Children say such funny things. One of ours, many years ago, had the idea that there were three sexes – male, female and email.
It’s worth a chuckle now. But it’s very far from funny that an increasing number of people in our society seem to think that there are four sexes – male, female, gay and lesbian. Or maybe it’s six sexes, if you count bisexual and transgender. Even professing Christians have been caught up in this tragic folly and are insisting that God made us all just the way we are, whether male or female, gay or straight.
It’s an urgent reminder of the need to teach our children to think logically. Rational thinking is largely a matter of putting things in the right categories. Children begin to teach it to themselves when they get out the blocks and suddenly decide to sort them into separate piles by colour or shape, or when you let them play in the button tin and they pick out all the ones with two holes or four holes. As we get older, we learn to put more sophisticated things like ideas and concepts into categories too. We learn what criteria to use to separate one concept from another. And if we learn that successfully, we should never be taken in by the clever double-speak of social engineers. Remember, whoever defines the terms wins the debate. We saw this in the so-called debate over the so-called anti-smacking law, whereby the family was made an illegal institution in this country while we were all sidetracked into a gigantic blabberfest about ‘smacking’.
So it is with the present debate over same-sex ‘marriage’, which is being twisted into a campaign for equal rights for people of all sexual orientations. Those who are succeeding in defining the terms of the debate are those who put gender, race and sexual orientation into one category, and insist that none of them should be the basis for discrimination.
Well, you see, they’re putting three blocks in the same pile that don’t belong together at all. Bear with me while I plod through this:
People come in two varieties, male and female, having similarities and differences which it would be tiresome to discuss here. Which one we are is written into our DNA, physically determined from the moment of conception, and with us for life. This is the only unchangeable and absolute distinction among all of humanity.
As for race, there is only one race: the human race. The idea of ‘the races of man’ is based more on culture and prejudice than any absolute difference between populations. There is more genetic variation within any one so-called ‘race’ than there is between one ‘race’ and another.
And as for sexual orientation, it is a will-o’-the-wisp. As Ian Wishart has argued in his powerful book Eve’s Bite, the idea that everyone is born with an immutable sexual identity is largely the construction of politically-correct, heterosexual liberals. The homosexual literature is open about the fact that there is no real cut-off point between promiscuity, adultery, homosexuality, trans-sexuality, paedophilia, or anything else all down the line. It’s just a question of how far you want to go.
So let’s not be fooled by slippery words. Let’s not let others define the terms of the debates we engage in, whatever they may be. Let’s teach ourselves first, and then our children, to put the blocks in the right boxes in our heads.