CitizenLink, a blog of the Focus on the Family, is concerned with trans* people and what they (and their requests of society) do to God’s plan:
- We’re in a World of Gender Confusion
- ‘Transgenderism’ and the Deconstruction of Gender
- What about “Transgenderism”?
- What about Intersexuality?
If you’re concerned with these issues that Focus on the Family raises, you might check out a book by Justin Tanis that deals with issues of faith (blog entry here) in a different, but still biblical, way.
More to the point, I suppose, is that Focus on the Family is trying to apply some sort of biblical law to current civic and social realities, and I simply don’t believe that such an argument carries any logical weight. It’s not a matter of my not hearing the arguments, but rather a case of not recognizing those arguments’ validity.
One may argue about the nature of rationality, and that’s precisely where a recent discussion took a friend and me. On this friend’s view, I was delusional for not recognizing that there are two natural and god-given genders. On my view, my friend is delusional in insisting on promoting simplistic narratives of gender and sex in the face of documented evidence that tells us gender fluidity is real and that intersex, transgender, and transsexual people are real and would like to be recognized as real people with real rights.
I suppose it becomes a matter of the basis for our rationality, whether it be logic, or common experiences, or empiricism, or faith, or ancient texts, or consensus, or what-have-you. We don’t have to take ideological sides on modernism versus postmodernism, or religious versus secular, in order to arrive at a concept of rationality that serves the largest number of us, but we do have to make an effort to cast the rationality net as broadly as possible. Social discourse depends on it.