Gender politics

Gender identity is only one of several weird modern phenomena unspoken in previous American generations. In our cultural past sex and sexuality was a very personal part of our lives–embarrassing and unacceptable to display in public. Until recently it was not infused into our politics and never considered appropriate in the public school curriculum.

All that has changed dramatically—people with strange affinities and preferences publicly flaunt it, and demand the rest of us accept it. Feckless politicians and press people provide the stage for this to play out.

Progressives in our society now freely fling sexual preferences in our collective faces. A small group of gender-activists demand public parity with traditionally natural sexual relations—between a normal male and female. Homosexuals want us to accept their public “marriages”; “transgendered” whatevers want government-funded sex changes; and bi-sexuals want it both ways.

Recently, this strange occurrence came out in a Wilmington StarNews article titled, “Anti-gay posts linked to Tammy Covil draw backlash.” Ms. Covil is a member of the New Hanover County, North Carolina school board. Apparently, she had the audacity to post her opinion about plans to include “gender identity” in a public school curriculum.

It’s obvious this is a partisan political issue because Democrats in the local Party were quick to accuse Covil of “discrimination.” No word from Republicans on this; they are probably hiding under their desks. Elizabeth Redenbaugh chairwoman of the New Hanover Democrat Party, however, weighed in where angels fear to tread.

Obviously ignorant about American history, she nonetheless invoked it: “It is a perversion of the U. S. Constitution for an elected official to advocate for the denial of equal protection for all.” She also said that Covil condemned (students) for “who (sic) they are.” Redenbaugh’s ignorance is only exceeded by her lack of truthfulness.

First our Constitution has nothing to say about protecting personal behavior. If Redenbaugh refers to Amendment XIV, crafted in 1868 to give ex-slaves citizenship and “equal protection of the laws,” the States are not depriving “any person of life, liberty, or property (except by taxation and regulations). Further, our Constitution has nothing to say about education; much less what should be included in the curriculum. This is a State responsibility.

Based on the news story nothing I read by Covil indicated that she denies equal protection for anyone or denounces children “for who they are.” In my opinion, she only seemed to question the wisdom of confusing school children about their sexual identity and promoting sexual preferences in the classroom. Any fool knows that these are inappropriate—and potentially harmful—subjects for young school children. The place for these subjects is in the home, not in our public schools.

Liberal fascists personally attack people with which they disagree, a tactic used to shut down discussion about their social justice plans because they know that the agenda they promote are not popular. In this case the StarNews supports them by labeling Ms. Covil “Anti-gay.” (link below)

I think that most of us can accept homosexuals, some as our friends; tolerating their behavior as long as they keep it to themselves. But we don’t accept their sexual preferences promoted in our schools and subsidized with our taxes.



About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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