A city in England has sent a letter to parents of children just starting school asking the four-year-olds to “choose” their gender. Parents were then instructed to “Please support your child to choose the gender they most identify with.” [Read more…]
The American College of Pediatricians, a conservative medical organization, has issued a statement entitled Gender Ideology Harms Children, exposing the fallacy that children can be “born the wrong sex” and detailing the medical harm that can be done by “treatments” such as puberty-blocking and cross-sex hormones.
The report says that 98% of gender-confused boys and 88% of girls accept their biological sex after puberty. And it notes that suicide rates are 20 times greater for adults who have had sexual reassignment surgery. The report concludes, “Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse.”
Read the statement after the jump. [Read more…]
We have women born in a man’s body, and men born in a woman’s body. Now there is a case in which supposedly a cat was born in a human body. After the jump, read the article and watch the video of the young woman meowing, hissing at dogs, and grooming herself.
Notice the neoplatonic worldview here, as well as in the rhetoric of transgenderism, which suggests that we have an identity prior to our birth, a sort of pre-existing spirit that is then embodied when it enters the world. But the “soul,” the seat of one’s personal essence and identity, is separate from the “body.”
Many of the Greeks and Romans believed this, as did various Renaissance mystics. The Mormons believe in something like this. So do some Eastern religions. Christianity, though, has always had a higher view of the body. But it’s certainly hard to understand how scientific materialists can buy into this sort of thing, and yet they do.
In the course of a larger essay on the world’s political woes, David Brooks points out that all of the major acts of terrorism have had the effect of creating a cultural climate of anxiety, suspicion, and insecurity that he calls “small terror.” [Read more…]
A 52-year-old man with a wife and seven children decided that he is really female. But not only is he transgendered, he decided that he is really a six-year-old girl. So he left his family and now lives with an “adoptive mommy and daddy,” dressing as a little girl.
But why not, if our identity has nothing to do with our physical being? [Read more…]
It turns out that 80% of the French citizens who joined ISIS come from non-religious families. These converts to Islam and jihadism describe it in terms of religious liberation, a putting away of meaningless materialism to find personal meaning and transcendent purpose. Can it be that human beings have an innate need for transcendence, and that suppressing and denying the religious impulse causes it to break out in extreme, violent, and twisted forms?
Ross Douthat discusses the phenomenon in the New York Times. [Read more…]