Trump Judicial Pick: Transgender Children Part of 'Satan's Plan'

Trump Judicial Pick: Transgender Children Part of 'Satan's Plan'”

Mateer, who is now first assistant attorney general of Texas, was at the time of the speeches a general counsel of the First Liberty Institute, a religious liberty advocacy group, and opposed the expansion of nondiscrimination protections to LGBT people in the city of Plano. Jeff Mateer supports harmful and risky conversion therapy, and warned the Supreme Court's 2015 Obergefell ruling will lead to "disgusting" forms of matrimony.

In a May 2015 speech, titled "The Church and Homosexuality", Mateer discussed a Colorado lawsuit in which the parents of a transgender girl sued her school for preventing her from using the bathroom of her choice. Earlier in the presentation, Mateer told the audience that the "elephant in the room is homosexuality and the agenda that this small group is seeking and imposing on the rest of us" and the "legal attacks that that group of individuals and their surrogates are unleashing on the rest of the country".

Trump in September nominated Mateer to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. "NC-17 or whatever?" he added. I've learned words I didn't know.

"I submit to you that there'll be no line there", Mateer said. "'Throuple, ' so that's three people coming together of different sexes, maybe mixed sexes". People marrying their pets. It's just like - you know, you read the New Testament and you read about all the things and you think, "Oh, that's not going on in our community.' Oh yes it is".

Matthew Kacsmaryk, a deputy general counsel to the First Liberty Institute, to be a district judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Above a transgender child of a U.S. military member voices opposition to the transgender military ban
Above a transgender child of a U.S. military member voices opposition to the transgender military ban

"Our founders understood that we need to protect that rule of religion because religion was a check on government", he said.

Those arguments were bolstered this week when CNN's Chris Massie and Andrew Kaczynski uncovered a pair of 2015 speeches in which Mateer referred to trans people as being part of "Satan's plan", and defended the cruel-and widely debunked-practice of so-called "conversion therapy". Every major medical organization has stated conversion therapy does not accomplish its goal of turning gay people straight, it is harmful.

Biblical counselors and therapists, we've seen cases in New Jersey and in California where folks have gotten in trouble because they gave biblical counseling and, you know, the issue is always, it's same sex. "So they're invading that area".

Mateer's statements were made at a conference organized by pastor Kevin Swanson, a religious leader who has argued that the biblical punishment for homosexuality is death.

Mateer also claims there are "illegal attacks" that LGBTQ Americans are "unleashing" on the USA, arguing that Christian churches are having their religious freedoms eroded.

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