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Democrats Are Shoving a Religion Down Students’ Throats and Seeking to Keep Parents in the Dark

Posted on Friday, September 1, 2023
by Outside Contributor
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California Attorney General Rob Bonta

This week, the top law enforcement officer in America’s most populous state took a school district to court for the alleged crime of notifying parents when their kids claim to identify as transgender.

That school district has gone out of its way to promote mental health and suicide prevention, and it has resources devoted to helping “LGBTQIA+ youth,” but California Attorney General Rob Bonta has claimed that the parental notification policy “wrongfully endangers the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of nonconforming students who lack an accepting environment in the classroom and at home.”

Yes, Bonta, a Democrat, acted as though parents are the natural enemies of their own children, and as though it is not only a school’s job to “affirm” a child’s claimed gender identity opposite his or her biological sex but to hide that intensive psychological intervention from the most important people in the child’s life.

It is no small thing to “affirm” an identity like this. Dr. Stephen B. Levine, a psychiatrist and early proponent of transgender medical interventions, explained that this kind of social transition “is a powerful psychotherapeutic intervention that radically changes outcomes” and makes it far less likely that young children will “desist” from a transgender identity.

Proclaiming a transgender identity can make a kid stand out in class and feel more popular. Abigail Shrier has exhaustively chronicled the online subculture dedicated to gender identity and medical interventions. YouTube and TikTok provide an income stream to such kids who stand out from the pack.

All of this incentivizes kids to not only adopt a transgender identity, but to undergo experimental medical interventions in confirming it. Although proponents euphemistically call these interventions “gender-affirming care,” they involve the off-label use of drugs to stall or even reverse a young person’s natural development through puberty—and that’s just the beginning.

The Food and Drug Administration has not approved drugs such as Lupron for treating gender dysphoria in children, but authorities use them to chemically castrate sex offenders.

There is no evidence that cross-sex hormones help children long term, but these hormones do pose risks such as low bone density, disfiguring acne, high blood pressure, weight gain, abnormal glucose tolerance, breast cancer, liver disease, thrombosis, and cardiovascular disease.

Even these drugs can have irreversible effects, but many kids also mutilate their own bodies further. Girls wear binders that restrict their breasts and increase their risk for various diseases.

Finally, contrary to the repeated claims of transgender advocates, many minors get the euphemistically termed “top surgery” and even “bottom surgery”—surgeries to physically remove healthy body parts.

This is no mere phantom concern. The Journal of the American Medical Association published a study Wednesday estimating that 48,019 Americans underwent “gender-affirming surgeries” from 2016 to 2020, and 3,678 of them underwent surgery between ages 12 and 18.

In the study, Columbia University researchers estimated that 3,215 of these minors underwent “breast/chest surgery” and 405 of them underwent “genital surgery.”

Parents are the top natural advocates for their children, and even if they support these interventions, they should be the first to know when their son or daughter is considering such a dangerous path.

Yet Bonta is far from alone in seeking to keep parents out of the loop.

California state Sen. Scott Weiner, a Democrat, revealed the mentality behind Bona’s move. “Forcing a teacher to out a trans kid to their parents—even if the kid isn’t ready & even if it puts them at risk of harm—is dangerous & frankly, despicable,” Weiner wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

My own Virginia school district seems to echo Bonta’s claims. Even though the Old Dominion’s Republican governor, Glenn Youngkin, issued model policies stating that “schools shall defer to parents to make the best decisions with respect to their children” on controversial gender issues, Fairfax County Public Schools published a “Student Rights & Responsibilities” document—and a YouTube video for elementary school students—flouting parental rights.

That Fairfax County document claims that students have “the right to access restroom and locker room facilities and other non-stigmatizing accommodations that are consistent with the student’s gender identity, faith, and for any other reasons as identified in Regulation 2603.” Students also have “the right to non-disclosure of gender identity and/or sexual orientation,” and “the right to be called by chosen names and pronouns.”

The document makes no mention of parental notification or involvement.

Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares, also a Republican, said Fairfax County parents have every right to sue the school district if its policy violates Youngkin’s state policies on parental rights.

Parental rights have a strong grounding in federal law. In 1925, the Supreme Court based these rights in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, ruling that “the child is not the mere creature of the state; those who nurture him and direct his destiny have the right, coupled with the high duty, to recognize and prepare him for additional obligations.”

Gender ideology has all the hallmarks of a cult, prioritizing an individual’s self-expression over biological sex and seeking to silence any criticism of this idea. It seems extremely ironic that schools bar any instruction of the Bible—a seminal text in Western civilization as well as a historical and religious volume—while embracing, whole hog, a pseudo-religion directly at odds with the basic fact that human beings are male and female.

