Children given instructions on suicide.
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“I have very deep reservations about this video because it has the potential for young people to think about ending their lives.
“There is a wealth of evidence that media — films, DVDs and videos — have encouraged a form of experimentation in suicide. And a film like this may well encourage young people to think they are a burden, that they don’t fit in or encourage them to feel vulnerable in another way.
“If they are discussing euthanasia it could also lead to a cluster of suicides.”
A spokesman for the Department for Education has been quoted as saying: “The Government sets the curriculum but we leave it to teachers to use their common sense and professional judgment on what is best for their set of pupils.” It is hard to know exactly what this means, but anyone who trusts the common sense and judgment of at least some school-teachers regarding life-or-death propaganda is at best taking a very big risk indeed.
Meanwhile, in another, not unconnected, front of the British culture war, a 64-year-old electrician, Colin Atkinson, faces the sack for displaying an 8-inch-long Christian palm cross on the dashboard of his company van. This was in spite of — or should that be because of? — the fact that his boss at the publicly-funded Wakefield and District Housing Association displays a large picture of Che Guevara in his office.
Former soldier Atkinson said: “The treatment of Christians in this country is becoming diabolical, but I will stand up for my faith.” The association, which claims that it “aims to influence the embedding of diversity” has provided stalls at gay pride events, held “diversity days” for “travellers” (gypsies), and hosted a “gender reassignment event,” titled “A World That Includes Transpeople.” It is fairly obvious who it does not include. Without going into Mr. Atkinson’s personal circumstances it would seem obvious that for a 64-year-old man to lose his job in Britain today could be personally catastrophic.
This may be another chance for the Tory sock-puppets to surprise everyone by showing some backbone.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online