Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.
The focus this time: Say the magic words, or else!
First, a little censorship:
The transgender movement claims that all they want is the “freedom to be themselves”… but apparently not your freedom to not go along with their madness.
“Consider that in the United Kingdom, a Reformed Baptist doctor was recently fired by the National Health Service for his belief that a person’s sex is biologically determined rather than ‘assigned’ at birth. A Christian math teacher was suspended and is under investigation for saying, ‘Well done, girls’ to a group of students that included a transgender student who identifies as a boy.
“Similarly, in the United States, the University of Minnesota recently introduced a draft policy that would coerce faculty, staff, and students to use pronouns such as ‘ze,’ ‘sie,’ ‘zir,’ ‘hir,’ ‘co,’ ‘ev,’ ‘xe,’ and ‘thon.’ Students who defy this draft would risk expulsion, while faculty and staff would risk disciplinary action—or termination.
“Brown University recently censored one of its own social science professors for publishing research showing that ‘rapid-onset gender dysphoria’ is often caused by peer pressure.”
How bad is it? It’s something you can and will be arrested for, increasingly.
“A British mother was reportedly arrested and incarcerated for referring to a transgendered woman as a man in online communication.
“Kate Scottow claimed that police came to her home, brought her to the local police station for questioning, and left her in a cell for seven hours while her children watched, The Daily Mail reported Saturday. Scottow had been engaged in a Twitter dispute with a transgender activist over ‘deadnaming,’ or denying the gender that someone believes he or she actually is.”
Refusing to use the pronouns and labels this totalitarian wokeness is now considered by some courts to be “family violence“.
“Last week, Justice Francesca Marzari of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Canada, declared a father guilty of ‘family violence’ against his 14-year-old daughter on the sole basis that he had engaged in ‘expressions of rejection of [her] gender identity.’ These ‘expressions’ revolved entirely around his polite refusal to refer to his daughter as a boy in private, and his steady choice to affirm that she is a girl in public.
“Her father, Clark*, strongly objects to this treatment and immediately sought to reverse the decision in the BC Court of Appeal. Hoping to raise awareness of his case, Clark gave a number of interviews to media outlets, including The Federalist. In these interviews, he repeatedly referred to his daughter as a girl, stating to The Federalist that ‘she is a girl. Her DNA will not change through all these experiments that they do.’
“While many might take this to be an honest statement of biological fact, Marzari quoted it as a prime example of Clark’s ‘family violence of a public denial of [Maxine’s] gender identity.’ Marzari convicted Clark of this violence, and issued a ‘protection order’ preventing him from speaking to journalists or the public about his case.”
Unsurprisingly, a school councilor is responsible for the sudden onset gender dysphoria.
“This child exhibited extreme emotional disturbance in the wake of her parents’ divorce and, as previously mentioned, was encouraged in her transgender identification by a school counselor. The public education system has become part of the Transgender Industrial Complex and, as this case proves, the courts are also complicit in this madness.”
Funny how it this only goes one way: You can convince someone they are “transgender”, but woe be upon those who dare suggest that someone really is “cisgender”.
“While the main thrust of Marzari’s ruling focused on Clark’s public statements, Marzari also ordered that Clark be enjoined from ‘exposing’ Maxine to any materials that might ‘question whether [her] gender identity is real or the treatments [she] seeks are in [her] best interests.’ This order arose from the fact that, in mid-March, Clark invited his daughter to watch a video of a small-time Canadian conservative commentator with him.”
This ain’t about freedom, but rather anything but.