“This could never happen, said those who called my stance against Bill C16 alarmist. I read the law and saw that it was, to the contrary, inevitable.” Dr Jordan B Peterson
In my last article, I brought you the story of the jailed Canadian Pastor awaiting his court date for opening his church, even though the maximum penalties for which he is charged holds no jail time and his church continues to hold services without him.
This week I’m bringing you a story you probably haven’t seen from any MSM.
A father in Canada has been imprisoned for calling his biological female child his daughter.
No there’s no typo in what I just wrote unfortunately this is where we are at as a society.
In all my years of writing, this has been one of the hardest articles to write. The pain I feel in researching this story could only be less than the pain Robert Hoogland must be going through as he fights for his child to the point of going to jail for her. After losing a recent hearing.
Are 13 year olds considered developed enough to drive or vote? The Canadian legal system doesn’t believe anyone under the age of 16 is old enough to make medical decisions for themselves which is one of the many perplexing parts of this case.
The Canadian legal system has essentially ruled parents are no longer relevant in the rearing of a child. The child’s mother has agreed to go along with the court’s orders, while the father continues to fight them. He is concerned that if in the years ahead she chooses to desist in her belief that she is a boy, that medically it will be too late. The court ordered testosterone has already started to change the child’s voice and facial hair growth. His concerns statistically are sound, with an estimated 85% of children switching back after puberty. More medical information can be found here. If she is among the majority she won’t be able to have children.
There are many legal precedents this case is setting and only time will tell how this story ends. What if she does change her mind and then decides to sue her mother, the medical system, or the legal system? There is such a legal case in the UK.
As part of the court orders, Hoogland was told not to refer to his child as female by British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Francesca Marzari as part of her transitioning. He has since been found guilty of the criminal offense of family violence for not using the court ordered words.
The medical treatment the child is on is experimental. The endocrinologists recommending the treatment do not know the long term health effects. The father wanted to pursue mental health solutions that didn’t involve drugs. A report into the known effects of puberty blockers is alarming. With an increase rather than a decrease in children suffering from self harm thoughts. The children also lost bone density making them more susceptible to broken bones and osteoporosis.
If you have children or are thinking of having children do you want to be able to raise them how you choose, or do you want the government to be able to do whatever they want to your children? It’s a very slippery slope and slippery slopes are always easier to slide down than climb back up.
We are one step away from The Minority Report where you can be found guilty of thought crimes.
If a pastor can go to jail for trying to help his community, if a parent can go to jail for trying to help their child..
My head is spinning at where we are at as a society. The answer of living our lives as God designed them to be, seems so simple, yet increasingly so controversial. Maybe the life you are living hasn’t been adversely affected yet. Maybe you think things will go back to the way they were next week, month, year. The saying that keeps reverberating in my brain is if nothing changes, nothing changes. It’s time for you to be the change!
Are you willing to go to jail for your children?
Neville Hiatt was the 2020 Press Services International Tronson Senior Writers Award Winner for Australia. His previous posts for can be read here.
He spent a decade working for Radio Stations before his career was intermissioned by someone in a hurry to get home from work. For more of his award winning creativity visit http://nevillehiatt.com.
He also blogs for http://altcoincollege.com/covering the way cryptocurrencies and blockchain are changing our world.