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Eagle Forum Supports the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act (VCAP)

***NEWS RELEASE***

For Immediate Release

February 21, 2020

Eagle Forum Supports the

Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act (VCAP)

Sen. Shay Shellnut and Rep. Wes Allen have introduced the Alabama Vulnerable Child and Compassion Protection Act (VCAP).  VCAP prohibits anyone from prescribing, dispensing or administering puberty-suppressing drugs or cross-sex hormones to healthy children. It prohibits anyone from performing surgical procedures on an otherwise healthy child for the purpose of affirming gender dysphoria. It also requires that parents be notified by school officials if those officials learn that a child has gender dysphoria.

Doctors across the nation are giving minors, (even those in elementary school) puberty blockers and cross sex hormones.  Some doctors are even amputating healthy non-diseased body parts.  In some states 13 year old girls receiving double mastectomies and boys as young as 15 are being castrated. Eunie Smith, President of Eagle Forum explains, “We support this bill because it protects vulnerable children who are suffering from gender dysphoria from irreversible medical procedures that will alter their bodies for life.  The brain’s frontal lobe that is responsible for emotional expression, problem solving, memory, language, judgment, and sexual behaviors is not fully developed until age 25.  Therefore, many minors are making life-altering decisions which may render them sterile for life, cause serious bone loss, and decreased cognitive development from hormone therapy.  Other harmful effects are not fully known. Children must be helped; not harmed.”

Up to 98% of children who struggle with their sex as a boy or a girl, come to accept their sex by adulthood if allowed to go through natural puberty. [i] However, studies show that 100% of children who use puberty blockers will go on to use cross-sex hormones, leaving them sterile. [ii]  The EMLALA clinic in Birmingham administer puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones to minors, and gender dysphoric patients may also be referred to surgeons outside of the clinic.

Eagle Forum Executive Director Becky Gerritson says, “This legislation is necessary for many reasons.  One is that the long-term effects of puberty blockers and cross sex hormones have not been studied.[iii]  Another vital statistic is that after the sex reassignment surgery, transgender identified people are nearly 20 times more likely to die by suicide than the general public.”[iv] 

Mrs. Gerritson also cited Dr. Michelle Cretella, Executive Director of the American College of Pediatricians who emphasized “a recent article published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, in which psychologist Dr. James Cantor discredits the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) endorsement of puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and surgeries for minors as a grave misrepresentation of science. [emphasis added] Upon reviewing every reference of the AAP statement Dr. Cantor concluded, ‘[The] AAP’s statement is a systematic exclusion and misrepresentation of entire literatures. Not only did AAP fail to provide compelling evidence, it failed to provide the evidence at all. Indeed, AAP’s recommendations are despite the existing evidence.’” 

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[i] Michael K Laidlaw, et al., “Letter to the Editor: ‘Endocrine Treatment of Gender-Dysphoric/Gender-Incongruent Persons: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline’, ” The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 104, no. 3 (March, 2019): 686–687, https://academic.oup.com/ jcem/article-abstract/104/3/686/5198654?redirectedFrom=fulltext (“Children with GD will outgrow this condition in 61-98% of cases by adulthood.”).

[ii] AL DeVries, et al., “Puberty suppression in adolescents with gender identity disorder: a prospective follow-up study,” Journal of Sexual Medicine, 8, no. 8, (August, 2011); 2276-83, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20646177.

[iii] Paul W. Hruz, et al., “Growing Pains: Problems with Puberty Suppression in Treating Gender Dysphoria,” New Atlantis, Spring 2017, https:// thenewatlantis.com/publications/growing-pains, (“Whether puberty suppression is safe and effective when used for gender dysphoria remains unclear and unsupported by rigorous scientific evidence.”); See also: Johanna Olson-Kennedy, et al., “Health considerations for gender non-conforming children and transgender adolescents,” UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, accessed on February 21, 2019, https://transcare.ucsf.edu/guidelines/youth, (“While clinically becoming increasingly common, the impact of GnRH analogues administered to transgender youth in early puberty and <12 years of age has not been published.”).

[iv] Cecilia Dhejne, et al., “Long-Term Follow-Up of Transsexual Persons Undergoing Sex Reassignment Surgery: Cohort Study in Sweden,” PLoS One 6, no. 2 (2011): e16885, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0016885.

