Twit Awards for the Week 7/31/23

Twit Awards for the Week 7/31/23

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As we mentioned in the news, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Limited Government held a hearing on gender-affirming medicine for minors, but had no doctors among the witnesses. For excluding doctors from testifying about medical care, the subcommittee gets a Twit Award. This story comes from The Advocate.

Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach is arguing that a law which forbids the state from updating the gender marker on driver’s licenses and state ID cards should be enforced. This week, in court, he argued that five transgender people who are suing to stop the law taking effect should not be allowed to intervene in the suit, as it would create a “legal morass.” These transgender people are the people most directly affected by the law, and yet, the state Attorney General argues that they should have no say in the suit. Admittedly, the transgender people are not a party to the suit–the suit is to force the employees to follow the law which the legislature passed. For attempting to silence the people most directly affected, Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach gets a Twit Award. The Associated Press has this story.

In New Jersey, Christine Gallinaro took her 15-year-old son, who has autism, to see a movie. While at the movie theatre, she took her son to use the ladies’ room. The other ladies in the restroom did not raise an objection, seeming to understand why this mother took her non-communicative son with her instead of sending him to the men’s room alone. The theatre manager, Nicole Nicolet, told the mother that her son should not be in the ladies’ room, saying that this is “not a transgender bathroom,” and ordered another employee to to call the police. Nicolet accused the mother and her son of “creating a disturbance,” when in fact, the disturbance was caused by Nicolet’s handling of the matter. For projection, and for insisting that people were breaking the law even though police tried to explain what the law actually says, Nicole Nicolet gets a Twit Award. This story comes from LGBTQ Nation.

Brother Duncan Urbanek of the Stedfast Baptist Church in Watauga, Texas, said that if the United States executed gay and trans people by stoning them to death, people in other countries would see the U.S. as a “wise nation.” He pointed to Leviticus 20:13, failing to note that the passage was written in Hebrew, and that the people of Israel, who still speak that language, do not interpret it to mean what he thinks it means. As a Christian, it would seem that Jesus’s quote, “Let the one among you who is without sin cast the first stone,” should be applied here. For bad theology, and for either lying about or not bothering to learn about the international opinion on the death penalty, Brother Duncan Urbanek gets a Twit Award. LGBTQ Nation has this story.

Attorneys General from several states have taken steps to enforce their state’s ban on gender-affirming medical care for minors, even if the care is received in another state where it is legal. The use of cell phone data, cameras reading license plates, and the such to track those going out of state for medical care has been noted in a report by the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (S.T.O.P.). For trying to enforce their laws outside the borders of their states, and for violating the principle of “limited government” they keep proclaiming to believe in, these Attorneys General get a Twit Award. LGBTQ Nation has some tips on how to avoid this surveillance.

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