June 01, 2017
In Illinois, genders may be optional -- but opinions about them certainly aren’t! In a mind-blowing new mandate, the state’s head of Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), George Sheldon, has decided that anyone who doesn’t agree with the “gender-is-what-you-feel-like” movement is hereby disqualified from social work or foster care.
The new procedures, which are the subject of a scathing article in the Federalist, dictate that DCFS “staff, providers, and foster parents” must “support and respect” the child’s exploration “without any effort to direct or guide them to any specific outcome for their exploration.” All children, the policy states, have a “right to self-determination of gender and sexual orientation,” and individual choices about “sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression” should be viewed as “developmental milestones, not problematic behavior.” In other words, if you can’t celebrate the gender confusion of a struggling child, you’re unfit to care-give in the state of Illinois!
“Staff may not impose personal, organizational or religious beliefs on LGBTQ children,” and “staff can be disciplined for violating this policy up to and including discharge.” But, as FRC’s Peter Sprigg points out, this policy itself imposes personal and ideological beliefs -- because the research and science are clear that homosexual and transgender conduct are associated with serious mental and physical health risks that are not eliminated merely by providing “affirmation.”
Mary Hasson, who blasted this ideological litmus test in her column, cannot believe how far we’ve fallen as a society. “Let’s repeat that: the state of Illinois will not tolerate‘exposing’ the vulnerable children in its care to people who believe human beings are either male or female and cannot ‘become’ the other. No matter that sexual difference is a scientific fact, or that billions of sane people across the world acknowledge it. Illinois has decreed its own ‘truth’ about the human person and served notice that it will muzzle the speech and religious beliefs of employees, caregivers, professionals, and cooperating agencies who think otherwise.”
Encouraging kids to live out this kind of twisted gender identity is not only destructive, it’s what the American College of Pediatricians calls “child abuse!” “When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind not the body, and it should be treated as such,” the ACP warns. Not to mention, the physicians go on, that this type of confusion is a passing phase. “As many as 98 percent of gender confused boys and 88 percent of gender confused girls eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty.”
Unfortunately, the new protocol infringes on a lot more than state workers’ rights. It also tramples the rights of parents, who the state argues should be kept out of any discussions relating to a child’s gender transition or sexual orientation. “When a child is in state care, parents have no say in whether the child will receive puberty blockers or hormone treatments, as long as two physicians, or a physician and a counselor ‘who is culturally competent in transgender health care,’ sign off,” Hasson explains. The program of indoctrination even includes a special LGBTQ “czar” to monitor employees’ attitudes, trainings, and adequately liberal foster placement. It’s a radical change to a common sense policy. And as usual, the victims of this extremism are children -- and not just any children, but society’s most vulnerable.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.