(Author’s note: I live in the Hillsboro, Missouri, area. When out in public, I’ve been asked about the controversy. So, I thought I should address it in a larger forum.)
Recently, a woman named Rachel Dolezal was forced to resign as head of the NAACP in Spokane, Washington. The reason? Because, although she “identified” as black, she actually was not. It’s one of those inconvenient facts of life. Either you are or you’re not.
A century-and-a-half ago, Abraham Lincoln made a brilliant observation. After a lengthy speech by one of his political opponents, Lincoln stepped up to the podium, looked out at the crowd and asked, “How many legs would a horse have if you called his tail a leg?”
Someone in the crowd called out, “Five.”
Lincoln responded, “No, just four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.”
We can say that something is what it is not, but that doesn’t suddenly make it true. I could call my Ford Escort a Lamborghini, but that doesn’t make it a Lamborghini.
If someone wants to “identify” as a gazelle, or a rutabaga, or the Empire State Building, that’s their choice. But that doesn’t make it true.
Why have we allowed logical, rational thought to be shoved aside by absurd “political correctness”? Does no one in our culture notice that what we are espousing actually is contrary to common sense?
Let’s permit a teenage male to be in the girls’ locker room so he can somehow feel better about himself. Sure, that makes sense. Or not.
Have we forgotten that there is a reason why males and females have separate restrooms and locker rooms?
No wonder U.S. students’ test scores in subjects like math and science are falling compared to the rest of the world. We can’t even figure out basic anatomy.
(By the way, I have nothing at all against “Lila” Perry. I’m not a hater, even a little. His story is simply one of many logical outcomes in a society that declares that right and wrong do not exist, and that everyone should selfishly do whatever makes them feel good.)