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Cultural elite markets & glamorizes transgenderism to teens, percentages rising

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TRANSGENDER SELF-IDENTIFICATION SURVEY RESULTS SKYROCKET — WHY?

TOM LAMPRECHT:  Harry, World Magazine recently covered a report published in the Journal of Pediatrics. The report found that nearly 3 percent of Minnesota teens in 2016 said they were transgender, gender-queer, gender fluid or unsure about their gender identity. The survey looked at data from nearly 81,000 public high school ninth and eleventh graders.

What’s interesting about this, Harry, is just a year ago, a UCLA study estimated that transgender teens made up just 0.7 percent of 13 to 17-year-olds. Harry, is this an outlier or are we indeed seeing a trend?

DR. REEDER: I think it’s very clearly a trend. Other surveys are supporting this — this “explosion.” Now, when you see 3 percent, you say 3 percent, but as was mentioned, the transgender/gender dysphoria issue has historically been 0.05. Why would there be that explosion? This can’t be genetic — this has to be something that is imported into the life. It has been abundantly proven that homosexuality is not a genetic issue; it is a choice that is influenced by your environment and by the issues happening within you, and how you’re responding to the issues around you and how you are viewing sexuality in terms of establishing your significance and security.

And the same thing is true about this transgender explosion and our fascination in a culture where the secular elite are trying, in rebellion against God, to erase the distinctions that God has put within the creation. Gender is not a social invention — it’s God-ordained creation reality and law. “God made them male and female.”

Now, can a society stereotypically assign things to male and female that should not be assigned or don’t have to be assigned? Yes. Every girl doesn’t have to love makeup and dresses and enter a beauty contest. You have some that just, they love to go and compete with other girls in athletic events. We don’t want to unnecessarily stereotype gender, but the reality is gender is gender. Girls and guys have a different DNA makeup and that is true in their physical life, their emotional life, their psychological life — they do things differently.

DENYING GENDER IS A DELIBERATE REBELLION AGAINST THE CREATOR

The heart in rebellion wants to say to God, “You don’t exist,” and the way to say to God, “You don’t exist,” according to Romans 1, is to tell God, “The distinctions that you have put into this world, they don’t exist. Therefore, we will declare our own ethic that rules out all the distinctions that God has put into this world in terms of sexual activity and gender realities,” and so it’s an act of rebellion.

TOP PEDIATRICIAN CALLS OUT MEDIA AND CULTURE FOR TARGETING CHILDREN

TOM LAMPRECHT:  Harry, Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians, says, “From social learning theory, we know that the sudden exponential increase in transgender belief among adolescents across the United States and in Europe is due to the ongoing mass marketing of transgenderism to the youth in these countries. Mass media has had a negative effect on children and teens when it comes to cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, engaging in sex and violence. Transgenderism is no different.”

DR. REEDER: Praise the Lord for a voice of sanity. Here is a culture that recognizes, “We’re going to go after cigarette smoking and, by the way, we’re going to stop it in the lives of kids. And, hey, do you know what we discovered is that those who promote tobacco aim at our children and they have these interesting ways to do commercials to get our kids.”

I know, when I was growing up, as a teenage boy, you couldn’t wait to be the Marlboro Man, the camel that reached out to children and the Camel cigarette. Those were aimed at children, those commercials, and they recognized that and they said, “You got to quit doing that. It’s morally reprehensible.”

And yet, the same people that would promote that, rightly so, that would bring disdain upon the apparatus of culture being used to bring people into the addictive world of tobacco also uses that to bring kids to the addictive world of violence, also use it to bring kids into the addictive world of alcohol and also is using it to bring to kids the transgender ideology that it’s actually normal and it’s actually commendable to have this gender confusion in your life.

And the result is the cultural elite are promoting this transgender ideology to the point that, now, they are moving kids into chemical and surgical mutilation of their lives, engaging in activities in the name of transgenderism to correct what they “really are inside of you.”

ARE THESE TEENS CONFUSED OR BEING CONFUSED?

That is an absolute farce, this notion that, “I’m something outside, but I’m something else inside.” No, you may be confused and that means a process of adolescence has to take place to bring clarity. You may be rejecting, appropriately, unnecessary stereotypes of gender activity, but you’re not confused — you are being confused by the culture.

