Evening Edition - March 20

March 20, 2019

The Defense Department reported that it’s found $12.8 billion in possible funding that could be used to build a border wall, or roughly twice what Trump asked Congress for.  It’s not that the Pentagon has major change under its sofa cushions.  They just have a lot of areas where big chunks of money have been allocated but haven’t been spent yet.  For instance, there’s more than $700 million in unused Army and Navy military construction funds in California alone, and Hawaii has more than $400 million.

It would be doubly ironic if Trump not only got his border wall without any funding from House Democrats, but it was built with money largely taken from federal funds that were going to be spent in blue states.  The good news for California: the wall construction will at least create some jobs for Californians.  Although if the jobs go to illegal immigrants, California’s leaders won’t exactly be in a position to protest that. 

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/pentagon-finds-12-8-billion-for-trumps-border-wall

 

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Sorry to hear that we might have to add the video hosting website Vimeo to the list of social media sites that think they have the power to ban and censor Christian religious beliefs in the name of LBGTQ rights. 

It’s interesting that liberals think a Christian baker who doesn’t want to provide service for same-sex weddings that violate his religious beliefs is a bigot who deserves to be driven out of business.  But if the liberal owners of a social media site refuse service to Christian customers just because they disagree with their views, that’s perfectly okay.   

https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/techwatch/alexander-hall/2019/03/19/vimeo-bans-church-pushing-traditional-christian-values-0

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Reason.com reports that as recently as 2013, Bernie Sander’s new campaign adviser was touting the “economic miracle” of Venezuela.  I don’t think that making all the food, medicine and toilet paper disappear qualifies as a “miracle.”

https://reason.com/blog/2019/03/19/bernie-sanders-david-sirota-venezuela

 

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I’m always gratified to hear that people enjoy my Twitter account.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/huckabee-turns-betos-words-uses-bury-leftist-narrative-voting-age/

(If you’re on Twitter and aren’t following me yet, what are you waiting for?)

On the subject of the latest crackpot Democratic idea of lowering the voting age to 16, Speaker Pelosi embraced that, saying, “I think it’s really important to capture kids when they’re in high school, when they’re interested in all of this, when they’re learning about the government, to be able to vote.”

I suspect the operative word in that statement is “capture.”  The Democrats want to capture young people before they learn too much about government or earn their first paycheck with a big chunk of taxes taken out of it, or discover just how much they already owe because of the government maxing out their credit card, or figure out that there is no such thing as a free lunch (or college or health care.) 

Recent studies have found that the rational part of the human brain isn’t fully developed until around age 25 or so, which explains why so many college students are enamored with socialism.  It might also explain the Democrats’ eagerness to let 16-year-olds vote. That might be an argument for raising the voting age to 25, but I wouldn’t go that far. 

https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentTypeID=1&ContentID=3051

I just can’t help wondering why liberals are simultaneously pushing to raise the age for purchasing a gun and lowering the age to vote.  If they really believe people are too immature to handle bullets without killing themselves and everyone around them until they’re 21, why should they be trusted with ballots at 16?

As history has shown too often, poorly-cast ballots can have deadly consequences, too.

 

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From the “The Science is Settled” Desk:  Those of us old enough to remember the turn of the century (I mean the last one, around 2001) will recall the outrage from the media and liberal politicians when President Bush announced that federal funding of stem cell research would be limited to existing stem cell lines.  That’s because embryonic stem cell research was seen as opening the door to treating human embryos as nothing but a commodity, eroding the sanctity of life, and encouraging researchers to create human embryos just to destroy them, and abortionists and researchers to collude in “harvesting” the body parts of pre-born children.  To many, it carried frightening echoes of Nazi Dr. Joseph Mengele’s sick and dehumanizing medical experiments on Jews.

At the time, those who opposed embryonic stem cell research were mercilessly criticized and mocked.  They were “science deniers” standing in the way of the miracles that were sure to flow from embryonic stem cell research.  They were accused of being heartless zealots who didn’t care about people suffering from diseases that might be cured through embryonic stem cell research.  Barack Obama eventually reversed Bush’s order, so you’d think that the miracle cures would be flowing by now. 

