Maria Keffler
Crackpot and transphobic conspiracy theorist Maria Keffler airs her bigotry courtesy of YouTube

The same standard that applies to antisemitic or islamophobic content should apply to transphobic videos. It does not.

Ruth Institute is an anti-LGBTQ hate group. Maria Keffler, a transphobic conspiracy theorist and former school teacher has created a video for Ruth Institute. The title of the video is: Transgender Activism’s Assault on School Kids. I was able to watch about eight minutes of this video diatribe.

According to Ruth Institute in regards to Ms. Keffler (who is not exactly Mensa material):

Maria Keffler spoke at the Ruth Institute’s 4th Annual Summit for the Survivors of the Sexual Revolution on the assault on school children by transgender activists. She documents the gender industry’s infiltration of the school system, how they work to ensnare school children, and how this effort tears families apart. Her interactions led her to co-found the Arlington Parent Coalition and Partners for Ethical Care.

She is the co-founder of Arlington Parent Coalition and Partners for Ethical Care.

Arlington Parent Coalition was set up specifically to target trans accommodations in public schools. According to Keffler transgender students were given preferential treatment. Of course Keffler’s bigotry could not possibly coincide with religious beliefs. Could it?

Partner’s for Ethical Care is a hate site dedicated to the promotion of misinformation about transgender children and pediatric gender dysphoria. It is a source of ignorant bigotry and nonsensical conspiracy theories. I ask the same question: Keffler’s bigotry could not possibly coincide with religious beliefs. Could it?

“Ethical care” is usually defined by the clinical standards of care of the relevant professional organization. Maria Keffler needs to do two things before she is qualified to oppose the standards of care of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“Maria Keffler is nothing more than a religious crackpot.”

  1. She needs to have “MD” appended to her name and;
  2. she needs to publish peer-reviewed research to a respectable academic journal.

In the absence of doing so, Keffler is just one more ignorant Christian crank. But I digress. Let’s get back to the idiotic and offensive video. There are no subtitles and my shorthand is less than perfect. Therefore, let us source this from Keffler’s companion presentation for Ruth Institute:

We all know the schools are indoctrinating our kids. The transgender agenda is in our schools and it’s common for our kids.

I’m not just going to speak about school today, but also about entertainment, about social media. Our kids are being assaulted from every single corner of the culture. And I trained as a public school teacher. I was licensed as a secondary English teacher.

First of all, rational people are not part of “we all.” Secondly — and I know that this will shock Keffler — pediatric gender dysphoria is not communicable. The condition is — at its core — dependent upon gender identity. Moreover, “there is a durable biological underpinning to gender identity.”

If, in fact, public schools are “indoctrinating” kids then they are being taught to be kind to “the other.” Keffler cannot understand that form of kindness. The most prevailing obstacle to good health for transgender youth — in fact, for all LGBTQ youth — is minority stress.

Keffler is a purveyor of minority stress syndrome. Keffler seeks to be the indoctrinator. That would be fine if her views were consistent with medical science and if she was qualified to offer those views. However, Maria Keffler is nothing more than a religious crackpot.

“That confirms the fact that Maria Keffler has no qualifications whatsoever to address a medical condition.”

Let us consider a typical trans kid:

  1. He or she has been diagnosed with pediatric gender dysphoria by a qualified clinician.
  2. Children are typically diagnosed with gender dysphoria if they have experienced significant distress for at least six months and experience at least six of eight markers.
  3. Aside from the suffering, “significant distress” can lead to self-harm.
  4. The only intervention known to medical science to alleviate the suffering is gender-affirming care.
  5. Gender-affirming care does, in fact, relieve the suffering if children are supported in their gender identity.
  6. Support should include the school that a trans youth attends.

Returning to “The” agenda:

I’m not just going to speak about school today, but also about entertainment, about social media. Our kids are being assaulted from every single corner of the culture. And I trained as a public school teacher. I was licensed as a secondary English teacher.

That confirms the fact that Maria Keffler has no qualifications whatsoever to address a medical condition. Furthermore, no one is “assaulting” children. Maria Keffler means “providing children with facts that I do not like.”

And when you don’t like the facts stick your fingers in the kids’ ears:

“Ms. Keffler’s bigotry extends to the entire LGBTQ community.”

I’ve always been a proponent of the public schools. … Two years ago, I pulled all my kids and I’m homeschooling them now. I tell everyone I know that public school is no longer a safe place for children in this country, and I’m not sure private school is either in many cases.

“Safe” means free of the facts that she doesn’t like or that contradict religious teachings. Moreover, my bet is that Keffler is creating incurious children incapable of critical thinking. Nevertheless, as a parent she is free to indoctrinate her own kids with bullshit.

“Northern Virginia and California have served as laboratories for policies regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues.”

David Aponte, GLSEN of Northern Virginia Co-Chair

This was in 2018. David Aponte, who is the co-chair of GLSEN, the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network, was quoted in The Washington Post as saying that Northern Virginia in [sic] California has [sic] served as laboratories for policies around LGBT issues.

What does that mean? That we’re laboratories? Our kids are lab rats, our kids are their experimentation.

First of all that quote cannot be found at the Washington Post except as spoken by Maria Keffler. (Sometimes WaPo makes very poor choices regarding whom they provide with a platform.)

Secondly, that does not mean that “kids are lab rats.” Clearly — if Aponte actually said that — he is referring to public policy. The word “policies” provides a clue. Aponte’s concern has always been about school safety:

One person’s views are not authoritative. Furthermore, the term “laboratory” is used as a simile. A figure of speech.

“What is this crazy person trying to say?”

Ms. Keffler’s bigotry extends to the entire LGBTQ community:
(Oh, the poor dear does not approve.)

The internal entry point is changing the way people think. We’ve got to do things that change the way people think about transgender, gay or lesbian issues. … How do we talk about these things to other people? Some of the language capture that other people have talked about, you can no longer say opposite sex. You now have to say different sex.

“The point is that this idiocy does real harm to children. Kids who simply want to be safe while they attend public school.”

I use the term “opposite sex.” What is this crazy person trying to say? Apparently Keffler believes that she has been victimized by some conspiracy. Keffler produces victims (if people actually believe the nonsense that she spews).

After several more conspiracy theories, be afraid:

They are coming. They’re coming. They came for our kids, they came for them and and they want to completely sever kids’ relationships with their parents because parents are the kids best protection.

The above goes into “give me a fucking break” territory. One more quote (by image) and then I want to get back to YouTube:
Maria Keffler quote
There is more to this conspiracy theorist’s crackpottery but you get the idea. The YouTube video is actually more offensive because of embellishments on this presentation. Any individual who has ever proposed decency to LGBTQ kids is now part of the conspiracy.

If I posted a video asserting that Muslims were conspiring to program kids in public schools to reject Christianity, YouTube would likely whack the material before more than a handful of people had seen it. One complaint would get the job done.

I fail to see any difference. The same standard that applies to antisemitic or islamophobic content should apply to transphobic videos. It does not. I flagged this thing and it is still up. What is required before YouTube takes action? How hateful must the video be? Are the monitors afraid that people will accuse them of “cancelling” people arbitrarily?

The point is that this idiocy does real harm to children. Kids who simply want to be safe while they attend public school. Is that really too much to ask?

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.