By Tom McLaughlin ~
It started when progressive Newspeak replaced “sex” with “gender.” Male and female isn’t biology, but sociology. Gender is fluid. Homosexuals are born that way; they cannot choose it, progressives insist. Males and females, however, are not born that way; they can choose it. Only hateful bigots would disagree. Schools must agree too or Obama withholds millions in tax money he took from their local citizens. Schools who don’t consent don’t get any of that money back.
In 2008, Barack Obama promised to fundamentally transform the United States of America. With his administration about to end, he’s making the USA into a combination of Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World. Only three years ago, the 0.3% of people confused by what sex they were suffered a mental disorder called GID – Gender Identity Disorder. In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association, the APA, declared it wasn’t a disorder anymore. They published a new manual declaring them normal. By implication, the rest of us have a mental disorder if we don’t accept that a man can become a woman if he wants to, or a woman can become a man if she wants to. It’s all in the DSM-5 – the fifth edition of the Diagnostic, Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the APA bible for therapists.
President Obama issued a directive last Friday for the other 99.7% us: to make the 0.3% of people who used to have a mental disorder but don’t anymore feel comfortable, the rest of us must feel uncomfortable. We who believe the 0.3% still have a mental disorder must play along. We are mandated to call those born with penises “she” and those born with vaginas “he.” It’s in the decree. Barack Obama is forcing us all to cooperate with what most of us believe is insanity.
You think it only applies to schools, right? Well, those are public schools to which 50 million of our children go, and which we all support with our tax dollars. Obama controls those tax dollars, so teachers and students are mandated to act as if one’s sex is a choice. Parents and grandparents must instruct their children and grandchildren to act as if it’s all perfectly normal. If they don’t, they’re the ones with the problem. They’re “haters.” Does the person next to you in the girls’ shower have a penis? Deal with it. If it makes you uncomfortable, you need therapy.
Big Brother Barack’s decree came through the so-called Justice Department and the Department of Education, but it reads like a decree from Huxley’s Bureau of Propaganda and College of Emotional Engineering, or from Orwell’s Ministry of Truth. To The Party’s slogans: WAR IS PEACE; FREEDOM IS SLAVERY; and IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH, Big Brother Barack has added three more: MALE IS FEMALE and FEMALE IS MALE. Accept them or be ready for a visit from Big Brother Barack’s Thought Police.
And it’s not just about bathrooms. Under Big Brother Barack’s decree, schools must accept transgenders in “all facilities.” That means boys in girls’ locker rooms, showers, sports teams, and hotel rooms on field trips. What if teachers suspect that a boy says he’s a girl just so he can have himself a peek at girls when they’re naked, or just so he can flash his package at them? Big Brother Barack’s decree anticipates that. According to Attorney David French writing in National Review Online last Friday:
“Schools are prohibited from making any inquiry to ensure that the boys using girls’ facilities are, in fact, transgender. They can’t ask for medical documentation. They can’t ask for treatment information. They can’t ask for identification. They have to take the boy at his word.”
What could go wrong? As a retired public school history teacher who spent more than twenty-five years teaching fourteen-year-olds, I can tell you the answer to that question: a lot. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.
Along with the decree to schools last Friday, Big Brother Barack issued another decree for doctors and hospitals regarding the 0.3% of the population who declare themselves transgender. Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., research fellow in American Principles and Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation writes:
“These regulations will penalize medical professionals and health care organizations that, as a matter of faith, moral conviction, or professional medical judgment, believe that maleness and femaleness are biological realities to be respected and affirmed, not altered or treated as diseases.”
So, you’re a Jew, a Christian, or a Muslim who believes what it says in Genesis 5:2: “Man and woman he created them.” Does Big Brother Barack’s decree require you to violate your religious beliefs? Yup, it does. Deal with it.
Male or female isn’t our sex anymore. Progressive Newspeak bureaucrats changed the language, so now it’s our gender, and that can change. Having trouble accepting that? Doublethink will help, moving forward.
Family Security Matters Contributing Editor Tom McLaughlin is a (now retired) history teacher and a regular weekly columnist for newspapers in Maine and New Hampshire. He writes about political and social issues, history, family, education and Radical Islam.