Given his history of racism, misogyny, his anti-science doublethink, ludicrous take on suicide, his belief that gays and feminists and the ACLU cause natural disasters, his belief that you should exorcise second-hand goods, not to mention his opinionation on the cause of the forever-ongoing Haitian hardship, you might be forgiven if it comes as a surprise to you that once in a while, Unky Pat has a viewpoint that isn’t completely damaging to the human race.
It should come as absolutely no surprise to you, however, that the non-odious viewpoint he’s just evinced has got his brothers-in-Christ all up in arms.
Ignore his oversimplified attempt at giving suggestions for a friend of someone who’s suicidal; ignore his nonsense about tithing after his initial correct assertion that you won’t go to hell for not doing so (because he’s wrong about WHY). The meat here starts at 2:30.
While he equates transitioning with “having certain parts amputated”, he’s still evincing a surprisingly progressive and open-minded view on transgender issues. No wonder LifeSiteNews, virulently anti-gay Christian news site, is less than sympathetic of Pat’s views on the matter.
Traditional Christians have condemned such actions as a form of self-mutilation since the days of the ancient church.
Speaking specifically of castration, the Apostolic Canons, a fourth century Syrian document, states, “If a layman mutilate himself, let him be excommunicated for three years, as practising against his own life.”
More contemporary teachers uphold the Christian admonition to maintain one’s biological gender and respect our bodies.
“To destroy organs purposefully that are healthy and functioning, and to try to create imitation organs which will never have the genuineness and functioning of authentic organs lacks charity,” said Fr. William Saunders, professor of Catechetics and Theology at Christendom College’s Notre Dame Graduate School. “Such surgery which purposefully destroys the bodily integrity of the person must be condemned.”
The National Catholic Bioethics Center wrote, “Changing one’s sex is fundamentally impossible; these procedures are fundamentally acts of mutilation…Doing violence to one’s body when there is nothing wrong with it is an unjustifiable mutilation.
What charming views. And way more in line with what I was expecting to hear from Robertson if you’re going to be internally consistent about what differences you’re willing to accept and what you’re willing to treat as grievous sins against your god. No wonder they aren’t happy with Pat.
The one thing I’ve learned about trans identity issues that matters most is that there is, in fact, something “wrong” (to use LifeSiteNews’ language) with you: that your gender identity does not match your biological sex assignment. And since your “you” is your mind, and your body is just a carrier for that mind, the most mutable of the two choices is obviously the meat part. If you change a person’s mind, you’re changing THEM. If you’re changing their body, you’re changing only how others PERCEIVE them, and how they perceive themselves. So “mutilating” one’s organs to create more appropriate ones when they do not accord with one’s view of one’s self is entirely valid — especially if you measure a person’s well-being with respect to their mental state as opposed to merely their physical state.
Consider for a moment how humans who’ve had amputations still have a mental “map” of those limbs and how phantom limbs can be sensed even in the absence of actual body parts to go with it. It’s like in computers — if you have a Hardware Abstraction Layer that lets your computer programs go about their business making calls to hardware in a standardized way, they don’t have to worry about getting every little detail about how to do it right. People with body integrity image disorder often feel as though their world is askew where their HALs don’t have “drivers” for an arm or a leg. If our brains have a Hardware Abstraction Layer that corresponds with our bodies, and that HAL can be different from our actual meat, why CAN’T a person see themselves as having been born with the wrong sexual organs? And why shouldn’t they want to make their meat conform with their identities?
The Bible doesn’t actually provide any real insight into humanity, science, or our evolved brains, and it includes no “revelations” about reality outside of some rather blinkered nonsense that reads like a fable crossed with an opium-fueled fever dream. Given all that, it’s no surprise that the Bible’s fandom is filled with people trying desperately to find something that actually touches on trans identity issues and, having precious little information on trans identity to begin with, coming up nearly empty save for a passage about self-harm. It’s a thin gruel excuse to damn someone for being different, but then, so is any religiously motivated excuse.