Posts Tagged ‘New York City’

Another Kind of Storm Striking New York City

In Schools, Sex Education, Sexually Transmitted Disease on December 12, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Storm over NYCAnn Bailey

New York City is back in the news with another form of devastation plaguing its citizens, a kind that isn’t usually discussed in polite company.  According to a new report from the Department of Health, the spread of HIV/AIDS, syphilis, hepatitis B, chlamydia, and gonorrhea is “soaking” almost every one of the city’s neighborhoods.

Based on metrics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), of the 181 New York City zip codes tracked for disease, one-third of them were in the top 20 percent for multiple STDs.  Areas in the Bronx were the hardest hit with 68 percent of its neighborhoods in the highest percentiles for two or more diseases.  But the tony areas of New York City have certainly not escaped this scourge.  HIV/AIDS and syphilis both ranked in the top quintile in areas like Greenwich Village/SoHo and Chelsea/Hell’s Kitchen.  While only Staten Island – the area hardest hit by Super Storm Sandy – had no high-morbidity zip codes.

Yet New York City prides itself on its sexual liberalism and then tries to control the consequences through so-called “progressive approaches” to sex education and condom distribution.  Like the latest one called CATCH (Connecting Adolescents to Comprehensive Healthcare) where students at school can’t get an aspirin without parental permission, but they can receive birth control injections, condoms and the dangerous “morning-after pill.”

Oh yes, did I mention that New York City is infamous for having one of the highest abortion rates in the country?

All things considered, I have to ask NYC citizens and policy makers:  “How’s that sexual liberalism thing working out for ya?”

New York City isn’t thinking clearly – again!

In Religious Freedom on January 13, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Gary Boyd

In New York City, 160 congregations have been or will shortly be expelled from utilizing school facilities as places of worship, pursuant to city policy.   After the U.S. Supreme Court, last month, refused to rule on an appeal brought by one of the affected churches, protests have ensued with arrests being made – including of clergymen.

It should be noted that there may be a legitimate reason for schools to limit the use of their facilities to churches.   The New York Times doesn’t tell us that such was the case, but a similar, extant situation with the city housing authority suggests liability could be an issue.  Furthermore, we don’t know whether other organizations, secular I assume, will be allowed to continue to use the school facilities.  It certainly does appear, however, that churches have been singled out.  If churches have been unduly penalized by an ever-more secular city administration, a few items merit the city council’s consideration.

Judeo-Christian New Yorkers account for 78.4 percent of the population.  Numbers are not readily available respecting the size, denomination, and activity of expelled congregations, but one may suspect that members of the congregations may well find sympathy amongst many like-minded New Yorkers, outraged at the city government’s treatment of their brothers and sisters; the city council may be surprised at the reaches of indignation generated among church-goers.  Christians still hold a majority, and state, local, and federal governments ought to forget it.

Second: All people have values.  If New York excludes churches from the use of public school facilities, the local government essentially prioritizes, thereby, some sets of values, and, by default, the adherents of those values, over other individuals.  We usually refer to this heinous practice as discrimination, made all the more abhorrent that the self-proclaimed protector and defender of the rights of humankind, the government, is its perpetrator.

Lastly, for the irreligious, looms the possibility that they are wrong.  If there is a God, and there is, and if He truly is jealous, in the Biblical sense, of course, would a government be wise to dismiss 160 congregations that worship Him, with the same impunity with which they might expel an unruly softball league?  Society did not get to where it is on its own, may have farther to fall than it thinks.  His help withdrawn, society may learn just how much of the burden it did not previously carry.

For more on this issue see:

UPDATE:  Pastors Protest Again

Dozens arrested at New York City Protest

What’s the abortion rate in your state?

In Abortion, Abstinence on January 14, 2011 at 5:26 am

“Is abortion a crime against the unborn or an important medical procedure that helps women control their own bodies and destinies?” begins the text of a CBS News slide show chronicling the 25 U.S. states with the highest abortion rate.  The ranking is by percentage, not total abortions.

You’ve probably read the recent media stories about New York City and its “shocking” abortion rate of 40 percent (60 percent for African Americans).  The nationwide average is 20 percent.  This CBS News list gives abortion numbers for 2008 and shows Delaware as having the highest percentage rate of abortion – New York State is number two.

To view the CBS News slide show and see if your state is on the infamous and shameful top 25 list, go here.

For more information on religious leaders and city officials and their efforts to reduce New York City’s abortion rate, go here.


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