An elementary school teacher packed a powerful punch in a two-minute testimony last month against a proposed law that would require teachers to affirm homosexual, lesbian, and transgender students.
One of the most basic principles of my philosophy on living has been and remains this: if you don’t bother me, I won’t bother you; but your right to swing your fist ends at my nose.
With regard to this specific issue, that means that what consenting adults do in the privacy of their own home(s) is their business, unless they make it my business: either by requesting my personal or professional (as a Christian clergyman) opinion on the matter, or more generally, by insisting that I “affirm” or even “celebrate” their life choices. That’s when the fist impacts the nasal structure.
Similarly, with respect to “gender identity,” I may believe that those suffering from gender dysphoria deserve both sympathy and therapeutic assistance, to assist them in coming to terms with who and what they actually are, biologically and genetically, as distinct from their subjective sense of what they “should” be.
Or, if they are simply LARPing or cosplaying, I may think it a little (okay, a lot) weird, but as long as they keep it in private (literally or in the sense of announcing what they “identify” as, and insisting that everyone else plays along), that’s their business, not mine: as long as, again, they keep their (literal or figurative) fist away from my nose.
It’s when they start insisting that everyone else use their “preferred pronouns” – thus compelling the public at large to participate in their delusion – or try to influence children and normalize deviant behavior with “drag queen story hours” and the like, that I feel the metaphorical fist crunching into the central region of my face.
So I’m glad to see someone, and a teacher, no less, standing up to speak the truth: that biology is not bigotry – that calling a class “boys and girls” (or at the ages I generally instruct, I prefer “ladies and gentlemen,” which has the additional benefit of expressing expected behavior) is not “oppressive” or “defamatory” or otherwise Nasty, Bad, and Horrible… but simple truth.
Yes, there are genuinely intersexed individuals. But they are extremely rare. The figure now being bandied about by activists is 1.7%, but that requires an extremely broad / loose interpretation of what intersexuality is. A more even-handed and temperate look at the situation is found here, on the website of the Intersex Society of North America.
Interestingly, it cites the same studies the activists use, but it doesn’t turn them into political bludgeons. And while noting the fact of subtle expressions of differentiation (many of which are very rare), it also makes the clear statement that
“If you ask experts at medical centers how often a child is born so noticeably atypical in terms of genitalia that a specialist in sex differentiation is called in, the number comes out to about 1 in 1500 to 1 in 2000 births.”
Even if one were to accept the 1.7% figure at face value, the fact remains that such individuals are the exception that prove the rule. And people who are not medically intersexed, but claim to be “gender-fluid,” “non-binary,” “trans,” etc., are either suffering from a psycho-emotional disorder, play-acting, or both. It does neither them nor society good, in the long run, to enable their delusions.
To return to the “Biology is not bigotry” article, the teacher – Rachel Olsen, described as a 20-year veteran of the school system, testified that
“I was told to use preferred pronouns to address students, to stop referring to students by their biological genders as boys and girls, and to teach sexual orientation and various gender identities,” said Olsen.
The purpose of the training being given is to “seek to coerce teachers and students to accept and express ideas about gender and gender identity that may violate their individual beliefs and consciences,” said Olsen, “especially those who subscribe to the gender binary, which is rooted in objective biology as opposed to subjective thoughts or feelings.”
“Biology is not bigotry,” declared the first-grade teacher.
She went on to note – accurately – that
“This bill may violate the establishment clause of the First Amendment, which requires government neutrality on religion,” continued Olsen. “LGBTQ training often cast aspersions upon sincerely held religious beliefs of many public school educators,” she added.
I sincerely hope – I sincerely and passionately hope! – that we will start seeing suits against the purveyors of political correctness and cultural Marxism on precisely those grounds. Especially since, as she further pointed out,
the U.S. Supreme Court has recently ruled that the government cannot force an individual to express ideas or thoughts with which they disagree, and that parents bear “primary responsibility to raise their children, not the state.”
Amen, and amen!
Sadly, the panel (described as “stone-faced” during her testimony) before which she was speaking – this was the California Senate Education Committee, after all! – voted 6-0 to pass the bill out of committee for consideration by the California Senate. The sooner that state secedes, the better! I feel for the people in the northern counties, though, most of whom aren’t any more happy with the rest of the state than a lot of us are…
N.B. The organization running the training is a contractor, Queerly Elementary. “Queerly Elementary”! Need more be said…?