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Google is set to release 53 gender-fluid emojis in an attempt to make the emoji keyboard more universal and gender inclusive. According to Fast Company, Google will be the first tech company to fill the space between male and female emoji symbols, and “acknowledge gender as something that is fluid rather than binary.” “It’s like we’re all at the pool and it’s like the water is cold,” Jennifer Daniel, director of Android emojis at Google said. “Some people want to go swimming, but we’ll wait for someone to swim first. We just dove in first.” Daniel went on to say,…

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Former White House adviser, Oliver McGee, has shared footage on social media of former Vice President Joe Biden saying he wants “unrelenting immigration” to turn white America into an “absolute minority.” “WOW! Joe Biden caught on tape,” McGee said. “He doesn’t want the American people to see this. He wants unrelenting immigration until whites are America’s minority!” “Immigration is based on MERIT, NOT COLOR of one’s skin,” McGee added. The comments were made during a 2015 introductory three-day summit addressing violent extremism following a string of Islamic terror attacks throughout Western nations. “I’m proud of the American record on culture and…

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Albert Camus asserted any action which acts decisively against injustice and oppression, is to be considered as being part of what he called the ‘generosity of rebellion.’ This concept is largely summarised as being any action: “which unhesitatingly gives the strength of its love and refuses injustice without a moment’s delay. Its merit lies in making no calculations, distributing everything that it possesses to life and to living men and women. It is thus prodigal in its gift to the men and women to come.” While it is an overstatement, if used solely as a definition for homeschooling, I don’t…

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Karl Barth and Roger Scruton make unlikely conversation partners. Barth, was a Reformed Swiss theologian, who held up the distinction between theology and philosophy, and Scruton, is a British philosopher, talks theology, but knows his limits on the subject. The meeting between the two takes place in Barth’s On Religion and Scruton’s, The West and All the Rest. Together they provide a telescopic view of modern religio-politics and the socio-political landscape of contemporary Western society. One big theme for Scruton is the relationship between the ‘social contract’ and Creed communities (or communities bound by religious law). One clear example of…

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Teen Vogue, a popular online magazine targeted at teenage girls, told their young readers this month, abortion procedures are safer than giving birth. “Abortion is actually very safe,” the magazine stated in a piece titled 5 Abortion Myths and the Truth About Them. “In fact, it’s a safer procedure than getting a colonoscopy, and it’s safer than giving birth.” The U.S. based publication also linked young readers to a study which claimed the risk of death associated with childbirth is approximately 14 times higher than that with abortions. What the article fails to mention is that every successful abortion results…

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The problem with Australian politics is the paradox of a lack of clear choices and a context of unprecedented polarisation. If I can even be so naive as to suggest there is only one problem, or even only one main problem, optimism about political debate and futures could be greatly improved simply by the major parties clearly distinguishing themselves from each other. There’s a common frustration about both parties being nearly indistinguishable. MPs in the parties often feel this is unfair, especially those further from the centre, and their feelings are not without merit. But neither are the comparisons. For…

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Context and explanation meant absolutely nothing to the outraged leftist media complex collaborating with self-interested politicians when accusing Senator Fraser Anning of Nazi levels of racism for saying the words “final solution”. Senator Anning declared, “In the days of Menzies, immigrants arriving here were not allowed to apply for welfare and that attracted exactly the right sort of hard-working people this country needed. We should go back to that and ban all immigrants receiving welfare for the first five years after they arrive. The final solution to the immigration problem is, of course, a popular vote.” Turnbull called the reference…

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Every religion outside of Christianity basically says the same thing: You must do such-and-such in order to earn your way to “heaven.” Where they differ is in what things you ought to do in order to earn your way to that promised eternal bliss. The idea that we can earn our way to heaven is as common to mankind as pride. And it’s tied to pride because it’s the refusal to acknowledge the fact that we have already failed the test. In the Garden of Eden, God told Adam if he ate of the forbidden fruit he would die (Genesis…

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Controversial blogger, Adam Piggot in an article on Christian men and feminism raised some talking points about the current state of the Church. Adam discussed how Christians have backed down in the face of feminism. His major point was that ‘the modern Christian fears’ taking a stand against feminism. Adam’s argued that men, women and children have now become its puppets. Men in the Church have a particular responsibility for this. They’ve allowed the feminist conquest of the Church by feminist ideologues, who seem hell bent on either running churches and dominating their agenda, or destroying them outright. Though I…

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Mark Latham, NSW Leader of One Nation, has said employment quotas should be made illegal because they fragment society and discriminate against straight, white, males. “This is a recipe for social fragmentation,” Latham told Andrew Bolt on Sky News. “The only way you can ruin a fair, cohesive society is on merit. Treat people, not according to their identity categories, the collective approach. Treat them on their individual merit. “When we talk about minorities, the smallest minority in any society is the individual. And unfortunately if you’re an individual in Australia today that’s classified as a straight, white, male it’s…

