The city of Richmond, Va. gets a lot of press for being a great outdoors town, and for good reason. The James River runs through downtown providing some of the best – and only – urban whitewater experiences in the nation, their urban park and trail system is top notch, and they are constantly trying to improve their outdoor lifestyle infrastructure with bike share programs, commuter lanes, etc. Yes, the River City is definitely on the up and up in terms of outdoor recreation and it shows in the types of moves they are making, not only on a regional basis, but a national one as well. Unless you have been living under a rock for the past year, you are aware Richmond will be hosting the 2015 World Road Cycling Championships and the Xterra East Championships go through the city as well. These are all great things, but one event stands above the rest year after year: Dominion RiverRock.RiverRock is one of the largest, and best, outdoor lifestyle festivals on the East Coast, and certainly one of the most fun. Held on Brown’s Island of the James River downtown, RiverRock is an epic blend of sports, races, demos, vendors, music, and pro athletes from around the country. No sport is left out of the mix when it comes to RiverRock: climbing, trail running, mountain and road biking, SUP, and slacklining are all featured against the backdrop of Richmond’s urban waterfront. You can compete in mountain bike and trail running races, SUP trials, bouldering comps, freestyle kayaking and more, but the real treat is for the casual recreationist. This is the best opportunity you will ever get to pick the brains of the experts on gear, techniques, locations, and more in you chosen sport. Venders of every make and model are on hand to answer questions as well as let you demo the latest and greatest gear coming out.The BRO Roadshow will also be on hand giving out swag, so swing by our tent, say hey to Nick and Chuck and sign up to win some great prizes from our sponsors in one of several raffles throughout the weekend. What could be better than three days of outdoor fun at one of the premier festival venues on the East Coast?View Larger Map
By Dialogo April 12, 2013 The Peruvian city of Chiclayo is highlighted with a red dot recently drawn on the map at the United States Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Humanitarian Assistance Program office. A Disaster Management Center was inaugurated there in March, joining a long list of projects that SOUTHCOM developed for nations in Central America, South America and the Caribbean to enhance their regional response capacity in case of natural disasters. Comprised of an Emergency Operation Center, a disaster relief warehouse, and a search and rescue training center, the complex is the result of joint efforts between SOUTHCOM, the government of the Lambayeque region (where Chiclayo is situated), local authorities, the Peruvian National Institute of Civil Defense and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The project cost $1.2 million, granted by SOUTHCOM. However, Chiclayo is only one of many colored dots with which the team from SOUTHCOM’s Humanitarian Assistance Program monitors the progress of activities it executes throughout the Western Hemisphere. In total, SOUTHCOM completed 108 collaborative projects in the field of humanitarian assistance and disaster response during the 2012 fiscal year only, with a budget of $15.8 million. “Our team’s mission is to collaborate with each of these countries so that they are better prepared to cope with natural disasters,” program director William Clark stated. According to Clark, the command’s participation in this sort of activity can be traced back to the 60s, with the most significant moment being the paramount response by SOUTHCOM after the 2010 earthquake that ravaged Haiti. Operation Unified Response, as the effort was called, included mobilizing 22,000 U.S. troops, 33 U.S. Navy and Coast Guard vessels, 262 fixed-wing aircraft, and 57 helicopters to the Caribbean nation. In only a few hours, food, water, tents, generators, and medical supplies arrived in the Haitian capital Port-Au-Prince. The U.S. agency in charge of responding to aid requests from nations affected by natural disasters is USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). It is up to OFDA’s