A Mendacious Machine

The BBC Will Be Dismantled Eventually

The Facts Will Out

James Delingpole
Breitbart London

Today I’m at the funeral of my dear friend Christopher Booker.

Were he alive — and I still can’t quite believe he is not — I know exactly what we’d have been talking about this morning: the risible section of last night’s Newsnight which the BBC had cobbled together in a sad, desperate, and unconvincing attempt to debunk the Climategate scandal.

Climategate is fast approaching its tenth anniversary (which falls in November). Naturally the BBC — as one of the key promoters of the man-made global warming scare — is keen to get its excuses in early.

How did it achieve this?  Why, by the genius move of speaking to some of the activist-scientists implicated in the Climategate scandal and getting them to explain how it was always a lot of fuss about nothing.  I particularly enjoyed the contribution from NASA GISS’s director Gavin Schmidt.

“I had about 400 emails in the hacked email package…15 years of emails and people were picking and choosing out of them. People were kind of like putting them together in weird orders that made it seem like one email was talking about this event when it was really talking about something else. There was a lot of confusion.”

Schmidt is being disingenuous here.

It really doesn’t matter in what order you rearrange the Climategate emails. You get the same result every time: a bunch of second-raters bullying dissenters, troughing lavish grants, racking up air miles on conference freebies, cooking the books, manipulating the evidence, torturing the data till it screams in order to make man-made global warming look like a much more significant and well-understood problem than it actually is.

The implicated scientists have come up with all manner of excuses since: it’s a war on science conducted by the evil Big-Oil-funded right; it has all been taken out of context; the incriminating emails don’t mean what the deniers claim they mean; the Climategate scientists have been exonerated by three inquiries; etc.

Meanwhile in the real world, no convincing evidence whatsoever has emerged to support the threadbare theory that anthropogenic CO2 is causing the planet to warm in ways which are dangerous or unprecedented. Still, the theory rests entirely on computer models which, increasingly, appear to diverge from the actual observed data.

Booker knew all this. He’d done his homework, written the definitive book on the subject, and was too honest and rigorous and fearless to soft-pedal his position by claiming that “Of course, I recognise that man made global warming may be a problem…” because he knew that it wasn’t.

He never doubted that one day the great global warming scare would come to an end for the simple reason that nature is on the side of the sceptics, not the alarmists.  But nor did he kid himself that the scam was going to end any time soon — not least because of the way it has been so assiduously, unquestioningly promoted by influential institutions like the BBC.

As he wrote in his paper for the Global Warming Policy Foundation, The BBC and Climate Change: A Triple Betrayal:

In the very years when the global warming issue was becoming more controversial than at any time since the scare was first launched on its way in the 1980s, the BBC continued to promote the received orthodoxy on climate change and the political response to it without ever exposing either to serious questioning.

The BBC’s journalists went out of their way to publicise almost every alarmist claim the promoters of the scare could come up with, even after these had been shown to be without scientific foundation. Almost the only occasions on which they have paid attention to the views of dissenters from the orthodoxy has been when they have produced programmes designed to trivialise and caricature those views, portraying them as being held by only a tiny and disreputable minority of ‘deniers’. They have lent enthusiastic support to every political measure proposed to ‘fight climate change’, while consistently failing to explain the immense financial cost of those proposals and their enormous economic implications.

In their relentless promotion of the benefits of ‘renewable energy’, such as wind power, they have consistently endorsed the often absurdly exaggerated claims of the commercial interests involved in ‘renewables’, while failing to explain their practical shortcomings. In doing this, as this report will try to show, the BBC has not only failed in its professional duty to report fully and accurately on one of the biggest scientific and political stories of our time: it has betrayed its own principles, in three respects.

First, it has betrayed its statutory obligation to be impartial, using the excuse that any dissent from the official orthodoxy was so insignificant that it should just be ignored or made to look ridiculous.

Second, it has betrayed the principles of responsible journalism, by allowing its coverage to become so one-sided that it has too often amounted to no more than propaganda.

Third, it has betrayed the fundamental principles of science, which relies on unrelenting scepticism towards any theory until it can be shown to provide a comprehensive explanation for the observed evidence.

Booker never minced his words. How I would have loved to hear his demolition of the BBC’s pathetic effort at undermining the significance of the Climategate emails.  He wouldn’t have been angry about it, though. Just drily amused and quietly pleased at the way it yet again confirmed all his theories about the follies to which man is prey when he becomes a victim of groupthink.

