According to Heat Street, Ontario has now passed a law that would allow the government to invade your home and strip you of your child if your little Billy comes home from school one day and announces he’s a girl, and you have the temerity to tell him that he is not in fact a girl. By a shockingly broad margin of 63 to 23, The Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act of 2017 passed through the Ontario legislature. It tells child services and judges to consider factors including “race, ancestry, place of origin, color, ethnic origin, citizenship, family diversity, disability, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression” in removing a child from the home. Michael Coteau, Minister of Child and Family Services, was explicit in his tyranny: “I would consider that a form of abuse, when a child identifies one way and a caregiver is saying no, you need to do this differently. If it’s abuse, and if it’s within the definition, a child can be removed from that environment and placed into protection where the abuse stops.”
If all of this sounds bizarre, that’s because it is. It’s also fascism. To remove a child from the home because the government disagrees with basic biology is beyond the pale of the reasonable.
Unfortunately, it won’t be long before leftists in the United States push the same thing.
The first step on that road is the widely-acclaimed spate of legislation banning so-called “conversion therapy” for children with homosexual tendencies. This isn’t an argument in favor of the efficacy of “conversion therapy,” which is iffy even in the best cases. But if a child is disturbed by homosexual feelings and you bring that child to a therapist to talk it through, that would now be considered illegal in states including California and New Jersey. As Scott Shackleford of Reason explains:
Bans on conversion therapy, though, are fundamentally censorship of an idea, and there is a slippery slope and consequences that people with narrow interests in halting abusive treatment of gay and transgender teens simply do not grasp. This isn’t a ban on a particular dangerous technique, like electroshock treatment, for example. It’s a ban on anything — even just speech — coming from a licensed therapist that suggests homosexuality can be cured. It is dangerous to allow the government to control the classification of speech and to recast speech as something else just because commerce is involved.
The next step will undoubtedly be removing children from parents who pursue such therapy in spite of the ban, purportedly for the good of the child.
The left’s next step could be to remove accreditation from schools that do not traffic in LGBT advocacy; after all, California has attempted to remove non-profit status from the Boy Scouts. Schools in California have now mandated that children learn about LGBT history in public schools. What happens when people home school, and the state decides that home schooling is inappropriate for children if they aren’t taught the state’s educational approach? It’s not difficult to imagine child protective services removing children whose parents won’t teach them “positively” about the full spectrum of sexual orientation — in the “interests of the child,” of course.
Or leftists could skip directly to the Ontario scenario. They could claim that transgender children are being shackled by their bigoted parents, and must be protected by the state.