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Our Crazed Sexuality Standards: There’s more to life than sexual identity
National Review ^ | 01/14/2014 | Mona Charen

Posted on 01/14/2014 6:52:31 AM PST by SeekAndFind

The New York Times brings us the “next frontier in fertility treatment.” It’s about dissolving the prejudice against transgender people having children. “Andy Inkster, a transgender man, had always wanted biological children. So when he embarked on the transition from female to male at age 18 — changing his name, taking testosterone, and eventually undergoing surgery to remove his breasts — he left his female reproductive organs intact. In his mid-20s, he decided it was time. He stopped taking testosterone and started trying to get pregnant.”

Baystate Reproductive Medicine turned Inkster away, explaining that it didn’t have enough experience with transgender people to provide the hormones and donor sperm required. Mr. Inkster eventually found another clinic that helped him conceive via in vitro fertilization and donor sperm, and in October 2010, he gave birth to a daughter, Elise. A month later, he sued Baystate for sexual discrimination. The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination agrees with Inkster.

I never thought I’d see the words “he gave birth to a daughter” outside of science fiction, and at the risk of seeming insensitive, I think Baystate fertility clinic was right. But it’s not surprising that the civil-rights commission of Massachusetts has taken up this cause. It occupies the juncture of two appalling trends. The first is an obsession with sexuality as identity, and the second is a undermining of the best interests of children in favor of the self-expression of adults.

There are limitless identities that students could be encouraged to cultivate as they mature. A handful that leap immediately to mind: American, humorist, musician, athlete, debater, nature-lover. Instead, our universities fall all over themselves to encourage unusual sexual identities, from homosexuality and lesbianism to transgender, bisexual, transsexual, and other. It’s all done in the name of “inclusion” and non-discrimination, but, let’s face it, there’s an element of fashion in it. Non-traditional sexual behavior is “in.” There are academic courses on offer at major universities concerning “queer theory,” pornography, and “lesbian gardening.” (Truly.) How can any serious academic treat pornography as a fit subject for college study? It’s more than a devaluation of the life of the mind; it’s an assault on human dignity.

We have elevated sexual appetites — especially unusual sexual tastes — to an exalted status, worthy of study, defining our natures and experiences, and outranking other traits in importance. In many states, there are moves to outlaw psychotherapy that purports to change a person’s sexual orientation. Without excusing or approving abusive efforts to brainwash gay people straight — and there are some hair-raising stories out there of people subjected to “aversion therapy” and so forth — it is interesting that we are being asked to deny people the opportunity to change in only one direction. No one is suggesting that if a straight person wants to become gay and consults a therapist who wishes to help him make that transition, that he should be prevented from doing so.

Yet children as young as four are being permitted to style their hair, wear the clothing, and use the bathrooms of the other sex when they express the urge. This kind of change is one that liberal states approve. The state of California requires that students from kindergarten through grade 12 be permitted to choose which “gender” to be associated with (Connecticut and Massachusetts have similar rules). If a biological girl decides at the age of 12 that she wants to be addressed as a boy, play boys’ sports, and use the boys’ bathroom, state law requires that she be able to do so.

There are physicians who prescribe hormone-suppressing drugs to prevent preteens from going through puberty the better to prepare them for “gender reassignment” surgery.

This is child abuse. Children pass through phases. Nothing permanent should to be done to any child that is not medically necessary. Suppose a child decided that he wanted to be an amputee or a one-eyed pirate? We’ve lost all common sense in the face of this mania for sexual mutability.

As for Mr. Inkster and people similarly situated, the first thing a fertility clinic should say is that a child is not an adult entitlement. The best interests of the child should be paramount. Each child needs and, where possible, should have a mother and a father — and not in the same body.

— Mona Charen is a nationally syndicated columnist


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: obsession; sexuality
Reminds me of this quote:

“If anyone says that sex, in itself, is bad, Christianity contradicts him at once. But, of course, when people say, 'Sex is nothing to be ashamed of,' they may mean 'the state into which the sexual instinct has now got is nothing to be ashamed of'. If they mean that, I think they are wrong. I think it is everything to be ashamed of. There is nothing to be ashamed of in enjoying your food: there would be everything to be ashamed of if half the world made food the main interest of their lives and spent their time looking at pictures of food and dribbling and smacking their lips.” -- C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

1 posted on 01/14/2014 6:52:31 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

This won’t stop unless new world order - the financial elite of the world - are stopped.

Shut down the every tax-exempt foundation.

Any trustee/director/officer of a foundations that push new world order agenda - they need to be criminally prosecuted and prevented from ever starting their operations again.

