Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Now the gender ideology is 'totalitarian'

Bishop Fred Henry
We move north a bit where Calgary’s Catholic Bishop Fred Henry continues his accusation of totalitarianism against Alberta’s New Democratic government for its “promotion of gender ideology” in the province’s schools. It is the continuation of a theme that I first wrote about in January. In the way of review, Pope Francis has been obsessed with what he originally referred to as gender theory. Apparently “gender ideology” is better demagoguery and the pope changed his references. Just to be clear there is no such thing as “gender ideology”. Gender dysphoria is not an abstraction.

Quoting from the far-right Catholic site,
Taking as his starting point last month’s rallies against the government’s controversial gender guidelines for schools and equally contentious promotion of homosexuality there, Henry writes, “The issues are not just about bathrooms, plumbing and urination, parental rights, safety of children, how people feel, GSAs [gay-straight alliances] and an imperfect Bill 10. What is at stake is the very order of creation.”

Bishop Henry states that the premise behind the government’s guidelines, that “self-identification is the sole measure of an individual’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression” is an assumption without any evidence.
“What is at stake is the very order of creation?” Other than the folks at LifeSite, does anyone actually subscribe to this hyperbole? And you would think that by now we would have worn out the notion of promoting homosexuality. Perhaps we have but this ignoramus hasn't gotten the memo. The bishops sticks to the talking points with the idea that there is something wrong with transgender accommodations as public policy when one does not have to prove that they are transgender. Right. Because people will pretend to be part of one of the most vilified minorities in the world. Sure. That is not a real objection to the policy. Rather, it is a way of attracting support for a religious objection to the policy. Henry continues along those lines:
“Such subjectivity,” he continues, “is ever expansive and morally problematic. LGBT has now swelled to LGBTTQQIAAP2S. The two Ts stand for transgender and transsexual and the double Qs represent both ‘queer’ and ‘questioning.’ The I is for intersex; the twin As for ‘asexual’ and ‘ally’—the latter meaning you’re hetero but down with the cause. P is for pansexual, the catch-all for being up for pretty much anything depending on the situation. The newest addition is the ‘2S’ which denotes being two-spirited, a term used for one who does not fit into the male/female binary.”
That rant—presumably written by a staffer—might appeal to Henry's least critically thinking adherents but it means absolutely nothing. It has absolutely no relevance to transgender issues — or gay issues for that matter.
Declaring that “facts, not ideology, determine reality,” Henry delivers a cold dash of realism by quoting from a recent declaration from the American College of Pediatricians to remind Albertans that “Human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait: ‘XY’ and ‘XX’ are genetic markers of health – not genetic markers of a disorder. The norm for human design is to be conceived either male or female. Human sexuality is binary by design with the obvious purpose being the reproduction and flourishing of our species.”
Another deliberate attempt to confuse the American Academy of Pediatrics with a minuscule designated hate group, the American College of Pediatrics. The bishop is being dishonest. But it goes from lying to utter confusion:
If “heterosexuality” is normal and the biology behind it is natural, then what is the New Democratic government’s treasured gender fluidity? It is, according to the College of Pediatricians, “at best, a sign of confused thinking.” In an individual child, it is a “mental disorder” that deserves treatment, not, as the NDP government would have it, a form of self expression that school systems and individual teachers are bound to support and to conceal from parents.
Henry is using some sort of comparison of sexual orientation to gender identity. It makes no sense whatsoever.
Henry notes that the College’s expression of current, non-ideological science “meshes perfectly with biblical and theological truths.” He quotes Jesus Christ: “Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female?” Then he quotes Pope Francis, who, he writes, “has not minced his words: ‘the gender ideology is demonic.’ He [Pope Francis] includes gender theory among the fundamental dangers of our era, with the same threatening potential as nuclear weapons and gene manipulation and describes it as an attitude with which man creates a new sin that is directed against God the Creator.”
“Non-ideological science?” The American College of Pediatricians is a conservative Christian organization that attempts to conform medical science to scripture. If that is not ideological I do not know what is. I find it disgraceful that a Catholic Bishop is quoting from a hate group and attempting to suggest that the hate group is the mainstream peer organization of pediatricians. The dishonesty and arrogance are appalling.

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