coordinated efforts with the U.S. Departments of State and Defense, foreign governments, and other institutions to determine if U.S. Military support is, in fact, needed. In addition to providing aid when disasters wreak havoc, SOUTHCOM permanently works on three fundamental areas: building facilities, training rescuers and medical first responders, and supplying material resources, such as ambulances, fire trucks, communication radios, and global positioning systems (GPS), among others. Where Does Help Go? During 2012, one of the most important endeavors was the inauguration of a Disaster Relief Warehouse in the Costa Rican Pacific coast’s Parrilla district. Built at a cost of $650,000, the facility will serve as a central point for aid distribution to other Costa Rican cities. Other projects took place in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Dominican Republic, and Saint Kitts and Nevis. Nevertheless, the country that continues to receive the most assistance is Haiti. “Since 2010, we have invested $35 million to construct emergency operation centers, warehouses, and fire stations in each department,” Clark states, pointing to the southwest Haitian port city of Les Cayes on the map. Between 2011 and 2012, four humanitarian assistance clusters were built in Les Cayes for the population displaced by the earthquake. Each humanitarian assistance cluster features a school; a clinic with dental facilities, a pharmacy and a lab; a community center that can serve as a shelter; and a well, essential to a nation where access to drinking water is a highly-valued asset. “We also do some really off the wall stuff,” Clark adds, explaining that one of the initiatives developed by his group emerged from lessons learned after another devastating earthquake, this time in Chile, in February 2010. Blocked roads, destroyed phone lines, and collapsed cell phone towers made it impossible to access the places most shaken by nature. “With that experience, and building on FEMA’s [U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency] response vehicles, we provided Chile with 11 vehicles that can be loaded onto their C-130 aircraft and transported to the most affected locations,” he says. Equipped with UHF, VHF, HF radios and satellites, as well as computers for four operators, these vehicles work as mobile emergency operation centers performing similar functions to those of the emergency operation centers like the one at the Disaster Management Complex recently opened in Chiclayo. “Activities are being coordinated with SOUTHCOM to enhance the regional governments’ capabilities, and even though several emergency operation centers have been built in Peru, the Chiclayo project is the only one that has three elements in one,” states Retired Peruvian Army General Alfredo Murgueytío Espinoza, director of the National Institute of Civil Defense in the South American country. Last February, when streets, homes, and businesses were destroyed by copious rain in several locations of Arequipa province, one of the emergency operations centers donated by SOUTHCOM served as the liaison between regional and national authorities. “The information received through the center in Arequipa allowed the national government to declare a state of emergency there and send the help they needed,” he states. General Murgueytío also said that SOUTHCOM’s Humanitarian Assistance Program is currently working in coordination with the Peruvian National Institute of Civil Defense in order to develop emergency operation centers, disaster relief warehouses, and search and rescue centers in Cuzco, San Martín, Puno, Ayacucho, Piura, Huaraz, Huancavelica, Loreto, Junín and Tacna. The inauguration of several projects in a myriad locations are scheduled for 2013. For instance, a National Emergency Operations Center will be inaugurated in Nejapa, El Salvador. With regard to the possibility of U.S. budget cuts affecting future endeavors, Clark simply states that his team will continue to work just as before. “By the way,” he adds, “we have not had to respond to a disaster in the last two years. I would like to believe this is because our partner nations have more resources to confront an earthquake, a tropical storm, or a low-scale hurricane. This lauds our partners’ accomplishments, as well as those of our program.”