I’m sure he would also have been cheered by the legal challenge being launched by the campaign group Stop BBC Bias.

A former BBC employee, David Keighley, is crowdfunding a judicial review of the way the BBC measures impartiality. The BBC insists that it is impartial. Most of us who watch it and listen to it know it isn’t, especially on topics like climate change which it no longer even pretends to cover even-handedly having decided that the debate is over…

Booker wasn’t happy that he got ill — he felt that he still had much work to do. But he did feel a measure of relief that he’d no longer have to put up with a world where everyone gets their lessons on global warming from a 16-year-old kid in pigtails who can see ‘carbon’ in the air and a doddery old Malthusian whose TV crews drive walruses off cliffs and then blame it on climate change, all courtesy of a propaganda institution so shamelessly left-biased it makes Central Television of the USSR look like Fox News.

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set free, and given life

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Galatians 3:19-26 (JDV)

Galatians 3:19 Why then was the law given? It was added for the sake of the oversteppings until the Seed to whom the promise was made would come. The law was put into effect by angels by means of a mediator.

Galatians 3:20 But a mediator is not required just for one person, and God is one.

Galatians 3:21 Is the law therefore against God’s promises? Not going to happen! You see, if the law had been granted with the ability to give life, then righteousness would certainly be on the basis of the law.

Galatians 3:22 But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin’s power, so that the promise might be given on the basis of faith in Jesus Christ to those who believe.

Galatians 3:23 Before this faith came, we were confined under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith was revealed.

Galatians 3:24 The law, then, was our guardian until Christ, so that we could be justified by faith.

Galatians 3:25 But since that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian,

Galatians 3:26 because by faith in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God.

set free, and given life

What freedom and joy comes to us when we learn that God’s word is not a set of shackles to bind us, but a declaration that we have been set free because of what Jesus did! The Galatians had learned that gospel truth. But then a group of heretics came along and were convincing them to lock themselves back up in prison! No way, you say. But that was what Paul had to argue against. The result was a treatise on freedom from the constraints of tradition because of God’s grace.

Lord, thank you that we have been set free from a law which could not give life, and given life freely by your grace.

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Douglas Wilson’s On Human Nature

Emoting Like Pelagians 

Douglas Wilson
Blog&Mablog

INTRODUCTION

It may seem odd to put it this way, but the only thing that can save us from the sexual revolution now is total depravity. Of course this is shorthand, but it is shorthand with a point.  

Of course we know that it is Christ who saves us, and total depravity is not the name of our Savior, but rather a phrase that refers to what we are saved from. Hence the shorthand.
And it is not the most ideal phrase either. It makes people think that we are proclaiming something like absolute depravity, which sounds like we are saying the unsaved are orcs out of hell, already as bad as it is possible for a creature to get, with no common grace whatever. Yeah, that’s not accurate either.
But let’s just go with total depravity for a bit. Work with me here.

HORSE DOSES OF CALVINISM

In theology, there are two foundational approaches to human nature out there, and they are the Augustinian and the Pelagian. Calvinism is simply a later nickname given to the Augustinian approach.
According to the Augustinian understanding, moral obligation is created by the Word of God. Morality is defined by the law of God. If Scripture says not to do something, then doing it is sin. Pretty straightforward.
But according to the Pelagian understanding, moral obligation is defined by our abilities. Put another way, there is no moral responsibility that can be assigned to inability. According to Pelagianism, sin is not sin unless it can actually be avoided. Sin is always a function of free choice, and hence cannot be grounded in our nature. There is no such thing as a constitutional or natural depravity.
The Augustinian answer to this, of course, is a raft of Bible verses.
We are by nature objects of wrath (Eph. 2:3). Evil men make choices in accordance with their evil hearts (Matt. 12:35). We are slaves to sin (Rom. 6:17). We are dead in our trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1-2). We could make a much bigger pile of verses if you wanted.
What this means is that the Augustinians believe that the free offer of the gospel is presented as a way of saving us from what we are. We do of course receive forgiveness for the things we have done, but that is downstream. God does forgive us for the dirty water, but He also redeems us from having been a filthy font from which that dirty water came.
In short, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that God gives the gift of true repentance, and when He gives it, we are completely turned. The bad news is that God only gives this gift to cockroaches.
Our dilemma is that we want to be saved, but we want to be saved without admitting the full reality of what we are being saved from. In our rationalizations, when we articulate what we think salvation must be trying to get at (our felt needs, our sense of brokenness, and the fact that we are widdle wambs who have gone astway), we routinely minimize what is actually at stake.
“But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick” (Matt. 9:12).
So God saves us from what we are, and not simply from the consequences of disembodied deeds out of the past. And because Augustinians believe we must be saved from what we are, this accounts for the disparity in the two different kinds of responses to sin. The Pelagians offer the sinner some lavender water. The Augustinians offer oak-aged Laphroaig, which, as the ad copy puts it, tastes like burning hospital. The Pelagians offer the sinner a teeny little pill, child’s aspirin in a micro-dose. The Augustinians see you are the color of leprous putty and so they go to a vet they know in the neighborhood in order to get some horse doses of antibiotic Calvinism, the kind that could knock out a couple of Clydesdales.
The need of the hour is not for somebody to urge you into your best life now. We need everybody in Judea to head down to the Jordan, and in order to get that to happen we need to ask God to send us some kind of Tishbite Calvinist preacher who will pin our ears back, and not feel sorry about it afterwards.

