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?

Patrick H
Gormley


TRANSGENDERISM IS A SIN IF YOU BELIEVE IN GOD

 

The Church denies the validity of gender theory.  Gender is what you are in your head be it male or female or non-binary.  Biological sex is believed to be a separate matter.  Distress happens when the head and body don't agree and medical and social transition to the gender you feel  you are may be necessitated.

 

Some trans say that transmen and transwomen are not men and women in the biological and natural sense except in their gender.

 

Other trans find this view offensive and bigoted.  The latter are the main targets of the Church which says you are the biological sex your cells say you are.  It says you suffer great distress as a trans person but this does not justify changing your body or saying you are not the sex you were born.

 

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.  Jesus alluded to that and affirmed it and stated that is why marriage is one man and one woman.  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.

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.

 
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.


When the Bible forbids things like eating unclean foods or touching something that a menstruating woman touched it is likely that it is against transvestitism even when it deceives or harms nobody. Could you imagine God or Moses allowing a man to dress up as a woman even when there is no intention to hurt anybody? The command forbids transsexualism if you understand the transsexual to be a liar who is merely an artificial say woman calling himself a woman. Or an artificial man calling herself a man. And the Catholic Church takes that view. It says that transsexuals deceive people and use trickery through surgery to appear to be a sex they are not. It condemns those who call themselves transmen or transwomen as being certainly deliberately deceptive for they only identify themselves as such to a few close friends.

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).

 

Deuteronomy 22:5 has God forbidding men or women to dress the same so that a man can pass for a woman or vice versa.  Now it is a fact that in those days clothing was basic and men and women did dress nearly the same.  The commandment says they must try to have some difference.  This definitely condemns transgenderism. 



In 1998, Israel won the Eurovision Song Contest. The Israeli entry was sung by transsexual 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 was 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.
 
To suggest transsexuals are freaks as the Church does, is to insult women who have had hysterectomies and infer they are not as much women as women with their wombs are. It is to infer that a woman who has a vagina and breasts built artificially after a burning accident is not a real woman or less than a woman who is "intact".
  

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.

 

Some in the Church agree with the surgery if it can be shown that this drastic step really is the only way to control extreme gender dysphoria and as long as the person does not claim to be truly changed into the opposite sex.

 

Christianity, Catholicism in particular, pretends it cares about transgender people. It says you are the sex you were born until the day you die. Then it concludes that the gender affirming surgery is mutilation and changing is a recipe for unhappiness. That is telling transgendered people to be unhappy and that they are insane if they are happy. It empowers bullies who control others on the basis that the bullies know best. It is manipulative to tell people that changing will make them unhappy and vicious to infer that it should.  Do not forget that when a religion says it's not the way to happiness it is speaking as a religion and as being allegedly informed by God about how happiness is won. Nobody has the right to use alleged revelations to condemn or control the acts of others. It is evidence that must have the final say.

 

Would a loving God really put a man in a woman's body or a woman in a man's body?  Those who say yes are saying that God uses suffering and evil to do good.  But to argue that a transgender person suffers so terribly and has to go through traumatic and dangerous and expensive surgery and that is God's plan is totally unfeeling.  God putting a person through this for his purpose is that the person gets their body fixed would be callous.  Startlingly people would still worship a God like that!  To argue that God makes you suffer so you can become your true gender identity is unconvincing in the light of the doctrine that God uses suffering to help you and others overcome the seven deadly vices - pride, anger, sloth, lust and so on.  True support for transgenderism implies atheism.  Faith is a microaggression against transgenderism for it is not a credible response or support regarding this issue.
  

If a person wishes to change gender that is their own concern. If they want to identify has having no gender let them.  The Church should mind its own business. If a person has their body changed to conform to the opposite sex and claims to have become the opposite sex that has to be respected.  Not all transgender people see themselves as males in female bodies or females in male bodies.  Some have a neurological disorder where the body needs to have the characteristics of the opposite sex.  There is something in their neural mapping that is behind that.  For a woman with this condition, her nervous system will tell her she should have no breasts and have a penis.  She may suffer until she gets surgical assistance. 

 

Another fear the Church has comes from its questions about what would happen if all men were in the wrong body and all women were.  That will not happen but what if it did?  We learn principles from wondering.  How would people have children?  And it would be so hard that there would be fewer children.  The principle is that in reproduction it is okay to circumvent nature.  And a lower population could only be a good thing.

 

Transgender people have the right to get their birth cert sex/gender changed.  Religion needs to be forced to change its paperwork, such as baptismal certificates and wedding certificates, too. 

 

It is argued that transmen never demand testes, prostate or sperm the things that make a man a man.  It is argued that transwomen never seek to have a womb, ovaries and childbearing ability.  Those who point to these things are suggesting that transgenders want only cosmetic changes!  The answer is that they will seek those things if they become available.

 

For atheists or naturalists, nature is all there is and nothing non-natural ever happens.  So if we have to alter nature we are not really altering it.  It lets it happen.  For atheists if we can change nature for our good we should.

 

We most be careful that we do not think of transphobia in black or white terms.  It is possible for people who are not transgender to work for transgender rights without any affection for transgender people.  They may reason, "They are only a tiny minority.  If they were say one in ten I would not condone what they do at all."