by: David MorrisonPSCU’s “Make Your Money Matter” program, a web and social media platform designed to reach out to millennials, grew from eight credit unions one year ago to roughly 250 credit unions now, according to Myles Bristowe, vice-president for consumer engagement for the nationwide payments CUSO.“We’ve cracked the code for millennials,” said Bristowe, who came as part of the PSCU team to CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington. “We have researched what motivates millennials and what gets their attention and we are using that to help credit unions introduce themselves,” he added. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Trolls World Tour release date in India has been announced. The sequel to Trolls will release Thursday, November 19, in cinemas across the country in English and Hindi, over seven months since its premiere in the US due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Universal Pictures took a game-changing approach to Trolls World Tour’s global release back in April, putting the film in cinemas and on digital rental platforms on the same day. That didn’t include India, what with cinemas shut nationwide and negligible existence of the pay-per-view market here.With theatres now reopened across most of India — Maharashtra, with the largest number of screens, did so a couple of weeks back — Universal Pictures India thinks it’s a good time to release Trolls World Tour. The animated musical has been available for pre-order on DVD and Blu-ray for the longest time, but it seems that wait will continue with Trolls World Tour now headed to the big screen. Of course, if you don’t feel comfortable stepping out and into a closed environment with strangers, Trolls World Tour is available digitally outside India.- Advertisement – Alongside, Universal Pictures India has released new trailers for Trolls World Tour in English and Hindi.Trolls World Tour English trailerTrolls World Tour Hindi trailer- Advertisement – Trolls World Tour opens November 19 in English and Hindi in theatres across India. Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Rachel Bloom, James Corden, Ron Funches, Ozzy Osbourne, Karan Soni, Anderson Paak, George Clinton, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Sam Rockwell, Icona Pop, Kunal Nayyar, Jamie Dornan, J Balvin, Kenan Thompson, Kevin Michael Richardson, Walt Dohrn, Ester Dean, Gustavo Dudamel, Anthony Ramos, Flula Borg, Charlyne Yi, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Betsy Sodaro, Zooey Deschanel, and K-pop girl group Red Velvet are part of the Trolls World Tour (voice) cast. Dohrn is also the director.Trolls World Tour was received less positively than the original, with a 70 percent rating on reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Made on an estimated budget of around $100 million (about Rs. 745 crores), Trolls World Tour grossed $37.9 million (about Rs. 280 crores) in theatres worldwide, and around $150 million (about Rs. 1,115 crores) from digital rentals, according to IndieWire.Here’s the official synopsis for Trolls World Tour, from Universal Pictures:In an adventure that will take them well beyond what they’ve known before, Poppy (Kendrick) and Branch (Timberlake) discover that they are but one of six different Troll tribes scattered over six different lands and devoted to six different kinds of music: Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop and Rock. Their world is about to get a lot bigger and a whole lot louder.A member of hard-rock royalty, Queen Barb (Bloom), aided by her father King Thrash (Osbourne), wants to destroy all other kinds of music to let rock reign supreme. With the fate of the world at stake, Poppy and Branch, along with their friends — Biggie (Corden), Chenille (Hjelt), Satin (Jawo), Cooper (Funches) and Guy Diamond (Nayyar) — set out to visit all the other lands to unify the Trolls in harmony against Barb, who’s looking to upstage them all.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