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I worry that Australia is sleepwalking its way to disaster. Political correctness, identity politics and cultural Marxism have run through our institutions at an astonishing rate. Sometimes I’m asked why I wasn’t saying these things when I was leader of the Labor Party in 2004. The answer is straightforward: none of these issues were current 14 years ago. They simply didn’t exist. Australian politics has been through a remarkable period of change. Prior to the election of the Rudd Government in 2007, the budget was in surplus, our electricity supply was stable and affordable, political correctness had disappeared and only…

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‘Yes Man’ actor Jim Carrey has urged Democrats to stop apologizing and just ‘say yes to socialism.’ Appearing on HBO’s ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’ Carrey said, “We have to say yes to socialism – to the word and everything. We have to stop apologizing.” According to the Wall Street Journal, Carrey, who has a net worth of $150 million, made $35,000,000 in 2008 on the film ‘Yes Man’, after forfeiting his upfront fee of $20,000,000 in exchange for a sizable back end-deal, which included a 33% ownership stake in the film. Video: Actor @JimCarrey on HBO’s #RealTime: “We have…

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A proposed Code of Conduct, which is open for public submissions until August 17, could force doctors to accept ‘cultural beliefs and practises’ that are opposed to good medical practise, according to a group of doctors. The Medical Board of Australia draft code of conduct that will apply to all Australian doctors requires doctors to be “culturally safe” and comply with a patient’s beliefs about gender identity and sexuality, with no provision given for a doctor to differ in their professional judgement. A doctors’ group convened by Dr Lachlan Dunjey of Perth, has expressed concern for the future of medicine…

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Rowan Dean, The Outsiders, “The salary of Australia’s top public servants will grow by up to $17,500 each in a round of pay hikes that have nothing whatsoever, as far as I can tell, to do with merit of performance. “At the same time the NBN, that great success story, have awarded themselves with your money, $66-million worth of bonuses… Families and small businesses are forced to tighten belts, while these public servants will be enjoying these massive pay-rises.” Watch: The salary of Australia's top public servants is set to grow by up to $17,500.@rowandean: Families and small businesses are…

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Australia, you’re morally bankrupt. Sex worker Julie Bates is admitted to the Order of Australia (AO), an award granted for achievement and merit in service to Australia or humanity. Bates, also known as Darlo Debby, laughed at the thought of being the first Australian with a background in sex work to get an AO. “Well, the only one who has acknowledge their sex work,” she told the Sydney Morning Herald. The 68-year old reportedly received the award in recognition of her work in championing the rights of sex workers and mobilising the sex industry against the spread of HIV/AIDS. According to the…

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This article was originally published on Mark Latham’s Outsiders. I worry that Australia is sleep walking its way to disaster. Political correctness, identity politics and cultural Marxism have run through our institutions at an astonishing rate. There’s not enough public awareness of where these changes have come from and what they mean for the future. Media headlines focus on each controversy in isolation. But we need to understand the overall pattern. The Left has launched a cultural invasion of Australia based on the concept of ‘fluidity’. Everything we thought was fixed in our understanding of the world – such as…

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Recently, there have been several attempts to change state laws regarding voluntary assisted suicide. If passed, this form of euthanasia (literally ‘good death’) would allow doctors to assist a person to end his or her life. There are good reasons apart from Scripture to oppose euthanasia: a diagnosis can be incorrect or inaccurate and a prognosis is difficult to determine. Recently, Dr. Kenneth Stevens, a professor emeritus and a former chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the ­Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, recalled meeting a patient in 2000 who had been diagnosed with inoperable colon cancer.…

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Things are looking gloomy in the Sunshine State. Up to 148 Queensland election candidates have signed up to Fair Agenda’s pro-abortion candidate pledge. The independent group is pressuring candidates to vow, if elected, they will, “vote to remove abortion from the criminal code, and support laws to ensure all Queenslanders can safely and legally access full reproductive healthcare, without being harassed or intimidated.” The pledge has also gained backing from The Human Rights Law Centre, Women’s Legal Service Queensland, White Ribbon, and Queensland Council of Unions. Candidates who have signed up commit to supporting three reforms in particular: Treat abortion like other medical procedures,…

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C. Ward Kischer, Ph. D. is an emeritus professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy, specialty in Human Embryology, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, Arizona. He is Chairman of the American Bioethics Advisory Commission. Virtually every human embryologist and every major textbook of Human Embryology states that fertilization marks the beginning of the life of the new individual human being. The reason why this is true is the following: From the moment when the sperm makes contact with the oocyte, under conditions we have come to understand and describe as normal, all subsequent development to birth of a living…

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