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CANADA’S Supreme Court has banned Christian schools and colleges from teaching Biblical values because the Bible does not support the Trudeau government’s vision of “diversity” and is therefore “harmful” to LGBT and Muslim students.

Instead, Canada’s schools have been encouraged to adopt Common Core values such as ordering children as young as six to question their sexual orientation and gender identity, while teaching them how to use a range of vegetables as sex toys, and promoting anal sex as “normal”. Christian colleges and universities will be stripped of their accreditation if they continue to promote Biblical standards and values. In other words, the highest Canadian court has ruled that Christianity and education are incompatible.

In a ruling that is sure to send shock waves through the nation, Canada’s Supreme Court ruled 7-2 against Trinity Western University’s (TWU) Law School. Here’s a brief summary of the case for those who are not familiar with it. Trinity Western is a Christian university that requires its students and faculty to live by basic Christian standards. This means that to be a student or faculty member in good standing, you can’t commit fornication or adultery, nor can you engage in homosexual relationships.

There’s nothing surprising with these requirements, and there are thousands of schools in North America with similar standards. These include Christian schools from K-12, Christian colleges, Bible schools, seminaries, and universities.These standards have long been part of TWU’s mandatory covenant, which requires”that all students and faculty pursue a holy life ‘characterized by humility, self-sacrifice, mercy and justice, and mutual submission for the good of others.’ It requires members to abstain from using vulgar language, lying or cheating, stealing, using degrading materials such as pornography, and ‘sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman.’”

Again, this is gospel 101, the basic requirements of Christian discipleship. And it is honorable that TWU seeks to live this out on its campus. Unfortunately, when TWU sought to open its law school, it fell afoul of Canada’s LGBT activists and their allies. They argued that TWU was discriminating against LGBT students, because of which students graduating with a bona fide law degree should not be allowed to practice law in Canada.

There was a ray of hope for TWU when a regional court ruled in its favor. But now, “In a pair of 7-2 rulings, the majority of justices found the law societies of British Columbia and Ontario have the power to refuse accreditation based on Trinity Western University’s so-called community covenant.” Or, to paraphrase, the Supreme Court ruled that if a Christian law school wants accreditation, it must abandon biblical values. How else can this be interpreted? “The majority judgment said the covenant would deter LGBT students from attending the proposed law school, and those who did attend would be at risk of significant harm.”

Significant harm? If so, why? Because of biblical teaching. Because of Christian values. This the locus of the battle. This is the point of conflict. “[The judgment] found the public interest of the law profession gives it the right to promote equality by ensuring equal access, support diversity within the bar and prevent harm to LGBT students.” In other words, “diversity” according to the LGBT lexicon. Diversity meaning “the LGBT way or the highway.” Diversity meaning, “all views are welcome other than biblical Christian views.”

That’s why we’ve been raising our voices for so many years. That’s why we’ve been warning. That’s why we’ve said that those who came out the closet want to put us into the closet. That’s why we’ve said that LGBT activism was never simply about “tolerance.” It was about the silencing of competing views. And if it could happen in Canada, it could happen in America. (For the skeptics and mockers, give me one good reason why this could not happen here. And note that TWU was not some tiny school hidden in a corner. It has “40 undergraduate programs and 17 graduate programs.”) Honestly, I don’t know where TWU goes from here. And I don’t know how the believers in Canada will respond.

But I can say this to my friends and colleagues and fellow-educators and communicators here in America: We either use our liberties or lose them. We either stand fast and stand tall and stand strong, or we cower in a corner. We either do what’s right today, or we apologize to our children tomorrow.

June 22, 2018 Baxter Dmitry News, World 67
FOR the first time in the Mexico president elections, riding a wave of popular anger against mafia rule, rampant corruption and intensifying poverty of vast majority, the leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador who campaigned against mafia rule and neo-liberal policies is elected with overwhelming support, gaining 54% votes.

It creates hope in Mexico devastated by globalization and neo-liberal polices and is a rebuff to Trump’s so-called zero tolerance migrant policy throwing out tens of thousands of Mexicans even separating them from their children.
THE Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) is holding its 20th Annual National Congress on 13-15 July 2018. PSM has been consistently putting its efforts in building a left alternative for Malaysia, and defending the people from the savage attacks of capitalism through continuous organisation and mobilization of the grassroots masses. Its commitment is to build people’s power from below to fight for Socialism.

