A long, long time ago, I wrote a very long post detailing a secular case against same-sex marriage. One of the reasons was that promoting gay rights would infringe on other basic rights, like the right to free speech and freedom of association. Same-sex marriage denies that that the two genders are different. Those who disagree with this are now being punished for their disagreement, e.g. – Christian business owners. It isn’t difficult to predict that transgender activism will cause the same sorts of problems.
Here’s an example reported at the Daily Wire:
On Friday, Ohio parents were denied custody of their daughter for not being supportive enough of her alleged transgenderism.
The 17-year-old biologically female child identifies as a boy and claims she has suicidal thoughts over her parents’ lack of support for her transgenderism (they won’t, for example, call her by her new chosen male name). The parents were fighting for custody of their daughter back from the state in an effort to stop potential transgender hormone treatment.
An attorney representing the parents, whose names have not been disclosed because of privacy concerns, argued that the girl was not “even close to being able to make such a life-altering decision at this time.” Representatives of the girl argued that a “medical team” claimed that the treatment was a matter of life and death.
Hamilton County Judge Sylvia Sieve Hendon granted custody to the girl’s maternal grandparents, who are open to transgender hormone therapy. The teenager has been living with them since 2016.
According to CNN, Hendon also granted the grandparents the option to petition to change the teen’s name to her new male name in probate court. The girl is now covered by their insurance.
“The grandparents, rather than parents, will be the ones to help make medical decisions for the child going forward. But before any hormone treatment is allowed, the court ordered, the teen should be evaluated by a psychologist who is not affiliated with the current facility where he is receiving treatment, on ‘the issue of consistency in the child’s gender presentation, and feelings of non-conformity,'” notes CNN.
I thought this part was very interesting:
The parents’ Christian faith was used against them in the case by Donald Clancy of the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office.
“Father testified that any kind of transition at all would go against his core beliefs and allowing the child to transition would be akin to him taking his heart out of his chest and placing it on the table,” argued Clancy.
Brinkman denied the allegations and argued that the parents believed hormone therapy was “unnecessary” and “would do more harm than good.”
In cases like this, I always like to remind Christians to remember how they vote. Many Christians think that a big secular government should be empowered to hand out welfare, stop global warming, provide free sex changes, free abortions and free contraceptives, etc. But they don’t understand that a big secular government does not care about religious liberty, parental autonomy, or conscience rights. They care about redistributing taxpayer money to buy the votes of people who depend on government.
Legislators and judges are paid by taxpayers, through the collection of mandatory taxes. This means that the victims of Judge Sylvia Sieve Hendon are paying her salary. They are paying her to overrule their decision-making. Think about that. And think about that again when you decide whether to vote for smaller or bigger government.
7 thoughts on “Ohio parents denied custody of their daughter for not supporting transgenderism”
I feel horrible for the parents, but this is one of those situations where you just have to end up letting your child go so that they can ruin their lives on their own and pray they will turn to God when they can break no more. Unfortunately as parents we are fully aware that they will still have to live with the consequences of their actions, mental or physical. A sad, and scary, tale all around.
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Yes. Maybe it’s just because I’m unmarried and don’t have kids, but the part that stands out to me is how these taxpayers are paying people with secular left values to rule over them. That’s what I find horrifying, and if I were vulnerable to that I would leave the country. Or in my case I would be careful about whether I married and where I lived in the USA. I don’t thinkost Christians understand how dangerous it is to let atheists have political power over them, and at their expense (through taxes).
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Yeah, a number of Christian friends of mine have been pretty vocal about Christians needing to ignore politics, but I don’t see how we could do that, or even WHY we would want to. When we don’t we end up with stuff like this, but the common response is “We are not of this world”. No, we aren’t, but we are IN this world now! You could no more give up food or water or breathing because your “not of this world”. Seems like a silly thing to me. Politics should not be our focus, but it is something we need to have in our sights, always.
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@ SnapperTrx I believe it was C.S. Lewis who said, “people who are the most heavenly minded end up doing the most earthly good.” or something along those lines. I don’t get Christians either who want to pretend that who’s in public office or what laws are passed don’t matter as long as we focus on the gospel.
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My greater issue is the health implications. It is not like it is reversible if they feel they made a mistake. All talk about those that regretted operations and various treatments, feeling robbed of original parts or state of the body are completely ignored.
As a parent in that situation that would be a high concern to me. But I would rather lose the kid and have someone else responsible for violating their body as it was designed than to go along with a bad decision just because leftist totalitarians demand we think like we are all part of the Borg
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I find it interesting how often we hear of these people having suicidal thoughts, particularly when they are confronted about their desires. I can’t understand why this isn’t a glaring red flag regarding the mental/emotional instability of the “transgendered”. Seems like solid evidence of it in fact.
It seems like they blame the non supporters for all the suicidal and likely any sort of toxic behaviour in the life of these individuals.
If the non believers in gay / transgender / whatever other cause they add, would disappear or quiet down they would all be happy.