Yes, you read the title correctly. Scottish authorities have officially gone insane. While listening to my favorite Scottish/American pastor’s sermon today, he mentioned this. It’s no wonder his mood seemed somber. I had to recheck his facts and, surely enough, it is true. Several different publications have reported the news. You can read one of the sources here.
“It was disclosed that any pupil who decides they want to switch gender must be supported and listened to in school following the Scottish Government’s advice.
The guidance applies in primary schools, where the youngest children are only four or five, because ‘recognition and development of gender identity can occur at a young age’.
It also tells teachers not to question a child who says they want to transition to live as a boy or a girl – and instead ask for their new name and pronouns.”
Here is the report entitled Supporting Transgender Pupils In Schools, Guidance for Scottish Schools.
So, one European country will allow a pre-schooler to make a personal gender determination and another (Norway) won’t allow a child as old as 17 to have any say on whether he/she will be allowed to live with a parent or not. These inhumane and bizarre policies are now part of life in two countries with Christian legacies.
People who are creating these types of protocols are not considering the authority of God. Anyone familiar with and in the slightest agreement with Biblical statements regarding the treatment of children would recoil at such codes.
There is not a lick of wisdom in these types of rulings. Yet, Christians know where wisdom comes from:
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” -Proverbs 9:10
The lack of even a semblance of wisdom in this decision screams how spiritually bankrupt the originators of things like this are. This headline is another indication of how far nations once influenced by Biblical Christianity have fallen.
May God have mercy on us.
God, have mercy!
However, from human point of view, the new law seems to be in direct violation — an intervention into parents’ right on education of children which is disproportionate and unnecessary in a democratic society — of the Protocol to European Convention of Human Rights, Article 2:
Right to education
No person shall be denied the right to education. In the exercise of any functions which it assumes in relation to education and to teaching, the State shall respect the right of parents to ensure such education and teaching in conformity with their own religious and philosophical convictions.”
See at https://www.echr.coe.int/Documents/Convention_ENG.pdf page 19
So good to “see” you again. (That is, if you are the same Jasper that I know because of the Norwegian CPS problem)
In any case, I appreciate this comment.
You have made an excellent point. If things like this continue to happen in Europe why even bother with the European Convention on Human Rights?
As far as I can tell, the ECtHR is making good decisions about Human Rights but few European countries seem to be listening. I know that Norway ignores any decisions against them.
I hope that someone in Scotland is upset enough about this evil decision to begin the long process of appealing to the ECtHR. There has to be someone left in Scotland that views this new “law” as lacking conformity to their religious and philosophical views.
I am still trying to get over this news but I don’t think I ever will unless this legislation is moved to the rubbish bin.
Thank you again for sharing your thoughts and thank you for sharing Article 2 and the link.
Hello there, Jasper and Chris!
Let me point out, not unexpectedly, that the madness goes even further as regards Norway (hm, when doesn’t it):
“… and another (Norway) won’t allow a child as old as 17 to have any say on whether he/she will be allowed to live with a parent or not.”
You’re wrong there, Chris! Norway LETS a 17 year old have a say, and Norwegian authorities ‘help’ implement the decision, WHEN the decision is that the youngster does NOT want to live with its parent(s). They do NOT let the youth decide if he/she says ‘I WANT to stay with my parent(s), I do not want to be forced away from them into an institution or a foster home run by the CPS Barnevernet”.
– The third gender: Luckily I grew up before they piled us into kindergartens and asked us, as 5-year-olds, questions and tempted us to give irreversible answers.
Poor Scotland – it reminds me of the ‘Named Person Scheme’, which was apparently stopped. But here we probably have the same kind of ideas again.
“Some ethical objections to the Named Person Scheme”
Thank you for correcting me and doesn’t the truth represent well the Norwegian Child Welfare Services (Barnevernet) that we have all come to know and lament?
Like you, I was fortunate to attend school before all of this gender business started. I know I would have been confused as an adolescent but I can’t imagine having been confronted about my “feelings” on the topic as a kindergartner. Thankfully, I had parents who would have argued for my chance to be a child.
How confusing it must be for any young child to be asked to have an opinion about such a subject!
At what age should the “facts” “defined by experts” in the following article be known by all?
This article lists its 12 gender identities after this statement is made:
“Genitalia does not equal gender. ‘The sex characteristics a person is born with do not signify a person’s gender identity. When people have ‘gender reveal parties,’ it really should be called a ‘genital reveal party,’ she offers. The concept of gender really is a social construct, adds Golob.” (Golob is a Master’s Level Mental Health Counselor and Sex & Relationship Counselor in the USA.)
My kids are grown. They are aware that people have these kinds of opinions about gender. My concern is for parents of youth trying to navigate these topics and the poor kids, of course.
I guess a parent who believes like me waits until it is absolutely necessary to try and explain that the concept of gender is NOT a social construct. How does one go about doing that?
How does a parent explain the term “fluidity” to a seven or ten-year-old for that matter?
When is it necessary for any person to know that “gender is how you feel about yourself, while sexuality is how you feel about others?”
These are rhetorical questions, Marianne, but I ask them hoping that others will read them and wonder.
What kind of psychology or sociology causes these questions?
It is nothing except the epitome of the term that I learned from a professional linguist: “psycho-babble.” Sadly, I see no end to this sort of thing. People think they are gods these days and that they get to make all of the rules.
Thankfully, the ‘Named Person Scheme’ was halted in it’s tracks when the U.K. Supreme Court said these provisions breached rights to privacy and a family life under the European Convention on Human Rights, so were “not within the legislative competency of the Scottish Parliament”. I would hope that the same Court could make the same kind ruling in this instance.
I see that the rulings of the ECtHR have had some positive effect. I wonder how the court will rule when there is a case where article 2 is seriously challenged? I hope that day is far in the future but it seems like it is coming.
To quote the section that Jasper has shared:
“…the State shall respect the right of parents to ensure such education and teaching in conformity with their own religious and philosophical convictions.”
My religious and philosophical convictions are that God created man and woman. I believe that God ordained the family, a family with one father and one mother, to be the unmatched way. When governments or government schools teach students otherwise there is going to be friction. I fear we may be heading to a time when items like the ECtHR’s Article 2 on Education are stricken from human rights laws.
If that ever happens, chaos will reign.
This is so wicked
Absolutely, Pastor Jim. I can think of no better adjective to describe it.