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
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A domestic championship is the only gap in the 33-year-old’s trophy CV, but this season he is as close as ever to ending that drought. Henderson admits the squad are having to keep their title dreams in check, but does not hide from the fact every player dreams of topping the table. “I don’t think we can look too far into the future, we have to focus on the next game and take it as it comes. “We have always got to believe, especially with it being so tight. “We have seven big games left and Tottenham is our main focus. “We have to win every game, I don’t think there is any room for slip-ups. “All season we have felt we could go into games and win and so we have to do the same for the last seven games.” Tottenham visit Anfield looking to avenge a 5-0 thrashing at White Hart Lane, a result which made the rest of the Premier League sit up and take notice of what was emerging from the red half of Merseyside. Liverpool’s win at White Hart Lane in December had the feeling of a landmark result, but Henderson said it just reinforced their confidence in the work they had been doing all season. “I thought we were fantastic on the day at White Hart Lane but they will come looking for revenge after getting a good win at the weekend against Southampton which will have improved their confidence,” he added. “I felt as though we had played well all the way through up till that game. “But that game, from the outside, people looked at it and thought ‘Wow’. “I thought we played just as well in other games but when you win 5-0 at Tottenham that stands out and it gives you confidence.” Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood is well aware of Liverpool’s attacking threat so will be looking to expose a defensive frailty he believes could end the title hopefuls’ seven-match winning streak. The Reds’ goalscoring statistics this season are remarkable, with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge having netted 51 goals between them. Liverpool have not failed to net in any of their last 24 matches in all competitions and host Tottenham looking to maintain their charge at a first league title since 1990. Sherwood knows it will be a big ask to keep them at bay but believes they can upset the apple cart at Anfield thanks to the hosts’ shaky defence, which has conceded 16 more goals than leaders Chelsea. “We’re aware of their attack but they do concede goals, that is one positive we can look at,” the Spurs boss said. “I am not sure how many clean sheets they’ve kept, but they can leak goals because they throw everything forwards. “They can be caught on the counter-attack and we will be very respectful of the threats they have coming forwards, but we need to try and impose ourselves on them at some stage of the game.” Despite that intention to make an impact, Sherwood is well aware that a gung-ho mentality at Anfield will only play into the hosts’ hands. “Without a doubt we can’t do that,” he said. “At the moment we don’t play with an identity that I want. “There has been no time to work on that, so it’s just about going out and getting as many points as we can during this period since Christmas and this is about the same. “We’ll have try to nullify their potent strike force and see what we can do on the counter. “Everton went there and tried to play against them and they capitulated and got heavily beaten.” Emmanuel Adebayor is a doubt for Tottenham. The Togolese striker will have a gash on his heel assessed before the trip to Anfield, although Sherwood is hopeful he will be fit to be part of the squad. Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson admits nothing would give him greater pleasure than helping captain Steven Gerrard end his long wait for a Premier League title. “He was brilliant for us against Sunderland (in their 2-1 midweek win) and if anyone deserves a league title it is him,” said the England international. “We have all dreamed of winning the Premier League title and no-one deserves it more than him. “We are doing it for ourselves, our families, the fans, the club and for him as well. “Obviously we are dreaming and believing because all you want to do as a footballer is win the Premier League, that is one of your dreams.” Manager Brendan Rodgers, who has no new problems and could name an unchanged side against Tottenham on Sunday, has worked hard to minimise the pressure and expectation on his side, but as the games tick down and the Reds remain within touching distance of leaders Chelsea, the focus on Anfield intensifies. “You have to not listen to the news or read papers and just concentrate on your football, enjoy going into training and working hard. And we have been doing that all season, so there is no reason to change it and it is in our routine now,” added Henderson. “A lot of people are going to talk, dream and believe outside the club and that’s fine. “We can dream but at the same time we have to keep our feet on the ground. Press Association
Press Association Richards was charged by the Football Association following an incident at the end of Villa’s 2-1 defeat to Swansea last Saturday. The tunnel was seen to be shaking from side to side after the teams entered it at the final whistle, with Richards still angry following a first-half clash with Federico Fernandez. Garry Monk says his Swansea players were innocent in the tunnel fracas which left Aston Villa captain Micah Richards facing an improper conduct charge. “It’s sad to see a manager go but the nature of this job is you don’t get time. “It’s something I imagine is going to happen continuously throughout the rest of the season.” Swansea’s next test is against second-placed Arsenal on Saturday, Monk’s men having completed the double over the Gunners last season for only the second time in the club’s history. Bafetimbi Gomis scored the winner in both of those games but the France striker has failed to score in his last six appearances and holds the unwanted record of being caught offside more than any other Premier League player this season. “Defenders want to keep clean sheets, strikers want to score goals and midfielders wants to make assists and score goals themselves,” Monk said. “But it’s about the collective here, never about one player. “The way we’ve played – and take Aston Villa out of it – most of the games before we haven’t performed as a collective. “The pressure is on everyone, not one particular person, to perform in every single game. “That’s the standard and level we’re at, but nobody puts more pressure on ourselves to perform. “Everyone will go through periods where they dip. Whoever scores those goals doesn’t really matter.” Both Richards and Argentina defender Fernandez escaped punishment in relation to that incident as an FA panel judged that neither player had committed an act of violent conduct, but the England international was charged for continuing the argument after the match. “From our side it was the right decision,” Swansea manager Monk said after revealing he had spoken to his players this week about the tunnel incident. “I wasn’t in the tunnel at that point and came out of the dressing room when whatever happened had all finished. “But in terms of my players, and I’ve spoken to them, there was nothing at all from our side. “I can’t speak for Aston Villa but everything from the Swansea side was fine.” Swansea’s Villa Park victory was their first in six Premier League games and lifted the pressure on Monk, who had come under increasing scrutiny during that barren period. But in the end it was Tim Sherwood who paid for defeat with his job last weekend, the Villa manager sacked the following morning with his side having failed to win in the league since the opening day of the season. “Tim’s a good guy, an honest guy, and someone I’ve got to know well over the last 18-19 months on the (Football Association of Wales) Pro Licence course,” Monk said.
