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Religious Right Radio Segment Blames Media and Social Media for ‘Grooming’ Kids to Come Out as Transgender

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A segment on a Religious Right radio show yesterday blamed social media policies designed to protect transgender people from online harassment and the fact that communities of transgender people exist on the internet for the fact that some children come out as transgender.

Tim Graham, executive editor of Media Research Center’s NewsBusters site, and Cathy Ruse (photo), senior fellow of legal studies at Family Research Council, joined American Family Association Governmental Affairs Director Sandy Rios on her weekday morning show on American Family Radio yesterday. Family Research Council and American Family Association are both considered anti-LGBT hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

During their joint interview, Rios brought up Jazz Jennings, a transgender girl who is the focus of the TLC show “I Am Jazz.” Rios cited the TLC program as part of the “huge role in influencing our children” that media have played regarding LGBT issues in America.

“They laid the groundwork. They have groomed [children] for these moments,” Rios said.

Alluding to an article that Graham co-authored with MRC’s Brent Bozell, Rios asked Graham to expand on the role that social media has supposedly played in encouraging children to transition from one gender identity to another.

“In Twitter, for example, or Facebook, you get punished for saying things that are critical of transgender advocates,” Graham said. “Anything where you basically try to make the point that boys are boys and girls are girls and that’s the way—‘Oh, don’t say it’—that’s the way God made us. These sorts of things, yeah, get you banned or get you temporarily suspended.”

He added, “I mean it’s one thing to say, ‘Oh, well they’re just trying to be anti-hate.’ Statements like ‘boys are boys and girls are girls’ is not a statement of hate, but that’s the way that that ideology processes it.”

Rios asked Ruse a similar question: whether she saw social media influencing children to transition.

“Well there’s no question about that,” Ruse answered, going on to point to a study by Lisa Littman that coined a new term: “rapid-onset gender dysphoria,” which argued that persuasion via social media was a reason that adolescents were coming out as transgender. Almost as soon as it was published, the study was widely criticized as harmful to transgender youth and its reliance on shoddy science. The study relied on reports by parents, and had only a small sample size.

“The number one influence on their daughters was social media,” Ruse said of the parents who took part in the study. “[The author] talks about this being a social contagion. … There are websites apparently teaching kids how to get these hormones without their parents knowing,” Ruse added.

Ruse went on to compare coming out as transgender to developing anorexia.

“This is going to take lives, as well. And I think until we start seeing lawsuits nothing is going to stop this,” Ruse said.

This article was originally published by Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.

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Watch: Anti-Vaxx ‘Expert’ Claims COVID-19 Vaccines Will Turn People Into ‘Transhumanist Cyborgs’ Controlled by 5G

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Sherri Tenpenny is an influential religious-right anti-vaccine activist who has testified before the Ohio state House, appeared on Charlie Kirk’s podcast, and been a speaker at multiple ReAwaken America events, where she has shared the stage with the likes of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Eric Trump, Mike Lindell, Michael Flynn, Roger Stone, and Alex Jones.

Despite the fact that Tenpenny is an osteopathic doctor with no expertise on vaccines, she regularly appears on right-wing programs where she spreads wild conspiracy theories about COVID-19 vaccines.

Recently, she has begun to claim that COVID-19 vaccines are designed to create “quantum entanglement” between those who take them and the internet in an effort to turn humanity into “transhumanist cyborgs.”

“The stated goal is to depopulate the planet and the ones that are left, either make them chronically sick or turn them into transhumanist cyborgs that can be manipulated externally by 5G, by magnets, by all sorts of things,” Tenpenny said during an appearance on “The Stew Peters Show” Thursday night. “I got dragged through the mud by the mainstream media when I said that in May of last year in front of the House committee in Columbus, [Ohio]. Well, guess what? It’s all true.”

“The whole issue of quantum entanglement and what the shots do in terms of the frequencies and the electronic frequencies that come inside of your body and hook you up to the ‘Internet of Things,’ the quantum entanglement that happens immediately after you’re injected,” she continued. “You get hooked up to what they’re trying to develop. It’s called the hive mind, and they want all of us there as a node and as an electronic avatar that is an exact replica of us except it’s an electronic replica, it’s not our God given body that we were born with. And all of that will be running through the metaverse that they’re talking about. All of these things are real, Stew. All of them. And it’s happening right now. It’s not some science fiction thing happening out in the future; it’s happening right now in real time.”

