GENDER IDEOLOGY: THE DESTRUCTION OF FREEDOM IN THE NAME OF FREEDOM.
1. What is gender ideology?
This ideology proposes that a person’s gender is not biologically determined but is socially constructed. Therefore individuals should have the right to choose their own gender and their sexual orientation. It is the intellectual underpinning of the homosexual movement. It is a contradiction even of the progressive movement from which it comes, as it abandons the former worship of science to the exclusion of God and metaphysics. Rather, all the scientific evidence that disproves the transgender narrative is discarded.
The American College of Paediatricians is clear on the science: Human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait: “XY” and “XX” are genetic markers of health – not genetic markers of a disorder. The norm for human design is to be conceived either male or female. Human sexuality is binary by design with the obvious purpose being the reproduction and flourishing of our species. This principle is self-evident. Individuals with disorders of sex development (DSDs) do not constitute a third sex.
2. Biological sex cannot change.
The proponents of gender ideology insist that men can change into women and women can change into men if they so desire. This claim is false. Dr. Richard P. Fitzgibbons, M.D., Philip M. Sutton, Ph.D. and Dale O’Leary have affirmed this in their scientific study. They write: It is physiologically impossible to change a person’s sex, since the sex of each individual is encoded in the genes – XX if female, XY if male. Surgery can only create the appearance of the other sex.
They further affirm that sexual identity is written on every cell of the body and can be determined through DNA testing. It cannot be changed.
The flight from logic and reason in this determined effort to deny the obvious primary purpose of human sexuality – procreation – is a form of deliberate madness.
3. Gender ideology offends God.
In the book of Genesis we are told that God created male and female (Gen. 1:27). In the book of Jeremiah we learn that no-one is born male or female by chance, but in accordance with the plan of Divine Providence:
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you (Jer. 1:5).
Intentionally to contradict the biological nature of mankind is an act of revolt against our Creator.
The Croatian bishops explain this very well:-
So man, under a gradually increasing impression of (his own) power, and convinced that there is no natural, preset order of things, increasingly began to put (himself) in the place of God and claim a role for himself – omnipotent creator and legislator – whose freedom is absolute.
Pope Francis has described the pushing of gender ideology as a type of ideological colonization where, like the Hitler youth, they come to impose their doctrine.
4. Gender ideology is of satanic origin.
Pope Saint John Paul II, in his theology of the body, has described the sacred union of man and woman in marriage as a prime image stamped in mankind of the Trinitarian relationship to which we are called in the life to come. The Fathers of the Church describe the Trinity as the Father loving the Son completely and the Son the Father completely and that complete giving of Themselves to Each Other is Itself the Holy Spirit. It is also, as St. Paul teaches, the key image of Christ’s relationship with the Church.
At Fatima, Our Blessed Mother told the children: More souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason.
Sister Lucia told Cardinal Caffara in a letter that Our Lady had told her: The final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family.
The total deformation of the conjugal union of man and woman represented by the new gender ideology is a direct and satanic attack on the most prominent image of the Trinitarian relationship to which we are called and distorts Christ’s own relationship with His Church.
5. Gender ideology is tyrannical.
There are many examples world-wide of an increasing persecution and tyranny waged in the name of gender ideology. To mention one, on 13th May, 2016, the Obama administration ordered that all public schools should allow members of one biological sex to use the showers, changing rooms and toilets of the opposite sex, imposing transgender bathrooms on all public schools in the nation. States that have opposed the measure have been threatened with the loss of federal funds.
There is increasing economic pressure being brought to bear in the name of gender ideology, which strikes at the heart of religious freedom. In April, 2016, executives from more than eighty companies, including Apple, Microsoft and Marriott, signed a public letter to the governor of North Carolina urging him to repeal the state’s new law protecting religious freedom. Deutsche Bank and PayPal have cancelled plans to expand in that state. In the same month, the governor of Georgia vetoed its religious freedom bill, acknowledging that the reason for this was that the state could not afford to lose Disney’s business, which the company had threatened.
In our own country, the Casey Review has called on the government to require all holders of public office, including civil servants, school governors and local councillors, among others, to swear an oath to British values. British values, for those ignorant of the details, include respect for the rule of law, equality and tolerance. Dame Louise Casey made her opposition to Catholic values quite clear in her evidence before the Communities and Local Government Committee in January this year: It is not okay for Catholic schools to be homophobic and anti-gay marriage – it is not how we bring children up in this country. It is often veiled as religious conservatism, and I have a problem with the expression “religious conservatism” because often it can be anti-equalities.