RELEVANCE TO THE SAME-SEX-ATTRACTED

Let’s pretend for a moment that there actually is a gay gene. I don’t think there is, but it would not trouble me at all if the Pelagian scientists were successful in their hunt for the ultimate excuse. Because they are assuming, at a bedrock level, that inability limits obligation, if they were to find a gene that definitively showed limited ability (such that such a person was genetically bound to desire someone of the same sex), an Augustinian response, after looking at that troublesome gene under the microscope, would be to praise the wisdom and majesty of God. God has told us that we are all of us sinners by nature, and there it is, proof positive, a gene that determines that some people will sin in a particular way. Once again, science vindicates the Scriptures . . .
Such a response provokes outrage, and the fact that it provokes outrage is proof of yet another thing. It proves that we live in Pelagian times. It is the air we breathe. The only possible response to such an Augustinian would be  . . . “but . . . but inability limits obligation.” And the Calvinist response to that would be something along the lines of tough nubbins. What saith the Larger Catechism?
  1. 24. What is sin?
  2. Sin is any want of conformity unto, or transgression of, any law of God, given as a rule to the reasonable creature.
So there is a hidden Pelagianism lurking in any appeal to how early someone found himself attracted to someone of the same sex. A measurement of the sinfulness is somehow being manufactured out of the experience of the sinner, instead of being made out of the objective (and holy) standard of God’s law.
Evangelicals are saps when it comes to testimonies, and so when someone tells us that he was a mere boy of twelve when he realized that he was in love with one of his male teachers at school, and that he couldn’t keep his mind off of that male teacher’s laugh, his confidence, his knowledge, his profile . . . what is happening here? The inability of this young boy to do anything about what is happening to him is to us the trump card. But it is only a trump card to Pelagians, and those who have been trained to emote like Pelagians.
For make no mistake, there are plenty of ostensibly Reformed, gospel-centric, Westminsterian-trained, Calvinism-is-not-a-bad-word types who still emote like they were Pelagians. I have written it twice because I would like you all to remember the phrase. Here, I will do it again—emote like Pelagians.
Speaking of testimonies, for every twelve-year-old boy who fell in love with a male teacher, I can produce twenty twelve-year-old boys who would daydream for hours about being fed peeled grapes by a bevy of nubile houris. In a remarkable turn of events, every last one of these houris thought that the boy in question was brave, and handsome, and intelligent, and brave again, and sexy too.
So we are in a pretty bad way. We have gotten to the point where the moral compass of evangelicalism is now being calibrated by the sex wishes of twelve-year-old boys. What could go wrong?
If you want to see our people delivered, then pray for God to raise up that Tishbite. Pray for a swarm of such preachers, who love the Word of God more than they love our secret lusts.

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what the law was not

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Galatians 3:14-18 (JDV)

Galatians 3:14 The purpose was that the endorsement Abraham received would come to the Gentiles by Christ Jesus, so that we could receive the promised Spirit by faith.

Galatians 3:15 Brothers, I’m speaking human language. No one sets aside or makes additions to a validated human covenant.

Galatians 3:16 But the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say “and to seeds,” as though referring to many, but referring to one, and to your seed, who is Christ.

Galatians 3:17 My point is this: The law, which came 430 years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously established by God and thus cancel the promise.

