WALSH: How Mental Illness Is Fostered In Children

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Like any rational person, I was horrified by the story of the mother who is trying to force her 6-year-old son to be transgender. Her ex-husband, the boy's father, wants to rescue him from the clutches of his mother and the quack "gender transition therapist" she hired, but the courts are standing in the way. Indeed, the father is legally compelled to offer the boy the option of wearing dresses and to refrain from speaking to him about the biological realities of human sexuality.

Coincidentally, the boy only "wants" to wear girl clothing and go by his girl name, Luna, rather than his real name, James, when he is with his mother. Around anyone else, he is perfectly content to be a normal boy, doing normal boy things. Nonetheless, his mother is proceeding with the transition and may even begin the process of hormonal sterilization within the next two years. The whole situation is horrifying. I can only pray that sanity will one day be restored in our civilization, and, on that day, all of the doctors and parents who foisted gender confusion on children will be sent to prison for felony child abuse. But I fear we are a long way from that goal, and things may get much worse before they get better.

This case is terrible and deeply distressing yet instructive. We see in real time how mental illness can be fostered in a child. Apparently this poor boy is still resisting the efforts, but no child can withstand this kind of manipulation and exploitation forever. If the mother's side wins out, the boy is likely doomed to a lifetime, or at least many years, of confusion and despair. It is no surprise that "gender fluidity" is increasingly common in young adults. This new reality didn't materialize out of nowhere, accidentally. There are powerful forces at work in our culture — the medical industry, academia, the courts, and many families — intent on creating a generation of muddled, disoriented, mentally ill people.

In more rational times, it was generally understood that children are innocent and ignorant. They do not know very much about the world or themselves. They need guidance, clarity, instruction. It was also understood that children have wonderful and active imaginations. A boy may claim to be a dragon or a pirate or a dinosaur. Or he may even claim to be a girl. All of these claims are the same in terms of their relationship to reality and the seriousness with which they should be taken. Parents would allow children to live in their fantasy worlds, but would pull them back and ground them again in reality if the fantasies became distressing or confounding for the child. There was no problem of "gender dysphoria." There was no such thing as a "transgender child." Kids were just kids, and that's how they were treated and raised and taught.

Have parents and doctors and teachers lost sight of these realities? Do they really not understand how children operate? Are they really so stupid, so crazy, as to honestly believe that a three-year-old boy is communicating some kind of mysterious and unseen reality when he claims to be a girl? I think there are indeed a lot of stupid and crazy people in the world today, but I don't think this is simply a matter of stupidity and craziness. I think it's far more insidious than that.

Everyone still knows that children are innocent and ignorant, but some have sought to take advantage of that fact. Young James is the victim of exploitation, not just foolishness. There are certain people in our society — some of them parents, some of them doctors, some of them judges — who see the innocence of youth as an opportunity. To them, children are the perfect lab rats in the great social experiment they have undertaken. The ultimate goal is to build a radical leftist utopia. If that means destroying a few kids, or ten million kids, so be it. That's a price worth paying, in their minds.

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