Christian Commentators Respond to National Geographic Featuring Transgender Child on Cover

Two different covers of the Jan. 2017 issue of National Geographic feature several children and young adults said to be classified under a range of descriptors related to the two genders. National Geographic photo
Two different covers of the Jan. 2017 issue of National Geographic feature several children and young adults said to be classified under a range of descriptors related to the two genders.
National Geographic photo

A 9-year-old boy who considers himself female is featured on the cover of the January 2017 National Geographic. The entire issue is dedicated to subjective gender identity primarily through the eyes of children while excluding biblical authority.

But the idea of transgenderism or gender fluidity is itself a fallacy void not only of Scripture but also of science, Christian commentators told Baptist Press.

Glenn Stanton, director of family formation studies at Focus on the Family, and apologist Ken Ham, founder of Answers in Genesis (AiG), said the idea of gender fluidity is based in part on a person’s flawed mental state. One Million Moms (1MM), an advocacy group aimed at protecting children from exploitation, has started a petition against the National Geographic issue.

National Geographic’s special “Gender Revolution” issue pictures the transgender child on the cover of the subscription issue available online since Dec. 19. The newsstand issue, available Dec. 27, has the same inside content as the subscription issue, but features a group of seven youth on its cover who identify with such descriptors as “intersex nonbinary,” “transgender female,” androgynous,” and “bi-gender.”

“It’s just simply absolutely false and pure ideology that gender is fluid,” Stanton said. “Across human culture and history there are males and females…. There is no science whatsoever that has determined a 3rd or 4th or 5th gender.”

Nearly all pre-adolescent kids who are “gender dysphoric” or confused about their gender revert back to their biological sex by puberty, Stanton said, citing the statistic of 75 percent to 98 percent, based on studies. Clinicians recommend that parents do not facilitate the transition of pre-adolescent children to the other gender, said Stanton, who has written and spoken extensively on gender identity.

Ham, founder of Answers in Genesis, said he’s not surprised National Geographic does not explore God’s Word in the magazine.

“They’re really not out to discuss all the different views and to put in what the biblical view is,” Ham told BP, “because they really want to impose a particular view on the culture, and the particular view they want to impose is you can be anything you want, and … nobody can tell you that it’s definitely male and female…. What they’re really saying is we’re going to tell you you can be anything you want to be.”

1MM condemns National Geographic’s use of children in promoting a belief in gender fluidity.

“Advocates for sexual confusion have quickly moved from using adults to promote their agenda to exploiting children as the face of their cause,” 1MM said in a Dec. 21 press release. “Susan Goldberg, the National Geographic editor, should be ashamed of herself for using a young child in such an abusive manner. The overwhelming majority of doctors and psychiatrists label what this child is going through as ‘gender dysphoria’ and National Geographic is praising it as ‘beautiful.'”

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Diana Chandler