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I am what I feel: the new definition of identity
LifeSiteNews ^ | 6/18/14 | John Stonestreet

Posted on 06/18/2014 9:44:40 AM PDT by wagglebee

Ask a group of people today—especially high school and college students—what makes them them, and you’ll likely get as many responses as respondents. They may say, “I am what my genes make me,” or maybe “I am what I experience,” or “I am what I choose.”

And soon, you’ll notice two distinct themes emerging. They’re the answers our culture increasingly gives to the question of sexual identity—as if that’s all there is to identity. And, ironically, they contradict each other.

We hear the first one all the time from advocates of so-called same-sex “marriage”: “I was born this way,” or to quote rap artist Macklemore, “I can’t change even if I tried.” We’re all familiar with the argument by now: homosexual attraction is an innate characteristic—maybe genetic. Therefore, denying same-sex attracted individuals the “right” to get married is the same as racism.

But an alternate narrative has appeared on the horizon, and by “horizon,” I mean the cover of a recent TIME Magazine issue, where it’s used to promote the “T” in the acronym “LGBT.” The “T,” of course, stands for “transgender,”—those who say their biological sex and their perceived gender don’t match. The mantra here goes, “I was born this way, but I want to change. In fact, I have a right to change.”

So we’re told that the biology of the “L,” the “G,” and the “B” can’t change. But when it comes to “T,” the biology doesn’t matter.

The new narrative about human identity is emerging. Instead of “I am my biology,” or “I am what I choose,” our culture has landed on, “I am what I feel.”

Confused? Well, you’re not alone. But believe it or not, there’s a whole history to this. All the way back in 1989 a book called “After the Ball” was published by Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen, who laid out their proposal to—as the subtitle said—help America “Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90s.” In their book (which they openly called “propaganda”), Kirk and Madsen encouraged activists to use the “born this way” argument even though they knew it wasn’t exactly true, but in order to paint same-sex attracted individuals as being victims of nature.

“The public should be persuaded that gays are victims of circumstance,” Kirk and Madsen wrote, “for all practical purposes, gays should be considered to have been ‘born gay’—even though sexual orientation, for most humans, seems to be the product of a complex interaction between innate predispositions and environmental factors…”

Say what? After the endless repetition of the “born this way” argument, you wouldn’t think there’s anything at all “complex” about sexual orientation. But now that “gay marriage” is considered a done deal, the story is changing—and it’s changing fast.

Suddenly, sexual orientation is a choice again. Writing at The Huffington Post, Tracy Baim tells us “I do know some women and men who identify as gay or lesbian who have changed back and forth in their identity,” she says, “and sometimes [they] identify as bisexual. Why should it matter what we call ourselves?”

Writing in Slate, Michael Carey admits that “the ‘born this way’ argument has been politically useful, but the moral argument for acceptance of gay relationships doesn’t require it.”

Out of all of this, the new narrative about human identity is emerging. Instead of “I am my biology,” or “I am what I choose,” our culture has landed on, “I am what I feel.” And someone’s feelings must not be challenged.

This answer to the question of identity untethers us from biological, social, and biblical realities, and replaces them with a despotism of the subjective. In effect, we now are our feelings.

Jesus had an analogy for what happens when we build on unstable ground like our feelings. Christians should take note of how a false story re-shaped millions of imaginations. And in my upcoming book on same-sex “marriage” written with Sean McDowell, we document this history. And we talk about how Christians can engage this brave new culture we now live in. Come to BreakPoint.org to learn how to pre-order the book.

And finally Christian, we need to be ready to receive and love those that are burned out by the lie that feelings define them, and offer them their true identity given to them by the One who never changes.

Reprinted with permission from Breakpoint.org.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: homosexualagenda; moralabsolutes
In their book (which they openly called “propaganda”), Kirk and Madsen encouraged activists to use the “born this way” argument even though they knew it wasn’t exactly true, but in order to paint same-sex attracted individuals as being victims of nature.

The ENTIRE homosexual agenda has been built upon one lie after another.

1 posted on 06/18/2014 9:44:40 AM PDT by wagglebee
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2 posted on 06/18/2014 9:46:19 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee
Depends on the day of the week too...
3 posted on 06/18/2014 9:47:36 AM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: Ouchthatonehurt

I feel like a non-profit today. I think I’ll stop paying taxes.


4 posted on 06/18/2014 9:50:59 AM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: wagglebee

You are whatever you feel. Today Joe feels he is a refrigerator. Yesterday, he was a chicken salad. Tomorrow, he will be a Democrat.


5 posted on 06/18/2014 9:51:16 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: wagglebee

Everyone should claim to be a black female lesbian. Let the government pull out their skin-tone charts and lip calipers like the good nazis they are to prove otherwise.


6 posted on 06/18/2014 9:52:55 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: wagglebee

Transgender is so last decade. I am going trans-species. I think I am a canine, a dog in other words. So I demand the Government acknowledge this and allow my my rights. What rights are those you ask? The right to urinate in public. The right to sniff others especially women. The right to lick my own —— well you get the point. This whole business is silly stupid, wrong, evil and will lead to nothing but the destruction of civilized society..........


7 posted on 06/18/2014 9:53:57 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (I am an American Not a Republican or a Democrat.)
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To: wagglebee

I remember a former second level manager of mine gave me an example of how people can see things differently and it doesn’t mean someone has to be wrong.

To be clear, I was working with a couple of women that were the most opinionated - and wrong about it - people I ever met. I tried to politely push back and they complained two levels up that I had to “always be right”. It was actually pretty comical in the end, but that is another story. And FWIW, one of my forte’s in the cubicle farm is that I get along with everybody.

