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The Anchorage Assembly is set to proclaim Nov. 20 as a “Transgender Day of Remembrance” at its Nov. 19 meeting. A resolution to this effect is scheduled for a vote to “honor transgender people around the world whose lives have been lost to anti-transgender violence.” The resolution aims to support “a forum for the transgender community and allies to raise awareness of the threat of violence faced by transgender people, and the prejudice and discrimination...

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Alaska educators are being encouraged to adopt a new educational model that claims to be more child centered. Coined “Whole Child,” the model was developed by ASCD, an educational reform group that aims to transform schools by encouraging them to focus more on emotional, social and physical health issues. Promotional flyers for ASCD’s Whole Child approach emphasize broad themes about empowering students, expanding health services and meeting the needs of the “whole” child. Unmentioned in...

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A newly-released “Values Voter Guide” by the Alaska Family Council lets Mat-Su residents know where candidates running for Borough Assembly and Borough School Board stand on abortion, religious liberty and LGBTQ issues. Voters will cast ballots on Nov. 5 in locations around the Mat-Su Valley to select three school board members and two borough assembly members. “There are clear differences in the candidates regarding student privacy, parental rights, religious liberty, abortion funding and other critical...

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Drag Queens danced and posed for photos with young children during an Oct. 19 event at Anchorage’s flagship library. The seventh installment of Drag Queen Story Hour at the Loussac Library featured two men in heavy makeup, wearing wigs and exotic dresses with high heels and fake breasts. The men, who went by the names “Scarlett” and “Ivana”, were joined by a costumed woman called “Hank Vandickerson.” The three took turns reading stories that encouraged...

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Below is the most up-to-date roundup of upcoming events, presentations and opportunities to engage Alaska’s culture from a Judeo-Christian perspective that seeks the common good.   FORMER ARAFAT SNIPER TO RECOUNT CHRISTIAN CONVERSION A former sniper for Yasser Arafat’s Palestinian Liberation Order will be in Alaska later this month to share his dramatic conversion story, which eventually led him to faith in Christ. At age 17, Tass Saada become a sniper for the PLO. At...

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Social conservatives won five on nine races during the Oct. 1 city and borough elections in Fairbanks. Incumbent Mayor Jim Matherly won just under 50% of the vote to fend off Planned Parenthood endorsed challenger Kathryn Dodge who took nearly 44% of votes. Overall, Matherly had 1,720 votes to Dodge’s 1,516. Matherly was seen as the social conservative choice. In the days leading up to the election a voter guide issued by the Alaska Family...

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Many Alaska schools now mandate that teachers refer to students by their preferred gender identity, even when it contradicts the student’s biological sex. In 2016 the Obama administration instructed schools to treat students in accord with their preferred gender identity. While that instruction has since been repealed under the Trump administration, some school districts in Alaska mandate that students be allowed access to restrooms and locker rooms that align with their chosen gender identity, and...

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Anchorage officials cannot force a faith-based women’s shelter in Anchorage to admit biological males in its overnight facility. This comes after Anchorage officials dropped a complaint against the Downtown Hope Center over the shelter’s refusal to allow a man who identified as a woman into its facility. According to a Sept. 30 order from U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason, the city may not apply its non-discrimination code against the shelter. Additionally, the city must...

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About 250 people packed into Gallos Mexican Restaurant in South Anchorage last week to listen to a presentation by a leading national bioethicist who concluded that transgenderism is fundamentally a psychological disorder. Father Tad Pacholczyk’s Sept. 26 talk warned against using invasive surgeries and powerful hormones to help a person “transition” to a sexual identity that does not match their biological sex. Pacholczyk’s, who serves as director of the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) in...

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One of the nation’s leading bioethicists will be in Anchorage next week for a free public lecture entitled “Thinking through the ethics of the transgender question.” Father Tad Pacholczyk is director of the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) in Philadelphia. He has a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Yale University, where he focused on cloning genes for neurotransmitter transporters in the brain. He also worked several years as a molecular biologist at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical...

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