Christians Want to be Protected from the Real World
Police have this week interviewed a devout Catholic who has been accused of mis-gendering a transgender woman. Caroline Farrow is alleged to have used the male pronoun to refer to Susie Green´s daughter Jackie. It seems that Christians are unwilling to accept that times have changed and that their irrational belief system has no place in modern society. The police should be prepared to enforce the laws on equality so that those who haven’t got the memo suffer the consequences of the insensitivity. Misgendering is hurtful and discriminatory and tries to imply that a transgender person isn´t a real man or woman. The anachronistic definition of gender based on biological sex must be replaced by a concept of gender which is decided by the individual.
For centuries the Christianity inspired patriarchy has oppressed the LBGT community forcing them to hide their true selves in order to fit into a cisnormative straightjacket. The psychological and emotional consequences of this abuse have been profound. Fortunately many years of struggle have provided these communities with legal rights that guarantee them equality of treatment and of esteem. However old habits die hard and those whose arrogance and disregard for others has gone unchallenged for so long will not change voluntarily. For that reason the bigots who complain that police resources would be better spent dealing with the knife crime epidemic than policing speech on Twitter should be ignored. Hurtful speech leads to as many deaths as knife crime and until people learn to keep their inappropriate opinions to themselves they must feel the full force of the law.
On the other hand, there are those who seek to make a false equivalency between hate speech by Christians against the transgender community and the resistance of the Muslim community to their children learning about gay and lesbian lifestyles. While the Christian white male patriarchy continues to benefit from their inherent privilege and therefore must be opposed at every turn, the Muslim community is in fact a victim of that same patriarchy. To judge them by the same standards would be to ignore the reality of that oppression. Those who are oppressed naturally need to hold more firmly to their culture and their traditions and we should be sensitive to their resistance to attempts to impose an alternative view of the world on them.
The LGBT community and the Muslim community have one thing in common they are both victims of the powerful and therefore their feelings should be respected. The privileged do not deserve our sensitivity.
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