Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant recently signed a bill requiring transgender people in that state to use the restroom corresponding to the gender on their birth certificates. That means this woman and others like her, who were born male, will not be allowed to use a public women’s restroom. Will you men be comfortable with them in the men’s restroom?
Maybe more to the point, how will women feel when a man enters and uses the ladies’ room because he happened to have been born female?
Fortunately, the State of Mississippi has not attached penalties to the new law. And since people are not required to have their birth certificates on their person every time they go out, nobody knows how to enforce it anyway.
Unfortunately, Mississippi is not the only state to consider passing such ridiculous and unenforceable new laws recently. Several other states are following suite.
As far as I know, we’ve been getting along just fine for the past 240 years without interfering with people’s very private lives in this way.
A while back — probably several months ago — I referred to Fox News as “Faux News,” and I was asked if they had reported something incorrectly. I said “No.” At least not that I could document. My argument with Fox was more philosophical than factual.
Here is an example of why I disrespect them, and why I seldom watch them.
“She couldn’t park it?” “Boobs on the ground?”
The United Arab Emirates’ first female fighter pilot, nicknamed Lady liberty, had led a bombing raid against ISIS. A triumph in many ways. And the best these goons could think to say was “she couldn’t park it.” And does that qualify as “boobs on the ground?”
And this was just after they had practically crucified our President for “disrespecting our troops” by the horrifying crime of saluting with a cup of coffee in his hand. (No matter that George W. Bush had saluted without criticism with his arms filled with his dog.)
The worst of the Faux News offenders apologized.
“My remark was not intended to be disparaging of her, but that’s how it was taken. … I apologize for what I said.” Yeah? How were we supposed to take it?
Sometimes we all say things we shouldn’t have and have to apologize. This is human nature. Nevertheless, in my opinion, his original comments were just one more example of the very low quality of Fox News.
Then, of course, we could discuss Fox’s failure to support Megyn Kelly after the first Republican debate, when Trump accused her of trying to make him look bad and then spoke of blood coming out of her mouth and “her wherever.” But I won’t mention that.
University of Tennessee Office for Diversity and Inclusion Wants Students To Stop Using “He” And “She.”
The University of Tennessee has a new scheme to cure what ails a world filled with “homophobia” and gender confusions by ordering staff and students to stop using the words “he” and “she” and instead use fantasy pronouns like “xe,” “zir,” and “xyr.”
As the new school year gears up, university students are already finding that indoctrination instead of education is on tap at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where some 27,000 students are discovering the new speech codes are being pushed by a “gay rights official” at the school.
The story continues:
The goal, this official claims, is to make the school a “welcoming and inclusive” place where students won’t feel “marginalized.
I’m all in favor of welcoming all genders — however many of them you think here are — and treating them equally. All are welcome here, I assure you. In fact, I’ve already stood up to be counted a time or two. Here, for example. I don’t have enough readers that I can afford to be picky. But I’m not sure I can remember to refer to you as “ze, hir, hirs, and xe, xem, xyr.”
Sorry. I just don’t think that’s necessary; and I refuse to let it take up good space in my teeny, little braincase.
So what does this have to do with science or skepticism? Hellifino! I guess I’m skeptical it’s going to do anything but make people laugh at places of education even more, and we don’t need that.
“It’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard,” State Senator Mae Beavers, (R-17th District) said. “If you must interview a student before you greet the student, that’s not acceptance — that’s just absurd.” You know? For a politician that womanxomanzoman … that person has brains.
Somebody needs to say it, the Duggars’ biggest problem, and their worst mistake, is trying to populate a whole village with their own kids. Things happen in a village that you don’t want in your family. Not to mention that we have enough people already.
I don’t watch the Duggars on TV. All I know about them is what I’ve read every time I get online the last few days. Just about everything I read is critical. My statements are going to be critical, too, but for a different reason.
First let me say, Josh didn’t make a mistake. He obviously knew that what he was doing was wrong. He shouldn’t have done it, and I am in no way belittling his bad behavior.
And yes, technically, the girls were victimized; but apparently they didn’t know it. They weren’t hurt in any way by what Josh did, although the potential was there. The actual harm was in Josh’s mind.
It occurs to me that his biggest mistake may have been telling his parents, and I’d bet half my lunch money that he regrets it now. He should have stopped his wrong behavior, but maybe he never should have told anybody. The girls and the rest of the Duggars simply didn’t need to know and were actually victimized by being told.
