I wonder if the suspected drug related deaths of four students in the North East of England on or around October 2 might be a wake-up call to Steve Chalke and other prominent British “knowledge traders” who argued for the re-opening of schools and universities in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic?
Might those Newcastle University and Northumbria University student deaths cause the prominent religious cleric and Oasis Charitable Trust founder Chalke and other religious and secular pedagogues with whom he is allied in the United Kingdom, the United States, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and other parts of the world to consider the possibility that their “educational empire” building may be a greater threat to the lives and wellbeing of children and young people than COVID-19?
Sadly, based on what I have heard and read about the human rights crusading cleric Chalke’s theological evolution and the arguments he has made for the opening of schools I do not get the impression that he has made that pedagogical, “circle of care” connection.
I do not get the impression that Chalke, whose Trust runs 53 schools in the UK, sees how his rhetoric rich “equality” focused pedagogical advocacy may be having unintended consequences – especially the perpetuation of the perilous pattern of psychoactive drug simulating, radical disconnection from reality that persistently plagues Christian thinking and similar “big picture” focused religious and secular ideologies.
A theist, like Rev Chalke, I have been addressing this pedagogical peril in which faith becomes confused with escapist, Marxism mirroring, atheistic utopian fantasy since at least the 1980s.
Through my book The Bible: Beauty And Terror Reconciled, my Lewd Logic multi-media Caribbean “dirty dancing” analysis, my “The Word Becomes Flesh” booklet and a number of related initiatives, I have been alerting colleagues in the knowledge trading field and the general public to the intellectually intoxicating, COVID-19 delusions mimicking capacity of knowledge: the delusions of grandeur inducing capacity that religious and secular education, or if you will, miseducation, shares with mind altering substances like alcohol, marijuana, ketamine and MDMA, commonly called Ecstacy.
According to news reports, both ketamine and MDMA are implicated in the deaths of the four adolescents, whose lives, full of positive possibility, were cut short last weekend.
The tragically deceased, two males and two females, include 18 year-old Jeni Larmour who had been “a model pupil” and deputy head girl at the prestigious Royal School, Armagh – one of a number of free schools created by King James I of England and Ireland (James VI of Scotland) in 1608.
At 05:00 on October 9, I initiated a conversation with the community equality and inclusion advocate Chalke, through his Oasis’ National Press Officer Daniel Marsh, because I am very keen to know the former Baptist minister’s thoughts on this “knowledge economy” tragedy – and on the teenager Larmour’s death in particular.
Based on the stereotypical socialist rhetoric that Rev Chalke seems predisposed to, judging by his excessive, lopsided gender, race and religious rights advocacy, among other things, one gets the impression that he and other, social inclusion advocating educationalists might have difficulty understanding how such a seemingly privileged young woman like Larmour might be made to feel so disadvantaged, vulnerable and insecure that she might be persuaded to risk her future by experimenting with dubious or illegal mind altering substances.
Now, to be clear: I am not claiming that Ms Larmour suffered such insecurity or self-doubt.
Nor am I saying that she was experimenting with the drugs mentioned in reports of her death, or any other drugs.
I am simply saying that this kind of insecurity of seemingly privileged, white people is a possibility that the socialist pedagogy “super spreader” Chalke might not be disposed to considering, based on his seeming susceptibility to stereotypical assessment of the influence of “economic environment” and other social determinants of children’s life chances.
The tributes paid by the Royal School , Armargh to Larmour’s intelligence and other personality traits certainly paint a picture of a very confident young woman, secure in healthy, sense of humor enriched self-belief.
It reads, in part:
“She was a highly valued member of the Chamber Choir and was blessed with a beautiful singing voice.
“She combined that beautiful voice and a brilliant sense of comic timing when she masterfully played the role of Madame de la Grande Bouche in the school production of Walt Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”.
“In October 2019 Jeni was part of the school’s signature charity project, the ASHA team which spent ten days in the Trilok Puri slum in New Delhi.
“This trip required significant commitment and was the culmination of a year of fundraising activity by Jeni and the other team members.
“Jeni was a spirited and independently minded girl with clear views which she was happy to articulate in a respectful manner and she was possessed of a well-developed sense of justice.
“Through her work on the School Council, she was instrumental in promoting plans for the ‘greening’ of the school site through tree planting.
“We have no doubt, that given her academic ability and personality, Jeni had a bright future ahead of her and we are saddened that has been so suddenly cut short.”
Based on that description, I am more inclined to think of Larmour as a victim of a sexual predator, like the homosexual sociopath Reynhard Sinaga who reports say used date rape drugs (like ketamine) to render his male victims defenseless.
I think it unlikely that Larmour was habitually afflicted with the low mood and loss of purpose that BBC reporter Hayley Mortimer lamented feeling in an unrelated Twitter post that she pinned to her profile on October 7 (I use the word “unrelated” advisedly).
At the moment, based on the Royal School tribute, the reported police suspicion that ketamine and MDMA were factors in Larmour’s and the other adolescents’ deaths and other variables, I think it is best to limit speculation and withhold judgement until more evidence of the circumstances around these young people’s lives and deaths emerges.
And I am also reminded here of the mystery shrouded death of University of East Anglia student Jess Fairweather.
He hanged himself, according to assistant coroner for Norfolk Johanna Thompson on October 11, 2018, 21 days ahead of his 21st birthday, critically and cryptically.
And the fact that that happened two years ago today is not lost on me.
I mentioned the 20 year-old Fairweather’s death in this academic “circle of care” (or “circle of scare”?) exploring article that I published in December 2018.
