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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Transgender Saint

The Tampa Tribune is in lock step with other media outlets in pandering to most all minority groups to increase its revenue. Today in the religious section they ran this story about a transgendered woman (former man), an "angel," who feeds the homeless in downtown Tampa. They threw in a few baseless quotes from her priest to help justify her decision to alter her appearance.

This piece is a classic example of justifying sin through good works, much like Tiger Woods' decision to engage in infidelity while concurrently running charitable works. God saved Zacchaeus through salvation in Jesus Christ (Luke 19), not because be gave half of his possessions to the poor, but because he repented of his sin and placed his faith in the person and atoning work of Jesus Christ.

While the homeless in Tampa and partakers of Tiger's benevolence benefit in the short-term, the long-term consequences of their "other decisions" may wreak more havoc, creating more problems than they solve.

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Blogger Lisah said...

I'm sorry that presenting a transgendered person as a compassionate human being interferes with your demonized image of other human beings who don't conform to *your* image of who God loves, and what God expects of us. (I need to check my Gospel - was that 'Love one another as I have loved you?')

2:18 PM  
Blogger Zoe Brain said...

Exactly what sin does a person born with a body neither wholly male nor wholly female commit?

Sex is in the head. I don’t mean psychologically, I mean anatomically. See for example such light reading as:

Sexual differentiation of the human brain: relevance for gender identity, transsexualism and sexual orientation. Swaab Gynecol Endocrinol (2004) 19:301–312.

A sex difference in the human brain and its relation to transsexuality. by Zhou et al Nature (1995) 378:68–70.

And then there’s these two best-sellers:

A sex difference in the hypothalamic uncinate nucleus: relationship to gender identity by Garcia-Falgueras et al Brain 2008 Dec;131(Pt 12):3132-46.

Male–to–female transsexuals have female neuron numbers in a limbic nucleus Kruiver et al J Clin Endocrinol Metab (2000) 85:2034–2041

Riveting stuff.

OK, the over-simplified sound-byte version: women have female brains; men have male brains. Usually the bodies match, but sometimes things get bollixed up in the womb, and they don’t.

When they don’t, it feels horrible, perverse, awful, so they get them fixed up. Or eventually kill themselves.

It was known in biblical times that some people are born Intersexed.

See Matthew 19:12 about "eunuchs born of their mothers womb" - the word "eunuch" doesn't just mean someone castrated after birth.

See Isaiah 56:4-5 on how such people are expected to behave.

Please remember Matthew 22:37-40.

Your lack of knowledge of the biology is entirely excusable - note the dates on those papers, much of our knowledge is less than ten years old.

Your condemnation of others based on your ignorance, rather less so.

7:16 PM  
Blogger Zoe Brain said...

Oh yes - I think we both could do with re-reading Matthew 7:5.

I can't criticise you or anyone else overmuch, I have far too many faults of my own. Yet we both have to speak up when we see something wrong, don't we? Please take my post in that spirit.

And perhaps do some research into this medical situation before going on about Deuteronomy 22:5.

7:26 PM  

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