Democrats are so insistent on pushing this ideology that they’re driving a wedge between children and their parents, who are not only their kids’ first line of defense but also the taxpayers from whom schools derive their revenue.

Bonta’s lawsuit in California may not succeed, but it represents a form of lawfare. Even if the attorney general fails, the process is the punishment. How long can a school district stand up against the full weight of California’s Justice Department?

Americans must wake up to this nefarious agenda and send schools the message that education is about ABCs, not ramming leftist orthodoxy down children’s throats.

Tyler O’Neil is managing editor of The Daily Signal and the author of “Making Hate Pay: The Corruption of the Southern Poverty Law Center.”

Reprinted with Permission from The Daily Signal – By Tyler O’Neil

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27 days ago

All Marxists understand that if they can replace the influence of the parents with that of the State, they will control the masses within a couple of generations and have an army of blindly obedient slaves to do with as they please. Stalin knew this. Hitler knew this. Mao, Pol Pot, and Robert Mugabe knew this. Even Little Kim in North Korea knows this. The Democrat Party certainly knows this, which is why they have focused on mass indoctrination via the public school system since the Department of Education was created. Prior to that, the Democrats’ influence was limited to colleges and universities.

Why do you think most politicians in the United States don’t send their own children to public schools and instead utilize private schools? They want their children educated properly, so when they grow and takeover, they will be the ones giving the marching orders to the brainwashed masses. Whether it be transgenderism, climate change or any of the other undermining methods the left is using to push their ideology, the end goal is the same. To create masses of poorly educated and mentally crippled people, that can easily be manipulated and controlled by those that consider themselves our betters. Trying to fight back via the courts is no longer a viable means as the Democrats have seeded the system with like-minded Judges and cases can take years to go through the court system and by that time significant damage has already been done.

Cindy Hayes
Cindy Hayes
27 days ago

This “Mental Health” program in schools is just another moneymaking indoctrination tool. We knew something was up when all of the Elites like Biden’s Surgeon General started investing in “Behavioral Health”.
They group together drug addiction and mental health as “Behavioral Health”. It’s a control program they have implemented in some states to try out while all the Elites make money on it and they can figure out a way to use it to disarm the citizenry.
As for Youngkin. I always thought it was funny that he only championed this one cause. Then we came across some of his administration hanging out with the Uni-party NGOs. The sell outs whose donors are the same as Dem donors. The Uni-party is allowed to come out against child grooming, just not things like a controlled border or against other globalist/communist goals.
It was all confirmed after the 2020 election when Winsome Sears had to come out and dog Trump. I’m sure it was part of the deal for allowing them to win their election.
The more you know…

Giordano Bruno
Giordano Bruno
26 days ago

So, at a minimum, 7.5% of all medical mutilations, committed in the 4 years prior to the now-exposed insanity, have been performed on children who had little concept of the deliberate harm that’s been done to them. The cruelty of this child abuse is breathtaking. It seems Pol Pot has been reincarnated as the Attorney General of California!

24 days ago

Isn’t California Sen. Scott Weiner the same guy that keeps trying to lower the age of consent to 12? Also believes that “Minor Attracted Persons” (FORMERLY KNOWN AS PEDOPHILES [AND ILLEGAL}) should be an acceptable lifestyle! No wonder there is so much pornography in the school libraries!!!

26 days ago

I am thinking this CA policy could be derivative of the dissolution of the nuclear family by the left. Since the 1960s, traditional roles of parents have shifted from children having stay-at-home mothers and working fathers to both parents needing to work outside the home. Children are now placed in daycare where they are taught to make life altering decisions independent of parental involvement on a daily basis. Daycare socialization compels our children to forgo the maturization process that promotes such decisions.

26 days ago

Bonta is a petty Tyrant recall this wanna be Dictator now.

24 days ago

Isn’t it amazing that Bonta, a Filipino, is part of a party (Democrat) which created (c.1800s), developed, recruited for, and advocated a race-hate group known as the vicious and sinister Ku Klux Klan—and of which Joe Biden rubbed deep shoulders with as an ‘honorary’ associate member, then later eulogized the evil ‘Exalted Cyclops’ (D-WV) Robert Byrd. The moment Bonta flops his bobblehead dems will no doubt have him drawn and quartered.

17 days ago

I despise Demonrats. Period.

26 days ago

Shouldn’t you people be trying to get black voters vote for you or something?

im joking that would never happen lol

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