Sexual norms have been changing rapidly in America over the past few decades. In a country that used to have laws against sodomy, homosexuality has become so accepted that gays have been granted the right to marry and serve openly in the military. As shocking as this was to conservative Americans, they’re now having to cope with the fact that transsexuals are being accepted as mainstream celebrities, and the federal government is defending their choice to use bathrooms that match their gender identity.
Some Americans view this sexual revolution as a sign of progress. Others view it as a sign of the apocalypse and predict God is going to burn down America like He did Sodom and Gomorra as punishment for becoming such a perverse society. Others believe sexual tolerance is a liberal conspiracy to erase conservative culture in order to eliminate conservatives as a political opponent. Most Americans aren’t that dramatic or articulate about why they’re unaccepting of transsexuals. If you ask them their opinion, they may say something like this:
“I just don’t get why someone would want to chop their dick off.”
“How is chopping your dick off, not a sign of mental illness?”
“God made us how we’re supposed to be. You can’t change that.”
“If these people are so miserable with who they are, why don’t they just kill themselves?”
“Anyone who wants to dress up like the opposite sex is just a pervert. Plain and simple.”
“A lot of these people saying they identify as another gender just want attention. They’re just doing it because it’s popular.”
America is confused by transsexuals, but the explanation is actually quite simple. It’s just not something conservatives want to hear. Gender is determined by genetics, not by a decision you make. Gender identity isn’t a moral or philosophical question. It has everything to do with DNA and chromosomes. This isn’t a conspiracy. Nobody made up or reverse engineered the evidence for this conclusion. Impartial scientists tweezed apart the building blocks of the human body and reported the facts they found, and anyone can repeat the same experiments and find the same evidence that supports the same conclusions.
Everyone’s DNA is a little different by nature, and everyone has unintended genetic anomalies. Sex chromosomes aren’t black and white. We all fall in a grey spectrum. At the far end of the spectrum, some people are born with the genes of one sex but the body of the other. They have the wrong operating system for the hardware they’re using.
Transsexuals didn’t ask to be born the way they are, and they don’t like being trapped in the wrong body. Coming to terms with having a mismatched mind and body (let alone living in a society that won’t accept them) is so agonizing that almost half of all transsexuals will attempt suicide at some point in their life. The decision to alter their bodies isn’t something they do flippantly.
Granted, some people with normal chromosomes may choose to identify as the opposite sex because of events that happened to them in childhood or personal preference. Even if sexuality isn’t biological, and it’s only a choice for everyone… people should still have the freedom to do what they want. Freedom isn’t supposed to be comfortable for anyone expect the individual exercising their freedom.
America has always had its own transgender members. If conservatives didn’t notice, that’s because they ignored, dismissed and oppressed them into oblivion. Conservatives aren’t facing a new enemy. They’re seeing their family for the first time.
There have always been transgender people in every country in the world. Historically, most cultures have treated their transgender members like outcasts. In India and Hawaii, they belonged to the lowest caste, but at least those societies acknowledged the existence of the third gender and incorporated them into the culture.
Christians are having a hard time accepting their transgender kin because the Bible never mentions DNA, genes, chromosomes or the third gender, but it says in black and white that homosexuality is a sin, and transsexuals are close enough to homosexuals to lump them together.
In Christianity, sin is a matter of life and death. So to Christians, it’s a matter of life and death that everyone acts Christian. From one point of view, taking away other people’s freedom to sin is saving their life. From another Christian perspective, sinners made a decision to turn from God, and the path they’ve chosen leads straight to Hell. Accepting sinners is accepting evil, and officially granting them legal freedom to sin is tantamount to electing Satan for president.
It should seem suspicious that Christians are so invested in oppressing homosexuals and transsexuals for not living Biblically, because Christians have been abandoning the teachings of the Bible since it was written. As clearly as the Torah states homosexuality is wrong, it also states homosexuals should be killed. Polygamy and slavery should be legal. It’s immoral to eat shell fish, wear clothes with mixed fibers, get tattoos, pull your penis out of your wife when you ejaculate, have a wet dream or go to church if your testicles are mutilated. It also say in black and white that you should kill adulterers, disobedient children, witches, and anyone who stands in the way of the Jewish theocracy.
Modern, American Christians don’t believe in these laws or follow them, and they justify this by saying Mathew 5:17-29 made these rules obsolete.
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
Some people would argue this passage clearly endorses the laws of the Torah. Either way, Christians still pick and choose which rules they follow in the New Testament, which clearly states that slavery should still be legal, and slaves are morally obligated to obey their masters. Adultery should still be illegal, but God no longer wants adulterers stoned to death in the streets. God no longer wants you to divorce for any reason except adultery. Women should not wear fancy jewelry, speak in church or hold management positions above men. It’s bad to be rich, and it’s good to give away everything you own.
There is not one single Christian in America who follows these laws. They can’t follow a hardline interpretation of the Bible, because its moral code is barbaric. It has all the trappings of a primitive mythology. Christians know this, but they base their identity on Christianity so strongly, they can’t completely let go. So they create excuses to justify why they don’t follow their own rules. They pick on homosexuals and transsexuals because it’s easier to attack other people who don’t follow Christian rules than it is to live by Christian rules themselves.
American Christians have already stopped believing in so much of the Bible that they’ve created their own modern, watered down version of Christianity the Bible would condemn as being lukewarm. The Judeo-Christian God is dead, and Christians killed “Him,” which was inevitable, because Christianity is absolutely, 100% verifiably mythology. The truth was always going to go mainstream. It just took the invention of the internet to let the genie out of the bottle.
While Baby Boomers are still deluding themselves into believing they’re Christian, Millennials are not. The world has already woken up from history and is moving on past Christian mythology. When the Baby Boomers die, the era of Christianity will be over. There will still be Christians, but they’ll be an irrelevant, impotent shadow of what they once were. Eventually they’ll fade away into the history books.
In the meantime, Christians are left watching in horror and confusion as their culture disappears. Their fear of America becoming a secular nation is validated every time the government passes laws that give homosexuals and transsexuals equal rights. When the government sides against Christianity, it officially declares Christians have lost the culture war. These rulings are nails in Christianity’s coffin.
It’s natural that Christians are frightened by Post-Biblical America and are frustrated with being pushed to the sidelines. It’s to be expected that they would lash out. No matter how many homosexuals and transgender people they harass, it won’t bring Christianity back. Violence and hatred was never going to solve anything anyway.
Now is not the time for hatred. Now is the time for everyone to pause, take a deep breath, and humbly consider the possibility their religion might be mythology. You owe it to yourself to do a few Google searches challenging whatever ideas you refuse to question. If your beliefs stand the most rigorous test of truth, you’ll just strengthen your faith. If you discover mountains of evidence that you’re wrong, you could free yourself from a lifetime of misguidance.
Christians who can’t let go of their modernized, watered-down version of Israel’s ancient mythology, will just have to find some way to cope with the fact that transgender people are here to stay, because there aren’t enough haters left to successfully oppress them.
When the federal government puts the next coffin nail in Christianity, and Christian anger flares up again, I urge Christians to pause, take another deep breath and ask yourself if you should really be angry that the world won’t accept your prejudices. Maybe you’re not the victim. Maybe you’re on the wrong side of history. You don’t want to be the bad guy. You owe it to yourself to question the beliefs that led you to screaming at people in bathrooms.
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