In a 1981 essay on abortion titled A View of Abortion To Offend Everybody, Catholic doctor and novelist Walker Percy laments the “fobbing off of rhetoric” in the abortion debate. He also laments, particularly because he is a novelist, the “chronic misuse of words” that colored the debate at the time, and still does. Percy considers it his duty to maintain the validity and fidelity of words, as a writer who “trafficks in words and meanings.”
This defense of rightly understood and articulated language within social and spiritual debate by pro-lifer Walker Percy concerning the abortion “atrocity,” as he calls it, came to my mind upon hearing from another area of society that is seeking to reject or bastardize the English language to fit a perverse system. Not surprisingly, I heard about this on NPR. Apparently some students at large high schools and colleges are changing the way they introduce themselves in order to support the gay/transgender movement. Upon meeting someone, or when introducing themselves to a class, these young people give their names, school year, and their choice of personal pronoun. It sounds something like this: “Hi, my name is Jason. I am a sociology major and I choose to answer to the she/her personal pronoun.” In one statement, these arrogant people thumb their noses at biology and grammar. The introduction makes no attempt to hide that this person views gender as a choice.
Demands of a Gender Neutral Worldview
Supporters of this movement argue, as most homosexual groups do, that this is an individual’s choice, and other people should respect a person’s right to consider himself however he will, be it as male or female, or both— or neither, I assume. However, the trajectory and assumptions of this “personal preference” idea quickly reveal the perverse and public qualities being encouraged. By choosing your own third person pronoun, you make a third party complicit in your relativistic decision (I use the word “decision” in the loosest sense). If you really are a “her,” the only way your decision to be called a “him” works is if you force the speaker to suspend their own views and embrace your own. These students want to force others to change with them.
If you continue down this road of individual definition of biological facts, the ugliness continues. This system is what allows doctors, mothers, and fathers to say that a baby in the womb is not a real baby, so it can be terminated. These individuals believe they can decide the specifics of their own human biology, and the legitimacy of an unborn baby’s human biology. To them, all of life is subjective. They are their own gods. They foolishly think that the pot has no need for the Potter. Because to them, the pot is all there is.
This post first appeared in Every Thought Captive magazine.