Do we prevent somebody being hurt by superstition or faith by rejecting and challenging those things? 

Is it mistaken to support organised religion in membership or donations?

If people do good because they are human, not because God prompts them then is it right to risk giving God any credit when they alone own their good?

 


BIBLE GOD CALLS TRANSGENDERISM AN EVIL AND A SIN

The Bible simply condemns men and women who swap gender roles in certain ways.  It never mentions gender dysphoria.  But that in fact does not matter.  If somebody says, "It is a sin to try and live as a gender that does not match the one that was decided you were at birth" that is simple.  It is disingenuous to say, "This is not a condemnation of anybody taking that action over suffering crippling gender dysphoria."  That is just trying to make the text look unapplicable at least when the subject is somebody with dysphoria.  That is not exegesis - it is not interpretation.

The Bible God says through Moses that a man must not wear something proper to a woman or a woman anything proper to a man (Deuteronomy 22:5). It seems to some that this is merely saying that people of one sex must not deceive the same gender by dressing up as the opposite sex. But that is a mere useless speculation. Why not just say, "A man must not pretend to be a woman"?  Because that is not what is meant!  Henri Daniel-Rops in Daily Life in the Time of Jesus wrote, “the same words, coat, cloak, and belt, are used indifferently for male and for female garments; and yet there must have been a difference, since the Law utterly forbade men to wear women’s clothes and women to wear men’s, and since it is clear from the Talmud that doing so gave rise to the suspicion of homosexuality.”  The text is clear that a man is a man and must not try to look like a woman even though the clothes were virtually unisex.


In 1998, Israel won the Eurovision Song Contest. The Israeli entry was sung by transgender woman Dana International. Dana was condemned like something depraved by many Orthodox Jews. We have seen how the Bible forbids transvestitism. Before gender-reassignment was possible that was all people who were convinced that they were in the wrong bodies could do. They had to console themselves by pretending to be the opposite sex. So the Bible must be against transsexuals too. No exceptions were made in it for people who believed their bodies were the wrong sex. There were plenty of unsavoury attitudes advocated in the Bible by its God about rapes and silly genealogies but not a word of love or compassion for people with this problem. There is real hatred in this.

Jesus' bigoted teaching that God made humanity male and female from the beginning and designed that a man must leave his parents and live with and be one body - a reference to body fitting body - with one woman, his wife, for life has a lot to answer for.  Jesus the bigot said: Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh”? [Genesis 2:24] So they are no longer two, but one flesh. (Matt. 19:4–6)." The statement of Leviticus that a man must not lie with a man as with a woman says that men are men and women are women. A man cannot be a woman. It is a sort of parallel with Genesis. The two texts definitely are in the same vein.

To say homosexual sex is unnatural is to say it is not a property of human nature.  It is against the essence of what it is to be human.  Its against a human essential property.  The text that says that lines up with and is in the line of the Leviticus text which says that a man must not lie with a woman as with a man for it is an abomination.  This text claims to be directly inspired by God.  The idea is that a man has the wrong body for sex with a man.  Catholics and Christians see transgenderism as linked to that.  The transgender person who thinks he is in the wrong body for sex with a man according to the Church is correct.  The only thing the Church objects to is how the person responds to that knowledge - he gets the body surgically altered to have the right body.  The Church will see transgenderism as the logical outcome of accepting gay sex as morally good or at least not morally bad.

The Bible speaking of before the fall and after says that God made man and woman in his image and male and female created he them in Genesis 1:27.  Jesus alluded to that and affirmed it and stated that is why marriage is one man and one woman and so even divorce is a sin.  Liberals tell all sorts of lies, "Jesus had to say that for women were being abused by the divorce system".  It is not known if that mattered in the context Jesus was talking in.  If it had why did he not tell women to get together and challenge?  If he was fearing the abuse of divorce why did he not say so?  He says in fact that divorce is the abuse!  That is an entirely different argument based on how a man and woman are tied together in justice until death.

The Employment Tribunal Birmingham ruling, October 2019 refuses to grant this anti-trans stance any protection.  "Belief in Genesis 1:27, lack of belief in transgenderism and conscientious objection to transgenderism in our judgment are incompatible with human dignity and conflict with the fundamental rights of others, specifically here, transgender individuals." Dr David Mackereth v The Department for Work and Pensions & Anor.  Secularism cannot remain secular if it accepts that transmen are not real men or transwomen are not real women and nonbinary identities need affirming too.

Deuteronomy 23:1 forbids any man with damaged testes from entering the assembly. Why?  I think it means those who had their testes removed.  Some of them thought they wanted to be eunuchs for they felt they were born in the wrong body.

Paul said that effeminates cannot inherit the kingdom of God in 1 Corinthians 6:9. In the original Greek, this verse has it that effeminates and homosexuals are rejected by God (New Testament notes for the Catholic Edition, RSV, Nelson, London, 1966, page 246).

Marriage as in between a man as a real biological being and a woman as a real biological being is a core Christian teaching.  That man can never be woman or vice versa is also a core teaching.  Religious rights cannot come before human rights.  Christian and biblical doctrine should not be protected.  Protect trans not religious social constructs.