Christian Activists Slam Transgender Camp for Kids
Christian activists often claim the U.S. government is infringing upon "parental rights," however, now some Christian organizations are telling parents to stop sending their kids to a camp for transgender children.
The four-day camp is referred to as “You Are You” by photographer Lindsay Morris, who has taken numerous pictures (right) of the unusual getaway. The camp's name is not real in order to protect the children's privacy.
“[The kids] don’t have to look over their shoulders, and they can let down their guard. Those are four days when none of that matters, and they are surrounded by family members who support them,” Morris told Slate.com.
“Some practice for the talent show all year, and others create their own gowns with their mothers or friends of the family,” added Morris. “The focus and enthusiasm is really pretty incredible. Also, it can be very emotional for the parents, especially the families who are new to camp and are experiencing this kind of group acceptance for the very first time.”
However, some Christian activists claim the transgender camp somehow takes away freedom of expression.
"There is a risk of locking children into a life course, which, if they had been left to develop naturally, they would have outgrown," Peter Sprigg, of the Family Research Council, told the Christian Post.
"You'll have children who are going through natural periods of confusion and experimentation with their sexuality and all of a sudden you have adults telling them, 'this means you're gay, you were born gay, you will never change.'"
Sprigg did not give any examples of adults at the camp telling children that they "will never change."
He also called transgender identity a "mental illness" and added: "I think it's an assault upon nature, regardless of your religion, to deny the reality of our biological sex."
"Parents are imposing this on children," Monica Cole, director of One Million Moms, told the Christian Post.
Cole explained that parents hear about the camp, pay for it, drive their children to the camp and encourage boys as young as 3 years old to be transgender.
However, Christian parents also hear about summer Christian camps, pay the fees, drive their kids to the camps and encourage young children to become Christians.
"I think kids should be proud of the sex they were born with instead of trying to be someone that they're not," added Cole, who also warned against transgender bathrooms in Colorado and California.