Croatian Campaign “Don’t Touch The Children” Goes Global

 

 

A logo of Croatian Citizens' Initiative "Don't Touch The Children"

A logo of Croatian Citizens’ Initiative
“Don’t Touch The Children”

On April 23 of 2014 the United Nations granted special consultative status at the Economic and Social Council of the UN (ECOSOC) to the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction.

It is held that this status gives the Kinsey Institute an important voice in global public policy. However, it is also held that the UN failed to examine either the scientific basis for the Kinsey Institute’s most fundamental research, nor to address its involvement in the criminal sexual abuse of infants and children.

Launching the global campaign  "Don't Touch The Children" in Croatia, May 2014 From left: Borna Jurcevic from Croatian Citizens' Initiative "Don't Touch The Children" with dr. Judith Reisman and Timothy Tate Photo: CI "Don't Touch The Children"

Launching the global campaign
“Don’t Touch The Children”
in Croatia, May 2014
From left: Borna Jurcevic from Croatian
Citizens’ Initiative “Don’t Touch The Children”
with dr. Judith Reisman and Timothy Tate
Photo: CI “Don’t Touch The Children”

American scholar dr. Judith Reisman and British journalist, filmmaker and long-standing researcher into the works of Alfred Kinsey and the Kinsey Institute Timothy Tate were present with Croatian journalist Karolina Vidovic-Kristo at the press conference at Zagreb airport on Monday 26 May 2014 to mark the launch of the Croatian citizens initiative for the global campaign “Don’t Touch The Children”. Timothy Tate, in the video release of the press conference embedded in this article below, said:

Timothy Tate

Timothy Tate

Last month the UN, an organisation founded on and dedicated to human rights, granted to the Kinsey Institute the status of official accreditation. Why does that matter? It matters because it gives the Kinsey Institute official recognition and a seat at the table where policy, global policy is made; policy about the law, policy about sex, policy above all about the children.

Why is it wrong for Kinsey to be there?

Because this is an organisation founded on crimes. Founded on crimes against the most vulnerable in society – the children. It’s an organisation, which has refused to apologise for or to walk away from its crimes. And it’s an organisation, which continues to make money from the reports of those crimes. How can the most important human rights organisation in the world allow an institute founded on the crimes, founded on the pain and the tears of hundreds of children, how can it be granted the honour, the importance and the power of accreditation.

Today, here in Croatia, we’re beginning a campaign to demand that the UN re-examines its decision to grant that accreditation.

Why Croatia?

Because this country alone in the world for the first time in 70 years last year stood up to the power of the Kinsey Institute. No other country has ever taken a stand against Kinsey. You did it. That is why this resolution, this initiative starts here.

I hope over the next few days Croatia’s voice will ring out across the world. And it will be heard I hope, by those in the UN who made that decision to grant the Kinsey Institute that accreditation. But over the coming days you may hear allegations that this campaign is not about the protection of the children, or about the UN or about the Kinsey Institute, you may hear allegations and claims that it’s a campaign of homophobia, it’s a campaign by right-wing people or religious activists. Those allegations are lies. I have no religion, I have been and remained a left-wing socialist and for more than almost forty years I have campaigned for equal rights for gay and straight people. This campaign in this brave country is about demanding change. It’s about demanding that the world’s most vital, most important human rights organisation holds an inquiry into the Kinsey Institute and the crimes it committed and those that continue to profit from and above all it’s a campaign for the children abused by the Kinsey’s pedophiles and for the victims of child sexual abuse everywhere. It starts today and it starts here.”

 

 

 

Dr. Judith Reisman

Dr. Judith Reisman

Dr. Judith Reisman, for this occasion, led a prayer in Zagreb 27 May: “Let us pray, for and the victims, the children and the infants who were abused by Kinsey and his associates for the purpose of so called science, for initiating and conducting a fair criminal procedure against Kinsey’s institute and true facts about the Kinsey Institute and its influence on sex education, to be revealed to the public for the presidents of 192 UN member states to be wise and bold when they receive the resolution, which will be sent from this place for the Kinsey Institute to be expelled from the UN membership, to be closed and its so-called science to be declared null and void, for the current so-called sex education to be abolished in Croatia and globally”. After the prayers the Judith Reisman Resolution was read out and it states:
“All of us, citizens of the world,
all of us, regardless of the age, nationality, ideology, faith, colour of the skin, political option, regardless of all the rest – we stand united against the criminal act of pedophilia.

