If church schools won’t fight the cult of gender ideology, who will?

Nov 24, 2017 by

by Brendan O’Neill, Catholic Herald:

Gender relativism is an abdication of responsibility and a threat to the teaching of truth.

What a weird attitude we have to children today. We curtail their freedom when it comes to play and food and the rough-and-tumble of school life. We don’t let them run wild in the great outdoors, for fear they’ll be kidnapped or encounter some plant we’ve convinced ourselves they’re allergic to. Schools forbid their taste buds the rush of a sugary treat or the joy of salt on chips. We monitor like crazy their interactions with other kids lest any of them say a mean word or have some fisticuffs.

Yet when it comes to choosing their gender, to overhauling their entire identity, we say: “Go for it.”

This society that doesn’t trust children to ride a bike through woodland does trust them to decide what sex they are. To insist nature made a mistake. To assert that the doctor who said they were a boy or a girl was wrong.

That children are more mollycoddled than ever, yet entrusted with overthrowing centuries of reason on matters of sex, should make us suspicious about the trend for trans issues in schools. It self-identifies – to use the parlance – as a liberatory campaign, designed to unleash kids’ free-wheelin’ inner self. That would be more believable if the same “experts” who applaud as little Johnny becomes little Jenny weren’t also the kind of people keen to forbid Johnny/Jenny from playing conkers or eating cake.

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