But something unexpected happened.  Embryonic stem cells proved to have serious problems, such as an inability to control their growth and preventing them from turning into tumors.  The vaunted miracles never materialized. The real breakthroughs are coming from stem cells harvested from adults. 

The full extent of how wrong the initial “scientific” consensus was has now been verified in a groundbreaking paper in the medical journal, “Circulation Research.”  Author David A. Prentice, Ph. D., writes, “Nonembryonic stem cell research has surpassed embryonic stem cells…The superiority of adult stem cells in the clinic and the mounting evidence supporting their effectiveness in regeneration and repair make adult stem cells the gold standard of stem cells for patients.”  

It should serve as a lesson that when you abandon basic morality in the name of “science,” you end up with bad morality and bad science.  It’s not always easy to stand up for doing the right thing when you’re being told to shut up and stand aside, but nobody ever ended up at the right destination by starting down the wrong path. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/modern-science-shreds-pro-abortionists-stem-cell-argument/

 

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Shortly after the tragic Parkland school shooting, CNN hosted a townhall on guns that let the local sheriff and school officials off the hook and let participants blame and threaten NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch.  An independent investigation later found that the crime could have been prevented if it weren’t for the incompetence of the sheriff and school officials, and recommended that teachers be armed.  In other words, everything CNN presented was wrong.  Like, 180-degrees from the truth.  So what just happened?

The townhall just won “The Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.”

Sort of makes you question the value of awards, doesn’t it?  Read more here, including Dana Loesch’s response. 

https://hotair.com/archives/2019/03/19/cnn-wins-cronkite-award-garbage-gun-control-town-hall-held-parkland/  

 

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It isn’t often you see someone writing in the New York Times admit that there’s cause for optimism on racial issues in America (if white liberals with college degrees would quit dividing people by race), so this came as a welcome surprise:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/18/opinion/race-america-trump.html

The article includes charts based on various studies that suggest that racial tension in America isn’t so much animosity between different races as it is different views about racial ideology, with the recent ramping up of racial tensions being largely driven by white liberals going off the deep end (my term, not the Times’.)  For all the attempts to blame President Trump for racial tension in America, the studies show that with divisive issues such as whether immigration should be increased or whether blacks need affirmative action to get ahead, support among white Republicans and blacks remained fairly low and consistent over time, while support for both among white liberals shot up sharply when Obama was still in office. 

There are some stark differences between minorities and white Democrats and Republicans on some issues.  For instance, on whether it’s racist for a white person to want less immigration to maintain the white share of the population, 91% of white Clinton voters with post-graduate degrees say it’s racist; while 95% of Trump voters with no college degree say it’s just racial self-interest, which is not racist.  But most interestingly, minority voters said it was just racial self-interest and not racist by 55-45 percent. 

That suggests that what a lot of people have been saying for a white now is true: white liberals who attended leftist indoctrination camps – sorry, “universities”— are loudly taking offense at things they declare to be racist that even most minority members don’t think are racist.  They’re taking offense on behalf of people who aren’t offended, and in the process, aggravating racial tensions, divisions and suspicions, or even creating new ones. 

This might help explain why the image we get of America from the media and liberal politicians seems unrecognizable compared to what we all experience every day.  If you listen to the media or leftwing activists, you’d think that America in 2019 had hardly changed since the Reconstruction era, that the KKK was a growing threat and every political position favored by a white Republican, such as keeping our borders secure, was motivated by nothing but seething hatred for other races. 

And yet, when you turn off the idiot box and go into America, aside from a handful of racially-polarized areas (many in gang-infested big cities run by liberal politicians, coincidentally), people of all races seem to be getting along pretty well.  Whites, blacks, Asians, Indians and people of every other race and creed hold jobs where they serve each other and are served by each other.  People of all different races are friends and co-workers and relatives of each other; they’re our bosses and our employees; they share the same churches, concert venues, parks, movie theaters and restaurants; and I would wager that only a tiny fraction of Americans ever have the thought “Oh, there’s someone of a race different from me” even cross their minds.  It’s like we’re in America or something!