His Ferrari counterpart Mattia Binotto played down their chances of a repeat of Sebastian Vettel’s triumph last year, despite their stronger showing in Austria where Charles Leclerc finished second from pole behind the triumphant Max Verstappen of Red Bull.Four-time world champion Vettel has gone 17 races since last August without a win and lies 76 points adrift of Hamilton in the title race.Victory in Austria lifted Verstappen ahead of the German and he and Red Bull, based at nearby Milton Keynes, with big local home support, may also be a major threat to Hamilton’s home-coming dream after flying in from Los Angeles.“Max has been the best in the world, arguably, over the last 12 months,” said his team boss Christian Horner. “He is the coming man. This sport is crying out for more drivers like Max.”Beyond the top three teams, McLaren will seek to make an impression notably after confirming an unchanged driver line-up, including British rookie Lando Norris, 19, for next year.Silverstone officials believe the allure of the drivers and an encouraging weather forecast will result in the biggest attendance since the days of ‘Mansell-mania’ in the early 1990s.Last year’s race-day crowd of 140,500 was the biggest of the season and Silverstone boss Stuart Pringle said he expects that to be beaten.“This is going to be the largest since Mansell brought people here in their droves in 1992,” he said.The Silverstone circuit, once a wartime airfield, hosted the first World Championship Grand Prix in 1950 and, along with Italy, has been an ever-present since.The Italian race at Monza in September is expected to be re-confirmed for the future while events in Vietnam and the Netherlands are set to be part of a refreshed 21-race calendar in 2020.Share on: WhatsApp Lewis Hamilton is aiming to bounce back from a rare weekend of disappointment by winning his home British Grand PrixSilverstone, United Kingdom | AFP | Lewis Hamilton is aiming to bounce back from a rare weekend of disappointment by winning his home British Grand Prix for a record sixth time this weekend — and in front of the biggest crowd at the historic Silverstone circuit in nearly three decades.After suffering in the heat and rarefied atmosphere of Austria’s Styrian Alps, where he finished a hot-and-bothered fifth two weeks ago, the defending world champion and his Mercedes team are expected to revel in the gentler undulations and wider mix of corners in cooler conditions in central England.A sixth victory overall and fifth in six years at a track he loves would also be his seventh in 10 races this year and extend his 31-point lead ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the drivers’ championship.“This is the race that has become the most anticipated event of the season for me and it is the weekend I always enjoy the most,” said Hamilton, who was quick to celebrate Wednesday’s confirmation of a new five-year contract that will keep the British Grand Prix on the Formula One calendar until 2024.“Having the support of your country concentrated into one weekend really makes for the most incredible few days. It is difficult to count what you gain from all that positivity –- everyone’s energy is priceless.”If he wins, Hamilton will move clear of fellow Briton Jim Clark and Frenchman Alain Prost, with whom he shares the current record of five wins.After suffering their first defeat after an unprecedented run of eight victories, Mercedes are keen to restore their supremacy in the team’s home event –- both the car and engine factories are based close to Silverstone.– Mercedes ‘in good shape’ –“The high temperatures in Austria exposed our vulnerability and meant we could not challenge to win,” said team boss Toto Wolff.“But, fortunately, the English summer is known for more moderate temperatures so cooling should not be such a major issue.“We’ve had some of our best performances this year on tracks with a wide range of corner speeds so, on paper, we should be in relatively good form.”
A flood watch is now in effect for Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties until 8 p.m. while the flood watch for Mainland Monroe County has been canceled. The soggy weather over South Florida for the last few days has prompted a special weather statement Monday by the National Hurricane Center.The NHC says the disturbance currently over Florida has a 20 percent chance for tropical development over the next two days.Since the weekend, the system has brought widespread showers and thunderstorms across the Sunshine State.The NHC said a weak surface low could form just off the east coast of Florida and move northward toward Georgia and South Carolina on Tuesday and Wednesday.The system is not expected to become a tropical cyclone due to strong upper-level winds, according to the NHC.If it did reach tropical storm strength, the name would be Bertha.In the other South Florida counties, another round of thunderstorms is expected this afternoon, which will likely cause additional flooding.Torrential rainfall may produce flooding of poor drainage areas in urban locations as well as small creeks, streams and canals.Hobe Sound residents are reporting particularly heavy flooding.
