Sometimes a court rejects compelling evidence for failing to match a preferred or popular narrative.
PT is one of the parents now challenging an Alberta law that makes it illegal for teachers and principals to inform parents about what is going on with their own children (as young as five) who are involved with a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) or GSA-related activity.
PT is a proud father and husband who lives in Calgary with his wife and their three children, two of whom suffer from Autism Spectrum Disorder. The GSA at a Calgary public school tried to convince their 12-year-old autistic daughter that she was actually a boy; she should transition to boyhood by taking hormones and eventually having surgery; she should use a boy’s name and the boys’ change-rooms; her parents are not trustworthy; she should leave her church and her parents.
The parents did not learn about how the school’s GSA had indoctrinated their daughter until she became severely depressed and suicidal. “Our daughter could have lost her life because her school chose to withhold information from us as parents,” explains PT in a filed affidavit.
This past June, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Johhna Kubik dismissed PT’s affidavit as mere hearsay.
She willfully ignored a large quantity of corroborating evidence from other sources, which confirmed the father’s account of how the school’s GSA had severely harmed his daughter.
The court ignored evidence that:
• the provincial GSA conference is open to students from kindergarten to grade 12;
• there are a growing number of GSAs in elementary schools;
• GSAs promote a new, unscientific ideology that gender is entirely subjective and not dependent upon or related to one’s biological sex;
• GSA meetings and activities are regularly held off school property, and occasionally in towns and cities other than where the host school is located;
• politicians and other members of the public have regular and open access to attend GSAs meetings without parental permission or even notification;
• materials used in and by GSAs openly seek to discredit those who hold traditional beliefs concerning sexuality, marriage and gender; and that
• GSAs and supporting teachers actively tell students that parents won’t be informed for the sake of students’ “safety”.
The court also dismissed, without credible reasons, evidence from medical experts that gender-confused children are harmed by affirmation therapy, and by hormonal and surgical treatment to outwardly change the sex of the patient.
For example, one Swedish study measured the long-term effects of people who had cross-sex hormone therapy and surgical manipulation and found their suicide rate was 19 times higher than the general population.
Dr. Miriam Grossman testified that the vast majority of children, especially younger ones, will be confused and frightened upon learning that doctors sometimes remove a penis, and give people medicine to grow a beard or breasts.
For vulnerable children who struggle with anxiety, learning disability, lower IQ, or lack of stability at home, the exposure to frightening, age-inappropriate information may cause even more harm.
Ignoring abundant evidence about what really goes on in GSAs, Justice Kubik accepted without question the Alberta government’s claim that GSAs are an unqualified good.
The secrecy provisions in Alberta’s GSA law are based on the false assumption that all parents are untrustworthy. Further, the law does not distinguish between a 17-year-old and a five-year-old, and does not account for the fact that some kids are autistic, developmentally delayed or otherwise vulnerable.
A mother would never enroll her child in a sports club, music lessons or church youth group if she were told that her child might participate in secret activities about which she would not be informed. Yet Alberta schools have secret times and spaces, mandated by law.
We all know that keeping secrets from parents is a bad thing, justified only in rare and unusual situations. But when GSAs and transgenderism enter the picture, many people reject common sense. For them, nothing must stand in the way of a progressive new world that celebrates libertine sexuality, even if it means harming young and vulnerable children.
Lawyer John Carpay is president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (www.jccf.ca) which represents PT and other parents, and schools, in a constitutional challenge to Alberta’s Bill 24, to be heard by the Alberta Court of Appeal this December.