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WND Defends Bigoted Attack On CNN Transgender Guest

August 15, 2013 11:22 am ET by Luke Brinker

WND acted as the stenographer for anti-LGBT hate group leader Randy Thomasson, defending his bigoted attack on a transgender male guest on CNN and dutifully transcribing Thomasson's claim that his organization "loves all people," despite a rabidly anti-LGBT record.

In an August 14 column for WND, Bob Unruh applauded Thomasson for referring to the Transgender Law Center's Masen Davis and CNN host Brooke Baldwin as "ladies" as "respectful," joining Thomasson in misidentifying Davis's gender:

When a prominent family advocate was interviewed by CNN along with a defender of California's stunning new law allowing students to use gender-segregated facilities according to their preferred "identity," he provoked outrage signing off with a respectful, "Hey, good to talk to you ladies."

It's because one of the "ladies," despite maintaining the distinctively female XX chromosomes, has "transitioned" to representing herself as a male.

The sign-off came from Randy Thomasson of SaveCalifornia.com, an organization that promotes traditional family values.

Unruh proceeded to document Davis's supposed "outrage"  at Thomasson's cruel remark:

It then was at Raw Story that Davis' full outrage was revealed.

"Thomasson's attempt to disrespect my own gender identity by referring to me as a 'lady' said more about him than me. (I'm not lady, and clearly he is no gentleman)," Davis told the website. "I am comfortable in my own skin, and proud of my journey as a transgender man. I have heard, though, from many transgender people and allies who are very upset by his shallow attempt to mis-gender me. Failing to honor the gender identity of a transgender person is a common way for anti-equality zealots to try to undermine our credibility and humanity."

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Thomasson was right. But Davis called for him to be censored.

"I am surprised and disappointed that CNN relied on Randy Thomasson, described by Media Matters as the leader of an 'anti-LGBT hate group,' to discuss the passage of California's AB1266 (the School Success and Opportunity Act). Thomasson's extremist sentiments exemplify why transgender youth and adults alike need legal protection from discrimination and bias. I urge CNN to engage more reasoned and legitimate 'experts' in future segments about transgender issues."

Actually, Davis was not advocating that Thomasson "be censored." He simply questioned why CNN would invite the leader of a Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate group to spout his bigotry and misinformation, when actual experts in the field affirm that transgender identities are "part of the human condition."

But Thomasson wants the public to know that he and his organization have nothing but "love" to offer. As Unruh explained:

Thomasson's message was different.

"SaveCalifornia.com loves all people, yet confused or malicious folks who don't care about facts or truth call our love 'hate.' But it's a fact that if you've inherited a Y chromosome from your father, you're male; if not, you're female. No one can alter God's unchanging laws of nature. But the homosexual-bisexual-transsexual activists and their supporters can't be bothered with facts, can they? Instead, they engage in ad hominem arguments and personal attacks."

But Thomasson's track record reveals his true feelings for "all people," and they aren't exactly loving. He's called gay rights "the devil's work," denounced gay rights advocates for trying to put children in "homosexual bondage," and suggested that a gay teenager was asking for his own murder.

Previously:

On CNN, Hate Group Leader Calls Transgender Man A Lady

Fox News Relies On Anti-LGBT Hate Groups To Condemn Protections For Transgender Students

Randy Thomasson: "Gay Rights Are Antithetical To A Free Society"




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