Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Attacks on Caitlyn Jenner Underscore the Ugliness of Today's "Christians'

I will be candid and admit that I cannot get my head around what it must be like to be transgender.  For me, coming to terms with being gay was a huge trial and it took me 37 years to finally face the reality about myself.  Thus, I can understand completely why it took Caitlyn Jenner so long to finally gain the courage to transition.  It is not something that one does on a whim or spur of the moment, especially given the amount of therapy and and psychoanalysis one must under go in order to progress to reassignment surgery.  Yet the voices of the far right "godly Christians" are revealing just what foul human beings they are in fact.  Among the ugliest attackers are would be Republican presidential nominee Mike Huckabee and the always foul Bryan Fischer.  Huckabee made light of transgender transition and quipped to his fellow bigots and scam flam artists at at the 2015 National Religious Broadcasters Convention that he wished he'd said he felt like a woman in high school so that he could have showered with the girls.  To say that Huckabee is a nasty pig doesn't begin to tell the story.  Here are highlights from Towleroad:
Speaking at the 2015 National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, Tennessee earlier this year, GOP Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee said he wishes he could have pretended to be transgender in high school so he could have "showered with the girls" after PE, BuzzFeed reports. The comments came to light over the weekend when a video of Huckabee's speech was posted online by World Net Daily. In the speech Huckabee also sounds the dog whistle of religious liberty (yet again), and conflates providing civil rights to transgender persons with pedophilia and sexual impropriety.

Said Huckabee:

“For those who do not think that we are under threat, simply recognize that the fact that we are now in city after city watching ordinances say that your seven-year-old daughter, if she goes into the restroom cannot be offended and you can’t be offended if she’s greeted there by a 42-year-old man who feels more like a woman than he does a man.”
Not to be out done, Bryan Fischer went on one of his typical rants denigration Jenner and said Jenner was controlled by Satan.  The Advocate looks at Fischer's horrific statements and those of the "family values" crowd.  Here are excerpts:
While the introduction of Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce, was met with mostly positive comments, some negativity has come from the right, including ostensibly “fair and balanced” Fox journalists and the clearly unbalanced commentator Bryan Fischer.

Religious right commentator Fischer, on his American Family Association-affiliated Focal Point show, asserted that Jenner is being controlled by Satan. He prayed that God would “clear up Bruce Jenner's sexual confusion” and “expose the lies of Satan and break their power over his mind.”

Fischer also said, “I’m not going to call him Caitlyn Jenner because that’s not his name and I’m not going to refer to him as a she. He’s a he. He’s a he in every single solitary cell of his body; he will be until the day that God calls him home.” Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover, Fischer contended, shows “how corrupt, how morally corrupt, how morally bent, how morally twisted, how morally confused, how morally bankrupt we have become.”

Other right-wingers making negative comments, reports Media Matters, included Ben Shapiro, Dan Gainor, and the staff of The Daily Caller. Shapiro, who works for Breitbart.com, tweeted such remarks as “A man can never understand a woman’s perspective on abortion, but can magically become a woman” and “Your biological sex is completely mutable, but your sexual orientation is completely immutable” with the hashtag #ThingsILearnedFromTheLeft.

Gainor, of the Media Research Center, tweeted, “If Bruce Jenner can have 4,000 surgeries and say he’s a woman, why can’t he do same and say he’s black?” and invoked the idea of a dachshund calling itself a Great Dane and people saying they’re elves or dwarves.
My contempt for "godly Christians" truly grows with every passing day.   What's noteworthy is that nowhere do these individuals show a shred of compassion for Jenner or by extension anyone who doesn't conform to their hate and fear based religious beliefs.  However, despite these horrible comments, I find encouragement most of all by the fact that the younger generations are leaving religion in droves.  

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