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An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Seven)


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2017/12/01


An Interview with Pardes Seleh, B.S. She discusses: transgenderism; Students for Justice in Palestine and the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; liberal bias on campuses; limitations of free speech; recommended authors; personal heroes/heroines; and final thoughts.

Keywords: Campus Reform, Daily Wire, Orthodox Judaism, Pardes Seleh, The Bruin Standard.

An Interview with Pardes Seleh, B.S.: Staff Writer, Daily Wire; Former Editor-in-Chief, The Bruin Standard; Former California Campus Correspondent, Campus Reform (Part Seven)[1],[2],[3],[4]

1. Jacobsen: One main controversy seems like transgenderism. A lot of political talk, social arguments, and ethical clichés thrown around with respect to it. Those seem peripheral issues to the core issue about medical and scientific experts that state the facts from the most informed views. One organization, the American College of Pediatricians makes unequivocal statements, point-by-point about it.[5] You have relevant training in human biology.

Even so, an older organization than the American College of Pediatricians (founded in 2002), the American Academy of Pediatrics (founded on June 23, 1930), has a section devoted to the health and wellness to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, which indicates a difference in perspective with having clear statements about sex and gender (American College of Pediatricians) and another with a section of the organization devoted to the health of LGBT – with the strong emphasis on T for this question.[6] From your training, and with consideration from these organizations, what is the truth about transgenderism – and sex and gender?

Seleh: The American Academy of Pediatrics makes valid points regarding the psychological effects of discrimination on children who have physical and mental gender abnormalities. Being born with a genetic mutation that causes one to produce abnormal testosterone levels, causing one to grow facial hair while one’s ovaries are still working, is stressful already– adding to that cultural bullying and political disputes can only elevate stress levels and worsen the resulting psychosis. However, as a scientific organization, it is not the function of the AAP to relay misleading information for fear of how patients with genetic disorders or the public might deal with it. It can be dangerous and counterproductive.

‘Transgenderism’ as an umbrella term for all patients with gender-affecting genetic disorders makes no sense to me as having any motive other than political. There is a wide spectrum of genetic disorders that may or may not involve specifically mutations of the sex chromosome but can still result in gender appearance abnormalities.

A patient with congenital adrenal hyperplasia, for instance, can have completely female genetics and a fully functioning set of ovaries, but have stress hormone abnormalities resulting in masculine features and an enlarged clitoris that looks like a penis. The female CAH patient, doomed to a lifetime of her disorder, might conclude based on her physical appearance that she is a man, and the T-lobby, eager to expand and strengthen its presence in Washington, will affirm to her via cultural influence that she is probably transgender.

She will forgo the necessary treatment to sustain her female functions and live the rest of her life in ambiguity and life-threatening deficiencies, and her AAP certified physician will not stop her because doing so would mean having to acknowledge her abnormalities and defying the T-lobby narrative, thus being a straight-up ‘transphobe.’ She might eventually commit suicide because her hormones and self-identity are in shambles, and the T-lobby will blame her suicide on the people who had so heartlessly bullied her because she is one of ‘them.’

‘Transgenderism’ was a term created to lazily group together a wide spectrum of people with disorders, many of which could have been treated or sustained, for the purpose of strengthening yet another identity lobby. I am not for mocking people with mental or physical abnormalities; however, I am all for mocking and delegitimizing ‘transgenderism’ for the political scam that it is.

2. Jacobsen: You had a pointed paragraph near the end of Calling Out in Kind: Students for Justice in Palestine (2016). You wrote:

I am 100 percent warranted in showing my distaste for Kureh’s actions. My opinions or beliefs are my prerogative and stating them is backed by the First Amendment, regardless of if they are offensive to someone. Whether or not the claims made against Kureh were true should be taken up by Kureh with the other sources who documented his previous actions, but it is rude and repressive of him to say that I lied and then put forth charges involving my article which I had put time into making sure was evidence-based.[7]

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.[8]

With the statement by you, and the First Amendment, in mind, what is the importance of freedom of speech, especially in an academic context such as the university campuses and system in general?

Seleh: The Kureh situation was an attempt by the SJP at UCLA to pressure our state-funded university to intimidate me and other students who made controversial remarks about them, by condemning us in the student government.

