Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said recently he’s open to transgender individuals serving in the military. How very tolerant of him.
However, I wonder if Carter, a trained scientist, would welcome the inclusion of alchemy (the ancient belief in the ability to change an element like lead into a valuable element like gold) in college curricula?
Science has debunked alchemy. And yet Carter seemingly subscribes to the same belief by pushing for transgender rights. But no amount of surgery, clothing and therapy will change the birth sex of any individual at the chromosomal level. No torturing of the English language, such as using neologisms like “cis,” will change that either.
Perhaps instead of backing social experimentation and make-believe for some adults, Carter would do better to make sure our armed services can actually fight.