Of course, if he thought he needed help to deal with his urges, then he did right to confide in his parents. But getting him help shouldn’t have involved the police and a large part of their community.
When he did tell his parents, they should have kept it mostly in-family, telling as few people as possible. I agree Josh needed counselling, and he got it. He paid for it himself, and that was good. But going to the law? How dumb can you get? I say protect the girls and younger boys and deal with the situation mostly yourself (except for the professional counsellors). (Maybe it’s impossible to deal with such things in a family of that size.)
Josh and the girls and the whole family have been victimized by the revealing of what happened. If it had been kept quiet, as it should have been, nobody but Josh himself would have been hurt.
The Duggars and the rest of us need to realize, not everything needs to be public knowledge.
We live in an age that wants to know. We demand that our politicians tell us everything, even though they never do. Well, there are some things we don’t need to know, and this is one of them.
I know. It’s not my place to tell people what they ought to do. But some people just don’t use good judgement. Now, as a result, they’re being slandered in the media. And for all the wrong reasons.
I understand the Duggars promote Christianity and “family values.” So does failing to reveal this whole thing to the public make them hypocrites? Of course not! As Michelle Duggar says toward the end of this interview, “Every one of us has done things wrong.” We know nobody’s perfect, but we don’t always need to know the details.
Jim Bob “wonder(s) why all this press isn’t going after the system for releasing these juvenile records.”
I must have been the last person in the world to hear about it. I’m usually not a fan of families with 19 kids. Now we all learn that Josh Duggar, one of the 19 and now 26 years old, did something that wasn’t OK almost half his lifetime ago when he was 14 years old.
Josh is quoted as making the following statement:
“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends, I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.”
It is reported that he fondled several of his younger sisters and another girl. What prompted his confession to his parents? I don’t know. Had his sisters already reported him? I have no idea. He said he understands that continuing that path would have ruined his life. Does he also understand that he may have damaged some of their lives as well? Again, I don’t know.
I haven’t read a lot about it. I don’t know the details, and I’m not likely to ever know them. As I already said, I’m not a fan. I don’t know whether the situation was handled well or not. I do know that I’m glad I don’t have to answer for everything I did when I was 14. (No, I didn’t do what Josh Duggar did. Furthermore, I’m not going to tell you what I did do. So there!)
I’m definitely not taking up for the man, but I don’t think what he did when he was 14 years old means he’s a pedophile or that he’s likely to be a rapist. I think it means he was a teenage boy with raging hormones and needs he didn’t know how to provide for. It’s a shame he didn’t have help. No I’m not blaming his parents. Their biggest mistake was having 19 kids! And counting!
What I find absolutely asinine is Eric Hovind’s reaction to the revelation. Eric is the son of Kent Hovind, also known as Dr. Dino, who runs the Pensacola theme park and museum called Dinosaur Adventure Land when he’s not in federal prison for refusing to pay his taxes. I understand Eric runs it in his absence.
“If evolution is true, then there is no absolute right and wrong. If evolution is true, Josh should not have admitted his faults over a decade ago because what one evolved bag of molecules does to another bag of molecules just doesn’t really matter. If evolution is true, there is no ultimate Judge who will hold every man, woman, and child responsible for their actions. And if evolution is true, you will not give an account for every idle word you speak.”
Who cares whether right and wrong are absolute or not? Certain things are still right and wrong, because of the effects they have on people. Relative rights and wrongs work for me. We have laws that determine what’s OK and what’s not OK. If something’s against the law, it’s not OK. Such laws prohibit things that harm people. (Of course that’s oversimplified.)
The fact that each of us is an “evolved bag of molecules” makes absolutely no difference. What matters is that we have brains. So we can hurt. We can feel. What happens to us matters, both as individuals and as groups. The fact that we are evolved simply has nothing to do with it, and Eric Hovind should know that.
Hovind is trying to make points where no points exist. He cannot prove evolution is false, because it isn’t; so he tries to make it seem undesirable. It’s a con, and you should be able to see through it. Similar cons have been going on longer than I can remember, and they’re just as phony now as they were then.
As social animals, we grow up learning not only what’s good for ourselves, but also what’s good for each other, and for the whole group. As societies of social animals, we learn as we go along, and we try to pass that knowledge along to our youth. Sometimes we succeed better than other times.
