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Pastor Parent to Public School: Obama's Decree Denies the Reality of Human Nature

 

Rod Dreher at The American Conservative posts a letter from a Christian Pastor to the Principal and Superintendent of his daughter's public school, which charitably objects to the Obama administration's recent decree on the 'right' of men to use girls' and women's bathrooms and locker room facilities.

Here is a snippet:

The real issue here is that the Obama administration’s decree is at the surface a pragmatic directive regarding the use of bathroom facilities etc., but implicitly and by logical necessity, it is a claim about what is in fact the case (i.e., true) regarding human nature as an essentially fluid and endlessly malleable reality. That is to say, it is a denial of the reality of any such thing as “human nature” beyond the self-determining dictates of the sovereign, autonomous will. It is, in short, philosophy decked out in bureaucratic dress and backed with a closed fist aimed at deviant philosophers such as myself. You need to know this; you need to know that by implementing the decree, you are not just acting to protect the feelings or safety of a minority. [...] Rather, if you implement this decree, you will be enforcing a highly contested philosophical anthropology that is basically 30 years old, a philosophical anthropology that (without exaggeration) every civilization in the history of the human race would regard as sheer folly. You see, the President is making philosophers of you all! Make no mistake: this “policy” decree is fundamentally an issue of truth; it is philosophical.

Read the rest, with Dreher's commentary, over at The American Conservative.