Another revered institution drops its “Christian” association in favor of a left-wing “Platform.”
In a further maneuver in the one-way war against British traditions and values, what was known for 156 years as the Young Women’s Christian Association has dropped the word “Christian,” along with the rest of its title, changing its name to Platform 51.
This is not, apparently, a new point of departure for the Hogwarts Express, but a reference to the fact that women make up 51% of the population. The word “Platform,” it is said, was chosen to reflect the fact that they can use the charity as a platform “to have their say” and “to move to the next stage of their lives.” The old name, it is said, “no longer stands for who we are.”
This is despite the fact that the organization has been funded mainly by legacies left by Christian supporters who intended its specific Christian orientation to continue. The YWCA was founded by Emma Robarts, who ran London prayer groups, and Mrs. Arthur Kinnaird, who ran a London hostel for nurses on their way to work in the Crimean War hospitals.
However, officials at the World YWCA headquarters in Geneva said none of the 124 branches in other countries are changing their names, and appeared taken by surprise by the news.
Spokesman Sylvie Jacquat said: “The name has been there for more than 150 years and we are not even discussing a change. We see our name as an opportunity for promoting Christian values and principles.”
It is thought that the word “Christian” has been dropped from the British organization in an attempt to get more government funding. Several other charities have also changed their names in recent years for similar reasons. Mike Judge of the think-tank Christian Institute was quoted as saying:
“Many believe there is an anti-Christian bias among those who decide which charities get state funding.
“It was the Christian character of the YWCA that made it great. It is a shame that it is turning its back on those values.”
The organization has told supporters:
During the 156 years since we were founded, we’ve had to evolve to reflect changes in society and the needs and expectations of women. This is true not only of the work we do, but also of our name.
Our original name no longer stood for who we are or what we do and people often confused us with another charity.
The “other charity” is presumably the YMCA, which, unlike the YWCA, continues to pursue its original objective of providing accommodation for young people, including women.
Platform 51 has made it clear that it intends to embark on a political program and to “lobby for changes in the law and policies to help all women.”
In fact, it has been involved in leftist activism for some time. Its Wikipedia entry, apparently written by a strong supporter in impeccably leftist jargon, states: “The World YWCA is the umbrella organization of the global network of the YWCA, a movement of women working for social and economic change around the world. It advocates for young women’s leadership, peace, justice, human rights and sustainable development, both on a grassroots and global scale.”
Given this, is it not surprising that YWCA Palestine-East Jerusalem (as it is still called) is associated with the dissemination of anti-Israel material.