Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Franklin Graham commits 'sin of omission' while amplifying story of trans teen removed from her parents' home

Franklin Graham

There is a case brewing in Indiana regarding a trans teen and her parents and it may go before the Supreme Court.

Mary and Jeremy Cox are devout Christians who believe children should be raised based on their sex at birth, and the use of pronouns or names inconsistent with their biological sex is both immoral and harmful. But the Anderson couple clashed with their teenager, who is a transgender girl. The family's dispute that started with the Indiana Department of Child Services over care of the teen is now the focus of a case that could go before the U.S. Supreme Court.

 At issue, according to the Coxes' petition asking the court to take their case, is whether they have the right to raise their children how they see fit — and whether a court order keeping them from talking to their children about their beliefs on sex and gender violates their free speech rights.

 The case touches on some of the most controversial issues in Indiana, where conservative lawmakers have passed legislation targeting transgender rights, and LGBTQ+ advocates have turned to the courts to challenge some of those laws. The issue of parental rights has also gained political momentum, particularly among Republicans over the last few years, focusing on issues such as vaccination requirements, school curricula and gender-affirming care for transgender youth. 

 Naturally a case like this is going to get the anti-LGBTQ industry hopping. Certain conservatives are already amplifying the situation via their channels. 

Conservatives such as Franklin Graham:

In his tweet, Graham omitted a very crucial part of the story. The teen was removed because the conflict between she and her parents caused her to have an eating disorder.

At the heart of the case is the rift between the Coxes and the teenage child over gender identity — and an Indiana court's decision to remove her from her parents' custody partly because of a severe eating disorder that could get worse if she's returned home, where she felt unsafe, according to court records. 
"A disagreement between parents and a child is not a reason to remove a child from the home," the Indiana Court of Appeals said in its 2022 ruling that kept in place a Madison County judge's decision to remove the teen, identified in court records as A.C., from her parents' home. 
But the appeals court added: "This is an extreme case where Child has reacted to a disagreement with the Parents by developing an eating disorder and self-isolating, which seriously endangers Child's physical, emotional, and mental well-being."

Graham is obviously more interested in scoring points in his culture war than giving the complete story and demonstrating genuine concern, particularly to the trans teen caught in the middle.

Hat tip to Assigned Media.

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