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In This Issue:
   President’s Message:
      UN Girl Scout Incident Another
            Warning to Parents
   We Urgently Need Your Help!
   News Items of Interest
      Abortion
      Marriage Related
      Homosexuality Related
      General Interest
   Have We Gone Mad?

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March 18, 2010

 

UN Girl Scout Incident
Another Warning to Parents


Dear Supporter of the Family,

As we noted in our first report from the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) a couple of weeks ago, Family Watch was the first organization to report the stunning story of a highly sexually graphic booklet that was available at a parallel event held by the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. called “Girls Only Workshop.”  This story has created quite a stir in the U.S. and in other countries. 

Fox News in the U.S. and Lifesite News are among those who have contacted me to get the details of how I obtained the highly objectionable booklet, Healthy, Happy, and Hot: A young person’s guide to their rights, sexuality and living with HIV, in the back of the room of this “Girls Only” event.  Both these reporters had contacted the Girl Scout organization, which they informed me had flatly denied any connection between their workshop and this booklet.  Based on the interest and some of the emails we have gotten from Girl Scout leaders, the Girl Scouts know they have a problem and think that if they simply deny it, it will just go away.

For that reason alone, I want to set the record straight because this incident should be another warning for parents to be very aware of what schools and organizations are teaching their children.

As I outlined in our previous CSW newsletter, I had walked into the room as the “Girls Only” event was beginning and was promptly asked to leave.  I did, but I remained just outside the closed door for the duration of the workshop.  When the event was over, I immediately entered the room so I could determine what kinds of literature were made available to the girls participating in the event.  After everything I have seen over the years, I shouldn’t have been surprised to see a stack of booklets on the table from none other than the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).  But I was.  Their blatant, in-your-face promotion of sexuality to children always takes me aback.  This booklet was no exception.

The booklet (click here for a pdf version) is a classic example of the sort of “sexuality education” that organizations like IPPF spend millions of dollars on in order to sexualize children throughout the world.  Information such as:

[WARNING. The following excerpts may be offensive to some readers.]

“Young people living with HIV have the right to sexual pleasure. Sex can feel great and can be really fun! Many people think sex is just about vaginal or anal intercourse… But, there are lots of different ways to have sex and lots of different types of sex. [A variety of verbs describing sexual acts are listed next] . . . . Some people like to have aggressive sex, while others like to have soft and slow sex with their partners. There is no right or wrong way to have sex. Just have fun, explore and be yourself!”

“Sharing your HIV status is called disclosure. Your decision about whether to disclose may change with different people and situations. You have the right to decide if, when, and how to disclose your HIV status.”

“Improve your sex life by getting to know your own body. Play with yourself! Masturbation is a great way to find out more about your body and what you find sexually stimulating.”

(Click here to read more excerpts from this booklet)

While the Girl Scouts are claiming they had nothing to do with distributing the booklets, clearly, they were on the table during the event and were freely available to the girls who attended.   They have tried to claim that they were left by those who had made presentations earlier in the day in that same room.  This is hardly possible.  It was the first day of the conference, and a check of the groups scheduled earlier showed that the previous events were totally unrelated to the topic of the pamphlet. 

As the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute reported, the Girl Scouts maintain they have no connection to Planned Parenthood.  Yet the Girl Scouts have regularly co-sponsored conferences in Waco, Texas with Planned Parenthood on sex education where on one occasion, a sex book was distributed to 700 girls that condones masturbation and contains explicit drawings of couples having sex and a boy putting on a condom. 

Cathy Cloninger, CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA admitted after the Waco event that “…we partner with many organizations.  We have relationships with our church communities, with YWCAs, and with Planned Parenthood organizations across the country, to bring information-based sex education programs to girls.”  So you can see that this recent claim by the Girl Scouts that they have no connection to Planned Parenthood is simply untrue.

For more details about the sexual rights agenda the Girls Scouts of the USA promoted at the UN Commission on the Status of Women, check out C-Fam’s report here. We join with the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute in calling upon the Girl Scouts of the USA to renounce the sex guide, renounce their association with Planned Parenthood and withdraw from the World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides.

Contrast this with a parallel event Family Watch held during the second week of CSW. We brought in Miriam Grossman, M.D. to the UN to tell the truth about “comprehensive sexuality education” in a presentation entitled “When Sex Education is Harmful: A physician's evidence-based critique of human sexuality education.”

