Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Compelled To Speak Out

Earlier today, on Facebook, I posted this news story: Jewish woman will be the White House’s first openly transgendered staffer. Anyone who knows me knows that I've remained socially liberal even while turning to the right on foreign policy and security issues. I strongly support LGBT rights and, while I've become a harsh critic of President Obama, in this case I give him a lot of credit.

A friend who read my post sent me a blog post from a conservative Christian attacking the LGBT community, and transgendered people in particular. The blog is called "Compelled To Speak". I felt compelled to respond to it. Here is what I wrote:
"You're right on only one level: gender is not a choice. Sex is the physical thing, what parts we are born with. Gender is what's between the ears, determined by neurochemistry in the womb based on the science I've read on this and experts I've talked to. Sometimes someone, from birth, has a gender that does not match their sex. It isn't a choice nor is it a desire. It just is and is a part of G-d's creation. Even Rev. Pat Robertson has acknowledged this. It certainly isn't sin. It does not contradict the passages from the Hebrew Bible you quote in translation.

Your comparisons to bestiality and pedophilia are both ignorant and hateful. Since you post this as a Christian I wonder how you reconcile this with New Testament scripture:

Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.-Matthew 7:1-2

So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. - John 8:7"

I could have thrown more at her but I feel this was enough to make my point. There is nothing Christian about condemning and judging others.