SocietyWatch

From the September 2019 Trumpet Print Edition

Medieval diseases plague U.S.

From California to Kentucky, contagious diseases like typhus, Hepatitis A and Shigella are plaguing homeless populations. In particular, the Skid Row area of Los Angeles has been declared a “typhus zone,” since rats feeding on growing piles of garbage are now carrying a disease that has not been common for hundreds of years.

“We have not seen conditions for humans like this since medieval times,” Dr. Drew Pinsky told komo in an interview published on June 18. “Tuberculosis is exploding. Non-tuberculosis acid-fast bacilli, exploding. And then the rat-borne illnesses: plague and typhus …. [A]nd then we had typhoid fever last week …. We’ve allowed millions and millions of rats to overpopulate. I predicted the typhus outbreak last summer. It’s going to be worse this summer, and it’s just a matter of time before plague gets onto those fleas and into our population. It’s just inevitable!”

In 2018, 124 cases of typhus were reported in Los Angeles County, 20 percent of which were in downtown L.A. One city employee noted that the typhus outbreak was associated with unsanitary conditions in the homeless camps nearby, carried by the rats and fleas infesting their tents and improvised shelters.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, typhus is highly uncommon in the U.S., usually occurring in those who have contracted it while traveling to Third World countries. This disease has been rare in the Western world for hundreds of years, but is now returning to homeless camps and illegal immigrant detention centers across America.

Matthew 24:7 describes “pestilence” as one of the many curses that will come on society in the end time. The disease outbreaks ravaging the homeless populations right now are a prelude of the fulfillment of this prophecy.

California sexualizes public school curriculum

California children are being indoctrinated by state-sanctioned curriculum promoting homosexuality and transgenderism. On May 8, the California State Board of Education approved a new version of its sex education framework, with guidelines for students to attend lessons on gender identity, transsexual relations and same-sex “marriage.”

One book recommended for kindergartners through third grade is Who Are You?: The Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity. It states: “Some people say there are only two genders. But there are really many genders. And for some people, there are more than just two choices.”

Two other books recommended by the California Department of Education are The ‘What’s Happening to My Body?’ Book for Boys and S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-to-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties. These books are aimed at middle schoolers and high schoolers and list vulgar slang words for male and female genitals, teach that homosexuality is an ordinary way of life, and explain numerous perverted and dangerous sexual acts.

The Bible clearly states that sodomy and effeminacy are sins that will keep people out of the Kingdom of God unless repented of (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Yet state lawmakers and public educators are mandating that these practices be presented as natural and healthy to California’s youngest schoolchildren.

Gender stereotypes banned in UK ads

The government of the United Kingdom banned the use of “harmful gender stereotypes” in advertisements on June 14. The UK’s Committee of Advertising Practice issued this ban following a 2017 review that concluded that stereotypes “restrict the choices, aspirations and opportunities of children, young people and adults, and these stereotypes can be reinforced by some advertising, which plays a part in unequal gender outcomes.”

The ban applies to gender stereotyping in both broadcast and non-broadcast advertising. Commercials that have been banned include portrayals of men relaxing while a woman cleans, a woman struggling to park a car, a man struggling to change a diaper, or anything that “depicts a man or woman failing to achieve a task specifically because of their gender.” It even extends to stereotyping children’s ambitions or career choices—boys becoming engineers or girls pursuing dance. The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority says that contrasting personality traits, such as adventurous boys and caring girls, must be “handled with care.”

This government censorship is a disturbing example of liberal idealism turning authoritarian. It enforces conformity to a subjective and quixotic standard.

It is also part of a larger attack against biblical sex roles. God created men and women to be different (Genesis 1:27; Matthew 19:4) and intends them to fulfill different roles within the family. He expects a man to provide (1 Timothy 5:8) and a woman to be a helpmeet (Titus 2:5). Trashing these God-ordained roles hurts families, leaves children to themselves, and ultimately destroys society.