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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Transgenderism, Child Abuse, and a Dark Path

Douglas V. Gibbs
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When I talk about today's political madness during one of my public speaking engagements, I often joke, "Heck, this generation doesn't even know what bathroom to use."  I always get a few chuckles, but the seriousness of this latest sick and twisted development in our culture is something even the best prognosticator could not have dreamed up as possible only a short while ago.

It is one thing to try to give cross-dressers the "right" to be as freaky and different from the fray as possible.  Don't get me wrong, I get it.  People want to "be different."  When I was into the punk rock thing when I was a teenager, I wore a pin that said, "Why be normal."  But, as with anything where we begin pushing the envelope, now the cross-dressers are having their genitals medically mutilated for the purpose of actually transitioning into the sex they like to dress as.  How crazy is that?  How crazy is it to voluntarily have a doctor chop off your manhood, or fashion one for you if you are a female?  What is worse is that they are encouraging it to be done to children, too.  Never mind that now that they've been doing it, those who have gone through the transition are beginning to believe it was a mistake.  Politically, the hard liberal left Democrats have grabbed a hold of the issue, and it is now being considered discriminatory to disagree with the madness.  It is stupid, sick, and evil, but if I say so in public, there could be some serious cultural consequences.

In Texas, a mother wants to allow her "gender-confused" son, a seven year old boy named James, to become the female version of himself.  "Luna" wants to dress up like a girl, perhaps gets along with girls better than boys, and may even like to play with girly toys, but that does not mean the child then should be given drugs that manipulate his hormones, or that the child should be irreversibly cut on (or chemically castrated).  

Study after study shows that most kids who are "gender-confused" in their childhood grow out of it, and one study I read said that over 98% of them become comfortable with their biological gender by the age of thirty.  Most studies place the numbers between 65% to 94% once the still developing child reaches a better age of understanding.

My grandson wants to be a fireman when he grows up, and I encourage him to be thinking about what he will be doing when he grows up.  But, he's also wanted to be a policeman, a race car driver, and an FBI agent.  He's a kid.  He's still learning about who he is, and what interests him.  That doesn't mean he has to become a fireman no matter what because at ten years old he wanted to.  He may.  He may not.  Down the road, life will lead him where he needs to go.  The same thing goes for all of the other things in their lives.  My granddaughter likes to play with Lego sets and cars.  She wants to play baseball, loves the rough and tumble game of soccer, and prefers to wear pants.  But, that doesn't mean she's a dude, or that she should (at eight years old) suddenly go through painful and confusing treatments to transition to that.  Heck, my best friend in the sixth grade was a girl.  We climbed trees, raced on our bikes, and played with G.I. Joe dolls and toy tanks as we played war in the dirt.  She was what they call a tomboy.  But, she was still a girl.  While I never really thought of her that way, later in life I bumped into her, and trust me, while she was a late bloomer, she bloomed magnificently.  She became a very beautiful, capable, and in many ways feminine, woman ... with that tough edge that still clings from her tomboy days.  And that's fine.  But in the end, biologically she's a woman.

In the case of James, the child in the court case in Texas, you can do all of the physical medical garbage all you want, create breasts, castrate him, and put lipstick on him, but his biological footprint will always be male.  God made him a boy.  Some men are not as masculine as others, and that's fine. Some are more masculine than others.  That's fine.  But to then say that a child should be able to decide if to go through life-changing surgeries to change their gender during a time when they are still not sure if they want to be a fire fighter, cop, or FBI agent, is crazy.

The jury in Texas disagrees.

The mother supports James wanting to become Luna, and she plans to enable the chemical castration, and other barbaric chop shop madness, this child has planned.  The father believes it to be the madness that it is, and he wants custody so that he can intervene in the gender transition of his 7-year-old son.

The Washington Examiner reports, "Jeffrey Younger had petitioned a court in Texas to grant him sole custody of his twin sons, James and Jude, in part to avoid a plan to infuse James with female hormones. James, who would like to be called Luna, has been the center of controversy in the heated debate among his parents and others.