We therefore address you, the presidents of the world states member countries and leaders of the UN:
Ban the Kinsey Institute from the UN.

The Kinsey Institute and its founder Alfred Kinsey incited and paid pedophiles to abuse children. All this has been proved, yet never prosecuted and no one has ever been sentenced.

The Institute, which along with its activities abused children and infants must be investigated, prosecuted and sentenced; it must not be a member of any human organization whose imperative is the welfare of man.

According to its own charter and respecting the general human need for protection of children and processing the criminal acts we appeal to the UN to ban the Kinsey Institute from its membership.

To this resolution we enclose the evidence (PDF) of monstruous acts of Alfred Kinsey and the Kinsey Institute and encourage the UN to initiate also the legal prosecution of the Kinsey Institute according to its authority”.

PRAYER and the reading of the JUDITH REISMAN RESOLUTION VIDEO:

 

Croatia, with its distinguished journalist and recipient of the Howard Center/World Congress of Families Global Leadership Award Karolina Vidovic – Kristo has in this “Don’t Touch The Children” campaign become the leader of the global movement against the Kinsey Institute.

Karolina Vidovic-Kristo

Karolina Vidovic-Kristo

One cannot but marvel at Vidovic-Kristo’s tenacity and steadfastness in her path to contribute to the global endeavours to protect the children from being exposed in schools to teachings that are based on the work of Alfred Kinsey; the research work that evidently sexually abused children and infants. For her determination to show the Croatian public the truth about the research done by Kinsey and his associates she has suffered greatly, to say the least her popular TV show “Portraits of Croatia” was axed in 2013 after she presented the truth about Kinsey and was suspended from her job on Croatian government controlled TV station HRT. Not one to be easily intimidated (as it should be with all who fight the good fight for human rights), she kept up with her work in exposing Kinsey’s work and, indeed, her claims that Croatia’s school sex education program was based on Kinsey’s research and pedophilia. The sex education program (mind you, Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic sat on the curriculum board!) divided the nation in 2013 and eventually the Constitutional court abolished in May 2013 the sex education program as it stood. It was back to the drawing board on the sex education program, but not far enough as traits of and persons associated with Kinsey’s research still linger in the realm of sex education. Saturday 28 June, the Croatian portal Dnevno reported that Croatian HRT TV had banned Vidovic-Kristo from giving or speaking out her personal views and opinions in public! At the beginning of June, Vidovic-Kristo was filmed for a talk-back private TV Show “Visible Traces” in which she appeared as a private person, a mother – talking about Kinsey and sex education and the need for the protection of children, but Croatia’s HRTV made moves to place an injunction against the televising of the show; the show was nevertheless televised in last week of June.

 

Croatian HRT television is funded by the taxpayers of Croatia, both through the state budget and from monthly citizen subscription fees and since it seems to be a law unto itself (communist leaning, to boot) I hope a new citizens’ action arises that will see to a change of the station’s leadership and freedom of speech and truth. Croatia at this moment seems to be a place where journalists are ostracized, suspended, gagged, threatened…if they dare to speak some truths and express concerns which touch the nation or a great deal of the community, when that truth does not agree with those in power.

The “Don’t Touch The Children” campaign seems to me a most worthy global campaign for children everywhere are abused and/or exposed to education programs that could easily be construed as some kind of grooming, be it succinct, indirect or direct, of future pedophiles, sexual abusers and predators; weakening defense mechanisms against abuse and thereby setting a stage for victims of the future. Indeed, not only journalists but all of us have a civic duty in ensuring that our children are protected from that which endangers their moral and physical well-being and with which their developing minds cannot fully deal.