Dr. Grossman presented startling scientific facts and showed how the sexual rights-based approach to sex ed is causing irreparable harm to youth.  You can see Dr. Grossman’s eye-opening presentation here. During Dr. Grossman’s presentation, three women in the audience were rolling their eyes and shaking their heads in disgust the entire time.  At the conclusion of the presentation, one of them leaped to her feet and angrily demanded the opportunity to rebut the facts that Dr. Grossman presented.  We informed her that because our next event in that room was scheduled to begin immediately, she could speak to Dr. Grossman in the hallway outside the room, but she disappeared. 

Family Watch is indebted to Dr. Grossman for her willingness to help us spread the word about the damage caused by organizations like IPPF and for her excellent presentation.  I encourage you to watch it and to visit her Web site. 

We were fortunate that IPPF was so open about their sex education agenda this year, as this made it much easier for us to expose their radical sexual ideologies.  You may want to check out your local youth programs, YMCAs, and Girl Scout troops, as one of the speakers at another CSW side event sponsored by IPPF boasted how they planned to exploit “informal education” to teach children to accept homosexual and transgender lifestyles among other things.

Parents beware!

Sincerely,
Sharon Slater
Sharon Slater
President

 


 

We Urgently Need Your Help!

We have never faced greater challenges to the family and family values than we do now and there is no doubt these challenges will only increase in the months ahead.  Not only do we face more threats at the UN than ever before but at the national level we are fighting to defend marriage in the U.S., prevent the liberalization of abortion and dealing with other issues as well.  As a result, our budget is stretched to the breaking point.

Please help in this effort to defend the family and family values by making the most generous contribution you can.  Contributions are tax-deductible for U.S. taxpayers and any amount you contribute will be used effectively and efficiently.  You can easily make a secure contribution on line here or print out a form to mail in a contribution.

 


 

News Items of Interest

Abortion

Majority of Canadians Believe Abortion is “Morally Wrong.”  In the Harris-Decima poll, phone interviews were conducted with 1,000 Canadian adults.  The poll found that 75 percent of those polled believe that abortion is “morally wrong.”  Other findings include 80 percent support marriage between a man and a woman, and 89 percent strongly agreed that “nothing is more important than family.”  The poll has a margin of error of +/- three percentage points.  Read more here. Read all the survey results here.

UN Reports 85 Million Women in China and India Have Disappeared.   Birth gender disparity is the greatest in East Asia where 119 boys are born for every 100 girls.  The “missing” women have likely died from discriminatory treatment in health care, access to nutrition, neglect and sex-selective abortion—the practice of aborting fetuses because they are female.  Read more here.  Read the report here.

Homosexuality Related

New HIV Infections Rising Among Homosexuals, Drug Users and Prostitutes.  According to the UNAIDS, the increase is due to individuals who don’t get medical help because the laws of their countries criminalize the practices.  There are 85 countries that criminalize same-sex behavior.  The head of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe stated that “a growing conservatism” was making him “very scared” because bad laws were making it difficult for high risk groups to receive treatment.  Read more here.

U.S. Senators Propose Change in Blood Donation Policy for Homosexuals.  A total of 18 senators have signed on to a letter to the Food and Drug Administration Commissioner suggesting that the ban on homosexuals who wish to donate blood be lifted.  Senator John Kerry stated that there is no scientific reason for homosexuals to be excluded from donating blood.  The ban was established in 1983 to protect the blood supply from becoming contaminated with the HIV/AIDS virus.  Read more here.

Homosexuals Attack Statement from Officers Who Oppose Them Serving in Military.  More than 1,000 retired generals and admirals have signed on to a statement in support of a 1993 federal law that makes it illegal for homosexuals and bisexuals to serve in the U.S. military.  The homosexual group Servicemembers United is claiming that some generals were surprised that their names were on this statement.  The group did not name the generals.  Read more here.

U.S. Senator Proposes Legalizing Bisexual Behavior in the Military.  Senator Joe Lieberman has introduced the “Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2010, which would allow homosexuals and bisexuals to openly serve in the U.S. military and legalize homosexual behavior for military personnel.  Read more here.

