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"Trans ___ are ___" is a gnostic faith statment about the inner divine rather than a divinity greater than onesself. There is no god greater than the self in Genderism.

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All of the pieces in your substack so far have been exceptional, including this one. Thank you for expressing the religious nature of gender ideology so clearly and compellingly!

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What the author is describing - and very well - is a form of secular religious thinking that skates disturbingly close to fascism. In hurling the 'F' word around so spitefully trans activists are disclosing more about themselves than they realise. Forty five years ago I and a number of others had apparently expelled ourselves from a communist party and one of our number, with a cheeky grin, summed up the 'excommunication' we had been subjected to as an example of secular religious thinking. He summed it up as "Follow me and you need never think again." A comment I hard wired on the spot.

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One of the best pieces I've ever read on this issue. Thank you.

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Excellent piece. You expressed this so well.

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Wonderful piece.

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"The notion that anyone could be born in the wrong body is among the cruelest ideas to emerge from the unholy marriage of postmodernism and late-stage capitalism." - brilliant.

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I remember reading an article (on Reality's Last Stand, I think) that compared transfolk to the priests of the Church of Woke Delusions. They can do no wrong. Somehow "allies" find a way to almost ignore the crimes of a person, so long as that person calls themselves "trans."

Allowing real religious leaders (e.g., priests) to do whatever they wanted led to generations of people--adults and children alike--being mistreated and abused by the hands of so-called "holy men."

Now, we're watching as trans priests and their queer deacons get away with literal murder and abuse. We're watching a cult radicalize in live-time, my friends.

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Absolutely brilliant piece. I am not LGBT, and am in UK, and a signed up TERF. I love

these wonderful sane pieces from people who understand more than me, and can help me appreciate that my views are shared by all of us who are concerned about the madness and dangers of extreme gender ideology - despite whatever 'label' we relate to.

And please do give me a new take on this troubled debate as, frankly, I'm sick if listening to myself. Hope that makes sense.

Long live anti delusion and not anti trans!

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Nice piece - particularly the line “Gender identity ideology, the belief that there is a gendered spirit that exists separate from the body”. I came to the same conclusion that you have some time back, more aggressively - the reality of gender is that gender has no reality. Gremlins, ghosts, gods and genders - supernatural things which evaporate under scrutiny.

The attendant gender pseudoscience is part of the religion BTW, like parapsychology, occult science, and repressed memories.

A religion without the divine I would define as “folklore”

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Beautifully written and reasoned.

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My god, that was BRILLIANT. You've nailed it: a "religion dressed up as a civil rights movement".

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What I primarily have taken issue with here is the bullet points 1. to 3. which attempt to enumerate why "gender identity ideology" is a religion in all but name. The points are nonsensical and inaccurate. Does anyone really believe that there are some hierarchical levels associated with being a trans ally, etc? And yet, these points passed without challenge, accepted as fact by other commenters.

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What Sweden continues to do is to leave decisions about gender affirming care to the patient, the parents, and the doctors. That is how it was here before many red states began to ban or restrict gender affirming care. Now our politicians rely on a small minority of disaffected professionals (in many cases not even doctors) to affirm their own biases against transgender people.

Sadly, I live in such a red state. Sadly, the words of a small number of people who disagree with the establishment and fly around the country to testify in multiple states, are given more weight than the lived experiences of the children and parents who try to share their stories and are refused the opportunity to speak.

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The substance? It's built on a faulty premise, and the supporting material is largely as false as the term "gender ideology."

It is likely impossible to prove that people can be born in the wrong body, but there is a sizeable and reliable body of scientific evidence that says people who say they feel like their body is wrong can reap benefit from medical treatment. If science is a belief system, that's weird to me, but I can understand if you want to define it that way.

There is a reason there are a hundred times more members of the American Academy of Pediatrics than there are in the American College of Pediatricians. The AAP has roughly 70,000 members, and relies on best available information for the treatment of children. The ACP has roughly 700 members and touts studies of, to put it kindly, lesser rigor; frankly, they're entirely ideologically based, whereas the AAP deals in pragmatic reality... kind of the opposite of a religion.

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Oh, my, what a leap is required to think that believing trans people is a religion! It is at least as easy to categorize the refusal to accept that trans people are different from cis people as a religion.

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