With The ‘Transgender’ Movement, Liberalism Has Finally Descended Into Total Madness
The Department of Education is very good at demonstrating why it shouldn’t exist. It put on its most convincing display this week when it ruled — you know, like a court, except it’s not a court — that Illinois’ largest school district violated the “civil rights” of a gender-confused boy by not letting him use the girl’s locker room. The school district now has 30 days to force underage females to change in front of the “transgender” student, or it will lose funding. Clearly, this is the role our Founders envisioned for the federal government.
I have a few points I’d like to make about this case. Let’s go through them one by one.
1. Barack Obama is facilitating the sexual abuse of underage children.
This story is very similar to many others we’ve heard in recent months, but it sets itself apart somewhat because it’s the first time President Obama’s federal government has stepped in so definitively to coordinate the victimization of high school girls. And make no mistake, allowing a boy to change in front of girls, and requiring that girls change in front of him, is sexual abuse. The problem isn’t simply that non-”transgender” predators can easily pretend to be “transgender” in order to gain access to the women’s facilities — although that does happen and it is a completely unavoidable outcome – but that allowing any man of any persuasion to watch girls use the bathroom or change their clothes is appalling and exploitative. It doesn’t matter if the man is “transgender” or regular gender or quasigender or nongender or gendergender. If he’s a man, he doesn’t belong there. Period.
It’s not debatable. It’s not a matter that can be discussed among intelligent grown ups. There exists not a single morally or intellectually sound justification for this madness. I am often accused of being too harsh and too absolutist in my pronouncements on issues. Whether my gorilla in a China shop approach is always appropriate is another matter, but in this case, with this sort of thing, when dealing with the mind-numbing lunacies of “transgender” propaganda, I think every opponent should be adopting a hard-line stance. This is wrong. It’s demented. It’s evil. It’s dangerous. It’s abusive. Every argument in favor should be dismissed as the blathering nonsense it so clearly is.
Moreover, “transgenders” are men who struggle with mental illness and sexual perversion. Of all the men to permit in a girl’s locker room, one might argue that “transgenders” ought to be last on the list. Remember Lila Perry, the male “transgender” Missouri high school student who demanded, and was granted, the right to change and use the toilet with girls? A look at his own social media postings reveal that he is attracted to females (and males), and enjoys taking pictures of himself simulating explicit sexual acts. What sort of parent wouldn’t be concerned about a vulgar, hypersexual boy like that using the locker room with their daughter? What sort of government claims that a boy like that has a civil right to infringe on the privacy and security of girls?
The answers: neglectful parents and depraved, tyrannical governments.
2. The homosexual/transgender lobby can never be appeased.
This Illinois case is incredible considering how far the school district went to accommodate the deluded young man. Administrators first changed the pronouns on official school records to reflect whatever sex the “transgender” is pretending to be. That wasn’t enough. They allowed boys to play on girl sports teams, needlessly endangering safety and providing an unfair advantage to the team with the cross dressing male. That wasn’t enough. They let “transgenders” use the bathrooms of their choice. That wasn’t enough. They even let the boy use the girl’s locker room. The only stipulation — the only attempt they made to offer the real girls some shred of privacy and decency — was to ask the boy to change and shower behind privacy curtains, which they had specially installed for him. That wasn’t enough.
The school, like most schools in the country, bent over backwards to grant enormous and unreasonable favors to a small and demanding branch of an already tiny demographic. They made girls give up their sport’s teams, their bathrooms, and most of their privacy in the locker room, but the one single concession they asked of the boy was that he use a curtain. It still was not enough. It is never enough.
In liberalism, there is simply no demand that can be made, no requirement that can be expected, no line of distinction that can be drawn where “transgenders” and homosexuals are concerned. They must be given everything. Everything. And it’s never enough.
This is what the marriage fight was all about. Many states had already offered homosexuals an arrangement that would carry all of the same legal benefits as marriage, just without the title. But it wasn’t enough. Most homosexuals aren’t even interested in monogamous relationships, but they wanted access to marriage — marriage itself, not something close to it — because, well, just because. Because it’s never enough.
This also explains the fights over weddings cakes and photography and floral shops. Homosexuals can go basically anywhere and get a cake, or hire a photographer, or buy flowers, but if they encounter one business — just one, in a sea of other businesses — that wishes to refrain from being involved in gay “wedding” ceremonies, they must force it to comply or see that it is destroyed. It’s not enough to simply go somewhere else. It’s never enough.
3. The homosexual/transgender lobby dominates and controls liberalism.
It’s really a remarkable thing. Liberalism is the prominent ideology in America, yet it is ultimately dominated by the most quantitatively insignificant group on the planet. Homosexuals are already a relatively rare breed, and “transgenders” are even more scarce. There are a handful of gender-confused people in this country, but their demands and desires trump everyone’s, including even the desires of the feminists who used to rule the liberal roost.
James Porter, right, and his partner Shon DeArmon carry a flag in support of the county issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples at the Pulaski County Courthouse in Little Rock, Ark., Monday, May 12, 2014. Dozens of gay couples, some of whom waited in line overnight, received licenses to marry from county clerks Monday, while lawyers for the state of Arkansas asked its highest court to suspend an order gutting a constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
(AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Feminists are the matriarchs of modern liberalism, and now they are watching as their movement dies, not by the hands of conservative Christians, but by gay men in dresses. Men are now barging their way into the female ranks and claiming not only membership, but headship, and feminists are required to shut up and cooperate. A few weeks ago, Glamour magazine declared Bruce Jenner “Woman of the Year.” Feminists were forced to applaud as a man was awarded the title of best woman. And most heroic woman. And most heralded, most admired, most womanly woman of all.
For years, feminists have insisted that they can do everything as well as men. Today, they must sit quietly while the gay lobby explains that, on the contrary, they can’t even be women as well as men. The mainstream acceptance of radical feminist theory has been, up until this point, one of liberalism’s great achievements. And now it’s all been tossed out for the sake of a population that barely exists. If there is a war on women, this is where it’s being waged.
4. With “transgenderism,” the left has finally jumped the shark.
The phrase “jump the shark” comes from the infamous “Happy Days” episode where the Fonze dons a leather jacket and a pair of water skis and literally jumps over a shark. Now it’s come to describe the moment where any TV show exhausts all of its plots and story arches and has to resort to ridiculous and desperate measures to keep its audience entertained. Often, when a show jumps the shark, it begins to undo previously established plot lines and betray the development of its characters, quickly becoming something entirely divorced from what it was back when it still had new ideas.
Once a show has done everything else, all that’s left is jumping the shark. The question, then, is whether the viewers will abandon the show, or just keep watching anyway. If they stay, it will continue indefinitely, jumping new sharks every episode, and never going off air because its audience has made clear that it will accept whatever bunk the show dumps on them (see: “The Simpsons”).
This is the situation liberalism is in at the present moment. Some might say it jumped the shark many years ago, back when it fought for and won the right to murder infant children, but that was actually the birth of modern liberalism. The invention of “transgenderism” could be its death, or its rebirth into something even more depraved and destructive and indestructible than it was before. The outcome remains to be seen.
Liberalism has run out of battle grounds. It’s run out of things to say. But because it is, at its core, a deception, it cannot remain still. It must “progress,” in the sense that it must always run left, even when it appears to have run out of room.
Compare this with Christianity. Traditional Christians have been making the same points, taking the same stands, saying the same things, teaching the same
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