Jail for Criticism of Homosexuality Measure Pulled.  Massachusetts state lawmakers added new language to an unrelated bill that stated “Whoever publishes any false material whether written, printed, electronic, televised, or broadcast with intent to maliciously promote hatred of any group of persons in the commonwealth because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, or disability shall be guilty of libel and shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both.”  The wording was removed less than 24 hours after the move by lawmakers became public.  Read more here.

UK Introduces “Hate Registers” for British Children who Make Homosexual Comments.  Beginning September 2010, all British schools will be legally required to report all “hate incidents” and keep records on children who use anti-homosexual epithets in or out of school.  Records will be kept for children as young as five years old.  Read more here.

Episcopal Church to Name Second Homosexual Bishop.  In a move likely to further split the worldwide Anglican Communion, the Episcopal Church in the U.S. is set to appoint Mary Glasspool, an openly lesbian Los Angeles cleric, to the post.  Read more here.

Catholic Charity in Britain Wins Decision on Adoption.  The refusal of Catholic Care to place children with same-sex couples was upheld by the British court and is seen as a significant win for religious freedom in that country.  Read more here.

Marriage Related

Internet Pornography Harming Many Marriages in Ireland.  Accord, a Catholic marriage agency, has stated that Internet pornography and cyber sex are among the main reasons for marital breakdown in Ireland.  Addiction to online gambling is also a cause of contention in relationships.  Read more here.

U.S Allows Same-sex Couples to Self-Identify as ‘Married’ for Census.  The U.S. Census Bureau has re-interpreted the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) so it can count same-sex couples who claim to be “married.”  DOMA prohibits federal agencies from recognizing same-sex couples as legally married.  The Census Bureau will issue a report on the same-sex data separately from the nationwide census report.  Read more here.

Marriages Last Longer Than Cohabiting.  A statement by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said that 78 percent of marriages lasted five years or more, and less than 30 percent of cohabiting relationships last five years.  The report was based on a sample of 12,571 men and women.  Read more here.

First Same-sex Marriages Formalized in Mexico City.  Five same-sex couples were married with the mayor of Mexico City in attendance.  A law was passed last December in Mexico City allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children.  Read more here.

Argentinian Judge Reverses Same-sex Marriage.  Judge Felix Igarzabal nullified the same-sex marriage and has ordered the individuals to return all documents related to the union, reversing a previous decision by another judge who allowed the marriage between the two men.  Read more here.

News Items of General Interest

U.K. Report Finds Children Over-exposed to Sexual Imagery.  The report, authored by psychologist Dr. Linda Papadopoulos, found a link between sexualized imagery and violence toward females.  Papadopoulos found that children are being exposed to cell phone pornography, sexual advertising of clothing, and explicit magazines marketed to teenage boys, and it is distorting perceptions of themselves, which can lead to sexual bullying.  Read more here. Read the report here.

Report Reveals Family Breakdown Costing Billions Yearly.  A report by The Relationships Foundation, a British think tank, entitled “Counting the Cost of Family Failure,” estimates that the breakdown of the family costs the UK a staggering £41 billion annually (over $62 billion USD).  The authors did not take into account pain and suffering of individuals experiencing family failure and stated “When relationships break down the full costs are incalculable.”  Read more here.

 


 

Have We Gone MAD?

Bizarre, real-life examples that make us wonder. . . Have We Gone MAD?

Swiss Miss

Coming on the heels of a recent British report that concluded that children are “overexposed to sexual imagery,” which if I’m not mistaken results in a boatload of negative outcomes including premature sexual activity, epidemic sexually transmitted diseases in teens, and increasing numbers of unwed teenage mothers, one Swiss company apparently has the answer.

More parental supervision?

No.

Stricter regulation of the media?

Nah.

Built-in filters in computers and cell phones?

Nope.

Lamprecht AG has the answer.  The Swiss company is now producing the “Hotshot.”  A condom sized especially for (are you sitting down?) 12 year olds.  That’s right.  A mini-condom just for kids.

Could it possibly be that there is a good reason that, until now, condoms were produced in adult sizes?  Could it be because sexual behavior is best left . . . I don’t know . . . TO ADULTS??

Though the condoms are reasonably priced by adult standards, pre-teen boys may have to choose what to spend their allowance on . . . baseball cards . . . lunch at the drive-through . . . an hour at the arcade . . .or … a pack of Hotshots.

 

 


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