Sunday, May 05, 2019

Orwellian Attack on Parental Rights: Court Warns Father He'll Be Arrested if He Calls His Daughter a Girl

Last month, the Supreme Court of British Columbia issued an order that a father (referred to by the pseudonym "Clark") may not refer to his 14-year-old daughter (pseudonym "Maxine") as a girl or by her original name, whether in public or in private. Doing so has been ruled to constitute "family violence" because Maxine identifies as a boy. According to a separate protection order, police may immediately arrest Clark if they suspect he violated this Orwellian order.

Justice Francesca Marzari ruled that any attempt to persuade Maxine that she is a girl constitutes "family violence" because it would cause her "psychological abuse in the form of harassment or coercion." Since she is receiving "treatment" for gender dysphoria (the persistent identification with the gender opposite her biological sex), any encouragement to reconsider that "treatment" is considered violence.

Clark "shall be restrained from: attempting to persuade [Maxine] to abandon treatment for gender dysphoria; addressing [Maxine] by his birth name; and referring to [Maxine] as a girl or with female pronouns whether to [Maxine] directly or to third parties." The order will last for one year.

In addition to these gag provisions, the order prohibits Clark from "directly, or indirectly through an agent or third party, publish or share information or documentation relating to [Maxine]'s sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, mental or physical health, medical status or therapies," besides the Court, legal counsel, medical professionals, or any person authorized by Maxine or the Court.

The order also prevents Clark from allowing anyone besides his lawyer "to access or make copies of any of the files" relating to this ruling and order.

According to Canadian law, "The inclusive definition of 'family violence' recognizes that the risk of harm extends beyond the infliction of physical violence ... I note that in particular, the definition encompasses psychological abuse in the form of harassment or coercion, and unreasonable restrictions or preventions of a family member's personal autonomy. In the case of a child, both direct and indirect exposure to such harm may constitute family violence."

"This Court has already determined that it is a form of family violence to [Maxine] for any of his family members to address him by his birth name, refer to him as a girl or with female pronouns (whether to him directly or to third parties), or to attempt to persuade him to abandon treatment for gender dysphoria. [Maxine] says that the evidence establishes that [Clark] has done all of the above, and has continued to do so even after the Court found that these actions were contrary to [Maxine]’s best interests and constitute family violence," Marzari wrote.

The Supreme Court justice also faulted the father for speaking to the media and publishing posts about Maxine's status as a female on social media. Her ruling cited two articles in The Federalist quoting Clark, which reveal the father's determination that his daughter "is a girl. Her DNA will not change through all these experiments they do." The order went on to cite angry comments on the Federalist articles.

"I find that [Clark]’s sharing of [Maxine]’s private information has exposed his child to degrading and violent public commentary. [Clark] has nevertheless continued to support the media organizations posting this commentary with additional interviews, and has expressed a desire for further opportunities to do so," Marzari wrote. "I find that [Clark] is using [Maxine] to promote his own interests above those of his child, by making [Maxine] the unwilling poster child (albeit anonymously) of [Clark]'s cause."

"In conclusion, I find that [Maxine] is an at-risk family member who is highly vulnerable. I find that his father’s expressions of rejection of [Maxine]’s gender identity, both publicly and privately, constitutes family violence against [Maxine]. Finally, I find that [Clark]’s conduct in this regard is persistent and unlikely to cease in the absence of a clear order to restrain it," Marzari ruled.

After issuing the order, she proceeded to issue a second protection order making the father subject to immediate arrest without a warrant.

"Any Peace Officer, including any R.C.M.P. Officer, having jurisdiction in the Province of British Columbia, who has reasonable and probable grounds believes that the Respondent ... is in breach of the terms of this order may immediately arrest that person and bring him before a Judge of the Supreme Court promptly after the arrest, to be dealt with on an inquiry to determine whether he has committed a breach of this order or is in contempt of court," the second order states.

In other words, not only can this father not refer to his daughter as a girl or by her original name in public or in private, but if a police officer thinks he has done so, he may be immediately arrested. The father cannot even show other people the court documents issuing these orders.

These orders are horrifying on multiple levels. First, Maxine is still a minor. At age 14, she does not enjoy the autonomy to drink alcohol (the drinking age in BC is 19), to join the military (you may enlist with parental consent at age 17), or make binding contracts, but her self-identification as a boy is not only taken seriously, but protected by the force of law.

Second, researchers have determined that transgender identity is a social contagion, especially among young women. Teenage girls have teamed up to support their anorexia, sharing videos of rapid weight loss as "thinspiration" and deceiving their parents to protect their unhealthy obsession. Researcher Lisa Littman found that girls with Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria (ROGD) act in similar ways, protecting the gender identity that is now considered "hip."

Indeed, one psychiatrist even testified that children come to him seeking transgender drugs because transgender identity has become a fad. "Dr. Steve ... I want to be transgender, it's the new black," one child told him.

