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Leaked Documents show HHS instructs employees to ‘use gender-neutral salutations’

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National Review recently obtained internal documents by the Health and Human Services (HHS) headed by secretary Xavier Becerra, showing an effort to implement new standards for “equity” and “gender-inclusive correspondence.”

Every April HHS releases a Plain Writing Act Compliance Report, which “details the agency’s efforts to train employees in ‘clear Government communication that the public can understand and use’ in its ‘letters, publications, forms, notices and instructions,’ as outlined by the Plain Writing Act of 2010” reports National Review.

April of 2021’s report introduced “a New Focus section on Promoting Equity.” It was designed to support the first executive order that President Biden signed in office for a “whole-of-government equity agenda” which promises to “embed equity principles, policies, and approaches across the Federal Government.”

The report aims to advance racial equity and support for underserved communities through the Federal Government by using “plainly written and culturally sensitive, unbiased information.” National Review reports:

The new standard on gender-inclusive correspondence instructs HHS employees to “use gender-neutral salutations and forms of address only.” That includes omitting “gendered courtesy titles (Mr., Mrs., Ms.)” in address blocks and in salutations. (“Instead, write ‘Dear,’ followed by the individual’s name, followed by a colon,” the document suggests.)

It goes further, advising against gendered pronouns and other terms when in doubt — and even suggesting using the so-called “singular ‘they’” instead:

When writing to an individual whose name is unknown, avoid using gendered salutations (e.g., Dear Sir/Madam). Refer to the context of the communication to identify a suitable, gender-neutral alternative (e.g., Dear colleague, Dear recipient). Similarly, when addressing a group, avoid gendered language (e.g. Dear Sirs/Madams), opting instead for collective salutations that are gender neutral.

In the body of the letter, avoid using masculine or feminine pronouns (he, she) to refer to individuals whose gender or preferred pronouns are unknown. Instead, consider using the individual’s preferred name; using the singular “they,” “them,” and “theirs” pronouns; or using sentence constructions that avoid the use of pronouns.

The new equity section, meanwhile, mandates that department memos, such as those on a rule, “include noteworthy elements about equity and describe how the action will promote equity for individuals belonging to groups that have been historically underserved, marginalized, or subject to discrimination or systemic disadvantage,

including those referenced in EO 13985.” (As an example, the guide’s template for a regulation decision memo to the secretary includes a new section titled “Noteworthy Elements about Equity.” The sample section prompts the author to explain how the discussed regulation will affect “individuals belonging to groups that have been historically underserved, marginalized, or subject to discrimination or systemic disadvantage.”)

 

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  1. Patricia Nezi

    March 10, 2022 at 9:28 am

    This is just more insanity that the left is doing to destroy America. Insanity & it has to stop.

  2. RT Rand

    March 10, 2022 at 12:36 pm

    It seems we will need to put a memo out to instruct when addressing HHS proper protocol would be :

    Dear Dipwad or hey Dipwad

  3. Frankenator

    March 10, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    or. Thats the biggest pile of hogwash I have seen today. And I’ve seen some serious hogwarsh in my days.
    Suggestion to Trump: first exec order- remove every reference to equity in every gummit communication and put equality back where it belongs.

    My (reverential) God, there will be one Stygian cleanup needed in ‘24. Every time we think things can’t get worse, Sleepy Joe wakes up an sez “hold my peptobismol”…

  4. Pherbia Stephens

    March 11, 2022 at 10:36 am

    This is the most foolish thing yet. Those foolish people who would propose such have never read God’s Word, the Bible. God and Jesus Christ are both He. Man is he; woman is she. How are we to speak of animals for they are HE and SHE? Do they think old 92 year old women like me are going to change our way of speaking? What will happen to us who continue in our same language? The best for us all is for the end of time to come and looks it will be in the near future. It is time to repent.

  5. Lee & Betty Peppell

    March 12, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    EQUITY IS CODE FOR DISCRIMINATION.

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Montana Senator censored, Twitter account suspended, for hunting photo

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The hashtag #FreeSteveDaines has flooded social media after the Twitter account of United States Senator Steve Daines, a Republican from Montana, was suspended. The decision by Twitter came Monday night, reportedly due to the profile photo which shows him with his wife next to a hunted Montana antelope.

In a statement to Fox News Digital, Daines showed no fear against the platform’s preposterous policy by simply saying, “My wife is a great shot. What can I say?”

Rachel Dumke, press secretary for Daines, said in a statement to Fox News Digital “The Senator thinks it’s preposterous that a picture of him and his wife hunting — an activity that is engrained in the Montana way of life — would be against Twitter rules. Our team has reached out to Twitter, and we’ll be working to get this resolved.”

Supporters from the conservative as well as hunting communities have come to Daines’ defense. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas tweeted: “Ridiculous. My friend @SteveDaines is in @Twitter jail for posting this pic w/ his wife Cindy. If you don’t like hunting, fine, don’t go. But don’t censor others who disagree. And I’m pretty sure this is a formal job responsibility for a senator from Montana!”

Republican Representative from Montana, Ryan Zinke complimented the Senator’s wife, writing, “Great shot, Cindy!”

 

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