News of the Week for Aug. 6th, 2017
Venezuela, the land of rationed toothpaste, is seeing an actual civil war with opposing side claiming legitimacy, and growing increasingly violent.
Venezuela’s Congress has declared Maduro’s hand-picked lackey’s on Venezuela’s Supreme Court to be illegitimate and appointed their own new Supreme Court. Maduro has in turn threatened to arrest the Congress’ appointments. Each side is claiming to be the only legitimate power, and both are claiming popular mandate, though the Congress was elected more recently than Maduro. Each side is also setting up their own referenda. The Congress’ support has shown massive support, while voters snub Maduro’s attempt to legitimize a constitutional super-body.
That support has manifested in outright attacks on Venezuelan National Guardsmen, who have been stripped naked and beaten in revenge for earlier street violence by the Guardsmen. And now, opposition leaders are disappearing.
Gender Identity, whether one believes one is a boy, a girl, or mayonnaise, is concomitantly considered both something that one defines themself by, with no objective basis but only one’s subjective opinion, but also an integral part of one’s being that defines who they know they are and that can not be changed (to the point of making such attempts illegal).
There is a word for a belief that so thoroughly defines a person, both to themselves and to others, that lacks an objective or scientific description: Faith.
Though there are differences, such as an inability to objectively even define the term “boy” vs. moral codes and holy tomes of religion, the similarities are manifest: Both involve knowing a transcendental and absolute truth; both define what a person believes they are and how they act and think; and both are now topics for which people will vehemently disagree.
Yet we see these two faiths in conflict, with the privileged few being able to use their power to force their subjective reality of “gender”. Transgenderism under the law is not about civil rights, it is a holy war.
If the political movement for transgenderism really is about the right to exist as one’s identified identity, and to live freely as such, then perhaps it should be accorded rights as a faith.
Thus, I offer, in all musing, this compromise: Any rights and liberties afforded to either religion or to transgenderism shall apply equally to both. One can express their transgender identity/faith to the same extent and protect afforded to a religious faith; one will be protected from discrimination as transgender to the same extent as afforded to a religious faith; one’s transgender beliefs and identity will be protected to the same extent as afforded to a religious faith; one will not be required to bake a cake in celebration of either one; both shall stand in regards to the state as the other as regards its establishment as official government policy and practice.
Only after recently legalizing Same-Sex Marriages, Columbia has smashed the duo-normative oppression of the two-person family core unit (i.e. the “Diarchy“) and is now recognizing a three member “thruple” of three men:
“Three gay men say they have gained legal recognition as the first ‘polyamorous family’ in Colombia, where same-sex marriages were legalized last year.
“Actor Victor Hugo Prada and his two partners, sports instructor John Alejandro Rodriguez and journalist Manuel Jose Bermudez, have signed legal papers with a solicitor in the city of Medellin, establishing them as a family unit with inheritance rights.
“‘We wanted to validate our household… and our rights, because we had no solid legal basis establishing us as a family,’ said one of the men, Prada, in a video published by Colombian media on Monday.”
“Once the idea that one’s biological sex was irrelevant to marriage, did anyone really think that the number of people involved would remain so sacrosanct, particularly since polygamy has been widespread throughout human history while true same-sex marriage is virtually unknown?”