 

“New” AL Math Standards ARE Common Core! Vote is Dec 12th-We Need More “NO” Votes

URGENT: We need the AL State School Board and Gov Ivey to vote “NO” on the “New” AL Math Standards because they are Common Core! See for yourself. The vote is Thursday, Dec. 12th. WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH VOTES TO KILL IT YET. WE NEED YOU to contact Gov Ivey and your school board member now. Find out details in this less than 2 minute clip. PLEASE SHARE! TIME IS RUNNING OUT!

Side by Side K-8 Math Standards Course of Study Comparison

“Abandon This Approach.” Mathematician-Dr. Milgram’s Review of 9-12 Grade AL “New” Math Standards)

Dr. James Milgram,  (bio below) reviewed the new proposed 2019 AL Math Standards for 9-12 grade.  Read his scathing review here: https://alabamaeagle.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Dr-Milgram-Scathing-Review-9-12-AL-new-Math-Standards-Nov-2019-Plus-original-review-from-spring-2019.pdf

BIO: R. J. Milgram is emeritus professor of mathematics at Stanford University. He has served on the board of directors for the National Institute for Education Sciences, the NASA Advisory Council, and the Achieve Mathematics Advisory Panel. He was the sole expert in mathematics itself among the original members of the Common Core Validation Committee. From 2002 to 2005, Professor Milgram headed a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education that identified and described the key mathematics that K-8 teachers need to know. He also helped to direct a project partially funded by the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation that evaluated state mathematics assessments. He was one of the four main authors of the 1997 – 2010 California Mathematics Standards, as well as one of the two main authors of the California Mathematics Framework. He was also one of the main advisors for the mathematics standards previous to Common Core in Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts , Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Texas. Among many other honors, he held the Gauss Professorship at the University of Goettingen, the Regent’s Professorship at the University of New Mexico, and Distinguished Visiting Professorships at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing and at the University of Lille. R. J. Milgram has published over 100 research papers in mathematics and four books, as well as serving as an editor of many others. He currently works on questions in robotics and protein folding. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in mathematics from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the
University of Minnesota.

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Side-by-Side Comparisons: 2019 “New” AL Math Standards vs Common Core State Standards

We have prepared several side-by-side comparisons of the “new” proposed 2019 AL Math Standards (K-8) vs Common Core.  Use the links below.

We used highlighting Keys are located either at the top or bottom of each document.   It’s easy to see that the “new” standards aren’t new at all.  They are the same old failed Common Core standards that hurled Alabama to dead last in the United States’ math rankings. 

K-5 Side-by-Side Comparison with Highlighting by Danny Hubbard and J.R. Wilson: https://alabamaeagle.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/K-5-AL-Math-Standards-vs.-Common-Core-HIGHLIGHTED.pdf

6-8 Side-by-Side Comparison with Highlighting by Danny Hubbard: https://alabamaeagle.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/6-8-Comparison-Common-Core-Math-AL-math-with-Highlights.pdf

9-12 Side-by-Side Comparison with Highlighting by J.R. Wilson.  The Math Course of Study added a new experimental class called Geometry with Data Analysis that has never been proven or tested that we believe will be a complete disaster.  Other than that there are few changes to the Common Core. https://alabamaeagle.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/9-12-grade-side-by-side-comparison-AL-2019-math-COS-vs-Common-Core-.pdf

The vote is planned for Dec. 12th 2019.  Contact your Alabama State School Board member today and ask them to vote “NO” on the proposed 2019 AL Math Standards.  Ask them to adopt proven non Common Core, classic Math Standards to enable all students to succeed.

 

Don’t Be Fooled – The Proposed “New” AL Math Standards Are the Same Old Common Core

Don’t Be Fooled – The Proposed “New” AL Math Standards  Are The Same Old Common Core

Co-authored by: Becky Gerritson, Theodor Rebarber and J.R. Wilson

 VOTE ON “NEW” MATH STANDARDS EXPECTED ON DEC 12TH

On December 12th the Alabama State School Board is scheduled to vote on revised “new” math standards. We are all acutely aware of how Common Core math standards have failed us. The recently released math scores showed Alabama at dead last.

