Should Gender-Neutral Language Rules Be Problematic

IT’S IN OUR DNA!
 
The entire Human Race was created male and female by divine design.
 
According to the Genesis creation account, God created humanity male and female (Gen 1:26–28). Maleness and femaleness are creational, not contractual. They are divinely instituted rather than socially defined. Thus our gender identity cannot simply be renegotiated the way in which we refinance a mortgage or reschedule an appointment. God created us, and we are his creatures, both men and women.
 
“And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” Jude 6-7 (KJV)
 
We were created male and female in God’s image.
 
Humanity’s binary gender design as male and female reflects in some mysterious way the nature of God. While sharing a common humanity, the man and the woman are unique and complementary rather than identical. This complementarity, in turn, reflects a facet of God’s own nature. God, too, is a unity within diversity (three in one, equal in personhood, distinct in role). This unity in diversity is beautifully reflected in human marriage, where the two become one flesh (Gen 2:24–25).
 
The man was created first and given the responsibility to lead.
 
Scripture teaches that first the man was created by a direct divine act of creation and given the responsibility to lead; subsequently, the woman was created by God from the man (Gen 2:5–9) and for the man (Gen 2:18–20). He is to subdue the earth and is given the name “Adam,” which also serves as the name of the entire human race. God calls the man to account and holds him responsible for the fall.
 
SPRINGFIELD – Twenty-five years ago some folks were offended when Texas Gov. Ann Richards attended a performance of the “The Vagina Monologues” on Broadway.
 
Prudish, mostly conservative individuals found the idea of women talking about their private parts, well, disconcerting.
 
At the time I thought these folks were just being silly. My libertarian worldview is this: as long as I’m not forced to attend, it’s none of my business.
 
It’s not necessary for me to agree with you to acknowledge your right to express yourself.
 
Now the show is being attacked from the left.
 
In November, Eastern Michigan University canceled a student performance of the “The Vagina Monologues” because: “Not all women have vaginas.”
 
Transgender politics has reared its head.
 
My advice to those on the far left is the same as what I gave to those on the right a quarter of a century ago: if you find the ideas expressed in the show offensive, don’t go. But don’t try to stop others from expressing themselves.
 
I was thinking about this Saturday when I read that California State Senator and Senate Judiciary Committee chair Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, announced that “gender-neutral” pronouns will be used during committee hearings.
 
Jackson said that new committee rules recognize California’s designation of “non-binary” as a gender. The words “he and she” will be barred from usage in the committee room. Instead, all people will be referred to as “they.”
 
No, I’m not making this up.
 
But, hey, if Sen. Jackson wants to employ this stilted, grammatically incorrect language that’s her business. But if she is using her government position to dictate how others talk, that’s problematic and almost certainly unconstitutional.
 
I have sat through many legislative judiciary committees in Illinois. They can be emotional affairs. Ordinary people come and testify about why laws need to be changed. I’ve heard women tell lawmakers about being forced into prostitution, grieving parents tell of losing children to opioids and parents retell how a stranger sexually assaulted their child.
 
In such circumstances, I can’t imagine telling a mother that she can’t refer to her daughter as a “she.” Or telling a man that he can’t refer to his father as a “he.” Or for that matter telling a senator to refer to a man as “they.”
 
Since the new rules were just announced Thursday, it remains to be seen how Jackson will go about enforcing them.
 
My prediction: not well.
 
Please note, I view this as a free speech issue.
 
If individuals identify with genders other than the ones on their birth certificates, well that’s no one’s business but theirs.
 
But when government attempts to regulate free speech to accommodate a particular point of view, that’s not only problematic but reprehensible. source

 

Senator and Senate Judiciary Committee chair Hannah-Beth Jackson
Jackson said that new committee rules recognize California’s designation of “non-binary” as a gender, thereby denying Male and Female genders!

 

 

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