A great many transgender people have later regretted their transitions, lamenting the irreversible damage they have done to their own bodies. "I am a real, live 22-year-old woman, with a scarred chest and a broken voice, and five o'clock shadow because I couldn’t face the idea of growing up to be a woman, that’s my reality," admitted Cari Stella. Many former transgender people, like Walt Heyer, traced their cross-sex identity back to psychological damage in childhood.

Third, this ruling and order chills parental rights and makes parents afraid to speak up against transgender identity. Last year, a Christian couple in Ohio lost custody of their 17-year-old daughter because they would not affirm her transgender identity. According to courts in Canada and the U.S., transgender identity is more important than the rights of parents to guard, protect, and teach their own children.

Transgender identity is being championed for children at younger and younger ages. Some as young as 4 years old have been referred to gender clinics. Planned Parenthood encourages teaching transgender identity to preschool children. In 2017, a California school held a "gender reveal" party for kindergarteners, traumatizing the young children. Other schools pledged that they will not let parents opt out their kids, or even notify them, before transgender instruction.

This issue will not end with a gag order preventing a Canadian father from talking about his 14-year-old daughter. Threats to parental rights have already moved south of the border, and governments will push Orwellian laws forcing parents to refer to boys as girls and girls as boys. Americans must speak out about the biological reality of sex.


Discrimination and Disparities

By Walter E. Williams

My longtime friend and colleague Dr. Thomas Sowell has just published a revised and enlarged edition of "Discrimination and Disparities." It lays waste to myth after myth about the causes of human differences not only in the United States but around the globe. Throughout the book, Sowell shows that socioeconomic outcomes differ vastly among individuals, groups and nations in ways that cannot be easily explained by any one factor, whether it's genetics, sex or race discrimination or a history of gross mistreatment that includes expulsion and genocide.

In his book "The Philadelphia Negro" (1899), W.E.B. Du Bois posed the question as to what would happen if white people lost their prejudices overnight. He said that it would make little difference to most blacks. He said: "Some few would be promoted, some few would get new places — the mass would remain as they are" until the younger generation began to "try harder" and the race "lost the omnipresent excuse for failure: prejudice."

Sowell points out that if historical injustices and persecution were useful explanations of group disadvantage, Jews would be some of the poorest and least-educated people in the world today. Few groups have been victimized down through history as have the Jews. Despite being historical targets of hostility and lethal violence, no one can argue that as a result Jews are the most disadvantaged people.

Jews are not alone in persecution either. The number of overseas Chinese slaughtered by Vietnamese mobs and the number of Armenians slaughtered by mobs in the Ottoman Empire in just one year exceeds the number of black Americans lynched in the history of the U.S. From 1882-1968, 4,743 total lynchings occurred in the United States, of which 3,446 of the victims were black. Sowell concludes this section suggesting that it is dangerous for society to depict outcome differences as evidence or proof of malevolent actions that need to be counterattacked or avenged. Politicians and others who are now calling for reparations to blacks for slavery should take note of Sowell's argument.

There's considerable handwringing among educational "experts" about the black/white academic achievement gap. Part of the persistence of that gap can be laid at the feet of educators who replaced what worked with what sounded good. One notable example of success is the achievement of students at the all-black Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C., from 1870 to 1955. During that period, Dunbar students frequently outscored white students on achievement tests in the Washington, D.C., area. Sowell, who studied Dunbar and other high-achieving black schools, says, Dunbar "had unsparing standards for both school work and for such behavioral qualities a punctuality and social demeanor. Dunbar's homework requirements were more than most other public schools. Some Dunbar parents complained to the D.C. Board of Education about the large amount of homework required."

Dunbar High School was not the only black school with a record of success that would be the envy of today's public schools. Schools such as Frederick Douglass (Baltimore), Booker T. Washington (Atlanta), PS 91 (Brooklyn), McDonogh 35 (New Orleans) and others operated at a similar level of excellence. By the way, these excelling students weren't solely members of the black elite; most had parents who were manual laborers, domestic servants, porters and maintenance men.

Observing the historical success of these and other black schools, one wonders about the catchwords of Chief Justice Earl Warren's statement that separate schools "are inherently unequal." That vision led to racial integration going from being a means to an end to racial integration becoming an end all by itself. Sowell doesn't say this, but in my view, integration becoming the goal is what has made diversity and inclusion the end all and be all of today's educators at many levels.

Dr. Thomas Sowell's "Discrimination and Disparities" is loaded with pearls of wisdom from which we can all benefit, and as such, this will not be my final discussion of his masterpiece.


UK: The Leftist lies never stop

A Labour MP has sparked fury by sharing a video he claimed showed Israeli soldiers 'beating up Palestinian children for the fun of it - when it was actually filmed in Guatemala.