THE NEWEST PROPOSAL ISN’T REALLY NEW—SEE THE COMPARISON    

The Alabama Math Course of Study Committee has come up with their final version of “new” standards. They say that these standards are not Common Core. We prepared a side-by-side comparison of the new 2019 Alabama proposed standards versus Common Core State Standards.  We randomly used second grade as our sample.  It’s easy to see these “new” standards are most definitely the same failed Common Core Standards. In many areas it’s word-for-word the same. The highlighted areas indicate identical wording or insignificant word changes to identical standards. See color key at the bottom of the comparison.

REMOVAL OF COMMON CORE IN ELEMENTARY GRADES IS CRUCIAL

The foundation for all math is learned in the early elementary grades. Math builds upon itself so if you don’t learn it well in the lower grades you will continue to have trouble moving on to higher math. Those who learned math before Common Core probably remember learning to add and subtract with the standard algorithm of carrying and borrowing numbers. When Common Core came along that became the least used strategy. The focus became using non-standard algorithms to add, subtract and multiply that used drawing pictures and grouping numbers in obscure and abstract ways – so obscure and abstract that even parents with college degrees had trouble helping their kids with homework. Many young students have become frustrated and now “hate” math. Delaying the standard algorithms has set us back several grade levels and two years behind top performing countries.

Further, the proposed 2019 AL standards don’t require that students memorize math facts for numbers up to 20. Instead they list “counting on” and other non-standard techniques as different ways of demonstrating fluency with math facts. So, despite including the words “math facts,” the proposed standards don’t really treat the answers as “facts” but as answers that students never really have to know by heart.

The lack of memorization in the proposed Alabama standards leads to stories like the following.   An 8th grade student asks his dad for help with algebra homework. The dad looks at the problem and says to start with the first part of the equation and asks his son, “What is 6×3?”. The son says, “Give me paper and a pencil and I can figure it out.” No wonder our test scores have gone down! There must be proficiency (or memorization) of these facts if one is to move on to higher math successfully.

The proposed “new” 2019 AL standards, as do Common Core, reflect the belief that memorization of math facts and computational fluency with the standard algorithms starting at the early elementary grades is somehow unnecessary for students. (See our comments on how this differs from top-performing countries.) The only thing these misguided approaches in the proposed “new” standards accomplish are frustrated or apathetic students and more parents having to pay for tutoring.

TIME TO SCRAP COMMON CORE COMPLETELY-CALL YOUR SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER TODAY!

Common Core Standards are a failure, and these almost identical standards will be too. We must scrap what doesn’t work and start with standards that are tested and proven and that completely remove the failed (pedagogy) teaching methodology. Don’t take our word for it. Compare the “new” 2019 AL math standards (K-6) to the failed Common Core; besides some reformatting and rewording there is little difference. The vote is expected for December 12th.   Contact your school board member and the Governor today and ask them to vote “NO” on the proposed 2019 Alabama Math Standards. Ask them to adopt proven non common core, classic math standards to enable all students to succeed.

 

 

What is a Veteran?

WHAT IS A VETERAN?

By: Theresa Hubbard, Commander (USCG ret.), Eagle Forum Anti-Terrorism Chairman and serves on the Eagle Forum of Alabama’s board

November 8, 2019

Just who and what is a Veteran? A Veteran is the neighbor down the street, the school bus driver, the golf car repairman, the guy who drives the garbage truck, the entrepreneur who runs the patriotic T-Shirt company, one who started the coffee company for deployed troops, the CEO, the doctor, the lawyer, and the nurse. A Veteran could be standing next to you waiting, at the light of a busy intersection, to cross the street. Most of the time they look just like you or me, but they carry a load of memories with scars seen and unseen.   Sometimes they don’t look like us because they have lost an arm, a leg, or both or all. You will see them with the amazing prosthetics made today, or you’ll see them in the wheelchair with their scars from the Middle East, Vietnam, Korea, or the continent of Europe. Some are young and still in their 20’s others are aging in their 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.

The Veteran is the man who went off to the South Pacific in WWII with his fellow Marines. He left home a handsome young 19-year-old and came home a white-haired man of 21. Rarely did he talk about the island hopping that he did, and the intense fighting done day to day to survive. The raising of the flag on Iwo Jima was 2 minutes in days filled of living in hell. Few know of the hero who came home an old man of 21.

