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The Transgender Delusion Revisited

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Suppose there is a group of men, in their thirties and forties, pretending they can fly, and they’re running around a city park with their arms spread out like wings.  What would do and what would you think?

As far as what you would do, like most folks today, you would probably watch the action for a few minutes recording the whole thing on your phone.  Then you would post it on social media so you and your friends can have a laugh.

As to what you would think, perhaps it crossed your mind that these people were a little crazy.  Harmless, yes, but off their rocker nonetheless.

Now suppose one of those middle-aged men went to the top of a twenty story building and stood on the edge poised to jump off while flapping his arms? Now, what would you do?

You would probably call the police. And they, in turn, would call the guys in the white jackets!  Why? Because this person, you would rightly conclude, has a serious screw loose.

He has lost touch with reality and is going to hurt himself and possibly others.  In short, his pretending to be able to fly by just flapping his arms while jumping off a twenty story building is not sane.  And no one would dispute that this person has a mental disorder.

This was the conclusion of Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry.

In 2015 he wrote in the Wall Street Journal that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, that sex change is “biologically impossible,” and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder.

He likens the disorder to a “dangerously thin” person suffering anorexia who looks in the mirror and thinks they are “overweight.”

And what does our President, cultural, and medical community do?  In the words of Dr. McHugh, they encourage these people in their delusion instead of getting them the mental help they need.

While the Obama administration, Hollywood, and major media such as Time magazine promote transgenderism as normal, said Dr. McHugh, these “policy makers, and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention.”

By offering gender reassignment surgery, Dr. McHugh explains, many in the medical community are enabling these so-called transgenders in their delusion.  When it comes to children, he identifies it as abuse and an abdication of their responsibility to care for those who are sick.

Encouraging these so-called transgenders in their delusion would be equal to writing a prescription for a diet pill giving it to the person who suffers from serve anorexia.

As a cultural, are we not doing the same thing?  These transgendered need our help.  But what do they get instead?  The medical community, Hollywood, and the President turning a blind eye.

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Jerry Johnson

Jerry Johnson was the former Director of the Apologetics Group and President of Nicene Council. He was the senior writer/researcher for numerous documentaries including the best-selling Amazing Grace: The History & Theology of Calvinism. In the 1990s he served as Executive Director of the Christian Coalition of Hillsborough County Florida. He currently holds an M.A. in Christian Studies and a M. Phil. in Christian Apologetics. He lives with his wife of nearly 30 years and has four children and four grandchildren.

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