How to Explain the Sharia to Your Christian Neighbor

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In order to explain the Sharia to your Christian neighbor, simply ask this series of questions:

Do you believe in God?

If so, do you believe that God loves humanity?

If so, do you believe that God wants the best for humanity, individually and collectively?

If so, don’t you think that God would send down guidelines and principles for humanity to follow in order for human beings to flourish?

If so, don’t you think that human flourishing and happiness depends on what happens on the individual and collective levels?

If so, wouldn’t these guidelines and principles apply not only to individual behavior but also to the behavior of society as a whole?

If so, wouldn’t these guidelines and principles have to influence and inform, not only an individual’s personal life and his relationships with God and other people, but also the broader societal laws and ethics of…

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“A state of constant anxiety and hypervigilance” – Islamophobia and how it affects the mental health of Muslims

“The constant fear of abuse led to many Muslims feeling low on confidence, making matters worse for a community that is already feeling isolated and less likely to engage with mental health services”

Media Diversified

With hate crime on the rise in the UK and continuing discrimination in many areas of life, Basit Mahmood discusses an issue that gains relatively little attention – the effect of Islamophobia on the mental health of Muslims

We usually have no problem accepting that the environment we grow up in and experience has an impact upon our emotional wellbeing. So why is it that we overlook the link between an environment that has become increasingly hostile towards Muslims, and the subsequent impact it has on mental health?

When you are told you’re an ‘enemy within’, belonging to a suspect community that isn’t welcome here, or when you only see people like yourself on TV and film portrayed as terrorists, drug dealers or victims of forced marriage, it inevitably leads to feelings of powerlessness, anxiety and a constant state of fear. Such an environment, where you have your humanity constantly questioned…

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Government To Extend Legal Aid For Parents Challenging Adoption Orders

After Grayling’s failings and the ravages of austerity it’s hard to believe the credibility gap will close in practice for genuinely aggrieved families who find themselves forcibly separated- the proof will be in the pudding for fine words butter no parsnips. Shared.

Researching Reform

The government has promised to extend legal aid support to anyone with parental responsibility for a child who wants to challenge applications for placement or adoption orders.

The government will also extend eligibility for non‑means tested legal aid for parents or anyone with parental responsibility who would like to oppose applications for placement orders or adoption orders in public family law proceedings. The Ministry of Justice will bring these policies in line with care and other orders classified under “Special Children Act 1989 cases”. Special Children Act cases include care orders, supervision orders, child assessment orders and emergency protection orders.

The Ministry of Justice will also bring forward proposals to provide a less draconian merits test, which will be equivalent to the merits test currently applicable in “Special Children Act 1989 cases”.

The government has also promised to increase the scope of legal aid to include Special Guardianship Orders…

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What does a child experience during alienation?

“Alienating parents can limit or even cut off the child from the other parent. The term “amputating parent” as been used to describe what the parent does overall but is particularly apt in this instance. This can be done a number of ways, either by the above tactic of making this the child’s choice, or by sabotaging visits with the other parent.”

Parental Alienation

Although not every tactic is used by every alienating parent, a common tactic is putting a child under pressure to choose between the target parent or the alienating parent, often by masquerading as the victim of the other parent’s “evil deeds” (which are often projection by the alienating parent). In order to side with “good over evil” the child must choose the alienating parent.

Another tactic is telling the child if they choose the other parent, they’ll never be able to see the alienating parent again. The alienating parent might emotionally blackmail the child saying they won’t love the child anymore if they aren’t the only one chosen. For a child, almost nothing is more terrifying then the idea of a parent not loving them. It puts the child in a kind of “Sophie’s Choice” bind, giving them a terrible power inappropriate to their age (or any age.)

Alienating parents…

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Top Court Finds Judge Bullied Mother Into Accepting Care Orders For Her Children

““Whether or not that was an empty threat is beside the point,” Jackson LJ said.

He went on to “regret” the approach of the local authority to the appeal, including the suggestion that the unfairness of the hearing could have been cured by a more assertive response by the mother’s lawyers.

“After what happened in the first part of the hearing, it is difficult to see how a fair hearing could have taken place even if the mother had maintained her opposition,” he said.

Jackson LJ set aside the orders and replaced them with short-term interim care orders to last until an early contested hearing before another judge.”

