What if I told you that there was a married man with 7 children who left his wife and kids and now lives with another family where he believes he is a 6-year-old girl? Would you say that he had serious mental and emotional issues and needed professional help?
That would be the expected reaction, but today, we must expect the unexpected. And so, we are now told that this man is both transgender and transager. Some people are even celebrating this madness.
I kid you not.
So, we have Bruce Jenner, woman of the year, the world's most famous example of transgender identity.
We have Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who identifies as black, a prominent example of being transracial.
Then there's Jewel Shuping, who blinded herself so her mind could be in harmony with her body. She is now a poster woman for being transabled.
There's also Gary Matthews, aka "Boomer," who believes he's a dog, apparently an example of being trans-species.
And now there's Paul Woscht, known today as Stefonkee, who "thinks he is actually a six year-old girl—not just a woman, but a six year-old girl—stuck in the body of a 50-something man."
As reported by Ashley Rae Goldenberg, "At age 46, Wolscht deserted his wife and his seven children to live his 'true' life."
As he explains, "I can't deny I was married. I can't deny I have children. But I've moved forward now and I've gone back to being a child. I don't want to be an adult right now, and I just live my life like I couldn't when I was in school."
I wonder if his ex-wife thinks that her former husband has "moved forward"? I wonder if his children think their father has "moved forward"?
Woscht now has a new family, with, he says, an "adopted mummy and daddy who are totally comfortable with me being a little girl. And their children, and their grandchildren, are totally supportive. ... We have a great time. We color, we do kids stuff. It's called play therapy. No medication, no suicide thoughts. And I just get to play."
This man needs serious help, not just "play therapy" that affirms his confusion. And to the extent that he willfully abandoned his family, he needs to repent and seek forgiveness.
One group, the Canada-based Transgender Project, made a full-length documentary about Wolscht, explaining that, "We met Stefonkee Wolscht first in the documentary Paul Wears Dresses. ... Like a large percentage of the transgender population, Stefonkee Wolscht knows first hand what it's like to be homeless, unemployed and in fear for her personal safety."
To repeat: This poor man needs serious, professional help—either spiritual, emotional, mental or all three. It is love, not hate, that motivates me to write this, since I do not mock "Stefonkee"—I pity him.
Really now, is there no point at which transadvocates will admit that there is a problem, or that, rather than affirm someone's perceived identify, they should question it? Is there no limit?
It's bad enough to believe that Paul is a woman trapped in a man's body (from all we know, this is entirely a matter of his own perception and has nothing to do with biology or chromosomes). But it's even crazier to believe that he is a little girl trapped in a middle-aged man's body.
Based on what empirical data? Based on what verifiable facts, rather than on his own distorted feelings? Will anyone dare argue that he actually has the brain of a little girl?
To give you an idea of how far these things go, there are academic studies on "Species Identity Disorder" (what I referred to earlier as being "trans-species"), including articles like, "Furries and the Limits of Species Identity Disorder: A Response to Gerbasi et al.," by Fiona Probyn-Rapsey of the University of Sydney, published in 2011 by the scholarly journal Society & Animals (vol. 19).
Yes, "furries" are people who identify as animals, and as noted in the abstract to the article, "Species identity disorder is modeled on gender identity disorder, itself a highly controversial diagnosis that has been criticized for pathologizing homosexuality and transgendered people."
I'm certainly not putting all these people into the exact same category (it seems apparent that Rachel Dolezal's issues are very different than those of Paul Wolscht), but what's clear is that all these people have something in common—from "Boomer" who believes he's a dog to "Stefonkee" who believes he's a little girl, from "Caitlyn" who believes he's a woman to Jewel who believes she should be blind.
They all have some deep psychological issues, and, rather than celebrating them, we should pray for them as well as pray for professionals to help them find wholeness.
I'm sure Wolscht must have been deeply conflicted and troubled in order to abandon his family and live in denial of his past.
And there's obviously something terribly tragic about the thought of a grown man wearing a dress and playing with little children all day, while his own children have lost their dad and his wife has lost her soulmate.
So, to repeat, I am not here to mock him but to pity him.
Yet I am here to expose the insanity of affirming people's perceptions, whatever those perceptions might be.
The transgender movement is about to hit a wall called reality, and the crash will be painful indeed.
Dr. Michael Brown (www.askdrbrown.org) is the host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio program. His latest book is Evangelicals at the Crossroads: Will We Pass the Trump Test? Connect with him on Facebook or Twitter, or YouTube.
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