Tuesday, February 17

TransChristians.org updates

I've been updating a lot, but hadn't created an announcement. The main deal is the Intersex section which applies the existence of intersex people on philosophy about sex. In an altnerate form, I wrote up a whole chapter about it.
Also,Jerry Leach contacted me with a take down notice for his own articles. Seems he doesn't want the public knowing anything about him. I can't say I'm surprised as reading his old site exposed a lot of dirt.
I wrote up my own transgender biography in Coming Up Queer.

Friday, February 13

It's Official: Evolution Is Christian

And Intelligent Design is a "cultural" phenomenon. The Vatican this week stated this week that evolution is compatible with Christianity and her Scriptures. Apparently Aquinas even believed in micro-evolution of related species a thousand years back. Since more than half of Christians worldwide are Roman Catholic, most Christians are technically evolutionists. Unfortunately, most Catholics are more Protestant in their sense of authority.

Pew has a handy study (US only) and Catholics already lead the herd. Nice to see my Orthodox brethren just behind them!

Wednesday, February 11

XGW Guest Post

Hmm, what a nice post. I should get in touch with that author.

Ex-Gay Watch: Little Boy Lost

Friday, February 6

Understanding Heterosexist Marriage Values

Same-sex marriage is being debated in New Hampshire this session.
Republican state Rep. Daniel Itse said gay marriage would cause out-of-wedlock births to rise in New Hampshire, adding that the debate itself and civil unions have already cheapened marriage.

“Young people now see no need to get married,” Itse said. “It just doesn’t mean anything anymore.”
I'm not defending his argument, but here's where I think he is coming from:
As a conservative, I don't like change. Change in general is a confession that we got it wrong the first time. Therefore our idea of marriage was wrong because it was incomplete. We can no longer look at marriage as a perfect institution (something controlled only by divine, supernatural, or untouchable powers) but as an institution controlled by us regular humans. Further, for generations we've been adding value into marriage. Every heterosexual wedding we celebrated and built it up. If marriage changes, some of that value will transfer but some will not.
Again, not to defend his point of view but this is my attempt to understand it. I also think he's using his words as a euphemism for "letting in those dirty fagots will soil the exclusivity of our club" but I won't go there. Being pro same-sex marriage, I have a response to each idea.

For the first, consider that marriage is a human institution. As a Christian I believe it is also divine (as most things in Christianity blend divinity and humanity together) but even my cursory knowledge of anthropology clearly teaches me that marriages are dictated by the culture that performs them. Given that fact, better to embrace marriage's human element than pretend it does not exist.

For the second, I think altering our cultural definition of marriage will subtract some value. But combine it with the fact that allowing another 9 million americans to marry will add to our value of marriage. When the math is done, we end up ahead. Besides, in a few generations we'll get that value back anyway.