The reality is you are what you are. That’s what you are biologically — you’re a male or you’re a female — and you’re not something else inside of you that’s trying to get out so let’s mutilate the body for this supposed thing that’s inside of you.

THIS SOCIAL EXPERIMENT IS HAVING DEADLY RESULTS ON TEENS

Tom, here’s the other factor that is taking place. The other factor that’s taking place is the suicide rate is also exponentially growing among these kids that are engaged. Now, you can go to someplace like Sweden that has embraced the transgender culture — the surgical mutilations, the chemical mutilations and all of those — and not only has despair not decreased — in other words, it’s not been an answer to the problems, emotionally, that these kids have — the fact is that suicide has increased by what is being done to them. In Sweden, it’s 19 times higher in what is taking place.

What the cultural elite are doing in this experimentation of rebellion against God’s ordained created reality of the sanctity of gender, what they are doing is actually bringing death into the lives of these children — first by mental confusion, secondly by removing proper training, thirdly by surgical and chemical mutilation and now that has set these children on a course of despair that is exponentially revealed in the suicide rate.

TOM LAMPRECHT: Indeed, Dr. Cretella goes on to say, “Make no mistake, the marketing of the transgender delusion to youth will go down in history as one of the gravest crimes committed against children.”

CHURCH CAN WORK TO REESTABLISH IDENTITY AND PROTECT THEIR CHILDREN

DR. REEDER: What do we need to do as the church? Again, the answer is the Gospel that your significance in life is not in rebellion against God, but in surrendering to the God who loves you, who gave His Son in order that you might have life and have life eternally and more abundantly and that He can bring clarity to confusion.

What we need is parents who know how to deal with their children in the process of adolescence and what we need to do is to bring to bear the light of sanity and confront this assault upon the well-being of our children that the secular elite and the cultural transformationists are attempting to do, in which they want to make the unthinkable thinkable — normalize it — doable and these children are being destroyed upon their altar of experimentation that, “We can tell God we are not what you made us.”

Dr. Harry L. Reeder III is the Senior Pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham.

This podcast was transcribed by Jessica Havin, editorial assistant for Yellowhammer News. Jessica has transcribed some of the top podcasts in the country and her work has been featured in a New York Times Bestseller.

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What is it with Alabama Democrats’ dumb obsession with debates, town halls?

So you’re a Democrat in Alabama, and you want to be elected to high office? You approached your run for office thinking that Doug Jones showed what’s possible for a Democrat in Alabama. Therefore, you determined the time is right to run.

And here you are. You put up your qualifying fee and made it through the primary. It’s you versus a well-funded Republican incumbent in a state outside the Seventh Congressional District, and a handful of other urban minority precincts elects very few Democrats.

It’s a David versus Goliath story. It’s going to require a solid ground game, a fair amount of travel and a campaign message that will sway some Republicans to overlook party labels and mark the ballot for a Democrat.

What’s Walt Maddox’s first significant push? Perhaps it could be the success story of Tuscaloosa and all the things he has accomplished as mayor. Tuscaloosa is still a place people might want to visit – several nice restaurants, an up and coming riverfront, an affluent and diverse population, or yeah – and the University of Alabama and all it has to offer.

It’s a simple message: Do you want Alabama to be more like Tuscaloosa? Vote for me.

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Instead, the one big thing – the thing that he has tirelessly played up to the media, the topic about which he made internet videos and the one upon which his off-the-rails, left-of-center allies in the media seem to agree is Gov. Kay Ivey’s refusal to debate him.

In Alabama’s Second Congressional District, there’s a similarly mystifying event taking place in the race between Rep. Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) and her Democratic opponent Tabitha Isner.

Unlike Maddox, Isner doesn’t have a public service resume on which to run. She has to make the case in what is now arguably the most conservative congressional district in Alabama that she is a better alternative to the incumbent Roby.

She has to find vulnerabilities in this heavily agricultural congressional district. Whereas Roby’s Republican opponents ran against her for not being Trump-y enough, she might be served by saying Roby is way too much Trump – supporting tariffs and restrictions on labor. Her best shot would be to build a coalition of Democrat-voting Black Belt Democrats in Butler, Conecuh, Bullock and Barbour Counties and win over the handful of pockets of Republican-leaning swing voters in Montgomery, Elmore and Autauga Counties.

