In this time of Tea Parties and tanking Democrat poll numbers, people are, depending on their point of view, hailing or howling about an apparent conservative groundswell. More traditional folks anxiously anticipate a GOP landslide in November, while many liberals warn of the perils of our current rightward shift.
Boys will be boys … or, at least, that’s how it used to be. Now a few boys will be — or would be — girls, and there are plenty of adults willing to play along. And some of these adults occupy the Maine Human Rights Commission, which just ruled that a Pine Tree State middle school engaged in discrimination when it refused to allow a boy who wants to live as a female to use the girls’ bathroom.
Reporting on the story, Heather Steeves of the Bangor Daily News writes:
[The Commission found that] Orono Middle School unlawfully discriminated against a sixth-grader during the 2008-2009 school year by not letting the male-to-female "transgender" student use the girls' bathroom.
This is the same student whose parents filed a similar discrimination complaint against Asa Adams Elementary School in Orono when their child was a fifth grader there during the 2007-2008 school year. That case resulted in the same ruling against the school district in June 2009.
Note that the school had already bent over backwards for the student. As Steeves points out, “the district accommodated the child by training the staff, educating the students, giving the transgender student [his] own bathroom, giving [him his] own locker room and meeting with [his] parents almost daily.” How much it cost the taxpayers to jump through these hoops for this one student was not disclosed.
Yet this wasn’t enough. Despite the fact that the child no longer attends Orono M.S., his family has filed suit against the district in Penobscot County Superior Court in an effort to force a policy change. And that change would be that a boy would be allowed to share a bathroom and, presumably, a locker room with your daughter as long as he proclaimed himself “transgender.”
Unfortunately, we’ve become such a sexually confused society that cases such as the above aren’t uncommon. For example, last year in Britain two boys, 9 and 12, showed up at school as “girls,” with feminine names, girls’ clothing, ponytails and all. And the schools’ only response was to tell the other pupils that they’ll be punished if they don’t handle the “sex change” “sensitively.” Then there was the case of German Tim Petras, whose parents allowed him to start undergoing hormone treatments at the age of 12.
Next we have one Oakleigh Reed, a senior at Mona Shores High School in Michigan. “Oak,” as allies call her, wants to live as a boy and aspired to be her school’s homecoming king. Yet she was prohibited from doing so, as the school’s rules state that only a male can run for the title. This didn’t sit well with the student body (I wonder, is there a student mind?), especially after a Facebook campaign that made her quest a cause célèbre allowed her to capture more votes than the other contenders.
Something else that comes to mind is the curious case of Caster Semenya. Although her (I’ll use feminine pronouns here, but advisedly) story is one of confused physicality rather than confused feelings, it is relevant to this discussion. Semenya was the South African runner whose sex became a topic of discussion due to her masculine physique and mannerisms and the fact that she was leaving her female competition in the dust. Before medical tests revealed — as I knew they would — that she had internal testes, the attitude toward her case was very interesting, indeed. Despite the fact that she looked and acted like an 18-year-old boy, many people were outraged that she was subject to scrutiny. They simply felt it was insensitive to question her “gender identity” and subject her to the indignity of medical tests. Ah, such sensitive folks. Or are they?
The reality is that such individuals aren’t sensitive to people, only agendas. After all, think about the case of the boy in Maine. While his defenders would nobly talk about his feelings, why did they never consider the feelings of all the girls whose bathroom he would have invaded? I guess that in the relativist world, the feelings of the many don’t outweigh the feelings of the few.
The sensitivity set also was on the side of Semenya and Oakleigh Reed, outraged that these individuals were denied their day in the sun. Yet, if they had been allowed to contend, there would be women runners who would have been denied first place and a boy who wouldn’t be homecoming king right now. What about their sunshine? Of course, all of them — Semenya, Reed and their competitors — are people. They all want to win. They all have feelings. But there is one big difference.
Their competitors qualify under the rules.
Semenya and Reed don’t.
And one reason we have rules is that you can’t run the world based on feelings. There are eight million feelings in the naked city; they come in all shapes and sizes and often conflict with one another. Thus, to please one person is to crush others. So it’s simply not possible to be sensitive to all feelings; you can only pick and choose. In a word, you would have to discriminate. And this is precisely what the left does: Its victim groups get sensitivity.
All others get sensitivity training where they’re told their feelings are as wrong as Hell.
And on what basis does the left discriminate? Based on what feelings feel right to them; it is a subjective standard, wholly without credibility. The only way to ensure fairness and justice would be to apply an objective standard, something that increasingly is alien to many people.
