Hiding from the Sun: Gender Ideology’s Attack on Truth

Jul 17, 2017 by

by Gerard T Mundy, Public Discourse:

Gender ideology demands that everyone say of what is that it is not, and of what is not that it is. Lovers of truth must courageously resist this call to falsehood.

In Plato’s Republic, those whom Socrates calls the “lovers of the sight of the truth” detest falsehoods; they seek, and thirst for, only that which is truth, having “no taste for falsehood; that is, they are completely unwilling to admit what’s false but hate it, while cherishing the truth.”

Contemporary society, by contrast, has a confused relationship with truth, which led Oxford Dictionaries to select “post-truth” as the Word of the Year 2016. In the last several years, the West has accepted ideas that are wholly incompatible with the most basic truths about the natural male-and-female sex dichotomy. Individuals are encouraged to choose their own gender, while all others are expected to fully accept these choices and to defer to other’s “preferred pronouns.” Of all things, bathroom access has become the next great “civil rights” struggle; women are supposed to welcome men, and vice versa, into their restrooms. They are labeled as excluding others if they have any misgivings about the imposed arrangement.

The character of these demands should not be underestimated. One is not simply witnessing a decay of morals among a small minority, and an increase in libertinism and lasciviousness. With gender ideology, what one sees is a fanatical minority attempting to compel the majority to conform to false teachings. Falsity is, as Aristotle put it, “to say of what is that it is not, or of what is not that it is”—and that is exactly what the gender ideologues want all others to do. These individuals want everyone to participate in a great offense against truth.

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