The recently concluded general elections in Malaysia witnessed a regime change at the Federal level through ballot boxes for the first time in the history of Malaysia. The shifting of power to a new coalition of political forces has opened up democratic spaces for progressive politics, yet there are new challenges awaiting the people.

PSM participated in the general election with more candidates compared with previous elections, but it did not manage to win any seat at the Federal as well as state level. Anyhow, we hope, these electoral setbacks will not hinder its effort to build socialist alternative in Malaysia. PSM has resolved to continue to organise from below to fight for a more democratic, equitable, just and emancipative society.

PSM is also continuing to build its relationship with left-wing organisations worldwide in order to strengthen the struggle against global capitalism.

The Central Committee of the CPI(ML)Red Star extends revolutionary fraternal greetings to the 20th Annual National Congress of the PSM and hope it shall be completed successfully. 

A SHORT NOTE ON THE ELECTIONS IN NEPAL

LEFTIST ALLIANCE (LA) composed of CPN (UML) and CPN (Maoist Center) has got about two third majority in the election of parliament held recently in Nepal. In fact, it is a big defeat to Nepali Congress. At the same time, it is a heavy blow to Indian ruling class led by Modi.

2) Election held in Nepal was of two types: centre and provincial ones At the centre level the election took place of direct and proportional election of the members of the parliament. The members of the provincial assembly also were elected in the same way. The direct methods mean election by people directly while proportional method means vote to the party and nomination of the member of the parliament or provincial legislative by party.

3) According the federal system of Nepal, the country is divided into 7 provinces which are called Pradesh in Nepali. Our party through our legal front, National People’s Front (NPF), also had participated in both central and provincial elections. We have won 1 seat in the parliament and Comrade Durga Paudel is elected as member of parliament by direct method from Pyuthan. To other Comrades, Com. Krishna Thapa and Com. Tek Bahadur Gharti are elected from Baglung for provincial assembly by direct method. Because of newly established system of threshold of 3 percentages we have not succeeded to gain even a single seat in the parliament by proportional method. However, in the Pradesh no 4 and Pradesh No 5, we have gained one member in each Pradesh by proportional method.

4) On the eve of the election both CPN (UML) and CPN (Moist Centre) had formed Alliance, Left Alliance (LA) . They also have declared that after the election they will form a united communist party. We do not think that they will be able to form a united communist party as both of them are revisionist ones. In spite of that if they get united, it will be possible for them to make a stable govt and to apply some progress-ive policies and progarmmes. But it is not an easy task as both domestic and foreign powers will try their best to foil their govt .and their policies. Because of many of constitutional loop wholes they have not been able to form their government at and the government led by Nepali Congress is pushing many obstacles to form the government. As the govt. of the leftist forces is not formed at, the political picture of the country is not clear yet we shall write more after the govt. is formed.

With revolutionary greetings,

MB Singh,

General Secretry

Nepal Communist Party (Mashal)

SERBIA-RUSSIA-BELARUS MILITARY EXERCISE

SLAVIC Brotherhood 2016, a Serbia-Russia-Belarus trilateral military exercise, began at Serbian Armed Forces airports and training ranges on 3rd November. The final stage of the exercise, which ends on November 9, will take place at the Kovin airport and the Pasuljanske livade interservice training range next week.

The exercise involves 212 Russian, 56 Belarusian and 450 Serbian troops, with the Russian and Belarusian troops scheduled to depart home on November 14, the Serbian Ministry of Defence said in a statement. Slavic Brotherhood 2016 continues the cooperation between the Russian Airborne Troops and the Serbian Armed Forces Special Brigade, which began with the Srem 2014 exercise, also staged in Serbia
PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte on his Beijing visit denounced Obama administration and suggested that Philippines would break economic and military ties with the US. He called for greater economic and trade ties with China. Speaking to a business audience at a Philippines-China Trade and Investment Forum he branded the US “arrogant” and denounced it for imposing its dictates upon countries throughout the region. He also called for closer China-Russia-Philippine cooperation. Duterte arrived in China for a four-day visit on 18th October and declared that his trip marked a “reconfiguring” of Philippine foreign policy.

He made clear that he would seek to cement economic and trade deals worth billions of dollars with the China, the country’s second largest trading partner. Among his entourage are as many as 400 prominent Philippine business leaders.

Significantly, he indicated that his government could be willing to drop its disputes with China over the South China Sea. China and the Philippines have reportedly agreed to open bilateral negotiations on their territorial disputes, and will establish a joint committee between their coastguards. Duterte did not raise with Xi the issue of the Scarborough Shoals, which have been a source of conflict between the two countries and of which China took control in 2012. But a Reuters report, indicated that Beijing may be willing to grant Filipino fishermen access to the shoal.

