I will get to Doreen Denny shortly. But first I want to explore the dynamics of religious fundamentalism. Christian fundamentalists believe that their religious doctrine represents incontrovertible truth regardless of evidence to the contrary and without considering the opposing views of others. Objective truth becomes irrelevant.
Religious fundamentalists subscribe to the belief that scripture represents the literal and inerrant word of their deity. God must have had periods of confusion. For example, at the Second Temple the clerics found competing scrolls. They settled their controversy by committee — literally.
The current crop of fundamentalists is comprised of zealots who make every effort to comply with religious teachings to the fullest extent possible. Stoning people who have sinned seems to be out of vogue except for the Taliban.
An individual believing that he or she is in compliance with religious teachings and who accepts the dogma as absolute truth cannot possibly be wrong, … about anything. If one is in strict compliance then to be wrong means that either the dogma is flawed or their god erred. Neither condition is remotely acceptable or even possible.
Ms. Denny sat down for a chat with Star Parker. Parker, you may recall, got religion after having four abortions herself. I suppose that everyone is entitled to make a living. You can be enthralled with Doreen Denny’s eloquence at about 21 minutes into the video.
After calling it “dangerous,” Denny claims “curriculum now confuses children.” Denny goes on to say that young children are “confronted with the question; you have to choose your own gender.” It is science that seems to confuse Doreen Denny.
The purpose for Ms. Denny’s spectacularly stupid rhetoric is to falsely assert that gender identity is a choice. Indeed, LGBTQ people are always portrayed as persons who make very bad choices. At the same time Denny is falsely claiming that schools are causing young children to choose a gender identity that Ms. Denny does not approve of.
Denny then goes on to claim that school teachers are saying to the kids “You have to make a decision. Your body doesn’t necessarily define who you are as a person.” That is a misrepresentation. No teacher in any setting is doing that.
Good teachers accept gender diversity. They accept it because it is a scientific reality. They will support a child and, if necessary, support their incongruous gender identity. Denny repeats herself as the supposed voice of a grade school teacher with “You need to make a decision whether you feel that way or not.” So now, it not just choice but adults are pressuring children to make a choice. The whole meme is profoundly dishonest.
From there we go to Christian Post writer, Brandon Showalter, whose education is primarily in Protestant theology. Parker refers to a piece he wrote about the “chemical castration of children.” Showalter goes on to say:
This is the medical scandal of the century.
Mr. Showalter might have topped Doreen Denny for spectacularly stupid. According to Showalter gender affirming care makes lobotomies and opioids look like “small potatoes.” After expounding upon “gender confusion,” Showalter says “it doesn’t become ethical if you wrap it in a rainbow flag.”
This roundtable of ignoramuses prattles on — reinforcing their own idiocy — at some length.
Doreen Denny claims to have a master’s degree from Harvard Kennedy School of Government which makes her an idiot savant. Islands of intellect amid vast oceans of ignorance. Denny is also a dishonest propagandist.
Obviously Brandon Showalter has neither the training nor experience to determine what is medically ethical. Showalter is claiming that the clinical practice standards of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Endocrine Society are wrong and unethical.
Because these people are never wrong, evidence to the contrary is always in error or just politically correct or, perhaps, the work of the Devil.
Which brings me to the most important part of this confab. This doesn’t have a damned thing to do with the best interests of children and adolescents. This is about defending supposedly inerrant doctrine. That allows both Denny and Showalter to spout the most inane rhetoric imaginable.
“I must be right because the dogma is never wrong.” This entire charade is dishonest. They claim to be protectors of children when, for religious purposes, they are detractors of some children that they disapprove of. I believe, Mr. Showalter, that dishonesty is unethical.
This gets very tedious. The dynamics of religious fundamentalism rely upon the adherent being infallible. It is easy to understand how some fruitcake like Ryan T. Anderson repeats the same imbecilic rhetoric ignoring a mountain of evidence-based, peer-reviewed research. Ryan is never wrong. He can’t be!