Recent outrage in conservative media has focused on a nasty custody fight over a 6-year-old Texan called James by his father and Luna by his mother. The mother has charged the father with child abuse for not affirming the boy as transgender. With his father, the child answers to “James,” wears boys’ clothing and behaves normally for a boy; with his mother (but no one else), he answers to “Luna” and dresses like a girl. That a small child would adapt to each parent’s differing expectations should surprise nobody.
Nevertheless, the court has already required the father to provide James with girls’ clothes (which James refuses to wear), and the mother is trying to terminate the father’s parental rights and force him to pay for transgender therapy and medical alterations, which may include hormonal sterilization starting at age eight. It is noteworthy that Walt Heyer of The Federalist, who broke the story, became an activist after regretting the gender-reassignment surgery that ruined his own youth.
While I have all the best hopes for James’ father to prevail in this legal contest, I think he would be amiss to not prepare a bolt-hole in some place like Russia in case worse comes to worst. While conservatives have grown quite comfortable with being the more law-abiding party, our nation was founded on the idea that there are injustices which ought never to be submitted to. Acquiescing to the court-ordered castration of one’s child is not something that anybody should seriously consider.