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Kathy Clubb

Kathy Clubb

Founder and Editor of The Freedoms Project

Kathy has been active in pro-life work for 6 years and is involved in a constitutional challenge to Victoria’s exclusion-zone laws. She is the Melbourne co-ordinator for Family Life International and is a member of the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants. Kathy began writing about pro-life and Catholic issues at Light up the Darkness.net but broadened her range of topics as she came to learn more about the many threats to freedom which are common to all Christians. She is working on a Sociology degree. Very slowly. Kathy home-educates her youngest 7 children and considers her family to be her most important work.

Ireland's pro-life politicians have been facing ferocious opposition in trying to push through amendments that would mitigate the impact of that country's disastrous new abortion law.  The Eighth Amendment - the part of the Irish constitution which had protected pre-born children from abortion - was repealed in September of this year. The Eighth Amendment was replaced by the phrase, "Provision may be made by law for the regulation of termination of pregnancy", allowing abortion on demand in the first trimester, and potentially to full term on certain conditions. Ireland's Lower House has been debating the terms of this change in law.  

Tuesday, 27 November 2018 09:50

China out-Big Brothers Big Brother

George Orwell's 1984 surveillance-state is an oft-quoted reference when speaking of threats to our freedoms in the 21st century. But Orwell could never have imagined the technology that was just around the corner when he wrote his book 150 years ago. Data collection via social media, coupled with face and gait recognition, and almost unlimited data storage mean that every person on the planet can potentially be monitored in real time for the most nefarious purposes. China is leading the world in this kind of surveillance, which is aimed at modifying the behaviour of its citizens. With 200,000,000 (that's two hundred million) surveillance cameras, every action is evaluated and entered into China's Social Credit System.

Monday, 19 November 2018 15:22

12 More Consequences of Redefining Marriage

Just over a year ago, during Australia's debate about changing the millenia-old meaning of marriage, I wrote an article called, "55 Consequences of Redefining Marriage". Unlike most of my articles, which are read by only a few hundred people, this one has been read by over 12,000, with several thousand shares. This is evidence of just how concerned ordinary people are about homosexual unions being called 'marriage' and the massive repercussions that has for everyone. That article was a simple list of 55 examples of discriminatory laws, legal challenges, policies and persecutions taken from 13 countries where same-sex 'marriage' has been legalised. Now, twelve months on from that day when Australians learned that the majority of their conferes had voted to redefine marriage, it seems like a good time to revisit the topic. How many of those consequences have come to pass in this country? Were our fears unfounded?

Friday, 09 November 2018 06:41

Interview with Jonathon van Maren

In addition to being an author, speaker, and blogger at The Bridgehead and other websites, Jonathon van Maren is part of the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform, an organisation best known for their pioneering use of abortion victim imagery. A few months ago, Jonathon approached me to give him a rundown of the Australian pro-life scene for his website, (you can read that here) so it seemed like a good opportunity to ask him to use the same questions to describe the landscape in Canada. I also asked Jonathan to elaborate on something that stuck with me from his book, The Culture War: in it, Jonathan wrote that addiction to pornography was holding men back from involvement in pro-life work.

Artificial reproductive technologies (ART) are leading to more and more degradation of the dignity of human life as embryos are being completely devalued and new techniques are being developed. Last year, I reported on an Australian midwife who was creating jewellery from thawed, frozen embryos, so that couples could have a lasting memory of the excess children they created via IVF. [read Killing for a Keepsake] I've also written about apps for finding donors, males seeking fertility treatment and more about the manufacturing of human beings here. [read Same-Sex Marriage: Good for the IVF Industry]  Now things have devolved to the point where embryos are being swapped on Facebook and Craigslist, and lesbians can share a pregnancy.

Thursday, 18 October 2018 08:12

Abortion Decriminalised in Queensland

Almost ten years to the day after Victoria created the most liberal abortion laws in the world, Queensland has followed suit and decriminalised abortion there. While many thought the change was a foregone conclusion due to the reigning Labor government's self-avowed love of baby-killing, there was hope that the law could be voted down by the many pro-life parliamentarians, notably from the LNP. But the final vote was 51 to 41 in favour of abortion law reform. Three LNP members crossed the floor to vote for the bill: Tim Nicholls, Jann Stuckey and Steve Minnikin. Remember those names. This law passed despite months of intense campaigning from pro-life groups and individuals, including many fora held to educate voting MPs about the reality of abortion.

