ACCORDING TO REV. DREW PHOENIX . . .


GOD MAKES MISTAKES, AND IT’S UP
TO MAN TO CORRECT GOD’S ERRORS, GOD’S STUPIDITY, GOD’S FAILURES

Rev. Drew Phoenix

Posted by Transgender and Religion in Drew Phoenix, Transgender and Religion – October 16, 2010

 

My name is Rev. Drew Phoenix. I am an ordained minister in The United Methodist Church have served churches in Maryland for 20 years and now pastor in Alaska. In 2007 I became the first United Methodist minister to publicly transition from female to male and retain my ordination. But it came at a cost. What should have remained deeply intimate and personal became unnecessarily controversial and political. Defamatory statements were made against me, charges filed to discredit me, and several attempts made to end my employment with The United Methodist Church – all of this in spite of the fact that I am a highly qualified, effective minister in good standing in my denomination.

I am not alone. Tens of thousands of transgender people across the country, each and every day, are subject to hate-motivated violence and job discrimination born of fear and ignorance.


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The unemployment rate for transgender Americans is disproportionately high (roughly 35%) and an even larger number are grossly unemployed.

 

 

 

COUNTER-POINT


FACT 1:
As validated by the ongoing existence of the “Glass Ceiling” and other measures of social, political and economic equality, LGBTs practice and enforce the same racist and sexist White-privilege-based economics and politics used by their non-LGBT peers. For example, Apple’s President/CEO Tim Cook is gay, but as usual, the clear majority of Apple’s employees and management team are White. White men and White women already have "White privilege," and the LGBT movement does NOT correct the everlasting racial inequity between White people and racial minorities. And as clearly validated throughout U.S. history, it’s perfectly okay for White people to do whatever the fuck they want! Just ask Native Americans (https://youtu.be/8tEuaj4h8dw)!

FACT 2:
Black male unemployment for working age Black men (16 to 64 years of age) consistently ranges from 40% to over 65%, and consequently, there's a direct correlation between cities with the highest crime rate and cities with the highest levels of Black male unemployment. Source: Black Male Employment Rates in Milwaukee and the Nation’s Largest Metro Areas 2010, by Marc V. Levine, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, January 2012.


My experience has opened my eyes to the pastoral implications of similar situations when they occur in non-religious settings and today I speak to you as a pastor for those who cannot always speak for themselves. While the discrimination I experienced in the church gives me a keen understanding of the job discrimination transgender people face every day, it is important to note that the bills we’re promoting exempt churches from their effects because we so respect the free exercise of religion.

 

As a person of faith and an ordained minister, I call on Congress to enact legislation that brings an end to both the violence and the discrimination.


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As religious leaders and people of faith, we cannot sit by while our transgender sisters and brothers, made in the image of the Divine, continue to be oppressed.

 

COUNTER-POINT

First, if the Bible “is” the word of God, then God does NOT make mistakes:

2 Samuel 22:31

31  As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.

Second, if the Bible “is” the word of God, then God intentionally and without error, made a “man” and a “woman” in his own image; and he created a “man” and a “woman” to reproduce through their joining:

Genesis 1:27-28 (KJV)  

27  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

28  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Third, if the Bible "is" the word of God, and if there's truly a desire to establish "marriage equality," then the full scope of Bible-based relationships must be considered, including bigamy and polygamy:

1 Kings 11:2-3 (KJV)

2  Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love.

3  And he (Solomon) had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.

2 Chronicles 11:21 (KJV)

21  And Rehoboam loved Maachah the daughter of Absalom above all his wives and his concubines: (for he took eighteen wives, and threescore concubines; and begat twenty and eight sons, and threescore daughters.)

2 Samuel 5:13 (KJV)

13  And David took him more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem, after he was come from Hebron: and there were yet sons and daughters born to David.

Now that the LBGT lifestyle is acceptable socially, politically and successfully coerced throughout the faith-based community, what about the rights of bigamists and polygamists?? Don't they have "rights" too?? What wrong with having multiple wives and multiple husbands?? Since the church and government have opened the door on "marriage equality," where's the so-called high-and-righteous moral compass to enable individuals and groups to have multiple marriages? There's a class action lawsuit (bigamists and polygamists vs. the U.S. Government) just waiting to happen, and the ACLU and the U.S. Supreme Court better get ready!

Fourth, if the Bible “is” the word of God, then “God” never created a “transgender” person or the term “transgender.” If the Bible “is” the word of God, then there is no “third” gender.  Man came up with that crap!

 

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We have a moral responsibility to care for the most marginalized among us.

 

 

COUNTER-POINT

 

This is double-talk and pointless rhetoric frequently spoken by many White people to defer any immediate responsibility to correct injustice, racism, and oppression, particularly against minorities. Before granting so-called "equal rights" to sub-cultures within sub-cultures, why not give equal rights to the most oppressed and enslaved people in the U.S., Native Americans and Black people?

As validated with the June 2014 issue of “The Atlantic” magazine, as mandated by White-privilege, the race card has been played on Black people during 250 years of slavery, 90 years of Jim Crow, 60 years of separate but equal, 35 years of state-sanctioned redlining.

Again, as clearly validated throughout U.S. history, it’s perfectly okay for White people to do whatever the fuck they want! Just ask Native Americans (https://youtu.be/8tEuaj4h8dw)!



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Justice demands that we take action and put in place, safeguards against violence and workplace discrimination, for the most vulnerable.

 

COUNTER-POINT

In summary, according to Rev. Drew Phoenix (formerly “Rev. Ann Gordon”), “GOD MAKES MISTAKES, AND IT’S UP TO MAN TO CORRECT GOD’S ERRORS, GOD’S STUPIDITY, GOD’S FAILURES.”

White men are the most privileged race and gender on the planet, which establishes Rev. Drew as yet another White person seeking to promote his sexual perversions at the immediate expenses of others.

Hallelujah!

Amen.



 

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EPILOGUE:

For the record, the author has absolutely nothing against the LGBTQI community; in fact, the author doesn't care any more or any less about LGBTQIs than for White people or Latinos or Asians or Native Americans or the disabled or anyone else. Again, before granting so-called "equal rights" to sub-cultures within sub-cultures, why not give equal rights to the most oppressed and enslaved people in the U.S., Native Americans and Black people? FACT: As validated by the ongoing existence of the “Glass Ceiling” and other measures of social, political and economic equality, LGBTQIs practice and enforce the same racist and sexist White-privilege-based economics and politics used by their non-LGBT peers. For example, Apple’s President/CEO Tim Cook is gay, but as usual, the clear majority of Apple’s employees and management team are White. White men and White women already have "White privilege," and the LGBT movement does NOT correct the everlasting racial inequity between White people and racial minorities. And as clearly validated throughout U.S. history, it’s perfectly okay for White people to do whatever the fuck they want! Just ask Native Americans [https://youtu.be/8tEuaj4h8dw]!