Add a transgender girl to the mix and the Christian crackpots create paranoia at the expense of trans kids

Regarding an alleged assault, I have now heard from both the police and the school board.

There is no evidence to support the right wing narrative.

Research suggests that there are about 4,000 transgender adolescents in the Commonwealth of Virginia. There exist 623 high schools in the state. Rational people would not make a big deal out of accommodating about six kids on average per high school.

However Christian extremists are not rational. Moreover, they cannot be reasoned with: “The Bible says [thus and so] and that settles it.”

In 2020 the Virginia legislature passed a law requiring schools in the state to accommodate trans kids.

On March 6, 2021 the law came into effect. Virginia was promptly sued by Christian Action Network (an SPLC designated anti-Muslim hate group). Furthermore, the state was separately sued by the Family Foundation of Virginia, a group that promotes conversion therapy.

By now, you all know the talking points. These made their way into both suits.

I have heard it all before
I have heard it all before

In April, 2021 a group called Fight for Schools was formed. The group’s activities are focused on Loudoun County, VA. They have apparently organized a group of parents, teachers and a few students to oppose the usual twins: Transgender accommodations and Critical Race Theory.

They have had a considerable amount of help from hate groups and outlets like Christian Post. Rover (see above image) just went “woof” again. There is no reason to repeat the nonsense spouted in defense of scripture.

Three teachers are currently suing the Loudoun County Board of Education.

“For years right wing Christian crazies have been claiming that transgender accommodations are dangerous because cisgender boys will pretend to be transgender in order to prey on girls.”

From there we go to hate group leader Tony Perkins of Family Research Council. FRC has a rather limited definition of “family.”

A School Horror Story That Didn’t Fit the Narrative

… it was every father’s worst nightmare. Come to campus, a school official said, your daughter has been assaulted. No one told Scott Smith that she had been sexually assaulted — that a boy wearing a skirt had walked into the girls’ restroom and raped his 15-year-old child. Then, imagine your anger as a parent to find out that the school wasn’t going to involve the police — that they’d decided to handle the matter (which ended up being two counts of forcible sodomy, one count of anal sodomy, and one count of forcible fellatio) “internally.”

According to the school board:

Loudoun County Public Schools is aware of the media and social media reports concerning alleged sexual assaults at two of our high school campuses. … Principals are legally required to report to the local law enforcement agency any act, including sexual assault, that may constitute a felony offense under Va. Code § 22.1-279.3:1. That process was followed with respect to these allegations.

The school board goes on to state that they contacted law enforcement “within minutes” of the incident. In other words, Scott Smith and Tony Perkins are full of crap. I will get to that second incident shortly.

In any event Daddy — Scott Smith — ended up getting arrested for creating a disturbance.

“It’s not impossible; just implausible. Particularly when you consider that this happened amid all of the turmoil in Loudoun County.”

No one, other than the police, has evidence that this incident took place. Reports by Fox News and various other outlets depend upon Mr. Smith’s allegations which are dependent upon his daughter’s narrative.

For years right wing Christian crazies have been claiming that transgender accommodations are dangerous because cisgender boys will pretend to be transgender in order to prey on girls. That makes no sense. There is no evidence that it has ever happened in the United States.

Nor does it make sense that a trans girl raped a cisgender girl. Trans kids usually try to be as inconspicuous as possible. Again there is no evidence of that ever happening in the U.S..

It’s not impossible; just implausible. Particularly when you consider that this happened amid all of the turmoil in Loudoun County. It would be an odd coincidence.

Now, getting back to Tony Perkins:

Afterward, Smith and his family tried to stay out of the public eye. That proved impossible last week when another bombshell dropped. Not only did the “predator transgender student” exist, he went on to attack again — this time at another school. Two and a half miles from the place where his daughter had been held and violated, a different girl was brutally victimized.

There was another reported rape at a Loudoun County high school. The sheriff’s office released a statement:

“Evidence might exist but Tony Perkins is not in possession of any evidence..”

Teenager Charged in Sexual Battery of High School Student

Loudoun County, VA (October 7, 2021) – A teenager from Ashburn has been charged with sexual battery and abduction of a fellow student at Broad Run High School.

The investigation determined on the afternoon of October 6, the 15-year-old suspect forced the victim into an empty classroom where he held her against her will and inappropriately touched her.

The victim immediately reported the incident to a Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer.

The suspect remains held at the Loudoun County Juvenile Detention Center. …

  1. Is Perkins claiming that the perpetrator travelled to another school or transferred?
  2. Where does it say that the perpetrator was transgender or pretending to be transgender?
  3. What evidence does Perkins have that the two crimes were committed by the same person?
  4. Note that a similar press release does not exist pertaining to the alleged May 28 incident.

Again, it’s not impossible. Evidence might exist but Tony Perkins is not in possession of any evidence..

While Mr. Perkins is enjoying the odor of bovine excrement, … and just for good measure:

Meanwhile, the Biden administration — sensing the national uprising is only growing — has decided to try to drive parents like Scott underground. Desperate to contain the uproar in local districts, the DOJ (egged on or in concert with the National School Board Association) is threatening to treat outspoken citizens like “domestic terrorists,” citing the arrest of Scott Smith for speaking out against the assault of his daughter as an example in their six page letter.

None of that is consistent with the DOJ memorandum. The department is interested in people who threaten violence. In fact the department is crystal clear about “outspoken citizens” (to quote Mr. Perkins):

While spirited debate about policy matters is protected under our Constitution, that protection does not extend to threats of violence or efforts to intimidate individuals based on their views. Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation's core values.

Furthermore, Mr. Perkins puts the phrase domestic terrorists in quotes. Those words do not appear anywhere in the DOJ memo. Exactly who is Tony Perkins quoting.

Anything is possible. It is profoundly reckless of Tony Perkins and all the other right wing nut jobs to make these accusations in the absence of evidence.

Tony Perkins is desperate to demonstrate that transgender kids create a peril for -cisgender kids. If evidence ever surfaces to that effect I will write about it.

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.