The subject of bathrooms — specifically who can legally use them — is very much in the news. An example is found in the Washington Post: Debate over North Carolina ‘bathroom law’ flares in GOP race. There are over 300 comments so far. One brief excerpt from the news story should be sufficient:
A debate over a North Carolina law that rolled back protections for gay and transgender people roiled the Republican presidential race Thursday, with front-runner Donald Trump criticizing the measure as bad for business and Ted Cruz defending it as something that will protect young girls. The North Carolina law has been dubbed the “bathroom bill” and now “bathroom law” because it mandates that people use the restroom that corresponds to the sex on their birth certificate. It sparked a major backlash from LGBT groups and businesses, including PayPal and Deutsche Bank, which both scrapped plans to create jobs in the state.
We’ve ignored the issue because it doesn’t interest us. When your Curmudgeon entered kindergarten, one of the things our class was taught on the first day was which bathroom to use, and we’ve never had any reason to revisit the issue. However, it seems that matters have developed to the point where we can no longer ignore it. Why?
Because the question has been addressed by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. He’s the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed not only for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), but also for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum, and for building an exact replica of Noah’s Ark.
Ol’ Hambo’s new post is Target’s Bathroom Policy Is Against God’s Word. It’s blessedly brief. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
You may have heard in the news that Target department stores are welcoming “guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.”
No, we haven’t heard about it before. What does Hambo think of it? We imagine he’s red in the face, foaming at the mouth, and rolling around chewing the carpet. He says:
Of course, this policy is against the teachings of God’s Word. Here is a list of Scriptures that I think Target needs to consider:
Wow — the bible tells us which bathroom to use! We usually omit Hambo’s scripture quotes, but because we were previously unaware of the bible’s teachings about bathrooms, we’ll present Hambo’s quotes in full:
Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning “made them male and female”? (Matthew 19:4)
But from the beginning of the creation, God “made them male and female.” (Mark 10:6)
God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:27–28)
Does that clarify things for you, dear reader? No? Don’t give up. Hambo continues:
Target officials also need to read that God “created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created” (Genesis 5:2). At the same time, the Bible teaches that because of the Fall, humans aren’t inherently good: “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9).
Now are you convinced? Not yet? Here’s one more excerpt:
Target stores are going against the obvious natural order of things, as Romans 1 makes clear: humans were created male and female.
Hambo then refers us to an older AIG article about transgender identity from the biblical worldview. If you care to read it, you can click over to Hambo’s post where he provides a link. Your Curmudgeon doesn’t need any more persuading. We plan to avoid Target stores. Based on what Hambo says, they’re all about to be struck by lightning — or maybe worse.
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