NEWS FROM THE CENTER FRIDAY DIGEST August 27, 2021 - Identifying as a Woman, He Feels Like He's Trapped in a Man's Body
And no surgery can change that. Cutting off something here and adding something there does not change the body in any essential way. Cosmetically, maybe, but not functionally, not the way the body works. Those suffering from gender dysphoria often are really suffering. Even, as it should be noted, it spreads like a contagion, as it offers a number of social advantages. Even as it should be noted that there are other dysphorias, including people who claim to be transabled. Not to mention the financial advantages to those in the business. Not to mention the political advantage for those who know the family is the last and final institution to be toppled before the state is all in all.
What to do? Physician, first, do no harm. Time to call out places like Riley's Children's Hospital. Stop it with the puberty blockers and the hormone treatments. Could you even imagine the cruelty involved in the surgery that follows? Kids, allowed simply to grow up, will become comfortable in their own bodies some 90 percent of the time. Young people are easily confused, but most grow out of it, unless of course, they have the kind of parents who use them as pawns or are themselves manipulated and deceived.
What to do? Do not enable. Remember that two plus two equals four. To deny so basic a truth as male and female is to be manipulated at the deepest level. To give in to this is to admit that we are slaves to the world around us, that we are so afraid that we are willing to deny reality itself. And soon, we will internalize the lie, at the loss of our humanity. Forget the guns, Second Amendment friends. There will be nothing left to fight for.
No, the children are not all right. But instead of chemicals, let's try counseling. I thought Ashley Graham was helping all of us to become more comfortable in our own bodies. After all, there are sensitive boys, and there have always been tom girls. A strange thing that one needs a dress, long hair, and lipstick to be a girl, as Bruce Jenner taught us. There is a better way, and it's the way of sanity and compassion. Pray that we come to our senses. And pray that in the meantime, the casualties are few. When it's done, we will have to pray for forgiveness.
The Rev. Dr. Peter Scaer is chairman and professor of Exegetical Theology and director of the M.A. Program at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.
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