Canada’s Gender X Passports and the Denial of Sexual Difference

By Deacon Keith Fournier Published on August 30, 2017

On June 19, 2017, Canada amended its Human Rights Act to protect “gender identity or expression.”

On August 31, 2017, the nation took the gender identity revolution to a new level. They announced a new designation for those who consider themselves an “unspecified sex.” Those not sure of their “gender identity” can get an “identity x” passport.

Compelling Society to Deny the Truth

Supporters of the Gender Identity Movement claim we have the ability to choose our own gender. They have set in motion a huge cultural revolution. Using the courts and legislatures, as well as major media and Facebook, they seek to compel those who disagree to deny the truth. People who believe in the difference between the sexes face abuse and discrimination. Even prosecution.

This is societal lunacy. Here’s one of the latest examples.

A first-grade girl in a California charter school was sent to the principal’s office for “misgendering.” She called a little boy by his name on a playground. The boy was “transitioning” to becoming a girl.

The teacher used him as a prop in class. She had him leave the room as a boy and come back dressed as a girl. She ordered them to call him by his new chosen name. Then she read them two strongly pro-transgenderism books.

Several parents complained they were not told the teacher was going to lead the first graders in a discussion on “transgenderism.” They objected to not being allowed to opt out.

The response from the school leadership: They did not need to be informed. They were not allowed to opt out.

Misusing the Body

What’s called “sex change” or “gender reassignment” surgeries is another example. Removing a person’s genitals and giving them artificially constructed ones does not change the reality of who they are.

Men and women are designed to conceive children together. Women are designed to bear them. People with artificial genitals can’t do that. For example, a transexual woman may look like a male, but she can’t generate sperm as a real male does. The appearance must be sustained by massive doses of synthetic hormones.

Every human cell shows us whether we are male or female. That is a given. It is a gift. Removing the real genitals isn’t helping someone become who they truly are. It’s mutilating them.

The American College of Pediatricians sees this. They strongly condemned such surgeries for children. They called on “healthcare professionals, educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex. Facts — not ideology — determine reality.”

But for many of the most powerful groups in our culture, ideology determines reality. That ideology is the Gender Identity Movement.

Ideology Determines Reality

Western culture long ago accepted the notion that the instrumental use of the body of another is a form of sexual freedom. You can do what you want with your body, the way you can do what you want with a pencil or a car. It’s a thing to be used.

That was bad enough. Now western culture has taken the next logical step. It sees the human body not just as an instrument, but as a machine. Because it’s a machine, you can change the parts if you want. It’s not just a thing to be used. It’s a thing to be reconstructed.

In 2012, Pope Benedict XVI addressed the Roman Curia on this subject. We all deplore the manipulation of nature when we’re looking at the environment, he said. Now, our society sees manipulating our nature as “man’s fundamental choice.”

“From now on there is only the abstract human being, who chooses for himself what his nature is to be,” he said. Among many losses, we lose the understanding of “man and woman in their created state as complementary versions of what it means to be human.” A healthy human society needs men and women to be who they are, to put their different gifts together for the common good.

We also lose our knowledge of the family as “a reality established by creation,” Benedict noted. “Likewise, the child has lost the place he had occupied hitherto and the dignity pertaining to him.”

God Created Male and Female

The Gender Identity Movement rejects what the natural law and medical science tell us about male and female. The gender identity revolutionaries have determined they are the Creator. They want to force the rest of us to submit to their error.

A Canadian “Gender X” passport will let you leave the country and come back again. But it will never change who you are.

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  • Patmos

    Yeah but the TV show said otherwise, and I think I’d prefer to follow the living image of the beast which did speak. Now if someone could just tell me where I can get the mark of the beast I’ll be set.

  • JP

    This is an excellent example of stupid-think. Any leader in any govt or institution should immediately be fired who supports this rubbish.

  • BetterYet

    The world is going mad and Canada leads the way. I’m so proud…;(

    • Andy6M

      As a Canadian I am embarrassed but not surprised. This is the logical outflow of the worldview that is gaining a firmer hold on my country. I increasingly feel like the people of Israel standing against the sea with the chariots approaching. I keep looking for someone with a staff…

  • wisely

    It is not my place, nor am I interested in challenging Deacon’s conclusion that the Church should resist sexual reassignment. What this post lacks is any sign of compassion, which often comes to those who have actually known transgender youth. Deacon paints a picture of “choice” of gender, as if an individual simply decides at some point that their sex is not working out for them, and so they merely “choose” to change their gender. In fact, truly transgender people experience tremendous pain from early childhood. For reasons that are poorly understood, a person born as a boy, literally from the time awareness emerges, experiences the self as female (or vice versa). This is deep and consistent sense of gender identity. All the efforts made by parents to divert the child and to force the child to conform to the social expectations of their birth sex fail. The child, who cannot come to experience themselves in away consistent with their birth sex, becomes miserable, alienated, and bullied. Anyone who asserts that the parents, schools, doctors, and churches can “fix” this by simply insisting that a boy be a boy or a girl be a girl are just misinformed. Understand that when we force a transgender person to live in the traditional modes associated with their birth gender, we are condemning them to a life of misery. This does not require Catholics to support gender transition. It does require of us compassion and a search for ways to help and support these individuals, as opposed to glibly referring to society “allowing” them to “choose” their gender.

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