Galatians 3:18 You see – if the inheritance is based on the law, it is no longer based on the promise; but God has done a favor to Abraham by the promise.

what the law was not

Paul is saying that the law of Moses was not a new dispensation that made null God’s promise to Abraham. Seekers of salvation through Christ do not have to go through the law to find him. That is what God intended. His promise to bless the nations through Abraham had been narrowly defined by the circumcision group to only include those who joined ethnic and religious Israel. No, Paul’s team declares that anyone can receive the promise the same way Abraham did – by faith. The only thing new in the gospel is that the focus of that faith has become more clear. The blessing of Abraham is free to all who put their faith in the Seed of Abraham – whom we now know is Christ Jesus.

Lord, thank you for your unmerited favor, received by faith in your promise to Abraham.

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Reading the Tea Leaves

‘Stupid Guy’ Ambassador Resigns 

Great News for Trump, Boris, Britain and Brexit

James Delingpole
Breitbart London

Sir Kim Darroch, the British Ambassador to the U.S. described by President Trump as “a very stupid guy”,  has resigned his post. The final straw, he has claimed, was watching future Prime Minister Boris Johnson repeatedly failing to support him last night in a TV debate.

This is great news for a number of reasons.

First, it means that Britain is now free to appoint a replacement ambassador prepared to nurture the Special Relationship rather than undermine it with snarky memos dissing President Trump.

Second, it has quite ruined the day of Britain’s liberal elite – aka the Wankerati. Anti-Brexit, anti-Trump, pro-climate-change hysteria, Darroch was very much their man in Washington. One dripping wet Times columnist has even gone so far as to suggest – without irony – that Darroch’s departure is a national humiliation to rank with the Suez crisis. 

Third – and most importantly – it’s the first glint of steel we have seen from Boris Johnson and encouragingly suggests that Britain is about to get a Conservative prime minister very different from his recent predecessors.  The situation is summed up well here in the Spectator by Robert Peston, in a piece headlined ‘Why Boris Johnson failed to defend Kim Darroch.’ 

According to those closest to him, this isn’t just kowtowing to the most powerful person in the world – Trump – in order to borrow some of his status. It’s to do the opposite of what many of his critics allege is proper; it is deliberately to put Whitehall on warning that it’s Johnson’s way or none.

Yes, exactly.
  For years, one of the main obstacles holding back the Conservatives in government from doing anything remotely conservative has been the Civil Service. Ever since it got politicised under Tony Blair, the Civil Service – shamelessly pro-EU, aggressively politically correct, relentlessly left-wing – has done everything it possibly can to undermine Brexit and to prevent the kind of smaller-government, lower-tax, populist revolution currently being enjoyed in the U.S.

If Boris Johnson is to keep his promise to deliver Brexit come what may by October 31st, one of his first jobs will be to put the Civil Service back in its box.

The auto-defenestration of Darroch will, as Peston goes on to explain, serve as an excellent example ‘pour encourager les autres.’   

The point is that there are many Brexiters in the Johnson fan club who see civil servants as the vandals and destroyers of Brexit. They are viewed as the Remainy enemy within, who captured Theresa May and shoved her off the true path to the sunny uplands outside the EU.

So Darroch’s perceived attack on Johnson’s Brexity friend in the White House is paradoxically useful to Johnson. It gives him a way of signalling to senior mandarins that if they show anything but Stakhanovite commitment to extracting Britain from the EU they can expect early retirement at best or transfer to the salt mines in the departments of transport, or work and pensions at worst.

That slightly sneering tone you detect in Peston’s analysis, by the way, is because he leftist and a Remainer who can’t help himself. It certainly doesn’t mean in any way that his scorn is justified.

On the contrary, through the cunning expedient of simply not saying anything positive about a rubbish ambassador who probably despises him and who was doomed anyway, Boris Johnson has played a blinder.

To his Conservative party backers (most of whom are Brexiteers), he has signalled: I’m not going to sell you out.  To the Civil Service, he has signalled: you aren’t the masters now.  To Britain at large, he has signalled: there’s a new sheriff in town and you’re going to be seeing a few changes, some of which you may not like, but tough – I’m wearing the shiny star badge, not you.

Yes, of course it’s very early days. Boris isn’t even in Number 10, yet. He’s a terrible flip-flopper who may yet revert to type.  But on first glance, this all looks very, very promising.

As for Sir Kim Darroch, perhaps it’s time to find him a posting where he’s less likely to damage the Special Relationship. I’m told the British consulate in Ouagadougou is looking particularly lovely at this time of year.

