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(LifeSiteNews) — A young single father is fighting for full custody of his 3-year-old son to protect him from his mother’s gender confusion and mental illness.

Harrison Tinsley’s custody battle for his young son, Sawyer, has attracted attention after the father started a fundraiser, sharing his story and asking for help gathering money to cover legal expenses.

“All of my life I have always wanted to be a dad more than anything,” Tinsley wrote on the GiveSendGo he created. “In 2019, unexpectedly, my girlfriend at the time told me she was pregnant; we were both ecstatic. Unfortunately, that excitement turned to pain when his mother, who suffers from serious underlying mental health problems, abruptly ended our relationship and prevented me from seeing Sawyer.”

Tinsley met his son for the first time when he was 15 months old, “after a year-long court battle.” He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and “was granted 50/50 custody.” Now, Sawyer’s mother calls herself a lesbian and non-binary and is attempting to raise him in the same confusion. She reportedly uses “they/them” pronouns, dresses and does makeup for her son.

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“Sawyer says his mother tells him he is both a boy and a girl, but Sawyer is fully aware he is a boy,” Tinsley explained. “I am certain this is confusing him and emotionally traumatizing. He is not old enough to even be thinking about this ideology, but his mother is coercing him into it.”

The boy’s father also shared that after going to court against his ex-girlfriend who was “arrested for felony child endangerment,” he learned that “she had slandered and defamed me for years.” Tinsley provided “8 hours of police body-cam footage, 800 pages of documentary evidence, and psychological studies showing Sawyer’s health, safety and wellbeing were being jeopardized by his mother.” The court “denied [his] request for full-custody and to stop Sawyer’s mother from treating him as non-binary,” apparently with little evidence to counter Tinsley’s argument.

A hearing date was also set by the court to determine “whether Sawyer’s mother can force him to get COVID-19 vaccines, which I oppose as Sawyer is so young and healthy.” Tinsley is currently appealing the custody decision in the court of appeals.

“I am still fighting, and will fight till my last breath, for full custody of my son to keep him safe, healthy, and happy,” Tinsley concluded. “He deserves a wonderful childhood, happy with himself as a rambunctious, tough, silly, beautiful boy … Please help me save my son. All funds will be used for attorney’s fees. I hope and pray for aid in this fight, and I thank you with every bit of my heart.”

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The son of pastor Artur Pawlowski could be facing massive fines and jail time after he preached Bible verses outside a drag queen story time held at a public library over the weekend.

Nathaniel Pawlowski was detained and ticketed on Saturday by Calgary Police Service (CPS) because he was preaching too “close” to the drag event, in an apparent violation of a new and oppressive bylaw.

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Pawlowski said that he was outside the event to “preach, read the Bible and just speak.” 

Video of the incident shows Pawlowski along with his friend Deklan Friesen speaking to a crowd outside the library.

Calgary City Council last month passed a new “Safe and Inclusive Access Bylaw” that disallows “specified protests” both inside and outside all city-owned and affiliated public buildings. Mayor Jyoti Gondek put her full support behind the buffer zone bylaw.

Please tell Mayor Gondek that the bylaw violating Charter freedoms is both unjust and absurd

The bylaw means pastors or concerned parents protesting pro-LGBT events at public buildings are barred from getting within 100 meters of any such location.

Top constitutional lawyer John Carpay recently blasted Calgary City Council for going to “war” against Canadians’ freedoms by using bylaws to target people’s ability to protest events at public facilities, including drag queen performance directed at children. 

In an opinion piece published on March 17 in the Western Standard, Carpay said “freedom of expression is meaningless if citizens are only allowed to say what’s approved by the government, or if expression is banished from public spaces.” 

Pawlowski noted that his ticket has no penalty listed yet, as police must “review the evidence on me and that they will be stopping by my home to issue charges.”  

His ticket does have a mandatory court appearance date. Each charge under Calgary’s bylaw carries a maximum fine of up to $10,000 and up to a year in jail.

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Pawlowski had asked the police officers if they would also be enforcing “the same law on to the other side with the Antifa protesters”, but nobody was served a ticket except for he and Friesen.

In June 2022, Calgary City Council, under its left-leaning Mayor Jyoti Gondek, amended the city’s bylaws to “specifically prohibit insulting or demeaning behavior, including unwanted sexual advances, or harassing anyone on the basis of age, race, sexual orientation, disability, gender, gender identity or gender expression, among others.” 

In February, Gondek vowed to use the bylaw to go after drag queen story hour protesters after some of the events were postponed by pro-family objectors. 

In early March, fulfilling her promise, Calgary City Council then passed the bylaw that banned protesting against drag queen story hours or any other “LGBTQ” events held at public facilities. 

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Carpay noted that while there are limits to free speech,  “Canadians have every right to express their views in public places, regardless of the content of the expression.” 

