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Amanda Casanova

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The parents of a Canadian 6-year-old girl have filed a lawsuit against the school board, principal and teacher of the school where their daughter was allegedly being taught “there’s no such thing as girls and boys.”

According to the Christian Post, the teacher at Devonshire Community Public School played a YouTube video for the class on gender called, “He, She, and They?!? – Gender: Queer Kid Stuff #2.”

The mother of the 6-year-old, Pamela Buffone, and her husband initially filed a complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal against the school system after they said their daughter began worrying that she was not female after she watched the video.

During the school lesson, the teacher drew a “gender spectrum” on the whiteboard and asked the children to pick where they were on the spectrum. The Buffone’s daughter chose the furthest end of the spectrum marked “girl,” but the teacher allegedly told the class that “girls are not real, and boys are not real.”

“At the age of 6, she was just figuring out that animals are divided into boys and girls; when she met a new dog on the street, for example, she would ask ‘is it a boy or a girl?’” Buffone said.

“So she was very confused by what her teacher was saying and was struggling to understand what it meant for her as a girl.”

Last week, the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms filed an amended application on behalf of the Buffones, saying that the girl’s rights were infringed.

 “It’s a terrible message to be sending to girls or anyone, because it undermines the value and dignity we have as humans by separating what it means to be human from our biological reality," Buffone said.

"It's becoming increasingly apparent that words like 'inclusive' don't mean what most of us think they should. We should be making gender non-conforming kids feel welcome, not telling the majority of kids that they are 'less than' because they don't have some unique and celebrated identity," Buffone asserted.

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The National Abortion Federation just named an Episcopal priest as its new head.

In a press release from the NAF last week, it was announced that the Very Reverend Katherine Hancock Ragsdale has been named the pro-abortion organization’s new President and CEO.

Ragsdale was first appointed as the Interim President and CEO of the NAF in September of 2018 and after just over a year in that role, the organization decided to make her a permanent fixture.

According to the press release, Ragsdale – who is openly gay and married to a fellow Episcopal priest named Mally Lloyd – “has been outspoken about abortion rights, LGBTQ equality, and public policy issues affecting women and families throughout her career. She has testified before the U.S. Congress as well as numerous state legislatures about the importance of abortion access and was a featured speaker at the 2004 March for Women’s Lives in Washington, DC.”

Before becoming the organization’s head, Ragsdale spent 17 years on the national board of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice where she preached that abortion was a “blessing.”

“It has been a great privilege to lead this organization for the last year and work alongside the incredible and dedicated NAF Board, staff, and membership,” Ragsdale said, according to the press release. “Abortion providers are some of my personal heroes and modern-day saints. It is an honor to be able to serve and support NAF members as they provide compassionate health care amid increasing attacks and challenges,” she proclaimed.

When Pro-Life activist Father Frank Pavone heard of Ragsdale’s appointment, he told LifeSiteNews that he was not surprised, FaithWire reports

He said, “for decades, Katherine Ragsdale, a false prophet, has been trying to put religious vestments on child-killing.”

The national director of Priests for Life and president of the National Pro-Life Religious Council continued, “She led the ‘Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights’ (now the ‘Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice’), which actually provides rites of blessing for parents about to kill their children, and for the facilities in which the blood is shed.” 

He added that the group also provides “scripture studies that attempt to say exactly the opposite of what Scripture says about what God thinks of the shedding of innocent blood.”

Ragsdale’s appointment, Pavone said, “actually reveals one of the greatest weaknesses of the abortion industry: science is not on their side, logic is not on their side, and history is not on their side.” 

He argued that abortion advocates have long run out of viable arguments to try to justify abortion, so now, they are choosing to “disguise it in ‘spirituality.’”

“They try in vain to take the stigma out of abortion — but that effort continues, and that is what this new development represents,” he said.

Ragsdale is the sixth person to head up the NAF since its founding in 1977.

Photo courtesy: LifeSiteNews