I really am beginning to wonder if Pope Francis has lost the plot completely. In a new book, This Economy Kills, the Pontiff has comparaed trans people to nuclear weapons.
Claiming to defend the order of “God’s creation”, Pope Francis stated, “Let’s think of the nuclear arms, of the possibility to annihilate in a few instants a very high number of human beings… Let’s think also of genetic manipulation, of the manipulation of life, or of the gender theory, that does not recognize the order of creation.”
Utterly bizarre. Particularly coming from a man who is not only celibate himself, but who heads up a church within whose rules millions of clergy, nuns and monks, and even lay people also practice celebacy. Is that not going against the order of creation, which is to reproduce?
But he goes even further; “With this attitude, man commits a new sin, that against God the Creator,” the pope adds. “The true custody of creation does not have anything to do with the ideologies that consider man like an accident, like a problem to eliminate. God has placed man and woman and the summit of creation and has entrusted them with the earth… The design of the Creator is written in nature. If we fail in this responsibility, if we do not take care of our brothers and of all creation, destruction advances.”
Really? A sin against God, the Creator? Okay, let’s play Frankie’s game here. Assuming that God existed, would that God not have created trans people “in nature”? And herein lies the problem; that the Pope, who previously has claimed to be cool with LGBT people, obviously still considers gender and sexuality to be a choice, when it plainly is not.
As to seeing “man like an accident, like a problem to eliminate”, that has never been my experience of LGBT people. But I could quote chapter and verse of the history of Christianity (and other faiths) of eliminating people, including not a few LGBT people, who were a problem to churches, clergy and their fanatical followers. Just as there are LGBT people who are attacked to this day, some to the point of being murdered, many more who commit suicide, because of persecution from the religious.
And I would ask the Pope, or any who agree with him, while they argue from the psychological identification of transgender people, where do they stand when such differences occur physically, such as in the case of hermaphroditism? What happens when a baby is born with both sets of genitals? What when such a child develops as they grow into either a girl or a boy, of which there are a great many recorded cases? No doubt the God-botherers would claim that is different, because there is visible biological evidence. Well, I’ve got news for them; within each and every trans person there is visible biological evidence of their gender identity. Just because a girl is born with a penis, or a boy is born with a vagina does not make them any less girl or boy. The point being that to wholly discard psychological identification with a gender contrary to that of the cisgender binary is nothing short of complete ignorance of what is in fact a very complex subject.
To put it another way, as the wonderful trans girl character Stephie says in Sophie Labelle’s cartoon Assigned Male; “I’m not a girl in a boy’s body. I am a girl, this is my body. Girls have all kinds of bodies.”
And if we, still playing the Pope’s game, accept that God exists (except I don’t), then if he and his followers accept that their God can make human beings with biological differences which defy the cisgender norm, then it logically follows that any such God would be equally capable of making psychological differences. Or does the Pope reckon that his maker would only ever be involved in biological creation, and have nothing to do with the mind? If so, then that could be considered to be nothing short of blasphemy. Who then is the sinner?
But then, I need no lessons on nuclear weapons and the disregard for human life from a church who once had a member of clergy, Father George Zabelka, who blessed the crews of the Enola Gay and Bock’s Car; the planes which dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Given that he once said “One cannot kill in the name of God.”, if Pope Francis had any balls at all he would publicly revoke those blessings.
And neither do I need any lessons on what is and what is not natural, or morality. from any church which not too long ago castrated prepubescent boys purely in order to keep their voices high, which to this day widely practices celibacy – which is choice, not nature – against the very commandments of the Bible to be fruitful and multiply, and which still protects perverts who bugger little boys.