Monday, October 3, 2016

Blowhard Bill Donohue, the Pope and Transgender

William A. "Bill" Donohue
William A. Donohue, better known as “Blowhard Bill” is defending Pope Francis today over remarks the pope made about gender identity and sexual orientation. Bill is defending the pope from comments made from the left.

According to Blowhard Bill: “POPE ATTACKED ON GENDER IDEOLOGY.” Bill likes to capitalize stuff. Oh the poor dear.
Over the weekend, Pope Francis drew a familiar distinction between those individuals who were struggling with their sex identity and those who were pushing a radical agenda. He embraced the former while strongly denouncing the latter.
Bill is trying to separate sexual orientation and gender identity, I think. If Donohue is suggesting that the pope is gay friendly he is wrong. When the pope sends out a letter instructing his bishops not to fire people in the employ of the church for getting married then I will concede that a change came from the Vatican. Apparently it is just fine for gay couples to “shack up” but not to marry.
The pope’s words are subject to translation discrepancies, thus accounting for the following inconsistencies:
“Today there is a global war out to destroy marriage. Not with weapons but with ideas…we have to defend ourselves from ideological colonization.”
Ideas that one does not like are weapons? The Pope actually said that and Donohue is repeating it. They must not have a great deal of faith in the counterpoint provided by the Church.
Gender theory represents a “global war against the family.”
The pope has used the terms “gender theory” and “gender theology” to denigrate the science of gender. As a theologian and catechist (in contrast to being a social scientist) the pope is on very shaky ground.
Gender theory has caused a “world war against marriage,” an example of “ideological colonization.”
That is as preposterous and wacky as it sounds. The only “world war against marriage” is the one that the Church wages against gay couples.
There is a “nasty” tendency in schools to “indoctrinate” children, teaching that gender can be chosen and changed.
I do not know who is more confused; the pope or Donohue. “Indoctrinate?” What the pope is absurdly suggesting is that we can influence the gender of people. Moreover gender is not “chosen.” Were that the case then gender dysphoria would not exist. “Changed?” We can do things to make people more comfortable with their gender identity. It is the only medical intervention that we know of to treat gender dysphoria. Perhaps “Dr.” Francis has a better theory.
“It is one thing if a person has this tendency and also changes his sex. It’s another thing to teach this in school to change mentalities. This is what I call ‘ideological colonization.'”
If kids have a transgender classmate then it is up to educators to explain (in age appropriate terms) what is going on. Keeping them ignorant is moronic. In that case the children will get their information from less reliable sources.
  • Teaching gender theory is “the great enemy of marriage.”
  • Teaching gender theory “is against natural things.”
Bill is repeating himself. Gender identity and marriage are two entirely different issues that are completely unrelated. “Natural law” is the enemy of critical thinking. Who is to say what is, or is not, natural? An expression of gender that is inconsistent with biological sex is perfectly natural. Claiming otherwise is just willful ignorance.

When it comes to gender identity the pope is, for lack of a better term, a crackpot. As Bill Donohue notes:
For teaching Catholic doctrine, Pope Francis was immediately condemned by New Ways Ministry, a renegade dissident group. It implored the pope to “abandon his reliance upon so-called ‘gender theory’ and ‘ideological colonization.'” It also accused the Holy Father of distorting reality. “Throwing about terms such as ‘gender theory’ and ‘ideological colonization’ is a red herring,” it said.
That sounds about right to me. After attacking New Ways Ministry for a couple of paragraphs, Dononue concludes:
Pope Francis is to be commended for his courage in deconstructing gender theory. In particular, he is to be applauded for challenging those who seek to indoctrinate children with its pernicious agenda.
It does not require courage to say things that are demonstrably incorrect. All that is required is belief in one's own bullshit. The pope has never offered any substance to this hobby of his. No evidence of anything that he espouses relating to gender identity. As for the indoctrination of children it would seem that the Church actively promotes ideas that are contrary to established science.

Pope Francis manages to routinely piss off the traditionalists as well. According to the far right LifeSiteNews.com: “Pope Francis calls woman with sex-change operation a ‘man’ and calls partners ‘married’.” Oh my!

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