Sunday, January 14, 2018

So What Else Is New?

Surprise, the Catholics don’t like us. [Maybe I should say that the clergy do not like us.]

I don’t think that will surprise anyone, here is what the Catholic website has to say about us.
Transgender issues next battle in culture wars
Letter from US religious leaders comes out calling transgender identity a 'false idea' that is 'deeply troubling'
National Catholic Reporter
By Heidi Schlumpf
January 13, 2018

In December, while the rest of the country was debating tax reform and net neutrality, four Catholic bishops and 16 other conservative religious leaders issued an "open letter" about transgender issues, firing a shot in what has become the next major culture war issue after same-sex marriage.

Not surprisingly, progressive Catholic groups — including New Ways Ministry, Call to Action and Dignity USA — denounced the document, while traditionalist Catholic websites and media supported it. Lost in the battle were transgender people themselves.

"It's like we're collateral damage in the culture war," said Hilary Howes, a Washington D.C.-area Catholic and founder of TransCatholic, a ministry to transgendered people. "It's painful to have people think of us in this way."
It’s about the children. Why does it always boil down to “The Children” I know of many trans children who transitioned and they have turned out okay, while those who are forced to live in the wrong gender have a lot higher suicide rates.
The bishops and other signers warn that children are harmed when told they can change their sex, "sowing confusion and self-doubt."

"Parents deserve better guidance on these important decisions, and we urge our medical institutions to honor the basic medical principle of 'first, do no harm,' " the letter said.
Sorry guys you are wrong. Those who are sowing confusion and self-doubt are you guys sticking to the ridged gender binary that are causing harm.
In a statement, New Ways Ministry called the December open letter "dangerous because it distributes false information which can lead to attitudes, policies, and practices which will do physical and emotional harm to transgender people, a community already with a high risk of becoming victims of hate crimes."
Then we have the moms… the millions of moms who are in a tizzy over us,
‘One Million Moms’ Is Furious That Scholastic Is Selling Books About Transgender Kids
“Scholastic is not safe for your child,” the conservative anti-LGBTQ group warned parents.
Huffington Post Queer Voices
By Carol Kuruvilla
January 12, 2018

A conservative “pro-family” group is trying to rally mothers against the Scholastic Corporation for publishing children’s books that honor diverse gender identities.

One Million Moms, an advocacy group that has largely focused its efforts on condemning progressive ideology in the entertainment industry, on Wednesday aimed its sights on Scholastic, one of the world’s largest publishers of children’s books.

In a post on its website, One Million Moms took particular issue with one book, George, a chapter book intended for kids in grades 3 to 7. Written by the queer activist and author Alex Gino, George tells the story of a transgender fourth grader. The 10-year-old hopes that by playing Charlotte in her school’s upcoming production of Charlotte’s Web, she’ll finally get her parents and teacher to look past the gender that was assigned to her at birth and accept her as a girl.

George, which was published by Scholastic in 2015, was praised by critics as a “profound, moving” book. But One Million Moms doesn’t think the book is “family-friendly” material.
So where did they get all this false information?

Well from a fake medical association where else?
As part of its pitch against Scholastic, One Million Moms cited a statement from the American College of Pediatricians that claimed accepting kids’ transgender identities amounted to “child abuse.” According to the Human Rights Campaign, the American College of Pediatricians is a small, socially conservative organization that holds extreme views about LGBTQ people.

On the other hand, the American Academy of Pediatrics, which is composed of 66,000 pediatricians in the United States, has expressed support for transgender children and adults and condemns attempts to stigmatize or marginalize them.
And on a final note…
One Million Moms is a division of the American Family Association, which the Southern Poverty Law Center designated as an extremist group for its anti-queer ideology.
They are not the type of “family” organization or religion that I want to be a part of; they spread hate instead of love.

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