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Thank goodness! Transgendereds now protected class! April 26, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, sickness, Society.
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I have been losing sleep over this issue for years. But finally, thanks to the generous benificence of the Obama administration EEOC, transgendered people are now a protected class in the US of A:

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has ruled that discrimination against transgendered persons violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“Intentional discrimination against a transgender individual because that person is transgender is, by definition, [discrimination] ‘based on … sex,’” the EEOC ruled.

Thus, the US government has now determined that was once seen as a profound psychological dysfunction is now a wonderful human characteristic, so innate it must be protected!  I have enormous problems with all protected class legislation, or hate crimes legislation, because it’s balkanizing the culture, pitting us against one another, and making a mockery of “equal protection before the law.”

E. Christian Brugger of the Culture of Life Foundation looks at some aspects of what he calls “pangenderism:”

………In 2004 in an article entitled Surgical Sex, McHugh wrote: “… I concluded that to provide a surgical alteration to the body of these unfortunate people was to collaborate with a mental disorder rather than to treat it.”

Catholic teaching and sex reassignment surgery

Although neither the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) nor — to my knowledge —  specific documents by the Magisterium on moral issues address directly the question of trangenderism or sex reassignment surgery [The Church is having a hard time keeping up with the lunacy and moral decay of our times], a fairly clear assessment of both can be gathered from what is taught in scripture and tradition.  Catholic teaching going back to the Middle Ages definitively affirms that human personhood is constituted by an inseparable unity of body and soul (cf. Council of Vienne, Constitution Fidei Catholicae; Lateran V, Bull Apostolici Regiminis; Vatican II, Gaudium et Spes, no. 14; Veritatis Splendor, no. 48). St. Paul admonishes the church in Corinth to shun immorality in the body because our bodies — not just our souls — are temples of the Holy Spirit (cf. 1 Corinthians 6:18-19). And Genesis 1 teaches that human persons proceed from the creative will of God as male and female.   

We may say, then, that humans are essentially their bodies, although not reducible to their bodies.  In other words, their personal identity is constituted in part by their bodies. Since the human person is a substantial unity of body and soul, if the body is a particular sex, so too, must we conclude, is the whole person.  Therefore, the proposition that a person can be a “woman trapped in a man’s body,” or any other similarly dualistic proposition, must be firmly rejected. (I prescind here from a discussion of “intersex” individuals.) We are warranted in concluding from this, indeed required to conclude, that the painful psychological disharmony that some people feel in relation to their settled biological sex is due to psychological disorder[And, indeed, it was always viewed as such, for centuries, until modernist, amoral influences began to grow in medicine and psychology, which have tried to “regularize” aberrant behavior]

Attempting to satisfy psychological states, therefore, is not a valid therapeutic reason to amputate healthy genitals and to undertake to reconstruct new ones.  The choice to do so should be assessed as a form of unethical bodily mutilation. The CCC teaches: “Except when performed for strictly therapeutic medical reason, directly intended amputations, mutilations, and sterilizations performed on innocent persons are against the moral law” (no. 2297). 

Finally, to hold that such surgery is unethical to undergo (as well as to perform and support) is not to make a judgment about the subjective culpability of those persons who request and undergo it.  I expect that in a community as confused as our own, many of them “knoweth not what they do” and so, although doing serious harm to themselves, do so with diminished culpability. [those who encourage them to mutilate themselves may have more culpability – substantially more]

It is not bias, or hatred, or my own repressed homosexual tendencies (so strong they’ve led me to father six children), that causes me to weep for the many people acting out on same sex attraction or other sexual problems. Great evidence shows that, no matter how much validation gays or transgenders get from the culture, they are still fundamentally dissatisfied on a deep emotional level.  Thus, the very high rates of alcohol and drug abuse, extremely risky sexual behavior, depression, suicide, etc., among homosexuals – and the rates are 10x higher for transgendered people.  I pray for them.  I pray they understand that what they feel is not normal or natural, no matter what psychologist or doctor or the culture tells them. 

God only instituted one legitimate, natural, moral way of sexual expression: between a man and a woman, in the confines of marriage, ordered towards the procreation of children.  If any of those conditions are not met, any sexual behavior is immoral and offensive to God. 

All the rest is just playing the games of the world, the flesh, and the devil.

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