February 18, 2016
Dismantling freedom in the name of freedom is the paradoxical goal of the transgender movement. Stella Morabito, a senior contributor at The Federalist, made that quite clear in her policy lecture at FRC yesterday on "Bruce or Caitlyn? Why Everyone Should Care About the Transgender Movement." Morabito argued that the extreme individualism of the transgender movement actually facilitates the growth of the state, which takes from society's mediating institutions (such as the family and the church) what it gives to individuals.
She also warned that this movement sows chaos into our language. For example, dismissing biological sex as something "assigned" at birth effectively nullifies the reality of sex distinctions for all of us, in turn destroying the natural foundation of the family and even the rights of parents to raise their own children. Transgender ideology is inevitably enforced via censorship, which forbids acknowledgment of a common outer reality under the pretense of protecting a transgender person's "inner reality." The movement uses marketing and propaganda to create the illusion that an utterly implausible idea (such as the possibility of a man becoming a woman) is the dominant view of society.
Asked about solutions, Morabito warned that "free speech is a 'use it or lose it' proposition," and urged honest one-on-one conversations rather than capitulation to the "spiral of silence." Morabito's lecture is available online, and similar concepts are expressed in this essay at The Federalist.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.