Grahame Morris, outgoing chairman of Labour Friends Of Palestine, tweeted the footage of troops pulling the teenagers' hair and kicking them in the face at around 5pm on Easter Monday, promptly attracting a storm of criticism.

Shockingly, he had still not removed the tweet early this morning despite acknowledging its inaccuracy, claiming he was 'harvesting and documenting a few more of my trolls' before he would do so.

He eventually did so just after 10am and tweeted an apology. 

This clip, broadcast by Labour MP Grahame Morris, showed Guatemalan soldiers beating and kicking two teenagers - not Israeli troops as he claimed

The MP for Easington tweeted: 'Marvellous, absolutely marvellous the Israeli Army, the best financed, best trained, best equipped army in the world caught on camera beating up Palestinian children for the fun of it. 'May God forgive them. What would Jim Royle say on an Easter Monday.'

The official English language Twitter account of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) replied with a link to a 2015 Vice News article showing the real facts surrounding the video.

They wrote: 'The only marvelous thing here are your lies. 'These are not IDF soldiers. Apologies would be in order.'

Mr Morris has not responded to the IDF.

When another Twitter user pointed out his mistake, the  MP replied: 'TY [thank you] - you are right and many apologies for my honest mistake there are lots of verifiable documented examples of the IDF abusing Palestinian child prisoners I have seen for myself in Court in the West Bank - but am harvesting and documenting a few more of my trolls yet thanks.'

More than 1,000 people responded to the tweet, overwhelmingly calling for Mr Morris to delete, or retract, or apologise for his post. 

The Labour MP's post was a retweet of left-wing blogger Rachael Swindon, whose original tweet read: 'So @IsraeliPM. Why does this secretly recorded video appear to show your cowardly soldiers brutally beating up Palestinian children, again? Disturbing.'

Ms Swindon has since deleted her post and later apologised for 'not knowing the origin of the video'.

The appalling 1m43s clip, which surfaced in August of 2015 and was shot in late July of that year, shows two teens who allegedly ran from a military convoy in Chimaltenango, in central Guatemala, and defied an order to stop.


Trans 'Woman' Demolishes World Records; Olympian Decries 'Pointless, Unfair Playing Field

On Sunday, a biological man who identifies as a woman took the Masters world records for women's squat, women's bench press, and women's deadlift. A female Olympian responded by condemning the "pointless, unfair playing field" where biological women are beaten by biological men who identify as transgender women.

"What a day, 9 for 9! Masters world squat record, open world bench record, masters world dl record, and masters world total record!" Mary Gregory posted on Instagram. Gregory thanked the Raw Powerlifting Federation. "As a transgender lifter I was unsure what to expect going into this meet and everyone - all the spotters, loaders, referees, staff, meet director, all made me welcome and treated me as just another female lifter- thank you!"

Transgender activists may celebrate these world records, but former British Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies condemned the basic unfairness of biological men competing with biological women.

"This is a trans woman a male body with male physiology setting a world record & winning a woman’s event in America in powerlifting. A woman with female biology cannot compete," Davies tweeted. "It’s a pointless unfair playing field."

Davies went on to lament that in many sports — especially in the United States — biological men may compete against biological women without having to undergo surgery or take hormones or even have a professional medical diagnosis.

"The reason we have men & women’s races are because we are biologically different," Davies explained. "Performance 100% confirms that. The reason steroids (including testosterone) are on the banned list is because using them gives you an advantage. FairPlay is racing by biology by sex not by gender."

The reason we have men & women’s races are because we are biologically different. Performance 100% confirms that. The reason steroids (including testosterone) are on the banned list is because using them gives you an advantage. FairPlay is racing by biology by sex not by gender

Indeed, Davis is correct. Men and women have important biological differences. Duke Law School Professor Doriane Lambelet Coleman testified that biological males have an inherent athletic advantage over biological females due to the chemical makeup of their bodies. Segregating sports on the basis of biological sex provides "extraordinary value" by inspiring young girls that they can measure up to the records set by their fellow biological women.

Americans and others should sympathize with people who suffer with gender dysphoria (the persistent identification with the gender opposite their biological sex), but that does not mean everyone has to agree that socially-accepted transgender identity is the solution to these struggles. In fact, encouraging transgender identity, hormones, and surgery for this struggle is akin to encouraging a weight loss regimen for teen girls with anorexia. The transgender movement may do more harm than good.

When biological men claiming to identify as women compete in these sports, they destroy fair competition. They break records that biological women worked hard to set, and set new records that will be harder for biological women to break. Mary Gregory's weightlifting is impressive, but he is still a man and should not be allowed to set world records in women's sports.



Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the  incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.

American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of  other countries.  The only real difference, however, is how much power they have.  In America, their power is limited by democracy.  To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already  very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges.  They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did:  None.  So look to the colleges to see  what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way.  It would be a dictatorship.

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