Last year, the National School Board Association called on Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate parents who were attending school board meetings across the nation to express their objections to schools teaching Critical Race Theory. Parents were labeled “domestic terrorists.”
Now, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Children’s Hospital Association have written Garland asking that the Department of Justice (DOJ) “take swift action to investigate and prosecute all organizations, individuals, and entities” involved in exposing the practice of hospitals and doctors performing sex-reassignment therapies and surgeries on minors. In a letter to AG Garland, these medical organizations claim that, all across the country, hospitals and health care workers are being threatened for providing what they insist is “evidence-based health care.”
Last month, Matt Walsh, political commentator and author, reported that “Vanderbilt drugs, chemically castrates, and performs double mastectomies on minors.” Walsh posted videos of personnel at Vanderbilt University Medical Center discussing the therapies offered at their Pediatric Transgender Clinic in Nashville. In one video, Dr. Shayne Taylor explains how she persuaded Vanderbilt to adopt transgender therapies, emphasizing that gender transition is a “big moneymaker.” “The female-to-male bottom surgeries, these are huge moneymakers,” Dr. Taylor says in the video. “They make money. They make money for the hospital.”
A second video posted by Walsh shows Dr. Ellen Clayton, a Vanderbilt health law expert, explaining that “asserting conscientious objections” to participating in these procedures, “is problematic.” While acknowledging that Vanderbilt will work to accommodate employees with religious objections by finding others to do this work who do not object, Dr. Clayton said, “I just want you to take home that saying you’re not going to do something because of your religious beliefs is not without consequences, and should not be without consequences.” Finally, being perfectly blunt, Dr. Clayton says, “If you don’t want to do this kind of work, don’t work at Vanderbilt.”
Bill Lee, Tennessee Governor, and Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn have called for an investigation into the practices of VUMC’s Pediatric Transgender Clinic.
The DOJ has successfully communicated its willingness to enforce a social and political agenda on the people of the United States, at least partly by using its power to shut down those who dissent from that agenda. Under the Biden administration, a radical transgender policy has been adopted. Biden insisted during his presidential campaign that he would fight for the legal right of an eight-year-old child to be recognized according to his or her gender identity. He has made true on that promise, demanding that schools adopt his gender ideology at the threat of losing lunch money for students.
The AMA and AAP have called on the DOJ to now use its power to shut down anyone who thinks that maybe cutting off the breasts of a fifteen-year-old girl who says she is a boy is a bridge too far. The fact that there are not a small number of minors and young people who have de-transitioned back from their chosen gender to their biological gender (sometimes, sadly, after their bodies have already been mutilated by doctors justifying it as “evidence-based health care”) suggests that the so-called evidence for proceeding with these procedures on minors doesn’t have the firm foundation these medical associations claim.
The best way to protect any child, in particular a child who is going through a mental health crisis such as gender dysphoria, is for parents to establish from the beginning a relationship with their child that is open and attached. Parents want to be the ones their children come to when they are struggling, and the only way to increase the likelihood that they will be is to begin when children are small to create opportunities for open dialogue. This won’t be complicated when they are very young, but beginning when they are very young establishes a pattern in a child’s relationship with his or her parents.
When my daughters were about five years old, I started taking them out on daddy-daughter dates, one-on-one with each one about once a month. We would go to dinner first. When they were very young, we would go to Chuck-E-Cheese’s or putt-putting. As they got older, they generally preferred going to a movie. After the movie, we got a desert. The point of all of this was not only to bond with my daughters, but to create opportunities for conversation, so as they grew older the pattern of going out and conversing was already there, and they began talking with me about confidences and concerns they had, struggles they were dealing with, and also victories and happy things. My daughters still call me to talk about things that trouble them or make them happy.
Parents in our culture are too dependent on “experts” to tell them how to parent, and there are plenty of “experts” out there who are all-too willing to tell parents how they’re doing everything wrong and need to listen to them to raise their children right. But these so-called “experts” are almost always more invested in an agenda than they are in your child. They often regard your child as a pawn in a much larger game. Unfortunately, too many in our education and, now, medical industries have adopted this attitude and regard it as their duty to make sure your children are indoctrinated to toe the line with the next faddish cultural/social/political narrative.
There are no guarantees in raising children. But there are things parents can do to considerably increase the odds that their kids are going to turn out alright. The most essential thing parents can do is invest their time in their children. Time is love. Children know this instinctively. Invest the love in your children, and your return will be a hundred fold.
Be Christ for all. Bring Christ to all. See Christ in all.