Transphobia: The Hill Where Christianity Will Die?

Unless you have done the smart thing and disconnected from all social media and both morning and evening news, you know about the current attack by the Conservative Christian vocal majority on transgender people. The first target was Target and the next, public school accommodations for transgender students.

With their rally cry of, “Keep our women and girls safe from men in bathrooms”this movement of propaganda and fear is making its presence felt in the very places charged to protect all students. An example of this was seen in Medford, Oregon where parents and students protested Transgender accommodation at their schools.

This fear of “boys in girl’s bathrooms” a message pushed by many Conservative Christian talking heads and groups, seems to be carrying some Christians to the point of break as seen in the message below from a concerned parent expressed on social media:

“The best solution is for mass removal of students, no students, no federal money. The problem is between the high number of single parent homes, dual income homes that usually have one parent working during the school hours an order to barely survive, and many other social problems that society has already grabbed onto as normal, most homes are not capable of doing Home School for their children. Then add in the rules and regulations certain states have for being allowed to do so and you have a nightmare on your hands. Of course there is the option of computer schools for those who don’t want to be personally responsible for their child’s education, while still removing them from these kinds of detrimental situations, but they have an enrollment limit for each sate, and many are already at their capacity- and the remainder would fill up practically overnight in the case of mass removal. This leaves the option of Christian parents of forming a teaching co-op, where they each take a subject they are good at and a time slot that works for them, and work together to educate their children. This plan of course works best if you all live near each other, and there would still be all kinds of rules to follow in certain sates about what education materials would need to be used, and possible testing. BASICALLY THE SYSTEM HAS BEEN DESIGNED TO MAKE IT AS IMPROBABLE AS POSSIBLE FOR THE KIND OF MASS REMOVAL OF CHILDREN THAT WOULD NEED TO HAPPEN TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!! Let’s not forget that they can arrest a parent for their child’s absentees in many states, so a straight up boycott would result in many parental arrests, removal of children, and they would be not only back in the schools you don’t want hem in, but also being raised by strangers.”

Yes, she too has been whipped into a “boys in girls showers and restrooms” frenzy. Conservative Christian leaders like Eric Metaxas are advocating this fear mongering spirit by advising parents to “seriously consider alternative educational options”. For Metaxas’  and his conservative Christian organization BreakPoint this seems to be an opportunity to make some coin.

Not to be outdone, conservative commentator David Limbaugh is calling for a country upheaval in response to Transgender accommodations in public schools.  In an article titled  Resisting Obama’s Transgender Directive: A Hill to Die On, David stated,

“This is a hill to die on, and if the sane states don’t fight back on this one, we might as well just completely surrender the republic today. It’s either that or eventually seeing the people rise up in a way we haven’t witnessed for many years.”

As I read and listen to the current storm of anti-Transgender hysteria propagated from my Christian brothers and sisters, I hear the voice of Jesus calling from John 13:33-35

33Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you. 34A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. KJV

How will all men know that we are disciples of Jesus Christ if all they see is fear and propaganda?  Will the Hill of Transphobia be the hill that the credibility of Christianity as a religion of love die on? I pray not.

 

 

 

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Of Leprechauns, Unicorns, and Black Dads?

I am black and I am a dad.

The current thought process (as of the 1960’s) is that I don’t exist. We don’t exist. To some the black dad is in the same magical land as the Easter Bunny who only shows up once a year and the tooth fairy who leaves money under a minus one tooth child’s pillow.

Tales of our non-existence have been so woven into American tapestry that sometimes we have to pinch ourselves to make sure that we are real. We are real.

We exist.

We go with our partners to well visits.

We wipe the runny noses of our little ones.

We sit in their bedrooms when they are afraid even though we have checked under their beds and in their closets for the boogey person.

We are present in their lives even if we are not living with them.

We kiss the foreheads of our sons and our daughters.

We strive to be their protectors.

 

We are not figments of your imagination.

We are not merely talking points to what’s wrong with black communities

We are not merely sermon fodder on Sunday Mornings when questions of, “Where are the black men?” illuminate from the pulpit.

We are real!

We are present!

We exist!