One of the facets that stands out in the piece is the comment by one of the young people that they wished that someone has put up some resistance to their plan to transition. Do we love our children enough to stand up to them?
CBS News has released online Leslie Stahl’s 60 Minutes report on the state of the transgender debate. You should not let the clickbait headline deter you from watching the story. It is illuminating about where the West is culturally and spiritually. As Carl Trueman properly and provocatively asks, how is that Bruce Jenner can say that he is a woman trapped in a man’s body? How did it come to be that it is now controversial to say out loud what we all know, that the Emperor is in the wrong clothes? How did we become so disconnected from nature and from objective reality? How is it that simply asking and seeking to answer these questions can get one banned from social media, “cancelled,” and, in some cases fired from one’s job?
These are important questions and the answers are even more important because they point to a deep sickness in the Western soul yes, but also to a relatively widespread delusion and psychosis. It is not too much to say that we are witnessing a mass hysteria. The first subject Stahl interviews is a transgender physician. Not long ago, that person would have been the sole subject of an entire segment and the very reasonable question would have been: should this person be allowed to practice medicine? As the report notes, today, there are dozens of clinics staffed by such people ostensibly counseling (recruiting) young people to do as they have done: to resolve their identity crisis by denying their biology. In some cases, as Stahl discovered, these transitions happen within months. In some cases, vulnerable young people are subjected to radical surgery (e.g., mastectomy or castration) after as little as a year. 13-year old children are being placed on hormone therapy. In any other time, in virtually any other culture, this would have been considered lunacy but here we are. According to the CDC, about 1,000,000 people in the USA identify as transgender but the percentage of teens who are deciding that their gender does not match their sex is said to be rising rapidly. In 2018, one study found that as many as 3% of teens surveyed identified as transgender. These kids are the victims of the sexual revolution. Sometimes they are being counseled by well-meaning but confused people. Sometimes, however, they are being counseled by those who need affirmation of their own destructive choices. This is a spiritual contest with emotional, psychological, physical, and social consequences.