The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a piece of legislation with the deceptive title of “The Equality Act.” This title is not simply an inaccurate representation of the act itself, it is, in fact, a large step toward codifying strict societal inequality.
HR-5 is the designation given to “The Equality Act,” which was passed on May 17, 2019, in the House. It now heads to the U.S. Senate where the prospects of passage are somewhat bleak.
However, this should not be taken as either the final word by the government nor as a solid victory if the legislation does not pass. HR-5 is a harmful expansion of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes of people.
This effort is extremely dangerous and potentially deadly for the innocent victims of ‘trans-fraud’, the helpless children. Children whose lives will be needlessly traumatized and for almost half of them will result in death by their own hands.
Why Is This Happening Now?
This journal has recorded the steady progress of so-called ‘transgender rights’ movement in the current culture in several articles. What was once universally known as a serious mental illness has become enshrined as some sort of human ‘right’ in popular, leftist culture today.
The question which arises when considering the current in-your-face promotion of transgenderism is just how did this happen? Put another way, why is this complete about-face happening now, as compared to just seven years ago, when there was no political support for the issue and very little indication that the popular culture would embrace it?
Three key events since the end of 2012 which have enabled those in favor of ‘transgenderism’ to boldly crusade for a slice of the newly created additions to established human rights. The first was a little reported action in 2013 which granted a measure of legitimacy to ‘transgenderism.’
The Diagnostics and Statistics Manual is the “bible” of psychiatric diagnosis.
In the pre-2013 DSM-IV, anyone “identifying” as other than their biological gender had Gender Identity Disorder. As a “disorder,” it was a mental illness. Today, due to political and cultural pressure, the DSM-V calls this condition Gender Dysphoria. Such a classification is not considered a mental illness. Rather it is considered a kind of psychological discomfort and confusion. This is how mental illness can be masked as a difficult, but “normal,” reality.
The second was virtually a cultural event, well-publicized and celebrated on the Left. It was the revealing and popularizing of a very famous celebrity as a ‘transgendered’ person in 2015.
Transgenderism rocketed to social popularity with the ‘transition’ of Bruce Jenner from a male to appearing as the ‘female’ Caitlyn Jenner. He appeared on the cover of Vanity Fairmagazine’s, July 2015, issue. He was also celebrated on ESPN’s Espy Awards later in 2015. Since then he has greatly enhanced the cultural status of the transgender movement.
The third and final event was the granting of federal government approval of the ‘transgender rights’ cause. This was accomplished by former President Barack Obama in 2016.
The Obama administration is sending out an edict today [5/13/2016] to every school district in the country, insisting they open bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers to all children, regardless of sex, or risk federal discrimination lawsuits and yanked federal funds. Schools must treat children as transgender and thus entitled to open facilities access as soon as parents say they are, not after a medical diagnosis or birth certificate change.
These events and a relentless campaign of Leftist intimidation and virtue-signaling have brought America to the “Equality Act.” The consequences of passing this tyrannical insanity are dire and reach far beyond sexuality and gender confusion.
Tyrannical Inequality Is Inevitable Under the “Equality Act”
Should the “Equality Act” become law, inequality and total tyranny will follow sooner rather than later. In fact, various forms of tyrannical behavior are afoot even now and it is targeting traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs.
One of the most recent examples of such action occurred this past Wednesday, June 12, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Watch as a street preacher of the gospel is denied his freedom of speech and religion by the state.
Note that it was the peaceful preacher who was the victim of harassment and assault, yet he was the only one arrested. This demonstration of force by the police violated this man and his small group’s rights and manifested both tyranny and inequality by their unequal enforcement of the law.
This man was guilty of nothing except offering the gospel of Jesus Christ to a group of gay pride demonstrators. Perhaps the most salient point in the video was made by one Christian commenting to the camera after the pastor was arrested.
We did not form a mob, a mob was formed against us.
This is the consistent method of the Left on virtually any subject nowadays, especially concerning the LGBT issue. Form a “mob” of one kind or another and attack by emoting rather than engage in reasonable discussion.
However, the facts, in this case, uphold the actions in the video, and we will see this descend upon America with force should the “Equality Act” become established as law. Here are some of the disastrous consequences that would follow.
the category of male or female) would be altered to include (undefined) “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” everywhere the word “sex” appears in federal non-discrimination law. …
It would force compliance of the radical (and lunatic) LGBT agenda into every person’s life – in businesses, public accommodations, jury selection, schools, hospitals and clinics, social life, even churches!
It writes into federal law radical concepts (“sexual orientation” and “gender identity”) and creates a protected class for people with a psychiatric disorder (“gender dysphoria”).
It gives only minimal, vague definitions for the terms “sexual orientation” and “gender identity,” guaranteeing that legal chaos will ensue. For example, many radicals consider pedophilia a “sexual orientation” – which could end up becoming protected!
Goodbye to freedom of religion on LGBT issues. Many have noted that religious speech critical of “sexual orientation and gender identity” could be considered unlawful discrimination. Not even churches will be exempt as they could be considered “public accommodations” (“a place or establishment that provides … gathering…; any establishment that provides a good, service, or program”).
