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



‘Social Contagion’

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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Texas Attorney General Says He’s ‘Willing and Able’ to Defend Law Banning Sodomy if Supreme Court Reverses Ruling



Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton says he is “willing and able” to defend his state’s law banning sodomy, which was struck down in 2003 by the U.S. Supreme Court in Lawrence v. Texas, should the court revisit it as at least one conservative justice has urged.

Responding to several questions about Lawrence v. Texas Tuesday on News Nation, Paxton said, “look my job is to defend state law and I’ll continue to do that. That is my job under the Constitution and I’m certainly willing and able to do that.”

Attorneys General are not required to defend laws they believe are discriminatory or unconstitutional, as then-U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in 2014, before the Supreme Court found same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage.

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Asked if he would go even further, perhaps providing a test case for the Supreme Court to test the state’s sodomy ban, Paxton said, “I’d have to take a look at it,” as the Houston Chronicle reports.

“This is all new territory for us so I’d have to how the Legislature was laid out and whether we thought we could defend it. Ultimately, if it’s constitutional, we’re going to go defend it.”

On Friday Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas appeared to target LGBTQ people.

“In future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell,” Thomas wrote on Friday, as NBC News reports. “Because any substantive due process decision is ‘demonstrably erroneous,’ we have a duty to ‘correct the error’ established in those precedents.”

NBC News explains that “Griswold was a 1965 Supreme Court decision that established the right for married couples to buy and use contraceptives. It became the basis for the right to contraception for all couples a few years later. Lawrence was a 2003 Supreme Court decision that established the right for consenting adults to engage in same-sex intimacy. Obergefell was a 2015 Supreme Court decision to establish the right for same-sex couples to be married.”



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Mississippi House Speaker Wants 12 Year Old Rape Victims of Incest to Give Birth to their Father’s Children



The Mississippi Republican Speaker of the House says there should be no exception to the state’s ban on abortion now that the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the five-decade-old Roe v Wade ruling. Asked specifically about 12-year-old girls who are victims of incest, Speaker Philip Gunn repeatedly stated his “personal belief” is “life begins at conception.”

“What about the case of a 12-year-old girl who was molested by her father or uncle?” an Associated Press reporter, Emily Wagster Pettus, asked the Speaker on Friday, as the Mississippi Free Press reports.

Mississippi’s ban on abortion “does not include an exception for incest,” Gunn replied, as the Free Press’ Ashton Pittman reports. “I don’t know that that will be changed.”

Asked if “the Legislature should revisit” that part of the law, the Speaker responded, “Personally, no. I do not.”

“I believe life begins at conception. Every life is valuable. And those are my personal beliefs,” Speaker Gunn insisted.

Another reporter pressed Gunn further.

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“So that 12-year-old child molested by her family members should carry that pregnancy to term?” Daily Journal reporter Taylor Vance asked.

“That is my personal belief. I believe life begins at conception,” the Speaker repeated.

Gunn concluded by saying he did not want his remarks to overshadow the significance of the Supreme Court’s nearly unprecedented decision, reversing a civil right. He said members of the Mississippi House of Representatives were “going to celebrate that today.”

Watch the Speaker’s remarks below or at this link.

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Teachers Told to Remove Rainbows, Photos of Same-Sex Spouses as DeSantis’ ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Law Goes Into Effect



Teachers in Orange County, Florida are being told to scrape rainbow stickers off doors and windows, take photos of their families off their desks if they have a same-sex spouse, and are being directed to report if a student comes out as LGBTQ, as Governor Ron DeSantis‘ “Don’t Say Gay” law goes into effect July 1, according to a teachers’ organization.

Attorneys for the district held meetings with administrators last week, and “advised principals what behaviors would and would not be legal under the law during a ‘Camp Legal’ presentation,” ABC affiliate WFTV reports.

The Orange County Teachers’ Association (CTA) says teachers are also being told they cannot wear rainbows on their clothing, “including lanyards distributed by the district last year.” Elementary school teachers are also being told to not even discuss their families if they have a same-sex spouse.

Stickers denoting a particular classroom is a “safe space” for LGBTQ students and others are to be removed, and “teachers will have to report to parents if a student ‘comes out’ to them and they must use pronouns assigned at birth, regardless of what the parents allow, the CTA reported.”

“It will be alarming if our district chooses to interpret this law in the most extreme way,” CTA President-Elect Clinton McCracken told WFTV. “We want them to protect student privacy. We want them to make sure that they’re creating and helping to create safe classrooms. We believe our school board supports that.”

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