In its ongoing effort to isolate and condeme groups, the religious right seems ready for an all out demonization of transgendered people. There are efforts to pass legislation about which bathrooms schools designate for transgendered children.
The reason for this hysteria is the difficulty in understanding a reality not discussed in the Bible. The Bible talks of male and female. If a person is both, the right’s source of truth simply labels it sin.
So far as we know, there have always been transgendered people. There have been humans that did not clearly see themselves as either men or women and who saw themselves change their self identity over time. That the Jewish/Christian faith did not treat this fact as a part of the human experience we should celebrete is a weakness.
Whether trans children use girls’ or boys’ rest rooms is not the least bit important. What is important is we do not allow rejection of such people. We need to include every category of human beings and harness the energy and creative talents of each. To do otherwise is to lus all worse off.
Today, and every Sunday for a long while, conservative preachers would make productive use of their pulpits. They should preach that humans are not all completely female or male in spite of what the Bible says.
There are those not completely either and we should be greatful they are among us.