"Anne Georgulas, the mother of the two boys, has advocated for James to transition into Luna and has strongly backed the idea of chemically castrating her son and beginning hormone replacement therapy.

"The court has ruled that Georgulas will maintain sole custody of her two children and go forward with plans to give James life-altering medical procedures. Her original court filing had sought to limit her ex-husband's visits with their children and require that he now refer to James as Luna. She further asked that [James] not be exposed to any people who would not confirm his female identity."

Let's stop there, for a moment.

The problem with the leftwing ideology, and everything that they support, is that in the end it is always naturally authoritarian by consequence.  To achieve what she wants, the mother asked the court to order the father to "refer to James as Luna" and through the force of law that the little boy "not be exposed to any people who would not confirm his female identity."

Legal authoritarianism and child abuse.  That's what this is.  Even in the courtroom a number of expert witnesses expressed doubt that James was fully convinced that he was inherently female in testimony. "There is still some fluidity in his thinking," said Dr. Benjamin Albritton in sworn testimony. "Neither child appears to be depressed, anxious or aggressive ... He [James] gave no indications of other significant psychological difficulties."

Since there are no laws currently preventing a legal guardian from giving a minor puberty blockers or hormones, the only way to stop the mother from this kind of abuse against her child was for the father to step in to stop it.  Except, the court thought otherwise.

Georgulas, to defend her choice to castrate her son so he can chase something he'll likely grow out of within the next decade (and statistically, will likely commit suicide over it), provided a letter of recommendation for transition for James from a woman associated with a gay children's therapy center.

Did you see that?  Gay children's therapy center?  What kind of sick conversations do you have with little children to convince them they are gay?

All is not lost.  Texas Governor Gregg Abbott has announced that the case of James Younger was being "looked into by the Texas Attorney General's Office and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services."

Along with the studies showing that almost all persons suffering from "gender dysphoria" grow out of it by their adulthood, we have recently been seeing cases of adults who went through the transition calling it the biggest mistakes of their lives. The majority feel they wished they had just undergone therapy.

An upcoming Supreme Court case "will hear a pivotal case ... on sex, gender identity, and discrimination: R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. As both sides build their cases, numerous influential organizations and individuals have filed amicus (friend of the court) briefs to aid the members of the Supreme Court in their understanding on this topic.

"One brief, in particular, stands out. It’s so powerful, it should not only persuade the Supreme Court but influence people on both sides of the transgender debate, particularly the mainstream media.

"Almost every single person in the brief said they stopped being transgender with the help of therapy. It didn’t just help them heal, but also revealed that deeper emotional traumas were often the cause of their gender dysphoria and the reason they chose transgenderism in the first place. All of the people claim that those who proposed or helped them transition often (unknowingly) created more pain."

Wait, aren't the democrats trying to outlaw any therapy that may help people with their homosexual or transgender behavior?  Now, these people are saying they wish they had gone through therapy, rather than go down the sick and twisted path of physically altering their bodies into a different sex.

"One person in the case, 'Shupe', suffered from PTSD after nearly 20 years of service in the military. The brief reads, Mr. Shupe argues that his gender transitions were the result of his mental confusion and that he should have been treated with therapy rather than fictional identities. 'I should have been treated. Instead, at every step, doctors, judges, and advocacy groups indulged my fiction.'"

"The brief describes Heyer’s journey as both a former transgender person and one who now counsels so many who struggle. From both perspectives, Heyer believes current transgender medical protocols fail to treat the root causes.

"Heyer now informally mentors people who also regret attempting to identify as a person of the opposite sex, such as by adopting a different name and opposite-sex pronouns, wearing clothing and hairstyles typically associated with the opposite sex, using sex-segregated spaces and engaging in sex-segregated activities that correspond to the opposite sex, and changing their appearance to more closely resemble the opposite sex through makeup, clothing, surgery, and hormones.

"Heyer has seen firsthand the harm that can come from encouraging people down that path. Every person Heyer has mentored has concluded that he or she was not born transgender. They believe transgenderism is a learned behavior, a social ideology, not an innate condition from birth. Heyer says he has seen too much unhappiness and regret over the years from hormone therapy and surgeries to think otherwise."

