His latest bit of drivel would be hilarious if it were not so serious. He has posted another straw man argument that seems to raise some serious questions about what really is going on in Florence, CO. In his latest opinion piece masquerading as "news" he seems to claim that the police are investigating Pacific Justice Institute for "bullying." What is actually said is very disturbing, if true. Of course, like pretty much everything in this case, this bit of information comes from a biased source... Apparently Pacific Justice Institute has alleged that Superintendent Rhonda Vendetti has warned that "that the complaining families were now subject to having their social media monitored by police." Okay, there are basically three possibilities here...PJI has fabricated this claim, the superintendent is lying, or the police actually are engaged in outrageous, and illegal acts intended to repress free speech. The one thing that is very clear is, well, as usual, Mr. Williams is lying again. The parents are not Pacific Justice Institute, and the Florence Police would have no jurisdiction to investigate them for bullying (PJI Is located in California).
Now, let's look at several facts, some of which have nothing to do with the Colorado case anyway:
First, in spite of what some want to believe, none of this is really about transsexuals. Mr. Williams pretty much has shown outright disdain for transsexuals. He is very focused on "transgender rights" which is an entirely different subject. He is simply desiring to use a teenage student in Colorado to further a far more extreme political agenda, and apparently will use any sleazy trick he can dream up, including now attempting to buy the support of the parents. Mr. Williams has started a fund raising drive to provide them with money. I guess they have to be rewarded for allowing him to use their child.
The real issue is also not a high school student in Colorado. It is about preserving a rather poorly written law in California. Mr. "Autumn" Sandeen posted a rather telling comment. He quotes the AB 1266's author who speaks of how various school districts have instituted "common sense" policies. That is true. For example, I did a little research, and found a news article from a local paper, The Canon County Daily Record, in Colorado about the case. It provided a bit of information about Colorado's law concerning transgender rights:
The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies Civil Rights Commission states under Rule 81.11 - Gender-Segregated Facilities (http://bit.ly/18jzRRz) that nothing in the Colorado Antidiscrimination Act prohibits segregation of facilities on the basis of gender; all covered entities shall allow individuals the use of gender-segregated facilities that are consistent with their gender identity, including but not limited to restrooms, locker rooms, dressing rooms and dormitories; and in gender-segregated facilities where undressing in the presence of others occurs, covered entities shall make reasonable accommodations to allow access consistent with an individual's gender identity. (emphasis mine)BTW, while Mr. Williams has written an increasing number of articles on this case, that was the ONLY story in the local paper.
Okay, that is not terribly different from the regulations here in San Francisco. Here they use the term "inevitable nudity" but otherwise the policy is pretty much the same. They have to make modifications, if reasonable, otherwise they have to provide access to equivalent facilities. For example, if there are showers, they have to provide separate stalls, and curtains. That sort of thing. They do NOT have to allow a "Colleen" Francis situation, like Mr. Williams wants.
And that brings us to "Colleen" Francis and what that pervert tells us about what is really going on. Some years ago, when the push for transgender rights really took off...when it was decided that the status quo, which was that transsexuals, perhaps with what were called "carry letters" were pretty much allowed access to restrooms, and other facilities, was not enough, and that crossdressers and such should be allowed access as well, some raised the concern that it would not stop there. That these men would want to force their way into more private spaces. We were told that this was absurd, that it would never happen....
Yeah, "Colleen" Francis... BTW, Mr. Williams's response to that case was laughable. He actually tried, in an absurd post, to claim that women were a greater threat than men. Of course, this is a man who has pushed the "cotton ceiling" meme, and who has pretty much show clear disdain for women who, uh, well....don't have penises. Suddenly, it is not only okay for men (sorry, but if you are willing to wave your penis around in a women's locker room or shower, you are a MAN, BABY!) to invade women's spaces, but to do so nude.
AB 1266 does not contain a provision that addresses "inevitable nudity." It does not allow for provisions that address "inevitable nudity." It does not contain clauses that allow schools to set "common sense" policies. I imagine that the extremists at Transgender Law Center argued against such provisions. The law, and that is part of the problem, it is a law, not a school policy, is going to be enforced by judges, who will be constrained by what the law actually says. And by what it does not say.
What the law says on the matter is a bit too simple:
A pupil shall be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.It can, and no doubt will, be argued that the law does not allow a school to make provisions for dealing with inevitable nudity. That would be a "restriction." The law does not provide any provision for determining a student's gender identity. What if a student claims that it "fluctuates."
I sincerely believe that some "common sense" is needed...
The law should be modified to address "inevitable nudity."
The law should be modified to include a provision requiring some form of medical documentation that the student has been diagnosed as transsexual by a qualified, licensed therapist with experience in the treatment of that condition. And presentation would have to be consistent, not periodic.
Rules that would address issues of fairness in athletics. Even if the claims of "gender identity" are true, imagine, for example, girl's basketball teams fielding male students with height and strength advantages that would otherwise be illegal. It would, in effect, be the equivalent of allowing students to take steroids. Not to mention, track and field, volleyball, and other sports.
Those provisions would go a long way towards addressing legitimate concerns. Yes, groups like PJI would still object...but so, probably, would kooks like Mr. Williams and Mr. Sandeen, who suddenly would be losing their extremist agenda.
Bottom line, it is really sad that a student in Colorado is being used by either side to further political gain. It is especially sad that this student is reported to be on "suicide watch." You know, I almost predicted in my article that would be the next development. I decided that would have been in poor taste, and didn't add it. I honestly hope it is not true. But, given that the child might actually believe what Mr. Williams, and Mr. Sandeen have lied about having been said, I don't know if it is true or not.
Would I put it past Mr. Williams to make such a claim if it were not true? Not at all. He has already shown he lies as easily as he breathes. He has already shown that he is more than willing to pay for the use of this child. He has already shown little actual regard for the child's privacy.
And no, I don't hate Mr. Williams. I find his behavior to be reprehensible but no, I do not wish him harm. I wish he would show some decency and stop using a child for his political goals. But, I don't hate him. And I don't appreciate people making such claims in an attempt to use "club words" to beat me into submission.