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.