Wednesday, August 14, 2013

NOM Promotes Frank Schubert's Simplistic Ignorance on Gender Identity

Frank Schubert
National Organization for Marriage: “Schubert: There is No Such Thing as ‘Gender Identity’”

NOM is promoting a post by Frank Schubert (NOM's campaign manager) at Redstate. NOM summarizes this as:
One of the biggest problems I have with the movement to redefine marriage is the series of falsehoods we’re required to accept that fly in the face of the established natural order. Consider the contention that men and women are identical – not just equal but actually the same. If this is accepted as true, then having a gender basis for marriage no longer makes sense. But it’s not true; a man is not a woman, and a woman is not a man.
Thank you Mr. Schubert. Your medical opinion is duly noted. Schubert's conclusions are in accordance with his belief in the inerrant accuracy of ancient texts. God created man and woman. It's just that simple.

Well, Mr. Schubert, it's not that simple.

Infant with ambiguous
genitalia (Wikipedia)
The easiest way to disprove Mr. Schubert's assumptions is by the fact that roughly 0.1% to 0.2% of live births have ambiguous genitalia. At the low end that's one in 1,000. 20% of those have chromosonal ambiguity.

The majority of those children receive a surgical correction. Due to the imperfection of gonad tissue, it is not always possible to match surgical result with chromosonal gender.

According to some researchers, gender is a continuum with male and female at the extreme ends. Indeed, we can provide Mr. Schubert with verified physical proof that nature is imperfect when it comes to gender assignment.

Now if we accept the idea that nature is imperfect (and we must based on the evidence), then why is it so difficult to accept the fact that some people identify as the opposite gender? It's not an abnormality but a variant of nature. Why is that such a problem for people?

It is fundamentalist religion that creates this idiocy. If we really press Schubert, he probably does not believe that there is any such thing as sexual orientation either. His religion teaches that, while some people have "same-sex attraction," they can choose their sexual behavior. Again, none of this has anything to do with science. This is all based on the assumption that those same ancient texts are the inerrant word of God. It's science vs. superstition.

I call it “willful ignorance.”

Schubert's contentions should be relegated to the same intellectual corner as Alex Jones' assertions about FEMA concentration camps. It is only because it stems from our tolerance religious belief that we are not, as a society shouting down this spectacular stupidity.

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