The bathroom game and Christian zealots

 

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Franklin Graham. Jesus despises your brand of religion. 

Last weekend the Naperville Women’s Half Marathon attracted 2500 women to the city where everyone wants to live. Many of them gathered at the downtown Starbucks restaurant where the line for the women’s room got long. I used the men’s room, then gestured to all the gals in line. “You should use this one. Women need it more today.”

 

And right away, several women jumped lines and did their business in the men’s room.

This happens all the time at this Starbucks. Our Saturday mornings all winter long our Run Club meets there. We change in the bathrooms after our runs. Sometimes two women join each other to change clothes at the same time and save time. Men think nothing of a woman coming out of the men’s room. Most men do not do the same in the women’s room. It’s an understanding of sorts.

There’s no real gender mixing going on. And certainly if someone who seemed transgender wanted to use either bathroom it would not be a threat to anyone. You cannot always tell if someone is transgender, you know. It’s not a choice they make to have a body that produced male or female features or sexual organs. They are born that way.

But religious and social freaks who are afraid of people who are transgender or gay cannot imagine sharing a bathroom with someone that is not “like them.” Of course, the same held true when whites did not want to share bathrooms or water fountains with blacks. That was in America’s Dark Ages. Stupid fears bred stupid behavior.

Some people wish it was still that way. Ignorant, stupid people.

And of course, the most stupid, fearful public figures love to use issues like transgender bathroom choice to generate power for themselves. Men like Franklin Graham, one of the most onerous religious zealots working today, are urging a boycott of Target stores because of a decision to allow transgender people to use either bathroom.

Reportedly thousands of so-called Christians are now Graham’s lead. I say good riddance to all of them. Who wants to share bathrooms with dangerous zealots anyway? They’re likely to lurk in there and slit your throat with a sharpened crucifix if you don’t come out and confess your faith in Jesus Christ after taking a crap. There’s a history of religious people acting like that you know. It was called the Inquisition. Thousands of people were put to death in horrific ways just for looking at someone the wrong way.

How many transgender assaults on other people have you honestly ever heard about?

Jesus didn’t care about any of this shit. In fact, he was very specific about the shit that comes out of our asses. The Book of Matthew rips a new one for the Pharisees trying to force religious laws on the people. Matthew 15:1616 “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. 17 “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? 18 But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20 These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.”

Now bible zealots will leap at the mention of “sexual immorality.” They’ll chime in with accusations that homosexuality is a sin. But Jesus says absolutely nothing about that subject anywhere in the New Testament.

His key zealot Paul turned it into something of an issue however. But some people think Paul was a repressive soul whose blinding conversion to Christ may have been a form of mental illness, or a dam breaking in his angry brain. He was a brilliant theologian and a good writer, but he also spoke of a “thorn in his flesh” that may indeed have been a homosexual leaning. We don’t know for sure. But we do know that Paul was a bit twisted, and fought bitterly with none other than James, the brother of Jesus. And before Paul became a Christian, he went around persecuting Christians. Some of them died as a result of these pursuits.

Sound familiar in modern context? Every week it seems we find yet another conservative politician who has made a career of going around persecuting gays newly exposed for being gay themselves. The things they hate most in themselves they rabidly hate in others. Repression is denial. Denial is a lie. Liars sooner or later get caught in their deceptions. It’s all so unnecessary.

So get this: the Target boycott is a massive deception of false morals. Certainly Jesus would have had considerable passion for transgender people. He had compassion for people with epilepsy and other convulsive diseases that were so massively misunderstood back in Bible times. It was thought that people who were mentally ill or suffered from congenital disease were possessed by demons. Surely transgender people would have had a difficult time in ancient repressive societies.

Modern medicine has exposed so many of these ancient beliefs as tragically false. And modern genetics can now explain every type of condition known to the human race. There is still not a “gay gene” identified, but there certainly is certainly a genetic process at work in the transgender identity of people born with organs of both sexes.

But men like Franklin Graham don’t want these people to have the same rights as others. He wants them quarantined and ostracized in society. His vicious, zealous beliefs are the work of a twisted soul. He’s an ideological freak. A radical. Anti-Constitutional. A mean bastard.

But there’s hope for this world. People that run and ride and swim are so over all of this sexual fears stuff. We recognize that body parts are body parts. Men have them. Women have them. Some people have both. Big fucking deal.

And what about sex? Some women are attracted to women. Some men are attracted to men. Big fucking deal. Franklin Graham? Go fuck yourself.

The United States Constitution once categorized black people and other minorities as 3/5 of a person. This egregious law was based on fears about blacks and other races. It was actually this brand of thinking that empowered Adolf Hitler to murder six million Jews, and people in his country went along with it. Because it conferred them with power.

That’s what the Target boycott is all about. It’s a pitiful defense of a worldview that is outmoded, dangerous and anachronistic. And it’s about fear of losing power over society. It defies even biblical virtue, because punishing a company for your religious beliefs is very much in keeping with the Pharisees and other legalists against whom Jesus fought so hard. He called them hypocrites and a “brood of vipers” for their power-mongering ways.