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half the law

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Galatians 3:10-13 (JDV)

Galatians 3:10 You see – all who insist on the achievements of the law are under a curse, because it is written, Everyone who does not do everything written in the book of the law is cursed.

Galatians 3:11 Now it is clear that no one is justified in God’s presence by the law, because the righteous will live by faith.

Galatians 3:12 But the law is not about faith; instead, the one who does these things will live by doing them.

Galatians 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse in behalf of us, since it is written, Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.

half the law

The commandment aspect of the law was designed to be a standard no one could reach. It was intended from the very beginning to focus believers on the law principle of substitutionary sacrifice (the other half of the law). That is why so much of the Mosaic law contained details of the sacrificial system. Our universal failure to live up to the moral and ceremonial standards of the law was a given. It is in that sense that we can speak of God’s righteous law as a curse. If an adherent sought only the commandment aspect of the law, she would fail.

But if an adherent put her faith in the righteous commandment and the coming compassionate atoning sacrifice, she would be found faithful. All of the sacrificial principles of the law were prophetic, and pointed to the finished work of Christ. He was the only human being who ever obeyed the law to the fullest – including fulfilling its prophetic aspects of substitutionary atonement.

Lord, thank you that the gospel shows us how to respond to the whole law.

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already Abraham’s sons

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Galatians 3:7-9 (JDV)

Galatians 3:7 You have discovered, then, that those who have faith, these are Abraham’s sons.

Galatians 3:8 Now the Scripture saw in advance that God would justify the Gentiles by faith and proclaimed the gospel ahead of time to Abraham, saying, All the nations will be blessed through you.

Galatians 3:9 Consequently those who have faith are endorsed with Abraham, who had faith.

already Abraham’s sons

Long before Moses initiated his Mosaic Law, the gospel was proclaimed. It is this gospel which is the key to being blessed by God with his unmerited favor. This gospel says that God has chosen to save those who will put their faith in him, like Abraham did. The many sons God promised Abraham will include these believers, no matter what their physical lineage is.

The Gentile Galatians knew about this from the gospel preaching of Paul’s missionary team. But the heretical group came along and convinced them that God would only bless those who followed a strict obedience to the Mosaic Law – as they interpret it. These Gentile Christians who were already endorsed because of their faith were now in danger of apostasy. They were already Abraham’s sons.

Lord, keep us from the false gospel that we have to replace our faith in order to please you.

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Trans-Genderism And the Law Courts

Wilful Destruction of Lives

We are not prophets.  We cannot predict the future–beyond reasonable speculation.  However, some speculations are more compelling than others.  We predict that some of the world’s biggest tort cases in the next twenty-five years will swarm around the present febrile madness of trans-genderism.

Walt Heyer writes about the growing destruction of people’s lives arising out of this devastating “procedure”. 

4 Trans People Beg For Help With Their Gender Identity Crises

These four accounts from trans people show that the transgender-affirming medical establishment is failing at their duty to help people who are hurting.

Walt Heyer
The Federalist

My email inbox has exploded lately with requests from transgender people wanting to find a “good therapist” who will help them detransition—that is, go back.

Transgender people who want to go back understand that consulting the gender specialists who helped them get into the transgender mess doesn’t work.
Like the cult leaders in Jonestown in the 1970s, gender therapists push clients to “drink the Kool-Aid” of hormones and surgery and gender activists punish those who want to leave. I know this because it happened to me.

Four troubling stories of reckless treatment, regret, and suicide attempts landed in my inbox in just the last few weeks. The first three are brief. The fourth provides an in-depth look at how a young woman of just 18 can get pushed into harmful changes that will affect her entire life.

1. A Tale of Blessedly Averted Suicide

This person started the transgender process at age 15. He writes:

Walt, please help. I don’t know what else to do. I don’t know how to live my life. I’m 32. I’ve lived my entire adult life ‘as a woman. My parents, especially my mother, pushed me through this process, starting at age 15. It has taken me many, many years to reveal the lie to myself, and my life depended on that lie. That lie is repeated by nearly everyone I have ever known and trusted, and that lie is forced on me, because they need to believe it even more than I did. This past Monday, the 17th, I attempted suicide for the first time in my life. I didn’t expect to fail…I purchased several fentanyl patches in the highest strength and applied them with a heat pack to make sure they released enough to kill me. I gave away all my things and my money and my pet cat and said goodbye to my dearest friend. After wearing the patches for a few hours I began to realize they had been stored improperly—when the dealer sent them to me, although they were still covered by a plastic film, they had been removed from their airtight envelopes for shipping, and storing them for so long must have destroyed their potency. After lying in bed for a day and a half I realized with embarrassment I was not about to die.

