Dr. Richard Land. (AP)
In defending North Carolina's new "bathroom" law, author and theologian Dr. Richard Land said it is psychologically harmful to expose young boys and girls to transgender sexuality, and that "conditioning children" to believe that "chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal" is nothing more than "child abuse."
Dr. Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary and former five-term member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, added that the LGBT activists and lawmakers who push transgender and transsexual policies are abusing a "whole generation of our nation's children" and it is up to "clear-thinking adults to stop them."
During an April 19 radio interview on "Sandy Rios in the Morning," Dr. Land said, “At best, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people make about 3%, 3 or 4% of the population. We’re going to consider confusing, and doing psychological harm to 98% of the boys and 88% of the gender-confused girls – who eventually figure out they’re girls and that they’re boys – in order to further confuse and confirm in their confusion the small minority of adult [LGBTs]."
"You know, the rates of suicide, the American College of Pediatricians says, are 20 times greater among adults who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex-reassignment surgery – even in Sweden, which is among the most LGBT-affirming countries," said Dr. Land.
"Think about that: Twenty times greater suicide rates," he said. "Of course, the liberals will say, ‘That’s because society doesn’t accept them.’ No. In Sweden, no one thinks a second thing about it. And yet the suicide rates are 20 times greater, among adults who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex-reassignment surgery."
He continued, “Then, to me, this last one is the most important: Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and helpful is child abuse."
Homosexual rainbow flag. (AP)
"These people are practicing psychological and physiological child abuse on a whole generation of our nation’s children, and it’s up to us as responsible and clear-thinking adults to stop them," said Dr. Land.
The new "bathroom" law in North Carolina requires men and women to use the restrooms, locker rooms, and showers that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate; that applies to public, government-run facilities, which may also include unisex facilities. Private businesses can set any bathroom policy they choose. Transgender people, if they undergo sex-reassignment surgery and have their birth certificate changed to note their "new" sex, can use the bathroom that corresponds to their sex.
Dr. Richard Land is married and has three adult children.