Speak No Reality

by J. Douglas Johnson

In Canada, a court in British Columbia has convicted a father of violent acts against his daughter for referring to her as "her" in an interview with the American online magazine The Federalist.

"AB" is identified in the court documents as "a 14-year-old transgender boy." The court, even in its own dystopian reasoning, could not write "AB, a 14-year-old girl" or even "AB, a 14-year-old boy" because then no one would have any idea what the case was about.
And so, the Honourable Madam Justice Marzari referred to AB as "a 14-year-old transgender boy" in her written opinion, so that everyone would know this is a case about a girl who likes to think of herself as a boy. It would not be possible to refer to any child as "transgender" (which only an insane or evil person would do) if he or she wasn't, in reality, a boy or a girl. Even the world's worst courts can't talk fantasy without referencing reality.

But they can level a conviction of violence against a father for referring to his own daughter as "her." The court ruled that the father may reference reality in the courtroom, but the judge issued a gag order preventing the father from referencing reality outside the courtroom, in what is often referred to as "the real world."

How is one supposed to argue against that? In the written opinion of the Honourable Madam Justice Marzari, that is precisely what the father is proscribed from doing ever again.

Below are a few excerpts from the court's order against the father:

• "While [materials that question] whether . . . gender identity is real . . . may be properly advanced in court, they are harmful when made to [the daughter] by his [sic] father."

• "[T]he protection order shall not restrict what can be filed or said in court but shall restrict what can be shared from the court file or said outside of court."

• "[N]othing short of a complete prohibition on [the father] speaking to anyone about [his daughter's] case . . . will adequately protect [his daughter]."

• "[The father] must be restrained from sharing . . . commentary, information or documentation about [his daughter's] sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, mental or physical health, medical status or therapies. . . . [T]he order would preclude sharing letters from [his daughter's] doctors written to [the father] about [his daughter's] gender dysphoria or his proposed treatment."

O Canada.

J. Douglas Johnson is Deputy Editor of Touchstone.

calling all readers

Please Donate

"There are magazines worth reading but few worth saving . . . Touchstone is just such a magazine."
—Alice von Hildebrand

"Here we do not concede one square millimeter of territory to falsehood, folly, contemporary sentimentality, or fashion. We speak the truth, and let God be our judge. . . . Touchstone is the one committedly Christian conservative journal."
—Anthony Esolen, Touchstone senior editor

Support Touchstone

more on liberalism from the online archives

17.4—May 2004

Supremely Modern Liberals

The Unhappy & Abusive Marriage of Liberalism & Modernism by James Hitchcock

33.2—March/April 2020

How It Happens

Easy Descent on an Unguarded Road by S. M. Hutchens

31.5—September/October 2018

Liberalism Occupied

The Rise of the Gnostic Liberal State After Christianity by Andrew Latham

• Subscribers: Manage your subscription account here.

• Not a subscriber or wish to renew your subscription? Subscribe to Touchstone today for full online access. Over 30 years of publishing!

personal subscriptions

Online Subscription

Get a one-year full-access subscription to the Touchstone online archives including pdf downloads for only $19.95. That's only $1.66 per month!

RENEW your online subscription

Purchase Print &
Online Subscription

Get six issues (one year) of Touchstone PLUS full online access including pdf downloads for only $39.95. That's only $3.34 per month!

RENEW your print/online

gift subscriptions

GIVE Print &
Online Subscription

Give six issues (one year) of Touchstone PLUS full online access including pdf downloads for the reduced rate of $29.95. That's only $2.50 per month!

RENEW your gift subscription

Transactions will be processed on a secure server.

bulk subscriptions

Order Touchstone subscriptions in bulk and save $10 per sub! Each subscription includes 6 issues of Touchstone plus full online access to touchstonemag.com—including archives, videos, and pdf downloads of recent issues for only $29.95 each! Great for churches or study groups.

kindle subscription

OR get a subscription to Touchstone to read on your Kindle for only $1.99 per month! (This option is KINDLE ONLY and does not include either print or online.)

Your subscription goes a long way to ensure that Touchstone is able to continue its mission of publishing quality Christian articles and commentary.

more from the online archives

32.6—November/December 2019

Strategic Christians

The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis by Alan Jacobs by Jesse Russell

21.6—July/August 2008

The European Disunion

Benedict XVI on the Crisis of Faith & Reason by Samuel Gregg

14.1—January/February 2001

The Christian Heart of Fatherhood

The Place of Marriage, Authority & Service in the Recovery of Fatherhood by John M. Haas