Wednesday, August 17, 2016

It's Todd Starnes' turn to freak out over a few trans students

Todd Starnes
The baton has been passed to professional persecuted Christian, Todd Starnes. First it was Franklin Graham, then it was the Benham Brothers. Today it is Todd Starnes' turn to complain about the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board. Starnes' displeasure is expressed as: “Boys Who Identify as Girls Now Allowed on Overnight Field-Trips.

Starnes, like the rest of the ignoramuses, is incapable of correctly referring to simply “transgender girls.” That is because conservative Christian belief (superstition if you prefer) is that this is all make-believe. They envision someone waking up in the morning and saying “I think today that I will be a [gender].” Doesn't it make perfect sense that their ancient chronicles of dubious provenance are more likely to be correct about human sexuality than 21st century medical and social scientists? According to Starnes:

Teachers in Charlotte, North Carolina have been advised to stop calling the children "boys and girls," according to a training presentation on transgender issues.

Instead, the progressives who control Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools want teachers to identify the youngsters as either "students" or "scholars."

So what if a teacher has a student who is dumb as a rock? Would the child still be called a scholar?
I have not seen these materials and Starnes is usually wrong. The answer to his idiotic question is to call the child by his name. Is that so fucking difficult?

It is difficult because Strarnes is just repeating talking points from KeepNCSafe which was put up by the Institute for Faith and Family. The Raleigh based 501(c)3 organization obtained its non-profit ruling in 2015. It will take another year before we can view a tax return. According to the Secretary of State IFF is the successor to the NC Values Coalition, a small 501(c)4 (at the same address) headed by Tami Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is an attorney and Christian Crusader.

But getting back to Starnes:
The NC Values Coalition posted 57-pages of training material that the district used to educate faculty on LGBT issues.
Those 57 pages are not at the link Starnes provided (which is not to NCVC). I cannot find them at the NCVC hatesite either. So I guess that we have to take Todd's word for it. If one of my readers finds these, please let me know by email.
The workshop, titled "Transgender 101", helped teachers learn to "define and use important terms and concepts related to gender identity and identify issues facing transgender and gender expansive students."

How the teachers in Charlotte are going to have time to teach the kids Driver's Ed and English 101 is beyond me.
That is just plain stupid. Treating a few trans kids fairly doesn't require any time. I am skipping all of the Benham vomit. I wrote about that yesterday.
Tami Fitzgerald, the executive director of NC Values Coalition, wrote in a statement that the new policies "will seriously endanger students' privacy and safety, undermine parental authority and severely impair an environment conducive to learning."

So I reached out to the school district for clarification on some of the most controversial issues, and I received several responses. I'm not quite certain they answered my questions, but it's a response nonetheless.

First, the district confirmed that the new expanded anti-bullying regulation is districtwide <sic>. That means all you moms and dads with kindergarteners <sic> should pay attention.
I don't know what is sinister about anti-bullying programs. I am sure that Starnes takes objection to anything that might be accommodating to LGBT students. Anti-bullying is not just about sexual minorities. Bullying is a serious problem in our schools. David Badash wrote an awful story the other day about a kid who just gave up and then killed himself.

Spokesperson Renee McCoy told me any decisions on overnight trips "requires the consent of all impacted students and their parents/families."
Personally I find nothing wrong with a transgender girl going with other girls on an overnight. She would not be a threat and kids know what genitals look like. However, Starnes is demonstrating that he is full of shit at the same time.

More importantly this is North Carolina. At least for the time being HB2 has settled things. This is just some hot air over nothing.

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