Whoopi Goldberg recently made a statement that shocked many people. On Thursday’s broadcast of ABC’s daytime talk show “The View,” she suggested that the Bible would support parents having the right to subject their minor children to sex reassignment surgeries.
“Now, what the hell is going on in this country? That’s what I want to know,” Goldberg began, asserting that Republicans had simply voted to punish Zephyr because they didn’t like being forced to listen to an opposing point of view.
“What are the rules that say, ‘I don’t like what you’re saying, so I’m going to get a whole bunch of people to think like I think and we’re going to ban you from talking,’” Goldberg continued. “When did that become the law of the land?”
The conversation stemmed from a Montana lawmaker, Zooey Zephyr, who is trans-identifying and who faced disciplinary action for breaking the rules of decorum. Zephyr lashed out at Republican colleagues who opposed transgender surgeries for minors.
Goldberg and co-host Sunny Hostin criticized the move, claiming it was proof that Republicans were banning speech.
But Whoopi’s statement was the most shocking. She claimed that if the GOP believed in parental rights then parents should be able to consent to life-altering and irreversible procedures for their children. She even went as far as to say, “God was really clear!”
It’s hard to believe that Goldberg would suggest such a thing. It’s even more disturbing to think of how she could believe that the Bible would support taking away a minor’s right to make their own decision about their body.
Gender transition treatments are not only dangerous, but they can have long-term psychological and physical consequences. No one should be pressuring a child to undergo such treatments. It’s important that parents talk to their children about the risks and give them the opportunity to make their own decisions.
Whoopi shouts: "God was really clear" in the Bible that he wants so-called gender-affirming care for underaged kids.
She shouts that parents should have the right to mutilate their kids. pic.twitter.com/r9dZV8mDbc
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) April 27, 2023
We should not be allowing adults to make decisions for minors that could alter the course of their lives. It’s wrong to suggest that the Bible would support such a thing. It’s disheartening to see someone like Whoopi Goldberg, who is supposed to be a role model, suggesting such an outrageous idea.
Erica Carlin is an independent journalist, opinion writer and contributor to several news and opinion sources. She is based in Georgia.