Recently, I got the following email from Brian - a Transgendered person (hereafter with a capital “T” to reflect the superior insight of people who have had sex changes) who I assume was once named Brianna:
The fact that you are in a position to teach young people, yet espouse your bigoted views, shows what an immoral person you are. Jesus says not to judge others, yet you choose to condemn a segment of society, not for their moral value, but instead, out of your dislike for the fact that they are not close enough to your ideology to allow yourself to feel comfortable. Their is no moral issue of someone that needs to pursue a transgendered lifestyle, as it usually is the only means that one afflicted can avoid suicide. Trans people can live as morally as anyone else in society, they have just altered their appearance to feel more comfortable with themselves.
The fact that you consider yourself to be a religious person is especially disheartening. I was raised with a Christian upbringing, and yet what I see is the religious right doing everything possible to condemn, degrade, and stop anyone that is different from them. This is not what God teaches.
I am a transgendered person, not by choice, it is the way God made me. I need to deal with that, and I will. I do not have to deal with intolerance from bigots. I feel sorry for you in your close bigoted world. I think that it is people like you that have made religious ideology the main reason people die in wars all across the world. Your views show yourself as being no better than the terrorists around the world targeting other innocent victims. Congratulations on your Jihad against other creatures of God.
Reading this missive (actually it used to be a missive, now it’s a mister-ive) inspired a few questions for my Transgendered critic. They follow in their natural and surgically unaltered form:
1. Why did you say that “Jesus says not to judge others” just one sentence after calling me an “immoral person”? Is calling someone “immoral” a judgment? Is calling someone “immoral” immoral?
2. Where in the New Testament does Jesus say not to judge others? I thought he warned of the consequences of hypocritical judgment.
3. Doesn’t the New Testament contain more references to hell than the Old Testament? Who keeps making those references?