White liberals keep trying to convince us that racial animosity and prejudice are the driving forces behind all social and economic interactions in America, so we must constantly think about race and talk about race and make laws based on race.   But these studies support what most of us already sense, based on our daily experiences: what really matters is what we all have in common.  We’re all humans, we’re all Americans, we’re all God’s children, and we’re all just trying to get through life and take care of our families the best we can.  Our skin may be different shades, but that’s really the least important thing about us. 

The one thing the Times gets hilariously wrong is in saying that since “America isn’t racially divided, it’s divided by racial ideology,” that “this raises the hope that American political elites can one day heal the country’s divisions.” That’s the arrogance of the Times showing through. In reality, it’s the political elites who are stirring the divisions to advance their political fortunes.  The healing of divisions will come when everyday Americans of good will and of all races finally get tired of being played and toss the divisive elites out.   

As the Rev. Martin Luther King liked to remind us, “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”  It’s just hard for us all to pull in the same direction when a handful of people bent on dividing us keep rocking the boat.     

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In one sense, it’s hardly news when the Supreme Court overrules the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, but this is still a story worth noting.  The SCOTUS ruled 5-4 Tuesday in favor of the Trump Administration (although the case actually dates back to the Obama Administration, a detail I’m sure most media accounts will neglect to mention), ruling that any non-citizen/alien can be detained and held indefinitely by federal authorities while awaiting deportation hearings. 

The 9th Circuit had ruled that aliens can only be detained if they were arrested soon after being released from jail, which is so vague that if they could evade arrest for even 24 hours, they might claim that was too long and they couldn’t be detained. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/breaking-supreme-court-rules-favor-trump-illegal-immigrant-detention/

The SCOTUS noted that the 9th Circuit’s interpretation of the law differed from that of four other Circuit Courts (surprise!)  It’s a complicated issue, and you should read the link to get more details on the arguments on each side.  But the major takeaway is that once again, the 9th Circuit looked at a law that allowed even the slightest interpretation and, in effect, created their own version of it that differed wildly from what lawmakers obviously intended. 

If, as the plaintiffs contend, the law is vague, confusing or unfair, then the solution should be to lobby Congress to fix the law, not expect a judge to rewrite it. 

 

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  • Amelia Little

    03/22/2019 11:37 AM

    I come from small town America. The majority of our citizens are actually of Mexican descent (like, 51% according to one article) followed by non-hispanic, non-Asian whites, and Asians particulary from Vietnam. Like you say, people live next door to each other, work side-by-side, eat in the same restaurants, etc etc etc. We have few blacks, but those who are here have been in positions of importance at their jobs, own their own business. Where I worked, even as far as 30+ years ago, there were managers who were black, hispanic, and even homosexual. The criteria was that they do their jobs effectively. Period. One thing about the (what would now be LBGTQRST) people were, it was not made an issue. They didn't wear signs saying "look at me and what I am" they just came to work and did their jobs like everyone else. We all go to various restaurants, regardless of who is managing or working (as long as they do their jobs) and no one I have heard of has refused to go to a restaurant because of the race/nationality of the manager and staff. We don't even have people saying non-Mexicans should not eat at Mexican restaurants, or non-Asians should not go to restaurants serving Asian cuisine. Heck, haven't heard anyone complain about "Taco Tuesdays." Heck, there are non-Mexicans working in Mexican eateries, and Mexicans and Asians working in restaurants serving American cuisine. I suppose it's that way in a majority of places around the country.

  • Gary L Koch

    03/22/2019 09:30 AM

    In 2009/2010 didn't Cong Pelosi say a person doesn't become an adult until age 26, so the parents had to keep their kids on their health care plan?
    Now they are adults at 16, talking about that boy/girl who they like/dislike and the latest song from their favorite artist and other similar subjects.

  • Richard Payne

    03/21/2019 08:21 AM

    Can you project when the trials may start for those who tried to overthrow our elected government?