That clarification aside...

He asked me what I’d do if I was walking down the street and saw a snake on the sidewalk. I said, “I dunno, Maybe walk around it.” He added “or if it seemed poisonous, maybe call animal control?” I said that I agreed.

He then said, ok, what if another person sees it and they see a rope? What would they do? I said, “I dunno. Maybe pick it up and throw it in the trash.”

He said, “Do you see how two people can see the same thing but see it differently?” I said, “Yeah, but if it is a rattle snake the guy that thinks it’s a rope is gonna get bitten.”

He didn’t know how to respond.

This is what arguing with liberals is like on the internet, except the annonymity allows them to easily respond with their MO - Ad hominem.


8 posted on 06/18/2014 9:54:05 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: wagglebee

Bookmark


9 posted on 06/18/2014 9:56:46 AM PDT by aquila48
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To: FlJoePa
Oh no you don't...
10 posted on 06/18/2014 9:57:29 AM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: wagglebee

For the longest time we were told to accept our bodies as they are. Don’t feel shame due to not being skinny or tall.

Now?

If you don’t like having a penis, cut it off.

We’re messing up the psyche of all Americans. Islamicists have an inverted morality and the lefties have no morality and normal Americans are caught in between.


11 posted on 06/18/2014 10:01:56 AM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: SECURE AMERICA

How can you fully utilize your rights, if you’ve no money.

I propose we subsidize your lifestyle so you can live the American dream and have all of your God given rights to act like a dog.


12 posted on 06/18/2014 10:04:27 AM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: wagglebee

My Ex defines you by her (mis-)diagnosis of you.


13 posted on 06/18/2014 10:04:58 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Radicalized via the Internet)
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To: wagglebee

Hubby’s mantra is “You’re only as old as the woman you feel.”


14 posted on 06/18/2014 10:12:08 AM PDT by Hoffer Rand (Bear His image. Bring His message. Be the Church.)
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To: wagglebee

“I feel like a hundred dollars.”- Ty Webb from the movie Caddyshack.


15 posted on 06/18/2014 10:13:35 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: Ouchthatonehurt

Still a lot of crazy in those eyes no matter what side of the gender coin turns up that day.


16 posted on 06/18/2014 10:14:14 AM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: Hoffer Rand

What if I am only feeling one woman, do I age with her?


17 posted on 06/18/2014 10:15:42 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: wagglebee

It’s a problem that age can help cure. Wait until “Peggy Sue” feels that first prostate flareup. Some bad knews fer ya, bud - you’re a guy. Wish that one away.


18 posted on 06/18/2014 10:17:15 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: wagglebee

I don’t know about you, but! I FEEL that I would like to smack the FEELINGS out of some of these idiot tools!


19 posted on 06/18/2014 10:21:42 AM PDT by defconw (LUTFA!)
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To: cuban leaf
And you're answer was BRILLIANT because it exposed the fact that no matter what one FEELS there is always this little thing called TRUTH that we must always answer to. This is God's principle. He has given us free will to think as we might, but in the end we will all answer to TRUTH!
20 posted on 06/18/2014 10:22:08 AM PDT by Anti-Hillary (Soon everything in America will be "free", except it's people.)
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To: Resolute Conservative
What if I am only feeling one woman, do I age with her?

Yup. Hubby's only feeling one woman, too, but I'm younger, so he's ok with that.

21 posted on 06/18/2014 10:27:19 AM PDT by Hoffer Rand (Bear His image. Bring His message. Be the Church.)
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To: wagglebee

Exactly. A generation without a moral compass. If it feels good do it.
Nothing has changed since the 60’s.


22 posted on 06/18/2014 10:43:53 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: wagglebee
“I was born this way, but I want to change. In fact, I have a right to change.”

AND I also demand you accept it, pay for it, and give me special consideration for it.
23 posted on 06/18/2014 10:45:52 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: wagglebee

If I wake up tomorrow and feel like I am a gay black man. Could I use the men’s room in the hood in safety without fearing foul words or deeds hurled my way? Would all the gangbangers be forced to pretend that I am not a petit, yellow-haired white girl?


24 posted on 06/18/2014 11:28:41 AM PDT by formosa
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To: cuban leaf

This is what arguing with liberals is like on the internet, except the annonymity allows them to easily respond with their MO - Ad hominem.


Don’t forget every argument has to include why the problem was caused by “W-Booooosh!”


25 posted on 06/18/2014 11:32:52 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Don’t forget every argument has to include why the problem was caused by “W-Booooosh!”


Yep. I get that a lot. They have a sort of, “gee, bush did it too. Why didn’t you conservatives complain when he did it?” attitude.

To which I say, “We did! It is the GOPe that didn’t complain. But you guys seem to think that two wrongs make a right. They don’t.”


26 posted on 06/18/2014 11:41:13 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: wagglebee

Remember Adam of Mythbusters comment “I reject your reality and substitute my own”? It was meant as a joke but now many people seem to take this nonsense seriously, not only for sexual identity but also in politics. Allowing people to live in a fantasy world is cruel and will eventually cause great pain and suffering. You can ignore reality but reality will not ignore you. Eventually it will catch up with you.


27 posted on 06/18/2014 12:24:01 PM PDT by Brooklyn Attitude (Things are only going to get worse.)
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To: wagglebee
"a despotism of the subjective"

Clever, but meaningless.

Subjectivism has it's problems, but despotism is not one of them.

Yes some people can harangue you into accepting their subjective opinion, but they're just being inconsistent at that point and no longer being consistently subjective.

The despotism isn't in subjectivism, but in the bastardized version that stupid people adopt.

28 posted on 06/18/2014 1:32:51 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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