Whoopi Goldberg suggested on Thursday that the Bible would support parents having the right to subject their minor children to sex reassignment surgeries.
Goldberg made the comments during Thursday’s broadcast of ABC midday talk show “The View” — following a conversation about a trans-identifying Montana lawmaker who faced disciplinary action for breaking the rules of decorum.
Rep. Zooey Zephyr (D-Missoula), a biological male who identifies as female, lashed out at Republican colleagues who opposed transgender surgeries for minors: “I hope the next time there’s an invocation when you bow your heads in prayer, you see the blood on your hands.”
The GOP-controlled state House voted to censure Zephyr, barring the lawmaker from appearing in the House but allowing votes by remote through the end of the current legislative session.
Goldberg and co-host Sunny Hostin criticized the move, however, claiming it was proof that Republicans were banning speech.
Whoopi shouts: "God was really clear" in the Bible that he wants so-called gender-affirming care for underaged kids.
She shouts that parents should have the right to mutilate their kids. pic.twitter.com/r9dZV8mDbc
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) April 27, 2023
“Now, what the hell is going on in this country? That’s what I want to know,” Goldberg began, asserting that Republicans had simply voted to punish Zephyr because they didn’t like being forced to listen to an opposing point of view.
“What are the rules that say, ‘I don’t like what you’re saying, so I’m going to get a whole bunch of people to think like I think and we’re going to ban you from talking,'” Goldberg continued. “When did that become the law of the land?”
Hostin cut in then, saying that she had looked it up and there was no such law. Both ignored the fact that Zephyr’s supporters had disrupted state House proceedings — loudly chanting until they had to be removed from the gallery — and several had been arrested in connection with the protest.
Whoopi then turned to the argument that had gotten Zephyr banned — over a bill that would ban transgender surgeries for minors — and claimed that if the GOP believed in parental rights then parents should be able to consent to life-altering and irreversible procedures for their children.
“My God, this is a party that says we believe in parents’ rights,” Goldberg shouted. “You’re telling me that as a parent, I don’t — I’m not smart enough to decide if my child and I need to have gender-affirming — or doctors are not involved.”
“So what is — I can’t decide what my kid reads, I can’t decide for my child, what my child says is going on,” Goldberg continued. “You’re telling me your beliefs — you’re — and they keep saying it, and I keep saying, ‘What Bible are you reading? Because God was really clear!'”
Goldberg did not explain what exactly God had been “really clear” about, but Hostin voiced her agreement.