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Friday, May 26 - 2023 Week 21
Happy Memorial Day weekend, Marysville!
☀️Parental Rights for Child Mutilation?
Washington and Florida are not only on opposite coasts, they are miles apart when in comes to a parent’s right to mutilate their children.
This month Governor Inslee signed SB 5599 which turns parents into the enemies. If a minor wants to destroy the marks of his/her gender then he/she can seek shelter from the state who has no obligation to inform the parents. Parents can’t stop the damage.
Also this month Governor DeSantis signed SB 254 which keeps parents from being the enemies. If a parent affirms the destruction of the marks of gender in a son or daughter, the parent is prohibited from acting on it. Parent’s can’t inflict the damage.
The WA law hides runaway kids seeking “gender transition” (or abortion) who do not have their parents’ consent. It “shields” minors who have “unsupportive” parents from WA as well as refugees from other states. Even though you must be 16 (and pass multiple tests) to get a driver’s license, 18 years-old to vote, and a minimum age of 21 to it to buy alcohol and tobacco, any minor can decide to do permanent damage to his/her body.
The FL law prohibits transgender attempting efforts such as puberty blockers and sex change operations for minors (and adds some obstacles for adults seeking the same).
One of these is not like the other.
Yet a self-confessed “moderate” media commentator in WA chastised those who see a difference in the laws. Brandi Kruse posted that in both cases parental rights were being infringed, and anyone who applauded the Florida governor but not our governor is being inconsistent.
This demonstrates a major modern weakness: we keep missing the point.
Let us give Kruse the benefit of the doubt and assume that she would not say that parents have the “right” to murder their children. Parents should not be granted legal protection to sell their children as sex slaves. Fathers and mothers do have a lot of authority in the lives of their families, but that authority is not absolute. Where does parental authority come from? If not the state, then nature? But we keep thinking we can change nature.
The state’s authority is also not absolute, unlike what many sitting in the law-writing chairs in Olympia seem to assume. Where does the state get its authority? Voters? So the parents who can’t be trusted with their kids’ welfare and healthcare can be trusted to vote for those who can truly be trusted with matters of sex and mutilation?
“The government shouldn’t be parenting your kids” is true, and yet parental rights are not the point. And really, state law is not the point. God’s image is the point.
God made mankind male and female. A boy is male and will grow up, Lord willing, to be a man who can marry a woman and father children. A girl is a female who will grow up, by God's grace, to be a woman who can marry a man and mother children. Boys and girls have different apparatus, they have different strengths and weaknesses. They share dignity as persons before God, but God made them one way and not another.
No parent has the “right” to ignore, defy, or do irreversible damage to God’s image in their child. And no state has the “right” to stop parents from recognizing, submitting to, and promoting the gender God gave to their child. The WA law is in defiance of what is good, while the FL law is trying to protect what is good.
You'd think this would be plain to see, but we keep trying to tuck away the obvious.
On Tuesday Mayor Nehring announced the groundbreaking for the new I-5 HOV lanes to be built between Everett and Marsyville. Watch his announcement here.
An indoor pickleball sports bar is scheduled to open at 9315 State Avenue on July 8th as Eric Schucht reports for The Herald. In addition to the pickleball courts there will be “other activities like golf simulators, shuffleboard, darts, an arcade and cornhole. A restaurant and bar inside will have wall-mounted TVs airing sports.”
☀️Around the Town
June 1st is the Grand Opening for Leavenworth Adventure Park which includes our state’s “first alpine coaster” per KIRO7’s report. Admission to the park is free and each attraction has its own cost, such as the coaster, a climbing wall, and a bungee trampoline.
Lots of local and fun things on the calendar as summer comes our way.
Storm Spotter Training - Wednesday, May 31, 6:00pm, at the Marysville Community Center. For more info and to register see the city’s Facebook post here.
Poochella in the Park - Saturday, June 3, 10:00am, at Asbery Field. For more info and/or to inquire about being an event vendor see the city’s page here.
“Harvey” presented by Evangel Classical School - Thursday through Saturday, June 8-10, 6:00pm, 9015 44th Dr. NE. There is no cost, with donations accepted.
Jazz Night at 5 Rights - Thursday, June 8, 7:00pm. See the Facebook event page here.
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