Tuesday, 02 October 2018 05:15

The Spirit of Activism

This article is based on a talk I recently gave to a group of Catholic students in Melbourne. Readers will note that, while pro-life apologetics is important, our spiritual basis must first be very firm before we engage in any form of activism. We must be very certain that God wants us to serve Him in pro-life activism and also be sure of the guiding principles we need to use in this work.

Thursday, 13 September 2018 07:03

Gender Theory's Tragic Sequel

Judith Butler and other queer theorists have created a frightening culture of vulnerable, sexually-confused young people. While trans academics sip their soy lattes and jet around the world, being lauded for spouting their fashionable gobbledygook, emotionally-wounded children take their crazy ideas onboard and run with them. The most extreme form of this trend for transitioning is a complete sex-change. The video below tracks a young British girl's progress as she transitions to a male body, primarily by taking testosterone (known as 'T').

We've all heard more than we ever care to about child grooming and abuses occurring in our institutions. The crimes in and around Rotherham, for example, are well-documented, and cause us to shake our heads in dismay. Our hands are clenched - if we're human beings - at the injustice and inaction of those who are charged with keeping children safe. This surely causes us to wonder exactly how serious our political elites and judiciary are about protecting children. While authors such as sociologist Gabrielle Kuby, Dr. David van Gend, and Jonathon van Maren expose sinister ideologies behind the global ascension of gender revisionists, it is cause for wonder why so many people continue to elect vastly inappropriate politicians or keep their children in harmful school environments.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 18:26

What is the future of Alt-Media?

Censorship of conservative and pro-life media outlets has been going on for some time, but in recent weeks, this attack on free speech has become even more blatant. For example, controversial commentator Alex Jones of Infowars was banned from Facebook, Apple, Spotify, YouTube, and finally from Twitter then, just a few days ago, PragerU's Facebook account was completely hidden from its 3 million followers. Additionally, pro-life accounts have been censored on Twitter for merely stating that abortion 'kills babies' or that a fetus is a human being. An article on WND shows that public enemy #1, George Soros, is one of the prime movers behind this censorship of conservatives. A 49-page document, said to be promulgated by a group of political elites,  outlines the plan to sabotage Donald Trump's presidency, using Facebook, Google and other online platforms. With their strategy laid out as a four-year operation, Soros and others planned to censor and manipulate news sources under the guise of combatting 'fake news.'

“The earlier we can identify a fake news story, the more effectively we can quash it. With this new technology at our fingertips, researchers monitoring news in real time will be able to identify the origins of a lie with mathematical precision, creating an early warning system for fake news and disinformation.”

The results are staggering: (emphasis is mine)

The Gateway Pundit pointed out that in 2016, Google carried out that plan on the Gateway Pundit blog and other conservative sites, including Breitbart, the Drudge Report, Infowars, Zero Hedge and Conservative Treehouse. Facebook, meanwhile has changed its newsfeed algorithm, ostensibly to combat “fake news,” causing a precipitous decline in traffic for many conservative sites. President Donald Trump himself was affected, with his engagement on Facebook dropping by 45 percent. A study in June by Gateway Pundit found Facebook had eliminated 93 percent of the traffic of top conservative news outlets. Western Journal, in its own study, found that while left-wing publishers saw a roughly 2 percent increase in web traffic from Facebook following the algorithm changes, conservative sites saw a loss of traffic averaging around 14 percent.

  So how widespread is this censorship in Australia, and what can we do about it? Is the internet, as this article in Forbes states, 'the greatest censorship and surveillance infrastructure the world could ever imagine'? Or is there hope? I asked three Australian commentators for their thoughts on the future of online alternative media. Daniel Secomb, of CultureWar Resource, although unable to give a statement due to time restraints, also confirmed that lately his site has had substantially less traffic flowing to it from Facebook than in the past.

Ben Davis

of Caldron Pool Caldron Pool is fast becoming a premier provider of alternative and conservative news in Australia. Although relatively new, their following is growing rapidly as Christians are coming to see the deficiencies in mainstream media outlets and are searching for the news behind the news. Ben said:  

"We’ve probably come to depend a little too heavy on left-leaning social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. But what can we do when there really isn’t an alternative, at least, not with the numbers and active users? There seems to be a slow trickle towards websites like MeWe and Minds, but that trickle seems to be largely made up of content providers frustrated by censorship, not necessarily the average reader. Increasingly it seems the only sure way of getting the information you want is by returning to the trusty old bookmark bar, at least for now."

