If Nathaniel Blake actually gave a crap about gender-diverse kids he would not be offering this bigoted vomit.
We are told that Nathaniel Blake has a pretentious academic title at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. The leader of EPPC is now transphobic “superstar” Ryan T. Anderson.
Who do these people think they are fooling? This bigotry has nothing whatsoever to do with the welfare of children. This is about defending scripture and the teachings of the Catholic Church. Kids can die for all they care. These people are irrational.
First of all, the title’s reference to “transgendering kids” is meant to suggest that kids are victims of adults performing some procedure. Kids, desperate for relief from the symptoms of gender dysphoria, transition themselves because doing so does mitigate the symptoms.
Transgenderism escalated quickly. As it burst into the nation’s consciousness just more than half a decade ago, we were told the trans movement was about being kind to Bruce as he became Caitlyn. Now we are told that it is about supporting the sterilization and castration of children.
Nathaniel Blake has neither the training nor experience to opine about the benefits and consequences of any medical intervention.
There is no evidence of an “escalation” of the number of transgender persons. There has been an escalation of noise ever since the Obama administration took measures to protect trans kids in schools. People are transitioning earlier in life which confounds the fundamental Christianists.
Furthermore, children are neither sterilized nor castrated. Adolescents might receive puberty blocks just after entering puberty. However, according to the experts, puberty blockers are fully reversible. In science, children and adolescents are separate categories.
Moreover, kids are not being sterilized and castrated. In late teen years an adolescent might receive cross-sex hormones. These do have negative side effects. However:
- The patient provides informed consent, and;
- parents provide informed consent, and;
- it is the determination of the patient, his or her parents and his or her clinicians that the benefits of hormone therapy outweigh concerns, and;
- Nathaniel Blake has neither the training nor experience to opine about the benefits and consequences of any medical intervention.
- Why is this any of his business?
The mutilation of children is not the only concerning part of the trans agenda, but it is the most extreme demand. We are instructed by the powers that be, from the Biden administration to Big Tech to corporate media, that “trans kids” know who they are and we must therefore support chemically and surgically remaking their bodies. Not to do so, we are warned, is to drive these children to suicide.
“Mutilation” implies surgery and children are not candidates for surgery. This is neither about the Biden administration nor “Big Tech” nor corporate media. This is about medical science — something Mr. Blake and his ilk choose to ignore.
But what is medical science compared to the disciplines of theology and philosophy? These nitwits answer that question when their children need medical attention.
Yet this narrative struggles to answer many reasonable questions. Why has there been a surge of minors identifying as transgender — including many cases in which gender dysphoria appears to be sudden and socially induced, rather than innate and persistent? What about the people who regret “transitioning” and seek to “de-transition”? Are children capable of informed consent for genital mutilation?
“None of this has anything to do with concern for, or wellbeing of, children and adolescents.”
- There is some increase in transgender youth because people — based on the science — are transitioning earlier in life.
- There is no evidence that gender dysphoria can be “socially induced.”
- A minuscule number of people detransition. It has no bearing on the benefits of gender-affirming care for the vast majority.
- Adolescents are not capable of legal consent for treatment but they are capable of informed consent. Consent is the responsibility of the adolescent’s parent.
- No adolescent is the victim of “genital mutilation.”
I am stressing adolescents because, up until a kid enters puberty, transition consists of a change in attire and hair style. Furthermore, all of this dishonest hyperbolic rhetoric has only one purpose: Defense of scripture. None of this has anything to do with concern for, or wellbeing of, children and adolescents.
Blake seeks to promote an anti-trans propaganda video produced by a Catholic extremist, Jennifer Lahl of the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. “Bioethics” means in accord with the catechism.
[The video] therefore opens with the stories of people who have “de-transitioned,” which are rarely acknowledged by corporate media. These regrets pose a significant problem for the transgender movement, which has opposed any barriers to transgender procedures, even for children. But many of the physical and psychological consequences of surgeries like castration and mastectomies are permanent.
“I might have some respect for Nathaniel Blake if he made his religious arguments as religious arguments.”
These detransitioned folks presented all transitioned as adults. Moreover, they represent an insignificant minority of transgender people. Furthermore, there is no “transgender movement.” It is not a doctrine, philosophy or policy. Again, for what feels like the 10,000th time, children are not candidates for surgery.
Blake is ignoring the science and the process. The gender-affirming care model forms the basis for the clinical practice standards of the American Academy of Pediatrics. At the risk of being repetitive, any intervention requires the approval of the patient, their parents and their clinicians.
I repeat: None of this has anything to do with concern for, or wellbeing of, children and adolescents.
I might have some respect for Nathaniel Blake if he made his religious arguments as religious arguments. Instead, Blake is dishonestly trying to obfuscate the religious basis for disapproving of transgender persons.
Nathaniel Blake’s perniciousness is somewhat sociopathic. According to him, children must suffer, be at increased risk for self harm and disregard medical science because some theologian doesn’t approve of trans persons. On what planet does that make any sense?
Trying yet again to pretend that the science does not exist:
“I am a gay man concerned for the welfare of trans kids. I have answered the questions. We have all answered these rhetorical questions.”
… the doctors’ concerns are clinical, noting the health risks of chemically delayed puberty, cross-sex hormones, and so-called “gender-affirming” surgeries. The parents are deeply concerned for their children and angered that the transgender movement, including therapists and teachers, validates threats of suicide as demands for “transition.”
Those doctors are Defenders of the Faith™. Their objections are not clinical. “Threats of suicide” is an attempt to suggest that trans kids extort their parents for treatment. It is a lie. The presence of a religious parent is irrelevant.
It’s also not just social conservatives who are targeted. As [the video] shows, feminists and homosexual activists also have reason to resist the trans movement, which erases the distinction between the biological sexes. Many feminists, for example, are appalled by the male invasion of female spaces, from homeless shelters to sports. However, such reasonable concerns are often brushed aside or tarred as bigotry.
Overall, the gay community supports transgender rights. There are some TERFS (trans-exclusionary radical feminists) who perceive that trans females are a threat of some kind. It has no relevance to the medical treatment of gender-diverse youth.
That Richard Grenell does not approve of transgender persons (for religious reasons) has absolutely no bearing on anything. He and TERFs are not victims.
There will, of course, be critics of this film. But trans advocates who seek to persuade, rather than intimidate, must address the questions the film raises. In particular, they must confront the problems of pushing trans ideology on children.
“AMA to states: Stop interfering in health care of transgender children.”
I am a gay man concerned for the welfare of trans kids. I have answered the questions. We have all answered these rhetorical questions. There is no such thing as “trans ideology.” That is a dishonest attempt to relegate a medical condition to a philosophy or doctrine.
There does exist an anti-trans ideology. Nathaniel Blake’s polemic and Jennifer Lahl’s video are propaganda designed to denigrate and marginalize transgender people for the faith. They are the rabbi trying to outlaw the consumption of pork and shellfish.
On June 24, Dr. Jack Turban and Jules Gill-Peterson authored a piece for CNN titled: Attacks on trans people are also attacks on science itself. They are correct because — I repeat — none of the attacks have anything to do with the wellbeing of kids. The attackers are defending religious teachings.
Turban and Gill-Peterson write:
The link is to the AMA which is titled: AMA to states: Stop interfering in health care of transgender children.
I say the same thing to Mr. Blake and Ms. Lahl. You have no expertise whatsoever. Stop trying to interfere in the medical treatment of transgender youth. Not only have you no qualifications. You have no standing. In the vernacular: Mind your fucking business!