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Biden details plans, promises

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 10/15/20, 10:27 pm

The former vice president called the Green New Deal unachievable, gave a winding explanation of his policies on race, and criticized President Donald Trump for approaching his job with a “divide and conquer” attitude. But at a televised town hall meeting in Philadelphia on Thursday, he did not directly answer a question about the Supreme Court, which has become a defining issue of the campaign. He said his position on adding more justices to the court would depend on how Republicans handle the confirmation vote for Amy Coney Barrett, whom Trump nominated to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Were there any other notable moments? A woman who introduced herself as the mother of a transgender 8-year-old asked whether Biden would repeal regulations she said discriminate against her child. Many of those regulations protect the religious liberty of healthcare providers and other Christian businesspeople. Biden said he would reverse them.

Dig deeper: Read Steve West’s report in Liberties about the effects of a recent Supreme Court decision on LGBT workers and Christian conscience rights.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 10/16/2020 04:18 am

    I believe a "transgender 8-year-old" to be an impossibility. Yes, a young child could say, "I wish I was a ___ instead of a ___," without a mature understanding of what gender or transgender are. Just as a kid might say, "I wish I was a kitty," or "I wish I was a horse."  

    I don't believe a child can have sufficient understanding to make a decision to "change gender."  An adult in the child's life is encouraging the child to believe a childish whim could be realized.  I consider this to be abuse. Would any sane adult allow a child to start believing he or she could literally be changed to a cat or a horse?  Of course not. And just because "doctors" are willing to chemically and surgically change a human's body to resemble the gender opposite to that which the person was born, does not mean it is right or sensible to do so. 

    Further, it is one thing for an adult to decide to go through a process of "changing" his/her gender; another matter entirely to allow a child to make that decision. If it hasn't already happened, we will see lawsuits by transgendered persons against the "counselors," "doctors," and parents who indulged their childish fantasy of "gender change." 

  • JerryM
    Posted: Fri, 10/16/2020 05:42 pm

    Agreed.  May God open the eyes of all people to see what this is: abuse.

    Posted: Fri, 10/16/2020 11:59 am

    What I found deceitful by ABC was that the town hall continued after the scripted "town hall" ended. Joe Biden stood up and, for at least twenty minutes, conversed with the audience. The audio was too low to hear what they said. Meanwhile, ABC commentators talked over them, or the network cut in and out with commercials.

    (I didn't watch live, but on YouTube -- and had to swim through a tsunami of stuff long before the actual "town hall" began.)

  • Paula Garcia
    Posted: Fri, 10/16/2020 02:01 pm

    What a sadness that "a woman who introduced herself as the mother of a transgender 8-year-old", just thinking of the confusion that is being sown in the life of that child.

    Posted: Fri, 10/16/2020 03:09 pm

    It turns out that she is "the wife of Ezra Nanes, a high-profile Democrat in Pennsylvania who in 2018 ran a campaign challenging Republican state Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman. Nanes is currently an at-large member of the Centre County Democratic Committee."

  • JerryM
    Posted: Fri, 10/16/2020 05:47 pm


    Is there a conflict here between what Joe Biden says in the townhall and what he does in this case with the unity document he signed with his democratic colleagues?

  • Just Me 999
    Posted: Fri, 10/16/2020 10:52 pm

    "But at a televised town hall meeting in Philadelphia on Thursday, he did not directly answer a question about the Supreme Court, which has become a defining issue of the campaign."

    I cannot see how any patriotic, flag-waving, constitution loving American could even toy with the idea of changing one of the fundamental pillars of the US government.

    But oh wait! He may even make another radical suggestion and do away with the old worn-out idea of a President and instead propose a fresh energetic new idea - a co-President! I mean, really - isn't that what you want me to do Kamala?