Perhaps this best describes this organization and the changing values of our society. There is something about “Platform 51” that says it all. No doubt the word “Christian” was a troublesome matter, and so not P.C. Not here yet, but soon no doubt. A new statist organization, that receives government funds and can no longer appeal to any moral tenet. Archbishop Cranmer has some great comments at the bottom link. Here tis:
The YWCA, formerly the Young Women’s Christian Association, has dropped its title after 156 years because “it no longer stands for who we are.
IIn a sense the name doesn’t matter; what’s significant is how the charity has changed, and what it says about the nature of do-gooding.
The YWCA was founded in 1855 with the aim of providing spiritual and moral support to young women against the physical and moral poverty of the new cities, and it did this, among other things, by running prayer groups. In contrast today’s YWCA now “lobb[ies] for changes in the law and policies to help all women”, and its chairman is a former equality quango manager Helen Wollaston.
Indeed its brochure states: “We campaigned for the Equality Act to protect pregnant schoolgirls and teenage mums from discrimination, harassment and victimisation. Young mums told us about their experiences, including being advised to leave school, not having access to a full curriculum and being stopped from sitting exams because they were pregnant. They are now legally entitled to the same education as anyone else.
I wonder what stern Victorian founder Emma Robarts and her Prayer Union would have made of that? She might have suggested a fair amount of stigma towards teenagers begetting illegitimate children was a harsh but necessary practice to protect future generations from the horrors of fatherlessness. That was certainly one of the methods – along with physical improvement such as better housing and healthcare – by which British society was able to massively reduce poverty between 1850 and 1950.
But that is not the modern way, for the secular do-gooders only place their faith in statism, the belief that all social problems can be erased by state action and more spending, despite all evidence to the contrary.
There is, for example, the idea that more sex education reduces unwanted pregnancy, despite its repeated failure:
Girls tell us that the information they receive at school about sex and relationships is too little, too late and too biological
They need reliable, relevant information about sex, relationships and safe sex. That’s why we offer practical support such as inviting nurses to speak at young women’s groups, distributing condoms and offering pregnancy and chlamydia testing.
We campaign for young people’s fundamental right to information, advice and guidance about sex and relationships.
Then there is the belief – against all evidence – that punishment does not reduce crime:
Children and young people who serve a custodial sentence are more likely to re-offend than those who are directed into community-based.
In fact people who serve a custodial sentence are not more likely to re-offend, once one takes into account the fact they tend to be more serious criminals. Indeed the best way to cut re-offending is to introduce longer sentencing.
For a good review, see :