To me, their utilization of the state to silence opinions they did not like was unconstitutional. Furthermore, they undermined academic debate by attempting to remove one side of an argument. Without freedom of speech, modern academia might as well be dead. Social paradigms are constantly changing—who are we to decide which ones to keep or deny?

3. Jacobsen: Does this further liberal bias on American campuses through intimidation of conservative students, especially into silence and self-censorship?

Seleh: The culture of people being too afraid to say what they think because something that they say may be deemed offensive. It’s not just the SJP that does it. Every group that claims to be an anti-hate group, even Jewish groups do it too.

Everything that we don’t like is considered antisemitism. That is also a problem. It is a way to silence debate because you don’t like the other party and not because you have anything to say about them. People don’t say things because people are afraid.

People shy away from having honest conversations because they are afraid of anything they say being considered racist or Islamophobic. It is toxic.

4. Jacobsen: What groups social or political tend to limit free speech more on a campus than others?

Seleh: Definitely, the more progressive groups. The ones that say they are against hate speech because, to be honest, nobody thinks what they are saying is hate speech. Nobody, even David Duke, doesn’t think what he says is hate speech.

It is really just whatever people you don’t like are saying. So, it is a way to silence debate because you don’t like the other party, not because you have anything to say about them.

5. Jacobsen: Any recommended authors?

Seleh: Niall Ferguson [Laughing]! He was my favourite columnist when he was at Newsweek. It was a while ago. I think he is at the Hoover Institute now. He has written some books. He wrote a book that I really like, which my friend recommended to me.

It is called The West and the Rest. I have lots of good things to say about him. He is married to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She is the Muslim Reformer lady.

6. Jacobsen: For those that don’t know who Ayaan Hirsi Ali is, she grew up in Somalia. She was given female genital mutilation by female family members. She was going to be in an arranged marriage.

She ended up escaping to Holland, getting into Dutch parliament and then became a reformer and ex-Muslim. She has been doing it ever since, but she has been under protection for probably over a decade now because her life is a consistent threat to those who want to kill her.

Seleh: Yes, of course. Of course, you know every detail about every one of these authors. I think it is really interesting to me. I think it is really interesting that they are married, to be honest. I was a fan before I even became involved in politics at all.

He was really the first columnist I ever read because when I was in high school and I had just started reading my scandalous secular literature. It was Newsweek. I always skipped to his column.

It was like finding out two of your favourite celebrities were getting married. It was just really interesting to me. I find it interesting that he is married to a woman who might not have – I don’t know if it’s inappropriate to say but she might not have – her senses down there because of what was done to her. I don’t know. I wonder what the dynamic is like.

7. Jacobsen:  [Laughing] Any personal heroes/heroines?

Seleh: My personal heroine is Ayaan Hirsi Ali. I have a lot of personal heroines, but she is definitely up there for me. I think because what she did, which was so brave. I mean coming out.

It is already hard to come out and talk about something that is so personal and can be so embarrassing for the self. But coming out and doing that, in the face of a community that is going to punish you for it, they are not going to think you are brave for coming out and talking about what you went through.

They are going to trash her, call her an infidel, and try to kill her. I think she is just the ultimate level of brave.

8. Jacobsen: Any feelings or thoughts in conclusion?

Seleh: That is a really loaded question. I am very honored that you are asking me these questions. I am really enjoying it. I like talking and saying my opinions, so it has been very satisfying for me to be able to ramble on and have somebody be interested in my thoughts.

It is nice to be able to ramble on like this and say all of my opinions.

9. Jacobsen: Thank you very much for your time, Pardes.

Seleh: Thank you!


