The transgender revolution happened faster than anyone could have expected. Coming right on the heels of the legalization of gay marriage, the transgender agenda quickly found its way into every school and bathroom in the nation somehow. Public schools are implementing the destruction of privacy for students by allowing those who identify as the opposite sex to use their preferred bathroom and locker room. They do this claiming it’s “the law,” though no law exists that forces schools to violate the privacy of students in order to spare the feelings of individuals suffering from gender dysphoria. Title IX, which is often blamed, refers to sex and not gender. The Department of Education under Betsy DeVos has clarified that they will not allow transgender students to bring lawsuits under Title IX in order to invade the bathrooms or locker rooms of opposite-sex students.
That doesn’t matter to the revolutionaries, though. They sit on school boards and in superintendents’ offices. They make the rules without caring what thousands of parents who disagree have told them. It isn’t only schools that are affected by this, but now the freedom of the press is being threatened. The Washington Free Beacon reported the story:
Jon Caldara, president of the libertarian Independence Institute, announced that he has been fired from the Post, chalking it up to “a difference in style” that his editors found “too insensitive.”
“My column is not a soft voiced, sticky sweet NPR-styled piece which employs the language now mandated by the victim-centric, identity politics driven media,” he said in a Facebook post. “What seemed to be the last straw for my column was my insistence that there are only two sexes and my frustration that to be inclusive of the transgendered (even that word isn’t allowed) we must lose our right to free speech.”
Perhaps my biggest concern with the transgender uprising is the demand that we all use their chosen pronouns, or else! This is a very clear attempt to compel speech using intimidation. As an American, I don’t care what it is you want me to say: if you’re trying to force me, I won’t say it. I don’t have to. To demand that I give up my liberty and my autonomy in order to make someone else feel better about himself or herself is outrageous. If a person asked me nicely to use a certain pronoun, understanding that I may forget, screw up, or choose not to, I think we could work something out. But to demand that all of us call red “blue” or face life-altering consequences like getting fired is a bridge too far for reasonable people.
This insanity has got to stop and the only way it will is if the majority of us refuse to be dictated to when it comes to how we will speak. Caldara is leading the way.
Caldara criticized an Associated Press directive saying that sex and gender are not binary. “There are only two sexes, identified by an XX or XY chromosome. That is the very definition of binary. The AP ruling it isn’t so doesn’t change science. It’s a premeditative attempt to change culture and policy. It’s activism,” he wrote on Jan. 3. In a column two weeks later, Caldara also railed against a 2019 Colorado law that required elementary school children to be instructed in transgender ideology.
“Some parents weren’t thrilled a couple of years back when during school their little ones in Boulder Valley School District were treated to videos staring [sic] a transgender teddy bear teaching the kids how to misuse pronouns or when Colorado’s ‘Trans Community Choir’ sang to kids about a transgender raven,” Caldara wrote. “What are the protections for a parent who feels transgender singing groups and teddy bears with gender dysphoria might be ‘stigmatizing’ for their kid?”
As a writer, I shudder at the AP making changes to how we understand and communicate the English language and then rolling it out to writers everywhere as a new standard. I will not comply. How dare the Associated Press issue a statement like “sex and gender are non-binary”? We have eyes. There are two sets of chromosomes—XX and XY. That’s binary, people. There are only two. In the extremely rare hardly-ever-happens cases of true “intersex” people who have both sex characteristics, that is a deviation of nature. It is a birth defect. It is not another sex requiring us to change our language and understanding of natural law.
Megan Schrader, the editor of The Denver Post, is clearly one of the revolutionaries playing a dangerous game by firing a vocal dissenter.
“Megan told me I was the page’s most-read columnist. But there’s now a permanently and perpetually offended class, and in order to speak, you need to use their terminology. There’s a whole lot of you-can’t-say-that-ism going on right now.”
In an email to the Washington Free Beacon, Schrader confirmed that she fired Caldara but declined to discuss the reason.
“I am writing a job description as we speak to fill his position,” she said. “I hope that conservative Colorado writers will apply knowing that we value conservative voices on our pages and don’t have a litmus test for their opinions.”
Schrader’s claim that she “values” conservative writers is laughably false. Clearly, she and those like her only value the ones who will bow down to their new rules. The radical transgender theology should be as offensive to rational people as telling them the earth is flat. Do not allow this misinformation campaign to infect your language. Be like Caldara, even if it means losing your job over it. As the revolutionaries increase their volume and power, we must increase the sound of our dissent. They can’t fire all of us.
Megan Fox is the author of “Believe Evidence; The Death of Due Process from Salome to #MeToo,” and host of The Fringe podcast. Follow on Twitter @MeganFoxWriter