Tuesday, June 5, 2018

A gaggle of hate group people unite to promote trans youth moronica

Intellectually dishonest conservative Christians demonstrate an inability to separate dogma and science.
Tuesday, at the blog of hate group American Family Association, they have posted: A 'flawed' study that only hurts more children.

A group of dependable transphobic characters are trying to denigrate large-scale peer-reviewed academic research because it conflicts with scripture. In the way of background, on March 30, 2018 a study was published to the Journal of Adolescent Health confirming that gender affirmation is beneficial for children with gender dysphoria:
Using chosen names reduces odds of depression and suicide in transgender youths

In one of the largest and most diverse studies of transgender youths to date, researchers led by a team at The University of Texas at Austin have found that when transgender youths are allowed to use their chosen name in places such as work, school and at home, their risk of depression and suicide drops.
The Defenders of the Faith do not care what is in the best interests of children. If they did then they would set conservative Christianity aside in favor of science. They will not do that because their truth is found in ancient documents predating modern medical science by a few thousand years. While those same texts assert that the sun orbits Earth these religious fundamentalists presume that the chronicles are accurate on most matters. [David scratches head] It seems that they are always authoritative on LGBT issues. Fortunately they have stopped murdering insolent children.

Today's cast of characters includes (in order of appearance):
  • Bob Kellogg, Blogger for hate group American Family Association
  • Laurie Higgins, employee of hate group Illinois Family Institute
  • LifeSiteNews, hate site and outlet for Ms. Higgins bigotry (not SPLC designated)
  • Michelle Cretella, hate group leader of American College of Pediatricians
According to Mr. Kellogg:
A prominent pediatrician is denouncing a study out of a Texas university that claims affirming an adolescent's gender confusion is best for the child.
Michelle Cretella is not a prominent pediatrician. She has done no research published to a respected peer-reviewed journal. Cretella is a proponent of thoroughly discredited conversion therapy and she is not currently licensed to practice medicine which relieves her of continuing education obligations. Cretella is in no position to denounce something that is not in her field. She has never been a board certified psychiatrist.

You will not find “gender confusion” in any scientific or medical literature. It is a religious term intended to substitute for the real term which is gender dysphoria in order to suggest something that can be changed through counseling. There is no science to support that conviction. Mr. Kellogg has indulged in the logical fallacy of begging the question.

Enter Ms. Higgins (“the mad scene”):
Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute points out that Pediatrician Michelle Cretella complained to LifeSiteNews.com that the research was deeply flawed.
"It's a very small sample. There's no long-term follow up," Higgins points out. "They didn't do random sampling, which is much better. They did what's called convenience sampling. So they go out to places where you can find these people, which means they're predisposed to answer in a certain way."
Nice try and this is the follow-up to earlier research by the same team. The primary investigator, Stephen T. Russell; professor and chair of human development and family science at University of Texas, Austin; has been researching  LGBT children for over 20 years. As for the sample, Higgins is correct. It is a convenience sample but that does not, in any way, invalidate the results. It is a tiny population and virtually impossible to random sample as Dr. Russell explained to ScienceDaily:
Transgender youths are estimated to be only about 1 percent of the population and are difficult to reach, so the research team worked with community organizations serving LGBT youths and other venues to reach as diverse a population of transgender youths as possible, Russell said. He calls the sample "remarkably ethnically and geographically diverse and diverse in terms of social class."
Ms. Higgins has no interest in the science. She is defending scripture. And, by the way, where is the competing science with a different outcome? Surely the Catholic Church and the Southern Baptist Convention have the resources to fund research that comes to a different conclusion. So far, the best that the Church can do is Ryan T. Anderson and he is a music major turned philosopher.
Despite the flaws, Higgins says LGBT activists are heralding the findings while vilifying Dr. Cretella.

"There was a recent event where she was speaking at a Catholic church and they protested her," Higgins recalls. "So now she can't speak freely even within the confines of a church."
Note the us and them divisiveness. Ms. Higgins and her ilk are creating the divide by not honestly assessing what is best for children. Most of us just want kids not to needlessly suffer.

Vilifying? Cretella received only a small fraction of the criticism that she deserves. Indeed she has singled out this blog for persecuting her.

If Cretella would stop prostituting her medical training she would not be criticized. Cretella is promoting religious-oriented nonsense that conforms to the teachings of the Catholic Church but is inconsistent with medical science. Perhaps she should become a nun because her current hobby is not only unproductive but toxic, Furthermore, Cretella has enjoyed, and continues to enjoy, considerable freedom to express herself.
Dr. Cretella warned that cooperating with a child's fantasy or delusion mutes the impact of significant underlying emotional problems associated with gender confusion.
Where is the research to support that conclusion? These people are easy targets but that's not the point. They do have a very loud microphone at ample venues and they are in a position to influence parents. If they do so then they might have blood on their hands. That seems to be acceptable to them as long as they stand strong for scripture.

It is absolutely outrageous that suffering children are not prioritized over loyalty to dogma. It is also inexplicable.

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