Efforts to protect LGBT kids drive Mad Mat Staver (further) insane.

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Mad Mat Staver, leader of Liberty Counsel — an anti-LGBT hate group — is perpetually pissed. Today’s grievance is the result of an effort by a Florida middle school to keep LGBT kids safe and allow them to be successful. That endeavor prompts this: FL School’s Shocking Plan. Shocking mind you.

Mat Staver

Florida’s Pasco County Public Schools personnel have adopted a harmful, unauthorized “policy” and practice of promoting LGBT ideology in violation of the rights of students, parents, and teachers, all without school board approval. Liberty Counsel has offered assistance to the Pasco County School Board, urging it to take immediate action and stop the harmful behavior at Chasco Middle School and elsewhere in the district resulting from a so-called “Gender Support Plan” and “Best Practices Guide.”

What, exactly, is “LGBT ideology?” Hate groups seem intent on characterizing sexuality as a doctrine or a philosophy. Perhaps they are projecting. A hate group exists though a doctrine of anger and prejudice. Pasco County, by the way, is a beautiful area about 20 miles north of Tampa. Its western edge is on the Gulf of Mexico.

In their letter to the school board (signed by Richard L. Mast and Roger K. Gannam) they have the chutzpah to include their usual boilerplate:

At the outset, both Liberty Counsel and our local contacts love all people. Our local
employee contacts love working with students and desire to assist in their positive
development. They would never “discriminate” against a child based on the child’s beliefs
about the nature of sex and gender, but would at all times treat them with kindness and

I have ensured that the entire school board and the principal of Chasco Middle School know that Liberty Counsel is a hate group.

LC makes it personal:

Jackie Jackson-Dean, a school psychologist, credits herself as lead author of a “Gender Support Plan” (Plan) and “Best Practices Guide” (Guide) adopted without school board approval. Page two of the Guide credits her as “lead content developer.” The documents encourage improper locker and bathroom access, the use of false gender pronouns, and withholding of information from parents. The unauthorized Plan imposes one person’s beliefs about gender over the beliefs of teachers, other students, and parents. The Plan and Guide require teachers to refer to some children by false gender pronouns, rather than pronouns consistent with biological gender, and to promote false ideas about gender to other children.

It appears to me that the gender-affirmative plan is in accordance with the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “False gender pronouns” and the rest of this BS reflect why Liberty Counsel is deemed a hate group.

The folks at Liberty Counsel should know that the school has every right to receive information from a student with the guarantee of confidentiality. Otherwise a student in crisis might not seek counseling which could have tragic consequences.

Liberty Counsel obtained copies of both the Gender Support Plan and the Best Practices Guide For Working With Lesbian, Gay,Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ)Individuals. The guide has a meta-title of “Are You Surprised” which might be the subject line of an email to which the guide was attached.

Some poor, persecuted, conservative Christian teacher probably provided these materials. He or she is offended by being required to address transgender students properly. That individual needs to find another profession. He or she has no business being around young people. In the alternative, perhaps a conservative Christian school has a slot open for the next semester.

Are these the aggrieved Christians?

Pasco County administrators have threatened and silenced two P.E. teachers who objected to this Plan in order to allow a gender-confused girl into the boys’ locker room and open showers. The female student had full access to disrobe and even shower alongside unsuspecting boys. Administrators tried to force the male teachers to directly supervise and observe the girl in her use of the space. Both teachers objected to administrators’ refusal to inform minor boys and their parents beforehand, so their sons’ privacy could be protected. The girl remains free to enter the boys’ locker and open showers at any time.

These bigots can call a transgender boy a “gender confused girl” all they want. That does not alter the fact that he is a trans boy according to medical science. Two P.E. teachers seem likely suspects to have complained to the crazy people at Liberty Counsel. The school is certainly not going to expose the kid to ridicule and bullying by informing the world of his existence. Remind me about that part where Liberty Counsel loves all people and would not discriminate.

When a parent objected to Pasco County’s failure to require written parental permission for all clubs, including the GSA, school administrators stated they could not “expect school staff to keep track of parental consent for each and every activity they are operating before or after hours.” However, school board policies expect staff to ensure children have parental consent to join the after-school care program, participate in athletics, take medicine, or go on a field trip.

Right. Parental consent is required for activities that involve legal exposure where a student could be injured or where a student could suffer an injury off-campus. Parental consent to “take medicine” is misleading. Parental consent is required for the school to administer prescription drugs due to legal exposure. There is neither legal exposure nor risk of injury when a student joins a Gay-Straight Alliance. The real injury would be unnecessarily exposing kids to parental ignorance and bigotry. I doubt that it is widespread but it is always in the winds.

Jackson-Dean has also refused a parent’s public records request to review the contents of her “LGBTQ Lending Library” she maintains in her capacity as a school psychologist and “LGBT Liaison.” …

Chapter 119 of Florida law prohibits the dissemination of confidential information. I suspect that the parent wanted to know what books her kid was reading. Mad Mat does distort things from time to time.

I have it on good authority that a child reading more than ten thousand words of pro-LGBT material will turn gay or trans. The gay transformation requires about 32 hours after reaching the ten thousand word threshold. Trans requires a few hours more.

Staver says that the permission of the school superintendent is required to classify information as confidential. That is not in chapter 119 but could be school district policy. Staver has no way of knowing whether or not Ms. Jackson-Dean is operating outside of policy. The parent is free to complain to the school superintendent and probably has already.

In a separate press release, Mad Mat goes on a rant about METRO (actually METRO Wellness and Community Centers). Apparently they offer health services that Staver disapproves of and that do not require parental consent. Staver should take that up with them. It has nothing to do with the school district even if the school psychologist is recommending that a student contract METRO.

In Staver’s deranged mind, parental consent can prevent a student from being gay or transgender. In the press release he is upset by:

  • Refrain “from talking to anyone else about the student– including their
  • School staff are not authorized to disclose information about transgender
    students with “the student’s parents/guardians.”
  • Staff members must “not assume the parents/caregivers know and support the
    student’s gender identity/expression.”
  • Schools “have an obligation to not disclose the student’s transgender status to
    other students or parents unless the student has provided explicit permission to
    do so.”

Staver is then quoted:

“The Pasco County School Board must take action to reign in these rogue school employees and administrators and reject their unauthorized LGBT policies and practices that violate parental and employee rights and the privacy rights of students,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “The Pasco County Schools must take charge to bring its employees into compliance with the law,” said Staver.

Sure Mat. Sure. The letter that they sent to the school board is full of the same legal mythology. The school board is likely to refer the matter to their attorney which will end the matter. This is at least the second time that Staver has gone after Florida school personnel personally. The last time it was also in Tampa. The teacher, Lora Jane Riedas, was cleared of all of Staver’s accusations

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.