The GFA Normalisation Committee has released a statement to apologise to fans of the Black Stars following their elimination from AFCON tournament in Egypt.The team lost 5-4 to Tunisia on penalties on Monday in the Round of 16 after the match ended 1-1 after extra time.The result means that Ghana will have to wait for another edition of the AFCON to see if they can win their 5th African title.The committee said that the exit had provided another opportunity for the nation to work hard to reform football in Ghana and that it was working to ensure the betterment of the local game.Below is the full statement:The Normalisation Committee of the Ghana Football Association is extremely saddened by the exit of the senior national football team, the Black Stars from the Total CAF African Cup of Nations.Like our expectant compatriots, we anticipated an exciting tournament, which would culminate in a successful climax of ending our agonising 37-year for the Afcon trophy.The African Cup of Nations has become competitive over the years, and with the historic increase in the number of participating teams, we were well aware of the challenging task which awaited the Black Stars in Egypt.Therefore, the Normalisation Committee, with the concerted efforts of key stakeholders, particularly the Government of Ghana, set out to ensure the best of preparations for the Black Stars towards achieving the national objective of ending our Afcon trophy-drought.The pre-tournament international friendly in Accra, the early camping in Dubai, the friendly matches and incentive packages for the team were all part of plans and processes towards achieving the elusive dream of winning the African Cup in Egypt.Unfortunately, our dream, once again, has ended in disappointment, despite the promise the team’s early promise in the group stage, especially having improved considerably in our final group match h with Guinea Bissaeu.The Normalisation Committee understands the national mood of disappointment, following our painful elimination through the nerve-racking penalty shootout defeat to to Tunisia.On behalf of the GFA and the football fraternity, we wish to apologise to the good people of Ghana for the painful exit of the Black Stars.As we have always maintained, the future of Ghana football is bright, but we can only reclaim our lost glory if the football fraternity remains focused on the development of our game to catch up with our rivals in the world, especially on the African continent.This early elimination of the Black Stars is another sad reality for the football fraternity and the nation to a larger extent, to have a second look at our football blue print moving forward.The Normalisation Committee is confident that the restructuring process we have started since last year, will lay a solid foundation on which the future of Ghana football would be built; first and most importantly, to strengthen and improve our domestic football infrastructure, club administration and finances, and turn around the local league to be exciting, player-crazy platform, as well as fan and sponsorship- attractive.All these together, will help us claim our top of place position in regional, continental and world football in both male and female games.We can’t end this statement without thanking various stakeholders, especially the President, Government (through the Ministry of Youth and Sports and other agencies), the Parliamentary Select Committee on Youth, Culture and Sports, as well as the people of Ghana for their committed support to the Black Stars for this Afcon campaign.His Excellency President Akufo-Addo demonstrated his personal support towards the team during the qualifiers, before and during the tournament. The Government of Ghana also showed its strong support to the team by providing whatever the team needed for a successful campaign.We also appreciate the support of GNPC to the team.Finally, we salute the good people of Ghana for their unwavering support to the Black Stars throughout the tournament.Even when the going was tough for the team after its stuttering start with successive draws against Benin and Cameroon, Ghanaians remained solidly behind the team and lifted them up through encouraging words, especially on social media back to its glory days.We also acknowledge the role of the media in rallying support for the team before and during the campaign.The Normalisation Committee will continue to solicit and count on the support of Ghanaians as we continue with the arduous, but surmountable task of restoring Ghana football back to it’s glory days.SIGNED: GFA NORMALISATION COMMITTEEThe team is expected back in Ghana before the close of the week before the players head back to their clubs for the start of pre-season training.