(05/15/2016) A Bold Step Forward?

Points are shared, today, that expand upon a “caution” against shortsightedness when responding to transgender issues.  A few days ago, I shared an email to President Obama of the United States of America through the White House Website.   The reply I received was a message from the President regarding drug addiction.  Consider the following Note and comment from my Facebook page, and the further discussion below:

Federal Transgender Law?
Michael Andrew Williams—Sunday, May 15, 2016

The following response was just shared at “Yahoo! Answers;” the question and its explanation also is below:

I have begun to consider the demand that transgender children be allowed to participate in the same gym classes and sports teams in schools that receive Federal funds. At some point the issue of shared locker-rooms and showers absolutely must be addressed. Young girls treasure their shared experiences with field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and softball. Adults may easily become "accepting of change and differences," however, for those in the tentative times for growing up, how do you explain to children that other girls also may have male private parts. (Many mothers may have bathed their boys and girls together in the same tub at ages 3-5; so their girls are not "ignorant" of differences.  Even so, that was "in private" and at home.)  The embarrassment is not simply to the President, his wife, and daughters. The "best minds of the nation" are claiming to have examined the issues and options, and clearly, the same inadequacy demonstrated by the House and Senate in refusing to staff and support the third branch of government (the Supreme Court) has exposed America to the condemnation of the U. N. and the World.  Most tragic of all, where the shabby and ungodly thinking is not put aside, American girls will come to feel totally betrayed by their parents.

Does anyone else feel concerned for their daughters about this whole transgender bathroom issue?

I  have heard that Obama wants all public schools to allow transgender  kids to use the bathroom they identify themselves as. This really  concerns me because I have two daughters, ages 7 and 9. It horrifies me  to know that there might possibly come one day that my daughters might  be in the same bathroom with boys. This really disgusts me very much and  I'm glad Obama's time is up in office.

What has happened to our country? A president of the United States  allowing people with mental problems to use a bathroom of the sex they  identify themselves as? If this does happen, I'm not sure what I'm going  to do because I cannot afford private school. My wife and I are  contemplating home schooling if this really does happen.

Does anyone else share the same concerns as me?

COMMENT:  (Michael Andrew Williams) Some persons responding to the question (posed by Louis) associated the bathroom issue with gender, and threats of rape and sexual assault; however, the issues pertain more to coming of age, emotional, psychological, and spiritual development as well as the acquisition of sexual identity.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For the Lord will not cast off for ever:  But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.  For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.  To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth.  To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the most High,  To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord approveth not.  Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?  Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good?  Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?  Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord.  Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.  (Lamentations 3:  31-41, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Cross and The Pharisees? (04/21/2016); The Gender of GOD? (12/29/2015); Gender and Salvation? (10/01/2015); Religious Liberty Not Authority? (09/07/2015); Jesus As America’s President? (05/20/2015); Divine Knowledge of Human Hurt? (03/02/2015); The Gender of Angels? (10/09/2012); Sin Unknown? (10/10/2012)

While there should be little argument and quarrel that current Federal law is adequate to require a determined National effort to respect and uplift transgender persons regarding the use of public restrooms, it may not go without saying that a massive program of re-education also must be established, funded, staffed, and properly implemented that will erase aspects of our existing culture, and multiple layers of process for life and interaction, here.  Transgender children currently have needs for instruction and support that have that will require new focus, and careful attention.  Given there is great diversity for sex education in our many schools (e.g., some beginning as early as age 10, others not until middle school, still others, not until high school or after), home training and preparation must be made reasonably uniform, and brought into harmony with school curricula and programs.  Many parents will have to be re-educated where they are to answer the concerns and questions of their own children.  It sounds “innocent”, at first, to say, “girls may have a penis, too!”  As an academic statement, many can agree with a value that it should not be disturbing or embarrassing to young girls that they may see some of their schoolmates will have the same sexual parts as boys (and vice versa) when required to shower after certain activities in school (e.g., gym class; athletic competition; team practice).  However, at this point, it can not be authoritatively stated at what age children are most able to make this change, or adjustment that is more easily possible for adults.  Available developmental studies that have not focused upon such questions will have to be carefully re-examined, and new studies quickly prepared.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually taken in.  (For example, Be not deceived.  It is a legitimate argument that the public must not become focused upon the money (how bad do you want it?), because the issue of making merchandise of our children (we say, prostitution, trafficking) will linger and taint any benefit or legacy our young would have otherwise received.  Until some of these issues are properly addressed, we should not be surprised to see children insisting upon their own integrity, and “out on strike” against attending their presently “unprepared” schools.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

 

 

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Comments (7)

  1. celine2

    I can’t imagine a parent allowing a child to go through transgender. It would make more sense for them to wait until they are of legal age so it is their decision alone.