Teenagers do not have the capacity to make decisions of this importance, and adults should not be telling them the “lie.” It’s a lie that children need a gender change. It’s a lie that someone can change his or her sex. It’s child abuse to withhold life-saving psychological treatment for teens with depression.

It’s no surprise that the person to whom the lie was told would attempt suicide after transitioning. The same thing happened to me. Like this person, it took me many years to reveal the lie to myself, and when I did, the realization of what I had done to myself led me to also attempt suicide. Thankfully, we both failed.

2. Only Two Years After Surgery, He Regrets It

Another person recently wrote me: 

Please help me! I’m male to female and had sex change surgery two years ago.  Call me. I’m in Canada.

Only two years after surgery, and this person is screaming for help. People from three weeks to 30 years after surgery have seen my website and contacted me for help to get their life back.

3. Young Woman Struggles with Feelings of Being a Boy

This 20-year-old wrote to me from Italy about her desire to be a boy, yet she is aware that her childhood problems could be a contributing factor to this desire. She fears that gender specialists will push cross-sex hormones and surgery on her and not help with her childhood trauma.

I’m a 20 year old girl who knows that she’s a girl. In these days I’m depressed and suicidal, because I don’t know what to think or do. I don’t want to go to specialist because I’m afraid he tells me I must undergo a surgery…what do you think/ suggest me?

Maybe are there other problems of my childhood to solve that can lead to solve this problem?  Please, help me, for my goodness and of my mum that doesn’t know anything…. I love her from the bottom of my heart. I want to live in my body happily.  I know you can feel my pain dear Walt. I hope to meet you one day.  Thanking you in advance.

4. An 18-year-old Woman Regrets Transition by Age 20

Sydney, a bright and engaging woman on the verge of her 21st birthday, has a heart-rending story of going from female to male and back again that she asked me to share. She’s one of the lucky ones—still young enough to have a “do-over” without having wasted many years like so many of us. I was pleased to hear her say that I had played a part in her journey.

She started our conversation with this email:

Hey Walt!

I just so happened to stumble upon your website! I think it is so amazing what you are doing. I myself was searching for positive detransitioning articles when I found your website. I transitioned from female to male as soon as I turned 19… it has been the biggest regret of my life. I try not to be discouraged because I did choose to detransition back. But I currently am very discouraged because I’m afraid I will no longer be a presentable looking female or how I was before.

For about a year, Sydney injected herself with male hormones prescribed by a physician, no questions asked.  She stopped last August, but still gets mistaken for a male. She says, “I can’t even go in the women’s restroom without getting pulled out.”

Sydney grew up in the U.S. South, splitting her time between divorced parents, and had little exposure to trans people. The first time she says she saw a transgender male was on Instagram after she left home at 18. The imagery of a fit, muscular, attractive bearded transgender male lit up feelings of jealousy. She wanted to be trans because “my family was very discouraged and very enraged that I was a lesbian. I guess you could say I was a self-hating gay. I felt guilty for being that way.”

Sydney rashly married a woman she had known only for six months and thought being transgender would make their relationship more socially acceptable than being a lesbian couple. Sydney’s self-hatred, she says, was her way to act out something unresolved deep within her—a painful experience from childhood.

Like Sydney, some who identify as trans are “acting out” as an unconscious way to self-medicate, escape, and disconnect from the pain of unresolved early life trauma. People often blame themselves for the harm they endured, which can manifest as self-mutilation, such as cutting and gender change.

The tragedy is that gender therapists are more than willing to skip over the deeper issues and quickly encourage the person toward cross-sex hormones and surgery. The regrettable outcomes only emerge after the transition is done, with detransitioning and suicides.

I see this pattern over and over in the stories of people who contact me wanting help with detransitioning. It happened to me, too. I told my therapist I was sexually abused, but he ignored it as irrelevant. It wasn’t irrelevant at all—abuse is linked with gender distress.