Researching Reform

A judge bullied a mother into agreeing to care orders for her two children, the Court of Appeal has found. The orders made by Her Honour Judge Carr QC in Sheffield were set aside by the Court of Appeal and replaced with short-term interim care orders.

The Court of Appeal raised a number of serious concerns in its judgment. The now common practice of judges making up their minds about a case before the parties put their arguments forward during hearings was noted, a phenomenon that will be familiar to lay advisors and families who have been forced to represent themselves in their own family cases.

Lord Justice Peter Jackson sitting at the Court of Appeal said that there had been “a serious procedural irregularity.”

The judgment says:  “consent or non-opposition to the interim care order was not freely given, but was secured by oppressive behaviour on the part of…

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The Legal Argument Package: Forensic or Clinical Psychology

This innovative, focused and precision approach marks a paradigm shift – a breakthrough and turnaround for resolving seemingly intractable contact disputes which perpetuate instead of alleviate misery for the children involved. This method concentrates on identifying the causes and diagnosing the symptoms to then goes further to expose the root causes in order for the parental alienation to be treated while protecting the child/ren from further harm.
“Child Protection Issue
That is the framing for the clinical psychology legal argument package.

The “custody” symptom (the child refusing court orders for custody and visitation) is a symptom of the family pathology. This is not a child custody issue, this is a child pathology issue. Is the targeted parent an “abusive” parent creating the child’s rejection, or is it the allied parent who is creating the child’s pathology through pathogenic parenting of psychological control and manipulation?

The referral question for the (“trauma-informed”) clinical psychology assessment is:

Referral Question: Which parent is the source of pathogenic parenting creating the child’s attachment-related pathology, and what are the treatment implications?

If the pathogenic parenting of the allied parent is creating significant developmental pathology in the child (attachment system suppression; diagnostic indicator 1), personality disorder pathology in the child (narcissistic personality traits; diagnostic indicator 2), and delusional-psychiatric pathology (encapsulated persecutory delusion; diagnostic indicator 3), the DSM-5 diagnosis is V995.51 Child Psychological Abuse, Confirmed, and the considerations shift to child protection.

In all cases of child abuse, physical child abuse, sexual child abuse, and psychological child abuse, the professional standard of practice and duty to protect requires the child’s protective separation from the abusive parent. The child’s healthy development is then recovered and restored, and once stabilized, contact with the formerly abusive parent is reestablished with sufficient safeguards to ensure that the child abuse does not resume once contact is restored.

This is true for physical child abuse, this is true for sexual child abuse, this is true for psychological child abuse.

That’s the shift that is occurring. The legal argument package being presented to the court, both in it’s foundations (Bowlby, Minuchin, Beck) and in the remedy sought (a clinical psychology assessment; psychological child abuse diagnosis; protective separation period and treatment recovery) is shifting to a clinical psychology legal argument package of solution

The world is changing. An attachment-based and trauma-informed model of complex family conflict surrounding divorce represents the return of clinical psychology to court-involved practice.”

Dr. Craig Childress: Attachment Based "Parental Alienation" (AB-PA)

Things are changing. 

We are shifting from a forensic psychology non-solution to a clinical psychology solution for complex family conflict surrounding divorce.

This is not a child custody issue.  The conflict surrounding child custody is a symptom. The issue is family pathology that is creating complex attachment-related  pathology in the family; complex family conflict surrounding divorce.

This is a family pathology and treatment issue.  Conducting family therapy is the domain of clinical psychology, treating attachment pathology in the family is the domain of clinical psychology (a child rejecting a parent is an attachment-related pathology), treating the expression of parental personality disorder pathology in parenting and the family is the domain of clinical psychology, and treating the trans-generational transmission of complex trauma is the domain of clinical psychology.

This is a clinical psychology issue, diagnosing and treating family pathology; the attachment system, family systems therapy, personality disorder pathology, complex trauma. …

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Pussy John Bolton and His Codpiece Mustache

An acerbic, satirical expose of the present administration’s incompetence – socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor.
“We have until recently never had government as aggressive, reckless, or psychiatrically fascinating as now. Again, it is not a matter of Republicans and Democrats. No administration of any party, stripe, or ideology has ever pushed to aggressively toward war with so many countries. These people are not right in the head.”