Dame Louise Casey also has her sights set on home educators: Even independent schools, which do not have to follow the national curriculum and have a lot of autonomy on what and how they teach, are required to teach fundamental British values on the principle that all children should be equipped to participate fully in British life. It seems wrong, therefore, that this should not also be the case for home educated children.
Probably the most pressing concern for the average Catholic parent is education. There are increasing calls for sex and relationships education (SRE) to be made compulsory in all schools. The Sex Education Forum describes itself as the national authority on sex and relationships education and is a prominent member of the PSHE Association, alongside Brook and the fpa. Their commitment to relativism is absolute: the purpose is not to agree the rights and wrongs of various statements, but rather to discover the range of opinions on the subject. It may be only a matter of time before our children are routinely indoctrinated in gender ideology in our schools. Will Catholic children in Catholic schools be safe? Well, in the final report on the Synod on the Family 94% of the bishops voted that: The family, while maintaining its primary space in education cannot be the only place for teaching sexuality.
We can no longer, tragically, rely automatically on the protection of the Church; though as we know there remain courageous priests and bishops who will still defend us. But we will, increasingly, have to defend ourselves.
6. Gender ideology fuels child abuse.
The American College of Paediatricians have stated quite clearly that the public promotion of transgenderism constitutes a form of child abuse: Conditioning children into believing that a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse. Endorsing gender discordance as normal via public education and legal policies will confuse children and parents, leading more children to present (themselves) to “gender clinics” where they will be given puberty-blocking drugs. This, in turn, virtually ensures that they will “choose” a lifetime of carcinogenic and otherwise toxic cross-sex hormones, and likely consider unnecessary surgical mutilation of their healthy body parts as young adults.
7. Gender ideology is self-destructive.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has established that 41% of those who identify as transgender in America have attempted to commit suicide – 25 times higher than the national average. Even if we believe that our own children will be immune from the disasters of gender ideology (which is debatable), surely we should have compassion on the orphans of our time?
8. Resistance: what can we do?
In the US, 23 states have filed a legal brief against Obama’s gender ideology guidance, obliging public schools to provide transgender bathrooms, despite threats of the loss of federal funding.
Millions have taken to the streets in France, Italy and Spain in defence of marriage.
Parents have successfully fought the Scottish Named Person law, the most totalitarian proposed parental state legislation in the Western world.
The homeschool movement is growing fast. There are over one million homeschooling families in American and an estimated fifty thousand in this country. UK homeschoolers successfully resisted the imposition of greater government control of homeschooling proposed by the Badman report in 2010, mounting the greatest number of parliamentary petitions on one issue in the history of parliament.
The March for Life in our own country grows each year.
Individual families are rediscovering the Faith of our Fathers and praying in the home, dedicating themselves to the family rosary, finding reverent Masses and sound doctrine, even if they have to travel to find it. Family associations like this one, the National Association of Catholic Families, are key in providing mutual support for families.
To those who, with the best of intentions, advocate charity towards our homosexual and transgendered brothers and sisters, maybe even believing that we should welcome them with love into our association, I would say this: charity must be grounded in truth or it is not charity. Our adult sons and daughters will increasingly find themselves working alongside homosexual and transgendered colleagues. I believe they should be treated with friendliness and professionalism within the working environment. Yet we should take care not to be misinterpreted as condoning their way of life. We should heed the words of St. Francis and preach the gospel always, if necessary using words. But the bottom line is that our young children still at home should be able to enjoy a sheltered and serene childhood, and not obliged to confront the miseries of distorted human sexuality before they are well on the way to adulthood and have thoroughly learnt about the truth and meaning of human sexuality.
We must remember the words of Sister Lucia: Don’t be afraid, because anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be fought and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue. However, Our Lady has already crushed its head.
Cardinal Burke said to me last year, in Walsingham, that if the secular world is becoming too friendly with the Church, the Church should be on its guard!
And some of our pastors have not abandoned us, as evidenced in these courageous words of the Most Rev. James D. Conley, Bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska, with which I will finish: We are living in a time when ordinary human reason is quickly being replaced by “the barren thorns of passion”. Our entire culture has been caught up in a kind of sentimentalized and relativized tyranny of tolerance; we vilify and condemn, ever more quickly, any sense of reasonable and ordered social policy. We have a vague sense that endorsing certain fashionable kinds of social and emotional disorders – including transgenderism – is a mandate of justice, or a victory for civil rights …
But the Church will not deny that God created us male and female. We will not confuse respect and compassion with capitulation to a tragic delusion. Our Catholic schools will continue to teach and live the truth, because of our care for every student. We can only help students grow in holiness when we help them to live in accord with the truth. We will continue to do that, no matter the cost. (Source: Southern Nebraska Register.)