Stories of Intolerance by the Liberal Left (Part 1)


This cartoon comes from PolitiFake.org

Bernie Fans Attack a Hillary-Shirt-Wearing Attendee to the DNC Convention

This video proves two things:

  1. Going undercover carries inherent risks (not all of which are related to being found out by the subjects being investigated)
  2. Some Bernie fans feel so disenfranchised by the establishment Democrats  that they willingly define a classic “intolerant liberal” for Hillary-supporting liberals

Although James O’Keefe made his investigatory chops by exposing and lampooning liberal sacred cows, this incident (first reported on the Gateway Pundit) involves essentially just involves someone wearing a “Hillary” shirt in the middle of Bernie supporters.

My first question after viewing this was “Now will Hillary be called out for the obsene attacks by her staff on Sanders?

Forget Free Speech at the University of Houston

Obviously, the University of Houston feels that it has seceded from the USA and can violate its student’s free speech rights (as evidenced when the Daily Caller reported on 1 August 2016 that a UH student was suspended for tweeting “All Lives Matter.”) Additionally, the Daily Caller notes:

“A student government leader at the University of Houston was suspended for 50 days and ordered to attend a diversity seminar after she criticized the Black Lives Matter movement online.

Shortly after the July 7 shooting in Dallas that killed five officers, Rohini Sethi went on Facebook and opined ‘Forget #BlackLivesMatter; more like AllLivesMatter.’ The statement was later deleted, but only after numerous UH students denounced it as incredibly offensive or even hateful.

Instead of going through that arduous process, the student senate approved a measure giving SGA president Shane Smith exceptional one-time powers to punish Sethi as he saw fit. In response, Smith released a letter Friday outlining a set of five punishments for Sethi. The punishments include:

  • A 50-day suspension from SGA starting August 1. This suspension will be unpaid (she currently receives a stipend of about $700 a month).
  • A requirement to attend a three-day diversity workshop in mid-August.
  • A requirement to attend three ‘UH cultural events’ each month from September through March, excluding December.
  • An order to write a ‘letter of reflection’ about how her harmful actions have impacted SGA and the UH student body
  • An order to put on a public presentation Sept. 28 detailing ‘the knowledge she has gained about cultural issues facing our society.’

If Sethi refuses or fails any of the requirements, she will be kicked out of SGA entirely.”

Since I got my Master of Science from part of the UH system, this is not surprising. However, it is saddening and makes me wonder how much I want to continue any support for such a system.

The New York Times and Liberal Intolerance

In a 7 May 2016 editorial piece in the New York Times. Nicholas Kristof put forward a missive on liberal intolerance:

“We progressives believe in diversity, and we want women, blacks, Latinos, gays and Muslims at the table — er, so long as they aren’ t conservatives.

Universities are the bedrock of progressive values, but the one kind of diversity that universities disregard is ideological and religious. Were fine with people who don’t look like us, as long as they think like us.

O.K., that’s a little harsh. But consider George Yancey, a sociologist who is black and evangelical.

‘Outside of academia I faced more problems as a black,’ he told me. ‘But inside academia I face more problems as a Christian, and it is not even close.’

Ive been thinking about this because on Facebook recently I wondered aloud whether universities stigmatize conservatives and undermine intellectual diversity. The scornful reaction from my fellow liberals proved the point.

‘Much of the conservative worldview consists of ideas that are known empirically to be false,’ said Carmi.

‘The truth has a liberal slant,’ wrote Michelle.

‘Why stop there?’ asked Steven. ‘How about we make faculties more diverse by hiring idiots?’

To me, the conversation illuminated primarily liberal arrogance — the implication that conservatives don’t have anything significant to add to the discussion. My Facebook followers have incredible compassion for war victims in South Sudan, for kids who have been trafficked, even for abused chickens, but no obvious empathy for conservative scholars facing discrimination.

The stakes involve not just fairness to conservatives or evangelical Christians, not just whether progressives will be true to their own values, not just the benefits that come from diversity (and diversity of thought is arguably among the most important kinds), but also the quality of education itself. When perspectives are unrepresented in discussions, when some kinds of thinkers arent at the table, classrooms become echo chambers rather than sounding boards — and we all lose.

Four studies found that the proportion of professors in the humanities who are Republicans ranges between 6 and 11 percent, and in the social sciences between 7 and 9 percent.

