Why Revoking The Transgender Bathroom School Guidance Was The Right Call

Why Revoking The Transgender Bathroom School Guidance Was The Right Call

We may disagree, but my opinion is still valid.

All cards on the table: I'm a conservative Christian. Like uber-conservative and uber-Christian. With that said, I am going to do my best to write this without any bias. I hope you, as a reader and possible opponent, do the same.

I have an opinion and so do you. I'm not naïve enough to think that I could, even potentially, change yours. But the fact of the matter is that we live in a society flooded with liberal media and liberal thoughts. Oftentimes, aggression also overcomes conversation. Conservative views are pushed down and, certainly not, viewed equally. I, for one, will not be afraid to say what I think.

People who identify as transgender are still people and do have certain unalienable rights as endowed by our Constitution. I don't believe that we shouldn't treat them and love them as we would other people. I'm not going to put you down for the person you believe you are.

But, here's the deal.

In June 2016, the New York Times conducted a study that found that approximately 1.4 million of the United States' approximately 242 million adults, or about 0.005%, identify with a gender different than the one assigned at birth by God. The Obama Administration's recently rescinded guidance does not affect these adults, though.

It affects children and teenagers in schools. One fact that is consistently brought up in study's of errant behavior in adolescents is the fact that males frontal lobes, the rational part, are not fully developed. The University of Rochester Medical Center has recorded that the frontal lobe is not fully developed until about 25 years of age.

So, in certain situations, we write off behavior as kids still learning who they are and growing up, but when a kid makes a decision barely fit for even an adult, they know exactly what they are doing? Correct me if I'm wrong, but something seems off there.

If we find a problem with an 18-year-old picking a major and career path straight out of high school, but applaud a 7-year-old boy who decides he is really a she, then we are heading and pushing that child down a path that will only lead him to destruction. Both choices are life-changing, but when one fits our agenda and corroborates the views we want the world to see, we amplify it until children seeking praise latch on.

Children do not understand the intricacies of many social situations. Children do not understand transgenderism. They are likely to only portray what views their parents hold and lay out in front of them.

If I'm a child and I start to realize that I don't fit in with the other kids, I'm going to start to think I'm different, but if my parents hold having a transgender child as a badge of honor and tolerance for the world to see, I'll start to think that maybe I am transgender.

In the same way that a child whose parents identify them as transgender doesn't understand transgenderism, the other kids don't either. If I'm in the bathroom and one of my female first-grade classmates walks into the bathroom, would a brutally honest kid let it go? A guidance that is meant to not discriminate only opens children up to being ridiculed.

Is it really worth getting rid of discrimination, if we are only going to replace it with ridicule. The same way that I'm not naïve enough to think anything I say will change your opinion, don't be naïve enough to think that a removal of discrimination will solve any problems we have.

Why does it stop here, either? If I can identify myself as a woman and you can't question it because that's how I feel on the inside, why can't I identify as a black woman? That's a legitimate question. If gender has no biological determinant, then why does race? Because we don't have another word for it like we do with sex and gender?

When Bruce Jenner alerted the world to his new life as Caitlyn, he was awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. I would venture to say that me publicly stating that I disagree with transgenderism takes more courage, than saying I'm a different gender to a society that largely embraces and defends you, but I don't see any awards coming my way anytime soon.

The fact that President Trump has revoked the guidance does not mark him as intolerant or anti-transgender. It means that there is a way to find a middle ground where transgender people get the rights they want and those who disagree aren't losing the rights we have. No one should have to lose their rights in order for someone else to obtain them, if that's your solution, then you haven't thought hard enough. Forcing change on people who disagree based on their religious beliefs only makes the problem worse, not better.

Just because I disagree with the most prevalent thoughts doesn't make me a bad person, but removing the guidance, not law, was absolutely the right choice.

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Will Enough Ever Be Enough?

Yet another school shooting in America, still nothing done. We are dying.

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018: We are all heartbroken to hear about another school shooting.

At Great Mills High School in Maryland, a 17-year-old male is pronounced dead at the scene after shooting two other students and a school resource officer. Just before their first period started, at 7:55 am, Austin Rollins shot one male and one female student with a handgun before being shot by the school's resource officer. While the 16-year-old female is in critical condition, the 14-year-old male is currently stable. This is the 17th school shooting in 2018. That's 17 days out of the past 80 that parents have gone to bed with their children in body bags as a result of gun violence.