Getting on Hormones Remains Far Too Easy

Sydney cut off her beautiful long, blonde hair and found a gender therapist. She told the therapist she wanted to start hormones on her 19th birthday, which was only a couple of weeks away at the time, and the therapist did not seem to mind. She gave Sydney a paper with warnings and information on the use of cross-sex hormones. Sydney shared that she had fears about transitioning, as well as some second thoughts. The therapist advised Sydney to take some time and make a list of pros and cons to help her decide.

To her credit, Sydney spoke up, confiding in the therapist about her childhood trauma, thinking she would want to explore those issues prior to any hormone therapy or transitioning. But no, the therapist provided no diagnoses or talk therapy, only a referral to an endocrinologist to get her started on male hormones. The ease of the process shocked Sydney.

Sydney was employed and knew her company couldn’t legally say or do anything about her transition because of the employment laws. Even so, some brave souls personally advised her to wait and take some time. Sydney says “I wished I would have,” and now regrets not listening to them.

Sydney said everyone else was encouraging her to transition to male, with comments like “Since you’re pretty you’ll make a hot guy.” Physical beauty is a strange litmus test for undergoing something so seismically life changing. The harm prevention protocol for prescribing cross-sex hormones—powerful drugs with serious side effects—is nonexistent. As Sydney’s experience (and many others) show, all who want hormones get them.

Sydney’s endocrinologist, in a brief exchange, told Sydney she could go pick up the male hormones. When Sydney asked how to administer the shot or if he would do it, he told her to watch videos on YouTube and do it herself. It didn’t turn out well.

“After months on hormones, my parents begged me to quit, telling me I was killing myself, which I felt like I was. I had gained 50 pounds, I was prediabetic, my blood was starting to thicken which was going to cause clots,” says Sydney. Sydney, formerly a healthy, beautiful girl, was a transgender male with major health problems merely one year later.

Thankfully, a Concerned Family Member Intervened

About that time, Sydney’s grandfather contacted me for advice and information. Full of love for his granddaughter and deeply concerned for her health, he did not want her life to end this way. I suggested he order my book “Paper Genders,” which gives insight into the twisted ideology of transgenderism and its pedophile founders.

As Sydney tells it: “My grandfather who I love more than anything and anyone in this world asked me to quit and to read ‘Paper Genders.’ So I stopped hormones immediately, cold turkey, left my wife of two years who was very toxic, and at my grandfather’s invitation, went to stay with him and my grandmother.”

Now I want to make it clear: I never recommend well-meaning family members give this book to a trans family member because its frankness usually only makes the person angry. In this case, predictably, Sydney was angry, but her grandfather’s risk-taking paid off. Sydney says she would read a little bit and put it down, then read a little more and put it down.

Stopping the hormones abruptly brought more health problems. Sydney quickly lost the 50 pounds gained previously, but for the wrong reason: extreme nausea and pain, which put her in the hospital. She felt she was dying. But thankfully, after a time, medical treatment and a loving home with her grandparents settled things down.

Sydney contacted me because she wanted her story told to help others like her: 

So at first it [detransition] was a little difficult but I have found my ways to deal with everything. I am currently trying to get back to myself as I was before. It is just a journey on the way.  My goal is to save people the pain of going through it [transition] and helping them get through the ‘now’ trouble instead of encouraging a temporary fix that will only depress them more later once they wake up.

Sydney was fortunate to have a grandfather who would not stand idly by and witness the destruction of his granddaughter.  These four examples in my inbox over the past couple of weeks demonstrate reckless treatment, withholding of psychological counseling, subsequent regret, and suicide attempts for people with gender dysphoria. The cries for help keep coming in.

Like Sydney, my goal is to save people the pain of going through an unnecessary gender change and to give the survivors hope and resources. That’s why I wrote the book “Trans Life Survivors,” which features research, examples, and resources for therapists, families and trans-identified people.

If I could get people to take away one thought, it would be this: People with gender dysphoria desperately need psychological counseling first—before any medical intervention—to prevent pain, suffering, and wasted years. You have much to gain and nothing to lose from stopping to think before you leap.

Walt Heyer is an accomplished author and public speaker with a passion for mentoring individuals whose lives have been torn apart by unnecessary gender-change surgery.

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a brainless proposal

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Galatians 3:1-6 (JDV)

Galatians 3:1 You brainless1 Galatians! Who has hexed you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was placarded as crucified?

Galatians 3:2 I only want to learn this from you: Did you receive the Breath by the achievements of the law or by believing what you heard?

Galatians 3:3 Are you so brainless? After beginning by the Breath, are you now finishing by the flesh?

