Thursday, April 21, 2022

"Republicans Are Targeting Transgenders"-- Not Protecting Parental Rights

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The media informed America yesterday that conservative "Republican" parents---specifically conservative Republican "Christian" parents who claim to be standing for parental rights in the matter of their K-3rd graders being taught transgenderism, are actually "targeting" transgenders and the LGBTQ community.

And, we're told that sitting in the same pew every Sunday morning, or writing "Christian" in your Twitter bio, is nonsense and a guise for something far more sinister.

The media and the "elite" progressive Left are trying to put the sword of secular humanism into the heart of biblical Christianity and conservative biblical values and principles, the Constitution, and science.

Be informed, not misled.

Walt Disney World Update:

Yesterday afternoon the Florida Senate passed a bill stripping Walt Disney World of its special tax and legal status in the state.

While MSNBC was live on the air with experts explaining why the state senate would not support Governor DeSantis in this action, it was announced that the Senate had passed the bill and it is headed to the House where it is also expected to pass.

The so-called Human Rights Campaign to normalize LGBTQ---particularly focused on transgenders.

The "once upon a time" story begins with this: "Michigan state Sen. Mallory McMorrow pushed back in a viral speech against the growing trend of Republicans labeling their Democratic opponents as groomers and pedophiles."

A Republican had said in a fundraising email that senators like McMorrow and her colleagues want "to groom and sexualize kindergarteners."

This triggered McMorrow who went to her colleagues in state government---then to Twitter where her speech was viewed over 9 million times in less than 24 hours.

McMorrow began her remarks by saying:

“I didn’t expect to wake up yesterday to the news that the senator from the 22nd District had, overnight, accused me by name of grooming and sexualizing children in an email fundraising for herself, So I sat on it for a while wondering: Why me? And then I realized: Because I am the biggest threat to your hollow, hateful scheme. Because you can’t claim that you are targeting marginalized kids in the name of ‘parental rights’ if another parent is standing up to say no.”

Yahoo News then interprets with a lie. 

"Republicans have attempted to position themselves as the party of parental rights, with state legislatures across the country introducing a series of bills targeting the LGBTQ community, with those opposing the legislation being labeled as 'groomers.' They’ve also targeted books that discuss race and gender while attempting to make it illegal for parents to seek gender-affirming care for transgender children. Prominent right-wing media figures have focused on anti-LGBTQ attacks in recent weeks."

Republican parents---and others including some Democrat parents are aghast at what they have learned is being taught in the classroom of public schools to K-3rd graders.

They are not "targeting." They are trying to save their sons and daughters from the perversion of the LGBTQ campaign.

The more the parents have tried to become informed, the more the schools and the activists have pushed back, with a Democrat former Virginia governor infamously telling parents last fall they should have no say in what is taught in the classroom.

Virginia then proceeded to elect a Republican, a former businessman, who promised parents they would indeed be involved, as their new governor.

McMorrow continues: “Then you dehumanize and marginalize me. You say that I’m one of them. You say she’s a groomer, she supports pedophilia, she wants children to believe that they were responsible for slavery and to feel bad about themselves because they’re white.”

The Senator says she remembers working at a soup kitchen with her mother and participating in the civil rights work with Father Ted Hesburgh, the former president of her alma mater, Notre Dame.

She says, "I learned that service was far more important than performative nonsense like being seen in the same pew every Sunday or writing 'Christian' in your Twitter bio and using that as a shield to target and marginalize people."

She needs to spend more time in the pew listening to authentic biblical teaching. The Bible is clear that when judged, some will be told, "Depart. I never knew you," as they narrate all the good works they have done in their lives.

The most important issue on judgment day will be, "What do you believe about Jesus?"

She also emphasizes that she is a white, straight, Christian, suburban mom. 

And she says "those promoting attacks are using it to deflect from the fact that they aren't working on the real issues."

Anything that impacts the next generation is a real issue. And this does.

I would add, that anything God strongly condemns should not be encouraged much less celebrated.

While Senator McMorrow may mean well, she and the other activists for transgenders seem to be oblivious to the fact that actions have consequences.

Science does not support the transgender movement.

Betsy McCaughey, Ph.D., author and former Lt. Governor of New York State, wrote an article yesterday titled, "Powerful Arguments to Keep Trans Ed' Out of Schools."

She says science does not support the trans movement. Neither, she says, does the Constitution.

First the science:

A staggering 99% plus of the population do not have the physical traits that cause someone to become transgender. People with gender dysphoria -- a condition that causes extreme distress -- deserve empathy and respect. But only 0.6% of the adult population have it, according to UCLA's Williams Institute, an LGBTQ advocacy group.

A classroom lesson proposed for New Jersey 6-year-olds called "Pink, Blue and Purple" says children should be taught that "You might feel like you're a girl even if you have body parts that some people might tell you are 'boy' parts ... No matter how you feel, you're perfectly normal."

Normal, no. It is a rare condition. Most gender dysphoria manifests in early childhood, according to a 2020 study at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles, so guidance counselors and teachers should be trained to offer families help. But there's no reason to incorporate it into the curriculum, inviting children to choose their pronouns and confusing the 99% who don't have the condition.

The Human Rights Campaign and other LGBTQ+ advocacy groups ignore this science and insist that someone with "boy parts" can become a girl and vice versa.

These groups are teaming up with the National Education Association to steamroll schools into disseminating this false claim, even designating national reading days when school kids are indoctrinated with lessons about transgender characters like those in the books "I Am Jazz" or "Born Ready: The True Story of a Boy Named Penelope."

Scientists are still debating actual causes, but a consensus is emerging that people with gender dysphoria have "a brain structure" that does not match their genitalia at birth.

Transgender individuals process the sex hormones estrogen and androgen differently from other people. According to Exeter University researchers, gender dysphoria is caused by androgen insensitivity syndrome, where "the testosterone receptor is mutated and faulty, and thus cannot function."

The LGBTQ community is adamant this condition not be labeled mental illness. When the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual used by American psychiatrists was updated in 2013, gender identity disorder was changed to gender dysphoria.

Trans advocates want greater acceptance. But instructing young kids that it's normal for boys to become girls and vice versa is going too far. Parents rightly fear their kids are being "groomed."

In the last two decades, the proportion of minors saying they're transgender has soared to 1.8%. Gender dysphoria used to be a condition experienced primarily by young boys. Now, it has suddenly shifted to teenagers born female. Brown University's Lisa Littman calls this "social contagion," meaning teenage girls are mimicking their friends and claiming to be transgender, without displaying the classic signs of gender dysphoria that emerge in early childhood.

Children need to be protected from gender hysteria and moving headlong into transitioning.

What does the Constitution say?

We have the freedom to practice our own religion. Many Christians and Jews believe God created man and woman. They don't want their kids indoctrinated in a belief system that claims a person born with "boy parts" can become a girl. Parents in Ludlow, Massachusetts, are suing to stop the public school from teaching transgenderism.

They're likely to win. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th circuit ruled March 30, 2021, that Ohio could not force a public university teacher to address transgender students using their chosen pronouns contrary to the teacher's Christian beliefs. 

Transgender advocates have a right to their views, but they don't have a right to force them on everyone.

I wrote about the university professor in Ohio on Tuesday.

May God bless and protect our children, and may we continue to take a bold stand against the assault on their innocence.

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Engaged. Be Prayerful.