Conservatives can be spotted in the sciences and in economics, but they are virtually an endangered species in fields like anthropology, sociology, history and literature. One study found that only 2 percent of English professors are Republicans (although a large share are independents).

In contrast, some 18 percent of social scientists say they are Marxist. So its easier to find a Marxist in some disciplines than a Republican.

The scarcity of conservatives seems driven in part by discrimination. One peer-reviewed study found that one-third of social psychologists admitted that if choosing between two equally qualified job candidates, they would be inclined to discriminate against the more conservative candidate.


‘Of course there are biases against evangelicals on campuses,’ notes Jonathan L. Walton, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard. Walton, a black evangelical, adds that the condescension toward evangelicals echoes the patronizing attitude toward racial minorities: ‘The same arguments I hear people make about evangelicals sound so familiar to the ways people often describe folk of color, i.e. politically unsophisticated, lacking education, angry, bitter, emotional, poor.’

A study published in The American Journal of Political Science underscored how powerful political bias can be. In an experiment, Democrats and Republicans were asked to choose a scholarship winner from among (fictitious) finalists, with the experiment tweaked so that applicants sometimes included the president of the Democratic or Republican club, while varying the credentials and race of each. Four-fifths of Democrats and Republicans alike chose a student of their own party to win a scholarship, and discrimination against people of the other party was much greater than discrimination based on race.


It’s also liberal poppycock that there aren’t smart conservatives or evangelicals. Richard Posner is a more-or-less conservative who is the most cited legal scholar of all time. With her experience and intellect, Condoleezza Rice would enhance any political science department. Francis Collins is an evangelical Christian and famed geneticist who has led the Human Genome Project and the National Institutes of Health. And if you’re saying that conservatives may be tolerable, but evangelical Christians aren’t — well, are you really saying you would have discriminated against the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.?

Jonathan Haidt, a centrist social psychologist at New York University, cites data suggesting that the share of conservatives in academia has plunged, and he has started a website, Heterodox Academy, to champion ideological diversity on campuses.

‘Universities are unlike other institutions in that they absolutely require that people challenge each other so that the truth can emerge from limited, biased, flawed individuals,’ he says. ‘If they lose intellectual diversity, or if they develop norms of ‘safety’ that trump challenge, they die. And this is what has been happening since the 1990s.’ “

The New York Times and Liberal Blind Spot

In a 29 May 2016 follow-up to the original editorial piece. Nicholas Kristof suggested the existence of blind spots in the liberal view (focusing on three areas — as highlighted below):

“Classic liberalism exalted tolerance, reflected in a line often (and probably wrongly) attributed to Voltaire: ‘I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.’

On university campuses, that is sometimes updated to: ‘I disapprove of what you say, so shut up.’

As I see it, we are hypocritical: We welcome people who don’t look like us, as long as they think like us.

It’s rare for a column to inspire widespread agreement, but that one led to a consensus: Almost every liberal agreed that I was dead wrong.

‘You don’t diversify with idiots,’ asserted the reader comment on The Times’s website that was most recommended by readers (1,099 of them). Another: Conservatives ‘are narrow-minded and are sure they have the right answers.’

Finally, this one recommended by readers: ‘I am grossly disappointed in you for this essay, Mr. Kristof. You have spent so much time in troubled places seemingly calling out misogyny and bigotry. And yet here you are, scolding and shaming progressives for not mindlessly accepting patriarchy, misogyny, complementarianism, and hateful, hateful bigotry against the LGBTQ community into the academy.’

Mixed in here are legitimate issues. I don’t think that a university should hire a nincompoop who disputes evolution, or a racist who preaches inequality. But as I see it, the bigger problem is not that conservatives are infiltrating social science departments to spread hatred, but rather that liberals have turned departments into enclaves of ideological homogeneity.

Sure, there are dumb or dogmatic conservatives, just as there are dumb and dogmatic liberals. So let’s avoid those who are dumb and dogmatic, without using politics or faith as a shorthand for mental acuity.

On campuses at this point, illiberalism is led by liberals. The knee-jerk impulse to protest campus speakers from the right has grown so much that even Democrats like Madeleine Albright, the first female secretary of state, have been targeted.

