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I wrote a blog post recently about a report from a “gay” news source that so-called “gay marriage” was only one part of the real agenda for those redefining marriage. The report stated the following:
Legislative victory should not mean identity erasure. There remain numerous sexual freedoms to campaign on – yes sexual – that’s what gay rights is about, not merely a civil rights campaign – and there are battles still to be won. Battles relating to pornography, the continued criminalisation of consensual sexual acts, re-constructing our ideas of relationships in relation to sex, monogamy and the illusion that only ‘couples’ might want to enter into a state-sanctioned partnership, are just a handful which spring to mind.We are beginning to see examples of this continually evolving “sexual freedoms” campaign in the U.S.
An issue that has repeatedly surfaced across the U.S. has been schools that want to affirm so-called “transgender” students. In 2012, a Massachusetts law known as the Transgender Equal Rights bill took effect, banning discrimination in employment, housing, and so on.
Now, the Boston Globe reported that, because of this new law, the Massachusetts school system has altered the way it deals with traditional gender categories:
The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issued directives Friday for handling transgender students, including allowing them to use the bathrooms or play on the sports teams that correspond to the gender with which they identify.Another report stated, “The 11-page directive also urged schools to eliminate gender-based clothing and gender-based activities – like having boys and girls line up separately to leave the classroom.”
I believe the above mandate is likely to lead to a host of problems. Sadly, these school authorities don’t recognize the sinful heart of man and what can come out from it. Surely schools officials have thought about the potential for high school boys to pretend to “identify” as a female just so they can have access to the girls’ restroom and, maybe, to their locker room—winking to their friends as they do it? This isn’t an unrealistic possibility. The new guidelines explain, “The responsibility for determining a student’s gender identity rests with the student.”
Furthermore, what about safety and privacy concerns for students who are not comfortable with students of the opposite sex sharing their restroom? Well, the school system has no tolerance for that kind of an intolerant attitude:
The guidance said some students may feel uncomfortable sharing those facilities, but this ‘‘discomfort is not a reason to deny access to the transgender student.’’ Education Department spokesman JC Considine said school restrooms are not public accommodations. ‘‘We’re talking about the use of school facilities by students who have no choice but to be in a school building,’’ Considine said.In fact, the guidelines state, according to one article, that if a student expresses discomfort with sharing a restroom with an opposite-sex student, such discomfort “should not be tolerated and can be grounds for student discipline.”
Our country is quickly moving toward having a society in which there are no gender distinctions. Some of this desire to do away with gender distinctions is because there are people who want to simply follow sinful sexual desires wherever they lead, with a total lack of regard for the authority of God’s Word. Other people struggle with confusion about their “gender identity” because of the effects of sin on the world.
This is a complex issue, but Scripture is clear that in the beginning, God created man as male and female (Genesis 1:27). There is nothing in Scripture to indicate that God created some as anatomically male but who identify as female or vice versa. (We do recognize that, because of sin’s effects on the world, there are physical variations and aberrations that do cause legitimate difficulty for a very small number of people, such as hermaphroditism. For more on this, read Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell’s feedback article on hermaphroditism.) As Christians, we should affirm our children’s God-given genders and cultivate godly masculinity and femininity in them, rather than encouraging them to abandon the gender God gave them in the womb:
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. (Psalm 139:13–14)Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,
I thank Steve Golden for his assistance in writing this blog post.
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