Charisma News 31 August 2015In the latest example of social madness, Rickey Hall, the vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, is calling on all students to use gender inclusive pronouns like “ze, hir, zir, xe, xem and xyr” in order to make the campus “welcoming and inclusive for all.”On another front, Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner has said that he would like to date a man so that he could be treated like a woman. But his suggestion was rebuffed by interviewer and friend Jenny Boylan who replied, “Caitlyn Jenner, you are a normal woman right now, today. You don’t need a man to make you a woman.”Seriously? Bruce Jenner, with male voice and taking hormones to overcome his maleness is “a normal woman right now, today”?At the risk of being redundant, may I ask again: Is the whole world going mad?We not only have a push for gender neutral bathrooms in cities across America but we have:◦Biological men being told they are “normal” women.◦Facebook offering 50 ways to define your gender (and if that’s not enough, you can just fill in the blank with the description of your choice).◦Activists claiming that saying, “It’s a boy (or, girl)” at birth is playing “Russian roulette with your baby’s life.”◦Teenagers rebelling against the “gender binary” and saying, “Call me Tractor.”◦Presenters on YouTube describing themselves as “your average multiracial, pansexual, transracially inseminated queerspawn, genderqueer, transdyke, colonized mestiza, pornographer, activist, writer.”◦Children’s schools fighting against any “gendered space” and saying it would be better to call the kids “purple penguins” than refer to them as girls and boys – just to mention a few of the absurd things taking place today in the name of transgender sensitivity. (I document all this in Outlasting the Gay Revolution in the chapter focused on the fifth principle of the book: Celebrate Gender Distinctions.)At what point we will realize that the more we deny gender distinctions, the more we deny the most basic foundations of humanity? At what point we will wake up from this descent into moral and social stupor?It is one thing to have compassion on those who struggle with deep-seated gender identity issues, and I will call for compassion and understanding as long as I have a voice.It is another thing to turn the world upside down because of the very real struggles of a tiny percentage of people, no matter how fragile they are, no matter how loved by God they are, and no matter how much we want to see them find peace and wholeness.We simply cannot deny reality and obscure (or even try to eliminate) the very thing that makes the world go around, as if anything and everything goes and the only thing that is not allowed to be normal is normal itself.And so, while we pray for Bruce Jenner, while we do our best to provide resources to help individuals who struggle with gender identity (including parents whose children are struggling), while we welcome those who identify as transgender into our church services and meet them where they are, we draw a line in the sand and say: Boys are not girls and girls are not boys and he is not ze and I’m not calling her zir and the gender binary will be celebrated rather than denigrated.http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/in-the-line-of-fire/51693-zis-is-what-i-call-social-madness
Cross Plains, IN—The National Weather Service has confirmed a third tornado touch down in Southeastern Ripley County in Cross Plains. The tornado, an EF-0, damaged trees as well as caused rood damage to homes and businesses in the area. The tornado produced winds of around 65 mph.
Portugal manager Paulo Bento does not expect Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland to become the Cristiano Ronaldo Show.The Real Madrid superstar is due to win his 100th international cap in the match, only the third Portuguese to do so after Luis Figo and Fernando Couto.He is also in irresistible form this season, with 14 goals in 11 club outings to date.The shoulder injury that threatened to delay his landmark appearance is not as bad as initially feared and he is now certain to start at the Dragao Stadium.A match against a side rated 117th in the FIFA rankings appears the perfect chance for Ronaldo to mark the occasion with fireworks, but Bento has called on him to play his normal game.“We all know Cristiano had an injury coming to us from the Spanish championship but he is fit to pay,” said Bento. “I do not expect anything different from him because of the fact that he is getting his 100th cap.“I know that is a figure very few players will reach but I don’t foresee anything special because of that reason.“What I expect from him is to integrate into the structure we have got and to show all of his ability and quality in the match.”When Northern Ireland travelled to Russia in the opening round of Group F qualifiers, they were angered by what they perceived as a lack of respect from manager Fabio Capello and some of his players.Bento was careful to tread a more pragmatic path when asked to assess his side’s next opponents. “As for the Northern Irish, I have said they are an aggressive side, especially defensively,” he said.“They are an aggressive team and a strong team, very tough in one on ones and duels and they have a good spirit, which is typical of the Irish.”Watch the video below:Ronaldo’s 53rd goal
Anthony Brown scored a career-high 26 points for the seventh-seeded Tigers (12-19), the defending tournament champions. UC Irvine 70, UC Snata Barbara 52: Michael Hunter scored 16 points and Mark Kelley had 15 points to lead UC Irvine in the quarterfinals of the tournament. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Nic Campbell added 12 points for the Anteaters (15-17), who will face Long Beach State in Friday night’s semifinals. Alex Harris, the Big West’s leading scorer, had 22 points for the Gauchos (18-11), who shot a season low of 31.6 percent from the field. Glenn Turner added 10 rebounds. ANAHEIM – Bobby Brown scored 30 points and Frank Robinson had 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead Cal State Fullerton to a 100-92 victory over Pacific in double overtime Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big West Conference tournament. Justin Burns added 13 points and Scott Cutley grabbed 13 rebounds for the third-seeded Titans (20-9), who will face second-seeded Cal Poly SLO in today’s semifinals.