Obviously, the challenges faced by conservatives are not the same as those faced by blacks, reflecting centuries of discrimination that continues today. I’ve often written about unconscious bias and about how many ‘whites just don’t get it.’ But liberals claim to be champions of inclusiveness — so why, in the academic turf that we control, aren’t we ourselves more inclusive? If we are alert to bias in other domains, why don’t we tackle our own liberal blind spot?


 

First, stereotyping and discrimination are wrong, whether against gays or Muslims, or against conservatives or evangelicals. We shouldn’t define one as bigotry and the other as enlightenment.

When a survey finds that more than half of academics in some fields would discriminate against a job seeker who they learned was an evangelical, that feels to me like bigotry.

Second, there’s abundant evidence of the benefits of diversity. Bringing in members of minorities is not an act of charity but a way of strengthening an organization. Yet universities suffer a sickly sameness: Four studies have found that at most only about one professor in 10 in the humanities or social sciences is a Republican.

I’ve often denounced conservative fearmongering about Muslims and refugees, and the liberal hostility toward evangelicals seems rooted in a similar insularity. Surveys show that Americans have negative views of Muslims when they don’t know any; I suspect many liberals disdain evangelicals in part because they don’t have any evangelical friends.

Sure, achieving diversity is a frustrating process, but it enriches organizations and improves decision-making. So let’s aim for ideological as well as ethnic diversity.

Third, when scholars cluster on the left end of the spectrum, they marginalize themselves. We desperately need academics like sociologists and anthropologists influencing American public policy on issues like poverty, yet when they are in an outer-left orbit, their wisdom often goes untapped.

In contrast, economists remain influential. I wonder if that isn’t partly because there is a critical mass of Republican economists who battle the Democratic economists and thus tether the discipline to the American mainstream.

I’ve had scores of earnest conversations with scholars on these issues. Many make the point that there simply aren’t many conservative social scientists available to hire. That’s true. The self-selection is also understandable: If I were on the right, I’d be wary of pursuing an academic career (conservatives repeatedly described to me being belittled on campuses and suffering what in other contexts are called micro-aggressions).

To improve diversity, universities have tried to increase the numbers of minority scholars in the pipeline, in part by being more welcoming. Maybe a starting point to bolster ideological diversity would likewise be to signal that conservatives are not second-class citizens on campuses: We liberals should have the self-confidence to believe that our values can triumph in a fair contest in the marketplace of ideas.

There are no quick solutions to the ideological homogeneity on campuses, but shouldn’t we at least acknowledge that this is a shortcoming, rather than celebrate our sameness?

Can’t we be a bit more self-aware when we dismiss conservatives as so cocky and narrow-minded that they should be excluded from large swaths of higher education?

Cocky? Narrow-minded? I suggest that we look in the mirror.”

Recipients of Christ’s Love

Can Be Illiberal Sharers of God’s Blessings

Even though God told us to love our neighbor and to love our enemy, following the directives of the rabbis of Jesus’ time is often quite more to our tastes (since we would rather “love our neighbors and hate our enemies”).

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:43-48 NASB)

Of course, anyone who has appetites is subject to the desire to misuse those appetites. And let’s admit the desire to be right (or the misdirected desire to be in control) can tempt many to keep good news from those who have wronged us.

And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. (Mark 16:15 NLT)

Gay Bullies, Part 4: Gay Group Celebrates Firing the Founder of HIV Dental Clinic


Dr. Eric Walsh

Dr. Eric Walsh Helps Set Up the First Dental Clinic for HIV/AIDS Patients in California

A 24 April 2014 Pasadena Star-News article documented the first year of operation of a dental clinic as follows:

“To most people, clean teeth may seem the least of an HIV-positive patient’s worries.

But poor oral hygiene can be just as detrimental as any other complication of the disease, if not more so, patients and health officials said.

‘Your teeth and especially the upper portion of your jaw is so close to the brain, and if you have teeth that are decaying and you have HIV, that can be an instant death,’ said Bradley Land, 49, of Pasadena, who was diagnosed with HIV just out of high school. ‘It is so important for people living with HIV and AIDS to be aware of their oral hygiene.’

Land is one of 448 patients that have flocked to the Michael D. Antonovich Dental Clinic at the Pasadena Department of Public Health, which the city touts as one of, if not the only, city-run dental clinic in the state. This week marked the clinic’s first anniversary, and organizers and patients alike said they’re grateful it’s there.