Bill Muehlenberg

of Culture Watch Bill really needs no introduction, having been blogging on conservative and Christian issues for decades. He is also a regular contributor to this website. Bill told me that he has been shadowbanned on Facebook and that traffic to his website from social media has reduced significantly in recent times. Some months ago, Facebook disabled the share button under Bill's articles on that platform, and posts frequently disappear when his followers try to share them manually.  

The Alternative Media Given the near-stranglehold the secular left has on the mainstream media and elsewhere in the West, the rise of alternative media continues to mushroom. Whether it is entire news networks, such as Fox News, or alternative social media platforms to the uber-left Facebook and the like, those concerned about freedom of speech and freedom of thought are leaving the various MSM outlets in droves. It is always the hallmark of totalitarian societies to fully control the media, education and all forms of communication. In the West we continue to see ominous moves in this direction. Not only does big government more and more seek to control what is said and even what is thought (consider hate-speech crimes and the like), but big business is also getting into the act with near-monopolistic power, as we see with Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and so on. So things like alternate media sites, home-schooling, independent websites and bloggers are just part of the fightback. As long as even snippets of truth can be heard and penetrate the statist version of events, freedom can continue and the totalist state cannot fully dominate. As with all things concerning freedom, eternal vigilance is always required.

Dave Pellowe 

of Pellowe Talk Dave is well-known for his ongoing commitment to free speech and encouragement of Christians to get involved in the political process. His website, Pellowe Talk, is dedicated to providing non-pc news articles and opinions. Dave was also one of the organisers of the recent Lauren Southern tour, which mainstream media painted as a hate-speech festival, despite physical violence being perpetrated against attendees by Antifa. Dave has just launched a new, joint venture, the Free Speech Coalition, which will tackle threats to that freedom head-on. Dave's YouTube account was recently demonitised, which means that he is no longer able to earn money by allowing advertising on his very informative videos. However, he remains optimistic about the future:  

In the information age, ignorance is a choice. The future of Alt Media is full of potential. Active or even passive restrictions by giant corporations will only provoke the spawning of new & better alternatives care of eventually more efficient free market solutions. The latent value of Alt Media is that it can provide unrestrained freedom for the critical examination of ideas so we can more freely choose our values as a society. We must embrace & support Alt Media as an imperative to a robust contest in the free market of ideas, independent journalism and the indispensable value of free speech for all.

The Freedoms Project

Just as the word shadowbanning was being introduced into our vocabulary, there was a sudden drop in traffic to this website. Previously, the majority of our readers - upwards of 70% - had come via Facebook. That has slowed to a trickle. According to the stats on Facebook, our page's reach on there was down by 50% in the last month. This is despite the page views increasing and despite more people commenting on the posts. This means that more people are engaged but fewer are seeing our posts; the pool of readers is shrinking, thanks to shadowbanning. Like many readers, I've set up accounts on platforms which claim not to store or mine data, eg MeWe and Gab. But also like most of you, my time is limited, and I find it hard to maintain a presence on those platforms in addition to the more popular - but more liberal - ones. It can be disheartening, not to mention unjust, to see that there is a price to pay, even in this supposedly unrestricted arena, for merely telling the truth. But the flipside of that is, of course, that sites like this one and those mentioned above ARE answering the call to be counter-cultural. We're obviously doing our job! 

Conclusion

My advice for anyone who wants to ensure the future of alternative media is to sign up for the email newsletters of your favourite sites. This is becoming the only way of guaranteeing that you see every article or video from your trusted sources. There has never been a more important time to be aware of the world around us - to know the news behind the news and the reality behind the hype. These aren't just cliches: it is clear that there are forces at work that want to keep the public in the dark: preoccupied with just consuming and paying the bills. Just think how different things could have been if we knew nothing about the Safe Schools programme, for example! Coverage of the true nature of that diabolical programme initially came almost exclusively from alternative news sources, especially through Facebook groups. And it's a similar story when it comes to Donald Trump's successes or even news about censorship and media bias itself. Mainstream media isn't going to admit that it is a propaganda machine for our political and social elites. So, please - choose a few sites and subscribe to them today - you could start with the websites mentioned in this article: Caldron Pool, Dave Pellowe, The Free Speech Coalition, Culture WatchCulture War Resource and also this one, The Freedoms Project. We need your help to get the word out and to change the culture through education.

"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" [Hos 4:6]