You Can Call a Transgendered Man ‘She’, But It Won’t Help Him
You can call the person who now goes by the name Cheslea Manning whatever you want. You can defiantly insist on referring to Manning as “she” (or even “they”). You can shake your fist. You can wave your arms. You can stamp your feet. You can accuse those who refuse to yield to your views about sex and “gender” of being “haters.” You can denounce them as “bigots.” You can engage in every act of sexual liberationist virtue signaling known to man (or woman… or gender fluid… or gender non-binary person). But no amount of ranting or defaming or virtue signaling can alter the biological facts. Not even surgeries or hormone “therapies” can do that. What we owe those who experience body dysphorias and dysmorhpias of any type are love and care; compassion and respect. Like every member of the human family, they are our precious brothers and sisters, fashioned in the very image and likeness of God. It is an outrage—and a sin—to abuse or mock or ridicule them. But it does no one any good, and all of us harm, to pretend that subjective feelings can alter objective facts. It is a lie to suppose that we must choose between falsehood and hatred. Let us choose love and truth.
Robert George is Chairman at United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, McCormick Professor of Juriprudence at Princeton University, Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, and author of Conscience and Its Enemies: Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism.
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