Posted April 13, 2010 by Sheryl Young in Christian Living
 
 

Pediatricians advise against encouragement of gender-confused behavior

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The American College of Pediatricians has launched a new web site appealing to educators across the United States.

They are asking schools, school officials and parents not to encourage sexual experimentation among students who feel they may be homosexual or gender-confused.

The Web site, “Facts About Youth” also carries information for the students themselves.

The ACP has also sent a letter and fact sheet to more than 14,000 school superintendents.

This group of health professionals presents the theory that children and adolescents are often confused at first, but if given the chance, they grow out of it and into natural affections for the opposite sex.

Little boys and girls may switch to playing with dolls of the opposite gender. That behavior, says ACP, is usually discouraged but may actually be healthy. Most children also don’t often like the opposite sex until they are pre-adolescent.

The pediatricians say these feelings should not be a green light to encourage alternative sexual orientations or experimentation.

Some points The American College of Pediatricians brings up:
-Schools should refrain from adopting policies encouraging non-heterosexual attractions.
-Schools should not be quick to establish and accept various sexual labels.
-It should never be offered as proven fact that a homosexual or trans-gender orientation is non-changeable.

The organization refers to evidence from The National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) that homosexuality, lesbianism and bisexuality are not necessarily fixed, life-long conditions.

NARTH’s evidence has long been refuted by organizations supporting gay rights, but claims to date there is no scientific proof of a gay gene.

NARTH advises that Gender Identity Disorder (GID, transexualism) is a correctable mental disorder, but that these feelings are encouraged today instead of applying recommended treatment to correct the disposition.

The Facts for Youth website also offers information from the Centers for Disease Control about the overwhelming dangers of homosexual or bisexual activity to the health of young people.

ACP’s position runs contrary to today’s political correctness:
What the American College of Pediatricians is saying could be declared “hate speech” according to current trends in tolerance and diversity:

-In April of each year since 1996, a “Day of Silence” takes place in public schools. This day was created by GLSEN (The Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) in conjunction with other gay rights groups to end what they consider to be the constant bullying and taunting of gay children and teens across the country.

On the Day of Silence, all students are to remain silent about the issue of homosexuality or gender confusion for an entire day. Liberty Counsel and other law firms are informing parents that it is not illegal to keep children out of school that day, as a form of protected religious free speech.

-Cities in Florida, Texas and other states have recently adopted or are considering ordinances to allow persons of various sexual orientations to use the other sex’s bathrooms in public places.

-Congress is once again set to vote on ENDA, The Employment Non-Discrimination Act,  (S. 1584/H.R. 3017 ). ENDA has circulated for years without garnering enough votes to pass. It is a measure guaranteeing, among other new rules, that schools and businesses must allow cross-dressers, transsexuals, and other gender-confused persons to appear as they wish on a daily basis without being reprimanded.

President Obama’s recent appointee to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is Chai Feldblum, one of the main authors of ENDA. Critics of ENDA fear the sexual orientation language is so broad that it could include fetishes such as bestiality.

What does the Bible say?
Bible critics state that if we obey the Old Testament’s laws about homosexuality (Leviticus 18:22-23; 20:13), we would still be stoning gays and lesbians to death. But in the New Testament, Jesus died once for all to cover our sins (Ephesians 1:7 for example).
And although same-sex behavior is still considered a sin (Romans 1:26-32, 1 Corinthians 6:8-10, 1 Timothy 1:9-11), Bible believers are in no way instructed to hate or harm the person(s) involved.

On the contrary, we are to lovingly attempt instruction and restoration of people involved in all sin. The problem is—behaviors of a sexual nature outside marriage between a man and a woman are no longer considered sin by secular society.


Sheryl Young

 
Sheryl has been freelance writing since 1997 for both faith-based and general publications. Her editorials and articles have appeared in national newspapers and magazines as well as online. Her latest book is entitled "What Every Christian Should Know about the Jewish People." See all of Sheryl's posts here.