The Veteran is the young woman who joined the Army became a MP, then went to Afghanistan to do her duty. After serval months of routine duty, the day came when returning back to base the Humvee she was in hit an IED. Tangled, mangled and confused she was medevaced out along with the others in the vehicle and before she knew it, her duty to country was done. Luckily, no one was killed that day. Back in the states and out of the Army she became a preschool teacher. Few know of the hero who now teaches young children.

The Veteran is the 90-year-old who after serving 26 years, went to get his benefits from the VA and was told his military record had been destroyed in a fire and his TDY records of his time in Korea and Vietnam no longer existed. There was no proof of his service to his country. Now when he needs his country the most, he is obligated to prove his service to the country. For him it was like being punched in the stomach. Few know of the hero who was told you were never in combat.

The Veteran is the man who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, he survived IED’s, RPG’s, and homicide bombings, lost friends, and spilled blood in a land that is harsh, brutal, unforgiving and tribal. Yet he fights on, continues to serve, but now he drinks too much, is short tempered, on the verge of losing his family and he knows not where to turn for help. He wonders what it is all for, but then realizes that is above his paygrade, and continues to serve. Few know of the hero who is just trying to survive with his demons from one day to the next.

The Veteran is the one who served on missions, secretly going after those who would do America harm. These are stories we will rarely hear about because of their classification. Often times they leave home with no notice and cannot call home because of the secrecy behind what they are doing. When it all goes down, however, family members knowing their loved one is deployed, and hearing nothing from them and now a big mission hits the headlines. Hummmmm, they wonder????? Few know of the hero who went on those special, highly classified missions and returned home the quiet, humble solider.

The Veteran is part of a crew who goes into the night by helicopter, C-130, Cutter, or boat when a fishing vessel, small boat, ship or downed aircraft is in distress. He goes when no one else will. On one rescue in he was responsible for saving the lives of four M/V crewmembers who had gone aground near a rugged coastline, next to cliffs, in a blinding snowstorm, with 40 knot winds. It was his responsibility to read the radar, direct the pilot on where to hover so they didn’t hit the nearby cliffs, to lower the hoist and time the waves in order to get those off the vessel below. This is just one of numerous rescues he was on, going into the water on 4 different occasions, long before there was a rate or training provided, it was a judgement call in those days. At one point a fellow crewmember put him in for the “Distinguished Flying Cross” when he participated in another bad weather mission but was told it was denied because he was “just doing his job.” In 27 ½ years of service he had one personal award to show for the numerous lives he aided in saving. Few know of the hero of the 1960’s who helped saved so many lives under the worst of weather conditions.

The Veteran is the one who lost her arm and leg from an IED, has come back from the abyss and has adjusted to the prosthetic arm and leg she needs to get around, and now has a job. Yet she is self-conscious about her broken and scarred body and wonders late at night if she will ever find someone who will love her for her and if she will ever know the joy of having a family. Few know of the hero who fears never having a family.

The Veteran is the one who lost everything, faith, family, friends, and home, he lost it all. Then through some miracle came back, got the help he needed and saw the need for helping other Veterans and their families. So, he and a group of fellow Vets got together and started a non-profit for the battle scarred Veteran and his or her family. So often we think about what our Veterans are going through and forget about the spouses and the children who so love and admire their Vet but find it difficult to deal with him or her. Often times it is only the Vets and their spouses who understand how hard it is to turn around the pain of war and it is only a fellow Vet they will turn to for help in piecing back the part of their lives so badly broken. Few know of the hero who is now trying to help save a fellow hero and put his or her life back together with their family intact.

The stories of our Veterans and what they go through are many. If you have one in your family write down their stories and the struggles they have had. It will help others in the family understand who they are and what they have been through. If you don’t have a Veteran in your family pray for them daily, for they need your prayers. Help where you can for these are just a few of their stories, there are many more out there, some good, some bad and some uplifting. Yet, I can tell you that all Vets have memories that were awe inspiring that gives credence to the term “Band of Brothers” and if asked “Would you do it all again?” The answer is always a resounding, “Yes!” On this Veterans Day, do as I do, remember those who have served and given so much of themselves for our freedoms in America. Thank you.