    May 16, 2016
    1. The_Black_Phoenix

      Be encouraged, Celine. I was inclined to agree with you at first; however, so many of the life challenges children must meet, and much of what they must acquire to succeed as adults they must accomplish while they are growing, not after they are grown. Parents must maintain a availability and presence, without becoming intrusive, overbearing and pushy. This is especially true for all the many aspects of sexual development (e.g., embarrassment, night episodes, heightened awareness of changes in ones own body, involuntary sexual arousal, sexual frustration). While continuing within the law, parents have to know and understand this to be true guides and facilitators for the young ones, who will supply stable structure, and go about helping their child authenticate what the child understands as their own genuine sense of living person. It is possible for parents to continue in a dynamic relationship with their child changing, learning, and recovering from errors, together; rather than be separated by condemnation, fear, and silence.

      May 16, 2016
      1. celine2

        Oh, I see nothing wrong with discussing it, that would be a very positive thing. I do, however, still believe that waiting until they become legal adult is the way to go. Teens can be quite confused about a lot of things and often times, what they think they want may change. Even if it is only a small margin, this is one so important it will change their life forever. I’m not against it, I think I have become fairly open -minded about it, and I am sure there are those who have gone through with 100% certainty, but there remains room for those not as sure. Call me old-fashioned, but I would not permit my teenage daughter to have breast implants either! Another adult decision. Sorry, I would have to believe transforming in front of your peers in school would cause an awful lot of ridicule, there is enough bullying going on so as it is. That would break my heart if it was my child or grandchild.

        How many teens fully understand all this? I know more are sexually active today, but they still could be confused about a lot of things. I often think about a song sung by Garth Brooks called Unanswered Prayers. We fall in love and think this is the one I’m going to marry. When things don’t work out, we’re devastated. It is only later when we do find true mature love that we realize that this is right and well worth the wait. Youth vs. adulthood? Again, sorry, but I would be afraid I would be doing it to them and not FOR THEM. Time will tell, I suppose.

        May 16, 2016
        1. The_Black_Phoenix

          Celine, I don’t want to make too long a reply; perhaps you will agree, everyone’s tomorrow begins in our today. Where we are to establish meaningful change for our society, we must adopt an unselfish mindset that insists upon starting out now. Even so, as mature Christian believers we must continue to acknowledge the distinctions among divine order, natural order, and ’the social order." Issues of civil liberty are not the same as those for child development, quality parenting, and maintaining love in the home. Like those in exile from Jerusalem commanded to make wholehearted contributions to Babylon as their new (though temporary) home, the followers of Jesus are to invest themselves in “the world,” pray for their communities, their leadership, the people and their families, yet, continue in hope of Christ appearing soon to harvest those that are his from the earth. Be encouraged!

          May 17, 2016
          1. celine2

            Yes and I can agree with what you say. I’m not being judgemental, I think it can be a slippery slope. I would have an awfully hard time if a child came back and asked, why did you let me? I believe sexuality can be confusing to teens. Even adults seem to have difficulty—look at BJ. What is so unreasonable about waiting till age 18 or until out of h.s.? Not quite sure why you say to be encouraged. This is just an opinion. I think I am a tolerant person and do accept change, even though I may not agree at times. We all have struggles during our lifetime but we also have to consider the impact on those around us and society as well. Truth be told, I have seen a whole lot of change during my lifetime—some good, some bad. Change usually begins with best of intentions yet there may be a point in time when we realize it wasn’t the best of ideas.

            May 17, 2016
            1. The_Black_Phoenix

              Celine, I say “be encouraged” knowing that forthrightly sharing ones beliefs and understandings as Jesus Christ did often attracts those seeking advantage or a quarrel, and who want to trap you in your own words. Often, what we most want to say, comes forth “by degrees” and through “successive approximations.” We make more complete, more correct statements as we continue in dialogue. Recall, in the Bible, Hannah, the mother to Samuel complained bitterly against her husband for not giving her a child. He rebuked her sharply, declaring such things are in the hands of GOD. Later, she dedicated and “gave” her firstborn of several children to GOD; and he would later be called the last of the Judges, and the first of the Prophets (after Moses). Just as our maturity as Christian believers, parents and those who love appears through the balance, completeness, consistency, and stability of our commitment, we also must acknowledge the “exceeding sinfulness of sin,” “fight the good fight of faith,” and display acceptance of our finite condition and limits. The truth we offer to our children can be no different from the truth we offer our Creator. Have a look at the blog for today, (05/18/2016) Gender, Sex and Christian Beliefs? It should show some growth and movement.

              May 18, 2016
  2. caitlinwant

    This transgender effect is not so good. Not even in gyms too and for washrooms we cannot think about that. Obama told in essay writer service he wants to remove the barriers among the entire people. But how he can forget that accidents can be happened easily in such cases.

    June 13, 2016