  • Phil Tinnes

    03/21/2019 08:18 AM

    I've just finished reading License to Lie by Sidney Powell. wow! Would that every reader in the USA would read it. Thank you for your "Evening Report". I kike it; very helpful. Best from Phil

  • Richard Leedy

    03/21/2019 06:50 AM

    So, the Democrats want to go to: the popular vote determines who becomes President. Let them "put their money where their mouth is". Start with THEIR nomination process. First, get rid of the super delegates. Then have the winner be determined by the candidate that has the highest total popular vote. They will see that no one campaigns in small states or small towns in large states - their vote doesn't matter. Also, candidates won't be spending money in those "little" states and towns. Once they have shown how "well" it works for several elections, perhaps the nation will adopt it.

  • Gregory McDowell

    03/21/2019 01:11 AM

    With regards to lowering the voting age to 16. Wouldn't it be ironic if 16-year-olds voted to lower the gun buying age to 15 and approved the right for them to carry those guns on campus? This is just another liberal idea demonstrating how liberals have no vision for unintended consequences.

  • David Edward Williar

    03/20/2019 11:29 PM

    Governor:
    Will you be going “on tour” with your show or to speak anywhere around the country?
    You would draw large crowds!
    ??

  • Wayne Hilchen

    03/20/2019 10:52 PM

    You mentioned Bernie Sanders had supported socialism in Venezuela, but the results are terrible. Bernie also said great things about medical care for everyone in Finland, but the system went broke. Now what will socialist Bernie brag about? I hope the young people who follow Bernie will realize what he supports in socialism doesn't work.

  • Geri Zamora

    03/20/2019 10:26 PM

    'From the "Science is Settled Desk"' feature, I'm asking you to take your own advice when you stated, "It should serve as a lesson that when you abandon basic morality in the name of “science,” you end up with bad morality and bad science." I'm asking that you apply this same defense to a parents' choice not to vaccinate their children. Despite what the CDC claims, vaccine science is NOT settled. I could cite so many studies, but I will instead cite this article titled: "Harvard Immunologist to Legislators: Unvaccinated Children Pose ZERO Risk to Anyone". It includes an appendix at the bottom with several documented studies of different vaccines. This fundamental right of parental freedom is of neither a liberal or conservative ideology. This scientist hopes "that it will correct several common misperceptions about vaccines in order to help you formulate a fair and balanced understanding that is supported by accepted vaccine theory and new scientific findings." Please read:
    http://healthimpactnews.com/2017/harvard-immunologist-to-legislators-unvaccinated-children-pose-zero-risk-to-anyone/?fbclid=IwAR3hp0zjV6lH77BH5gKco3_2p_G-MqHlggKBJVNHo9-515JWp4pRGooKw4M

  • Carl Smith

    03/20/2019 09:27 PM

    Academia turned Marxist at the turn of the Last century (1900) . Media became consolidated in thought by 5 Financial Conglomerates and as Dr. King mentioned about rocking the boat a better explanation might be the Port side is Rowing in opposition to the Starboard side and the result is moving in a Circle. Consider what America would look like if WE the People all Rowed in the Same Direction? You Know! Follow the lead set by that bunch of old wig wearing Geniuses. There are very few who come near the intellect of our Founders in todays society. But, Don't ask me because when I was the age of many on the Left I was without a doubt the smartest , most intelligent person walking on the planet. It took 50 years to discover that Socrates was correct -" The only true Wisdom is in knowing you know nothing"

  • JOHN A. HOWARD

    03/20/2019 09:18 PM

    Truly disappointed in the President making terrible comments about John McCain today. There is an old saying, although I cannot quote exactly that, no matter what, you don't speak ill of the dead. President Trump should let sleeping dogs lie, no pun intended. He had a chance today to tout everything he and the administration has done that has been good for our Country, but instead he chose to give the news media something to use against him. For a man who appears to be smart, I think he lets his mouth get in gear before his brain does. Although this was not a campaign rally, he lost more votes than he gained!

