Ronald R. Cherry
By Ronald R. Cherry
May 15, 2018

Columnist J.J. McCullough, writing at National Review, states that "[A]rbitrary discrimination against transgender people is a cruel bigotry like any other."

The word "discrimination" acquired a bad connotation during the 1960's Civil Rights movement, where some White people in the United States wrongfully discriminated against Black people, assigning them inferior value as human beings, with inferior rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, and inferiority before the law.

However, in normal life, discrimination is a good thing, we do it all the time, naturally. Discrimination refers to the process of comparing people, human relationships, human actions, things or ideas, to see if they are similar or dissimilar, equal or unequal. Once an inequality has been established, through careful discrimination, one is naturally led to assign corresponding value. Some things are better than others such as a Maserati vs a Peugeot. Some ideas are better than others such as American Free Enterprise vs European / Asian / South American Marxist Socialism or Middle Eastern Islamo-Fascism. Some human relationships are better than others such as heterosexual marriage vs heterosexual adultery, heterosexual polygamy, or homosexuality. Some human actions are better than others such as friendly neighborly cooperation and respect vs. theft, coercion, violence or murder. Rational discrimination in these areas of life is normal, necessary and moral.

Here we come to the form of discrimination in question – where individuals are compared regarding their inherent attributes. Some are men and some are women. Some are Red, Yellow, Black or White. Some are tall and some are short. Some are thin and some are stout. Some are more intelligent and some less so. Some are athletic and some are not. Most are heterosexual but some are not... etc., etc. While unequal value can be ascribed to things, ideas, human relationships and human actions, we, as thoughtful, intelligent and moral Conservatives, must be careful never to assign unequal value to individuals. All individuals, despite their unequal physical attributes, are made in the image of God, and thus naturally possess infinite and therefore equal value. Irrational, intolerant discrimination of individual people is bigotry.

Here's an idea, let's encourage public facilities to have three types of bathrooms, one for men, one for women and one for "family." Family bathrooms can be used by little girls accompanied by their fathers, little boys accompanied by their mothers, and by psychologically transsexual men. We can thereby be rationally respectful of transsexuals without being irrationally disrespectful to girls using the women's bathroom. Here's another idea, let's reverse Obergefell vs. Hodges and its Cultural Marxist use of excessive government power to unnaturally force relationship equality between heterosexuals and homosexuals, instead of, without force, allowing for their inherent inequality.

As stated in our Declaration of Independence, in order for government power to be just it must derive through the consent of the governed, i.e.: via consent of the majority. Minorities are not allowed – not at liberty – to make law against the will of the majority – that is a violation of the natural law underpinning the very concept of democracy. Majorities are allowed – at liberty – to make law against the will of the minority as an expression of democracy, but only if the law does not violate the minority's natural right to liberty otherwise, or to their life or property. In our Democratic Constitutional Republic, the minority must not be allowed to overwhelm the majority by infringing on their natural right to liberty – the majority's rightful liberty to define the meaning of the word "marriage." The homosexual minority has a natural right to their liberty in free association (homosexual union), but they do not have a natural right – the liberty – to usurp the majority's natural right – their liberty – to define the meaning of words. Minorities and majorities both naturally possess equal rights to life and property, but minority liberty is unobstructed action according to their will, within limits drawn around them by the democratic liberty of the majority, otherwise we would have majority liberty reduced to unobstructed action according to their will, within limits drawn around them by the undemocratic liberty of the minority. In this way we can, without bigotry, be rationally respectful of both the homosexual minority and heterosexual majority.

"Every man, and every body of men on earth, possesses the right of self-government. They receive it with their being from the hand of nature. Individuals exercise it by their single will; collections of men by that of their majority; for the law of the majority is the natural law of every society of men." Thomas Jefferson

So, discriminate on America, in the right way.

© Ronald R. Cherry


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Ronald R. Cherry, MD, is a board-certified specialist in lung disease who is in the full-time practice of medicine in Sweetwater, Tennessee... (more)


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