Case in point: Consider the following blogosphere comments about the Semenya case (which I excerpted from this article):
. . . “JimBob” posting under this Daily Mail piece . . . said,
“Why is everyone talking about genetics? What about Caster's own mind — if she believes within herself that she's female, then she is.”
Echoing this sentiment here, “Green Is Good” wrote,
“SHE identifies HERself as a female. Done.”
Then, back to the Mail, “Livio” opined,
“This is a clear case of gender identity discrimination. What if she is a man who identifies himself as a woman?”
Plainly, these are people to whom reality means nothing. And they have a lot of company. In her article about the Orono M.S. boy, Heather Steeves referred to him with only feminine pronouns, and the teachers at Mona Shores H.S. refer to “Oak” with masculine ones.
How can we explain this dislocation from reality? Well, I often discuss the rejection of moral reality known as moral relativism (the denial of Truth). Now, when you don’t have Truth as a yardstick for making decisions, what is left to use? Only emotion, ultimately, and then what happens is that your wants become your mandates and your dislikes your prohibitions. This places emotion in the role of God — as, in reality, He is the arbiter of right and wrong. And this has lead to the exaltation of feelings, and now the problem is so bad that many citizens deny physical reality as well, believing an agenda before their own eyes.
So while even little children know the difference between boys and girls, some adults today do not. And if they can’t make such simple distinctions, what about the more complex? Can they distinguish between the constitutional and unconstitutional, a religion of peace and one of war, or a statesman and a demagogue? I shudder when I consider that a nation cannot erase reality, but it can be erased when ignoring it.
Photo: A new sign designates a third floor unisex restroom at a Kent State University student center in Kent, Ohio, May 17, 2007. The University is accommodating transgender students with a newly relabeled unisex restroom that has four images on the door: a man, a woman, a person in a wheelchair and a man and a woman separated by a slash: AP Images
A while back I wrote a piece about the resurgence of the Red Menace in various parts of the world. The Communist Party in Japan is rapidly winning converts; and Karl Marx’s birthplace in Germany has become a tourist attraction, with the financial crisis convincing many that his ideas deserve a second look (in reality, this is the umpteenth look, and the results of previous looks have never looked good). And, unfortunately, it isn’t just overseas that communism finds a home.
In a piece I just penned about assaults on Austrian pro-lifers, I mentioned the very bizarre Museum of Abortion and Contraception in Vienna. It is a macabre place “cataloguing a history of human effort through the ages devoted to suppressing or destroying the next generation of human life in the womb,” as the pro-life LifeSiteNews.com put it.
One of the quickest ways to provoke resentment in a sibling relationship is for the parents to continually show favoritism to one of the children. And here is a Psychology 101 question: Whom will the disadvantaged child often despise more: A, the parents; or B, the apple-of-the-eye sibling? Ever since an envious Cain murdered Abel, we’ve known the answer.
Back when my family vacationed in Miami Beach, it wasn’t uncommon for the hotels abutting the shoreline to have high diving boards. I mean sometimes really high — maybe even the kind you see on Olympics telecasts. It was a scary jump for me as a child, but I think I mustered the courage once or twice. But I couldn’t as an adolescent. You see, the boards were closed down by then (circa 1980), an obvious victim of our society’s increasing litigiousness. Insurance regulations, you know.
Shortly after Barack Obama was elected, one of his supporters, alluding to George W. Bush’s supposedly lacking intellect, said to me, “I’m just happy to have someone intelligent in the White House.”
All around the realm was heard a fateful cry:
'Twill make us sleep the nightmare if ye tax the other guy.
We can accept the yoke of poor polity,
If the misery cursing all gives equality.
Play one group against another, and us all you may ream,
Too busy envying each other we ignore your wicked scheme.
'Tis the rhyme of the time, no matter tyranny be nigh;
'Twill make us sleep the nightmare if ye tax the other guy.
Tax 'em high!
A study was once conducted in which participants played a game involving the accumulation of money. It had an interesting finding: Those describing themselves as leftists were much more willing than others to give up a bit of their own cash if it meant taking more from somebody else. What motivated this? It’s called envy, and we used to call such people immoral. Now we call them "liberals."
The gulf oil gusher is a disaster of great proportions. We’ve all seen the pictures of petroleum-soaked birds and dead fish, and the area’s economy is on life support. The mishap truly is a tragedy for all, from Gulf residents to English pensioners to marine wildlife to, yes, BP itself. As bad as this is, however, there’s a way to make the situation worse: by compounding it with another tragedy, one both foreseeable and preventable.
It sounds like a dark story from the days of ancient pagan rituals: A person tears open a woman’s womb while she’s still alive and takes her baby from it. I wrote about such a crime in August of last year, but, tragically, it was no isolated event. And now a different case of this kind is coming to trial, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.