Last week our friends at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview released a commentary highlighting the role peer pressure plays in a teenager’s decision to change genders.
John Stronestreet writes,
The Economist recently reported a flood of adolescent girls seeking treatment for gender dysphoria over the last eight years. In 2009, less than half—41 percent—of teens walking through the doors of gender clinics in the U.K. were female. But by 2017, that number jumped to almost 70 percent.
Now, if gender dysphoria—feeling yourself to be the opposite gender from your biological sex—were actually something innate to the human condition as trans activists claim, we’d expect these numbers to remain consistent and roughly balanced between boys and girls. But they’re not. According to Dr. Lisa Littman, who teaches behavioral and social sciences at Brown University, transgender identity . . . has become a trend.
According to Littman, droves of adolescents, with no prior history of gender confusion, are suddenly announcing they’re transgender after “immersing themselves in niche websites,” or “after similar announcements from friends.”
Naturally, it makes sense that there would be a link between peer pressure and transgender feelings. After all, transgender ideology is entirely about feelings — not biology. According to LGBT activists, a person’s gender is the one he or she feels comfortable with. By its nature, peer pressure manipulates feelings in other people. So if transgender behavior is rooted in feelings, then it makes sense peer pressure could promote or manipulate those feelings just like any others.
Updated August 23, 2018 8:20 AM: The Central Arkansas Library System apparently has removed the Drag Queen Storytime event from its calendar.
We have read reports on social media that the event has been rescheduled, but the CALS website has no further information.
The decision to remove the event from the calendar seems to have come on the heels of criticism of the event from Sen. Jason Rapert (R — Conway) and others.
This is good news, and we hope it means Arkansas’ public libraries won’t be used as a pawn by homosexual and transgender activists.
The Fletcher Library in Little Rock will host a “Drag Queen Storytime” this October, according to the calendar on the Central Arkansas Library System’s website.
The 90-minute event advertises “sass, class, stories, and songs.”
Over the past several months, homosexual and transgender activists have used events like this one at public libraries to foist their message on kids. Men dressed as women and wearing outrageous costumes read to children and talk to them about homosexuality and transgender issues.
In Louisiana, news outlet KATC reports the Lafayette Public Library is hosting a Drag Queen Story Time on the same day as Fletcher Library in Little Rock. Drag Queen Story Times also have occurred at libraries in New York, Boston, Orlando, Houston, and elsewhere.
Last July, the “Intellectual Freedom Committee” of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) published a blog post offering highlights from the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual conference in New Orleans. Among other things, the blog post says ALSC members were given information about hosting a Drag Queen Storytime at local libraries.
According to the ALSC, the purpose of these events is to “[foster] empathy, tolerance, creativity, imagination and fun.”
In other words, these events are not about getting children to read or play together. They’re about promoting homosexual and transgender ideology to little kids.
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Our friends at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview have released a thoughtful commentary explaining why some Christians fall for LGBT arguments: they aren’t really arguments at all. Instead, Christians are asked to put experiences and feelings ahead of God’s timeless word.
Recently, the Human Rights Campaign released a so-called “faith guide” that offers a glaring example of just this kind of thinking. It’s full of the same bad “arguments” that are trotted out over and over. Even so, they’re worth discussing because people are still falling for them.
HRC’s new guide is entitled “Coming Home to Evangelicalism and Self,” and purportedly offers ways to “help LGBTQ people live fully in their sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, and to live fully in their religious, spiritual and cultural traditions.” The guide says that LGBTQ Christians “find it difficult to be fully themselves in their church communities. They may have been taught that sexual or romantic relationships that are not heterosexual are sinful…Yet those same LGBTQ people of faith know deep within that they were born this way.”
Notice the wording there: “…be fully themselves.” … “they know deep within they were born this way.” No argument is made; no scriptural reasoning is offered. Right out of the gate, this pamphlet, timed to coincide with the largest gathering of progressive evangelicals in the country, assumes what it needs to prove. . . .
In the pamphlet, a woman who describes herself as a lesbian Christian says she had an “encounter with God,” and that He told her “You’re gay. I made you this way…This is who you are.” She was shocked to find that her church wasn’t buying this. “[T]hey wanted to know how I could scripturally justify what I was telling them,” she says. “They didn’t care so much about this spiritual encounter I’d had with God.” But isn’t that the same thing we ask of Mormons or Muslims or cult leaders who justify explicitly anti-biblical stances based on their experiences?