  • Donna pope

    03/20/2019 08:27 PM

    https://youtu.be/NH6M9cad7es

    Please listen and save our country Mike!! We need Congressional legislation on this NOW! Please start a petition. We can’t have the big city and states electoral deciding who will be President! NPVIC MUST BE STOPPED AND OR REVERSED! Thank you!

  • Clarence Burton

    03/20/2019 08:12 PM

    Is there a suit that is challenging the right of state legislators to transfer electoral college votes to the winners of the popular vote nation wide??

  • Lawrence E. Foster

    03/20/2019 07:48 PM

    Democrats can't make up their minds about who is an adult. Nanny Pelosi wants to lower the voting age, and Delaware (another braindead democrat state) just voted to raise the age for buying cigarettes to 21. I think the problem is defining adulthood. One definition is "the age at which one accepts responsibility". That may explain democrats inability to grapple with who is an adult, because by that definition, no democrat since Harry Truman has been an adult - they refuse to accept responsibility for anything they screw up.

  • Waylon Bush

    03/20/2019 07:26 PM

    I spent 41 years of my life in public education as teacher, coach, and school principal. Some 16 year olds MAY have a better grasp on voting for candidates than let's say someone, uhmm, Pelosi's age (who votes as if she is 16). However, a kid one step out of Jr. High School is usually more interested in, well, anything but voting. Still carrying that smooth frontal lobe. Maybe we could lower the voting age to at "birth". Hey, that would bring the Dems around to stand against abortion! The child's birth certificate could read: "Saved by the Dems", and they could cast an absentee ballot in the child's name. And may I add a final note: most of "US" ( normal, everyday, inconsequential CITIZENS) get along pretty well. In the words of the Outlaw Jose Wales, "Governments don't live together, people live together..." And Ten Bears replies (in part), "It's sad that governments are chiefed by the double-tongues "

  • Mrs. Mary Fraser Thompson

    03/20/2019 07:13 PM

    You are a treasure! You give us information on what is occurring and don't hold back on your opinion when you have more accurate details than we do. A rare breed in today's society who continues to wear well and is a strong force to keep us plain citizens "in the know" so we can vote for America's continual benefit. Thank you!

  • albert behrens

    03/20/2019 06:47 PM

    God determines everything, including the weather!

    God's name should be in every beginning of a business day, press conference, government meetings, awakening, etc. with giving praise to his glory and enabling this country to prosper!

  • Phyllis Hamre

    03/20/2019 06:44 PM

    Gov. Huckabee, I am a stanch supporter of President Trump. I implore you to speak to him about the tweets he puts out endlessly. They are not the kind of words that should come out of the mouth of the President. They are petty. They are mean spirited. They are childish. He must stop this rhetoric. Please, if you have any influence with him, get him to act like a President, not a petty child.

  • Joe Jones

    03/20/2019 06:08 PM

    I read all of them.

  • Nelda White

    03/20/2019 05:52 PM

    so they want to lower the voting age to 16. well then they need to lower the age to 16 for buying liquor, cigarettes, guns, allowed to decide about sex, serve in the military (can finish high school later), drive, purchase a car, lots of etc. think that's nus? yes it is, so is lowering the voting age to 16, just because you have a captive voter that can get an F if they don't vote the way liberal teachers tell them. of course most will because they have been brain washed to do so. how do you know they are brain washed? because they won't allow anyone to speak differently from what they have been told to think.

  • Jerry Korba

    03/20/2019 05:45 PM

    What a sad 15 year time for the West Coast. People have been waiting for that massive earthquake to hit and swallow it up, the once beautiful California and the West Coast of Washington seems like the political Hacks of those States are tired of waiting for that event to occur and are destroying themselves the landscapes, their cities, the economic structure they condone lawlessness, pitiful living conditions the list seems endless. Misfit office holders at the State and Federal have run this region to a dump like environment. What is the goal there people are leaving at an alarming rate which in its self is alarming what are they brining to their new location. What is the antidote to this mess I suggest cut the federal funding eradicate the lefts strangle hold of the public office Marshall Law for a year clean disinfect insert conservative control. President Trump another National Security Breach!!!!!!

