Thursday, April 28, 2011

Transgender Restrooms - The Loss of Common Sense

This past week, I have read articles on hearings being held for L.D. 1046, the so called "Bathroom Bill," and articles on the lawsuit going forward against the Orono Elementary School for violating the "rights" of a transgender student who was refused use of the girl's bathroom. As a society, have we gone insane?

The simple fact that we have hearings on "The Bathroom Bill" shows that we have totally lost common sense as a society. The bill would clarify who could use which bathrooms. The reason the bill is necessary is that the Maine Civil Rights Commission has left the situation in limbo, not issuing common sense guidelines for schools and businesses, but indicating that people need to be allowed to use whatever bathroom fits their perceived sexuality, rather than their biological sex. Can they be serious?

My wife and I are the old fashioned sort that never had ultrasounds before our babies were born. Every time my wife gave birth, it was always a surprise. the midwife would take a look between the babies legs and, "It's a boy!" or "It's a girl!" Not once did she ever say, "Well now, we'll just have to wait and see till the baby is older and can decide for itself." Of course not! Biology has already decided.

Actually, the Bible tells us that God already decided. Genesis 1:27 teaches, "So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He create him; male and female He created them." Psalm 139:23-24 also teaches that God "formed my inward parts, [He] covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise [Him], for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." That doesn't leave much room for choice. We are what we are born. We are what God made us. Why have we stopped encouraging people to be what they were meant to be? Why have we stopped expecting people to take responsibility for who they are?

A young woman we know, pregnant for her second child, recently had her husband come to her and say he wanted to be a woman. Hello? He left her to pursue the homosexual lifestyle. He had already done what a man does. He had impregnated his wife twice. Now he needs to be the man he was meant to be and protect and provide for his family. Rather than do the right thing, he chose to abandon his family all because he decided to choose a different sex.

We hear that transgender people feel embarrassed to use bathrooms designed for their biological sex - that they are more comfortable in the bathroom of the opposite sex. To my mind, it would be more embarrassing to go into a bathroom where everyone had different plumbing; although I can imagine some of the guys I went to high school with who would pretend to transgender just to get a peek. If the issue is self-consciousness, the answer would be to transition to single occupancy restrooms, or place a few alongside the communal restrooms, as some stores are doing now with family restrooms. But don't open the door to making every little girl embarrassed by a biological boy in their restroom, or open the door to pedophiles and sex-perverts to prey on little girls.

Our restrooms should not be open and inclusive. Especially, the restrooms our children use should not be open and inclusive. When will we stop worrying so much about the supposed rights of people's choices and start worrying about protecting our children? When will parents rise up and finally say, ENOUGH! STOP THE MADNESS! When will we make our stand?