Fortnight Madness aims to choose some astonishing news from recent times which adequately indicate that certain ideas of liberalism and the complete lack of conservative values have already caused some serious expressions in (mostly) Western society. Depending on their absurdity, these stories may be ridiculous or sad at the same time, - we leave it up to our readers to decide which way they feel like reacting.
The wind of change
Wyley Simpson and his boyfriend Stephan Gaeth, aged 27, document the incredible story of their accidental pregnancy on We TV reality series ‘Extreme Love’
So, how did Wyley get pregnant?
Well, this “man” identifies himself as a transgender male.
“I have always felt uncomfortable in my female form body. I always felt different.” He explained.
“Once I hit puberty, that was a big turning point for me. I was just like, I want my chest gone. I want to have facial hair!” He started wearing men’s clothes, but it wasn’t enough to make him feel right.
After many years of feeling uncomfortable in his “female-born body,” Wyley began his transition in 2012. “I identify as a transgender male” he emphasised.
And it was during his transition that Wyley became pregnant. Although he had top surgery in 2013, he hasn’t yet gotten operated ‘down there.’
“Okay, this is not something you’re going to see every day, a man giving birth,” he continued, “but, at the same time, we’re still humans and I want people to know to call us by our correct pronouns and to respect us.”
From Iceland with love
After careful consideration, Iceland chose the punk techno-band Hatari which models its performances on gender controversy, bondage, domination, and sadomasochism—known as BDSM, to represent the whole country at the upcoming Eurovision song contest.
The group won the local selection contest with its song “Hatrid Mun Sigra,” Icelandic for “hatred will prevail” and will now go on to compete in the semifinals scheduled for the 16th of May in Israel.
The band believes that its participation in the competition will bring its message to as many people as possible in Europe. And the message? “We want to uncover and destroy everyday routine, for it is a scam,” they recently told Icelandic web media visir.is.
If you want see the performance by which the pop music of Iceland now has to represent itself, take a deep breath and click the video:
Of course, the band has sparked a lot of controversy among people who believe that they present an unhealthy role model for today’s youth. Others believe that the band’s controversial performances have the sole objective of promoting themselves and in so doing will put Iceland to shame.
The Hatari band stand accused of rudeness, vulgarity and arrogance towards the media and the Icelandic nation.
Top of the Pops
It is interesting to note that, in sharp contrast in attitude compared to Iceland, it was the Singaporean government that eventually cancelled the concert of Swedish metal band Watain hours before their March 7th performance.
The black metal band is known for its theistic Satanism ideologies. In previous performances, Watain has thrown pig’s blood onto the crowd, displayed dead animal or animal parts as part of their rituals.
On April 1st the Singaporean Home Affairs Minister (MHA) K Shanmugam in his ministerial statement on hate speech admitted that the concert was canceled after many Christians provided feedback following its initial approval.
Originally the government agency gave permission to grant a license to the group, under the conditions that the concert would be classified R18, potentially sensitive songs would be removed, there would be no use of religious symbols or references to religion in the band’s on-stage dialogue, and that the content would not denigrate any faith or promote violence in any way.
However, days after the license was issued, MHA received reports of mainstream Christians being offended. People from other religious communities also shared the same concerns. Thank you Singapore for being more thoughtful of Christians than we are in Europe.
Meanwhile back in Sweden
There is an old Swedish pensioner named Christina, who was viciously attacked and
beaten unconscious by a gang of so-called “unaccompanied refugee children” in 2016.
The assault affected her memory, among other things. However, no one was convicted for the assault.
Perhaps due to these traumatic personal experiences, she does not share the eternal optimism of most Swedes regarding the spread of Muslim multiculturalism. This was reflected in a few of her posts made on Facebook. Nothing really vulgar but posts like:
“The IQ level in Sweden will fall as a result of immigration.”
“Refuse all that has to do with Islam.”
“If this continues, the intelligence of Sweden will be at goldfish level.”
Because of her comments on Facebook, Christina was prosecuted for hate speech and after a lengthy legal process, she was finally sentenced to prison by the supreme court.
During the investigation, Christina was searched and interrogated six times by Swedish police, something she described as a terrible experience. The police demanded that she hand over her keys, mobile phone and iPad. Clearly, she has suffered terribly and feels extremely violated by the extensive and intrusive treatment of the police.
The preliminary investigation against her was 150 pages long. According to the court verdict, she is guilty of “criminal contempt against people with Muslim beliefs.” The woman, who has no previous convictions, was sentenced to three months in prison for eight cases of “hate speech.”
Bitter Winter is here
Police stations in a city in northeast China are having their performance evaluated according to the number of Christians they arrest, says religious-liberty magazine Bitter Winter.
A police officer from Dalian, a port city in Liaoning Province, near the North Korean border, told the magazine that
his station had received a notice from the National Security Bureau which, as part of a performance-assessment plan, set out how many Christians they would have to arrest.
The officer said that all stations in the city had received a similar plan, assessing the station’s performance with a 100-point evaluation system. Senior police officers risk losing their job if quotas are not met, the officer told Bitter Winter, adding that he did not want to arrest Christians but feared the consequences if he failed to do so.
In order to reach their quotas, stations are trading with each other, “buying” names of arrested Christians for approximately 500 RMB (around US$70) from other stations that have already achieved their targets, according to the officer.