  • Susan Russell

    03/20/2019 05:33 PM

    Re lowering the voting age to 16: Makes absolutely no sense, especially knowing that Civics and History aren't taught in our schools anymore. Until that happens, perish the thought of even thinking of giving ignorant teenagers voting rights!

  • Eileen Barayasarra

    03/20/2019 05:23 PM

    16 year olds VOTING?? One of my daughters turned 18 while in high school. Her favorite teacher was running for State Representative, asked his students to vote for him. She registered, came home from voting. We asked how it felt to vote- - expecting a patriotic answer. She replied "I voted for Mr. __________. On all the rest, I just went EENIE-MEENIE-MINIE-MO!" And, she was two years past 16!!

  • RALPH REASOR

    03/20/2019 05:14 PM

    Mike we need your Megaphone on this ridiculous bill Pelosi introduced recently. She's hoping for a few to get thru in a vote like the reduced AGE to 16 for voting. As she says capture the KIDS at an early age.
    BLESSINGS
    RALPH & VERA REASOR

    Where the original Civil Rights Act of 1964 furthered equality by ensuring that African-Americans had equal access to public accommodations and material goods, the Equality Act would further inequality by penalizing everyday Americans for their beliefs about marriage and biological sex. Similar sexual orientation and gender identity laws at the state and local level have already been used in this way.

    Here are 5 groups who would be harmed if the Equality Act becomes law:
    employers and workers

    Employers and Workers

    The Equality Act would force employers and workers to conform to new sexual norms or else lose their businesses and jobs.

    This is already happening on the state and local level.

    The most high profile example involves Colorado baker Jack Phillips, whose case went all the way to the Supreme Court after the Colorado Civil Rights Commission accused him of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation when he declined to create a custom cake for a same-sex wedding.

    He is not the only victim. Other cases involving disagreement over the meaning of marriage feature florists, bakers, photographers, wedding venue owners, videographers, web designers, calligraphers, and public servants.

    Now citizens are being punished for their views on biological sex.

    Shortly after the Supreme Court ruling, Jack Phillips found himself in court again after an activist attorney who identifies as transgender, requested that Masterpiece Cakeshop create a “gender transition celebration” cake.

    After the Colorado Civil Rights Commission found probable cause that Phillips had discriminated on the basis of gender identity, he sued the Commission for targeting him for his Christian beliefs. Ultimately, the Commission dropped the case, and Phillips agreed to drop his own lawsuit against the agency.

    Even when victims win legal battles like Jack Phillips, conflicts like these have a chilling effect. They discourage people from opening new businesses or entering into certain fields entirely.

    A federal sexual orientation and gender identity law would preclude compromise of any kind on disagreements about marriage and sexuality.

    Take Peter Vlaming. This high school French teacher was dismissed under the school’s anti-discrimination policy after he refused to comply with administrators’ orders to use a female student’s preferred masculine pronouns. Vlaming had tried to accommodate the student by avoiding pronouns altogether and addressing the student by their preferred masculine name, but this was deemed insufficient by the school board.

    The Equality Act would increase conflicts like these and put people out of work for their beliefs.

    medical professionals

    Medical Professionals

    The Equality Act would force hospitals and insurers to provide and pay for these therapies against any moral or medical objections. It would politicize medicine by forcing professionals to act against their best medical judgment and provide transition-affirming therapies.

    The fight is already here. Catholic hospitals in California and New Jersey have been sued for declining to perform hysterectomies on otherwise healthy women who want to become male. A third Catholic hospital in Washington settled out of court when the ACLU sued them for declining to perform a double mastectomy on a gender dysphoric sixteen-year-old girl.

    These cases would multiply under the Equality Act. This bill would politicize medicine by forcing doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals to offer drastic procedures—not in view of new scientific discoveries, but by ideological fiat.

    parents

    Parents and Children

    This politicization of medicine would ultimately harm families by normalizing hormonal and surgical interventions for gender dysphoric children as well as ideological “education” in schools and other public venues.

