The federal government keeps giving us plenty to talk about – and more help than we want or need.
New rules handed down by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) require homeless shelters to allow residents to use the facilities assigned to the gender they choose, as opposed to their biological gender.
I expect the rationale here is that some poor, weak, defenseless little transgender person will show up at a homeless shelter looking like a man, claim to be a woman and be humiliated by being asked to use the men’s toilet…or shower….or bedroom.
The rule doesn’t consider an equally likely scenario; a homeless woman fleeing an abusive husband seeks shelter and finds she has to shower with, well, a man who says he is a woman.
I don’t know how many homeless transgender people there are, but I expect there are more women fleeing abusive husbands or boyfriends than gender-confused people seeking shelter.
On a purely practical basis, the women ought to get first shot at being in a safe environment. On a moral basis, we wouldn’t have this debate if we weren’t second-guessing God’s plan for human beings.
The federal government is creative. Not to be outdone by HUD, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is conducting summits for lesbian farmers as part of its “Rural Pride” campaign. Really. I’m not making this up.
Apparently there are young women who grow up on farms, discover they are lesbians, don’t feel welcome amid the corn, soybeans, cows and pigs and head off to a life of poverty and despair. This leaves a bunch of Bible-clinging heterosexuals to get rich tilling the soil.
Frankly, there are lots of people who grow up on farms and decide not to stay. They go off to the city to find their fortune and end up as everything from street sweepers to CEOs. Maybe we should sponsor summits for brain surgeons, nurses, sea captains and professional basketball players who didn’t stay down on the farm.
Both my parents grew up on a farm. Both left. Neither was a lesbian.
Until this week, I never thought much about the sexual orientation of the people who grow the food I eat, let alone the pigs, cows and chickens that make the ultimate sacrifice to fill my tummy. I really don’t object to lesbian farmers, but I can’t see spending tax dollars to promote them.