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Should transgender people use the bathroom that matches their identity? Show more Show less
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There is continued controversy around which bathroom trans people should use - that which is true to their identity, or that which matches their assigned gender at birth. While radical feminist women's groups characterise this as an issue of safety, it can also be seen as a fundamental contravention of trans people's rights to not allow them to use the bathroom that matches their identity.

Transgender people should not use the bathroom that matches their identity Show more Show less

This isn’t about rights
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Sexual liberty should not trump religious liberty

Religions are against trans people, so we should not allow them to self identify
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Context

Many religious beliefs assert that your birth gender is your God-given identity. We have no right to challenge God's actions or acknowledge any trans citizen's self-defined gender identity.

The Argument

Any society that promotes a tolerant view of religious freedom should be against allowing trans people to self-identify. Allowing the transgender community to use the bathroom of their self-identity is an attack on religious values. Everybody has the right to believe what their faith teaches. In acknowledging trans rights, we are trampling over the rights of Christians and other faiths to practice their beliefs. If a Christian owns a restaurant, and a transgender customer enters, it is immoral for the business-owner to serve them, let alone permit them to use the bathroom of their choosing.[1]

Counter arguments

The religious view of gender and sex is too narrow. It ignores science and cannot adequately explain all aspects of gender and sex. For example, genetic disorders can lead to children being born with both a penis and a vagina. How would religious leaders classify their sex? Their view of sex and gender is too narrow to acknowledge the existence of millions of people around the world which possess both male and female genitalia.[2] Also, Christians assert that if a person was born a certain way, then God intends them to remain that way. Yet, science tells us that even if someone was born anatomically female, their brain function can more closely resemble that of a male. God created our minds and our bodies, therefore, God intentionally created transgender people, and people whose brains identify with a gender which does not match their body.[3]

Proponents

Premises

[P1] Religious freedoms protect a person's right to practice their faith unimpeded by the law. [P2] Many faiths reject a trans person's right to self-identify. [P3] Therefore, allowing trans people to self-identify limits religious freedoms.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P3] Religious reasons for rejecting transgender people are not consistent or logical, and should not be the basis for law.

References

  1. https://www.frc.org/op-eds/same-sex-marriage-ruling-starts-new-religious-freedom-war
  2. https://religionnews.com/2016/05/14/3-reasons-conservative-christians-will-lose-the-transgender-debate/
  3. https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20032-transsexual-differences-caught-on-brain-scan.html#.UhKQTBYx-5c
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