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FLORENCE, Alabama, July 14, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – The University of North Alabama's student government plans to impeach its president for posting the message, “Born this way? You must be born again” to social media.

Jake Statom’s temporary Instagram story post provoked outrage from fellow students, who started a petition calling for his resignation from the position of Student Government Association (SGA) president. The petition now has just 1,100 signatures.

The SGA condemned Statom’s message as “homophobic” and warned that if Statom didn’t resign by June 30, he would be formally impeached during the first meeting of the fall semester on August 26.

While Statom has apologized on Instagram for the post, he has refused to resign.

Statom wrote on June 23, “I am deeply sorry that my Instagram story offended members of our community. I now see the story from a different perspective and apologize. My role as SGA President is to honorably represent all UNA students, and I fell short of this ideal.”

His words did little to appease the students he had angered. One response to his apology read, “I’m sorry you were offended’ is not an apology.” Someone else wrote, “THIS IS LITERALLY SO INSINCERE! You are only apologizing because it’s something that you feel like you’re being forced to do!” Both criticisms received about 100 “likes.”

The University of North Alabama issued a statement claiming that Statom’s Instagram message was “not representative” of their “commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.” It acknowledged, however, his “right to freedom of speech, even when it is offensive to others.”

The university’s letter cited the recent Mahanoy Supreme Court case, which “observed that public schools have ‘an interest in protecting a student’s unpopular expression, especially when the expression takes place off-campus, because America’s public schools are the nurseries of democracy.’”

After his apology, Statom wrote a letter to the SGA expressing his intent to continue as SGA President, referencing UNA’s defense of his freedom of speech. Statom wrote, “we, the UNA SGA, have a unique opportunity to be an example to others on how people with differing beliefs can and should work together.”

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In 2019, LifePetitions launched a similar petition on behalf of Jeff Younger (the father) and his son James, asking for support and for the Texas state authorities to intervene in a unbelievable case in which the Dallas courts keep flip-flopping over which parent has parental rights and, ultimately, whether or not James must be forced to live as a girl and suffer the trauma of so-called gender "transitioning," as his mom believes he is a girl.

Incredibly, we now seem to be back at square one.

Jeff Younger currently has a gag order put on him, which prohibits him to speak out in defense of his son. But, because he has recently decided to ignore that order, to save his son from irreversible surgery, this brave Dad now faces possible arrest.

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition which does two things: 1) Supports Jeff Younger (again, the Dad) in his fight to save his son, James, from so-called gender "transitioning;" and, 2) Calls on Texas' Attorney General to intervene in this case and quash the gag order against Mr. Younger.

CLICK HERE to WATCH the latest LifeSite interview with Jeff Younger. Hear about the latest developments with his son, as well as the real dangers of gender reassignment surgery and other “transititioning” methods.

Currently, even though he shares 50/50 parental rights to James, which has allowed him to stop the chemical castration of his son, Jeff’s ex-wife recently sued to have full parental rights and to "give her sole medical and psychological decision making."

Jeff is also being threatened with jail time from the gag order, which he believes was intentionally done to stop him from helping pass legislation in Texas to ban sex-change surgeries for minors.

Jeff says that the gag order "prohibits me from speaking on all manner of political topics. And I’m not even allowed to tell you in that gag order whether my son’s a boy or girl."

But Jeff is speaking out, no matter what, because of the real danger that his son is in if he undergoes "transition" surgery.

Indeed, so-called gender "transitions" present many unsafe effects, some desired, some undesired, though all dangerous for one's physical and mental health.

Puberty-blocking drugs and cross-sex hormones have not been proven safe. For example, the FDA has NOT approved Lupron and GnRH analogues for use in blocking puberty.

Risks associated with these pharmaceuticals include: low bone density, high blood pressure, weight gain, abnormal glucose tolerance, breast cancer, liver disease, thrombosis, and cardiovascular disease.

And, additional risks and potential harms include: 

For Males: Stunting of penile and testicular growth, sexual dysfunction, prevention of spermatogenesis, and disruption of normal brain and bone development.