Behind the scenes, Washington and its substantial constituency of supporters within the Philippine ruling elite and military are no doubt making contingency plans. Ahead of Duterte’s trip, Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio warned that the president would be in violation of the constitution, and could be impeached, if he gave up sovereignty over the Scarborough Shoals. 
AUSTRALIAN trade unions have thrown their weight behind a transition away from coal-generated electricity, calling for a new statutory authority to manage a “just transition”, supporting workers and communities that rely on fossil fuel-related jobs. A policy discussion paper written by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) said a planned closure of coal power stations – along with both a jobs and energy plan for the country – would “create a more prosperous and diversified economy”. The move comes days after the announcement of the closure of Australia’s dirtiest power station, Hazelwood in Victoria, following agitations by the trade unions and environmentalist organizations
THE Venezuelan opposition needs to understand that “the revolution is going to continue”, President Nicolas Maduro said on 3rd November while urging his political foes to remain part of the dialogue the two sides began earlier this week.

The revolution began in 1999 by his predecessor, the late Hugo Chavez, “is irreversible”, EFE news quoted Maduro as saying in a speech at the presidential palace. He said that his opponents “must learn to co-exist with the revolution” and to accept the principle of democratic governance. Maduro went on to accuse the opposition alliance, known as MUD, of looking for “excuses” to abandon the dialogue that got under way on 31st October under the auspices of the Union of South American Nations and the Vatican.

Earlier on 3rd November, the MUD set several conditions for resuming talks with the government on November 11, including a demand that both sides commit to an “electoral solution” to the nation’s political crisis. That electoral solution could involve a reactivation of a suspended presidential recall referendum process or early presidential elections, opposition Mayor Carlos Ocariz said. Maduro responded to Ocariz by accusing the MUD of presenting an ultimatum and creating “false expectations”. “Nobody can say that in 10 days, if the government does not respond the way they want ... they will go to war,” the President said. “Nobody can accept that.” The purpose of the November 11 session will be to review the findings from the four working groups established during the opening of the talks, Maduro said hours after government supporters began pitching tents around the presidential palace, Miraflores to resist the conspiracies of the rightists.
To

The Central Committee of the MLPD,

Dear Comrades,

Revolutionary fraternal greetings

On the occasion of the Tenth Congress of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany (MLPD), the Central Committee of the CPI (ML) Red Star extends revolutionary greetings to your Central Committee as well as, through you, to all members of your party.

Our two parties have more than two decades of close fraternal relations. During this crucial phase, the Central Committees of our two parties, upholding the spirit of proletarian internationalism, have worked together to strengthen the unity of the working class and the oppressed peoples all over the world. In the course of this, along with other Marxist-Leninist parties, we could play important role in the building and development of the International Coordination of Revolutionary Parties and Organizations (ICOR). In the present turbulent international situation when the crises ridden global imperialist system has become more barbarous and working hard to impose its neocolonial domination through neoliberal policies, this unity of the revolutionary forces who are struggling uncompromisingly for revolutionary social change is of great significance.

The setbacks suffered by the international communist movement starting with the degeneration of Soviet Union in 1950s have thrown up great challenges before us. It calls for concrete analysis of the present world situation and the hitherto experience of the international communist movement for the development of the Marxist-Leninist theory and practice accordingly. It is for continuing to take up this great challenge our party adopted a Resolution on Theoretical Offensive in its Tenth Congress held in the beginning of last year. It calls for an evaluation of hitherto experience as well as all theoretical questions for the development of the Marxist theoretical positions. We expect close cooperation from your party and all Marxist-Leninist parties for intensifying the struggle against imperialism and its lackeys both in the theoretical and practical fields.

We hope that the important decisions you are going to debate and decide in this Tenth Congress shall help to further strengthen the fraternal relation between the MLPD which is leading the class struggle in a front ranking imperialist country like Germany and our party which is trying to unite all communist revolutionaries for building a powerful communist party in a country of more than 1.3 billion people, which is among the vast number of countries under various stages of neocolonial domination.

Once again we wish great success to your Tenth Party Congress.

Long Live ICOR!

Long Live proletarian Internationalism!

Long Live the Unity of the MLPD and the CPI (ML) Red Star!

KN Ramachandran

General Secretary

CPI(ML) Red Star
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