 

 

Medical Marijuana Testimony Before Alabama House Health Committee May 28, 2019

Spoken Testimony Medical Marijuana House Committee 5.28.19

I’m Becky Gerritson-Exec Director of Eagle Forum of Alabama.

We are certainly sympathetic to those seeking relief from their debilitating medical conditions.

Senator Melson we applaud your efforts in trying to help patients and we know that you have worked hard on this bill.

We are encouraged by those young patients with seizers who have found relief with CBD oil and we would like that program (Carly’s Law) at UAB to continue.

However, we do have reservations and wanted to share our findings.

  1. The first qualifying condition listed in SB236 on page 14 is Addiction

Yet the largest study of cannabis as a substitute for opioids was a 4-year cohort study of 1514 patients with chronic pain who had been prescribed opioids. Here’s what they found: Cannabis use was associated with MORE subsequent pain, less self-efficacy for managing pain, and NO reductions in prescribed opioid use.[1]

Although this bill seeks to address addiction-research doesn’t support it as a viable alternative.

  1. Many Medical Marijuana Patients drive while High

A recent poll of medical marijuana patents revealed that more than half of patients had driven within 2 hours of consuming a cannabis treatment at least once during the prior 6 months. About 20% said they had driven while “very high” while about half described being a “little high” while driving.[2]

While this bill is being presented as limited to just ‘medical’ marijuana, this has been the stepping stone to decriminalization and then legalization for recreational use in every state that has gone in that direction. This is our biggest hesitation…

Before passing this bill in its current form we would like to see more real-life trials for some of the medical conditions listed in the bill to see if they respond well to medical marijuana. More trials like “Carly’s law”.

Not only would this minimize the open door to recreational marijuana but it would also bolster the limited amount of research done on the efficacy of marijuana on the conditions listed in the bill.

We are concerned that we still don’t have standard dosages for different conditions and feel these could best be determined under the supervision of doctors conducting medical trials. We would whole-heartedly support that before opening it up to the entire medical community like this bill would do.

Thank you for your time.

[1] Should Physicians Recommend Replacing Opioids with Cannabis, Author Keith Humphreys, PhD –2019 American Medical Assoc—downloaded from jamanetwork.com

[2] Many Medical Marijuana Patients Drive While High, By Alan Mozes, Wed Jan, 9, 2019 Health Daily News

Immediate Release: Google Caught Red-Handed Influencing 2020 Election

For Immediate Release
June 25, 2019
 
GOOGLE CAUGHT RED-HANDED MANIPULATING DATA FOR 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
What we thought was true has now been proven without a shadow of a doubt.  Social media platforms like Google have morphed into censorship giants who manipulate what the public sees and doesn’t see. On Monday morning Project Veritas released a new report on Google which includes undercover video of a senior Google executive, leaked documents, and testimony from a Google insider.  The report appears to show Google’s plans to affect the outcome of the 2020 elections and “prevent” the next “Trump situation.”
 
Eunie Smith, Eagle Forum’s president said, “Google, which owns Youtube has been censoring videos and posts that challenge their one-sided political agenda.  They also are suppressing the truth and manipulating data for their political partisan political purposes.  Such monopolistic control of information is harmful to our Republic and must stop.”   Eagle Forum Executive Director Becky Gerritson chimed in, “We have known about the censorship going on at Facebook and Pinterest from recent whistleblowers.  This is just the latest and most egregious example of big tech’s smothering of speech and stunning manipulation of online information.  They are suppressing the truth with new ‘machine learning algorithms’ which feels like something out George Orwell’s book, 1984.”

Within hours of Project Veritas’ release of its undercover video exposing Google, Youtube pulled the video.  It was quickly on its way to reaching 1 million views.  Google is once again censoring valid news.  Having access to reliable information, whether it’s politically correct or not, is something that Americans value and expect. 
 
The public must be made aware of this corruption.  We are calling on the mainstream media to cover this story and stop ignoring the serious censorship problems at Google, Youtube, Facebook, Pinterest and other big tech media platforms.  We urge Congress and the US Attorney’s Office to ensure Google is not illegally influencing the 2020 presidential election with its inordinate ability to control what the electorate hears.  Eagle Forum also calls on citizens to contact Google. Ask Google to stop allowing only those posts which are supportive of their political agenda.   See undercover video and Google addresses here.