Most of us probably have some basic morality built into our genes. These rudimentary principles must be trained by our family and school and society and restrained by laws. Some people probably have more innate moral tendencies than others. Certainly some get better training at home and in school than others. But the fact is that humans are sentient animals. We not only think, but we feel. We suffer. Basically, whatever we can do to prevent suffering or death is good, and whatever we do that causes suffering or death is bad. (Yes, that’s oversimplified, too.)
Remember always that “what one evolved bag of molecules does to another bag of molecules” matters a lot, if the particular bag of molecules in question has a mind and can feel pain and joy. To think otherwise is just stupid.
I have a very close friend who makes lots of authoritative-sounding pronouncements about many different subjects. They sound especially authoritative because we all know how much smarter and better educated he is than most of us. Recently he made the proclamation that homosexuals choose to be homosexual and there is definitely no such thing as a “gay gene.” He said he knows that because he studied genetics in college, neglecting to mention that it was almost 60 years ago.
But the fact is that nobody knows YET whether or not there is a “gay gene.” Much less 60 years ago when he was in college. (He’s a medical doctor; so he’s had a lot more training since then. I don’t know how much of it involved genetics, but evidently not enough.)
Most likely there is NOT a single gene that turns homosexuality on or off, but there may very well be a few genes that work in concert (when present, as we see in cancer, for instance) that may affect a person’s sexual desires and attractions. Homosexuality is present naturally throughout most of the animal kingdom — maybe more than most people realize — and I see no reason to think humans would likely be exempt.
Could you — if you are a heterosexual man — have chosen to be gay? When you were 9 years old, or 15, or 19, as many gays are when they realize they are “different” in that way? Could you have chosen to find other males sexually attractive instead of women?
I don’t believe any normal, healthy, heterosexual man could have possibly made that choice. And even if it were possible, why would anybody ever want to change himself in such a way? Just to rebel against society or God and bring major discrimination upon himself? Not likely.
Same questions apply to women and girls in reverse, of course.
We can choose what we do, but not what we are. I am a 74-year-old heterosexual man; and I don’t believe it would ever in my entire life have been possible for me to choose to be homosexual. And being heterosexual, I can’t imagine myself ever enjoying homosexual behavior.
For around 15 or 20 years, I used to have a middle-aged gay barber. Actually, a hair dresser. Several times we talked as he cut my hair. He told me once he had never in his whole life been sexually attracted to any woman. I believe him.
Homosexuals choose what they do or don’t do, just as the rest of us choose what we do or don’t do. But I don’t agree that they choose what they ARE. Whether it’s genetic or environmental (possibly in utero), or more likely some combination of the two, all the evidence indicates they are either born homosexual or become homosexual in very early childhood. It is NOT an adult choice.
Of course, all of the above applies equally to people all along the sexual spectrum, from hetero to bi to homosexual and if there be any other. All the evidence indicates the matter is settled during early childhood. Very possibly even sooner.
A black astrophysicist named Neil DeGrasse Tyson, who heads the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, may be the best known, best respected, and most popular scientist in the United States since Carl Sagan. He hosts the new Cosmos series running on Fox News and several other channels every Sunday night. In 2000, People magazine named him the sexiest astrophysicist alive.
Tyson discusses how he decided, at the age of nine, that he wanted to be an astrophysicist, and his determination never wavered. Many roadblocks were put in his way by teachers and others when they found out what he wanted to be. Several of them suggested sports, instead. He believes women with an interest in science have to overcome the same kinds of hurdles, put in their way by our culture.
We must stop putting obstacles in the paths of women and minorities. We need them to help solve the overwhelming problems we face as a species.
However, most of you others probably need to take similar measures wherever you live, too.
I sent this letter to my State Senators just a few minutes ago. It’s late, since the committee meeting started today, but you can still have your voice heard if you hurry.
Texas citizens deserve a serious discussion of women’s health and an honest assessment of the consequences of legislative decisions affecting reproductive healthcare in our state. That discussion must include a comprehensive assessment of access to abortion care in Texas, The recent legislation that made abortion access so much harder to find in our state is completely unacceptable.
The failed abstinence-only sex education policies we have pursued in our schools for almost two decades are equally deplorable.
It should have been obvious to reasonable people 20 years ago that”abstinence-only” sex education will never work. Most young people are going to have sex no matter what their teachers tell them, and they need to know how to protect themselves from pregnancy, disease, and rape.
The proposed hearing in Sen. Nelson’s Health and Human Services committee on February 20 will apparently include neither of those critical issues. Please be sure they are added to the agenda.