The following is my response to this blog post:
Per your follow up post, you state that you have received over 4,000 responses so I’m sure you won’t read this, but I feel the need to have my say anyway. Your second sentence immediately caught my attention as being slightly funny “Most are so deeply embedded in presuppositions…” Why do I find this funny? Maybe I should have used the word “hypocritical” instead. You accuse others of holding to presuppositions, but then you proceed to write an article filled with them. Throughout the article, you have shown your complete lack of empathy towards other human beings as well as your absolute ignorance on what it means to be transgender and what those that are transgender have to go through in their lives. The premise of your article seems to hinge on three statements you claim as fact:
1) God does not make mistakes
2) “He made them male and female”
3) Caitlyn Jenner (that is her name) is not a hero.
I will address these points one at a time:
1) God does not make mistakes: This is a wonderfully trite Christian belief that just doesn’t hold up to sound reason or any of the available facts. First off, if there is a God (which is questionable), and he did create the Universe and all that’s in it, then it is littered with mistakes. I will point out just a few:
- Genetic errors that lead to downs-syndrome (or any other genetic disorder in a world filled with them)
- Natural disasters
- Creating a world so bad that he had to destroy it with a giant flood and start over
- Making his “Perfect Word” so vague, obscure, and hard to understand that religions dedicated to him are so fractured with different beliefs and denominations that their history is littered with internal wars where they slaughtered each other by the thousands
Need I go on? I’m sure you will attempt to say “God didn’t create those things! Those are a result of sin entering the world!” So please tell me then… Who created sin? You might say that was Satan, but then… Who created Satan? If God knows all things, past, present, and future, then he had to know what Satan would do before he even created him. Right? Christians like to claim that everything is a part of God’s wonderful plan, but then that means sickness, disease, pain, and suffering are all a part of God’s divine plan. That means that God created people specifically to suffer, and specifically to be sinners that hurt other people, which means they have no choice in the matter, and yet He will still punish them with eternal torture in Hell because they served their supposed purpose in his plan? That sounds like a loving God to you?
Another common Christian response to this is “But sin is just the absence of God’s light!” But… Christians also claim that God is omnipresent, meaning that he is everywhere, even in the darkest, most vile of places. In other words, if God is truly omnipresent then there can be no place where he doesn’t exist. If he is truly omnipotent then he sits back and watches as people suffer, when he could step in at any time to stop it. If you say he can’t because of free will, then he is not omnipotent. So the “God didn’t create sin” and “Sin is the absence of God” arguments just don’t hold up. Either God created sin, created suffering, and chooses not to do anything about it. You can say he sent Jesus to save us from all of that, but that doesn’t hold up either, because there is still plenty of suffering around and there is still what you would call sin, even among people that Jesus has supposedly saved. Besides that, you’re honestly going to try and claim that an omnipotent God couldn’t think of a better way to save the world from the sin he created than to have his own son (who is somehow himself) brutally tortured and killed? I could think of a thousand other ways and I’m not claiming to be omnipotent! Anyway… On to your second weak argument.
2) “He made them male and female”: This one is by far the easiest to refute and probably the most ignorant of the world we live in. With this statement that you claim is fact, you ignore the actual scientific fact that there are other gender variations outside of your black and white fantasy world.
- Pseudohermaphrodism: Where an individual has both male and female external genital organs, sometimes at the same time. Female embryos exposed to high levels of androgens (the male hormones) develop female internal reproductive organs but male external genitalia. Alternately, genetic defects cause children to be born with female external genital organs, which change at puberty, with the development of a penis and the closure of the false vagina.
- Androgen Insensitivity Syndrom: Androgen insensitivity syndrome is a condition that affects sexual development before birth and during puberty. People with this condition are genetically male, with one X chromosome and one Y chromosome in each cell. Because their bodies are unable to respond to certain male sex hormones (called androgens), they may have mostly female sex characteristics or signs of both male and female sexual development.
So yeah… “He made them male and female” except in those instances where people have biological characteristics of both, by no choice of their own. I guess that could also rebut the “God doesn’t make mistakes” argument you make. In light of these two things (and there are more out there), is it honestly so hard for you to believe that perhaps someone was born with the body of one gender and the brain of the other? We use medicine to cure countless diseases and ailments, yet you claim it’s a sin to use medical science to correct that? And finally…
3) “[Caitlyn] Jenner is not a hero”: To you? Maybe not… But to the thousands of kids out there that are transgender (or just LGBT in general) who have to suffer in a society that treats them like they are nothing, Caitlyn Jenner can be an amazing hero. She is someone who has been through it all, rose to fame as an athlete, lives a very public celebrity life, and yet still chose to be herself knowing that people like you would attack her, demean her, and call her a sinner for making that decision. In spite of the presuppositions that you make from your place of privilege in society, that represents the very definition of courage. So how dare you try and claim otherwise. As if you have any basis for doing so.