We are informed that “Pete Baklinski is a Canadian-based editor for LifeSiteNews. He has a B.A. in liberal arts from Thomas Aquinas College and a masters in theology (STM) from the International Theological Institute.” I would bet that Baklinski has been in the bubble since grammar school. But I digress.
Mr. Baklinski is profoundly displeased that: Two US bishops back pro-LGBT campaign calling for acceptance of men who claim to be female. This is based on a letter that the Human Rights Campaign released on April 1 and, indeed, it is signed by an archbishop, a bishop and six priests. I have been aware of the letter for a few days now. It does call for an end to anti-trans violence but it is rather ambiguous. Suffice it to say that Pope Francis has made transphobia one of his favorite hobbies since his ass first hit the throne.
The stupid becomes spectacularly stupid:
At no point did the bishops call for an end to the extreme violence that men and women inflict on themselves in vainly attempting to become members of the opposite sex, including cutting off breasts, removing the male organ of reproduction, removing a woman’s womb, attaching fake reproductive organs, and injecting themselves with a barrage of hormones that deceive the body into acting like a member of the opposite sex. At no point did the letter call for more help to be provided for individuals who struggle with accepting the truth of their male or female body.
Is there any doubt where anti-transgender violence comes from? Aside from the fact that Baklinski is an ignoramus, how does gender-affirming care affect Baklinski in any way? To put it in simpler terms: Why is the medical care that others receive any of Baklinski’s business?
It is none of his business but he is taking the opportunity to demonstrate his disapproval of transgender persons. Baklinski and his ilk are inexorably fixated on making sure that others are aware of their disapproval in as demonstrative a means as possible. In essence an irrelevant individual is saying: “My opinion is important!”
Most rational people do not care. I care because this bullshit spreads and becomes the basis for anti-transgender prejudice, discrimination and violence. Backlinski doesn’t care about, or even consider, the consequences of his rhetoric because Baklinski is a Defender of the Faith™.
The last sentence of the paragraph, quoted above, reads: “At no point did the letter call for more help to be provided for individuals who struggle with accepting the truth of their male or female body.”
Like most of these schmucks Baklinski indulges in the illusory notion that there is an alternative to gender affirmation. Were that the case it would amount to gender identity conversion “therapy;” an intervention unknown as effective to medical science. Furthermore, research demonstrates that any exposure to such efforts creates a lifetime of adverse mental health consequences. [I’m loving the new search function.]
Mr. Baklinski is perfectly will to ruin people’s lives in defense of scripture.
Medical science is formulated first with a theory. The theory is subjected to tests. The results of those tests provide evidence. Conclusions are based on the evidence. Scientists accept the fact that proving a theory false is as valuable as proving it true. The process defines critical thinking.
Dogmatists do everything backwards. They start with a conclusion which is not subjected to any form of validation. Then they apply a convoluted rationale to convince themselves and others that the preordained outcome is “true.”
Rather than objective truth they are satisfied with dogmatic truth which requires a deliberate effort to ignore all evidence to the contrary. It also requires a deliberate effort to ignore the opinions of experts. In this case Mr. Baklinski, a religious fanatic, is convinced that his judgment is superior to that of the clinicians who actually treat transgender people.
The Catholic Church teaches, however, that the male and female sexes, man and woman, are biological realities willed and created by God. The view is backed by science which conclusively shows that the sexual difference between men and women exists in genetics, endocrinology, and neurology. Even from the very first moment of conception male cells containing XY chromosomes differ from female cells containing XX chromosomes.
All of the above is actually true — to a point. It is also an irrelevant straw man argument. No one — no one — disputes chromosomal realities. There is no controversy.
Baklinski purposely ignores the real issue which is the construct of gender. It is settled science that some people have incongruent gender and natal sex. Not many, but some. When that condition creates extreme distress people relieve their depression and anxiety through gender-affirmation. They become transgender.
In other words, Baklinski’s selective observation of science is intellectually dishonest. Baklinski is trying to make the pieces fit a predetermined conclusion, for which there is no supporting evidence. It is the insistence that transgender people do not really exist because of contrary religious teachings.
Baklinski concludes with contempt for critical thinkers:
Wester and Stowe [the two bishops] have a history of pushing the normalization of homosexuality within the Catholic Church. Earlier this year, they joined Cardinal Joseph Tobin of the Archdiocese of Newark and a few other bishops in signing a statement in partnership with the pro-homosexual Tyler Clementi Foundation in support of young people who identify as LGBT, telling them that “God is on your side.”
There, yet again, is the presumption by a dogmatist that the overwhelming consensus of science is wrong. The dogma is their incontrovertible truth despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary. Sexual orientation and gender identity are continua. Each expresses sexuality as a spectrum. Wherever they intersect they demonstrate a natural (normal) variance of human sexuality.
That is the objective truth. Children and their parents must accept that truth because it is supported by evidence garnered from research published to respected, peer-reviewed academic journals.
Baklinski is like a Moonie in need of a deprogrammer. He has turned religion into a cult.