‘I think the staff is spectacular and incredibly kind, genuine and non-judgemental, and has created, at least from my personal experience, a safe environment for people living with HIV to receive oral health care,’ said Land, who is also an HIV care activist and a commission with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. ‘As a citizen I am just so proud of Pasadena. It’s just so humbling to know that the city of Pasadena has taken this bold step toward health care for everybody.’

Looking back, however, the clinic wasn’t always a guaranteed success. Public Health Director Dr. Eric Walsh said in the beginning the obstacles seemed almost too large to get it funded, built and open for businesses.

‘On the front end it seemed like parting the Red Sea. People told me it would never get off the ground,’ Walsh said. ‘Every time I see a patient getting services they need and telling me how grateful they are, it makes me glad we stuck it through on the project.’

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From this, we can assume that Dr. Walsh had a hand in setting up a dental clinic where the staff was “spectacular and incredibly kind, genuine and non-judgemental” and “a safe environment.”

Although Dr. Walsh may have separately preached against the homosexual lifestyle while with his congregants, Dr. Walsh had some part in setting up a system that showed compassion to patients suffering with HIV/AIDS.  However, that does not matter to social justice warriors like the AHF.

Dr. Walsh Served on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS

In a 20 October 2010 entry to the Speaker’s Bureau of the California Black Healthcare Network, the page dedicated to Dr. Walsh says:

Dr. Walsh also served on the current and previous Presidents of the United States on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. He has been on CDC committees and served on a committee for the former Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher.

Despite his having advocated for the HIV/AIDS community under two administrations, the gay community felt a need to come after Dr. Walsh repeatedly.

The Pasadena Star-News Reports on the Receiving of Gay Intolerance

A 24 October 2014 Pasadena Star-News article provides Dr. Walsh’s perspective on an incident where he was removed as a commencement speaker from Pasadena College due to sermons posted online:

“Former Pasadena Public Health Director Dr. Eric Walsh said he felt ‘persecuted’ for his religious views during the ‘fire storm’ that erupted before he resigned from his post, according to a recent sermon.

In the sermon, the audio of which is posted on YouTube, Walsh said he felt attacked for expressing his Seventh-day Adventist beliefs, calling the community reaction to his many public sermons a ‘witch hunt’ that ‘devastated’ him. The sermons surfaced after Walsh was invited to speak at the commencement for Pasadena City College.

‘When they went online to find things to damage my reputation or to cause the school to maybe not choose me, what they found wasn’t any scandal, there was no embezzlement there was nothing like that, it was just a lot of sermons,’ Walsh said. ‘They just took little snippets and of course by taking them out of context and framing a new context they really were able to frame me as a very terrible person. I was called in the papers a bigot, I was called a homophobe, I was called all kinds of names that weren’t true.’

Walsh also said the experience was difficult for his two children, adding that he was ‘forced’ to leave a job he ‘loved’ in Pasadena. But, quoting ‘Jeremiah,’ Walsh said ultimately the experience brought him closer to his faith. Walsh delivered the speech Aug. 9 at the international convention for Adventist-Laymen’s Services and Industries in Grand Rapids, Mich.

‘Persecution has a downside. It hurts. It’s ugly, it’s painful and it can be lonely and frightening,’ Walsh said. ‘But if you allow God to place you in the fire, by default you will be refined. … It’s not easy, but the truth is it is a privilege for God to try us.’

Walsh resigned as head of the Pasadena Department of Public Health after public scrutiny arose around a series of sermons posted online he had given as a preacher with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. In the sermons, Walsh condemns gays, Muslims, popular culture and Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.

Oddly, for all of the calls for tolerance in the mainstream press, this was one of a very few that addressed the perspective of a Christian.

Dr. Walsh Fired from the Georgia Department of Health

The National Review also reported from the Christian view via a 20 April 2016 article on the firing:

On March 28, Georgia governor Nathan Deal capitulated to threats from the social-justice warriors at Apple, Disney, and the NFL and vetoed HB 757, the ‘Free Exercise Protection Act.’ In his self-righteous statement justifying his veto, Deal claimed that Georgia didn’t need new religious-liberty legislation. Rather, he claimed that these laws enable discrimination, and his veto was thus about the ‘character of our State and the character of its people.’

Perhaps he should look to the character of his own government. This morning, the First Liberty Institute filed a lawsuit in federal court that makes chilling claims against Georgia’s Department of Public Health, claims backed by a host of damaging documents. The Institute represents Dr. Eric Walsh, a California physician and former director of public health for the city of Pasadena, Calif. Walsh is also a devout Christian, a Seventh-day Adventist who sometimes preaches in his spare time.