The math is very tough. But what does she do instead? She makes Roby’s lack of town hall meetings an issue with bizarre performance art in front of the Bird Dog Monument in Union Springs and posting it on YouTube.

A few of Alabama’s media celebrities have taken the bait. Alabama News Network’s senior political reporter Tim Lenox confronted Roby with the video, who shrugged it off.

“I have a packed August where I’ll be spending a lot of time with my constituents both in public meetings and in private meetings,” Roby said at an appearance earlier this week in Montgomery. “[P]rivate meeting scheduled previously scheduled one-on-one meetings — there’s lots of different ways to communicate with your constituents.”

Doug Jones didn’t win a U.S. Senate seat in 2017 because he hammered Roy Moore for not debating him. He had a big assist from the Democratic Party’s opposition research wing known as the mainstream media. He also did a few other things the Democratic Party of Alabama’s past and present won’t do, and that’s work beyond preserving the status quo – but that’s a subject for another time.

Is it noteworthy that a Republican opponent is reluctant to debate or hold town halls? Sure. Is it something to harp on as if it is the magic ticket to higher office? No, it’s just a dumb obsession.

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and is the editor of Breitbart TV.

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Officials investigating Brewer High School hazing report

A sheriff’s department in Alabama is investigating a report of hazing at a high school earlier this year.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office is working with the county school system on an incident involving students at Brewer High School in February.

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Schools Superintendent Bill Hopkins Jr. told WHNT in Huntsville the incident involved the junior varsity baseball team.

Hopkins said the incident happened in a locker room and involved middle school students who played for the junior varsity team.

The students involved were suspended from all summer programs and started the new school year in in-school suspension.

Hopkins says school officials will work with the coaches and team members to provide extra training on bullying.

Sheriff Ana Franklin says investigators are working to determine whether charges should be filed.
(Associated Press, copyright 2018)

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Rep. Robert Aderholt remembers Aretha Franklin, her time recording in Muscle Shoals

Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) is paying tribute to Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” who died on Thursday.

Aderholt posted a video on his Facebook page documenting Franklin’s time recording at the renowned FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, along with these words:

“The music world has lost a legend in Aretha Franklin. While I was just a young child in Haleyville, I had no idea that just a few miles up the road in Muscle Shoals, she was recording some of the world’s most famous songs. She recorded RESPECT in Muscle Shoals on February 14, 1967. And what a Valentine gift it was. Her voice was one of the many that gave richly to the Muscle Shoals Music, and it will never go silent.”

“We consider it an honor that many of her songs were recorded in the 4th District and here in Alabama,” Aderholt’s office said in a statement obtained by Yellowhammer News. “Besides being an honor, it’s just plain cool.”

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You’re not alone, Alabama: South Carolina also has a billion-dollar defunct nuclear site — but it’s worse

The Yellowhammer State and the Palmetto State share many things: heat, southern culture, a love for football.

A more unfortunate commonality between the two, and one receiving lots of attention in both states, is that each has an unfinished nuclear power plant just sitting there, continually making news but not power.

Alabama’s Bellefonte Nuclear Generating Station, which has never generated a single watt of power, has become over the years a (literally) concrete representation of the federal government’s vast ambition coupled with its occasional  – or frequent, depending who you ask – inability to follow through.

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Recent developments indicate that the massive power plant could eventually be put to use, but that is still a long way off.

Still, Bellefonte is a case study of taxpayer investment in a dead-end project

In a way, though, Alabamians can be grateful that they themselves weren’t required to fund the dead-end project through increased monthly energy rates, as consumers in South Carolina were.

Back in March 2008, South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) – the South Carolina equivalent of Alabama Power – began the process of applying for authorization to built two new nuclear reactors at its VC Summer site just north of Columbia. The company already operated one reactor at the site.

SCE&G was approved and established contracts for construction. The project was estimated to cost $9.8 billion.

To help with the project’s funding, SCE&G proposed a rate increase, got it approved by the Public Service Commission in May 2008, and construction began later that fall.

