A pike was placed in a large tank. At feeding times, minnows, its favorite food, were poured into the water and the pike would gobble them up in a burst of energy. Next, a clear glass cylinder was placed in the center of the tank and the minnows were placed within. The pike, unaware that an invisible barrier now separated him from his prey darted for the first minnow only to slam into the glass. Stunned, he backed away and tried again. Same result! The process went on for a few hours and finally in defeat, the pike settled to the bottom of the tank. The glass cylinder was then extracted, freeing the minnows. They swam right by the nose of the pike, but conditioning had convinced him that the minnows were inaccessible. Eventually he wasted away and died.
The lesson of the pike could be applied to the forced acceptance of transgender propaganda. We are told that we must affirm a lie that we can choose our gender rather than accept the biological evidence. Parents are being conditioned in cult-like fashion, to accept a new norm despite how destructive it is. Adolescent bodies are being irreversibly damaged by puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, top and bottom surgeries. Little to nothing is being done to help them, despite studies by reputable medical organizations showing more than 80% of gender confused adolescents eventually move on to adulthood and accept their biological gender without drugs and surgery.
The seriousness of the issue begs the question, ‘what causes gender dysphoria?’ and how is it treated Dr. Michelle Cretella, Executive Director of the American College of Pediatricians here in Rhode Island has long advocated for counseling therapy to help minors. While in Washington D.C. recently for a Family Policy Alliance conference, Dr. Roger Hiatt a Pediatric Child Psychiatrist for Youth & Families in Little Rock, Arkansas, addressed this issue. In dealing with transgender adolescents, he stated that almost all the transgender clients he has worked with were sexually abused and would greatly benefit from counseling and therapy. Considering rampant internet porn and the obvious over-sexualization of our children in our culture, especially our schools, this should be no surprise.
It may seem as if ‘resistance is futile’ and we ‘will eventually be assimilated’ to borrow a line from Star Trek but, ‘resistance is NOT futile’ and our children don’t have to be assimilated. Shockingly, in Rhode Island, professional counseling and therapy is unavailable and deemed illegal by the passage in 2017 of H5277A, the ‘Counseling Therapy Ban.’
Liberal RI legislators that year took aim and banned any professional form of therapy to help minors under 18 deal with gender confusion (dysphoria) or unwanted sexual feelings toward individuals of the same sex. The title ‘Conversion Therapy Ban’ was cleverly used to make it appear to be a religious issue, but it has become obvious this has nothing to do with religion but everything to do with political ideology.
A similar ban in Florida was repealed by a 2-1 decision in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals which sided with two therapists who said the laws in the city of Boca Raton and Palm Beach County violated their free speech rights.
We need to repeal the ban here and next year’s elections will determine whether this abuse of Rhode Island children continues or stops. There are moral legislators on both sides of the aisle that want to remove the glass cylinder that keeps children from therapy they so desperately need and with your support Family Policy Alliance stands ready to help in Rhode Island. Two years ago, we drafted the first legislation to prohibit sex-change surgeries and hormones for minors and since then, it has been passed in Arkansas and Tennessee.
Would you join me in praying and giving so we find a way to remove the glass cylinder that keeps minors from getting the help they need. It seems that it would take a miracle for that to happen in our state, but we have a miracle working God who says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV)
For God, Faith & Family,
Chairman, Board of Directors – Rhode Island