by Nathan A. Cherry, 03/06/2012
Martinsburg, WV – I’m going to go out on a limb here. In fact, I just might be called a host of not-so-nice names for what I’m going to say. But this is a heartfelt belief that I have a feeling I’m not alone in holding to, I just happen to have an avenue of expression many don’t have. So, here goes…
I don’t believe for one second that a child of five, eight or 10 years old can be “confused” about his/her gender without outside influence and near-indoctrination from others.
Maybe you’re shaking your head in agreement right now. And maybe you’re surfing the net trying to find my phone number to “give me a piece of your mind.” (By the way, I screen my calls.)
The idea that a five year old boy has the capability to be confused about his gender and believe he is a girl trapped in a woman’s body is ludicrous. The fact that Zach Avery is only five and has been living as a girl for more than a year is more ludicrous. How is it possible – without outside influence – for a three year old boy to independently decide he is a girl trapped in a boy’s body?
What’s worse is that children like Zach are being affirmed in their decision by parents and medical professionals who have determined Zach and others like him have Gender Identity Disorder (GID). Wait, are they allowed to call it a disorder? Isn’t that some sort of backhanded discrimination? Moving on.
The parents of this little boy report that at three years old their son told them he was a girl and became obsessed with “girly” things, dressing like a girl, and being referred to as a girl. They also report that he would become upset if anyone called him a boy and he even tried to cut off his own genitals in order to be a girl. Now, I’m no medical professional but this like a serious mental issue needing psychiatric care. We don’t affirm and accept teenagers that indulge in “cutting,” so why allow a three or four year old to display such behavior without seeking mental health treatment?
To their credit, Zach’s parents took him to a medical professional seeking help, but all they got was a GID diagnosis. This is the culmination of the homosexual agenda, affirming the self-abuse and mental disorder of a four year old little boy. No longer can they say he has a mental disorder that needs treatment and eradication. No, they have to tell the parents that he’s just a little girl trapped in a boy’s body and they should embrace it.
Zach’s parents, in their interview, admit they want their son back, but “just want him to be happy.” They have abdicated their role as parents and assume a five year old knows what is best for him and what will ultimately make him happy. This sort of “parenting” is killing our families and harming our children at alarming rates.
Even more shocking is the case of an 18 month old girl that told her parents “I a boy,” so the family is now seeking hormone treatments to allow the child to grow as a male.
And this line from a recent TheBlaze.com article just shocks my senses:
“The lesbian parents of an 11-year-old boy who is undergoing the process of becoming a girl last night defended the decision, claiming it was better for a child to have a sex change when young.”
Is it any wonder that a young boy with “two moms” and no strong male figure wants to be female. This casualty of same-sex marriage is not often spoken about but has to be acknowledged. Children are facing greater challenges thanks to efforts to redefine the family and marriage into something it was never intended to be. The outcome is a generation of kids that are “gender confused” because they only see one gender in their own family and assume it must be the right one.
And with groups like GLSEN seeking to indoctrinate kids in elementary schools and cause greater confusion among impressionable kids how can we expect anything less than confused kids? GLSEN pushes their “Ready, Set, Respect” toolkit into our elementary schools with the hopes of “educating,” but it only serves to cause more confusion. Inside the toolkit teachers are encouraged to do the following:
- Eliminate terminology that acknowledges the differences between male and female or reflects an understanding that man-woman marriage and heterosexuality are the cultural norm. “A hetero-normative viewpoint is one that expresses heterosexuality as a given instead of being one of many possibilities. … The assumption (reinforced by imagery and practice) that a boy will grow up and marry a woman is based on such a viewpoint,” the toolkit tells teachers. This ignores the reality that, when given the opportunity to make their voices heard, the majority of voters have affirmed marriage as the union between a man and a woman.
- It also instructs teachers to stop grouping children into boys’ and girls’ teams–and even to “monitor” children’s free time and recess activities to ensure they don’t voluntarily do this themselves.
- Furthermore, the toolkit encourages teachers to “invite students,” as young as kindergarten, “to draw pictures of favorite … storybook characters and dress them in clothes that are different … from what they would typically wear.” Examples might include “Cinderella in a knight’s armor” or “Spiderman wearing a magic tiara.”
- GLSEN also wants teachers to use storybooks that familiarize very young children with the idea of same-sex marriage or cross-dressing. Suggested books include Uncle Bobby’s Wedding, a book featuring two male guinea pigs who get married, and10,000 Dresses, about a boy who wears dresses.
I know some people out there will call me a bigot, homophobic, and all sorts of other names, that’s fine. The truth is that I don’t have a discriminatory bone in my body. I associate with all types of people and accept them as people equally. However, I cannot stand idly by while kids are being harmed. And the fact is, kids that are 18 months, 3, 4, 5 , or 8 are not capable of making these sort of massive life altering decisions. And affirming their confusion is nothing short of child abuse.
I’m not offended by these kids; I’m offended and angered by the parents that go along with the confusion of a child. Would these same parents affirm their child if he said he was a rabbit, or dog? I doubt it. Yet this same confusion over gender is being affirmed and it is causing harm.
It’s so easy for me to see how the radical, liberal, homosexual agenda is at play. Everything from getting into elementary schools, redefining “family,” “marriage,” “male,” and “female,” to pushing sexual exploration at a young age and ensuring access to pornography. This is insidious, it’s morally reprehensible, and it’s happening right now.
My heart goes out to these kids. They are so confused and no one seems interested in helping them.
About Nathan Cherry
Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.