Mexico’s Toluca are the defending champions of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League, having dismissed their Zone A El Salvador counterparts in the finals with a crushing 4-0 scoreline last year. One outstanding player from the Jamaican contingent at the last tournament was Kellijah Morgan, a community resident from Southern Cross Drive. In the one match they won, he broke away from his markers to receive a Rasheed Willis pass and slotted home after 14 minutes to hand his team a 1-0 lead. Morgan doubled the lead seven minutes later when captain Rojaughn ‘RoRo’ Joseph dissected the defence for him to waltz by the goalkeeper and score. Scotiabank signed on as the official bank of CONCACAF and the league’s first official partner in 2014 and title sponsors of the Gold Cup, the Champions League, and the Caribbean Nations Cup. DEFENDING CHAMPS Harbour View Football Club’s Under-13 team has been selected again to represent Jamaica at the second staging of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League. The east Kingston team will be one of 12 clubs playing in the championships scheduled to take place from July 23-30 in Mexico City. “Scotiabank has always been associated with developmental sports, and so we are excited to be exploring the possibilities in football through our CONCACAF affiliation,” said Yanique Forbes Patrick, Scotiabank’s vice-president of marketing. In the draw conducted to determine the groupings, Harbour View were selected to play in Group A against Mexican club Buhos de Hermosillo FC, Real EstelÌ from Nicaragua, and Jabloteh (Trinidad and Tobago). The draw sorted the 12 club teams, representing 10 CONCACAF nations, into three groups of four for round-robin play starting in July. “We are happy to be selected and we’re preparing to have a little more depth this year to see if we can go a little further than we did last year and advance from the zone,” said Clyde Jureidini, general manager of Harbour View FC. Group B consists of Menor Tijuana (Mexico), Comunicaciones FC (Guatemala), Liga Deportiva Alajuelense (Costa Rica), and Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Canada). Pungarabato Guerrero, the final Mexican club in the competition, heads Group C and will compete with Sporting KC (USA), Chorrillo FC (Panama), and CD Santa Ana (El Salvador). At the last championship, hosted in Mexico City in August 2015, Harbour View finished third in Zone B with three points behind Canadian zone winners Montreal Impact (nine points) and second-placed Aguilas UAS of Mexico (six points). The team won one game against DC United USA (5-2) and lost two matches against Montreal Impact (2-3) and Aguilas (Mexico) (2-1).
[i] Jae Alexis Lee. 2017. Can transgender be a part of human evolution? https://www.quora.com/Can-transgender-be-a-part-of-human-evolution.[ii] Alexandra Sifferlin. 2013. healthland.time.com/…/transgender-showed-evolutionary-benefits-in-ancestral-societies[iii] VanderLaan, D.P. et al 2013. Male Androphilia in the Ancestral Environment: An Ethnological Analysis, Human Nature. DOI 10.1007/s12110-013-9182-z.[iv] Gary Gates. How many people are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender? Report from the Williams Institute April, 2011.[v] Evolution, race and the rise of the transgender generation http://www.afr.com/lifestyle/health/evolution-race-and-the-rise-of-the-transgender-generation-20161023-gs8jnx#ixzz4vDYLqfc8. Financial Review[vi] Austin Rose. 2017. Fake Science: Exposing the Left’s Skewed Statistics, Fuzzy Facts, and Dodgy Data. Washington, DC. Regnery[vii] The National Geographic Transgender Cover Champions Child Abuse and Junk Science. http://thefederalist.com/2017/01/03/national-geographic-transgender-cover-champions-child-abuse-junk-science/[viii] Hormone therapy: Is it right for you? http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/menopause/in-depth/hormone-therapy/art-20046372[ix] Austin Rose. 2017, pp. 20, 29.[x] Paul R. McHugh. 2004 Surgical Sex: Why we Stopped Doing Sex Change Operations. First Things. November on line as https://www.firstthings.com/article/2004/11/surgical-sex.[xi] Zac Ford. 2016. Johns Hopkins to resume gender-affirming surgeries after nearly 40 years. The prestigious school is finally distancing itself from its anti-trans reputation. https://thinkprogress.org/johns-hopkins-transgender-surgery-5c9c428184c1/[xii] Ford, 2016.[xiii] Genesis 1:26-28. New King James Version.[xiv] Gen 1:27 ; 2:21-24.Dr Jerry Bergman, professor, author and speaker, is a frequent contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. See his Author Profile for his previous articles. Claimed Evolutionary Benefits of Transgenderism: Do transgenders need a surgeon or a psychologist?by Jerry Bergman, PhDThe LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual and Queer or Questioning, meaning one is not sure what sex they are) movement has grown enormously in the Western world. Transgender refers to a person whose personal identity does not correspond with their birth sex. The biological ‘he’ views himself as a ‘she’, and may dress like a ‘she’, change his name, and elect hormone treatment and even surgery to become a ‘she’.Some argue that transgenderism was caused, or at least influenced, by evolution.