Walsh, a former member of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, had accepted a job in Georgia as a district health director when Georgia officials became aware that he’d delivered a number of ‘controversial’ sermons on his own time — sermons where he articulated orthodox Seventh-day Adventist positions on, among other things, human sexuality, Islam, evolution, and the corrupting influence of pop culture.

In California, Walsh had been attacked by student activists who objected to his selection as a commencement speaker at Pasadena City College. To these activists, working for former president Bush and President Obama to combat AIDS, serving as a board member of the Latino Health Collaborative, and starting California’s first city-run dental clinic for low-income families dealing with HIV/AIDS wasn’t sufficient to overcome the horror at Walsh’s Christian views. Under fire, Walsh canceled his commencement speech — while the city, incredibly, put him on administrative leave. The college replaced him with a gay screenwriter.

When Georgia officials learned of Walsh’s California controversy, they responded by immediately violating the law. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits government employers from considering an applicant’s religion in employment decisions, but Georgia officials not only evaluated Walsh’s religious views, the director of human resources wrote an e-mail to department employees giving them the ‘assignment’ of listening to his sermons.

And so they did. E-mails indicate that health-department employees split the sermons up, listened to Walsh’s religious views, and took notes. Walsh asserts that one department official called and told him that ‘you can’t preach that and work in the field of public health.’ The very next day, Walsh claims that department officials held a ‘hastily arranged’ meeting to discuss Walsh’s employment.”

Odd how the L.A. Times (who has repeatedly reported on Dr. Walsh as being gay-bashing) never addressed the Title VI aspect of the Civil Rights Act (or of the First Amendment).

AHF Celebrates the Firing of Dr. Walsh from the Georgia Department of Public Health

The Business Wire posted a 16 April 2016 article that started with:

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) today lauded the Georgia Public Health Department for its decision to rescind a high-level job offer to Dr. Eric Walsh, the disgraced former Director of the City of Pasadena’s Department of Health, who resigned that position earlier this week after revelations of his ongoing and very publicly stated anti-gay, anti-Muslim and other prejudices came to light. Walsh had been conditionally offered a position in Georgia as District Health Director of the North Georgia Health District. Over the past two weeks since revelations of Dr. Walsh’s statements and prejudices came to light, advocates from AIDS Healthcare Foundation and other groups mobilized in Pasadena and Georgia to decry his homophobic remarks and actions and to urge both municipalities to sever ties with Walsh.

In an article published online today in GAVoice, the self-described ‘media outlet of record for the LGBT community in Atlanta and throughout the state,’ reporter Dyana Bagley writes, “…the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has retracted the conditional offer of employment to Dr. Eric Walsh for the position of District Health Director of the North Georgia Health District. Today’s action by the Department follows a thorough examination of Dr. Walsh’s credentials and background as well as consultation with the six local Boards of Health which comprise the district.”

Sounds like they support tolerance only for gays.

Gay Bullies, Part 3: Bullying Mixed-Race Parents of 4-year-old as not Inclusive


This Denver Post photo shows a preschooler holding a book at the Montview Community Preschool and Kindergarten.

Gay-Advocating School Administrators Punish the Innocent and Trample Rights

A 3 April 2016 One News Now article told about a whole new low in liberal judgmentalism (consider the plight of the child who could not understand why she was being removed from her friends and the parental rights violated):

“Wanting the opportunity to opt her daughter out of the classroom discussions focusing on sexuality, same-sex relations and gender issues at Montview Community Preschool and Kindergarten (MCPK) in Denver, Colorado, R.B. Sinclair made it clear that she believes her four-year-old is too young to participate in sex education at school.


Instilling fear?

The concerned mother shared that her fear about the sexual indoctrination program arose when her daughter returned home from school and expressed that she was worried that her father might not like girls any more.

‘She met with the principal over concerns about the books being read in class, including ones that told the stories about same-sex couples and worms unsure about their gender,’ CBN News reports. ‘School officials from the privately run parent cooperative explained the stories were part of the school’s anti-bias curriculum, and because the discussions are sprinkled through the day’s activities, they told her that opting out was not possible.’

Tolerance or intolerance?

