From Normal to Abnormal

From Normal to Abnormal
by JBS President Emeritus John F. McManus

Early in 2016, President Obama appointed a transgender individual to serve on the Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships (ACFBNP). The Council traces its origin to an executive order issued in 2001 by President George W. Bush. The annual recipient of millions of taxpayer dollars, the group’s stated purpose is to combat discrimination and intolerance based on religious and cultural views.

Image by AnonMoos [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

This relatively new federal agency serves as an attack on both religion and virtuous living. If you happen to hold traditional religious views or express yourself in favor of the cultural values that have always shaped our nation’s foundation, be prepared for an attack. Several of the ACFBNP appointees (each appointed for a year) are open homosexuals, promoters of abortion and same-sex marriage, and activists promoting the transgender subculture. The overall effect of such a group as ACFBNP is to force acceptance of what has always rightly been considered abnormal. In the name of tolerance, virtue is being made over into a forbidden, even reprehensible, oddity.

One organization decidedly opposed to all this is Project 21, a conservative policy group that identifies itself as “The National Leadership Network of Black Conservatives.” Critical of our nation’s “civil rights establishment,” group spokesman Emery McClendon insists that so-call “LGBT rights” are a misnomer and should never be included in the category of civil rights. Project 21 backs “entrepreneurial spirit, dedication to family, and commitment to individual responsibility.” McClendon properly counters President Obama’s pro-LGBT agenda, especially the president’s contention that children have a so-called “right” to choose which gender they prefer. McClendon claims that such an unnatural choice won’t “elevate them … it will degrade them.”

In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office released a directive from the city’s Commission on Human Rights announcing that it will henceforth be illegal to discriminate against anyone whose gender is male, female, “or something else entirely.” The document listed 31 genders that henceforth must be recognized. In our nation where everyone has been known as either male or female, this Human Rights outfit lists new genders including “drag queen,” “drag king,” “butch,” “gender fluid,” “gender blender,” “gender gifted,” and “femme person of transgender experience.”

The New York directive cautions business owners against making “assumptions about a transgender person’s sexual orientation.” It adds: “If you don’t know what pronouns to use, ask. Be polite and respectful; if you use the wrong pronoun, apologize and move on.” Should someone in business refuse to address a transgender individual with a preferred pronoun, fines as high as $250,000 can be assessed.

This craziness should not be ignored. Unless sanity continues to prevail outside of New York, directives such as the one sent throughout New York City – completely consistent with policies promoted by the federal ACFBNP – will soon impact private organizations, public places, schools, churches, and more.

A few months ago, President Obama used the occasion of his annual White House gathering of Muslim-Americans to single out “LGBT Muslims” here in America. He ignored the fact that half of the nations where LGBT behavior is completely illegal are Islamic states. One can only conclude that our nation’s current leader favors what has always been rightly considered an abomination that should never be encouraged.

Acceptance of the transgender lifestyle amounts to challenging the fact that a person’s gender exists from the moment of conception in the womb. There is no choice involved, either at conception or at any other point in one’s life. Dignifying those who claim otherwise is a gross absurdity even if Barack Obama claims otherwise.

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McManus_2Mr. McManus served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the late 1950s and joined the staff of The John Birch Society in August 1966. He has served various roles for the organization including Field Coordinator, Director of Public Affairs, and President. Mr. McManus has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs and is also author of a number of educational DVDs and books. Now President Emeritus, he continues his involvement with the Society through public speaking and writing for this blog, the JBS Bulletin, and The New American.

2 Comments on “From Normal to Abnormal”

  1. Frank M Pelteson says:

    One must always ask, “What will be the ultimate REACTION to all of this?” The liberal German Ebert government is an example of this: The REACTION was the emergence of Nazi storm-troopers. In America it could be worse: A militarized, ruthless, federal police managed out of Washington persecuting all members of the Middle Class.

    The storm-clouds are gathering.


  2. marblenecltr says:

    We have another NWO move from the GWB administration, coming to us through an Executive Order with all the Orwellian expressiveness found in “Islam is a religion of peace.” As an appeal to every one, think of this as a camel’s nose under the tent or anywhere else you don’t want it.
    Consider the First Amendment of our Constitution as you read the fifth paragraph. “If you don’t know what pronoun to use, ask. Be polite and respectful, if you use the wrong pronoun, apologize and move on.” We are told that fines as high as $250,000 can be assessed.There is some sense possible in this, but there is a much greater probability of abuse in judgments and fines. Misuse of nouns and pronouns is common, and the one being addressed has varying reactions to the way that person is spoken to and circumstances moods of the occasions. Also, certain nouns and pronouns may be acceptable when uttered by some individuals, but not by others.
    Remember, this is “faith based.” Do the teachings through Muhammad, including Jews are descendants of apes and pigs, Jews and Christians are the most vile in the sight of Allah qualify as offensive? As in the sixth paragraph, craziness indeed.
    Decisions to be made and fines assessed will be done through appointed functionaries. It is bureaucratic, administrative; it is not a matter of illegality, and it should not result in fines of up to a quarter of million dollars.


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