Thursday, September 8, 2016

Why is Christian News Network so repelled by civility?

Christian News Network has a new post titled “Sensitivity Video Teaches Police to Ask Transgenders Their Preferred Pronoun, Allow Restroom Preference.” The post's purpose is not to inform. Its purpose is to disparage transgender citizens. Its purpose is to ridicule those people who treat transgender citizens with respect and to mock the idea of political correctness. It begins:
A sensitivity training video recently released by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) teaches police officers nationwide to ask men who identify as women and vice versa which gender pronoun they prefer, and to allow them to use the restroom that correlates with their gender identity.

The video, Law Enforcement and the Transgender Community, was produced by the DOJ’s Community Relations Service and features role playing skits to show officers how they are to respond to certain scenarios involving transgendered persons.
Presumably they are “Christianed” and I am “gayed.” “Jewed?” But I digress.

In polite society — in a civil society — we address people as they prefer to be addressed. Why must religion be at odds with civility which is defined by how we treat other people? It seems that every opportunity for kindness, or just politeness, becomes an opportunity to express disapproval.

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