US Air Force Advocates for Transgender Lifestyle in Children
Moody Air Force Base recently “celebrated” a “Diversity Day” that included a transgender veteran, retired USAF Major Leonard Perry, speaking about his lifestyle, as he now lives as a woman named Laura:
“[Gender dysphoria] is a medical condition. They’ve tried therapies and other treatments for it, but none of that has really worked. What they’ve found is transitioning to the identified gender is the only treatment that has consistently solved the dysphoria.”
(Perry was previously profiled by the Air Force for no reason other than his sexual lifestyle.)
Given that the US military supports free speech and permits its troops to express their freedoms within the constraints of military policy and the Constitution, Perry’s monologue supporting neo-sexual lifestyles is disturbing, but not impermissible.
What is an issue, however, is the perception the US Air Force is officially advocating for a particular viewpoint on a controversial topic — the morality of “changing” genders — and how the Air Force chose to advocate for that topic. The article by A1C Janiqua Robinson of Moody’s Public Affairs, entitled “Transgender veteran lives inner truth,” began with a hypothetical gender-confused example — of a child:
A 9-year-old boy stands in front of the mirror looking at his outfit for the day. His mom comes behind him smiling and comments on what a handsome young man he is becoming. He looks at his mom with sad eyes and replies “I should have been a girl.” Taken aback, his mom smiles and says “Don’t be silly, go play with your trucks.”
This is the reality people living with gender dysphoria face; feeling they are in the wrong body, and their internal feelings don’t match their outward appearance.
The article goes on to demean the viewpoint that a boy who thinks he’s a girl should be helped to value the person that God made him — a boy. Instead, it promotes the viewpoint that the “only way” for people with this gender confusion is to “transition” them to the gender they want to be. And it makes that point by using a 9-year old boy as an example.
Not only does the Air Force article promote a particular viewpoint of an unsettled and controversial issue, it is also unique because no one has — or likely has dared to — point out the Air Force is normally not permitted to advocate on such issues.
For example, consider if the 9-year old in the beginning of the article had said something to his mom about eternity, and the mom gave an atheistic response. Then, consider if the article introduced retired Gen Jerry Boykin, who went on to explain the need for faith in Christ, and the value and virtue of Christians living out their faith with the full support of the US military — and the eternal impact of such a decision.
Such an article would be just like this one by the Air Force — except the Air Force would be permitting the text to advocate for Christianity rather than neo-sexuality.
What are the chances that would get past the censors, much less survive the public criticism from a small but vocal minority of activists?
The article ends with this conclusion by the Air Force Public Affairs:
Being able to be your true self without fear of discrimination or reprisal is important in the military, civilian sector and interpersonal relationships.
It would be nice if the US military would publish an official article saying the same thing about more “diverse” groups on its “diversity” days, which predictably focus on gender, sex, and race rather than diversity. Christians, for example, would also like to be “true to” themselves and serve “without fear of discrimination.”
While the military has occasionally rebuffed attacks against religious freedom by critics, it has been more reluctant to support the virtue of Christianity as it has the virtue of homosexuality and transgenderism.
Christians, too, would like the reassurance they can “live their inner truth.”
Think it will happen?