Instead Jesus’ goal was to bring people to a life in God. None other than Pope Francis, the modern day leader of the Catholic church, has stated that laws that do not lead to the love of Christ are obsolete.

So what are Franklin Graham and his brand of so-called Christians trying to prove? That they know better than Christ how to interact with the world. And they’re wrong. So fucking wrong. If there is such a thing, they can all go to hell.

SEEK JUSTICE.

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7 Responses to The bathroom game and Christian zealots

  1. bgddyjim says:

    I can’t take it, man. If you had a daughter you’d pop your head out of your ass fast enough to get it. Nobody gives a shit about single restrooms and you damn well know it. This is about the foul f*cks who always take advantage of your blasé fare idiocy (I know, I did that on purpose).

    Now here’s where this gets fun, bucko… How can you tell the difference between a true transgender and some fat perv who throws on a wig and rolls into the ladies restroom to get his rocks off peeping on your daughter taking a leak? You’ve just put your child in a position where she’s helpless. Go ahead and tell your daughter just to let him finish.

    So now we have to make up a card for real transgenders to carry so they can safely enter whichever restroom they’re choosing today.

    Better yet, why not just put a scarlet letter pin on their jacket.

    Way to think it through Chris. Way to let your politics get in the way of your good sense.

    Just sayin’.

  2. I have a daughter. I’ve taught her to be cautious and sensible. Yet all your speculative concerns about girls being threatened by transgender people are not nearly as scary and real as the fact that a huge percentage of sexual abuse cases in this country are in fact fathers molesting daughters, or brothers, or uncles doing the same. And have you ever looked at those creepy, disturbing Christian purity photos where angry-looking fathers hold their daughters like they are possessions? Better focus your attention on that mentally disturbed trend rather than worrying about very public restrooms at Target stores. Your so-called logic about transgender bathrooms is typically absurd misguided. And of course, misdirected as conservatism always is. It’s the belief system of cognitive dissonance and denial of fact. But then, if you sit around listening to Rush Limbaugh, who accused Sandra Fluke of being a slut because she advocated birth control coverage for women because it prevents unwanted pregnancies, I don’t think you can be asked to think logically. So let’s consider a very real problem: Do you know how many young women are raped during their first year on a college campus? More than 3300 cases of reported rapes are being reported in a single year. And that’s only reported rapes. Thousands of young women never report their own rapes. Because when they do, they are often subjected to skepticism and required to undergo humiliating tests. These are women whose lives are torn apart, often by friends or people they know. Public bathrooms aren’t the problem, assumptive male dominance is. And despite your weird claims, there are VERY FEW people who would go to the trouble of acting transgender in order to peep at women in the restroom. By comparison, what are conservatives doing about campus rapes? There is no action, because conservatives don’t seem to consider rape any sort of a problem. They have gone on record stating that rape victims don’t deserve respect, and should bear the babies of their rapists. It’s disgusting the fear-mongering conservatives will do about something like transgender people getting decent bathroom rights while tacitly supporting a rape culture (including the Catholic church for years, with pedophilia…) while former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert is now headed to jail for hiding his own pedophilia. The entire conservative movement in this country is a bunch of goddamned lying hypocrites. A new story breaks almost every day on some creepy hick or slick dick fucking an intern. Even Ted Cruz has a creepy past, and Donald Trump publicly lusts after his own daughter. Give me a break. You’re lost.

  3. Look what showed up today on Facebook. It was titled “This Angry Dad Dropped the Best Response to Anti-LGBTQ Bathroom laws: “I’m the father of a 21 year old daughter. There are lots of things I worry about. I worry about her being sexually assaulted, because that happens a lot. I worry about her being the victim of a drunk driver, because that happens a lot. I worry about her being the victim of gun violence, because lots of people die from gun-related injuries. Here’s what I do not worry about: I don’t worry about her being attacked in a restroom by a trans woman because (a) it has never happened; and (b) trans women are the most victimized group of people I’ve ever met, and the least likely to commit a crime of indecency in a restroom, because they are afraid of getting beat up when all they want to do is pee. And here is something else I don’t worry about: I don’t worry about my daughter being cruel and inhumane to trans men, women or kids, because my wife and I have raised her to have values and because she is a kind person. There are things to worry about. and then there are things people want you to worry about to conceal their agenda of discrimination and hate. Wake up. (via)”

    Sound familiar? See, you think up stuff that isn’t real to generate fear, while ignoring things that are worth genuine fear because they don’t fit your worldview or your politics. That’s called cognitive dissonance.

  4. Valerie Blaine says:

    This bathroom issue baffles me. It’s such a non-issue to me. There’s a very male-looking person in the locker room at XSport. I only did a double-take the first time I saw her/him, because this person looks like a guy. But s/he is not a male, or not yet, or maybe is not a female yet. Big deal. I went ahead, took off my clothes, and changed into my swimming suit. Women were in all stages of dressing and undressing before and after their workouts. There was and is absolutely no problem. I’ve seen this person a few times. S/he changes in the bathroom stall, I think, for privacy. And it’s absolutely no big deal. For anyone. I think this country has WAAAY bigger things to deal with than bathrooms.

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