Religious media outlet Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) is broadcasting a transphobic television series this week on their network and streaming platforms.
Called “The Transgender Movement: What Catholics Need To Know,” the series claims to “communicate the truth of the Church’s teaching” when it comes to transgender people. Host Mary Rice Hasson interviews various ant-trans activists such as Ryan Anderson, president of the right-wing Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC) and author of “When Harry Became Sally.” In the first episode, Anderson claims “This is not a grassroots phenomenon. This is very much grass tops – not even grass tops – this is very much like the activist organizations imposing this top down.”
Another guest is Patrick Lappert, a plastic surgeon who has served as the expert witness in favor of trans healthcare bans, such as a proposed on in Florida. He is also being called in as an expert witness for Arkansas in a lawsuit over that state’s ban on gender-affirming care for minors. A federal court in North Carolina has also ruled that Lappert can’t be considered an “expert witness.”
EWTN has notoriety of its own. While not as high profile as Fox News or Newsmax, the network is very conservative. Conservative to the point where it has been accused of saying Roman Catholic Pope Francis is too liberal. The network is not owned by the Catholic Church and is officially a non-profit.
The series is being broadcast this week on its main TV channel, which is available on Xfinity, AT&T and Mediacom systems across Illinois. It is also being streamed on EWTN’s Roku and YouTube channels, as well as the EWTN website.
EWTN also owns radio stations, the Catholic News Service and the National Catholic Register. The Irondale, Ala.-based company is one of the largest Catholic media groups in the world.