It’s up to all of us, around the globe, to make a difference in our children’s, our grandchildren’s future and the least we can do as citizens of the world is to write to our countries’ Presidents or Prime Ministers and inquire as to what they intend to do about the UN’s decision to grant accreditation to the Kinsey Institute. Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb); B.A.,M.A.Ps. (Syd)

Further recommended material:
BRIEF The Kinsey Institute Exposed (PDF)
27 May 2014 Lecture and Panel discussion in Zagreb with dr Judith Reisman, Timothy Tate and Thomas Hampson (an investigator) VIDEO:

 

Croatia: Prime Minister’s wife’s conflict of interests and sex education in schools

Timothy Tate and Judith Reisman   Photo: Boris Kovacev/Cropix

Timothy Tate and Judith Reisman Photo: Boris Kovacev/Cropix

Croatian association “Parents’ Voice For Children” (GROZD) has, according to Dnevno.hr news portal, 11 February, sent Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic an open letter in which it seeks the convening of an extraordinary Government meeting. GROZD seeks the exclusion of Professor Aleksandar Stulhofer from the government’s advisory committee on sex education in schools program and an investigation into the matter of seeing whether Prof. Stulhofer is associated with exposing children to pornography and the spreading of pedophilia in the Republic of Croatia.

Remove from duties the Minister for Science, Education and Sport, Mr Jovanovic, and prevent him from working in any similar position within the government of the Republic of Croatia because, due to many omissions in his work unscientific program that rests upon gender ideology and follows the directions of the World Congress of Sexologists which, among other things, promotes pedophilia, has been introduced in all schools in Croatia”, the open letter says.

According to Dnevno.hr portal, GROZD also seeks the annulment of Minister Jovanovic’s decision that makes the health education program mandatory for all school students. It also states that Stulhofer, besides being a scholar and an associate of the Kinsey Institute in U.S.A., has been collaborating for many years with persons who are declared pedophiles. GROZD emphasises that Stulhofer was against the raising of the legal age from 14 to 16 for sexual intercourse with adults in Croatia.

GROZD offered a warning, once again, that Stulhofer has introduced topics into sex education curriculum that give space for the promotion of pedophilia and endangerment of children who are entrusted to the education system of Croatia.

We take the liberty to ask you to withdraw your wife, dr. Music Milanovic, from the government’s advisory committee on the development of the curriculum because it is a fact that she is one of five members of that committee, possibly giving a false credibility to Prof. Stulhofer and to the non-scientific and ideological foundations of the school program”, concludes GROZD in its letter to Prime Minister Milanovic.

Whether Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic’s wife’s role in the government’s advisory committee on school curriculum for health (sex) education constitutes a serious conflict of interest in action is a matter that I cannot go into because I do not possess any factual information as to the workings of this committee and into any safety or precautionary procedures that may be in place to avoid detrimental effects conflict of interest may have on the sex education program introduced as mandatory component of school education in Croatia. However, when considering conflict of interest one must not only look at the actual situation of conflict of interests but also the “perceived” conflict of interest must also be eliminated. Judging from the Parents’ association GROZD letter to the Prime Minister there is no doubt that perceived conflict of interest exists in the minds of the stakeholders and the public when it comes to the  mandatory sex education in schools curriculum. This, in any fair and true democracy must be avoided and it would seem to me that Zoran Milanovic’s wife should resign her position on the committee as a matter of decency towards the public’s perception and fears; as a matter of furthering democracy in Croatia.

The fact that the sex education in Croatian schools was introduced without adequate (or any) public/parent consultation is a tragedy for the relatively young democracy.  It has brought serious rifts between the Church and the state,
it has seen the harshest (without reasonable foundation) of disciplining of journalist Karolina Vidovic Kristo, it has seen barrages of offensive remarks against dr. Judith Reisman, but it has also brought home the realisation that Croatia has a long way to go in its path of building democracy into all facets of public life.

British investigative journalist and filmmaker summarises the issues of and around the mandatory sex education program in Croatian schools in the video clip below:

Disciplining of journalist Karolina Vidovic Kristo for simply offering to the public information associated with sex education in school is, as Timothy Tate says: “…indicative of a mentality which is not democratic, which is not comfortable with difficult facts brought out into the public arena. You can’t stop free speech if you want to be a democracy. It would be unthinkable in Britain for the Prime Minister of Britain to stand up in parliament, as your Prime Minister stood up in parliament, and essentially trash the reputation of a journalist for bringing to light of something that should be brought to light ”.

