The attack on freedom of speech last week in the Welsh Assembly was both shocking and unsurprising at the same time. Gareth Bennett was barred from addressing the Welsh Parliament until he apologises for supposedly ‘offensive, hateful, transphobic comments’. The UKIP member’s crime was to speak in opposition to the so-called ‘Conservative’ Party’s forthcoming ‘Gender Recognition Bill’ in a perfectly civilised and intelligent manner.
If this Bill passes through Parliament and forms a new Gender Recognition Act, it will be one of the most far-reaching Acts of Parliament in the history of the United Kingdom and will fundamentally alter the basis of society as we know it. It will redefine male and female as something that is decided by each person on a moment-by-moment basis rather than as determined by nature according to our chromosomes and anatomy.
Although it is a scientific fact that I am male and a man, the Act will dispense with this as reality: the idea that I am born male will disappear. My maleness will become only a function of my momentary belief. Today I can be a man called David, tomorrow I can be a woman called Davina, the next day I can be a bovine demi-girl called Daisy. If I believe and define myself as female, then I am female: I can use women’s toilets, I can join women-only gyms, I can use women’s changing rooms, I can pay lower insurance tariffs and enter women’s beauty contests, I can stand for election for women’s officer posts. More worryingly, everyone else must accept that I am a woman. If they do not it will be a hate crime punishable by the courts and possibly ending with a prison sentence.
As the events in Cardiff have shown us, it is already effectively a crime with a punishment merely for opposing this Bill even before it has been introduced into Parliament. This should make everyone shudder. Our elected representatives are there to discuss and debate all issues and must have freedom of speech in all issues, but if they now do not have the freedom to oppose proposed legislation then we are living in a totalitarian state.
The effect in wider society is just as chilling. A situation is developing where anyone who expresses legitimate opinions which oppose the ideologies being pushed by the state will find themselves under investigation for speech crimes and thought crimes.
There should be complete freedom of speech and expression except in the case of incitement to violence. In a free society, for example, people must have the right to express opposition to laws, ideologies and religious beliefs with which they disagree.
Blair’s administration made it possible for same-sex couples to adopt children. Then Cameron and Clegg introduced same-sex marriage without any manifesto mandate. It is everyone’s right to be able to express their opposition to these policies without fear of penalty or punishment. If a person believes marriage is between a man and a woman or that a child needs a mother and a father, they should be allowed to say so, as has been the case for all of history until the last few years. Yet in many cases parents with traditional, conservative viewpoints are being struck off adoption and fostering lists, while a teacher in Wales was instantly fired recently for honestly answering a pupil’s question on what the Christian viewpoint on marriage was.
This is despite the fact that on every metric, children do better in general where they are brought up in a home with a married mother and father. Societies which accept this and support marriage and the family are happier and healthier than otherwise. In the West, the family and marriage have been systematically and slowly undermined since the Western cultural revolution of the sixties – no less profound than the Bolshevik or Chinese Cultural Revolution, but not recognised as such for it occurred without mass violence or bloodshed.
The Gender Recognition Act takes this a stage further and undermines the very nature of humanity as being male and female. Theresa May and Justine Greening are advocating ‘LGBT inclusive sex and relationship education’ to be made compulsory in all schools including primary schools from September 2019. This is likely to include gender confusion ideologies such as ‘genderqueer’ theory and where primary children can ‘explore their sexuality’ which already happens in some local education authorities.
This is despite the self-evident truth that people are created male and female, and that is immutable regardless of whether people have surgery to ‘change their gender’. Yet now, to state the truth, to oppose the establishment’s full-spectrum push to change the fundamental nature of gender in law, is to get you in trouble. It has already happened. Recently, an Oxfordshire teacher was humiliated by his school for calling a girl a girl after she’d insisted she identified as a boy. And this is before the Bill has even gone before Parliament.
The reason that this could happen is buried in section 149 of the Equalities Act 2010, otherwise known as the ‘Public Sector Equalities Duty’. This requires all those working in the public sector to foster good relationships with people with ‘protected characteristics’. This is ill-defined, but after the long march through the institutions where Marxian ideologues now have power in the majority of public bodies, it is being implemented in a totalitarian manner which attacks and erodes freedom of speech.
The United Kingdom is at a reality watershed. All over the world, the inhabitants of the media-political bubble are pushing the ideologies of militant transgender activists on multiple fronts. But it is possible for the decent, silent majority who believe in the family and marriage and science to push back and call out the nonsense, and return to sanity as in Peru where a national movement of parents called ‘Con Mis Hijos No Te Mesas’ – ‘Don’t Mess With My Kids’ forced the government to back down and not to impose LGBT education on their children in schools.
Perhaps in Wales, Assembly Member Gareth Bennett is the hero of the day – the advance guard among politicians who are courageous enough to resist the insanity of the Gender Recognition Bill.
If more brave parents and public figures stand up and resist too, all is not lost. In the United Kingdom, as in Peru, the people need to raise their voices, and for the sake of our children ensure that sanity is restored.