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  19. Seleh, P. (2015, August 6). Harvard project tackles ‘gender bias’ in teens, parents. Retrieved from
  20. Seleh, P. (2015, November 18). Here’s How the Left Manipulates Research to Prove Your Wife is a Lesbian. Retrieved from
  21. Seleh, P. (2015, September 25). Hillary Says Obamacare Is A ‘Moral Issue’, Americans Disagree. Retrieved from
  22. Seleh, P. (2015, November 4). Hillary Wants to Force Employers to Hire Ex-Cons. Retrieved from
  23. Seleh, P. (2015, March 9). Hillel At UCLA Takes Credit For Publicity Of The Rachel Beyda Incident. Retrieved from
  24. Seleh, P. (2015, October 23). If Radical Islam and Gender Dysphoria Had a Child, It Would Look Like This. Retrieved from
  25. Seleh, P. (2015, June 26). Illegal immigrant graduate flies Mexican flag at graduation. Retrieved from
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  27. Seleh, P. (2015, July 6). Kinky sex club rises at USC. Retrieved from
  28. Seleh, P. (2015, October 28). Los Angeles Times Refuses to Reveal Criteria for Reporting Race in Crime Stories. Retrieved from
  29. Seleh, P. (2014, November 19). Major UCLA Donor Pledges to Pull Funds If Administration Backs BDS. Retrieved from
  30. Seleh, P. (2015, October 17). Media Misrepresent ‘Gay Gene’ Study Without Contacting Lead Author. Retrieved from
  31. Seleh, P. (2015, November 17). Mizzou Administration Refuses To Identify Swastika Pooper. Retrieved from
  32. Seleh, P. (2015, May 12). Mizzou dining services apologizes for employee’s ‘insensitive’ Cinco de Mayo costume. Retrieved from
  33. Seleh, P. (2015, November 12). Mizzou Student VP ‘Tired’ of Free Speech. Retrieved from
  34. Seleh, P. (2015, November 3). Momentum Grows on Tarantino Boycott. Retrieved from
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  36. Seleh, P. (2015, September 22). New York Jews Backlash Against Politicians Supporting Iran Deal. Retrieved from
  37. Seleh, P. (2015, October 23). NPR: Aborting Female Babies is Discriminatory. Retrieved from
  38. Seleh, P. (2015, October 1). Obama Utterly Silent as Abbas Incites War Against Israel. Retrieved from
  39. Seleh, P. (2015, October 30). Planned Pregnanthood Discriminates Against Trans Men: No Contraceptives Because Male Pregnancy ‘Not Popular’. Retrieved from
  40. Seleh, P. (2015, March 10). Pro-Israel Groups At UCLA Address Anti-Semitism While Openly Supporting SJP at UCLA. Retrieved from
  41. Seleh, P.  (2016, February 29). Prof. under investigation for sexual assault to continue teaching at UCLA. Retrieved from
  42. Seleh, P. (2015, April 15). Professor Tormented At Connecticut College For Criticizing Hamas. Retrieved from
  43. Seleh, P. (2015, July 22). Protesters at UC Berkeley get nude for trees. Retrieved from
  44. Seleh, P. (2015, September 22). Republican Congressman Champion for Planned Parenthood. Retrieved from
  45. Seleh, P. (2015, November 24). Satirical ‘White Student Union’ Receives Death Threats for Protesting Anti-White Racism. Retrieved from
  46. Seleh, P. (2015, November 20). ‘Scream Queens’ Beats Up Antonin Scalia Physically. Retrieved from
  47. Seleh, P. (2015, November 4). Scream Queens: Snotty Sorority Killer Chick’s Dad Supports Ted Cruz. Retrieved from
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  50. Seleh, P. (2015, April 8). SFSU President Leslie Wong Bans School-Funded Travel To Indiana. Retrieved from
  51. Seleh, P. (2015, October 9). Students from 82 colleges urge Pope Francis to divest Vatican from fossil fuels. Retrieved from
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  56. Seleh, P. (2014, November 11). TruthRevolt Students Protest SJP, Supposedly Pro-Israel Groups Undercut. Retrieved from
  57. Seleh, P. (2015, November 8). UC Berkeley Dems to frame GOP as racist during Tuesday’s debate. Retrieved from
  58. Seleh, P. (2015, November 23). UC Berkeley housing co-op establishes safe space guidelines. Retrieved from
  59. Seleh, P. (2015, October 28). UC Berkeley study links economic inequality to climate change. Retrieved from
  60. Seleh, P. (2015, November 6). UC Files Amicus Brief Supporting Affirmative Action. Retrieved from
  61. Seleh, P. (2015, November 10). UC Merced Attacker Was A Radical Muslim. The University, Police, and Media Covered It Up. Retrieved from
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  63. Seleh, P. (2015, April 22). UCLA Activist: “What’s Wrong with Death to America???”. Retrieved from
  64. Seleh, P. (2014, December 11). UCLA Adds Cuba To Its List Of Study Abroad Programs. Retrieved from
  65. Seleh, P. (2015, March 18). UCLA Chancellor Compares Anti-SJP Posters To Swastikas. Retrieved from
  66. Seleh, P. (2014, November 24). UCLA Donor Reverses Decision To Pull Funds After Administration Bucks BDSe to Chancellor’s rejection of divestment resolution. Retrieved from
  67. Seleh, P. (2015, October 23). UCLA institutes faculty ‘bias awareness training’. Retrieved from
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  71. Seleh, P. (2015, February 5). UCLA Republican Students Attacked for Being White. Retrieved from
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  73. Seleh, P. (2015, October 8). UCLA Students Cry Racism Over White Kids Dressing Up As Kim and Kanye. Retrieved from
  74. Seleh, P. (2014, September 23). UCLA Students Stand Up To SJP. Retrieved from
  75. Seleh, P. (2015, March 10). UCSA Votes To Divest From Gun Companies. Retrieved from
  76. Seleh, P. (2015, December 7). UCSB Administration ‘Triggered’ by White Student Union, to Offer Counseling Services. Retrieved from
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  78. Seleh, P. (2016, February 16). Univ. of California selectively recruits Latino and black students. Retrieved from
  79. Seleh, P. (2015, September 11). Univ. of Illinois allows 9/11 memorial. Retrieved from
  80. Seleh, P. (2015, April 23). University Of Maryland Cancels Screening Of American Sniper. Retrieved from
  81. Seleh, P. (2015, October 8). University of Toronto Dumps Transgender Bathrooms After Peeping Incidents. Retrieved from
  82. Seleh, P. (2015, February 22). UPDATE: NY Taxi Driver Yells ‘All Jews Must Die’. Retrieved from
  83. Seleh, P. (2015, March 25). USAC President Avinoam Baral Blames Netanyahu for BDS. Retrieved from
  84. Seleh, P. (2015, October 8). Victims of Sharia Mandate Respond to Ben Carson’s Comments. Retrieved from
  85. Seleh, P. (2015, May 23). Was a landmark study on gay marriage faked? Looks like it. Retrieved from
  86. Seleh, P. (2015, September 22). Was McConnell’s Revote on the Iran Deal a Hoax?. Retrieved from

