A six-year-old boy from Texas is being raised as a girl by his mother, with the backing of US social services. When James lives with his mother, Anne Georgulas, he lives as ‘Luna’, and is given girls’ clothing, shoes and makeup to wear. But when he lives with his father, Jeffrey Younger, who allows James to choose, he lives as a boy. Mr Younger is already prevented by a court order from affirming James as a boy, including talking to him about the Christian teaching on gender and sexuality. He was even reported to Texas Child Protective Services for giving James a haircut, and so is no longer permitted to cut his child’s hair. Georgulas is also accusing Younger of child abuse for not affirming their son as a girl. She also wants to terminate his parental rights and force him to pay for transgender-affirming therapy and treatments.

 

NEW YORK (AFP) — They survived the Europe of the Holocaust. But a recent rise in anti-Semitic acts in the United States has rekindled old fears: Should they again go into hiding, or should they instead reach out to share their experiences? Nearly all of them were children or adolescents in the early 1940s. They remember having their youth stolen from them — by fear, by desperate flight, by separation from relatives, and in some cases by the Nazi death camps. If there was one country where they felt they were safe, it was the United States, where many of them have now lived for decades. They have, to be sure, heard the occasional anti-Semitic slight or perhaps seen a swastika daubed on a wall, but still they felt safe — an all-important word for them.

 

The Christian charities World Vision and Catholic Relief Services are among 18 organisations expelled from Pakistan. They had been accused of "deliberately spreading disinformation" and "non-compliance" by the country's government - which did not give more details. In a statement seen by Premier, World Vision said it had handed over responsibility for its poverty-reduction and health programmes to the state and had compiled with a 60-day deadline to leave. It continued: "World Vision regrets the effect that the cessation of our work will have on the vulnerable communities with whom we worked, but respects the Government's right to decide who may work in the country." Its expulsion follows a two-year battle by World Vision to formally register in Pakistan. The charity had been appealing a decision in December 2017 not to grant registration.