The Courts have done it again. As they have so many times in the past, they have overturned the natural and Biblical order of things, and in the process they have totally thrown out common sense. According to the court, you can now pick your sex and use whatever bathroom you choose.
This is what we learn from an article written January 30th by Judy Harrison in the Bangor Daily News. It says,
“The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday guaranteed the right of a transgender child to use the school bathroom designated for the gender with which he or she identifies. It is the first time any court in the nation has ruled it is unlawful to force a transgender child to use the school bathroom designated for the sex he or she was born with rather than the one with which the child identifies, according to the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders of Boston, which represented the girl and her family.”
GLAD considers this a great victory for equal rights, and they are rejoicing. Most of us consider it a great defeat for common sense, and we are lamenting. But more than that, we worry about the great potential for abuse this allows. Not only do we worry for our smaller children in public schools, but for our teens as well, because predators can fake gender identity to gain access to our kids. All a hormonally chargeed teenage boy has to do is claim he identifies with being a girl, then access can’t be denied him. Because now, according to our courts, it doesn’t matter what plumbing you carry, what matters is how you feel.
“The Maine Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in public accommodations, educational opportunities, employment, housing and other areas,” Justice Warren M. Silver wrote for the majority.
Those rights trump Regional School Unit 26’s argument that it was adhering to state law on “sanitary” bathrooms that are “separated according to sex. The law “does not – and school officials cannot – dictate the use of the bathrooms in a way that discriminates against students in violation” of the Maine Human Rights Act.
My wife and I are the old fashioned sort that never had ultrasounds before our babies were born. Every time my wife gave birth, it was always a surprise. The midwife would take a look between the baby’s legs and say, “It’s a boy!” or “It’s a girl!” Not once did she ever say, “Well, now, we’ll just have to wait and see till the baby is older and can decide for itself.” Of course not! Biology has already decided.
Actually, the Bible tells us that God already decided. Genesis 1:27 teaches, “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Psalm 139:13-14 also teaches that God “formed my inward parts, [He] covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise [Him], for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” That doesn’t leave much room for choice. We are what we were born. We are what God made us. Why have we stopped encouraging people to be what they were meant to be? Why have we stopped expecting people to take responsibility for who they are?
Why don’t we treat this delusion with the same compassion and common sense we do other delusions? Why don’t parents simply say, “You may feel like a girl, but you are really a boy.” Why don’t parents help their children learn to accept who God made them?
A young woman we know, pregnant for her second child, recently had her husband come to her and say he wanted to be a woman. Hello? He left her to pursue the homosexual lifestyle. He had already done what a man does. He had impregnated his wife twice. Now he needs to be the man he was meant to be and protect and provide for his family. Rather than do the right thing, he chose to abandon his family all because he decided to choose a different sex.
We hear that transgender people feel embarrassed to use a bathroom designated for their biological sex -that they are more comfortable in the bathroom of the opposite sex. To my mind, it would be more embarrassing to go into a bathroom where everyone had different plumbing. Although I can imagine some of the guys when I went to high school who would pretend to be transgender just to get in to the girls side and get a peek. If the issue is self-consciousness, the answer would be to transition to single occupancy restrooms, or place a few alongside the communal restrooms. Don’t open the door to making every little girl embarrassed by a boy in their restroom, or open the door to pedophiles and sex-perverts to prey on girls.
Our restrooms should not be open and inclusive. Especially, the restrooms our children use should not be open and inclusive. When will we stop worrying so much about the supposed rights of people’s choices, and start worrying about protecting our children? When will parents rise up and finally say NO? When will we make our stand?
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Rev. Daniel Packer has been a pastor for twenty years (Currently he serves as pastor of the Orrington Center Church in Orrington, Maine). He is an active proponent of Biblical morality. His e-mail address is email@example.com.