Fr. Mark Hodges returns with his usual hate-filled rhetoric regarding LGBT people. The religious right defines an “activist” as an individual capable of independent thought. No other definition would be suitable for school kids who learn about gender. All activists are always radical according to the same folks.
Hodges has finally gotten around to an October 24 post at the venerable New York Times.
New York schools are intentionally promoting transgenderism to children, putting “Gender” studies alongside reading, writing, and arithmetic.
The above is mind-numbing stupidity. The intended inference (and perhaps Hodges’ belief) is that children will opt to be transgender if they learn about gender which, for some unknowable reason is in quotes. Shall we pretend that gender does not exist? Or, perhaps, that gender is always congruent with natal sex? Furthermore, does Hodges actually believe that any child inexplicably chooses to be transgender?
I am not particularly fond of the term “transgenderism.” Being transgender is not a condition. Rather, it is a means of mitigating the anxiety and depression associated with gender dysphoria.
After quoting from the Times piece:
Schools make sure to spotlight students who have declared themselves to be transgender.
One school gave a fifteen-year-old biological girl a featured spot in the all-school assembly to declare to impressionable fellow-pubescents, “I’ve come to the decision that I’m non-binary, which means that I’m not a boy or a girl.”
In lockstep with political correctness, the girl asked the entire school population to refer to her as “They,” and asked that all students designate their preferred pronouns whenever introducing themselves.
Schools should go out of their way to make life as normal as possible for trans kids. They are among our most fragile and vulnerable minorities and should not be punished for having gender dysphoria. Furthermore, there are people who are non-binary. Not many people but a few. If Hodges would do some reading he might come to understand that gender is a continuum. Male and female are only at the extreme ends. Perhaps that is all too complicated a concept for a conservative Christian.
The war on pronouns continues. It is up to the individual how he, she or they wants to be addressed. In polite society we honor the request. For religious reasons Hodges wants people to use exclusively natal sex pronouns which is intentional abuse of a transgender child. We get it. Mark does not approve. Well, the world does not orbit around Mark.
Hodges is seemingly furious:
The Empire State is teaching children that one’s biology is determined by individual decision.
And the government is using tax dollars to push this gender insanity on kids.
The first sentence is incorrect in two ways. First of all biology applies to natal sex. No one is challenging the fact that most people have either male or female chromosomes. Secondly, gender is not a matter of “individual decision.” That is just a rehash of the preposterous notion that people choose to be gay. Now people choose to have gender dysphoria. It’s rubbish.
Since when is medical science “insanity?” I will tell you. When science does not conform to theology the science must be wrong. They have come a long way since Copernicus but hardly far enough. They never learn. In the process they create unnecessary conflict that grownups should avoid with some study. None of these folks ever refers to a bit of peer-reviewed research and then poses an argument in disagreement. They cannot. They lack the curiosity to find the research in the first place.
In the following two paragraphs, Hodges just assumes that people will see something that is wrong. He doesn’t even bother to explain his objection because reliance on ancient texts to address modern medicine make people look foolish. The fact that Hodges doesn’t even try means that he knows that it is foolish, at least in appearance.
Schools such as those in Fairfax, Virginia, have put together lessons for seventh graders on “sexual fluidity” and for tenth graders on the “gender spectrum” – “the idea that there’s no such thing as 100 percent boys or 100 percent girls,” as one report put it.
Eighth graders are taught that individual identity has “four parts: biological gender, gender identity (includes transgender), gender role, and sexual orientation (includes heterosexual, bisexual, and homosexual),” the school district reports.
Hodges doesn’t even know what fluidity means and the second paragraph is scientifically correct. In the final analysis, what this priest really wants is for children to remain ignorant. Keeping them stupid keeps them religious? Is that the “thinking?”
All of this leaves students questioning whether they are a boy or a girl or neither. They are left with the impression that binary gender categories are oppressive.
And Hodges knows this because …? The simple fact is that the overwhelming majority of people identify as either male or female? Education doesn’t change either sex or gender. What exactly is the threat?
“The larger picture is this is really an attack on nature itself – the created order,” Family Research Council’s Peter Sprigg told Fox News. “And we’re supposed to affirm all of it.”
An idiot whose training is limited to being a Baptist minister appearing on Fox News is worth quoting? Sprigg is authoritative? Hodges will not accept the science arrived at by people with the appropriate education and training but the opinion of an untrained employee of a hate group is cited. Hopefully parents keep their children as far away as possible from this priest. What he has is contagious. Being transgender is not.