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 15:16: 16 “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.