Selwyn Duke
Missing the point on the "transgender" bathroom wars
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By Selwyn Duke
June 20, 2016

"You fundamentally can't change sex.... Transsexualism was invented by psychiatrists," said former "transsexual" Alan Finch in 2004. This is a truth; however, it has not stopped the advocates of an invented status from trying to change society. And if conservatives want to preserve sanity, they need to change their arguments.

Recent times have seen a growing number of leftist bathroom dictates, such as the unconstitutional Obama administration directive instructing schools to allow students to use the opposite sex's facilities if they so desire. In response, conservatives have stated that the real problem is not having a made-up-sex-status (MUSS) man using women's bathrooms, but that sexual predators will use an I'm-really-a-woman ruse to indulge their perversion. This is a valid argument – one that should be made. Nonetheless, it is not the main problem with the MUSS agenda.

The above conservative argument is sometimes delivered when leftists point out that (some) MUSS people have been using the opposite sex's facilities for decades without anyone even knowing. And this is true. It also gets at the real point.

To wit: this has nothing to do with men masquerading as women so effectively that they can use a women's bathroom while raising nary an eyebrow. Such men obviously don't need a law to gain access to the girl's room.

This is about socially reengineering society – about changing hearts and minds – by legitimizing made-up sexual statuses.

Please make sure you've fully digested the above line before continuing.

Obviously, no man, no matter how well he does the RuPaul thing, should use women's facilities. But we're not going to administer a genetic test at the restroom door. If a guy in a dress enters and exits and no one is any the wiser, it's out of sight, out of mind.

But putting this issue in plain sight serves to influence minds. Then it becomes a matter of saying, "Hey, kids, this is acceptable. This is real. This is okay." And, of course, the MUSS agenda explicitly involves not only instructing schoolchildren that they must be accepting of MUSS people, but that they should be open to the possibility they might be MUSSed up themselves. "Be yourself, kid!"

This is evil. It's stupid, too, as the it's-always-been-done argument could be used to justify anything. Why trouble over teaching tolerance for bestiality? I mean, people have been engaging in it for eons – and civilization is still here. There isn't one sin – or, as some like to now call it, "lifestyle choice" – that hasn't "always been done." But that's what closets are for. And using casuistry to make the once-closeted catch on will make civilization catch its death.

Unfortunately, the once-closeted is now exalted while the ethereal is closeted. Today we hear that "faith is a private matter," a profoundly silly statement, while private matters are made public. If one's faith is a lie, he should dispense with it; if it is the Truth, which is universal, there then is nothing private about it. And as we confuse the public with the private, Christianity is expelled from the public sphere and now even the private one, with businessmen told they can't live their own faith in their own business.

And that's what happens when closets aren't used for the right things.

© Selwyn Duke

 

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