Indeed! But then the wife of the British, the Australian … Prime Minister would not sit on the government’s advisory committee for the development of school education curricula.  It is a long established fact that school education curricula are the responsibility of governments but are also a fertile ground for the promotion or furtherance of political orientations and views. It is on that note that school education curricula must be independent of any political parties and that any real or perceived conflict of interest be removed from them. Otherwise, the way things seem in Croatia at this moment, democracy has a long way to travel before its roots are planted in all avenues of daily, ordinary lives of citizens. And, finally, as the plot around public outcries against or for the imposed mandatory school sex education program in Croatia thickens with the revelation that Prime Minister’s wife sat on the government’s advisory committee for the program, one wonders how much and whether the pro-government’s public noises were in fact trying to cover up the possible government-linked conflict of interest involved in the final cut of the program. It’s a matter of “watch this space”, but one cannot but applaud dr Judith Reisman for her announcement of defamation lawsuits against the media outlets and individuals in Croatia who had set out to shred her reputation. Dr Reisman may yet be a heroine that will demonstrate to the Croatian public that freedom of speech in a democracy is a sanctity regulated by the rule of defamation law. Ina Vukic, Prof (Zgb); B.A., M.A.Ps. (Syd)

Croatia: Sex On The Brain, Freedom Of Expression In The Drain

Dr. Judith Reisman  Photo: Patrik Macek/Pixsell

Dr. Judith Reisman Photo: Patrik Macek/Pixsell

While the recently introduced sex education in Croatian schools (about which I have written before) has attracted loud – intermittently laced with profound despair – controversies in community at large, distress and disappointment in many community and parent groups claiming there had not been adequate public discussion or consultation on the issue, serious rows and rifts between the Church and the State, the swift axing of “Picture of Croatia” TV show and hence punishing its head journalist Karolina Vidovic-Kristo for including extracts from “Kinsey Syndrome” in her coverage of the then proposed sex education program in schools, what has occurred in Croatia during the past week is nothing short of an alarmingly ugly face of a democracy and freedom of access to information.

Certainly, there’s a strong stench of intolerance for and lack of acknowledgment of diversity in opinion and thinking blowing from the current Social Democrats led government in Croatia. One might say quite similar to the climate that pervaded communist Yugoslavia. It is alarming to even contemplate that a governing party representative in a democratic country would go so far as to verbalise publicly that expressions of different thinking should be banned, and suffer no consequences, no reprimand from the government. That’s what has happened in Croatia the last few days and it is truly no wonder that people at large are calling the current government Communists, with connotations that lead one to conclude that democratic civil freedoms in Croatia are suffering significant setbacks.

The metastases of the government’s apparent intolerance of differing opinions surfaced this week like never before; orchestrated and often uncivilised attacks on views and work of Dr. Judith Reisman, an American cultural conservative writer best known for her criticism and condemnation of the work and legacy of Alfred Kinsey who believes sex researcher Alfred Kinsey is responsible for much of the cultural decay and sexual permissiveness that she sees; that affect today’s societies.

On Tuesday 29 January freedom of speech, media freedom got suspended in Croatia and so did the respect of fundamental principles of journalism, writes Marko Juric of Dnevno.hr.

On that day the leading Croatian media outlet, HTV, reported about Dr. Judith Reisman’s lecture at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Zagreb, in a manner that was ‘extremely shameful and completely akin to manners found in the far away times of Fascism or Bolshevism of one-party totalitarian system’. All that the public could hear or see from this HTV coverage was what the staunch and aggressive, at times shockingly rude and utterly uncivilised opponents of Dr. Reisman’s views had to say.  The pinnacle of such intolerance was when the Faculty’s Dean, Nenad Zakosec, came out and aggressively, shouted at Reisman before hundreds of  students (many of which had shouted insults and barraged bigoted questions/comments):  ‘what are you doing here!‘”

It is no wonder that Reisman said later that she had never before in her life been confronted by so many bullies as during this visit to Croatia.

Then, her debate at the Faculty of Philosophy with the head of sexology there, Aleksandar Stulhofer, was cancelled on 30 January due to the big crowd turning up!