[i] Some of them support the notion of transgender transgender by claiming that Transgenderism “Showed Evolutionary Benefits in Ancestral Societies,” namely they helped others with child care and other tasks.[ii] In a 2013 paper in Nature, VanderLaan and his colleagues studied 146 non-transgendered societies and 46 transgender societies in both current and older hunter-gatherer societies. He defined his subjects as transgendered androphilia, a gender role markedly similar to that of females in a given culture. VanderLaan found that transgender men were useful to their communities as extra help in supporting the family, such as by helping to raise the children of others. He concluded these transgender benefits “provided an evolutionary advantage to the societies in which they belonged, allowing them to survive and remain healthy, and that in turn provided the opportunity for transgender attributes to continue into future generations, despite the fact that many transgender males did not have biological children of their own.”[iii]The major problem with this study was the researchers did not research persons who fit the definition of transgender in the West, namely one born with one biological sex who assumes a different gender sex, gender referring to one’s perception of which sex they are. They only looked at males who, for whatever reason, had assumed some female roles, a state increasingly common in our society. An example is a friend of mine who stays home and takes care of their 5 children so his wife, a physician whose income is several times his, can work. Child care would use much of his income, so they saw their best option was for him to stay home, especially in that 3 of their children were not yet in school and 2 are identical twins. Although they are not a traditional family, the husband is not transgender, defined as born with one biological sex and preferring a different gender sex. Thus, the headline is very misleading as it conveys a very different impression than what actually existed. Even today the estimates of the size of the transgender population is only 0.02 percent of the American population.[iv]The Biology FactsWhat are the facts? Can one have a different biological sex than one’s gender? It is well documented that every cell in the human body is either male or female except mature red blood cells, which are enucleated: before use, they expel their nucleus that contains their chromosomes which includes the X and Y chromosomes. This gives the erythrocytes more room to transport oxygen. All other cells have either a male set (X and Y chromosomes) or a female set (two X’s, one which is silenced). X-inactivation involves being packaged to be transcriptionally inactive in a structure called heterochromatin.Like others who elect to live the transgender life, I painfully discovered it was only a temporary fix to deeper pain.As nearly all healthy female mammals have two X chromosomes, X-inactivation prevents them from having twice as many X chromosome gene products as males, who only possess a single copy of the X chromosome. The silencing is said to achieve dosage compensation. X-inactivation is also called lyonization after Mary Lyon, who discovered it. Furthermore, a process called imprinting turns off thousands of genes off epigenetically in males and a different thousand in females, producing many thousands of genetic differences between males and females. Out of many thousands of experiments so far completed, no researcher has ever found a single trait that is identical in both males and females. Females have a higher average in some traits, males in others. In sum, the science is clear, biological males and females are facts of life. Transgenderism is a psychological problem, not a problem with a male stuck in a female body. This gets even more confusing as the following quote illustrates:At my daughter’s state girls’ school, many of the students see themselves as gender fluid. Some feel more like boys than girls. Others feel like boys on some days and girls on others. A lot of the girls are out [of the closet], with many identifying as gay and quite a few as bi- or pansexual. No doubt, in time, a small minority of them will migrate across the gender spectrum entirely, crossing permanently from one side to the other.[v]Many examples exist about how the left ignores science to support their ideology. Examples include not just the transgender issue but also the abortion and global warming movements. The peer reviewed medical literature with large samples and good research methodology on this issue is very clear.A Swedish study of 324 cases on transgender persons after their surgery to gain a cosmetically satisfactory appearance by removing all the male parts, including the penis and testes, and an attempt to construct from the tissues available a labium and vagina, plus breast implants to change the appearance of a male into a female. The results of those who were operated on were 4.9 times more likely to attempt suicide and 19.1 times more likely to die of suicide.