As LGBTQ rights have taken center stage in the public sphere, one common denominator in every protest, Supreme Court case, or other legal challenge is activists’ claim that equality is their movement’s only goal. When opponents offered slippery slope arguments, they were sneered at as silly, logical fallacies. If parents expressed concerns about their children’s privacy, they were accused of being phobic. If scientists protested with studies challenging activists’ claims, they were accused of failing to embrace progressive values.
Yet, increasingly this claim for equality has proven to be false. Activists are pressing not just for equality but normalcy—even entitlement—in spite of scientific evidence that stands athwart their politically correct agenda yelling, Stop!
For example, during the height of the controversy surrounding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v Hodges (which made same sex marriage legal in the United States), the LGBTQ community maintained that all they wanted was equality, and that’s where it would end. To wit, from a non-profit organization that supports LGBTQ rights:
LGBTQ couples want to get married for most of the same reasons that straight couples want to get married: love, rite of passage, and celebration of commitment. However, if the marriage equality debate were just limited to emotions and social mores, it wouldn’t be a civil rights issue. Straight couples get married for love, but they also do it to claim access to (in the U.S.A.) the more than 1,000 legal protections and benefits that come with marriage licenses to safeguard their families and protect themselves.
But once that milestone was achieved, something happened: In the last few years, gay couples have sued multiple Christian business owners for so-called discrimination. In Colorado, a cake baker who had served a gay customer before refused a request for a cake for the customer’s same-sex wedding celebration on the grounds that it violated his religious beliefs. The couple sued. So far the courts have ruled in favor of the gay couple but the U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to hear the case.
The transgender issue is evolving into the pursuit of a more radical cultural agenda as well. You might be surprised, given how often transgender kids issues appear in the news cycle these days, that they only make up less than .5 percent of the population. If the mainstream media were to tell it, parents are encouraging more and more kids to embrace their transgender nature and transition from the gender they were born with to the gender that aligns with their feelings—psychiatrists say this begins with gender dysphoria. From Jazz Jennings, who now has her own TLC show, to Corey, Elizabeth, Jackie, and Jacob, a steady stream of these stories are featured on primetime shows like Nightline, Good Morning America and the evening news.
Despite increasing news coverage, evidence shows that encouraging kids to transition at a young age, before hormones kick in, ultimately hurts kids. For example, this pediatrician describes finding after finding—from increased risk of suicide to the harmful effects of puberty blockers—that show how the push to encourage gender transition can harm children.
But the issues of gender dysphoria and gender transition are merely the beginning; the LGBTQ community is now encouraging society to view children as “genderless.” NBC recently reported that the world’s first baby to receive a “genderless government ID card” was born in Canada last November. “Searyl Atli Doty, now 8 months old, was issued an ID card in April that reads ‘Sex: U,’ which advocates believe to mean ‘unspecified’ or ‘unknown’.”
The child’s parent, Kori Doty, is “a non-binary transgender person” and explained the decision in a statement: “I do not gender my child. It is up to Searyl to decide how they identify, when they are old enough to develop their own gender identity. I am not going to foreclose their choices based on an arbitrary assignment of gender at birth based on an inspection of their genitals.”
Most young children don’t know what they want for lunch, yet this parent would place the responsibility for figuring out something as complicated as gender identity on his/her own child in the name of progressive politics? And let’s not mention the fact that Searyl, whether he/she likes it or not or “decides” either way, must then grapple with the biological realities of the way he/she was born. What if the child identifies as male but was born with female sex organs?
Though they wouldn’t verbalize this, it’s clear the LGBTQ community, under the guise of tolerance, equality, and acceptance, are using the courts and cultural coercion to push a far more radical agenda.
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