SES Provost: ‘What Is Misunderstood as Being Anti-Transgender Is Really Being Pro-Human’
June 28, 2021
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Joe Biden’s Department of Education last week sent a letter to schools nationwide warning them against trans-discrimination—and informing them, in a “Dear Educator” letter, that Title IX can now be considered to protect against the discrimination of transgender individuals. At the same time, outraged parents in Loudoun County, Virginia, are pushing back against their school board. They’re demanding that members resign given the district’s insistence on targeting religious freedom and traditional family values, and on teaching the highly controversial critical race theory to young students.
“They are emotionally abusing our children by perpetuating the lie about gender confusion when they affirm pronouns that are contrary to biology, reality, and the beautiful design of God. They need to be held accountable,” Pastor Gary Hamrick of Cornerstone Chapel told parishioners.
Dr. Richard G. Howe—Provost, Professor of Philosophy and Apologetics, and Norman L. Geisler Chair of Christian Apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu)—commented on this pair of developments from a Christian apologetics perspective.
“Racism violates not only people’s moral intuitions, but also sound reason and biblical truth,” said Dr. Howe. “Of these three tests—intuition, sound reason, the Bible—sound reason has provided the widest opportunity to engage people on moral issues regardless of political or religious affiliation.
“The Natural Law Tradition demonstrates that human beings possess a human nature according to which we can rationally discover what constitutes our human flourishing,” Dr. Howe continued. “Such human flourishing is destroyed by these increasing gender dysphorias such as transgenderism. What is misunderstood as being anti-transgender is really being pro-human.
“The sound reason in Natural Law theory that has delivered the truths about morality has been gradually eroded by the toxic influence of Postmodernism, which tries to discard objective truth.”
The “Dear Educator” letter was published June 23, which was the 49th anniversary of the implementation of Title IX, created to give equal opportunities to women and girls in education. Written by the Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the Department of Education, Suzanne Goldberg, the letter instructs educators on the new public notice—and announces that “Title IX’s protection against sex discrimination encompasses discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity,” as The Christian Post detailed. The letter can be read in full here.
But increasingly, concerned parents are speaking up, saying that free speech is being censored and children are being indoctrinated with leftist ideology. The Loudoun County Public Schools are now seen as “ground zero” for these controversies—with many parents sounding off about a divisive race curriculum, as CBN noted recently. Many parents accuse the Loudoun County schools of using a so-called “Equity Plan” to push critical race theory, which teaches that all institutions are inherently racist, opponents believe.
SES will soon host an important event, “Awaken: Thinking Well about Wokism, Social Justice, and Racial Reconciliation,” on Saturday, August 7, beginning at 1 p.m. It will be livestreamed. Registration for this key SES event is now open at this link.
Earlier in 2021, SES released a new video revealing inconsistencies with today’s “woke” ideology—and noting the importance for Christians to proclaim and defend the true and the good.
The SES video, titled “Are You Woke or Awake?,” has been well received on social media.
Dr. Richard G. Howe was named SES Provost on May 1, 2021. Dr. Howe is a writer as well as a public speaker and debater in churches, conferences, and university campuses on issues concerning Christian apologetics and philosophy. He is past president of the International Society of Christian Apologetics, has presented at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, and has interacted with such leading Christian thinkers as William Lane Craig, Hugh Ross, Greg Koukl, and Frank Turek.
The mission of SES is to train men and women, based on the inerrant and infallible written Word of God, for the evangelization of the world and defense of the historic Christian faith. SES offers the 15-hour Certificate in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.SES believes that one must minister to the present generation according to its needs—and to do so with truth and power. Students need training in the ethical, political, and economic implications of the unchanging Faith “once delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). The PPE can also be used as a concentration within most master’s degrees (excluding Master of Arts in Religion).The combination of PPE training and classical seminary education can be a potent one in combating the new heresies and false doctrines rooted in a secularist, progressivist worldview.
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