The Most Vulnerable Are the Potential Victims
[Update] In another example of how far the Left will go to push the insanity of transgenderism, the exploitation of mentally handicapped individuals is not out-of-bounds for their malevolent agenda.
In a clip released by CNN you will see how the Left is now pushing Down Syndrome individuals into drag in order to make money off of them. We can tell the Down Syndrome people are not interested in the drag aspect, but enjoy the attention they get on stage. What the left is doing is absolutely disgusting and abusive for taking advantage of the weak in our society.
That video clip is now labeled as “no longer available,” and thank the LORD for that! I saw it two days ago but delayed the update for this reason. I work directly with mentally disabled people including some with Down Syndrome. When I first saw this, I was incensed and for a bit, my mind was filled with some unChristian thoughts toward the purveyors of this abuse! I needed to take that to prayer and let the LORD work on my attitude before I published this update.
Anyone who has followed the continual push for so-called ‘transgender rights’ knows that it is the most vulnerable among us, the children, who are the targeted victims. These advocates are not content with adults mutilating their bodies in obedience to signals from an ill mind.
Thus it is the children who are placed as priority candidates for insane actions because mentally disturbed adults must justify their fetish-like obsession. These adults, in some cases even the parents are, wittingly or no, targeting their toddlers for the destruction of their psyche and a short-lived, hellish existence on earth.
Why would any truly loving parent visit this on their young children? The answer is that no loving parent in their right mind would subject their children to such abuse.
A prime example of this is taking place now in the U.K. where a mentally ill couple is engaged in helping their 5-year-old son ‘transition’ to become a girl. This couple consists of a 21-year-old heterosexual woman and her companion, a 27-year-old woman named “Greg” who has ‘transitioned’ to the appearance of a man.
Greg claims their five-year-old son is “adamant she is a girl,” citing the boy’s affinity for dressing up as a princess from the popular Disney film “Frozen.” “They say it’s cruel we let her wear a dress but is it not more cruel to do nothing when you’ve got a kid who’s so adamant she’s a girl she’s ripping her hair off and banging her head off the walls?” said Greg.
What seems obvious is that this child of only five years has imagined he wants to become a girl and the ‘parents’ have never discouraged this, in fact, they have only encouraged and strengthened his nascent resolve. The instability and insecurity of the adults are condemning this child to a horrible life without a chance of even experiencing childhood.
Moreover, sane and loving parents would respond to this boy’s angry displays with a firm hand and the hair-pulling and head-banging would cease. If the behavior continued afterward, the next step would be to seek medical help and treatment for possible mental illness from a responsible doctor who knows the facts about children’s whims.
…the American Psychological Association’s Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology admits that prior to the widespread promotion of transition affirmation, 75 to 95 percent of pre-pubertal children who were distressed by their biological sex eventually outgrew that distress.
However, that will never happen because it would mean the parents would have to admit that they themselves are mentally ill and are inflicting their illness upon the child. Moreover, in the U.K. transgender ‘rights’ advocates are celebrated both politically and culturally dooming the boy ‘Jayden’ to grow up under enormous pressure to follow-though and begin harmful hormone treatments in a few years even if he changed his mind and decided against ‘transitioning.’
This is not a problem confined to Europe. There are various examples of such sentiment in America as well, as I wrote in a previous post.
There are also some in America specifically targeting children as young as 4 years old. This tactic began to surface about 3 years ago in custody battles during divorce proceedings.
Dr. Michelle Cretella, executive director of the American College of Pediatricians. …“…first began hearing from distraught parents in this situation in 2016 and in 2017, I heard from seven families in as many different states in this situation. In all but one case the child was a 15 year-old girl who never had any sexual identity confusion prior to her parent’s divorce,” Cretella said. “The other case involved 4-year-old triplet boys whose mother desperately wanted a girl. The mother was a psychologist herself and had cross-dressed one of the boys for two years, insisting that it was his idea. In each of the seven cases the guardian ad litems and judges removed the right to medical consent and/or custody from the parent who objected to transition with puberty blockers and hormones.”
Puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones are not well-studied and thus the harmful side effects are also not well-known. The physical damage of these potent and potentially dangerous drugs was not considered by the judges or the mother in this case.
It is noteworthy that the punishment from the judge was aimed at the guardians or parents “who objected to transition with puberty blockers and hormones.”! States ranging from California to South Dakota have presented legislation which would make empower insanity and make normal, loving parents outlaws pitted against their children.
The “Equality Act” would ensure this disturbing behavior as legal nationwide and doom children as young as three or four to the vicious whims of adults who cannot grapple with biological realities. Parents who object would watch the child ripped from their arms and placed with others who were more in line with the Left and its demented views.
Our society has now come to a point of no return, a cultural crossing of the Rubicon with the ‘transgender’ movement and its implications. The “Equality Act” must be defeated in the Senate and if it [heaven forbid] reaches the President’s desk, it must be vetoed.
If not, there may come a time very soon when Christians of conscience will have to defy the law in order to save children and show the better way of Christ to them and to the lost and disturbed adults involved as well.
Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:13-14 [ESV]
Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
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Originally published in TIL Journal