Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Drat - Religious conservatives thwarted by evil YouTube

According to Heritage Foundation's blog: YouTube Won’t Let a Medical Doctor Say This Sentence. The author of this brilliant polemic is one Katrina Trinko:
“See, if you want to cut off a leg or an arm you’re mentally ill, but if you want to cut off healthy breasts or a penis, you’re transgender.”

Those are the words of Dr. Michelle Cretella, a pediatrician with many years’ experience and the executive director of the American Academy of Pediatricians, in a Daily Signal video published in 2017.

It’s a sentence YouTube will not allow the doctor to say about children and gender identity issues.
First of all Cretella is executive director of the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) — Not to be confused with the real professional organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics. The American Academy of Pediatricians does not exist. I would like to believe that Ms. Trinko's error is not deliberate.

ACPeds is an anti-LGBTQ hate group. The reason that YouTube won't run this is probably because it is bigoted bullshit suggesting that transgender people are mentally ill. They are not. Given that Ms. Trinko mentions children, minors are not candidates for gender confirmation surgery. Trying to conform medical science to scripture is a more telling sign of mental illness.

As for Michelle Cretella's experience she was a pediatrician. She was never qualified to diagnose or treat gender dysphoria as a primary care provider. Cretella has never published research on pediatric gender dysphoria to a respected, peer-reviewed academic journal. Cretella reaches her conclusion because of the teachings of the Catholic Church because of the conflict that the existence of transgender people creates with Genesis 1:27.

Some pampered prelate at the Vatican — a theologian and catechist — has decided how a serious medical condition should be treated. People accepting that “logic” are possibly mentally ill.
Boo-hoo Tuesday
Over the past few months, The Daily Signal worked with YouTube to try to reach a resolution. Ultimately, we were told the only way we could get the video back on YouTube was to delete the previously mentioned sentence.

In other words, we had two choices: censor the doctor’s words or have no video on the world’s biggest video platform.

This should horrify every YouTube user—and anyone who values the importance of a public square featuring a variety of perspectives.
Spreading misinformation and bigotry is irresponsible. Cretella is irresponsible. I would be “horrified” if YouTube allowed the promulgation of obvious hate speech. I don't know why Cretella is proud of her hate. It makes her look profoundly idiotic. No one should trust a doctor who prioritizes faith-based dogma over evidence-based science.
Cretella’s words are no doubt controversial. She is no stranger to criticism, and neither is The Daily Signal. We welcome debate.

But we don’t want to be censored.
Not all ideas are worthy of debate. Greedy Jews control Hollywood; Blacks are lazy; Catholics are disloyal papists; Muslims are all terrorists — for example — are not eligible for debate because these statements are false per se. Cretella's views of transgender people — her obsession — are based on religious dogma. So is flying airplanes into buildings.

Dr. Cretella has refused to debate medical professionals who have the training and experience to treat gender dysphoria. I know a couple of clinicians who would relish the opportunity. Cretella knows what the outcome would be which is why she spreads misinformation through people who do not know any better.
We agree with the spirit behind YouTube’s hate speech policy, … But we also believe that on a topic where medical treatments have such serious ramifications, from infertility to permanent alteration of body parts, it is worth having a robust, fact-driven discussion.
Oh, so now Cretella's religious bullshit is a fact-based discussion. I call Michelle Cretella's attention to the recent statement from the Pediatric Endocrine Society. PES is responding to the dishonest rhetoric of some religious conservatives regarding gender diverse people. Michelle Cretella bears some responsibility for that statement being required.

Ms. Trinko is also trafficking in dishonesty. The treatment of people with gender dysphoria — particularly children — involves decisions by a team of physicians, the child and their parents. Michelle Cretella is in no position to suggest a course of treatment. She is not medically qualified to do so. She has no applicable experience. She cannot cite peer-reviewed research published to a respected academic journal to support any of her opinions.

Not only is there an absence of evidence but Cretella is ignoring contrary evidence. The only alternative to gender-affirmation would be some kind of talk therapy. To be effective it would have to change a person's gender identity to align with their natal sex. Recent research out of Harvard Medical School demonstrates that this form of conversion therapy creates a lifetime of misery.
Cretella is a doctor. She is making a point in that sentence that may not be popular but remains true: There is no society-wide push right now to allow patients suffering from Body Integrity Identity Disorder to amputate limbs.
That is not a point. That is rhetoric. Body Integrity Identity Disorder (a disorder) has nothing to do with gender dysphoria.
Furthermore, just this May—18 months since Cretella’s video was published—the World Health Organization removed transgenderism from its list of “mental disorders,” moving it to a section about sexual health.
Incorrect. They removed gender dysphoria. Being transgender is not a condition. It is a treatment. Gender incongruity is not a disorder because gender is a spectrum. Every ray within that spectrum is a normal variant of human sexuality. WHO has made Cretella's utterances even less appropriate!
We are especially disappointed with YouTube’s decision because other social media platforms have allowed the video on their platforms. In fact, the video has more than 70 million views on Facebook. It might have even more if Facebook hadn’t temporarily removed it in July 2018. After our appeal to Facebook, it was quickly restored and remains on The Daily Signal’s page today.
A reminder to my readers to contact Facebook. Facebook's decision to allow the video does not mean that the video is moral or even ethical. It is spreading hate-steeped misinformation.
But we also believe consumers have a right to protest. And if you are upset that YouTube—the biggest video platform in the world—is refusing to let a doctor speak without censorship on gender identity and children, please reach out to YouTube and its parent company, Google.
Dr. Cretella cannot support the proposition that she has any expertise regarding gender. Were she a nun (perhaps she should be) YouTube would probably permit the video. However, speaking as a assumptive expert, she is promoting anti-trans religious bullshit.
This is not about how you think children experiencing gender identity issues should be treated, but whether you think there should be an open conversation on this topic, so that parents can make informed decisions about what’s best for their child.
This reminds me of Holocaust deniers claiming that there are two sides that should be subject to debate. In both cases there are two sides: Responsible spokespersons and cranks. The cranks are not deserving of a forum because two legitimate sides do not exist,

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