Until then, they will keep pushing their agendas throughout society around the world.


3 posted on 01/14/2014 6:58:48 AM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: Rummyfan; SeekAndFind
And here he/she is with his/her daughter:

This case reminds me of the wedding photographer and wedding cake baker cases. A clinic cannot even say "We lack the experience to help you properly" without getting sued. Who in his/her right mind would want to go to a medical facility that stated it did not have enough expertise for his/her case? All these types of cases are political punishment trials.

6 posted on 01/14/2014 7:07:06 AM PST by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sexual identity is very important with most all politicians. Categorizing Americans into sexual groups is proving to be good politics.

Placing homosexuals and lesbians on pedestals instead of following Uganda’s lead in criminalizing acts of sodomy is a very large mistake.

Now we have the idiot Kerry admonishing Uganda for this unspeakable act of recognizing sodomites as unhealthy for a nation.


7 posted on 01/14/2014 7:07:40 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: PieterCasparzen
Any trustee/director/officer of a foundations that push new world order agenda - they need to be criminally prosecuted and prevented from ever starting their operations again.

Right. Let's toss 1A overboard.

8 posted on 01/14/2014 7:09:57 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: IbJensen

Homos are simply the current vehicle through which the left is working to criminalize Christianity.


9 posted on 01/14/2014 7:10:58 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind

Its actually very simple.

XY or XX

You either have a Y chromosome or you don’t.

If you do have a Y chromosome; take off those jammies, put down the latte, stop color-coordinating your drapes to your doillies, pick up a tool and fix something like a man.


10 posted on 01/14/2014 7:11:33 AM PST by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Comment at the link by “Catherder”:

“I am really, really, really glad to be married. The dating scene now has out-weirded the most cynical dystopian estimates by the most disillusioned SF author.”


11 posted on 01/14/2014 7:11:51 AM PST by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
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To: Albion Wilde

I haven’t been able to confirm this, but, the ACLU who is suing the baker has actually made the statement that Muslims should be allowed to not serve homosexuals, but Christians should not be allowed to not serve them.


12 posted on 01/14/2014 7:12:14 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind

could never wrap my mind around the whole transsexual thing.
it is plain crazy. I understand the regular old gay/lesbian thing. It is who one may be attracted to, but when you’re born with a penis and think you should have a vagina and surgically get that penis removed -—eeeeeeek!


13 posted on 01/14/2014 7:14:55 AM PST by brooklyn dave ( Dante DiBlasio's Afro for President)
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To: Sherman Logan

Yes, every organization should pay taxes.


14 posted on 01/14/2014 7:16:01 AM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: Rummyfan

Lesbian gardening?????

You just made my day. :-)

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15 posted on 01/14/2014 7:17:55 AM PST by Mears
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To: Sherman Logan

Let’s put it this way, no organization should be exempt.

If taxes are too high, then they should be lowered for everyone.

The banking families, global elites, don’t want this.

Cuz taxes are for the “little people”.

It’s the greatest scheme ever.


16 posted on 01/14/2014 7:18:45 AM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: envisio

There is a major movement in schools to wussify our boys and sadly it has permeated into our private Christian school. Boys get demerits for horseplay. The things we did back in the 60’s/70’s would get us expelled and arrested now a days.


17 posted on 01/14/2014 7:19:46 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Rummyfan

The gazebo gets built with no studs and has tongu-in-groove flooring.


18 posted on 01/14/2014 7:20:25 AM PST by Bob
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To: Resolute Conservative

So horseplay should be rewarded ? Or ignored ?

So bad behavior is a good thing ?

It’s “part of growing up” a “right of passage”.

Then we should have classes in it. How to be a bad ass and get in trouble for doing things wrong.

Let’s prove our manhood through bad behavior.


19 posted on 01/14/2014 7:28:48 AM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: Mears

And here, Ol Cletus thought, that they was experts as cabinetry...


20 posted on 01/14/2014 7:30:09 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations: The acronym defines the science.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is all liberals have... sex, killing babies, and stealing money from those who earned it.

Almost sounds like the mob.


21 posted on 01/14/2014 7:31:53 AM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: SeekAndFind

These people are MENTALLY ILL, period. The people who are supposed to be helping them instead pander to their illness... its sad and pitiable.


22 posted on 01/14/2014 7:34:18 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: PieterCasparzen

Not bad behavior. Boys being boys. Some of the boys in our school got in trouble for playing a rough game of hacky sack the called hacky-stack during lunch. There is a bit of contact involved but nobody is forced to play and nobody gets hurt.

