Ideas have consequences and bad ideas have victims. And the American Academy of Pediatricians just made a monumental decision to embrace a very bad idea.
For thirty years, the Soviet Union was held ideologically captive by what is known as “Lysenkoism.” Rejecting the tenets of modern genetics, Lysenkoism argued that organisms passed to their offspring characteristics developed due to their environment.
Scientifically-speaking, this is nonsense. But, Lysenkoism served well that Communist belief in the plasticity of human nature and the possibility of what they called the “Soviet New Man.” It was nonsense, but it was ideologically useful nonsense.
In the end, Lysenkoism set Soviet science back decades. It was the basis for the persecution of thousands of scientists, and even caused untold suffering as the pseudo-science led to reduced crop yields. The whole episode offers a tragic lesson that ideology should never replace science.
Unfortunately, it’s a lesson we seemed to have not learned. In mid-September, the American Academy of Pediatrics published a policy statement calling for “gender affirmative care,” which is just another way of saying that pediatricians ought to embrace transgender ideology and fully affirm any child’s gender choice.
The Academy’s new policy was based on two assumptions. First, that “variations in gender identity and expression are normal aspects of human diversity, and binary definitions of gender do not always reflect emerging gender identities.” Second, that “if a mental health issue exists (in a child struggling with gender identity), it most often stems from stigma and negative experiences rather than being intrinsic to the child.”
But hey, how is any of this news? It seems every time we turn around, yet another group is capitulating to transgender ideology and rejecting the biological basis for sex and gender, and even treating someone’s transgender confusion as the final say in who they are.
The only remaining exception is, of all groups, the American Psychiatric Association. Hardly a bastion of social conservatism, the APA still believes “gender dysphoria” is a thing. They define “gender dysphoria” as a “conflict between a person’s physical or assigned gender and the gender with which he/she/they identify.” They point out that people with gender dysphoria are “sometimes described as being uncomfortable with their body (particularly developments during puberty).”
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Source: Christian Post