The world burns as Obama calls for banning 'gay conversion' therapy

The world is blowing up, the U.S. economy is still in the pits, and the administration is demonstrating an incompetence rare even for Washington.  So, naturally, the president has turned his attention to the pressing issue of transgender rights. 

It is vital that transgender people get to use the bathroom of their choice and that nobody rag on them, or make fun of them, or ignore them. 

Valerie Jarrett wrote the press release:

In a statement that was posted on Wednesday evening alongside a WhiteHouse.gov petition begun in honor of Ms. Alcorn, Mr. Obama condemned the practice, sometimes called “conversion” or “reparative” therapy, which is supported by some socially conservative organizations and religious doctors.

The petition has received more than 120,000 signatures in three months. We share your concern about its potentially devastating effects on the lives of transgender as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual and queer youth,” the statement, written by Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Mr. Obama, says. “As part of our dedication to protecting America’s youth, this administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors.”

In an interview on Wednesday, Ms. Jarrett said Mr. Obama had been moved by the story of Ms. Alcorn’s suicide. But she said the problem went far beyond Ms. Alcorn. “It was tragic, but I will tell you, unfortunately, she has a lot of company,” Ms. Jarrett said. “It’s not the story of one young person. It is the story of countless young people who have been subjected to this.”

Mr. Obama will not explicitly call for a federal law banning therapists from using such therapies on their patients, but he is open to conversations with lawmakers in both parties, White House officials said on Wednesday. Instead, he will throw his support behind the efforts to ban the practice at the state level.

The efficacy of gay conversion therpay is not the issue.  The question is, why in the wide, wide world of sports is the federal government getting involved with this issue?  States historically have been in charge of policing their own medical industries.  Obama knows that a national law won't fly, so he's jawboning the states to pass their own legislation. 

And then there's the question of a transgender bathroom at the White House.

The White House?

Hot Air:

In fact, for a man who ostensibly opposed gay marriage less than three years ago, Obama appears determined to set a benchmark standard for LGBT-friendliness. Despite the fact that it will probably be in extremely limited demand, officials announced they are going to create an “all gender bathroom” in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building for the White House staffers who work there. The aim of this new bathroom is to eliminate the stigma transgender people face when confronted with binary lavatories.

Don’t expect the Beltway-based reporting class to ask any questions about the number of transgender staffers the White House currently employees. To even ask that question is to offend the principles of identity politics, an altar before which virtually every member of the coastal media elite genuflects. And while the psychological community generally regards gay “conversation” therapy as hokum – Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill banning the practice in his state in 2013 – don’t hold out hope that reporters will prod Democrats over their less scientifically-minded proclivities.

The party of rationalism is also the party that has viciously opposed genetically modified food strains that could save millions of lives in the developing world. The party of rationalism is also the party that crafted and signed a law that legitimized and funneled millions of dollars intoholistic treatments like acupuncture, chiropractic therapy, and Eastern medicines. “They get the shot, that night they have a fever of a hundred and three, they go to sleep, and three months later their brain is gone,” said scion of the party of science, Robert Kennedy Jr., of the process of vaccination. “This is a holocaust, what this is doing to our country.”

But you won’t hear any of this raised by an incredulous press corps that might find Obama’s apparent deference to scientific consensus opinion on gay “conversion” hard to swallow when his party rejects that consensus on other matters of importance to a greater number of Americans.

With his Iran nuclear deal under attack from all sides – including the Iranians' – the president has retreated to his role as chief hectorer of the American people.  Inventing nonsensical issues that the federal government has no business sticking its nose in is Obama's typical distraction strategy when things are going badly.

The world is blowing up, the U.S. economy is still in the pits, and the administration is demonstrating an incompetence rare even for Washington.  So, naturally, the president has turned his attention to the pressing issue of transgender rights. 

It is vital that transgender people get to use the bathroom of their choice and that nobody rag on them, or make fun of them, or ignore them. 

Valerie Jarrett wrote the press release:

In a statement that was posted on Wednesday evening alongside a WhiteHouse.gov petition begun in honor of Ms. Alcorn, Mr. Obama condemned the practice, sometimes called “conversion” or “reparative” therapy, which is supported by some socially conservative organizations and religious doctors.

The petition has received more than 120,000 signatures in three months. We share your concern about its potentially devastating effects on the lives of transgender as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual and queer youth,” the statement, written by Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Mr. Obama, says. “As part of our dedication to protecting America’s youth, this administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors.”

In an interview on Wednesday, Ms. Jarrett said Mr. Obama had been moved by the story of Ms. Alcorn’s suicide. But she said the problem went far beyond Ms. Alcorn. “It was tragic, but I will tell you, unfortunately, she has a lot of company,” Ms. Jarrett said. “It’s not the story of one young person. It is the story of countless young people who have been subjected to this.”

Mr. Obama will not explicitly call for a federal law banning therapists from using such therapies on their patients, but he is open to conversations with lawmakers in both parties, White House officials said on Wednesday. Instead, he will throw his support behind the efforts to ban the practice at the state level.

The efficacy of gay conversion therpay is not the issue.  The question is, why in the wide, wide world of sports is the federal government getting involved with this issue?  States historically have been in charge of policing their own medical industries.  Obama knows that a national law won't fly, so he's jawboning the states to pass their own legislation. 

And then there's the question of a transgender bathroom at the White House.

The White House?

Hot Air:

In fact, for a man who ostensibly opposed gay marriage less than three years ago, Obama appears determined to set a benchmark standard for LGBT-friendliness. Despite the fact that it will probably be in extremely limited demand, officials announced they are going to create an “all gender bathroom” in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building for the White House staffers who work there. The aim of this new bathroom is to eliminate the stigma transgender people face when confronted with binary lavatories.

Don’t expect the Beltway-based reporting class to ask any questions about the number of transgender staffers the White House currently employees. To even ask that question is to offend the principles of identity politics, an altar before which virtually every member of the coastal media elite genuflects. And while the psychological community generally regards gay “conversation” therapy as hokum – Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill banning the practice in his state in 2013 – don’t hold out hope that reporters will prod Democrats over their less scientifically-minded proclivities.

The party of rationalism is also the party that has viciously opposed genetically modified food strains that could save millions of lives in the developing world. The party of rationalism is also the party that crafted and signed a law that legitimized and funneled millions of dollars intoholistic treatments like acupuncture, chiropractic therapy, and Eastern medicines. “They get the shot, that night they have a fever of a hundred and three, they go to sleep, and three months later their brain is gone,” said scion of the party of science, Robert Kennedy Jr., of the process of vaccination. “This is a holocaust, what this is doing to our country.”

But you won’t hear any of this raised by an incredulous press corps that might find Obama’s apparent deference to scientific consensus opinion on gay “conversion” hard to swallow when his party rejects that consensus on other matters of importance to a greater number of Americans.

With his Iran nuclear deal under attack from all sides – including the Iranians' – the president has retreated to his role as chief hectorer of the American people.  Inventing nonsensical issues that the federal government has no business sticking its nose in is Obama's typical distraction strategy when things are going badly.