Is Transgenderism a Moral Issue?

I read this column by Lee Duigon at BarbWire and it just impressed upon me how completely different secular morality is from religious morality. For some reason, Duigon seems to think that the mere existence of gay, bisexual or transgender people is proof of “moral decay.”

Every day I get half a dozen invitations to review books. Most of them are simply not germane to my work, and I just delete the emails.

But I was recently taken off guard by an example of towering moral idiocy. A publicist wanted me to review a book about the swell romance between “ a bisexual woman” and “a transgendered man.” The “man,” of course, is not a man at all, but merely a woman turned into a monstrosity by drugs and surgery. But the publicist described this poor, lost soul as “born female, but who became the man of her dreams.”

The whole nightmarish business is given a cute, perky, upbeat spin by barf-inducing quotes like this: “What’s a girl to do who’s been unlucky in love with both men and women?”

Uh… repent? Seek healing and salvation from God, whose Son died so that her soul might live, and rose again so that she might be risen, too?…

The “transgender” movement is picking up steam. Its purpose is to cut us off from God: we reject Him as the creator and go about the folly of pretending to create ourselves in whatever image suits our fancy. As always, we succumb to the temptation to be as gods. It was the first lie the Devil ever fed us, and it still works.

Really? He actually thinks the “purpose” of trans people is to “cut us off from God”? One transgender woman I know is actually an Episcopalian priest. Duigon obviously doesn’t know any trans people, but he’s sure he knows their “purpose.” I’ll take presumptuous bullshit for $1000, Alex. And why does he think this is a moral issue at all? Because his morality is locked in place by a book, most of which was written thousands of years ago (and which says absolutely nothing about trans people at all, by the way).

I think morality is solely about how our actions affect others. Whether someone is gay, bi, trans, straight or anything else has nothing to do with whether they are moral or not. If they aren’t harming someone else or violating their rights, they’re not being immoral — and it doesn’t matter what a bigot imagines his God to think about it.

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  • colnago80

    This “god” of his is some pumpkins. He stands around and allows women to be born with a Y chromosome and men to be born with 2 X chromosomes. Obviously, this putz Duigon is ignorant of biology and genetics.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=153100784 Michael Brew

    I’ve been anticipating that once the marriage equality issue picked up enough momentum, we’d start hearing a lot more from the Christian Right about trans* issues. Looks like it’s begun.

  • dingojack

    Well I for one welcome our new pumpkin overlord!

    Dingo

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Its purpose is to cut us off from God

    Puny god, huh?

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie
  • D. C. Sessions

    I think morality is solely about how our actions affect others. Whether someone is gay, bi, trans, straight or anything else has nothing to do with whether they are moral or not. If they aren’t harming someone else or violating their rights, they’re not being immoral — and it doesn’t matter what a bigot imagines his God to think about it.

    Ed, you just don’t understand. Boiled down to its essentials,

    That which is hateful to you, do not unto another: This is the whole Torah. The rest is commentary

    It therefore follows that … Wait — I’ll get back to you.

  • http://www.clanfield.net janiceintoronto

    Hi Ed. I worry about this insanity you have to read so much of. I sincerely hope it doesn’t start making your brain slowly die. Lee Duigon is a complete asshole. No he’s much worse than that. Words fail me…

  • dugglebogey

    Anybody who attempts to dehumanize people by calling them “monstrosities” needs to be dealt with very carefully. It’s a red flag that there is something troubling going on inside their heads.

  • Anthony K

    Uh… repent? Seek healing and salvation from God, whose Son died so that her soul might live, and rose again so that she might be risen, too?…

    What’s this mean, exactly? Sell all her possessions, as the so-called Christ directed, and follow him? Does any mainstream Christian laity actually do that, or have they all tacitly agreed to follow the made-up bible in which Jesus mainly talks about how freaky San Francisco is compared with the Heartland?

  • eric

    Its purpose is to cut us off from God: we reject Him as the creator and go about the folly of pretending to create ourselves in whatever image suits our fancy. As always, we succumb to the temptation to be as gods. It was the first lie the Devil ever fed us, and it still works.

    I assume he opposes artificial limbs and dentures because they’re also about creating ourselves in whatever image suits our fancy. For that matter, what about surgeries used to fix birth defects?

    Oh never mind, I know the answer. Any bodily modification Duigon finds acceptable, God does too, while any bodily moficitanio Duigon finds icky, is icky to God too.

  • Abdul Alhazred

    … One transgender woman I know is actually an Episcopalian priest. …

    To a fundy, this is confirming evidence that it’s from the Devil.

  • Chiroptera

    …we reject Him as the creator and go about the folly of pretending to create ourselves in whatever image suits our fancy.

    To repeat eric’s point a couple of comments up, this isn’t at all offensive, not like Duignon’s tendency to create God in whatever image suits his fancy.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    The “transgender” movement is picking up steam. Its purpose is to cut us off from God…

    Take that, Ed! Now you’ve got the answer why prayer is so ineffectice!

     

    One transgender woman I know is actually an Episcopalian priest.

    Sure, but Episocpalians are hardly Christians. If they were, they’d be Southern Baptists (or, perhaps, one of the less Charismatic Charismatic branches), as God intended.

     

    dugglebogey “Anybody who attempts to dehumanize people by calling them “monstrosities” needs to be dealt with very carefully. It’s a red flag that there is something troubling going on inside their heads.”

    But, Monstrosity, I call everyone that!

  • John Pieret

    Duigon seems to think that the mere existence of gay, bisexual or transgender people is proof of “moral decay.”

    I don’t think it’s quite that. I suspect the evidence (in his mind) of moral decay is that many (most?) people aren’t treating gay, bisexual and transgender people as subhuman; throwing them in jail, beating them up or, in his ideal world, stoning them to death. Instead, they are writing romance novels about them. Fire and brimstone just ain’t what it used to be.

  • Trickster Goddess

    This is similar to what my brother wrote on Facebook a few weeks ago. He called it “anti-natural” and blamed it on secular humanists leading us away from God.

    Did I mention that I’m trans?

    Screw you bro and the god you rode in on.

  • busterggi

    But the modern theologically sophisticated god is supposedly neither male nor female but both at once, seems to me that trans & bi folk must by default be more godly.

  • thascius

    @16-I feel fairly certain Lee Duignon’s god is male, white, and quite elderly. For the fundamentalists “theologically sophisticated” means “of the devil.”

  • freehand

    busterggi: But the modern theologically sophisticated god is supposedly neither male nor female but both at once, seems to me that trans & bi folk must by default be more godly.

    .

    Please do not mistake the celebrants at the Burning Man festival with the Southern Baptist Convention. They don’t do sophisticated theology. Metaphors, literary references, historical allusions, and multiple truths are for Unitarians, or at least Jesuits. God’s own manly men hide messages, if they have to, behind closet doors, not words.

    .

    Verily, the ones who see God that way are mostly not the ones who have trouble with atypically gendered people. They would be black and white thinkers who are frightened and enraged by those whose simple existence challenge the most important dichotomy in the world, the one where all their fears, tribal identities, fear of death, and comforting Weltanschauung are focused.