For Females: A menopause-like state, blockade of normal breast development, decreased blood flow to vagina and vulva, sexual dysfunction, thinning of vaginal epithelium, vaginal atrophy, prevention of menses/ovulation, and disruption of normal brain and bone development.

In other words, these medications can sterilize and cause medical harm to vulnerable, confused children.

And, the stunning part about this: studies show that 85% of gender confused children eventually become comfortable with the sex of their bodies.

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition which supports Jeff Younger, a Texas Dad, who is fighting to prevent his son, James, from being "turned into a girl." At the same time, we appeal to Texas State Attorney General, to intervene in this case and quash the gag order against Jeff.

Thank you!


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Many eminent psychiatrists are now speaking against the faulty notion that sex is fluid and a matter of choice. In particular, they are concerned about the welfare of children and young people in this regard.

Dr Paul McHugh, former psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins University, who has researched the occurrence of gender dysphoria for 40 years, has stated that the notion of gender fluidity "is doing much damage to families, adolescents, and children and should be confronted as an opinion without biological foundation wherever it emerges". [See more below.]

And, the American College of Pediatricians (ACP) is definite about the promotion of transgenderism as being harmful public policy:

"Human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait: 'XY' and 'XX' are genetic markers of health – not genetic markers of a disorder. The norm for human design is to be conceived, either male or female…Conditioning children into believing that a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse. Endorsing gender discordance as normal via public education and legal policies will confuse children and parents…” [Read more below.]

Here is what Dr Paul McHugh said on this topic:

This is the ACP statement on Gender Ideology:

About the medical risks associated with medical interventions to attempt to change the sex of the body:

About some of the unconscionable practices some medical professionals are engaged in:

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Statom’s supporters have launched a counter-petition in his defense, which has collected twice as many signatures as the petition calling for his resignation. It declares that UNA “wants him to resign simply because he expressed his freedom of speech and religion.”

Statom has also attracted the support of Republicans in the state legislature, who have written a resolution “strongly oppos[ing] any effort to impeach, remove, or apply political pressure intended to force” Statom’s removal as SGA president.  

The resolution defends Statom’s Instagram message as having “sought to promote traditional morals and biblical values,” and decries the “dangerous ‘Cancel Culture’” of college campuses that “seeks to silence opinions that are deemed to be politically unacceptable to leftist ideologues and punish those who continue to adhere to traditional values.”

In the minds of many of his critics, Statom’s message that those who identify as “LGBTQ” should be “born again,” a reference to Jesus Christ’s call for all to be “born again of water and the Holy Ghost,” amounts to a message of hate or fear.

“Members of the LGBTQ community don’t want him in that position of power, because he doesn’t think that we have the right to exist,” claimed student Sarah Arnsparger.

The petition to have Statom resign stated, “As long as our SGA President is openly homophobic, it will be impossible for UNA to truly be a safe space for the LGBTQIA+ Community,” while one petition-signer claimed Statom is “against the existence of those he is supposed to represent.”

Such critics fail to acknowledge that Christianity’s call to repentance always goes hand-in-hand with the commandment to “love thy neighbor as thyself.” The planned “reparative therapy” ministry of “ex-gay” Milo Yiannopoulos is one of the clearest examples of the practice of this towards those who identify as LGBT.

Yiannopoulos recently released a video message for his “gay brothers and friends” to offer them healing from the trauma that leads to same-sex attraction.

“‘Born this way’ is a lie. It’s propaganda. It’s not true,” declared Yiannopoulos. “What you feel at the moment — an inexorable and unavoidable sexuality — is just the product of trauma that you might not even realize you suffered, but you did.”  

It remains to be seen whether Statom will take legal action against UNA for failing to halt the impeachment process against him. Greg Piper at Just the News noted, “Florida State University paid nearly $100,000 this spring to settle a lawsuit stemming from its refusal to overturn the student government’s removal of its Senate president, Jack Denton, for sharing Catholic beliefs in a private group chat.”


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