I have a quick comment on National Geographic‘s January 2017 issue–where’s the science? Gender is not something we choose, it is hereditary as a result of what chromosome combination one has. This is a scientific fact.
All this talk of transgederism and supporting those who “transition” is actually cruel to those who suffer from gender dysphoria. A 2011 National Institute of Health study found that transitioning increases violent and suicidal behavior:
Persons with transsexualism, after sex reassignment, have considerably higher risks for mortality, suicidal behaviour, and psychiatric morbidity than the general population. Our findings suggest that sex reassignment, although alleviating gender dysphoria, may not suffice as treatment for transsexualism, and should inspire improved psychiatric and somatic care after sex reassignment for this patient group.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention‘s 2014 study specifically finds that gender reassignment surgery correlates with a higher suicide rate than those who simply cross-dress. Why? Probably because when one gets butchered and still feels the same emotional problems afterwards, there is a lesser sense of hope.
For this reason, John Hopkins University (which has the first American university hospital to perform sex-change operations) stopped doing such operations. Paul McHugh, a professor from that University and a former member of World Professional Association of Transgender Health Standards of Care wrote:
And so at Hopkins we stopped doing sex-reassignment surgery, since producing a ‘satisfied’ but still troubled patient seemed an inadequate reason for surgically amputating normal organs.
Will National Geographic cover these, arguably most pertinent, facts? Of course not.
In the end of the day, modern secularism is anti-intellectual. They say all religions are the same, which is a massive misrepresentation of the values and ideas of the world’s cultures throughout history. They assert there is no God, even though the universe and lifeforms are so complex that the only reasonable explanation for their existence is that they were made by an intelligent Creator. They claim that Christianity is immoral, when just about every modern value from doing onto other as one would want done onto oneself to protecting the most vulnerable members of society are from Judeo-Christianity.
Years ago, Richard Hofstadter wrote a book called, Anti-Intellectualism in American Life. He theorized that America’s Protestant heritage culturally gave Americans an antipathy towards learning. Ironically, Hofstadter missed the mark entirely. For better or for worse, the Protestant Reformation led to the intellectual movement of the Enlightenment, which gave birth to modern views of epistemology. So, even the secularists are really a birth defect of America’s Protestant heritage.
Why do secularists miss the mark so badly? Because, by rejecting objective truth as found in religions, such as Christianity, they at their core become anti-intellectual. Without objective truths, there isn’t any truth. Morals cannot exist, nor can science, or philosophy. If nothing is true, then even saying one side is right and another is wrong is an exercise in futility.
And let’s judge secularism by its fruits: the National Geographic issue referenced above. If we reject all logic, science, pragmatism, and common-sense we can sympathize with the “reasoning” found in such a magazine. But, after all, to reason like a secularist requires rejecting reason. So, any sensible, intellectual conversation ends there by default.