"broader ideological movement" - p5, #Transformed
it doesn't take a genius to see exactly where the Evangelical Alliance is going with it's "guidelines"
"Tim discovered that his Mum had known for 34 years that his Dad had been cross-dressing. They had been supported by social and medical services...
Tim’s mum felt robbed of a life, having chosen to stick by him through everything, only for him to end up leaving her. She joked, “He left me for another woman – himself.” But behind the humour her world was turned upside...
It's also notably throughout...
It's also notable that the Evangelical Alliance uses the opportunity to get "Tim" to push for the...
"As the [trans] movement grows it includes many contradictory ideas. For example, if a person has male genitalia...
81 words that manage to be so wrong dictionaries all over the world just rang to ask if they could use the screenshots to put next...
For those not au fait with those passages;
• "The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto...
• "Know ye not that the...
But, of course, the Evangelical Alliance really likes to screw the pooch, so decided that it was time to start equating trans people with eunuchs. Oh yes, of course they went there.
Take, for example, this paragraph;
not fit within a...
God on the way home." - p10, #Transformed
I invite everybody...
And what would any bit of evangelical bigotry...
"Matthew 19:12 talks about three different types of eunuchs [. . .]. The wider
context is a discussion about marriage in which Jesus reminds a questioner that...
Yeah, I'm going to go with something a bit more modern. It's called biology. And neurology. And neuropsychology. And modern psychology. Which definitely don't support the assertion that...
"In Transgender, Vaughan Roberts applies a classic biblical structure to the complex trans questions of our day. The creation narrative speaks of two distinct and compatible biological sexes. Cross-gender...
And, of course, no part of the Evangelical Alliance's contribution in this section of the "guidelines" would be complete without #homophobia...
"“how our individual gender identities will play out in the eschaton is not revealed, but God wants us to forever think of our relationship with Jesus
through a monogamous, male/female relational analogy.”" p10-11, #Transformed
"Sex/Gender - The very first reference to humankind differentiates male and female. We are persons, but not merely persons. At a fundamental level, we are men and women. So God created...
So, the next time somebody rocks up and claims there's only two sexes, ask them;
And the Evangelical Alliance is no different. 'Oh Woe is Us!', they cry, 'for...
Yep. #Trans people are all the fault of individualism, or at least it is if you're daft enough to listen to the Evangelical Alliance;
And no, the question hasn't moved on from "Who am I?" The question is still, "Who am I?" — "Who are you?", "What do you want"? — Seriously, can you honestly imagine a Vorlon rocking up and asking, "Who do you identify as?". And as ridiculous as that imagery...
And it should hardly come as a surprise that the Evangelical Alliance should try and drag #Gnosticism into this. There's certain sects of Christianity that blame...
"Gnosticism [. . .] fundamentally sees matter and bodies as fallen and inferior. We can see this idea reflected in statements from transgender people around the idea of a ‘real me’ trapped inside...
And their answer. First, go for the Conversion Therapy;
"The integrated framework encourages church leaders and others to:
• Maintain respect for the...
• Respond with empathy and compassion in the management of gender dysphoria...
• Offer meaning-making opportunities for identity within community – help locate the person within a broader community of support, a kinship network that affirms the person’s worth, and assists...
"3. The diversity framework
On this view transgender issues are seen as something to be celebrated and...
sex and gender. However, weaker...
Amongst health professionals and in broader culture, the diversity framework is becoming dominant and is increasingly driving public policy agendas. As a step towards the development...
"Our role is to be one of a range of voices speaking into a trans person’s life. If you are meeting pastorally with a trans person, it will be important to understand who those other voices are and who you can refer to. Some of these...
"Jesus at the well
John 4, which details the amazing encounter between Jesus and the woman at the well, models a way of meeting with, and ministering...
"Compassion - Jesus is compassionate in His encounter with the woman at the well, meeting her at her point of need. Compassion will lead us to meet people at their point of need, respecting their chosen identity...
Funny (not really) how you can swap out 'Evangelical Alliance' and replace it with 'TE*F' in the above paragraph and still accurately describe both groups.
"drawing the individual to the transformative work and power of Jesus and the Holy Spirit [. . .] the woman is transformed". They...