Yet, in Texas, a child, who is not mature enough to be trusted to make these kinds of decisions for himself, is not only being urged to do so, but a parent who sees the madness in it is being told he must legally conform with what the child wants, or be silenced.

Trangenderism, however, is only a symptom of a much larger problem.  The normalization of homosexuality, the rise in violence on the streets and against our police, the sexualization of our children through pornographic sex education programs, abortion, euthanasia, legalization of drugs, and the desensitization of society by games, entertainment and the mainstream media all point to a common cause.  A common ill that has lead us down this road to ruin.

Benjamin Franklin warned that only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.  John Adams advised us that our system of liberty as established by the U.S. Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  Samuel Adams explained that if we abandon our virtuous nature and become universally vicious and debauched in our manners, though the form of our Constitution carries the face of the most exalted freedom, we shall in reality be the most abject slaves.  George Washington provided that of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.

We have lost our way, and the downward spiral is speeding up.

As we decline morally, the attacks against traditional morals are becoming more frequent and pronounced.  As a result, debauchery is on the rise, as is suicides, mental illness, and drug addiction.

The worst part of it all is this has been orchestrated, and purposely fed to Americans through education and media since the beginning, by the hard left.  It is their aim to destroy American Liberty, to create chaos, to construct death and mayhem until it leaves our culture in ruin.  Then, as the chaos screams as loudly as it can, and the people call out for some kind of order, they plan to then rebuild America into a system of authoritarian and global Marxism from the rubble.  And the craziest part of it all is the people will be crying out for it, calling out to government to put them into bondage.  They have been trained to cry out for it.  We are all being indoctrinated, and slowly convinced that government rule over every aspect of our lives is the only true freedom.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr calls it “organized destruction.  Secularists and their allies have marshaled all the forces of mass communication, popular culture, the entertainment industry, and academia in an unremitting assault on religion and traditional values.”

We are falling head first into moral decline.  Let me rephrase that.  We have fallen head first into moral decline.

Congress is pushing that men who say they are women be allowed to compete in women's sports.  We are castrating our little boys, and murdering our babies in the womb all the way up to the day they are due to be born.

Meanwhile, we have convinced the children that survive that they have no future.  Climate change is going to kill them, our President colluded with Russia in order to get elected and he's a white supremacist who wishes to kill everyone by denying climate change, and if the world doesn't end soon, it's bound to during their lifetime.

Through the fear and chaos being fed to our children, in the name of a leftist political ideology, we have stolen their childhood, and now, while they are afraid they won't even reach adulthood, mental illnesses like gender dysphoria are being encouraged, and they are literally being cut on so that they can no longer physically be who God created them to be biologically.

We are being led down a dark path.  It is a Marxist path designed to strip us of our humanity and fashion us into a culture of mindless automatons.  We are being molded into a country of collectivists with no identity, no individuality, and an inability to reason beyond what the liberal left has told us to think.

We are too unwilling to admit it.  What I am writing here is too shocking for most to be willing to believe.  "Not in America," I hear people say.  "You are just a conspiracy theorist," others tell me.  And any leftist that has read this has determined in their mind that I must be silenced.

Planned obsolescence.

Do we have another explanation?  Is there another reason for the evil that has gripped our society?  Can we now finally admit we are in the midst of spiritual warfare, and the scales over the eyes of the liberal left is leading them down a dark and evil path?

We are under siege, but most Americans are too bothered with the rigors of life to notice, or to be willing to do anything about it.  Our churches have been infiltrated, and our moral code has been hijacked. We murder babies.  We celebrate debauchery, and work to silence those who call it a sin.  We use government to steal from one group and give to another.  We covet, we have taken God's name, and everything He's Created, in vain.  We have lost our way, we have abandoned our biblical principles, we no longer hold people accountable for their behavior and we accept excuses for fear of offending them.  And then we wonder why everything is in such turmoil?

Someday this will be history.  It is our job to write that history.  Question is, will that history view today as a crossroads?  Will it be a turning point?  Will it be the moment that we return to our moral foundations, or the moment that we enter a new dark age?

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