Tuesday, May 28, 2019

ADF responds to losing SCOTUS transgender case

Tuesday, the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal in Doe v. Boyertown Area School District. At issue was a claim by a couple of students that transgender accommodations in public schools caused them immeasurable harm. This case surprised observers when, in May of 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled unanimously in favor of the school district (and transgender students) about an hour after hearing oral arguments.

More recently, the usual collection of misfits filed briefs with the Supreme Court urging the Court to hear this case. These included Walt Heyer, Ryan T. Anderson, Women's Liberation Front, Eagle Forum, Christian Educators Association and several others. If there was a coherent secular argument in any of those briefs I was unable to find it. Oh, the heartbreak of being cisgender. Mr. Anderson continues to demonstrate that there is no correlation of intelligence with an advanced degree.

Minutes after the Supreme Court published today's list of decisions, the anti-LGBT hate group Alliance Defending Freedom was defending the marginalization and stigmatization of transgender kids. Their email has the subject line: Silenced. The poor things.

ADF's heroine in this matter has been some poor girl named Alexis Lightcap. According to ADF.
One day when she was in high school, Alexis walked into the girls’ restroom and discovered a boy inside.

Shaken and upset, Alexis reported the incident to school officials. But they told her that the school district had changed its policy. Now, students could use locker rooms, shower areas, and restrooms based on their personal beliefs about their gender. According to the school, the boy had every right to be in the girls’ restroom with Alexis.

The school had not bothered to inform students of these dramatic policy changes. It hadn’t notified parents, either.
Those were some of the losing arguments at the district court, the Third Circuit and now the Supreme Court. Note how they describe gender identity as one's “personal beliefs about their gender.” It is just another way of expressing the intellectually dishonest idea that gender is a doctrine or — their favorite term — an ideology. Furthermore they refuse to refer to the trans student as a transgender girl, insisting on “the boy.”

This is a continuation of ADF's irrational “reasoning.” It really has nothing to do with the supposed traumatizing of Alexis Lightcap but, rather, the inexplicable need to have their world conform to scripture. Their book is loaded with factual, scientific and logical errors. Yet, according to ADF and likeminded folks, it is apparently inerrant when it comes to human sexuality.
ADF lies some more:
But today, the United States Supreme Court rejected Alexis’ case.

While this is disappointing news, the conversation on student privacy is far from over. No student should be forced to share a shower, restroom, or locker room with a member of the opposite sex. The Supreme Court has already affirmed in the past that real, biological differences between men and women mean that privacy must be protected where it really counts.

But that hasn’t stopped government activists across America from wielding their institutional power to deny men and women their right to bodily privacy.
This has absolutely nothing to do with student privacy or bathrooms. This is about scripture. Most often cited is Genesis 1:27 (King James Version):
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Their god also created the dimwits at ADF who continue:
And it’s not just happening in our schools. Just look at what’s happening in Anchorage, Alaska, where government officials are trying to force a women’s shelter to allow a biological man to sleep mere feet away from vulnerable women who have survived abuse or sex trafficking!
The above is the not uncommon — but never substantiated — notion that transgender women pose a threat to cisgender women. The real reason, just like with the bathroom artifice, is religious conservatism.

Getting back to Alexis Lightcap, rather than lawyers who would exploit her, what she really needed was some meaningful counseling. She was thoroughly indoctrinated by ADF. At a press conference in May of 2018, she was quite adept at repeating ADF's dishonest talking points. Now she might require the services of a competent deprogrammer.

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