Over sensitive pansies for teachers. They want the boys to sit quietly like girls all day. BS.


23 posted on 01/14/2014 7:35:23 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: PieterCasparzen

That’s not what you said. You said that people who promote certain political/cultural POVs should be criminally prosecuted and imprisoned for doing so.

It’s entirely appropriate to make tax-exempt status incompatible with such promotion, but not the promotion itself.

Although it should be noted we’d need to cancel all such status for those promoting any type of political/cultural POV, including churches and conservative organizations.

A side effect of such a policy would be that there would be a lot fewer organizations of this type. That can be considered as a good or bad thing. It would certainly give increased influence to those organizations promoting such POVs, such as MSM, that are already paying taxes.


24 posted on 01/14/2014 7:36:56 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Resolute Conservative

I get your point, and it is not of itself a bad one.

However, there is horseplay and horseplay. And it very easily morphs over into behavior that would be criminal in any other setting. This is, or used to be, often encouraged by adults in authority in the school.

For instance, when I was in junior high, the PE coach essentially encouraged his pets to bully and terrorize the other students, forming a pack to mistreat them.

He himself also verbally abused students, in the process targeting those he wanted dealt with by his goons.

The whole thing blew up on him when a new student had a doctor’s note that he couldn’t run laps or do similar stuff because of a heart condition. He bullied the kid, who was in may class, so unmercifully that he tried to run anyway, collapsed and died.

There is a difference between horseplay, bullying and a reign of terror. While I agree present policies have gone too far in the opposite direction, I think too many of those who pine for the old days don’t see any such difference. Why should assault and battery be “horseplay” if committed at school but a criminal offense if committed elsewhere?


25 posted on 01/14/2014 7:48:31 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: SeekAndFind

“The New York Times brings us the “next frontier in fertility treatment.” It’s about dissolving the prejudice against transgender people having children. “Andy Inkster, a transgender man, had always wanted biological children. So when he embarked on the transition from female to male at age 18 — changing his name, taking testosterone, and eventually undergoing surgery to remove his breasts — he left his female reproductive organs intact. In his mid-20s, he decided it was time. He stopped taking testosterone and started trying to get pregnant.”

Lets all celebrate mental illness.


26 posted on 01/14/2014 7:50:30 AM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Sherman Logan

I agree. However in this case it was reported by a girl not playing the game and no “participant” was interviewed to see if anyone had a complaint. They were all just punished for being boys. Lazy teachers not investigating before acting under the stupid zero tolerance is unacceptable.


27 posted on 01/14/2014 7:52:21 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: SeekAndFind

I know I come out as a heterosexual every chance I get.


28 posted on 01/14/2014 7:53:38 AM PST by MNnice
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To: SeekAndFind

And what of Elise? Born to a father/mother who by its mid-20s had consumed more heavy medications than most humans do in a lifetime, Elise is subject to all manner of genetic (not to mention environmental/emotional)aberrations. One just does NOT fool Mother Nature. “Andy’s” selfish desires endanger this child.


29 posted on 01/14/2014 7:58:00 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: SeekAndFind

As in so many things, Winston Churchill said it best, albeit in a different context:

“But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age, made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science”.


30 posted on 01/14/2014 7:59:42 AM PST by DMZFrank
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To: SeekAndFind

As in so many things, Winston Churchill said it best, albeit in a different context:

“But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age, made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science”.


31 posted on 01/14/2014 8:19:25 AM PST by DMZFrank
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To: SeekAndFind
Suppose a child decided that he wanted to be an amputee or a one-eyed pirate?

Excellent analogy !

32 posted on 01/14/2014 8:53:32 AM PST by jimt (Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.)
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there are people who DON’T want to be one-eyed pirates?


33 posted on 01/14/2014 8:54:48 AM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Resolute Conservative

Since I was bullied pretty heavily for 10 years in school, I do not have much sympathy with those who defend bullying as just boys being boys.

This behavior is obviously on a spectrum, from minor teasing to really brutal physical and mental torment.

Which is why the zero-tolerance policies are so idiotic. I ran afoul of them 40 years ago. I finally defended myself semi-effectively and the principal suspended both the bully and me for three days. He fully agreed I was innocent and just defending myself, but said policy gave him no options.


34 posted on 01/14/2014 9:02:56 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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That’s not what you said. You said that people who promote certain political/cultural POVs should be criminally prosecuted and imprisoned for doing so.

It’s entirely appropriate to make tax-exempt status incompatible with such promotion, but not the promotion itself.


