A Christian doctor retweets a post by a conservative politician and finds himself in trouble for it. Australian conservative politician Lyle Shelton calls it "persecution of a family doctor," saying it's a "warning to parents to shut up."
Dr. David van Gend is a general practitioner from Toowoomba in Queensland, Australia. He reposted tweets by Shelton, both with comments critical of the transgender indoctrination of children and of "gender fluidity" classes in Australian schools.
Months later he was informed a complaint was filed against him with The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and that he was under investigation.
One of the retweeted posts by Shelton included a picture of him with the Heritage Foundation's Ryan Anderson who wrote the book When Harry Becomes Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment.
"Not long ago, most Americans had never heard of transgender identity, but within the space of a year it became a cause claiming the mantle of civil rights," Anderson says in his book. "A discordant gender identity is said to represent who the person really is, by contrast with the sex 'assigned at birth,' and therefore any failure to accept and support a transgender identity amounts to bigotry. We are told that not treating people as the gender they claim to be is discriminatory."
That sort of alleged discrimination is what the AHPRA is investigating. The doctor must explain his actions in writing to the health regulatory agency and argue how his retweets "promote the 'health of the community' and 'advances the health and wellbeing of individual patients.'"
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