With the recent banning of, well basically any speech that's not far-left, conservatives and Christians alike are left picking up broken pieces of media and governmental gaslighting. After the recent executive order to allow non-biological women into women's restrooms, Christians are now being called out as "transphobic" for simply wanting to protect their daughters.
President Biden signed an executive order on January 20, 2021 entitled, "Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation" which stated,
Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports... All persons should receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation.
The executive order on transgender issues and the expected overturning of the Mexico City policy on abortion are both anti-science and bad for human flourishing. And it will take some courage to say this publicly.
The conversation took a hard left when Baylor professor Dr. Christina Crenshaw chimed in, and responded with,
What if I don’t want biological boys in the bathroom with my biological daughter? Do the 99% of us who do not struggle with gender dysphoria have a voice? No? Cool.
What began as a couple of Christian American citizens exercising their first amendment right to free expression (in a perfectly reasonable way) ended in attack by Baylor University's student organization, Baylor Lariat.
University Student Organization Reframes Concern For Children as 'Transphobic'
Four days after this Twitter exchange, the student organization Baylor Lariat published an article entitled, "Baylor recurring lecturer tweets controversial message" and shared the article in a tweet that read,
Baylor recurring lecturer tweets transphobic message.
In the article, a student expressed regret that Professor Crenshaw was no longer an "ally" and lamented "supporters falling away."
The very last line of the article issued a retraction:
Updated: This story previously referred to the tweets as “transphobic.” It has since been updated to instead refer to the tweets as controversial.
Even though Baylor did not comment on the matter, one of the professors did stand behind Professor Crenshaw, calling her an "accomplished instructor."
Students, Maybe You Should Listen to Dr. Crenshaw.
Given the retraction and support declared from the professoriate, it does appear that the student organization is having to work through this issue internally. The author is a staff writer for the student organization and appears to be studying journalism. I hope that these students, especially the ones studying journalism, take pause on this issue.
It is my sincerest hope that they seek the deeper truth here, and stop attacking and name-calling for a second to see the truth that lies in front of them: these parents are concerned for their children. They are not 'transphobic.' Moreover, they are expressing their opinions in a country where free speech is law, and in a world where it is a human right.
The Falling Away
It's ironic. In an article written by students attending a Christian university that mentions people "falling away" from the trans narrative, I can't help but think of the falling away mentioned in the bible.
But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons.
At the core of the Christian belief system, we live in a broken world filled with disorder, and we call upon Jesus Christ to deliver us from the dominion of darkness, restore our identities in Him, and transfer us into the Kingdom of God.
The world has launched an assault on our ability to stand firm in accepting our identities as children of God, and not all of these other fabricated narratives of identity structure that pull us into delusion, depression, and destruction. God made us as men and women as image-bearers of God, and any other teaching is deceitful and not of God, but of the world.
Truth Versus the False Narrative
We must hold fast to the truth while also loving our brothers and sisters who are going through gender dysphoria, among any other fracturing of the identity (this manifests in a multitude of ways, not just gender dysphoria). There is truth and there is falsity, and each person on this planet has disorder in the their mind or life in one way or another. That's why it's imperative that we deliver the truth in a way that is compassionate and loving.
Calling out something as a false narrative doesn't mean that I hate someone who believes in the false narrative. Calling out a practice is not the same as calling out the person who does the practice.
There is also a danger inherent in this particular false narrative. The crossing of boundaries instated in this country for safety measures is at base disconcerting, but even worse because those boundaries are being fought against and falsely accused as "hate speech" or transphobic, which denotes harassment or abuse. This is simply not true. Saying that you care about your daughter is not the same as you abusing a person with gender dysphoria.
Baylor, A Christian University
On top of all this, Baylor is a Christian organization. Their mission is to "cultivate principled leaders and serve the global marketplace through transformational learning and impactful scholarship in a culture of innovation guided by Christian values." Their value on excellence is to "pursue what is good, affirming the standards to which Christians are called, and doing such things to honor the Lord."
This is hardly an issue about a professor's lack of "support" for people who claim to be trans. She stated that she is concerned for her daughter. The student organization has applied the very same media gaslighting tactics we see used by mainstream media to reframe the discussion in a way that fails to hit the core of the issue.
Maybe these Christians, Crenshaw and Darling alike, are trying to reframe this issue back into where it belongs, a matter of safety for the people.
This is not intolerance or insensitivity. Taking the unintended consequences into serious consideration of the impact a decision has, is protective.
I pray that college students begin waking up. Especially the journalism students who are learning to brandish the same corrupt and destructive tactics that the mainstream media in this country have leveraged against its people.
I pray for the leadership of Baylor, that they will stand up in their Christian values and teach their students how to approach these topics with grace and compassion.
I applaud both Crenshaw and Darling, for standing up for the people, to protect those who cannot protect themselves: the children.
And I want to end this article with a quote by Dr. Crenshaw, who tweeted this just yesterday, January 26, 2021. Her message is a message of unification, order, and honor.
I don’t know who needs to hear this, but just because it’s woke doesn’t mean it’s right. If you’re acting justly, loving mercy, walking humbly, caring for the least of these, bringing light to darkness, peace to chaos, and seeking truth... Then you are doing justice well.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Teresa Yanaros, a degreed journalist with a passion for uncovering the truth, has dedicated her life to investigating images and messages received through media outlets. From a young age, she has researched and presented news media through print and began expanding her reach through multi-media.
After writing a book investigating the phenomenon of modern American online spiritualism, she traveled across America, giving speeches and practical workshops on how to analyze and synthesize information. From archetypal studies to advanced truth-seeking, Teresa has presented research in areas of American pop culture, conspiracism, supernatural and paranormal studies, theology, and anthropology of online sub-cultures. Due to Teresa's experience with seeing just how deep the rabbit holes of online culture go, she is devoted to understanding the media effects of online subcultures upon their communities.
Teresa is the founder of Truly Free Society.
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