In that article, as in my landmark Fundamentalist Feminism essay, first published in 2006, I address “…indirect aggression, a kind of violence that is characteristic of academic environments, especially where academia, with its written material based, legalistic and literalistic propensities, intersects with gender, race and religious racketeering politics.”
My firsthand experience and awareness of that dimension of the global knowledge economy is one of the reasons I challenged Chalke, journalist-educationalist Toby Young and others back in August.
I believe that Chalke and others at or associated with his Oasis Trust are consciously or unconsciously compounding the toxicity of “academic environments” that are the root and fruit of the knowledge economy.
I am concerned that like the “academic theologian” and Garveyite generalist politics propagating activist Robert Beckford and other gender, race and religion focused (and leveraging?) knowledge traders at or associated with Canterbury Christ Church University, the University of East Anglia, the University of the West Indies, the Queen’s Foundation
the global on-demand audio and podcasting distribution platform Audioboom, and other entities mentioned in that 2018 article, Chalke and his Oasis associates who were pushing for a re-opening of schools and universities might find themselves liable to a charge of criminal negligence.
I have found significant evidence of the Spurgeon College trained cleric’s and other Oasis personnel’s good intentions, in my ongoing study of their social activism.
I identify with and have a profound appreciation particularly for the awareness of the “ongoing” nature of the the struggle for honesty and integrity that Oasis’ regional academies director for the Midlands Chris Edwards talks about in the video linked at the top of this article particularly.
But in the absence of any evidence that Chalke is aware of how the confusion of the unwritten New Covenant with the written New Testament for almost 2000 years has been eroding the type of “good atmosphere” that he, Edwards, I and other knowledge traders are trying to build, I am obliged to question his competence.
And Chalke and his youthful National Press Officer Daniel Walsh’s failure, (so far) to respond to my recent request for information and a comment on the suspected Ketamine and MDMA student deaths is a particularly polluting, conversation cancelling “concoction”.
It makes me wonder if Chalke and others at or close to his Oasis Trust “empire” may be trying to shield themselves from legitimate scrutiny by generating a “Great Smog of London recalling smoke screen”.
Here, as in that 2018 article, “I am arguing for a more ‘spiritual’ academia and a new politics, based on the ancient principle of what I call ‘common sense’, the Logos, the New Covenant, freedom of conscience and ‘Lady Wisdom of Proverbs’, in line with its ancient manifestations.”
I want to help Chalke and other religious and secular academics and knowledge traders “test the spirits”, much like they test students.
As in my 2006 Fundamentalist Feminism article, and the statement I published in response to Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley’s “same gender unions” announcement more recently, I feel obliged to challenge Rev Chalke’s “community inclusion” agenda because I believe it attacks basic principles of “community inclusion”, ironically, by prioritizing the role of churches, schools and other socializing agencies over that of the embryonic basis of all social cohesion and inclusion: the heterosexual union generated family.
And this biological imperative is the focus of a petition to the British Parliament that I recently created with the help of my knowledge trading associate Gina Bullen.
I think it would be nearing suicidal to carry on as “normal” in a situation where Chalke, the Oasis Trust, or some shadowy group or individual that is adept at Great Smog of London recalling smoke screens, may be trying to silence my and others’ concerns about the motives that might be behind their push for children to return to classrooms, consciously or unconsciously.
And I note the “shadowy”, arguably simplistic, sleepwalking socialist nature of the “public service”, license fee funded BBC’s and other media outlets coverage of the Birmingham LGBT teaching row in this regard.
Is it just me, or does anyone else see parallels between the “Great British laws” around sexual reproduction and the Matrix Trilogy storyline: the technological fall of mankind, in which the creation of artificial intelligence gives way to a race of self-aware machines that imprison mankind in a Ketamine and ADMD delusions inducing system—the Matrix—to be farmed as a power source?
And it probably would not hurt the BBC’s credibility as a “public service broadcaster” if it explored possible links between Parkfield Community school, which was at the center of the LGBT teaching row and the Monaco-based, formerly(?) sex-addicted Tory Party donor Lord (Irvine) Laidlaw, through his charitable Excelsior Academy brand.
And I would urge readers to recall what I have noted in another recent article (paragraph 29) about the meaning behind the name George Floyd, “on whose body the hopes and fears of Black and White people are now converging: “farmer grey” – a kind of syncretistic, seeding symbolism.
I believe that if UK citizens and residents “carry on as normal” in this situation we and our children might soon suffer a fate comparable to that of the reported suicide death of the UEA student Fairweather in 2018 or the student drug deaths in the North East.
And I am hoping that the education empire building pedagogue Chalke will be in touch with me soon to explore how he and I can collaborate with each other, and other parents, to prevent such tragic, COVID-19 approximating, abomination of depopulation (desolation) outcomes.
At 4:42 PM on August 26 this year, as debate was raging in England about whether schools and universities should be re-opened in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, I published a four tweet Twitter thread challenging journalist Toby Young, religious cleric Steve Chalke and other prominent knowledge traders who have been claiming that a return to classrooms would be in children’s best interests.
The first tweet in my thread featured a Live Science video about Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome” (MIS-C), a “serious complication associated with COVID-19”, according to the US based Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the video, 300 US children had developed MIS-C.
In the second tweet I asked Young and Chalke if they had considered the MIS-C in their assessment of the risks that they were urging parents and children to take.
I had been “tracking and tracing” their and other “knowledge traders” claims on this issue for some time and had challenged both men’s views in previous Twitter posts.