TRANSGENDER STUDENTS AND POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

"Three things must happen for a moral revolution to occur:

Something that was nearly universally condemned is now nearly universally celebrated;

That which was celebrated is condemned;

Those who refuse to celebrate are condemned"Theo Hobson.

    ABC News reports that the Obama Administration is calling on public school districts nationwide to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity.

Guidelines for schools are disclosed in a letter signed by officials from the Departments of Justice and Education. The letter states: “A school may provide facilities on the basis of sex, but must allow transgender students access to such facilities consistent with their gender identity.”

While schools are permitted to offer single-use restrooms to students seeking “additional privacy,” they should not require transgender students to use single-use facilities if their classmates are not required to do the same.

Citing Title IX, the letter says that a school should not require a medical opinion, and neither should it demand documentation establishing the student’s gender identity before allowing them access to restrooms or locker rooms, “… even in circumstances in which other students, parents, or community members raise objections.”

Before I provide a response to the Administration’s edit, please hear again the sentence quoted from the letter sent to public schools: “… even in circumstances in which other students, parents, or community members raise objections” — As you read my response, please keep in mind who has been made the “battleground” in this controversy not the church, not the government, and not “other students, parents, or community members” but vulnerable children confused about their sexual identity. They, vulnerable children, will likely be the casualties of this “politically correct” war waged by the federal government.    

In his, A Confession, Leo Tolstoy asks, "Why do I live?" The response Tolstoy received was: "In infinite space, in infinite time, infinitely small particles change their forms in infinite complexity, and when you have understood the laws of those mutations of form you will understand why you live on the earth."[1]

But since we, as finite creatures, lack an infinite perspective on life, any honest conclusion to the question: "Why do I live?" leads to nihilism—nothingness. "Life" is defined as nothing more than a "little lump of something." The "... little lump ferments;" and eventually, the little lump defines "life" in relation to its fermentation. And in time, the "... lump will disintegrate and there will be an end of the fermenting and of all the questions."[2]

           For a "free society" to be truly free, freedom must be morally and religiously constrained—"We have no government armed with powers capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion," contended John Adams"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."[3]

          When Thomas Jefferson declared that all men are created equal, he assumed two things no longer assumed in American culture: creation and purpose.[4] The redefinition of what it means to be “human” from a special creation in the image of God to a “little lump of something,” a mutation without purpose, reduces humans to simply a part of nature, indistinguishable from, in the words of the late, celebrated scientist, Stephen Jay Gould, “a snail.”[5]

          If that which is irreducibly religious man’s inherent dignity founded on his special creation is philosophically extinguished, then we have no transcendent value and the “bridle” of dignity, beauty, truth, and justice is removed: the sacred morphs into the profane, truth is substituted for political correctness, freedom is confused with lawlessness and those who would take a stand and refuse to celebrate the insanity are condemned.        

          Please remember, it is one thing to construct a response to the madness; it is another thing to apply the response in ways that are redemptive, especially concerning the most vulnerable.  

 

 


[1]  Leo Tolstoy, A Confession, The Gospel in Brief, and What I Believe, translated by Aylmer Maude (London: Oxford University Press, 1958), 27. Quoted in: Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy, Rediscovering Our Hidden Life In God (San Francisco, CA.: Harper, 1997), 8.

[2]  Tolstoy, 31., Ibid.

[3]  John Adams, "Address to the Military," 11 October 1798, in Os Guinness, A Free People's Suicide, Sustainable Freedom and the American Future (Downers Grove, IL.: Inter-Varsity Press, 2012), 117.

[4] My sentence is a paraphrase of C. John Sommerville’s shorter sentence, “When Thomas Jefferson wrote that all men are created equal, he could still assume creation and purpose,” The Decline of the Secular University (New York, N.Y., Oxford University Press, 2006), 32.

[5] Quoted in Sommerville, ibid., 25.