He also wrote how a 1992 Supreme Court of Canada decision in R. v. Zundel “explained all communications which convey or attempt to convey meaning are protected by the Charter [of Rights and Freedoms], unless the physical form by which the communication is made (for example, a violent act) excludes protection.” 

“The purpose of the Charter’s free expression guarantee is to promote truth, self-fulfillment, and political and social participation. That purpose extends to the protection of minority beliefs which the majority regards as wrong or false,” wrote Carpay. 

According to Carpay, Gondek seems to “believe it is wrong or false to oppose drag queen story readings in public libraries.” 

“She is entitled to express her views, but not to impose her views on others by effectively banning peaceful public protests through a so-called ‘Safe and Inclusive Access’ bylaw,” noted Carpay. 

There exists a “freedom of expression” which includes the “right” to choose “high-visibility locations to hold up signs or banners, sing or chant, hand out literature, gather signatures on a petition, and have a speaker get up on her soapbox,” continued the lawyer. 

“Protests are often held at the locations where injustices (or perceived injustices) are actually occurring,” he added. 

Christian pastor Derek Reimer was jailed and charged in early March for protesting a children’s drag queen story hour at a public library in Calgary.  

Carpay wrote that the city council’s use of “coercive power to relegate peaceful protesters to obscure locations where they cannot be seen or heard,” amounts to “crushing a fundamental Charter freedom on which our democracy depends.” 

“The point of protests is to be seen and heard,” wrote Carpay. 

Carpay noted that being forced to stand 100 meters away from high-visibility and high-traffic areas “reduces freedom of expression to near irrelevance.” 

“Protecting entrances from obstruction is already taken care of by the Criminal Code, and does not require a bylaw that imposes up to $10,000 in fines and up to a year in jail for peacefully protesting less than the length of four swimming pools away from an entrance,” charged Carpay. 

According to Carpay, the Charter’s protection for free speech applies to those at the receiving end of a person speaking out.  

“Potential listeners who have the right to hear diverse points of view, and to decide for themselves what is true and false rather than having Mayor Gondek decide on their behalf,” said Carpay. 

“Calgary’s ‘Safe and Inclusive Access’ bylaw violates the rights of all Calgarians, speakers and listeners, and attacks diversity of thought and belief.” 

Carpay noted that “repressive regimes always take great pains to ensure their subjects are kept ‘safe’ from ideas which the regime believes to be wrong or false.” 

“In the past – and still today – those living in communist North Korea, national socialist Germany, theocratic Iran, Putin’s Russia, communist China and many other places have been kept very safe from ideas that the regime dislikes,” wrote Carpay.  

Carpay noted that in a “free society,” there is no way everyone can be “safe” from hearing one’s opposing views. 

“The ‘safety’ which woke activists on Calgary City Council are promising is attractive to those who support children being exposed to drag queens at public libraries,” wrote Carpay.

“But beware of the erosion of freedom, because the demons of censorship cannot be controlled after their release.” 

In addition to Carpay, the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) has also objected to the new bylaw, and has vowed to commence a legal challenge against the “unconstitutional” policy. 

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Due to mental health issues, Sawyer’s mother was taking five different drugs for PTSD, mood stabilization, ADHD, and anxiety, according to a Child Protective Services (CPS) report obtained by the Daily Wire. The report described the woman’s mental instability as a “complicating factor, but not a safety issue.”

The Daily Wire also noted that the boy’s pediatrician is affiliated with a youth “gender clinic” which gives puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and referrals for mutilating surgeries to gender-confused minors as young as 12 years old. In court, the doctor was permitted to remain Sawyer’s primary care provider.

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Unfortunately, Tinsley is not the only father fighting to protect his child from gender ideology being pushed by the child’s mother. In 2019, LifeSiteNews began its coverage of Jeff Younger’s battle to gain partial custody and decision-making authority over one of his 7-year-old twins, whose adoptive mother planned to raise him as a girl.

Though granted joint authority in deciding whether the boy would pursue a “gender transition,” Younger later lost in court when his ex-wife was given temporary full custody over both boys, once again pressuring the father to accept forced gender confusion to be involved in his child’s life.

In the most recent development of the saga, Younger’s appeal to require his now 10-year-old son to move back to Texas from California was denied. Younger reportedly worries that his ex-wife will be able to continue with the “gender transition” in the liberal state, which has declared itself a “sanctuary” for minors to mutilate their healthy bodies in the name of gender identity.

In 2018, Ohio’s state government revoked custody rights from both parents of a teenage girl for their objection to their daughter being given cross-sex hormones as a solution to her depression, anxiety, and gender dysphoria. The decision was opposed by local pro-life groups, who took a joint stand against the attack on parental rights and allowance of child mutilation.


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