Stulhofer was one of the authors of the new sex education program in schools recently introduced in Croatia. One wonders whether the event organisers thought of “real fire” safety measure when they cancelled it, or whether they feared a new “fire against the government sex education program” would erupt. In view of everything that has transpired on sex education in schools in Croatia and the government’s stubbornness to go ahead with its plan regardless of the community disquiet about it, the latter would be a safer bet as to why the event at the Faculty of Philosophy was cancelled.

Then Reisman was supposed to attend the screening of documentary film director Timothy Tate’s film “Kinsey’s Paedophiles, secret history“, but, wouldn’t you know it – the screening fell through – cancelled despite enormous public interest. Technical difficulties were afoot – three times over!

Of course, the coalition government’s members of parliament have come out “screaming blue murder” at the parliamentary opposition’s (Croatian Democratic Union/HDZ) invitation to Reisman to give a lecture in the Croatian Parliament building – for the HDZ Parliamentary Club. Even though HDZ or any other parliamentary party has an absolute right under the Constitution to invite anyone they want to, to talk in their premises, the governing coalition is abhorred at the fact that someone who has a different view to theirs as to sex education and various influences on sexuality of children should be allowed to set foot in the parliament building! To quote governing Social Democrats; Tatjana Simac Bonacic: “… it is inappropriate for that (Reisman’s talk) to occur in Parliament, because the Parliament is a home, a symbol of democracy and as such it is certainly not for people like that (like Reisman)” ! (HRT News, 29 January 2013).

On the other hand, HDZ representatives including its President Tomislav Karamarko and Zeljko Reiner – deputy president HDZ parliamentary group, fan the view that in a democracy all views on the issue have the right of expression and should be heard and that if Reisman was good enough to talk in US Congress, she is good enough to talk in the Croatian Parliament building.

Indeed, it seems that in these crazy times HDZ/Croatian Democratic Union is one of the rare political parties in Croatia who see freedom of expression for what it truly is: freedom to express ones ideas and freedom to offer information on pertinent social, or other issues, leaving it to the individual to accept or reject the ideas, or even remain undecided.

So, is the orchestrated attack and intolerance expressed so widely in Croatia towards Judith Reisman really an objective and justified attack on her belief’s and work as unacceptable to today’s society, or did we just see a perfect example of intolerance and decay of democracy in Croatia fueled by the governing coalition’s attempts to censure and even oppress ideas that normally float freely in the democratically developed world?

In summary and regarding Reisman, the 2004 Bill Condon’s movie, “Kinsey”, may have reawakened America’s interest in the largely forgotten but influential post-War era sex researcher Dr. Alfred Kinsey, but for Judith Reisman, he has been a singular dedication, which some have labelled as obsession, for decades. Reisman has given herself the task to fight against Kinsey, to focus on morality via existential battles with the forces of cultural decay and sexual permissiveness. While her ideas have naturally endeared her to a Who’s Who of conservative political echelons and many survivalists, she has had in 2004 provided expert testimony on Capitol Hill (Washington DC) for Republican Sen. Sam Brownback on the scientific perils of pornography. There, she also lobbied for the reintroduction of a bill that would mandate an investigation into her claim that Kinsey sexually abused children during his research. Through friends in the Justice Department, Reisman has helped push for an increased focus on prosecuting porn. As Reisman gathers influence across the world, her work is bearing an increasingly apparent mark on the Christian right’s political agenda and by extension, on social policy.

Some organisations in Croatia say that Reisman’s visit to Croatia is the result of the campaign of circles around the clergy, who are against the sex education in schools curriculum, to convince people that the scientific foundations of this curriculum are based on the criminal homosexual-pedophile work undertaken by Kinsey. Little doubt, those who say this are close to the government or its thinking; justifying perhaps the government’s unwavering resolve to implement its sex education curriculum “come Hell, or high water” in the constituency.

Having said all this, there were many in Croatia who welcomed Reisman and her talks; listened to her ideas, research, peacefully. That is what freedom of expression of ideas or freedom of information regarding an important issue affecting the society (such as sex education in schools) should be. So, there’s light at the end of the censorship tunnel – the incidents around Reisman may, hopefully, teach one how democracy should and should not work; and the threading of democratic processes may yet come to the seemingly badly needed drawing board. Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb); B.A., M.A.Ps. (Syd)

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