Sinclair found it ironic that as a result of the so-called tolerance training to which students must be subjected throughout the school day, her child was discriminated against because she came from a home with divergent views on the issue of sexuality.

Being singled out, the preschooler was kicked out of the school two days after Sinclair met with MCPK’s principal.

‘[The situation is] not a good fit,’ read the school’s letter that was handed to the four-year-old’s mother.

The letter from the school notified Sinclair that it was her daughter’s last day at MCPK, indicating that the school could not accommodate her request as a concerned parent to protect her child.

In an attempt to address the concern brought to the school’s attention, MCPK officials released another letter shortly after the girl’s expulsion — to inform those on campus about the sex and gender curriculum in question.

MCPK Director Linda Mars drafted the letter to try and acknowledge the concerns that were expressed over the choice of books being read by students and teachers in the classroom. In an attempt to avoid further problems, Mars insisted that the preschoolers and kindergartners must learn about diversity and tolerance during classroom instructional time, arguing that they must become familiar with all the different languages, skin colors, cultures and family structures in American society.

Despite the school’s assertion that its brand of diversity must be taught in the classroom in order for students to truly understand the dynamics of society, Sinclair maintained that her daughter is immersed in a community that is very diverse — especially since she is being raised in a biracial family, where she is exposed to both Western and Muslim cultures on a daily basis.

The frustrated mother argues that tolerance needs to go both ways.

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The irony of how the gay advocating school marms squash the parental rights, free speech rights (not allowing another viewpoint in the school), and equal protection rights of this girl. In the name of equality for transgenders, they demonstrate intolerance. In the name of forcing inclusiveness on a school — they exclude a 4-year-old girl.

The Perspective of the Denver Post

However, as reported by the Denver Post, the school administrators felt that the child’s need to experience the gay and transgender lifestyle trumped the parental rights of Mrs. Sinclair:

” ‘Biases start as kids get older and start to see differences as negative. At a young age, kids are exploring all different kinds of things,’ said Kim Bloemen, director of early childhood education for the Boulder Valley School District. “It’s about just providing them with all these experiences.’

In a letter sent home to Montview parents, the school defended the books and in a newsletter suggested ways for parents to discuss the topics at home.

School officials refused to comment for this story or answer questions about their curriculum or the goals they set.

Sinclair said her daughter, who is part of a biracial family and has grown up with Muslim and western culture, is too young to understand the difference between anatomy and identity — a goal Sinclair says Montview school officials pointed out in documents they gave her.”

One would think that, even with the Bachelor of Arts in Education possessed by many teachers, the stages of childhood development might be known.

In Seeming Response, American College of Pediatricians find Transgender Conditioning Abusive

In a 28 March 2016 CNS article, the findings of an American College of Pediatricians report included:

“(I)t’s of little surprise that, tragically, of those who put themselves through this imaginary ‘transition,’ 41 percent will subsequently attempt suicide.

Still, this ‘progressive’ socio-political scheme moves quickly from merely pitiable and delusional to ghastly and abusive when children are the targets – when selfish adults exploit sexually confused young people by feeding their ‘gender’ delusion and pumping them full of dangerous hormones, or otherwise surgically mutilating and sterilizing them for life via so-called ‘gender reassignment surgery.’

In order to address the growing momentum of this harmful, gender-bending, pseudo-scientific quackery, a number of America’s leading medical experts on the subject have finally weighed in. ‘The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex. Facts – not ideology – determine reality,’ they warn.

This child-health advocacy group has released a report that determines, among other things:

  1. Human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait: ‘XY’ and ‘XX’ are genetic markers of health – not genetic markers of a disorder.
     

    ‘The norm for human design is to be conceived either male or female. Human sexuality is binary by design with the obvious purpose being the reproduction and flourishing of our species,’ they observe. ‘This principle is self-evident. The exceedingly rare disorders of sexual differentiation (DSDs), including but not limited to testicular feminization and congenital adrenal hyperplasia, are all medically identifiable deviations from the sexual binary norm, and are rightly recognized as disorders of human design. Individuals with DSDs do not constitute a third sex.’
     
  2. No one is born with a gender. Everyone is born with a biological sex. Gender (an awareness and sense of oneself as male or female) is a sociological and psychological concept; not an objective biological one.

    Let’s take it a step further. The ‘gender’ phenomenon is, in the larger sense, an artificial and anti-theist-tainted social construct. It’s an overt act of fist-shaking rebellion against the laws of nature and nature’s God.