In your last sentence, do you mean that the promotion should not be criminalized, but allowed to continue just not have tax exempt status ?

Although it should be noted we’d need to cancel all such status for those promoting any type of political/cultural POV, including churches and conservative organizations.

This is what most people don't understand about the Christian Church. It is completely different from any and all other organizations, because it predates any and all governments in existence today. It is based on the Bible, which self-describes as divine revelation. The Bible recognizes no authority over God, actually the reverse, it declares that God has authority over all. God's Word, the Bible, does not give authority for civil governments to levy taxes on the Church. The Bible tells us that the Church belongs to Jesus Christ, and it predates all earthly governments in effect today.

Those that reject God, i.e., say they don't believe in him, have simply come to have so much societal influence today that the Christrian church is viewed much the same as any club or group that forms.

As far as all present-day "organizations", they are managed by people who have money and power. Even though they may troll for donations amongst the middle class, it is the elites of society who determine how the money is spent. Well-funded organizations are always started with some type of endowment from monied interests. Thus, the will of the monied interests is carried out by minions working for an organization that has the added financial efficiency of not having to pay taxes. The whole key to these organizations is in their board members, who are the real controllers of the organization's activities.

It sounded so good to allow for tax exemption for "noble causes" over the last century, but the arrangement was nothing but a moral poison that the nation has ingested.

A side effect of such a policy would be that there would be a lot fewer organizations of this type. That can be considered as a good or bad thing. It would certainly give increased influence to those organizations promoting such POVs, such as MSM, that are already paying taxes.

The Bible offers wise guidance: "giving" to a "charitable cause" for the wrong reason is most certainly not a worthy deed. Having the availability of a tax exemption for the giver tempts them to take the tax exemption. When they do this, it taints their act of giving. We ought not to accept ANY gain when we "give" to a "noble cause". If the cause is truly worthy, AND people are so "good", they WILL give without receiving back the benefit of a tax exemption.

Our moral "clouding" - which began arguably at the nation's founding - has completely confused us, so much so that we say the moral is immoral and the immoral is moral. Our confusion began very slowly and very subtlely, far back in the 1800's, one step at a time, and each mistake seemed to not be significant at the time. But mistakes in principles lead to ever-increasing corruption, and lead to the full reversals we see today.
35 posted on 01/14/2014 9:14:19 AM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: PieterCasparzen
God's Word, the Bible, does not give authority for civil governments to levy taxes on the Church. The Bible tells us that the Church belongs to Jesus Christ, and it predates all earthly governments in effect today.

The real problem here is that when you use the Bible as an authority for what is allowable in American government or society, all communication ceases. Those who are non or anti Christian, and even many who think of themselves as Christians, are not persuaded by your claims, in fact they are repelled by them. Their use in modern political dialog is IMO profoundly counter-productive.

I may even agree with you, but it would be idiotic for me to use an argument that is destructive to what I'm trying to accomplish.

36 posted on 01/14/2014 9:23:52 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

I too had experience with bullies in the day but have a relatively new extensive experience with a child who was bullied to the point we had to get police involvement since the school would do nothing and I was on the verge of jail myself for intervening as a last straw. The answer was private school 4 years ago. So I do not condone bullying in any fashion.

That said, teenage boys playing a light contact game is not bullying. Especially if the lazy-assed teacher had simply asked the boys involved instead of going on what a 12 year old girl told her.

Our points are the same I believe, zero tolerance is asinine.


37 posted on 01/14/2014 9:31:19 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Resolute Conservative

I assume you contacted the family or families of the bullies and they would do nothing to correct the situation. I just cannot imagine reacting that way.

But then my kids knew that I had my own zero-tolerance policy: my kids would NOT be bullies, and all hell would have descended on them had they gotten into this behavior.

Part of my personal difficulty in school was being raised to believe that it was un-Christian to fight, even in self-defense. So of course all thought I was a coward. Oddly enough, after my semi-effective attempt at self-defense and 3-day suspension, I had zero trouble for the remaining two years.

My kids were taught that when slapped a Christian always turns the other cheek. If he slaps you on that one, also, you do your best to take his head off. That worked much better for them than what I was taught. :)


38 posted on 01/14/2014 9:44:39 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

Yes I did and there was no satisfaction. One of the problems was no fathers in the house, the other was cultural. I was fit to be tied and the wife unit was working overtime to keep me away.

My youth experience was the same. I did not want to fight but once I did I was not bothered the rest of my days.


39 posted on 01/14/2014 9:48:26 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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