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I’m glad I don’t have to make this stuff up:

“Look, the American Pediatrics put out a statement that basically says that transgender identity is a mental illness,” he said. “You cannot change biology, you cannot say you were a female and now we’re going to make you a male simply by some sort of operation. It doesn’t work that way. The good Lord doesn’t build us in that particular way. They’re trying to change our sex, who we are, and basically claiming that gender identity can be biological as well as psychological. And if you look at study after study from some of the leading psychologists, Johns Hopkins University put out one, American Pediatrics, all of them said that this is a mental state, you cannot change a person’s biological identity.”

That was Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, as reported by Right Wing Watch, explaining the science behind the transsexuality syndrome. For substance, he quotes “the American Pediatrics,” which is a body to contend with, since it has the force of anywhere from 60 up to 200 voices. It is more aptly named the American College of Pediatrics:

The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) is a small, socially conservative advocacy group of pediatricians and other healthcare professionals in the United States.

The group was founded in 2002 by a group of pediatricians, including Joseph Zanga, a past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), as a protest against the AAP’s support for adoption by gay couples. The group’s membership has been estimated at between 60 and 200 members, in contrast to the AAP’s over 60,000 members.

60 members, 60,000 members, what do a few extra count for when it comes to deciding how to treat a divergent population under the law?

There is a form of mental illness, and it is called schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by abnormal social behavior and failure to understand reality. Common symptoms include false beliefs, unclear or confused thinking, hearing voices, reduced social engagement and emotional expression, and a lack of motivation.

When thinking about schizophrenia, I tend to think about the false beliefs and the unclear or confused thinking. One manifestation would be belief in imaginary beings. Guess who appears to exhibit this symptom.

And that is so funny.

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