Sen. Perry proud of work on Privacy Act against 'transgender soc

Sen. Perry proud of work on Privacy Act against 'transgender social re-engineering'

LUBBOCK, Texas -

Lubbock Democrats suggest Lubbock State Senator Charles Perry's comments at a legislative briefing Thursday night were an attack on transgender people. But Perry said they were not mean-spirited and were perfectly in league with his beliefs -- and more importantly, those of his constituents.

Perry spoke at the Texas Values Faith & Family Recap event at Rock City Church in Lubbock, describing both the regular and special sessions as "surreal." He said he's seen a progression through media, society, and politics that aren't "common sense" to someone with faith.

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The Speech

Perry cited scripture throughout his presentation, saying neither Democrats nor Republicans are "the adversary" and faithful legislators must adhere to "the truth" when it comes to addressing the issues facing Texas. 

He addressed abortion regulations, faith-based adoption laws, and privacy/public safety issues like the Texas Privacy Act -- which failed to pass in either legislative session.

"As I listen to these testimonies and people who are advocating for same-sex, transgenders, and confusion," Perry said, "my God's not confused on how I was made. He made me for who I am, and there's no brainwashing, drug therapy, or cajoling my system that's going to change that. Think about the social consequences of allowing co-ed locker rooms in high school -- where's the common sense in that?"

Perry said confusion in the state capitol is a spiritual battle the faithful are called to fight every day, saying it's getting harder to "keep your eye on the ball" when it comes to issues of family values.

"If we don't do our job, people will burn in eternal damnation," Perry said. "There is confusion of what 'love' is -- everything in the capitol today is 'you are unloving' if you push back with Godly principals. 'You don't love gay people' -- I have no animosity towards gay people. I pray for them, because I think they haven't had the truth. We're ridiculed, mocked, chastised, wrote up, all these things... I do it because I don't want them to have eternal damnation. You have to remember, that's how we care."

Perry encouraged attendees to pay attention to social media and their public schools. He said they should go to their children's schools and ask "the hard questions."

"Oh, it sounds so good, 'welcoming schools,'" Perry said. "I don't know that our districts openly subscribe to 'welcoming schools.' 'Welcoming schools' is the new code word for 'transgender indoctrination.' It's ongoing in Austin, it's ongoing in Houston, it's ongoing in San Antone. San Antone actually said co-ed locker rooms are OK, they're cool with that."

Perry said the local school board elections are the most important elections in the state. He said he makes no judgments of board members in his district, not saying whether they're good or bad.

"To stand by and watch this curriculum and this process get put in through your public school systems without pushback is just wrong," he said. "That's where you need to be plugged into."

Perry encouraged the entire conference to get more involved in local elections if they want the issues they feel are important to get addressed.

The Response

Thursday night, the Lubbock County Democratic Party issued a statement rebuking Sen. Perry's comments as "a disgusting and vile attack on fellow Texans for partisan political gain." The party suggested those comments do not reflect "Texas values," and called upon Sen. Perry to apologize to the transgender community as a whole, indicating many of them reside in his district.

The party added it remains committed to advancing family values, true religious liberty, and respect for its neighbors, and urged new leadership in Austin.

Perry: Democrats "out of touch" with west Texas

Friday, Sen. Perry said his statements about "indoctrination" came straight from testimony during the sessions, saying a teacher told lawmakers she couldn't teach at Austin ISD because it didn't represent her values anymore.

"It's the social indoctrination of LGBTQ initiatives," he said. "I'm not making a statement or judgment on that individual or that initiative, I just think parents need to know that there is an agenda that has been ongoing for several years -- a generation, probably, back to some other roots. There is an initiative by this 'human rights'... whatever they are, group, to instill and implement a curriculum for public schools -- pre-K and up -- of changing the social norm of what a family dynamic looks like and family values."

He called efforts against the Texas Privacy Act "vile" and "vulgar." The proposal would have required students to use facilities corresponding to the sex on their birth certificate rather than what they identify as. Perry said it goes against his grain to allow public schools to have co-ed locker rooms for adolescents. 

"I don't understand how that agenda or that issue can't be considered just as vulgar or vile to people of faith or values that say 'you know, it's just not good to mix adolescents in a co-ed locker room arrangement," he said. "So we can be just as offended."

Perry said his voter base agrees with him, and the Democrats are out of touch and out of step.

"If nothing else," he said, "the national election of Trump, I think, showed just how far the Democratic Party has gotten out of touch with mainstream, no matter what the national media may be pushing."

Perry said he stays in line with his 51 counties.

"I can promise you there's nobody standing up in those meetings going 'we really want co-ed locker rooms for our kids, we really want the decimation of Title IX for our female athletes and our competitions, we really want everything that we've known as a society in this country for as long as we've been existing and as long as mankind has existed, the traditional value system and traditional marriage,' all of those things to date, I can't find anybody that shows up and advocates for those values that the Democratic Party has adopted and embraced."

He said it's not a mean-spirited or hateful disagreement, saying it's the party's right to interpret his comments how they did. He said if the Democrats want to have an honest and open debate, speak up in Perry's forums and provide an opportunity for a question-and-answer session. 

Perry: transgender activism in public schools is "social re-engineering"

Perry said transgender students have rightfully had accommodations for years, but new "welcoming schools" initiatives are an attempt to socially engineer the next generation.

"It's a 100% inclusion/immersion issue," he said," to the point that it will detract from the other 99.9%, and I also think it starts down a slippery slope where parents will have to make a decision; if that's going to be our public school agenda, and that's what schools are becoming -- the re-engineering of society on that value system -- I think you're going to see a mass exodus from it."

Perry said the parents in districts involved in the "welcoming schools" initiative weren't aware of the agenda being pushed on them, and were kept out of the loop of how their children may be addressed at school.

"If Joe says 'I'm Jane' at school, he's Jane at school. He goes home, he's Joe. If in contact with the school, he's Joe to the parents. The parents were being kept out of the loop as to what that school district was doing, and obviously if you're going to be there eight hours a day, you can have a pretty huge impact.

"There are so many unanswered questions," he continued. "Do we encourage that behavior? Do we do hormonal therapy? Do we physically change the makeup of that individual's body by drug therapy? We're on the precipice of really doing some things that we can't get back if we're wrong."

Perry reiterated transgender students have accommodations, but he said they won't settle for accommodation.

"The agenda today is a takeover," he said, "and that's what you have to guard against. I have no problem with accommodations, I have a real problem with someone that says 'I'm confused about my identity today, so therefore I'm going to play on the opposite sex team,' or 'therefore I'm in the opposite sex bathroom,' or 'therefore I want a different route because I'm confused today.' but the next day 'I'm back to the other.'

"There's just so many potential harms that can come out of that," he continued, "and it does undermine and unravel where we're at or where we have come from. Those agendas are secular-based and they don't add up logically, they don't add up scientifically, and we're moving down a road here that -- if we're wrong on this path, which I think we are -- then we're going to have done some unintended harm that we can't reverse."

Perry said the Democrats shouldn't expect an apology, saying he won election on his strongly-held beliefs and his constituents continue to support him; but, if society did change and he "didn't catch the change," then there is a process for that -- and he's OK with that prospect. 

"I'm not gonna change who I am because the political correctness of the day suggests that I should," he said. "I have to legislate in a bigger mindset than that."

Perry reminded us the primary is in March.

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