    And it’s dangerous.

    Johns Hopkins Hospital was the pioneer in ‘gender reassignment surgery.’ It now refuses to perform these discredited cosmetic procedures. Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the hospital’s former psychiatrist-in-chief and current distinguished service professor of psychiatry, is among those who participated in the ACPeds report. He has noted in the past that, as even the left-leaning APA reluctantly acknowledges, transgenderism is a ‘mental disorder’ and that the idea of a ‘sex change’ is ‘biologically impossible.’ ‘People who identify as ‘feeling like the opposite sex’ or ‘somewhere in between’ do not comprise a third sex. They remain biological men or biological women,’ determines ACPeds.
     

  3. A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking.
     

    ‘When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind not the body, and it should be treated as such,’ notes the report. ‘These children suffer from gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria (GD), formerly listed as Gender Identity Disorder (GID), is a recognized mental disorder in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-V). The psychodynamic and social learning theories of GD/GID have never been disproved.’
  4. Puberty is not a disease, and puberty-blocking hormones can be dangerous.

    ‘Reversible or not, puberty-blocking hormones induce a state of disease – the absence of puberty – and inhibit growth and fertility in a previously biologically healthy child,’ notes ACPeds.
     

  5. According to the DSM-V, as many as 98 percent of gender confused boys and 88 percent of gender confused girls eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty.

    And so what do we call a physician or a parent who takes a gender-confused boy, with a 98 percent chance of full recovery, and severely and irrevocably harms that child with dangerous hormones or sterilization surgery?

    We should be calling them what they are: criminals.

    To its credit, the ACPeds report goes on to identify this so-called ‘gender ideology’ for exactly what it is: ‘Child abuse.’
     

  6. Children who use puberty blockers to impersonate the opposite sex will require cross-sex hormones in late adolescence. Cross-sex hormones are associated with dangerous health risks including but not limited to high blood pressure, blood clots, stroke and cancer.

    So much for the Hippocratic Oath: ‘Practice two things in your dealings with disease: either help or do not harm the patient.’

    Gender ideology is anathema to good medicine and sound science.
     

  7. Rates of suicide are 20 times greater among adults who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex reassignment surgery, even in Sweden which is among the most LGBQT–affirming countries.
    ‘What compassionate and reasonable person would condemn young children to this fate knowing that after puberty as many as 88 percent of girls and 98 percent of boys will eventually accept reality and achieve a state of mental and physical health?’ the report asks.
     
  8. Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse.
    ‘Endorsing gender discordance as normal via public education and legal policies will confuse children and parents, leading more children to present to ‘gender clinics’ where they will be given puberty-blocking drugs. This, in turn, virtually ensures that they will ‘choose’ a lifetime of carcinogenic and otherwise toxic cross-sex hormones, and likely consider unnecessary surgical mutilation of their healthy body parts as young adults.’

There you have it. ‘Gender ideology’ is child abuse – empirically and irrefutably. Isn’t it high time, at least where minors are concerned and as a matter of public policy, that we begin treating it as such?

If such abuse were associated with anything other than the ‘LGBQT’ political special interests, we already would have.”

Scholars Discount A Competing Study by the American Academy of Pediatrics

A competing study published at the web site for the American Academy of Pediatrics claimed to find that transgender children who are supported in their choice only experience “normal” levels of depression. However, a search of the comments on the web site where the study is published and of other competing studies ( found through PubMed) suggest significant errors in methods and metrics.

The Origin of Gay Bullies and Christian Response: the Liberal Lexicon and Christian


Illustrated Entries to the Liberal Lexicon of Tormented Terms

To compete in a war of words, we first have to correctly understand the concepts communicated by the left to its adherents. Next, to gain an upper hand, conservatives must expose the ridiculous extreme applied by the left when redefining the word. Finally, conservatives (which many times includes a large number of Christians) must re-take the lexicon by restoring the original meaning of the tormented terms.

Part 364 of the Liberal Lexicon: The Homosexual Lexicon

Term Liberal Meaning Example of Liberal Meaning
discrimination
  1. any opposing ideas expressed in public;
  2.  

