A recent NBC News report titled, “Arizona legislator compares transgender people to farm animals,” is an example of the kind of emotional hype and misinformation current journalism seems to enjoy more than the truth.
Arizona House Bill 2725 was being discussed in a hearing. The bill would require “state identification documents to contain only a male or female gender marker. The bill pre-emptively bans nonbinary people, who are neither exclusively male nor female, from using gender-neutral X markers on their IDs, even though Arizona law doesn’t currently permit that.”
Speaking for the bill he sponsored state representative John Fillmore said, “What’s going to happen when someday someone wakes up and they want to go to a far extreme and identify as a chicken or something, for crying out loud,” he added. “Where do we draw the line?”
Fillmore was not saying someone who claims to be transgender or nonbinary are like farm animals. He was talking about how we should draw a line between imagination and reality. It baffles me when people claim Christians reject scientific fact and then deny the reality of biological science. But mainstream media would have us to believe Fillmore compared someone‘s child to a farm animal, and that was simply not the case.
But our modern media tries to make visceral appeals in their reporting because they know most people today think with their feelings rather than logically analyzing what is actually said and done.
The mother of a 15-year-od child that claims to be nonbinary, and testified at the hearing, Megan Mogan said, Fillmore’s comment was dehumanizing. She said, “I don’t think you have to be the parent of a nonbinary person, you can just be the parent of anyone, and if someone dehumanizes your child, it’s like one of the worst possible feelings you can have.”
If Ms. Mogan were thinking logically instead of with her “feelings” she might be able to see her child as he or she really is, instead of what he or she imagines.
It seems to amaze people there are Christians who actually believe what the Bible plainly says without any need for interpretation. The Scriptures declare, “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them,” Genesis 1:27.
To be human means to be created by God in His image as a male or a female. Allowing a child to imagine he or she is nonbinary, as Ms. Mogan does with her child, is dehumanizing.
But there are those who argue confining human sexuality to male and female is overly simplistic when one considers the complexity of the nonbinary psyche. But maybe those who say that are overly complicating the simple truth to obfuscate basic biology.
It is not loving to join in a fantasy about what is real and true, in fact, it would be unloving to allow another to continue in their self-delusion without pointing out the truth about reality.