Craig DeRoche is a pathological liar
Craig DeRoche, a former Republican politician, is president of Family Policy Alliance

I am reminded of the nonsensical objections
to marriage equality.

They were nonsensical because people made an effort to disguise a religious objection as secular reasoning.
Those and similar efforts create a series of lies.

Craig DeRoche is the president of Family Policy Alliance which is the “action” subsidiary of Focus on the Family. With the assurance that “the left doesn’t want you to open this,” DeRoche brags about all of the organization’s accomplishments.

Mr. DeRoche, a former politician, has a distant relationship with the truth.

We can debate about whether or not Family Policy Alliance has had any impact on the failure to pass the Equality Act. I see no correlation. Admittedly, though, I am at a loss to understand the failures of Manchin and Sinema to deep-six the filibuster rules.

However, one part of the email is not subject to debate. It constitutes two deliberate lies. Furthermore, it means that Family Policy Alliance has to misrepresent accomplishments in order to attract donations that are not tax-deductible. Here is the text. Emphasis per original:

IN THE STATES: FPA and the alliance of state organizations we host and serve are poised for action as never before. 2021’s stunning results include major progress to protect life, uphold religious freedom and push back against the transgender agenda! Now, we’re aiming even higher with your support:

  • Saving girls’ sports. Seven more states have now followed suit on the win you helped make possible in Idaho – with more states ready to act!
  • Protecting vulnerable kids from transgender hormones and surgeries. An Arkansas state rep and Statesmen Academy alumna passed the first such law this year, and at our recent conference she helped us train and equip dozens of other state leaders and legislators to do the same!

“Trans kids tend to be precocious. Moreover, their parents are especially cautious. Their doctors are exceptionally well-trained specialists. …”

It is true that several states now have laws barring trans girls from athletic competition. However, that is not “saving” anything and not based on science. First of all the 0.2% to 0.3% of girls who are transgender represent an insignificant (in size) minority. They are not likely to imperil girls’ sports.

Furthermore, according to the science, trans girls do not have a competitive advantage because, as Jack Turban points out: “Transgender girls on puberty blockers … have negligible testosterone levels.”

It is true that there are transgender girls who are not on puberty blockers. However, that 0.2% to 0.3% just got whittled down to (my guesstimate) 0.05% or less which is hardly impactful. Furthermore, as Turban also points out, other females with elevated testosterone routinely complete and are not barred from doing so.

The second bullet point is the greater lie and the more pernicious fabrication:

Protecting vulnerable kids from transgender hormones and surgeries. An Arkansas state rep and Statesmen Academy alumna passed the first such law this year, and at our recent conference she helped us train and equip dozens of other state leaders and legislators to do the same!

“No one associated with Family Policy Alliance is remotely qualified to offer an opinion regarding the treatment of a medical condition.

If kids require that protection, then all of the following would have to be true:

  1. Adolescents are totally incapable of evaluating the benefits and potential consequences of certain medical treatments.
  2. The parents of those adolescents are incapable of making appropriate medical decisions for their children.
  3. The doctors treating those adolescents are incompetent fools and guilty of malpractice.
  4. A mountain of research supporting gender affirming care is incorrect.
  5. The clinical practice standards of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Endocrine Society are unscientific.

None of the above are true. Trans kids tend to be precocious. Moreover, their parents are especially cautious. Their doctors are exceptionally well-trained specialists. Furthermore, the research supporting gender-affirming care has been robustly peer-reviewed and published to highly respected academic journals. Moreover, those clinical practice standards are based on the aforementioned high quality research.

Family Policy Alliance is not influencing legislatures to “protect” children.

That is a lie! Family Policy Alliance’s anti-trans drivel is intended to protect scripture. It represents the overall disapproval of the existence of transgender persons.

If anything, trans youth require protection from the likes of Family Policy Alliance.

No one associated with Family Policy Alliance is remotely qualified to offer an opinion regarding the treatment of a medical condition. No one associated with Family Policy Alliance has published research regarding gender dysphoria. In fact, it is likely that no one associated with Family Policy Alliance has even read any of the applicable research.

The lie exists in service to the lie that Craig DeRoche has a secular objection to gender-affirming care in contrast to a religious objection. If they have to lie then the truth does not serve them well.

Craig DeRoche, in his mendacity, is a hypocrite. He fancies himself as an arbiter of morality while, at the same time, lying about vulnerable children. DeRoche should be ashamed of himself. He is incapable of the required introspection.

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.