Over the years, there were numerous project delays and extra project costs which have, up to the current day, resulted in nine rate increases.

Last July, the project was abandoned after Westinghouse, the company building the reactors, filed for bankruptcy.

As the legislative session winded down this year, the legislature passed a temporary 15 percent rate cut for energy consumers who have paid an estimated $2 billion into the nuclear project fund.

A disaster of nuclear proportions, you could say.

The failure of both Bellefonte and the expansions at VC Summer are disconcerting generally, and downright infuriating for those who were forced to pay into them. Both projects have the potential to succeed, but that will require some kind of co-aligned effort between ambitious big business and government, both of which delivered the failed projects in the first place.

Read about developments on the Bellefonte front here.

Marion Mayor uses tools to prep residents for AlabamaWorks Success Plus Initiative

By: Dexter Hinton, Mayor of Marion, Alabama

When I was elected in late 2016 as Mayor of Marion, I knew there were certain areas in which our town needed to improve. One was education and work preparedness for those who did not want to attend a four-year college. We had gaps that needed to be filled.

As an Industrial Maintenance and Robotics Instructor at the Career Center in Greene County, I know what resources are available to assist those seeking a job or a skills education. When people come to the center, our team has a plethora of tests, assessments, job listings, resume-building sessions and other items at our disposal to help folks get the right position or training that matches their needs or abilities.

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As Mayor, I realized we needed to get educational tools to Marion residents, especially after Moller Tech announced that it would be locating in Bibb County, adjacent to Perry County, and bringing 222 jobs with it. But with a small town like Marion (population 3,432) not having a dedicated resource center, we didn’t quite know how to unite the two. Then one day, I attended a Central AlabamaWorks meeting and saw AIDT’s mobile unit, which is the Department of Commerce’s skills education center on wheels.

I spoke with Mikki Ruttan, director of Central AlabamaWorks, after the meeting and asked her about the possibility of getting the unit to our area. I learned it could be customized for the needs of its audience. After numerous discussions with other local leaders, we selected basic resume building and a Ready-to-Work course as the initial offerings. I knew the mobile unit would be key in obtaining career readiness for the citizens of Marion. I also felt that our citizens would welcome the chance to improve their skills and knowledge base.

After dozens of conversations, we got the mobile unit scheduled this past April. We posted and delivered flyers all over the city, announcing when and where the unit would be located, and we created a Facebook page. We had no idea what kind of response we would have for this type of educational opportunity. But, our citizens realized how such training could give them a leg up in the job market. As a result, they turned out in droves to learn more and better position themselves for entry into the job market, or to simply upgrade their skill set.

With Gov. Kay Ivey’s Success Plus initiative rollout a few months ago, I knew we had to get our citizens more training to help them, and our state, reach the goal of 500,000 people with post-high-school credentials by 2025. The mobile training unit seemed like the perfect way to deliver those opportunities to our residents.

After some discussion, we were able to get the unit at The Lincoln School. We focused the training on Ready-to-Work. The classes filled immediately, and a waiting list soon formed. Our people were eager to gain knowledge to improve their lives and that of their families. Once they completed the course, they received credentials as an Alabama Certified Worker; a Career Readiness certificate; a free three-credit-hour course at Wallace Community College Selma (if they had a high school diploma); three credits toward a high school diploma (if they didn’t have one); and a referral to the Selma Career Center for free certificates or degree information from WCC in welding, industrial maintenance, electrical technology or nursing.

The unit has been so popular with our citizens that two classrooms are now being refurbished at The Lincoln School specifically for AIDT courses. This means we will have a permanent place for our people to get not only Ready-to-Work training, but also training in other much-needed professions offered by Wallace, such as cosmetology, carpentry, welding, automotive technician and others.

The excitement continues to build for our city. In fact, AIDT has already completed one Ready-to-Work training with several graduates who have received employment.

With the extra effort by Central AlabamaWorks, AIDT, the Career Centers and the Alabama Community College System – combined with the excitement and work ethic of our citizens – I know Marionites can and will be a valued part of the Success Plus endeavor. I look forward to seeing what our citizens can achieve for themselves, their families and our community.