Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Intentional Stupidity

Today it is transgender people. Tomorrow it will be gay people again.
The Vatican is actively promoting religious dogma as a substitute for medical science in regards to juvenile gender dysphoria. Doing so is irresponsible and dangerous.
The professional Christians are trying to wear us out. They keep repeating the same untruths over and over and over again. They are impervious to criticism. Facts are irrelevant. Science? What science? One of those professional Christians is Martin M. Barillas who writes for the extremist Catholic outlet LifeSiteNews.

Martin M. Barillas is giddy that one of the 20 regions of Italy has requested that the national government of Italy ban puberty blockers. According to Mr. Barillas the conclusion is that “[p]uberty is not a disease.” I have read a translated page from the regional newspaper. The only scientific authority that is referenced is the tiny hate group, American College of Pediatricians. American College of Pediatricians has become nothing more than a proxy for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; occasionally the Southern Baptist Convention. It is not a responsible authority on medical science.

Mr. Barillas' opening paragraph reads:
The regional council of Friuli Venezia Giulia, an autonomous region in northeastern Italy, approved a motion calling on the national government to prohibit so-called puberty-blocking drugs used in so-called reassignment treatment for gender-confused children.
An Italian autonomous region is similar to the home rule of U.S. states. They have some legislative, administrative and financial powers. But I digress. More importantly puberty blockers are not a “reassignment treatment.” More than anything else, puberty blockers buy time. They allow, for example, a potentially transgender boy to explore their sexuality without developing breast tissue (which would cause enormous distress). If puberty blockers are withdrawn the patient will experience puberty.

The term “gender-confused” cannot be found in any medical literature. The use of the term gender-confused is spectacularly stupid and the repetition — its insipid regurgitation — doesn't make its use any more intelligent. This requires more explanation than Mr. Barillas is either competent or willing to understand:

Gender is a separate construct from natal sex. Gender is a continuum with male and female at the extreme ends. A very small percentage of the population (perhaps 2% of children) will experience some degree of gender incongruence. The medical term is gender dysphoria. It is a conflict between gender and natal sex. The severity of the condition varies considerably. The condition will desist for about 75% of children affected. There is a direct cause and effect relationship between severity and abatement. Therefore, that roughly 75% are not the kids receiving puberty blockers. That 75% will never transition. That 75% will never become transgender.

The remaining 25% (of the approximately 2%) are experiencing significant distress from the condition. This is a life-threatening condition. According to Dr. Deanna Adkins, a professor at the Duke University School of Medicine and an expert in this area (emphasis added):
With the exception of some serious childhood cancers, gender dysphoria is the most fatal condition that I treat because of the harms that flow from not properly recognizing gender identity. Attempted suicide rates in the transgender community are over 40%, which is a risk of death that far exceeds most other medical conditions. The only treatment to avoid this serious harm is to recognize the gender identity of patients with gender dysphoria and differences of sex development.
Dr. Adkins' statement is consistent with recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics for gender-affirming care. Returning to the issue of confusion for a moment, here is one more quote from Dr. Adkins:
Both post-mortem and functional brain studies that have been done on the brains of individuals with gender dysphoria show that these individuals have brain structure, connectivity, and function that do not match their birth-assigned sex. …
Does that describe confusion? Ironically, I know about Dr. Adkins because of an unsuccessful attempt to discredit her by Ryan T. Anderson, the ultimate warrior for the faith when it comes to LGBTQ people. Both of the above quotes are from her expert testimony, under oath, in the matter of North Carolina's HB2.

I have all but given up on being moderate. Were Martin M. Barillas ill he would presumably see a doctor; not a priest. He might not seek an exorcism and he probably does not believe that malignancies are caused by evil spirits. These religious zealots are perfectly willing to kill children if doing so allows religious dogma to prevail over medical science. That depends upon parents who are willing to preference Church teachings over medical science.

That begs the question; one I would like to ask Martin M. Barillas. He is clearly trying to support the teachings of the Church. Who is he trying to persuade? Parents? Will Barillas take responsibility for the outcome if a parent subscribes to the religious ideology that he is promoting and the result is a dead child?

There is no shortage of Defenders of the Faith™ in the Italian press. Many of them are perfectly willing to dishonestly cite Michelle Cretella as an authority on juvenile gender dysphoria. It is dishonest because Cretella has never published research on juvenile gender dysphoria. Cretella has never given a professional presentation on juvenile gender dysphoria. Michelle Cretella does not possess the knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education to hold herself out as an expert on juvenile gender dysphoria.

Martin M. Barillas cites Michelle Cretella indirectly by referencing her hate group (as executive director of), the American College of Pediatricians which he tries to pass off as a respectable and legitimate professional organization. Barillas knows full well that it is a religious (in contrast to medical) organization. It exists because 60 of the then 60,000 members of the American Academy of Pediatrics had a religious objection to gay parenting.

I urge Catholics who read this to respectfully contact, by letter, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. This is not about whether or not adherents should masturbate, divorce or use contraceptives. They are adamantly opposed to abortion. Perhaps they should extend that concern for a fetus to the lives of living children. Encouraging parents to disregard medical science is irresponsible and dangerous.
His Eminence Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
3211 Fourth Street NE
Washington DC 20017
Is this issue not important enough to warrant an investment in time and postage?

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