The Real Reason the Religious Right Opposes Trans Equality. (It Isn’t Bathroom Predators.)
Look no further than the Transgender Confusion and Transformational Christianity conference, put on by the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors in October 2015. Pitched as a serious examination of trans Christian life, the conference quickly descended into virulent attacks on the trans identity. Being trans, one speaker announced, is an “effect of the fall” of Adam and Eve, while “gender dysmorphia” [sic] is a “sinful instinct.” Men must be men and women must be women, the conference concluded. Any transgression, such as sex reassignment or gender nonconformity, must be condemned as contrary to Christianity, the Bible, Jesus Christ, and God.

Like in all things, at the heart of transphobic hate lies religious belief. 

The Knowledge Of Mi’raj: However Much You Want To Know, That Much Is Going To Be Given To You


The Mi’raj, it is an ocean. There is no difference, it should not be different from a person who is a Muslim, a person who is a Mu'min, person who is in Tarikat, person who is a Sheykh, person who is a murid, the Mi’raj is the same. The only difference is what you take from the Mi’raj. Do you understand? What is it that you take from it? And what you take from the Miraj, what you take from this Mi’raj, like the ocean, is how much you are going to swim and to take from the Ocean. Are you just going to take the fish? Or are you going to swim deeper to take the jewels?

InsyaAllah ar-Rahman, we are asking Allah for forgiveness, and it is our intention tonight to remember and to commemorate and to give high value to the ascension of the Prophet (asws), to the Isra’ and the Mi’raj of the Holy Prophet (asws), an honor that was only given to him, not to any other Prophet, that he made the journey, in the twelfth year of the hijra,in the time of when the oppression and the boycott was so heavy on the Muslims. And the Muslims, small, oppressed group, they were cut off from everything. And they were free, it was free for all the other tribes, all the other mushriks to attack the Muslims because the uncle of the Prophet (asws) who was protecting him, he passed that year. The beloved wife of the Prophet (asws), after twenty-five years, she passed, Hz Khadijah, that those who were weak, their faith was just shaking. It was a time when Holy Prophet (asws) was left almost alone and he was feeling very lonely. That was a time when they had finished oppressing them, now they want to destroy his spirit, and Abu Jahil came to him and insulted him, saying, ‘ you say you are a Prophet? If there’s going to be Prophet, it’s going to be me. Not you. Where are your followers? Where is your power? Where is your wealth? Nothing, you have nothing!’ And he asked seven of the highest born mushrik leaders to come and to insult the Prophet (asws) like that.

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Whenever the energy of anger comes up, we often want to express it to punish the person whom we believe to be the source of our suffering. This is the habit energy in us. When we suffer, we always blame the other person for having made us suffer. We do not realise that anger is, first of all, our business. We are primarily responsible for our anger, but we believe very naively that if we can say something or do something to punish the other person, we will suffer less. This kind of belief should be uprooted. Because whatever you do or say in a state of anger will only cause more damage in the relationship. Instead, we should try not to do anything or say anything when we are angry.
—  Thich Nhat Hanh
Acting as if you’ve already received what you want attracts what you want to you. So go through your day happy and thrilled as if you’ve just got that promotion or that new car. Do the same with others! Act as if someone you just met is one of your closest friends, and they might just become that. Need to break the ice? What ice? There’s none! Show rapport, and you’ll receive it in return.
—  Style: The Modern Lady’s Guide to Elegance and Charm by Eliza Chamber

“The demand that people believe that everything is really in the best hands, that the Bible gives us definitive assurances of the divine control and wisdom presiding over the fate of humanity, translates back into reality as the will to suppress the fact that humanity has been in the worst hands, governed by people who are in bad shape and full of malice and revenge.”

—F. Nietzsche, Ecce Homo, “Daybreak” §2 (edited excerpt).

Can I tell you a secret? You don’t have to be in a relationship.

I mean it. I know they force it down your throat until you choke on it. Girls aren’t pretty unless they’re wanted. Boys aren’t men unless they’re having sex with someone. People aren’t loveable until they’re dating someone.

But a relationship won’t always make you happy, and as wonderful as romance is, it isn’t the only love that exists. I have seen friendships that are deeper and more pure than couples who swear it’s forever - and yet the friendship is the one people ignore.

I have heard so often “nobody loves me” out of the mouths of people who are single. And it kills me because if you ask them: where are your parents, your teachers, your classmates, your pets - they say, yes, okay, but it doesn’t count. Of course it counts, love doesn’t diminish just because someone doesn’t want to have sex with you. In fact, doesn’t it sort of make that love more real that they want nothing - not even a date - out of you?

It is pretty to be in love. It’s magical, I’m sure. But it’s also wonderful to stop for ice cream in your prom dress with six other girls. It’s also wonderful to go visit the world with nothing but a bunch of buddies who are really excited about learning.

The problem is: we’ve made everything about “the one”. But maybe “the one” is just you, loving yourself, having fun, and being happy. Maybe instead of looking for our other halves, we should be piecing ourselves together.

Maybe I wasn’t born unfinished. Maybe I am the one who makes myself better.


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