This morning President Trump took to Twitter to announce that transgender individuals are banned from the military. His rationale? The military “cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.” Throughout the day the following thoughts and question stirred in my mind?
1. This argument echoes one used against gays, women and blacks to exclude them from the military. Phillip Bump has a great article discussing this in the Washington Post online.
2. A transgender ban reverses President Obama’s policy and efforts in this area. Did Obama’s policy have detrimental effects upon the military in carrying out their responsibilities?
3. What were the driving forces behind this decision? What influence and pressure did religious entities and or individuals, who morally oppose transgenders based on their understanding of holy writing, have upon this decision?
4. As Progressive Christians our views around morality and in turn an openness to transgenders arise from a careful and thorough reading of the Christian Bible. Such a reading teaches us how to view and approach our Scripture. This reading shapes our picture of God and God’s relationship to humanity and all of creation. In turn, we endeavor to emulate God in how we live among one another. We have an incredible opportunity to enhance the life of transgenders in and out of the military as well as our communities by sharing another way of approaching the Bible and being Christian; a way that is built upon the core principle Jesus taught, “Making God’s love real,” for all in an equitable way.