Why the Transgender Debate Is About Redefining Reality
by Joe Carter, The Gospel Coalition:
If you want to change a society, you merely need to get the public to shift an idea from the category of “unthinkable” to “policy.” You’ll know you’ve been successful when the formerly unthinkable has become public school policy.
For instance, 50 years ago it would have been unthinkable for an elementary school teacher to contradict the claim that sexual intercourse was reserved for one man and one woman within the bonds of marriage. Today, in many if not most public schools, it’s now school policy that teaching that notion to children—and claiming any violation of that standard is immoral—is cause for termination.
The sexual revolution has so subverted public opinion and Christian-influenced morality that teachings about sex that were previously considered immoral or even unthinkable eventually found their way into the classroom as school policy. But a quicker and more effective route to societal change is to simply reverse the process: force an issue to become school policy and eventually opposition to it will become unthinkable.
Coming to a School Near You . . .
That is the shift that is being attempted today on the issue of transgenderism in schools. A prime example is in the state of New York, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a letter to the state’s department of education that there can be no dissent in schools about “a student’s actual or perceived gender, their gender identity or expression.” If a biological male student wants to shower with the girls in their locker room, he must be allowed to do so since, as Cuomo makes clear, “we do not and will not tolerate discrimination in the State of New York.”