GOP Presidential Candidates Should Stop Granting the Legitimacy of ‘Sexual Identity’

2016 Candidates, GOP, Republican
2016 Candidates, GOP, Republican

Our society is incredibly sophisticated when it comes to technology, and equally as immature in its thinking about sex. In part, maturity can be defined by simple decorum: no one wants to know about how and with whom you engage in sex. Keep your private life private.

Let us start with the basics: there are things in life that are immutable. One is the fact that there are males, females, and a tiny fraction of those with a chromosomal abnormalities. Another category of immutability is that of race — you have about as much chance of changing your race as you do your biological sex.

Unlike some of my fellow cultural conservatives, I am not in a panic over the currently high levels of mass confusion when it comes to all that surrounds “homosexual rights.” Widespread ignorance is merely another problem to be solved. Look what has happened on the abortion issue over the years as the light bulbs were turned on inside the heads of now-former pro-aborts as they experienced this revelation: “You mean that’s a baby they’re aborting? I thought it was a clump of tissue!” More Americans are becoming pro-life.

If conservatives stop granting the ill-advised legitimacy of sexual identity we can be on our way to the place where more adults wake up: “You mean it’s just how they want to have sex? I thought it was who they are!”

The importance of us getting there will get clearer no matter what a few silly Supreme Court justices do about same-sex pseudo-marriage. If same-sex “marriage” is Dred Scott/Roe v. Wade-like blessed by SCOTUS, there are no viable arguments against making marriage the union of however many people of whatever relation or age. Attempts will be made, of course, but they will be arguing morality, which of course will no longer be applicable to how people want to achieve an orgasm and with whom.

This notion of “sexual identity rights” should be laughed at. Few people realize that according to at least one researcher, there are about 540 ways for a person to become sexually aroused. Again, to grant legitimacy to the use of a sexual predilection as an identity is to say that sexual behavior is now immune from moral judgment. After all, if a person is what they do, to criticize what they do is to criticize who they are.

To those who argue that it is not compassionate to delegitimize how a segment of society sees itself, I must respectfully disagree. Bringing people to the truth isn’t made easier by granting false premises. It’s a nice goal to avoid hurting feelings when possible, but liberty is on the line and pain is a part of life.

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John Biver is author and editor of Dispatches with John Biver online. He is a Christian, an American citizen, and works in the arena of applied political science. In addition to many years working in the private sector, he has worked in politics and government in Washington, D.C., and in Illinois at the state and local level.

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