    80 to 95 percent of children with gender dysphoria no longer feel distressed by their bodies after puberty. Yet activists continue to push their own radical protocol: social transition as young as 4, puberty blocking drugs as young as 9, cross-sex hormones as young as 14, and surgery by 18 (or, in some cases, even younger).

    This protocol could become mandatory in the future. The latest issue of the American Journal of Bioethics includes an article arguing that the state should overrule the parents of gender dysphoric children who do not consent to giving them puberty-blocking drugs.

    By silencing the scientific debate on transgender-affirming therapies through the politicization of medicine, the Equality Act would further normalize this radical protocol, and create an expectation that parents comply.

    In fact, parents in Ohio lost custody of their seventeen-year-old daughter because they declined to put her on testosterone supplements.

    It is no secret that radical gender ideology has found its way into our schools (see here and here). This bill would stigmatize any and all opposition to such indoctrination.

    The Equality Act would put parental rights to make decisions about their children’s medical treatment and education at risk.

    women and girls

    Women

    The Equality Act would ultimately lead to the erasure of women by dismantling sex-specific facilities, sports, and other female-only spaces.

    Sexual orientation and gender identity laws that open up sex-specific facilities like bathrooms, locker rooms, etc. to members of the opposite sex enable sexual assault.

    For example, Pascha Thomas was forced to remove her child from school after a male classmate assaulted her five-year-old daughter in the girls’ restroom. The boy had access to the girls’ restroom because the school’s policy that grants students access to private facilities on the basis of self-identified gender identity. Administrators refused to change the policy despite Thomas’ complaints. Federal authorities are now investigating the incident.

    The concern with these policies is that predators will take advantage of the law to gain access to victims. Policies like these make women less likely to report incidents and law enforcement less likely to get involved, for fear of being accused of discrimination.

    These policies also leave women at a disadvantage in sex-specific sports and other activities.

    Two biological males who identify and compete as women easily took first and second place at the Connecticut State Track Championships.

    Selina Soule, a female runner, lost the race—and the chance to be scouted by college coaches and selected for athletic scholarships. “We all know the outcome of the race before it even starts,” she said. “It’s demoralizing.”

    Females of all ages can expect to lose more and more opportunities like these to biological males who have a natural advantage in sports and physical activities. The Equality Act would defeat the entire purpose of Title IX, which was meant to ensure that women would have the same opportunities as men including in sports, and would leave women vulnerable to sexual assault.

    non-profits and volunteers

    Non-Profits and Volunteers

    The Equality Act would also hurt charities, volunteers, and the populations they serve.

    State and local sexual orientation and gender identity laws have shut down numerous faith-based adoption and foster care agencies across the country, in Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, California, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia.

    These states wrongly treated the belief that children do best with both a mother and a father as discriminatory, and kids are the ones who are paying the price. With 438,000 children languishing in foster care nationwide, we need more agencies working to help kids find homes, not fewer.

    Now charities that admit to the reality of biological sex are under attack too.

    In Anchorage, Alaska, a biological male twice tried to gain access to the city’s Downtown Hope Center, a shelter for homeless, abused, and trafficked women. In response, the individual sued the center for alleged “gender identity discrimination.”

    A federal sexual orientation and gender identity law could force any charity to open up private facilities—including sex-specific bathrooms, showers, and sleeping areas—to members of the opposite sex.

    The Equality Act would cost our country countless charitable organizations, which means fewer institutions would be available to serve populations in need.

    The Equality Act actually furthers inequality, especially for women and girls, by punishing anyone who does not affirm a single viewpoint of marriage and biological sex.

    A federal sexual orientation and gender identity law would empower the government to interfere in how regular Americans think, speak, and act at home, at school, at work and at play. Any bill promoting such authoritarianism is a danger to our freedoms.


  • Philip Shea

    03/20/2019 05:02 PM

    The money spent to fund the Muller "investigation" and the time to do so would probably go to fund at least a portion of the "wall".

    A better use of our taxes for sure.