Appendix I: Footnotes

[1] Staff Writer, Daily Wire; Former Editor-in-Chief, The Bruin Standard; Former California Campus Correspondent, Campus Reform.

[2] Individual Publication Date: December 1, 2017 at; Full Issue Publication Date: January 1, 2017 at

[3] Santa Monica College (2012-2014); B.S. (2014-2016), Human Biology and Society, University of California, Los Angeles; Lifeguard Instructor, American Red Cross.

[4] Photograph courtesy of Pardes Seleh.

[5] Gender Ideology Harms Children (2016) states:

  1. Human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait: “XY” and “XX” are genetic markers of health – not genetic markers of a disorder… 
  2. No one is born with a gender. Everyone is born with a biological sex. Gender (an awareness and sense of oneself as male or female) is a sociological and psychological concept; not an objective biological one… 
  3. A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking…
  4. Puberty is not a disease and puberty-blocking hormones can be dangerous… 
  5. According to the DSM-V, as many as 98% of gender confused boys and 88% of gender confused girls eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty…
  6. Children who use puberty blockers to impersonate the opposite sex will require cross-sex hormones in late adolescence. Cross-sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen) are associated with dangerous health risks including but not limited to high blood pressure, blood clots, stroke and cancer…
  7. Rates of suicide are twenty times greater among adults who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex reassignment surgery, even in Sweden which is among the most LGBTQ – affirming countries…
  8. Conditioning children into believing that a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse…

Cretella, M.A., Van Meter, Q., & McHugh, P. (2016, March 21). Gender Ideology Harms Children. Retrieved from

[6] American Academy of Pediatricians. (2016). Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health and Wellness. Retrieved from

[7] Seleh, P. (2016, March 3). Calling Out in Kind: Students for Justice in Palestine. Retrieved from!Calling-Out-in-Kind-Students-for-Justice-in-Palestine/cjds/5700eed90cf2b279cdbc97e3.

[8] Legal Information Institute. (n.d.).  First Amendment: Amendment I. Retrieved from


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