A very dear transgender woman friend of mine recently posted this and I thought it was worth repeating, and for once I had nothing to add. She said it all:
"My parents both graduated from Cedarville University. It is a Christian school. They teach a literal interpretation of the Bible. And they follow the Fundamentalist tradition of ignoring the message of Christ while focusing on small snippets of the Bible which they can take out of context and cite while preaching their message of bigotry.
My mother, God bless her ignorant soul, always updates Cedarville U. with my current address so that they can send me their quarterly newsletter. The Spring 2017 issue of Cedarville Magazine has an article about gender. It's a disturbing read.
And here is Greg Couser's sermon on the subject:
He says, "Here we turn to Matthew and Christ's teaching on sex and gender in Matthew 19:1-11 for some guidance."
Here is the passage:
This disgusts me. Greg Couser takes a passage about divorce and argues that it supports his anti-trans message simply because Matthew 19:4 says, "He which made them at the beginning made them male and female."
Are you kidding me? It says God "made them male and female."
It doesn't say, "Males are all born with a penis and having a penis is what determines whether or not you're male."
It doesn't say, "All females must accept that if they weren't born with a vagina then they aren't really female."
If you're a Christian, you believe that God created women as women and men as men.
You must also believe that God created all birth defects. God created conjoined twins. God created intersex babies. God created 0.2% of women with the wrong parts. And God created 0.2% of men with the wrong parts.
How dare anyone tell trans people they're not really the person they are because of the body they were born with?
What a sad, hateful human being."