For John, BLUF: We have to learn to have differences without those differences developing into contempt. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From Christian Headlines, by Reporter Will Maule, 25 February 2020.
Here is the lede plus two:
A British politician has drawn criticism for suggesting that babies are born without any specific biological gender.Expel anyone who doesn't hew to the party line? This is like Senator Bernie Sanders saying being pro-choice is an essential part of being a Democrat.♠
The comments were made by Labour Party member Dawn Butler during a discussion on ITV’s Good Morning Britain show. Butler was discussing the Labour Party’s progressive view on gender ideology after a group associated with the left-wing opposition party proposed a controversial pledge to protect trans rights.
Good Morning Britain Host Richard Madely accused the Labour Party of stifling free speech after two Labour Party candidates hoping to become the next party leader backed a trans group’s call to expel anyone in the party who questions their interpretation of transgender ideology.
Here is my favorite part:
“When a child is born, they are identified and observed in a particular sex aren’t they?” Madely asked. Butler responded: “A child is born without sex, a child is formed without sex in the beginning.”Does this rise to the level of science denial?. It would seem too, although I guess a case could be made for external manifestations and chromosome tests as being superficial indicators. I do not wish to be classified as one who denies that people feel they are mis-gendered. I have been aware of the wish on the part of some to change genders since Christine Jorganson went to Denmark. It is a free country and people should be allowed to present as they wish.
That doesn't mean that they should take their unique issues into the military or that we should allow interventions to change gender for those not yet adults. Changing gender is an adult decision, like drinking, smoking or owning guns.
But, the big thing is that we don't need to be having litmus tests for party membership.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Maybe it is time for a Third Party. Not every person who is wholly or partially pro-life wants to be a Republican. Is there space for them on the American political landscape?