence we now witness in society. Put it another way, and borrowing from the language of the Bible, we have abandoned the paths of righteousness, and chosen evil over obedience.

In fact, the reality is that on almost every issue we have rejected God, supplanting Him with our skewed adulation of humanity.   In our arrogance we are reconfiguring life, whether designing babies, reassembling ourselves into the body image and gender we ‘choose’, or opting for euthanasia when physical wellbeing slips beyond our control. Life is no longer the gift of God, but rather commodity, to be used, discarded, or ended as we decide. The reality is that our lives today are full of cruel and hungry idols – lesser gods – who demand continual worship and will increasingly brook no rival.

So now we worship not God – but sex, money, music, the internet … along with every perversion known to man, and all bolstered by the limitless pit of faux emotion that insists we are wonderful, caring and evolved human beings, because we are tolerant of everything, except that which conflicts with the new Weltanschauung.

We have opened up the road to hell. We deny and reject God, and yet still expect that He will indulge and protect us. But no, it doesn’t work like that. When we turn our backs on God, He withdraws His protection.   Which doesn’t mean that He wills evil, but He allows us to suffer the ‘natural’ consequences of our choice. So what we need now, more than anything else, is good, old fashioned, repentance.  Because then, and only then, will we see God move in power to deliver us from the growing evils now bedeviling our society.

Which means that we must first face up to the truth, and not try and pretend that things are other than they are.  Which brings us back to the latest terror attack. Many Muslims – maybe even the majority – are peaceable and want the things we all want. A happy family, home… fulfillment. But if you read the Koran, it is hard to see how Islam, with its repeated injunctions to slaughter the Infidel without mercy, can ever possibly be described as a religion of peace. At its heart is not love, but judgment and separation, and all who follow any belief system other than its own stand condemned.   The terrorists’ cry last weekend of ‘This is for Allah’ reflects an uncomfortable truth. Allah is very far from the Christian understanding of a loving God, and if we willfully refuse to acknowledge that – whether Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Sikh, or no faith at all – we will have no hope of finding a solution, and of truly bringing about peace and unity. For real trust to grow, the Muslim community itself needs honestly to confront this.

But the current crisis facing British society goes far beyond ethnic and religious division, and has to do with our more fundamental rebellion against God.

The choice is blindingly simple. The Creator God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, is, and always has been, sovereign, which means that nothing that ever happens is outside or beyond His control. He could wash away all evil in the blink of an eye, but His concern is our salvation, and that we become fully the people/beings He knows we can be – which makes it imperative that we live in relationship with Himself. The only lasting ‘cure’, therefore, is our repentance and rejection of evil; wherever and however it manifests.    First then, at every level, we have to face the truth. About the underlying causes of so-called extremism – of course! But also, and profoundly, about our own life choices … our selfishness and immorality.

While we persist in rebellion, giving worship to corrupt and lesser idols, God will allow us to inherit the evil of our choices.   But if we choose to try and follow Him – even when we get it wrong – then He will help. More, He will swamp us with love, protecting and guiding through whatever life throws at us!   But for this to happen, we need first to acknowledge our need, ‘confess’ where we have gone wrong, both deliberately and inadvertently … and then try and follow what He says and get it right.

God is a loving Father, but He does not smile in fond indulgence at sin. When we reject Him and willfully flout the laws on which our existence depends, there comes a point when He steps back, and figuratively says, “Your choice. Inherit the wind.”

 

 

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Calling parents everywhere!

The one place we think our children are going to be safe is school. We trust teachers to look after, as well as educate, them, in the confident expectation that they’ll be given the best start and fully prepared for life ahead.

What we do not expect is that they’ll receive teaching that will put them at risk by advocating hazardous behaviours that will expose them to a range of infections, some of which are life threatening and some of which can’t be treated.

But that is exactly what is happening today.

The Government is advocating mandatory relationships education for all children in primary school, and for sex and relationships education for all children in secondary school – ostensibly in order for them to stay safe and healthy in our increasing sexualized and perilous world (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/schools-to-teach-21st-century-relationships-and-sex-education). If ever there was a spectacular failure of outcome over intent, this is it!

At first glance the proposal sounds good. We all want to protect children, just as we all want them to realize their full potential and be happy. But the reality is that current teaching about ‘safe sex’, the delivery of which is designed to avoid any hint of criticism or judgment, is seriously endangering their health. If we really want to keep children safe, all teaching about sex should come with a mandatory health warning of the dangers run by sexual experimentation and promiscuity.

In the 1960s there were two major sexually transmitted diseases, syphilis and gonorrhoea. With very minor exceptions, where children suffered sexual abuse at the hands of infected predatory adults, cases were confined to the adult population (classified as those over 25), and kept in check by the wonder drug penicillin.

