We will not agree with nor partner with those who advocate the kind of violence that Antifa demonstrated against the peaceful protesters outside the Los Angeles Wi Spa.
“One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly, and with a willingness to accept the penalty. I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law… Of course, there is nothing new about this kind of civil disobedience. It was evidenced sublimely in the refusal of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to obey the laws of Nebuchadnezzar … In our own nation, the Boston Tea Party represented a massive act of civil disobedience.”
– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail
Partners for Ethical Care (PEC) has been saddened and alarmed by recent comments—in person and online—from some people we formerly considered partners and co-workers. Admonitions toward violence as the only way to “reset America” and to overcome the propaganda, lies, and destruction of children and families being wrought by the gender industry concern us gravely, both because we do not believe in mimicking the hateful rhetoric and behavior of those against whom we argue, and because we do not believe that a violent offensive will ultimately bring success. As Dr. King so eloquently taught us, “hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Two of our board members were castigated this past weekend by certain of our partners, and told that unless PEC behaved with violence and a willingness to be arrested and imprisoned, we did not care about children.
We would like to address this accusation according to its two parts, beginning with the latter.
Every member of PEC’s leadership team has accepted the possibility that we may eventually find ourselves on the wrong side of the law because of our determination that children should not be medicalized in the name of gender medicine. Every member of PEC’s leadership team has received personal threats to our safety and our families because we stand for women and children. We’ve been warned that we will be doxxed, raped, and even murdered. Yet we continue to fight.
Call us foolish, call us ineffective, call us off-the-mark, but do not call us cowards who don’t care about children.
Regarding our detractor’s former assertion, that violence is necessary for success, we refer again to the better words and wisdom of Dr. King in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail:
“I have tried to stand between these two forces, saying that we need emulate neither the "do nothingism" of the complacent nor the hatred and despair of the black nationalist. For there is the more excellent way of love and nonviolent protest.”
In the 2019 National Speech & Debate Association tournament, finalists Nehal Chigurupati and Grace Johannes argued the resolution, “Violent revolution is a just response to political oppression.” Grace Johannes, arguing in opposition to the statement, won the day, not only because of her rhetorical fervor and tactical debate skills, but because each of the arguments put forth by Nehal Chigurupati fell so easily to closer scrutiny. In her first contention, Johannes argues effectively that “violent revolution allows illegitimate leaders to consolidate power …. [and] coercion culminates into the emergence of a dictator.”
We have seen throughout history that those who are willing to employ violence to overthrow their leaders do not usually become democratic pacifists who bend to the will of the populace; they instead tend to retain their taste for power, and they create the same kind of dictatorial government—or worse—that they succeeded in dismantling.
PEC will not hesitate to fight against and even disobey unjust laws, such as therapy bans which now prevent mental health professionals in over 20 U.S. states from doing anything except pushing a gender dysphoric child onto the path of medicalization. If we lose our freedom, livelihoods, or lives because we will not capitulate to such heinous policies, we are fully prepared to accept those consequences.
However, we do not and we will not agree with nor partner with those who advocate the kind of violence that Antifa demonstrated against the peaceful protesters outside the Los Angeles Wi Spa this past weekend.
We are sad to lose friends and partners in this battle to save children, and we hope that anyone who is considering or undertaking efforts to harm others will reconsider and seek a more justifiable and defensible path. If you do, we will be glad to receive you back among our companions and co-workers.
For anyone still contemplating whether violent extremism is legitimate, we leave you once again with Dr. King:
“But though I was initially disappointed at being categorized as an extremist, as I continued to think about the matter I gained a measure of satisfaction from the label. Was not Jesus an extremist for love … Amos an extremist for justice …Paul an extremist for the Christian gospel … Was Not Martin Luther an extremist … Abraham Lincoln … And Thomas Jefferson: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal …’ So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. …”
PEC has decided what kind of extremists we will be. We hope you will join us.
Partners for Ethical Care works to stop the unethical medicalization of children in the name of transgender "healthcare." Contact Partners for Ethical Care via firstname.lastname@example.org.