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“Some men have vaginas and some women have penises,” congregations have been told in a Church of Scotland resource urging greater sensitivity towards transgender people.

The 30-page booklet, a copy of which was delivered to every Scottish church on Tuesday, asks ministers to consider using gender-neutral language for God as part of a range of measures to make their congregation more inclusive for individuals who identify as transgender.

Testimony featured in Diverse Gender Identities and Pastoral Care includes the demand for a “21st century” update to the “patriarchal” Scriptures, and complaints that “Christian culture” makes life hard for “gender nonconforming” individuals.

“I struggle with the wording of the Lord’s Prayer because I see God as my parent not my father,” writes Andrew, stating that: “God is genderless to me: it’s not father God it is parent God.”

“The Scriptures are very patriarchal; we need to update them for the 21st century,” adds the churchgoer, who was born female but identifies as a man.

Playwright Jo Clifford, who describes having been called an “abomination” and an “affront to decency” by “traditional conservative Christians”, asserts in one of the booklet’s essays that “some men have vaginas and some women have penises”.

The Rev Norman Smith, Convener of the Mission and Discipleship Council of the Church of Scotland, said the guide “is aimed at better facilitating pastoral care at a local level by giving people the space to talk about their faith and share the impact of the Church community on their lives”.

“It is not intended to make any kind of statement regarding the Church’s wider relationship with the transgender community, nor does it provide a theological explanation or understanding of transgender issues,” he added.

“I believe that God created us all so that means he created me to be this way,” writes Kaden, who was born female but identifies as a ‘demi-boy’.

Telling readers about life as a transgender person, the 18-year-old reported looking forward to taking testosterone so as to “masculinise my facial features like getting rid of the fat in my cheeks”.

Theology student Iona, who identifies as “an androgyne … somewhere on the spectrum between male and female”, complains that “Christian culture all around us tells us that being trans is wrong”.

“Up until I left home I identified with the female gender assigned to me at birth”, the 21-year-old confessed, explaining that she started to question her identity at university, where she began “reading Queer Theology and Trans Theology” after meeting new people “who had more progressive … understandings of the Bible”.

“Even just the very existence of conversion therapy is a clear sign that people believe being trans to be wrong,” added Iona.

Until recently, so-called conversion therapy was usually understood to refer to the practice of seeking to change, through counselling, an individual’s attraction to the same sex. This was banned in Britain in 2015.

But in October last year, NHS England and NHS Scotland signed an update of the 2015 memorandum of understanding which adds “gender identity” to the ban on conversion therapy.

Campaigners and experts warn that the new rules compel doctors to facilitate medical transition when presented with a person who wants to change sex, as it effectively bars professionals from exploring any possible ulterior reason the patient feels unhappy in his or her body.

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  • paulette says:

    GOD HAVE MERCY,THIS IS SUCH A MOCKERY TO GOD AND HIS CREATION,THEY WILL CALL EVIL GOOD AND GOOD EVIL,THIS IS THE DEVILS PLAN FOR MAN NOT GODS PLAN,FATHER I ASK YOU TO SOMEHOW INTERVIEN BEFORE THEY KILL ALL INNOCENCE IN JESUS NAME,OPEN THE DEAF,DUMB AND BLIND EYES TO SEE THE TRUTH,DELIVER THESE PEOPLE FROM THE SNARE OF THE FOWLER,UPROOT WHAT YOU HAVE NOT PLANTED, AND CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTIOUSNESS,IN JESUS NAME,AMEN

  • Michael D Brandenburg says:

    I’m really glad I’m old now, I won’t have to live to see what’s about to happen in the next generation, some people think I had it rough living through Viet Nam, they have no idea about the HELL to come,,,,,

  • tim says:

    And some church of Scotland leaders don’t have brains

  • Matthew V. Brown says:

    I’m sure the Church of Scotland will be asking the the Scottish regiments to sport pink and baby-blue kilts to celebrate this thoroughly idiotic decision. NO women have penises. NO men have vaginas. Regardless of the opinions of transgender activists, DNA doesn’t lie. And to speak of children being “assigned genders” as though a doctor picks up a newborn, looks the baby over carefully, sees a penis, and says “I think I will consider this baby a male…” as though this is an issue that requires pondering is an I-D-I-O-T.

    “At conception, gender is determined by chromosome characteristics – and it will be the male
    (or rather the male’s sperm) that dictates whether the baby will be a boy or a girl.
    Prior to conception, the unfertilized egg carries an X chromosome while the sperm can carry either an X or a Y chromosome. The gender of the baby comes down to one simple event:
    If the sperm carrying an X chromosome fertilizes the egg, a girl will be conceived.
    If the sperm carrying a Y chromosome fertilizes the egg, a boy will be conceived.”
    [note: other combinations of X and Y, like XXY or XXXY are rare).

    While in language, gender can be male, female, or neuter (in Latin or German, for example), and according to social “scientists” there can be many genders, pragmatically there are only two biological genders among mammals, male and female, Balian Buschbaum (formerly Yvonne Buschbaum) notwithstanding–hermaphroditism is rare.

    This is not rocket science. It is basic biology as it pertains to human reproduction.

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