 

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School Officials Remove Student’s ‘Gay Is OK’ Artwork and Liken It to the Nazi Flag, Sparking Local Outrage

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The principal and vice-principal of an Athens, Georgia elementary school are under fire from both parents and faculty after they reportedly ordered an unnamed student’s artwork that includes the words “Gay is OK” to be removed from a collection of works hung on a classroom wall, with the vice-principal allegedly comparing it to the Nazi flag.

“It’s been brought to our attention that one local school’s administration at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary did not find the art to be ‘okay.’ A local teacher has had the art hanging in her classroom since October, as part of several different student art pieces. According to the teacher, one parent eventually complained to the principal,” Athens Pride reveals on its Facebook page, which has also been reported by multiple news outlets.

“The principal reportedly asked the teacher to move the art to a less offensive place– she stood in solidarity with the student and did not remove the piece,” the Athens Pride post continues. “We have been told she was then summoned to the principal and vice principal’s office, where the display of the rainbow and verbiage were likened to ‘displaying a swastika’ by the school’s vice principal.”

Local Georgia news outlet 11Alive reports parent and University of Georgia professor Jemelleh Coes says, “Nothing has been done and that is part of the problem and that is why we are finally at a place like this. Enough is enough.”

“There are ongoing complaints about this current administration has been discriminatory against women, being discriminatory against LGBTQ people, being discriminatory against English language learners or emerging bilinguals, emerging multilingual and Spanish speakers. So we have seen a pattern of inequity at our school and we have been asking for support at this point for years,” Coes added.

A current teacher who wished to speak anonymously said in a statement to 11Alive: “On behalf of a majority of the staff at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School, we are disheartened that these words and actions have happened in our school building during this time. This does not represent why we chose this profession, and it does not represent the feelings, beliefs, values, and attributes our amazing school family has within these four walls. We are disheartened that there has been no action taken by CCSD or our building administration to rectify the divide that has been caused. We will continue to seek resolution and promote a community of love, acceptance, and tolerance within our building and community. ”

Athens Pride on Facebook sums up the current situation: “The truth is, our children are watching and they are listening.”

 

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Christian Nationalist Home-Schooling Podcaster Running for Congress to Bring ‘The Name of God’ Back Into Politics

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Early in 2021, Christian nationalist home-schooling advocate, author, and podcaster Heidi St. John launched a bid for U.S. Congress in Washington state’s 3rd Congressional District. Outraged by incumbent Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s vote to impeach former President Donald Trump in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, St. John decided to try and unseat her in the GOP primary by appealing to MAGA voters, denouncing public libraries as “evil organizations,” and pledging to “be a mom for America.”

Earlier this month, St. John appeared on the “Stand Up For The Truth” podcast, where she sounded Seven Mountains and Christian nationalist themes that have been central to her campaign, describing politics as “a spiritual battle” and vowing to “bring back the name of God into the political sphere.”

“[Politics is] in my blood,” St. John said. “And I think it should be in the blood of every Christ follower. Politics determined policy, and it is policy that has murdered 63 million of our unborn in this country. It is policy that has gotten us into the mess that we are in as a nation, and we need wise people and godly people to ascend to positions of authority in the nation.”

“What we’ve observed over years and years and years is a church deciding to pull itself out of arguably one of the most important aspects of the culture, which is determining our laws and determining the policy that governs the people here,” she continued. “Christians belong in every sphere of influence. We have a command to be strong and courageous. [God] did not say, ‘Be strong and courageous except for in the political sphere, stay out of that one.’ No, we belong in every sphere of influence. We belong in medicine. We belong in entertainment. We belong in education. And we belong in politics.”

“[Christians] should be canvassing, they should be helping clean up the voter rolls, they should be running for positions of authority in every sphere of influence,” St. John added. “We bring back the name of Jesus, we bring back the name of God into the political sphere and we say out loud, ‘What is the biggest problem in our country? We have turned away from God.’”

“This is a spiritual battle,” St. John declared. “We know that we serve the Lord of Heaven’s armies. We serve the creator of the universe, the one who spoke the world into being. He can do anything. And I think he’s calling his people back out of hiding and out of the shadows and into the battle and onto the battlefield.”

This article was originally published by Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.

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