There is an interesting “culture war” dynamic being played out in this case. A conservative Muslim with an allegedly autistic and transgender kid versus the medical profession in a blue zone.
By Rod Dreher, The American Conservative
Yesterday I wrote about how Alphonso David, the head of the rich (thanks to corporate donations) and powerful Human Rights Campaign, took to the pages of The New York Times to call on government officials and administrators to defy laws limiting transgender rights, e.g., forbidding hormonal treatments for minor children. People like David, and the elites who fund his organization, have no respect for the law or anything else that gets in the way of their totalitarian goals. We should be grateful to him for showing his hand.
Ahmed is a Pakistani immigrant, a faithful Muslim, and until recently, a financial consultant to Seattle’s high-tech sector. But when he reached me by phone in October 2020, he was just one more frightened father. Days earlier, he and his wife had checked their 16-year-old son into Seattle Children’s Hospital for credible threats of suicide. Now, Ahmed was worried that the white coats who had gently admitted his son to their care would refuse to return him.
“They sent an email to us, you know, ‘you should take your ‘daughter’ to the gender clinic,’” he told me.
At first, Ahmed (I have changed names in this essay to protect the identities of minor children) assumed there had been a mistake. He had dropped off a son, Syed, to the hospital, in a terrible state of distress. Now, the email he received from the mental health experts used a new name for that son and claimed he was Ahmed’s daughter. “They were trying to create a customer for their gender clinic . . . and they seemed to absolutely want to push us in that direction,” he said when I spoke to him again this May, recalling the horror of last October. “We had calls with counselors and therapists in the establishment, telling us how important it is for him to change his gender, because that’s the only way he’s going to be better out of this suicidal depressive state.”