That is not the case today.

Currently there are 27 identifiable STIs in the UK, not all of which are treatable, and some of which are becoming increasingly antibiotic resistant (e.g. gonorrhoea). More to the point, young people are particularly susceptible to infection, and STI rates among teenagers have reached epidemic proportions. According to medical experts, the country is fast approaching a sexual health crisis.

‘REAL’ FACTS: Young people aged less than 25 experience the highest rates of STIs in the UK (http://www.fpa.org.uk/factsheets/teenagers-sexual-health-behaviour).

In 2015, 15 to 24-year-olds accounted for 62% of those diagnosed with chlamydia, 52% with gonorrhoea, 51% with genital warts, and 41% with genital herpes. Infection rates for men who have sex with men were, also according to FPA figures, ‘disproportionately” higher (http://www.fpa.org.uk/factsheets/sexually-transmitted-infections).

‘FAKE’ FACTS: Provided you use a condom, whatever you do is okay.

Children are told that to avoid unwanted pregnancy and stay safe they should always use a condom. This is misleading and dangerous. Condoms, even where used correctly, are only 85% successful in preventing pregnancy, and never provide complete protection against infection – on top of which, contrary to what is said, some STIs are transmitted not by the exchange of bodily fluids, but by skin-to-skin contact, in which case condoms provide absolutely no protection at all. For example, HPV (in women the precursor to cervical cancer), genital herpes, syphilis, pubic lice, and molluscum contagium.

Children are not warned about this, nor told of the increasing difficulties in treating infections – which may on occasion make it impossible for them to wear a swimsuit and, longer term, may lead to infertility, blindness, insanity, and death.

Treating such avoidable infections not only carries no guarantee of success, but is highly costly to the NHS and an unnecessary drain on precious resources. Yet, more to the point, the contraction of STIs poses a major danger to children’s health and future wellbeing.

This is all so unnecessary. We warn our children of the dangers of consuming too much sugar and junk food, and of the health risks attaching to smoking and drugs – yet in this one, vital area, we stay silent.  The truth is, we are failing our children, and for their protection and wellbeing, this has got to stop.

As a matter of priority, all Sex and Relationships Education should carry a mandatory health warning of the risks attaching to casual, non-monogamous sex.

Shared values and Community are good – shared infections are not!

Please sign our petition calling for it be made mandatory for all sex education delivered in UK schools to contain full and comprehensive information of the health risks attaching to non-monogamous sex. Sign here: http://www.citizengo.org/en/signit/70761/view

And please go along to your child’s school and ask the teachers and Head what they are doing to alert children to the dangers. Together we can keep children safe!

 

 

 

 

 

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WARNING: Sugar can make you obese … sexual promiscuity can kill

Sugar can make you obese, leading to increased risk of diabetes, heart trouble and cancer

Sexual Promiscuity makes you liable to 27 sexually transmitted infections, can cause infertility, and increases the likelihood of premature death

 As a flagship policy in the run up to the general election, Labour have announced a childhood obesity programme that will ban adverts promoting junk food from being broadcast before 9pm. Said Jonathan Ashworth, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, “The scandal of child ill-health is a long-standing, growing and urgent challenge.”  He pledged that, if elected, his party would halve childhood obesity within ten years and make Britain “the healthiest country in the world to grow up in.

How very odd that we warn of the health risks attaching to sugar and what is variously categorized ‘junk food’, but say nothing about the hazards of sexual promiscuity, even though STI rates amongst teenagers have now reached epidemic level proportions, and are almost certainly the main cause of adult infertility. In fact, not only do we not warn, but these days we actively promote hazardous sexual behaviours, and encourage non-exclusive relationships as a matter of course – while at the same time advancing the factually misleading and mentally destabilizing view that gender is not a matter of biology but of choice, which can change from day to day.

Which is another way of saying that current teaching on sex and education, far from protecting children, is actually contributing to their ill-health. But for Mr Ashworth and his Labour confreres, this is apparently okay.

It is not okay with us. Such lessons should come with a health warning. Condoms distributed willy nilly by teachers showing children how to put them on carrots and then encouraging them to go and try them out for themselves, should carry huge labels saying, ‘The use of these products can lead to both unplanned pregnancy and infertility, and extremely nasty infections that can cause itching, blindness, insanity and premature death.”

As it is, the hypocrisy of our politicians and policy makers – from all parties – is quite staggering. Kids may be condemned to a life-time of medication and therapy, and die young … but at least they’ll die thin!

Says it all really.

 

 

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