Former Representative, still Reverend Steve Hickey weighs in with what sounds like a call for legislators to get their priorities straight. Rev. Hickey looks at the continuing spate of paranoid anti-transgender bills in the South Dakota Legislature and suggests we don’t have much to fear from transgender people sharing whichever bathroom with us:
As the father of a daughter it has been a compelling concern that my daughter’s right to privacy in a bathroom be a consideration. But then I remember she grew up with two brothers and knows how to lock a door. From what I’m told, women’s restrooms today have individual stalls with locking doors. Also I’m aware that transgendered people generally despise and hide their birth genitalia and therefore aren’t the people we need to worry about forcing their genitalia on others. While traveling recently the airport cleaning lady mopped around a few of us lined up at the urinal and it dawned on me we can relax a bit about cross-gender bathroom use. My wife and I taught our kids to treat everyone the same and look past race and disability. We taught them to befriend people who were on the margins; fat, awkward, tom boys or tom girls [Rev. Steve Hickey, “Empathy, Accommodation for Transgendered,” that Sioux Falls paper, 2016.02.15].
Hickey breaks out the Bible and finds no solid ground for anti-trans bills like HB 1008:
The only passage in the Bible that speaks of crossdressing is Deuteronomy 22:5 and it is generally considered by Biblical scholars as a prohibition forbidding the Israelites from participating in Canaanite religious rituals of swapping sex roles and temple prostitution. It is a stretch to suggest the verse is God’s view on gender dysphoria. Appealing to 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 about effeminate men ignores that gender dysphoria was not an issue in the context of the letter [Hickey, 2016.02.15].
Hickey takes a line that sounds like my own Senate campaign tack: we have bigger fish to fry than mote-plank culture-war conflicts.
So, WWJD? He’d probably have some scandalous friendships today with transgendered people and say things to the rest of us like; What makes you think someone else’s brokenness is a bigger deal to God than your own? Then maybe he’d join my gay friend Steve Hildebrand and myself in challenging the financial sins of the loan sharks like Chuck Brennan and Rod Aycox [Hickey, 2016.02.15].
Payday lenders, insufficient teacher pay, corruption robbing the taxpayers… we’ve got lots of sins to tackle. Telling transgender kids where to pee isn’t one of them.