  3. the existence of people with opposing ideas
Man punished for creating a “hostile environment” through satire.
Liberal lynch mob undercuts religion in America (an example of liberals coming against those with opposing ideas).
equality
  1. where gays are given special consideration despite existing preferences for that group;
     
  2. where all citizens are forced to believe liberal orthodoxy or pay a high price
EEOC rules keepng transgenders from female bathrooms is discrimination; gay couples tend to make more
Bakers fined $135K; Colorado baker fined $80K; Oregon florist fined and forced to participate in gay marriage;
equal protection under the law
  1. regarding any discussion of things supporting the homosexual lifestyle, the basis for all freedoms;
  2.  

  3. regarding Christians, undefined.
the equal protection clause bars the government from singling out a specific group—here, gays—and depriving them of certain rights.”
Courts and gay advocates attack equal protection of Christians Right;
fairness
  1. preferential outcome as perceived by gay activists between two or more groups;
  2.  

  3. especially government-enforced preferential outcome.
The President declares Missouri’s Religious Freedom Bill is “inconsistent with fairness.”
Government-enforced fairness works against the religious
freedom of religion
  1. for gay-rights groups, an unknown variable;
  2.  

  3. not freedom against coercion in public schools concerning liberal orthodoxy (e.g., global warming in science, lesbian poetry in composition, etc.).
Pew Research suggests there may be validity in religious individuals fearing gay-rights organizations.
Four-year-old was expelled because parents objected to having her exposed to transgenderism;
freedom of speech
  1. the freedom for liberals to strike vehemently with misinformation and lies;
  2.  

  3. a freedom that does not exist for conservatives to spew hate speech, contribute to non-liberal causes, etc.
Waitress Who Likely Lied About Anti-Gay Note in Lieu of a Tip Is Accused of a Bigger Lie
If a homosexual customer can legally force a Christian business owner to violate their conscience, then we have legalized slavery again by the work of Democrat ideology.
hate
  1. any expression of opposition;
  2.  

  3. the assigned response of conservatives
Opposition to gay marriage is not about hate
Conservatives accused of ‘hate speech’ for posters criticizing ‘#Jewhaters’
identity
  1. the race, gender, and sexual orientation that the liberal has most recently selected
  2.  

  3. about 98% of gender-confused boys and 88% of gender-confused girls adopt their natal gender at the end of puberty
Man claiming transgender status molests two women.
Accepting transgenderism in a child is a form of child abuse.
intolerance
  1. lack of participation in the activity receiving the focus of the liberal
  2.  

  3. a situation where the anyone speaks outside of liberal orthodoxy
Liberal intolerance is on the rise on America’s college campuses
AHF applauds the firing of Dr. Eric Walsh (who set up California’s first dental clinic for HIV/AIDS patients) in response to sermons he preached.
tolerance
  1. participation in the activity receiving the focus of the liberal
  2.  

  3. an instance where fear has cowed the opposition into silence
An explanation of liberal tolerance
Liberal tolerance demands submission

Somewhat-Related Resources

Christians, Know the Fight and Fight it Well

Know Your Audience

Whether we present facts to an open heart, someone who would try to nullify all of our efforts, or someone who should represent us in government,

Audience Central Considerations Related Bible Verses
Friends
  1. Consider that person’s heart and needs; study and respond to the person;
  2.  

  3. Allow God to speak to the person through you;
  4.  

  5. Dialogue requires questions and answers from both sides — while studying the friend, do your best to answer
  6.  

  7. Live out your faith
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15 NIV)
… do not worry about how or what you are to speak in your defense, or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say. (Luke 12:11-12 NIV)
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, (1 Peter 3:15 NIV)
Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles, so that in a case where they speak against you as those who do what is evil, they will, by observing your good works, glorify God on the day of visitation. (1 Peter 2:12 HCSB)
Advocates for liberal causes
  1. This person is made in the image of God;
  2.  

  3. We are all sinners; some of us fell to similar sins as theirs;
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27 NIV)
And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:11 NIV)
State or federal representatives
  1. As Americans, the government is the servant of the citizen; as Christians, we have been given spiritual and physical blessings;
  2.  

  3. We must use the rights provided to us by God;
and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father–to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. (Revelation 1:6 NIV)
Paul answered: “I am now standing before Caesar’s court, where I ought to be tried. I have not done any wrong to the Jews, as you yourself know very well. If, however, I am guilty of doing anything deserving death, I do not refuse to die. But if the charges brought against me by these Jews are not true, no one has the right to hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar!” (Acts 25:10-11 NIV)