Galatians 3:4 Did you experience so much for nothing– if in fact it was for nothing?

Galatians 3:5 So then, does God give you the Breath and achieve miracles among you by your doing the achievements of the law? Or is it by believing what you heard –

Galatians 3:6 just like Abraham who believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness?

a brainless proposal

My translation gets a bit experimental sometimes, and today’s text is a good example. The second person of the Trinity is usually designated the Holy Spirit. Our English word spirit comes from the Latin spiritus, with a core meaning of breath. That is the same denotation of the Greek πνεῦμα in verses 2 and 5. Often the term is just part of a title, so its translation is not so important. But there are a number of key texts where biblical authors draw attention to the Breath as a key element in a physical or spiritual resurrection.

Today’s text is one of those key texts. The Sacred Breath is the new life breathed into the dead flesh, reviving it and making conversion possible. To introduce the law into the equation is to try to do what the dead flesh couldn’t do in the first place. That was what the different gospel proposed, and it was a brainless proposal indeed.

Lord, thank you for the new life we have through your Sacred Breath!

1ἀνόητος

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How Deep the Rifts?

Volcanic Rumblings in the UK
The UK Labour Party appears to be in the midst of a split.  How significant this will prove to be in the months and years ahead remains to be seen.  But for the moment the signs are showing there is burley in the water.  The sharks are circling.

Local Labour Politicians Defect to Brexit Party

Labour Slumps in Polls

Victoria Friedman
Breitbart London

Two local Labour figures have defected to the Brexit Party, as Labour sinks to fourth place in a recent YouGov poll.  West Heywood councillor Alan McCarthy and former Labour councillor and leader of Rochdale council Colin Lambert defected to the Brexit Party this week.  Their constituency of Rochdale voted 60 per cent in favour of Leave in the 2016 referendum, and Councillor McCarthy said that he left because Labour no longer represents the people.

Mr McCarthy told Rochdale Online on Thursday: “I have been a Labour Party supporter for 40 years, nigh on 20 of those as a sitting councillor for West Heywood. The Labour Party pledged to respect the decision of the referendum and has gone back on its word.  I have resigned the Labour whip and will be joining the Brexit Party – the only party that is standing up for democracy – and the only party committed to investing in the north and the regions which, for too long, have been ignored by the other political parties.”

Mr Lambert, who was a local Labour leader from 2010 to 2014 and councillor until 2016, also told the news website: “I have served the people of Rochdale for nearly two decades but I no longer believe my former party represents the people of this town.  We need to deliver on the referendum result, that is why I have left Labour and will be joining the Brexit Party – I want to change politics for good.”

The defections come as a poll revealed Labour has fallen to fourth place, with the Tories in the lead, followed by the Brexit Party, and the Liberal Democrats in third. Suffering one of its worst polling positions for a century, fewer than one in five voters — 18 per cent — said they would vote for the establishment-left party at the next General Election. 

The poll revealed that 25 per cent of Remain supporters said they would vote for Labour, compared with 40 per cent in April and 48 per cent at the beginning of 2019. Likewise, Leavers are dropping their support for Labour, with just eight per cent of Brexiteers saying they would vote for the party at the next General Election, down from 21 per cent in January. The figures suggest that the party’s unclear stance on Brexit is what is driving voters to parties with clearer positions on the issue, namely the Brexit Party and the EU loyalist Liberal Democrats.

Presenting his LBC radio show yesterday, Nigel Farage said that the Labour Party was in “real trouble”. The Brexit Party came first in May’s European Parliament elections and has consistently performed strongly in polls. In April, Mr Farage pledged a “northern attack” on Labour heartlands, after the left-wing party had abandoned the some-five million Labour Leavers in the north and Midlands.

New Brexit Party MEP Martin Daubney echoed this sentiment on Thursday, saying of the Labour defections: “Now The ⁦Brexit Party is seeing Labour councillors jump ship. At a General Election we would be gunning for Labour seats across the North & Midlands. We want to be a home for 5 million Labour Leavers.”

While there are a number of prominent Labour Leavers today — notably MP for Vauxhall Kate Hoey, entrepreneur and Labour donor Labour John Mills, and pressure group Labour Leave — in previous decades, Labour had once been the traditional home of euroscepticism and patriotic heavyweights such as Tony Benn, Peter Shore, and Michael Foot, who believed that deeper integration with a proto-European Union would strip Britons of their democratic rights and drive down wages.

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