"For some, the balance of grace and truth is struck by using the person’s preferred...
Notice that not only is it "grace and truth" to not have enough respect for somebody to simply refer to them as they wish to be, but if you do actually...
"Context - The age of the person and the nature of the relationship may influence your approach. The parent of a five-year old child may want to
push back and guide a child who is trying out new ideas."
Again, as with TE*F dogma,
It's been said before, and it'll be said again - scratch a #transphobe, and find...
"However, it is worth thinking ahead how to respond to a request for baptism from someone who is transgender. While many churches will want to...
"(The law does allow organisations to differentiate on the grounds of sex in relation...
they are, of course, completely wrong. For anybody who's thinking of following their advice, DON'T. That's a one way path to...
But it's on the same page that EA returns to their favourite topic of conversion therapy, this time trying to disguise it as a "therapeutic interventions";
"There are three broad...
1. Give preference to a person’s gender identity altering their body to conform to that identity through hormones, breast binders or surgery.
2. Give preference to a person’s biological sex encouraging...
sense of gender identity.
3. Support the person through their experience of conflicting emotions." - p20, #Transforms
Except, of course, there is only one therapeutic intervention recognised by the...
Option 3, on the surface, looks innocent enough, but when read in full, and in conjunction with Option 2 and with all the rest of the "guidelines", it's very clear that its intent is to be used as part of a package of...
So yet again we see that Goddess-awful (why yes, of course I'd use that particular epithet)...
This is, of course, yet another lie. As repeated studies have shown, affirming a child's expressed gender identity is the best way to help that child, and by far and away...
Hardly a surprise that an organisation...
And, as mentioned above, there is long-term research on the use of puberty blockers and the results of the studies are very clear - there are no expected long-term consequences or effects on fertility when puberty blockers are used to delay puberty.
It should hardly come as a surprise that yet another desistance myth, this time courtesy of a longitudinal study that looked pretty much only at studies that are already know to be deeply flawed and exceedingly weak, also makes...
And you know some deliberate chicken-frelling is going on here by the deliberate use of words. "19 times more likely...
What average? The average mongoose. The average rainfall in Madagascar in August during a Leap Year? Yeah, nice try at trying to slip some vagueness through hoping it wouldn't get noticed and just accepted, but that don't work with people who actually...
They do open with something of a bizarre statement;
"The law on issues relating to trans in the UK is complex, often ambiguous and subject to change."
And as for the rest?
Well, it's hard to get such a vague statement wrong, and yet somehow they managed to do it.
The law relating to trans people in the UK is no more complex than most law in the UK, and as every person in the UK...
"The law [. . . is] often ambiguous]".
"The law [. . . is] subject to change".
Oh I bet that gets right on your #tit, doesn't it Evangelical Alliance. You natural law types really loathe the fact that modern legal systems actually move with the times (admittedly, with something of delay, but...
Pages 27 and 28 are worth a read, just for the laugh at how out of touch the Evangelical Alliance is.
Yes, they really do believe in the conspiracy theory version of Cultural Marxism, and yes, that is yet another go...
But what makes me really laugh at this...
"The sexual revolution of the 1960s...
"The sexual revolution [. . .] promised...
Well, I wasn't around in the 50s, so I can't comment on quantity back then, but I'm part of a few communities where I can assure the EA that there is plenty of fucking going on, and we yes, we are...
But in all seriousness, it's the next sentence that gives the Evangelical Alliance away, and shows them for just what they are;
"It detached sex from both marriage and procreation..." - the Evangelical Alliance is very clear on their...
"...and taught people that their bodies are their own, to do with as they please."
As I've said a couple times further up the thread, the Evangelical Alliance is completely opposed to...
It's what you expect. Thinly veiled cries of, 'Go, Team Conversion Therapy!!!', and 'Won't somebody think of the children', but there's a bit at the end I wanted to highlight.
on trans vary from paper to paper and change day by day as they seek to report on this difficult...
If anything sums up just why this particular brand of Christianity has...
To borrow inspiration from Terry Pratchett;
What don't change can't learn,
What don't learn can't grow,
What don't grow can't adapt.