Astute News

American government has become a collection of sordid and dangerous clowns. It was not always thus. Until Bush II, those governing were never lunatics. Eisenhower, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Obama, Clinton had their defects, were sometimes corrupt, and could be disagreed with on many grounds. They weren’t crazy. Today’s administration would seem unwholesome in a New York bus station at three in the morning. They are not normal American politicians.

In particular they seem to be pushing for war with Iran, China, Russia, and Venezuela. And–this is important–their behavior is not a matter of liberals catfighting with conservatives. All former presidents carefully avoided war with the Soviet Union, which carefully avoided war with America. It was Reagan, a conservative and responsible president, who negotiated the INF treaty, to eliminate short-fuse nuclear weapons from Europe. By contrast, Trump is scrapping it. Pat Buchanan, the most conservative man I have met, strongly…

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An Alternative to Brexit: The Judgment in Wightman

“Like it or not, this historic CJEU judgment offers the UK an easy alternative to Brexit, an option that will mitigate the incalculable damage that will befall the UK if it leaves the EU without a deal. Overall, one gets the feeling that the CJEU has already had the last laugh on Brexit by suggesting that the UK could rejoin the EU after leaving it on 29 March 2019.”

United Kingdom Immigration Law Blog

Wightman and Others v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (C-621/18, EU:C:2018:999, 10 December 2018)

Brexit is a big mess. It is “a powerful acid” and is a huge economic and bureaucratic nightmare. Going through with it in the hope that normality can be restored to British politics is equated with “howling at the moon”. But Theresa May is “determined to deliver Brexit, and determined to deliver on time – on March 29 2019.” With very little time left, she emphasises that “the clock is ticking” and politicians must “put aside our differences” in the national interest. Nevertheless, on the international stage May intends to be belligerent and the crusader in her is keen “to battle for Britain in Brussels” because she is “armed with a fresh mandate”. Conversely, to avoid the impending calamity, a softer option does exist because the Wightman ruling…

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New CASCADE study proves the success of support for parents who have children taken into care

Raises the question whether the tide is finally turning from over-precipitate interventionism and the needle swinging back from family apartheid?
“The evaluation highlighted the challenges of engaging with highly vulnerable parents. Hopefully it will be of no surprise that respectful and non-judgemental approach of workers was important in enabling parents to make positive change.”

Read the full Reflect CASCADE Briefing

National IRO Managers Partnership (NIROMP). Securing better life chances & choices for children in care and care leavers.

The primary aim of the Reflect project is to prevent women who have experienced the compulsory removal of a child from experiencing a repeat pregnancy in the short-term, whilst successive child removal remains the most likely outcome.

Dr Louise Roberts has led the assessment of one of the first Reflect schemes, which has been run by Barnardo’s Cymru in Gwent since 2016.

Reflect aims to give women and their partners the assistance they need to make positive changes to their lives and to avoid becoming repeat visitors to the family court.

The results of the study showed some parents had been helped to find safe accommodation, escape unhealthy relationships or tackle substance abuse, while others who had previously been too anxious to leave the house had started socialising again, begun volunteering or developed a healthier lifestyle.

The evaluation highlighted the challenges of engaging with highly vulnerable parents. Hopefully it will be…

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The Composition and Writing of the Qur’ân: Old Explanations and New Evidence (Dr. Raymond K. Farrin)

Fresh research confirms the textual veracity of the Qur’an

Blogging Theology

Abstract: This article challenges the view, common among Western academics since early last century, that the Qurʾān was left incomplete as a book and did not take final shape until well after the Prophet’s death. Against this, it highlights an example of structural continuity: that of center-periphery connection between adjacent sūras. This type of connection is identified throughout the phases of revelation, from the early Meccan period to the late Medinan one. The structural consistency illuminated here indicates that one author or authority likely arranged the Qurʾān, a finding in accordance with recent stylometric analysis of the text carried out at Princeton University. It also accords with an examination of the theme of jihād in the Qurʾān, the conclusions of which were presented at the 2017 International Qur’anic Studies Association conference in Boston. Far from suggesting a multiplicity of voices, the doctrine of jihād is characterized by overall consistency…

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