[vi] The author concluded that this operation may end up as the frontal lobotomy of this century, and that persons in this situation don’t need a surgeon but a psychologist. These conclusions agree with the case histories such as that of Walt Heyer. He writes he was a cross-dressing boy at nine and his grandmother encouraged him to do so by providing clothing and affirmation over a prolonged period.I was sure I wanted to become a female. Eventually, I did become a female transgender. I was approved and underwent the full range of hormone therapy and surgeries and legally changed my identity. I lived life as a female, Laura Jensen, for eight years. All too late I realized transgenderism was … a surgical masquerade to superficially project a change of gender. Like others who elect to live the transgender life, I painfully discovered it was only a temporary fix to deeper pain.[vii]We now know that taking hormones long term, such as those given to women after menopause, is very problematic, and those who elect this treatment with or without surgery must take either male or female hormones for the rest of their lives. This is a major consideration to face for those considering this decision.Hormone replacement therapy, i.e., giving female hormones to replace the ones the body no longer makes after menopause, “used to be a standard treatment for women with hot flashes and other menopause symptoms.” But now it is no longer routinely recommended due to the major health risks it causes, including anxiety, heart disease, stroke, blood clots, breast cancer, osteoporosis, coronary heart disease, depression, and Parkinsonism or Parkinson’s-like symptoms.[viii]Long term hormone therapy as part of sexual reassignment surgery will likely cause similar major problems. Thus, we may find the surgery and hormone therapy option was an enormous mistake, just as frontal lobotomy—for which a Nobel Prize was awarded—has turned out to be in retrospect.Some of the persons who feel they are a different sex than they were born as may have a hormonal imbalance, males producing too much female hormones and females producing too much male hormones, but this is a medical issue. It should not be dealt with by cutting off body parts, but rather by various therapeutic approaches, such as diet, losing wright, or other medical treatments.Credit: Chip Box, posted on World Magazine.The left seems blinded by this movement and may end up regretting their support. The movement has even progressed to the extent that surgeons and other professions, including professors, have lost their career or their university position as a result of speaking out against the procedure. Cases of firings include Dr. Kenneth Zucker, longtime editor of Archives of Sexual Behavior and psychologist-in-chief at Toronto’s center for Addiction and Mental Health at the University of Toronto.[ix]Johns Hopkins used to do many of these surgeries, but stopped as a result of the poor prognosis they found in their detailed follow-up studies.[x] Unfortunately, due to pressure to avoid lawsuits and the label of ‘bigot’, they have again begun doing them, even though “in 1965, Johns Hopkins made history as the first academic institution to offer gender-affirming surgical procedures.”[xi] The pressure is such that Zac Ford claimed surgery for transgendered persons is “the consensus of mainstream medicine.” Forcing Johns Hopkins to offer sexual reassignment surgery, he claimed, makes it “easier for transgender people to access the quality care they need and deserve as they transition” from one sex to the other.[xii]The Scriptural PositionThe Scriptures teach that God created Adam and Eve, adding “God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”[xiii] It says nothing about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual and Queer-or-Questioning people: only males and females. Furthermore, it condemns all sexual behavior outside of marriage, which it defines as the union of a male and a female. Marriage, for example, is defined as the bringing together of male and female as “one flesh” in marriage.[xiv] The transsexual issue is another example of the repercussions that result from ignoring the moral principles taught by the Judeo-Christian worldview. Evolutionists reject the belief that humans were created male and female. By teaching that we evolved from asexual organisms and, as animals, evolved different sexual orientations, they not only prove their allegiance to political correctness instead of evidence, but create a mess of social problems that hurt the very people that need help.Item: “Genital Reconstructive Surgeon Receives Dozens of Requests for Transgender Reversal Operations” (Breitbart). –Ed. See Dr Bergman’s book How Darwinism Corrodes Morality for numerous examples of how evolutionary thinking causes damaging societal upsets.(Visited 1,839 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
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