California’s Pro-Trans Child Custody Bill Is Pure Emotional Blackmail
"There’s a bill sitting on Gavin Newsom’s desk that would not only render the First Amendment null and void but also strip parents of their most fundamental rights and responsibilities toward their children. It’s not a matter of if the governor will sign it, but when.
The bill, the Transgender, Gender-Diverse, and Intersex Youth Empowerment Act, dictates that courts must consider “gender affirmation” in child custody battles. It states that in seeking to determine the “health, safety, and welfare of the child,” courts must consider “a parent’s affirmation of the child’s gender identity or gender expression.”"
A Parable: The Pitcher, the Chicken, and the Crow
A thirsty chicken and a thirsty crow were each given a pitcher of water. First, they tried reaching into the pitchers with their beaks, but neither could reach the water. Then they tried pushing the pitchers over, but they were heavy and sturdily built so they would not tip.
The chicken began flapping its wings and strutted up to the crow. "No fair!" squawked the chicken "the greedy farmer hasn't given us enough water." The crow shrugged and began hopping around the pitcher, looking at it this way and that.
The chicken strutted off and went to complain to the farmer. It squawked and squawked, but the farmer ignored it. It went back to the crow, who was grabbing pebbles in his beak and dropping them into his pitcher. "Come with me!" it said, "Let's demand that the farmer give us our water!" The crow ignored it and returned to his work.
The chicken went again to the farmer and decided to take its protest to the next level. It scratched and pecked at the farmer's leg, cutting the skin, until the farmer angrily kicked it away. Indignant, the chicken went back to the crow, squawking more than ever. "That brutal farmer kicked me," it complained. "All I was doing was demanding my rights."
By this point, the crow was standing on the top of his pitcher, happily drinking. He had dropped enough pebbles into the pitcher that the water level had risen nearly to the top. The chicken saw this and walked up to the crow to complain. "Unfair!" it cried. "I want water too."
The crow looked over at the chicken and said: "I have water because while you were complaining, I was looking for a way to get the water. The first two ways did not work, but I kept trying until I came up with something better. Then I patiently put in the hard work to put my plan into action, and now, finally, I can drink. You can do the same with your pitcher, and you will have water too. You are bigger and stronger than me, so it will be even easier for you."
The chicken strutted over to its pitcher and picked up one pebble and dropped it in and sat down. "This is hard work!" it complained "I'm thirsty and I'm tired."
The crow looked over at the chicken and said "just this one time I will be charitable. You can drink from my pitcher, but next time you must do the work yourself."
The chicken hopped up and stuck its head down. Because its beak was shorter than the crow's, it could not quite reach the water.
"You cheated me!" it cried, "I cannot reach the water!"
"I am sorry," said the crow, "but you are only a few pebbles short. Surely you can do the tiny bit of work yourself."
The crow flew off, its thirst satiated. The chicken scratched at the ground and squawked and squawked but nobody would listen, and it stayed thirsty.
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