I don't care what political party you associate with, gun violence is completely out of control. I am a registered Republican and completely agree with stricter gun laws. Learn the difference between a gun ban and sales control. Concerned citizens are not trying to take away your guns, but are trying to take away the rights from those that are risks.

Could you imagine legally having to send your child to school but never coming back? You've packed their lunch, maybe with a special note, and gave them a kiss before they left for school, not knowing that it was their last. No matter where we go, we are not safe. We can't go to malls, movie theaters, schools, or even churches without having to worry if it will be our last trip. Our homes, our places of worship, and our schools are supposed to be the places where we feel safest and, instead, our children are filled with fear. Instead of focusing on the political views that divide these groups, why don't we focus on what unites us? Why don't we focus on protecting our kin?

Everyone has had an opinion on the walkouts that have been happening around the country. Everyone has had an opinion on the 17 minutes of silence for the 17 children lost in the Florida shooting. I've seen people disgusted that Nickelodeon had 17 minutes of broadcast cut because it "interrupted the only program [I] let [my] children watch".

If your child was shot at school, you wouldn't have to worry about what programs they watch, but rather where to bury them and how to afford their memorial.

I've seen people saying that it's no wonder that Millenials are dumb. They "find any excuse to cut class". Have you thought about the fact that they are genuinely worried about going to school?

Personally, I've experienced both a shooting scare at my high school and a bomb threat at my college. I shouldn't have to worry about my life ending. I'm legally forced to go to high school and get an education or I'm putting myself into a lifetime of debt to get a degree.

We are all too young to stress about gun violence. Our school years are supposed to be the times our of lives, but they're being wasted on worrying about dying every day.

Rest in peace to all of those who have lost their lives in shootings, not only this year, but always. Hopes, thoughts, and prayers go out to their loved ones. One day, we will unite and find a solution.

We need to work together and forget the labels of parties and cliques in school and look out for one another instead. There is no kind but mankind.

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The Republican Versus Democrat Stigma Needs To Slow Down

We Need To Be Individual Again

We as a society have developed an unnecessary need to place people in a specific party based on what could be a single value out of many. This is a letter for those who do not define themselves as one or the other; for those whose values range between conservative and liberal, for those who feel the unfortunate pressure of society to choose one even though your values do not fit just one.

The political parties at one point generally just meant “these are my basic beliefs, so this is the candidate I will vote for because they most closely represent them.” Party affiliation was harmless. Republicans and Democrats could get along fine, differing opinions not getting in the way of relationships and alignment. More importantly, you did not have to be part of a specific political party to be an active member of society. Your opinions and principles were yours.

Over the years following the last two election races, political parties gained a much more significant and defining meaning in our lives as individuals and as members of society. There is a newly developed stigma behind political opinions. You are almost pressured to feel one way or another about every single topic. If a majority of your values are of the conservative agenda, you must be a heart-and-all Republican. In contrast, if you are more liberal-leaning you are docked as a set Democrat. We as citizens are being labeled according to what may be a few hard-values. And dishearteningly enough, can be ridiculed for what we value. Even if you might not value everything the same as your determined party.

There exists those of us that hold values from both parties. It is possible to value women’s rights and also value a traditional marriage. It is possible to be a gun owner and also active in keeping children safe in school. You do not have to just submit to every belief of one party. You can value aspects of different parties and still be a functioning member of the American society. Do not let the looming obligation to declare yourself as strictly one or the other. You do not have to pretend you agree with everything Democratic or everything Republican; you can have your own values. And you should. Our society is messed up in the way that values are pushed on citizens. We are meant to be free individuals with our private values.

It is not fair to those of us who value different things. Not every American is a to-the-bone Democrat or Republican. It is possible to hold liberal beliefs as a conservative person. And Vice-Versa. We need to stop labeling one another as one or the other, conservative or liberal. We need to stop silencing each other because we have differing views. We need to accept not everyone is perfectly one party, and diversity exists. Open mindedness exists in Americans, despite the seemingly growing generalizations. We need to be able to agree to disagree on certain topics.
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