Cindy Drukier - Quentin Van  Meter - Sharon Slater
(L-R) Cindy Drukier (Epoch Times), Quentin Van Meter, (American College of Pediatricians), Sharon Slater (Family Watch International) | via Epoch TV

Why would hate group leaders even want to be associated with Epoch Times, an international disinformation machine?

In a world of dim bulbs, Epoch Times’ Cindy Drukier is a night light.

Monday, Quentin Van Meter of American College of Pediatricians and Sharon Slater of Family Watch International appear in an anti-LGBTQ video for Epoch Times.

Epoch Times is the mouthpiece of the very far-right Falun Gong cult. Don’t take it lightly. Nonprofit net assets of Falun Gong in the United States exceed $250 million. Plus, the cult controls a number of for-profit entities.

The profoundly pro-Trump Epoch Times is known for spreading preposterous conspiracy theories. These include the spygate conspiracy theory, QAnon and the absolute assurance that Trump was re-elected in 2020.

After heavily publicizing the January 6 insurrection Epoch Times called it a “false flag” operation by antifa. Another hobby is spreading misinformation about COVID-19 while it tries to convince people not to get vaccinated.

I am pressing the point about how utterly disreputable Epoch Times is. That is because it seems that Van Meter will take any opportunity at any outlet to spread anti-transgender misinformation.

Sharon Slater is extremely homophobic and transphobic. Her appearance alongside Van Meter is to voice her objection to comprehensive sex education. Much of that is based on anti-LGBTQ sentiments and the idea of “indoctrination.” I guess that sexuality is contagious.

Leading this “discussion” is Epoch Times’ Cindy Drukier. In a world of dim bulbs Drukier is a night light. After the trans crackpots she turns to supposedly ex-gay Jim Domen who sued Vimeo for sexual orientation discrimination. Case dismissed by the district court. Affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second District. Perhaps the bulb in the night light that is Cindy Drukier burned out.

“Adults are required to fuck up a gender incongruent child. Adults like Van Meter.”

Epoch Times describes this episode as:

Sex Ed & Sterilized Kids …

From comprehensive sexuality education in schools to gender reassignment surgery for kids, how is the new sexual revolution affecting children? Our two guests share some shocking information. Sharon Slater, president of Family Watch International, reveals what children are actually being taught in schools. And Dr. Quentin Van Meter, president of the American College of Pediatricians, discusses the rise in extreme medical interventions kids are asking for—and getting.

I cannot blame Cindy Drukier exclusively. Quentin Van Meter does his usual schtick. Van Meter suggests that children as young as 12 are being surgically altered (no way). He also ties that to the baseless theory of rapid onset gender dysphoria for which no evidence exists.

The question that is asked of Van Meter is “what are you seeing in your practice?” A truthful answer would be “nothing” because Van Meter, a Georgia endocrinologist, doesn’t treat trans kids. In the past Van Meter has claimed that there is no valid science to support the existence of transgender people. That would come as a considerable shock to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In the “interview,” Van Meter also asserts that 10% of children claim to be transgender. It’s a wonder that he so effortlessly spouts obvious bullshit.

It bears repeating that Quentin Van Meter doesn’t give a flying fuck about the welfare of children. Van Meter is defending scripture. If kids have to suffer for the will of a god, so be it.

Van Meter goes on to claim that there are seven times as many trans boys (whom he calls “transgender girls”) as there are trans girls. There are more trans male adults than trans female adults. As of 2015 it was about 1.5:1. I cannot find reliable data for kids but it sure as hell is not 7:1.

“Van Meter is just fear mongering for Jesus which is his real medical specialty.”

Van Meter goes on to say (asserting anonymous psychologists) that children are traumatized if they are allowed to hold the idea that they are gender incongruent. Nah. Adults are required to fuck up a gender incongruent child. Adults like Van Meter.

Of course puberty blockers are baaaad. Van Meter tries to give the impression that puberty blockers lead to surgery. A claim that lacks evidence. He also claims that cross-sex hormones have “devastating” consequences and a shortened life (offering no evidence).

Hormones do have potential adverse side effects. They vary among individuals. However, in the case of an adolescent, a late-teen and their parents have weighed benefits against possible consequences. They get to make that decision, along with a qualified endocrinologist. Quentin Van Meter’s Christian-based opinion is entirely irrelevant.

Van Meter goes on to claim that there is a “movement in Oregon” to drop the age of medical consent to 14. That’s news to me. More importantly no surgeon is going to perform gender-confirmation surgery on a 14-year-old.

Surgery currently requires two behavioral health approvals plus one year of real time experience (living as one’s gender). Not going to happen. Van Meter is just fear mongering for Jesus which is his real medical specialty.

“Parents of minors have a right to consent to medical treatment which, by the way, is endorsed by Van Meter’s own professional association, The Endocrine Society.”

Van Meter has little regard for facts. He claims that real informed consent requires the individual to be at least 25 years of age. He goes on to claim “that’s why you cannot rent a car until you are 25.”

Avis disagrees:

Avis rents to customers age 21 and up in most U.S. states and Canadian provinces with an Avis-honored credit card and valid driver’s license. In New York and Michigan, the minimum age to rent a car is 18.

Hertz?

It's a common misconception that drivers have to be at least 25 years old to rent a car. Here's the truth: Hertz rents to drivers 20 years old and up.* Say hello to the driver’s seat.

Those are the only ones I checked and it took less than a minute. The point is that Van Meter will spout any nonsense without verification. Van Meter doesn’t care as long as he is defending Jesus.

From there we go to sterility. Gotta get all the talking points in! People have a right to make these decisions. Parents of minors have a right to consent to medical treatment which, by the way, is endorsed by Van Meter’s own professional association, The Endocrine Society.

It is flat out wrong and unethical for Van Meter to promote treatment that does not conform to medical science. Van Meter doesn’t give a rat’s ass. He is … (you know what follows).

Van Meter (to put a period on this rhetoric) claims that children — without specifying an age — do not have the ability to understand what they are doing.

Well, Mr. Van Meter, they certainly can appreciate the distress caused by gender dysphoria. That distress does not require Van Meter’s approval.

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.