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We Are Failing Our Children

September 29, 2016 by

closeup of child's faceAs a parent and as a pastor, I am deeply disturbed by the growing trend to assist children with “gender transitioning” through taxpayer-funded programs such as Australia’s “Safe Schools” initiative.

Recently, for instance, the news media reported on a four-year-old child starting kindergarten next year who identifies as transgender and is being helped to transition. In Melbourne, the state head of Safe Schools held a workshop for elementary school classmates of a fourth grader who is also transitioning. We’re told that 250 children, some as young as three, are currently clients of the gender dysphoria unit at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital. Ten years ago, that number was one.

Some may see all this as progress. I see it as further proof we are failing our children.

A recent report by prominent psychiatrists at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore, Maryland, USA) demonstrates just how vital it is that we slow down and listen to voices other than those of social activists working for a complete rewrite of the rules for sexual interaction.

Wanting to improve public understanding of questions around sexuality and gender, psychiatrists Lawrence Mayer and Paul McHugh reviewed hundreds of scientific studies. Their 144-page report, published by the New Atlantis, is well worth reading in its entirety.

One of their most striking findings is that there is no scientific evidence to support encouraging children to become transgender or undergo sex change procedures. This is because the great majority of children who experience gender-atypical thoughts no longer have these thoughts once they become teenagers.

Through my own experience as a parent and my work with children and young adults, I know each child confronts us with questions: Who am I? What am I? What will I become? How can I reach my fullest potential and find a purpose for my life?

I believe the answers to those questions will best be found if we – parents, grandparents, educators, mentors – keep in mind this old Jewish saying: “When a child walks down the road, a company of angels goes before him proclaiming, ‘Make way for the image of the Holy One.’” This is a beautiful and profound description of the God-given gift that lives within every child. It touches on the universal truth that childhood is sacred.

You don’t have to believe in angels (or the “Holy One”) to sense what a miracle the birth of a baby is. Undeniably, there is in every child born on this planet something pure and innocent, something we feel a natural urge to protect.

Let’s start by joining together to end agenda-driven social experiments involving our children, and to defend the sanctity of childhood. With an attitude of reverence for the souls of our children, we will then find the key that unlocks their unique personalities and talents.


Randall Gauger is the bishop of the Bruderhof communities in Australia. He and his wife live at the Danthonia Bruderhof, Elsmore, NSW.

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Randall Gauger with his wife, Linda

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Randall Gauger is a bishop of the Bruderhof communities in the United States. He and his wife, Linda, live at the Maple...

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  • Thanks for the article Randall, as a father of one son I can say that we dont spent enough time with our children. Of course they have questions and needs. We need to help them for their questions. If we can not , we can ask Proffessional help. They are the gift us from God. They are the society of the future. I think we are failing in psychological issues especially . We can ask Professional help on this subject.

    metin erdem, Turkey