Last week at the US Republican CPAC conference, Daily Wire host Michael Knowles said that “for the good of society… transgenderism must be eradicated from public life entirely” to loud applause. He now claims that he didn’t mean that trans people should be eradicated; just “transgenderism”.
Let’s try that with some other isms, shall we? How about, “for the good of society… Judaism must be eradicated from public life entirely”? No? “Islamism must be eradicated from public life entirely?” No? “Catholicism must be eradicated from public life entirely?”
Why not? No one – if we’re to take this rhetorical flourish as being straight (ahem) – is suggesting that Judaism, Catholicism, Islam, be eradicated from private life.
But we have, all of us, ended up agreeing over the past couple of centuries that two of the three are eradicated from public life. It was illegal for the Catholics to build a church in England up until 1837. We decided that that was too much public against Catholic to stand. Catholicism is now a part of private life for anyone who wishes and is not of public life. The Pope can say whatever he likes about abortion and whoever may agree or not as they wish. But public life does not change abortion law according to Il Papa. Only to how many of the English agree with Il Papa and vote according to those structures – not many and not that much.
Starmer might become the first PM married to a Jew (umm, I think?). Boris was the first Catholic PM (OK, more in breach etc but still). Other than a mild flutter in certain hearts neither issue is of any great importance and most certainly neither had anything at all to do with whether they’re allowed to take their public positions. The religion is a private, not public, matter.
There is an entirely respectable (whether that’s the one Knowles was making is another matter) argument for trannies to be exactly so treated. Oh, so you’re in a frock? Had the chop? How interesting, now, how about them Dodgers?
Trans or con substantiation is no longer even relevant to public position or public politics, the public sphere or the public realm. The eradication of trasgenderism from public life is merely applying exactly the same concept to trans and cis gender.
Huhn, amazing what logic can do, eh?