Christian, Christian-influenced, and anti-Christian

Ross Douthat, a Catholic columnist for the New York Times, has written about the difference between some of the various strains of orthodox Christianity and the various heresies that are still in the Christian orbit (including what he calls “Americanized Christianity”).  Then there is Christian influence, which can even be seen in people who reject Christianity.  But at some point, as we are starting to see, there is a mindset and a culture that are utterly devoid of anything Christian.  Please read his whole essay, but I quote how he finishes after the jump. [Read more...]

How Obama will get in the Pope’s face

To greet Pope Francis at the White House next week, President Obama has invited a pro-abortion nun, transgender activists, gay Catholic activists, and a gay Episcopal bishop. [Read more...]

Mr., Mrs., Ms., or Mx.?

Our culture has arrived at a transgender moment.

“The end of gender is near,” says Robin Givens, the Washington Post fashion critic.

Menswear designers are on a mission to eradicate it. Some are going full bore, wielding lace shirts and floppy, grandma blouses like cultural grenades. Others are taking a stealth approach, quietly chiseling away the boundaries between masculinity and femininity through non-traditional retail, models and silhouettes.

And a Post advice columnist answers a question about when to use the transgender title “Mx.”  Some are saying that we should just use it for everyone. But don’t use it for Caitlyn Jenner, who is a woman. [Read more...]

A top doctor discusses transgenderism

Johns Hopkins psychiatrist Dr. Paul McHugh discusses the transgender phenomenon and why sex change surgery does not solve “gender dysphoria.” [Read more...]

If transgender, why not transracial?

We are told that personal identity is different from physical being, that some individuals feel like women, even though they have a male body.  But we should treat them according to the way they “self-identify,” rather than according to their physical makeup.  This way of thinking is being applied to sex and gender.

But another physical condition is race.  What if someone feels black, even though he or she is white?  By the same logic, shouldn’t that person be considered black?  This is occasioned by the revelation that Rachel Dolezal, the head of NAACP in Spokane and a long-time black activist is, in fact, Caucasian.  Shouldn’t she be considered black, if that is the way she self-identifies?  Isn’t she, in fact, transracial?  And, if so, shouldn’t we let black people self-identify as white?  Maybe we could all agree to self-identify as a single race–say, Native American–so as to eliminate our racial problems.

This is the argument Carl Trueman and others are making, and it seems pretty unassailable, once one accepts the logic of transgenderism.  Can you think of any other applications?  Read about the case of Rachel Dolezal after the jump. [Read more...]

Abortions for men

A Texas pro-abortion organization, Fund Texas Women, has announced that it is changing its name to Fund Texas Choice.  This is because the reference to “women” excludes trans-sexual individuals who now identify as “men” but who still have female reproductive organs and who may thus get pregnant and “need” an abortion.  This is from the announcement:

In order for our organization to provide quality abortion services, we have to make sure that everyone who needs help traveling for their abortion is able to get it. But with a name like Fund Texas Women, we were publicly excluding trans* people who needed to get an abortion but were not women.

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