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David Robertson: Children are being indoctrinated over gender – they should find identity in Christ Read – The Scotsman

In a providential timing – just as The Times ran a hatchet job attacking me, and the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church also got stuck in – The Scotsman decided to publish my article on the same subject of gender self-identity.  To put it mildly all hell has broken loose – will let you know more tomorrow…but meanwhile here is the article…you can read the original and the comments here – 

Children are being indoctrinated over gender – they should find identity in Christ

David Robertson, 06:00 Wednesday 14 March 2018 

The mother on the other end of the phone was ­distraught. Impeccably liberal, her whole world had been turned upside down by the news that her teenage son had announced – “Mum, I’m a girl.” The mother, who in theory had all the ‘right’ views on transgender, was upset because her son, who suffers from depression, had seen a school counsellor who suggested that perhaps the depression was caused by him being trapped in the wrong body.

When our MSPs vote after the latest Scottish government ‘consultation’ (on transgender) they need to bear in mind that this is not about theory but real people. It may be that with the best of intentions, the proposed ‘self-identification’ ends up doing more harm than good. There are three models offered for the legal recognition of transgender people – the treatment model, the assessment model and the proposal of the Scottish government, the self-declaration model. The latter is not quite as simple as just declaring that you are another gender. There are three criteria that need to be met – those applying need to be applying of their own free will; they need to understand the consequences of obtaining legal gender recognition; and they must intend to live in their acquired gender until death. How these criteria are to be assessed with any degree of accuracy is, to say the least, problematic.

What is the problem with this? It is all based upon an unproven and ­damaging political philosophy – queer theory’s belief that ­gender is a social construct that has little if anything to do with biology. According to this theory, children are not born male or female, they are ‘assigned’ their gender and the ­people doing the assignation may have got it wrong! Less than 1 in 10,000 adult males, and 1 in 30,000 females suffer from what is known as Gender Identity Disorder (GID) and yet, because it is the cause celebre of the moment, the new identity politics of the civil elites, the whole of society is to be rearranged on the basis of this ideology.

Examples abound of how this is already impacting society and causing harm. In some universities staff are being required to sign documents which commit them to the philosophy that gender is just a social ­construct and nothing to do with ­biology. Some universities want courses cleansed of ‘transphobic material’ and to shut down debate.

The greatest potential harm is when activist teachers, or those keen to get a ‘Stonewall award’, indoctrinate ­children with this ideology. I think of the young girl telling the speaker at a nativity service – “you can’t say Mary was a woman. How do you know that?” or the primary girl coming home upset and asking her parents if she was a boy or IMG_2611a girl because her teacher had said she could choose. Or the primary schools where ­every classroom and corridor is covered in LGBT Scotland posters declaring ‘We celebrate Transgender Visibility – ‘He, She, They’ or ‘Respect ­everyone’s gender identity, use the pronouns people ask you to use”. Apart from being impressed that primary school children are familiar with the ­concept of pronouns, what disturbs me is the level of indoctrination and social engineering going on in our schools, most of it without the knowledge or approval of parents. There are primary schools which have pupil LGBT committees, whose role is to ensure that the school stays in line with the current philosophy.

The extent to which group-think, identity politics and social engineering have become part of our education, political, media and legal ­systems is frightening. It won’t stop with imposition of transgender ­ideology because the ultimate aim of queer theory is to get rid of gender as a meaningful concept altogether. What about those who identify as non-binary, or one of the other 71 genders that Facebook now ­permits us to choose? The deconstruction of marriage is being followed by the deconstruction of gender.

Before our politicians make such a major decision they need to know what is involved and be aware of the dangers of endorsing such a major and regressive change. It would be too easy to just laugh and walk on by muttering ‘the world has gone mad’. But we need to understand that ‘identity’ and ‘identity ­politics’ speaks to a deeper need within humanity – the need to know who we are and to have an identity. This will not be found in gender, politics or any other identities that ­people adopt. There is a deeper spiritual need because as St Augustine said ‘our hearts were made for You, and they are restless until they find their rest in You”. Perhaps we place so much emphasis on ‘discovering’ or being our ‘real selves’ because we have not yet found our identity in Christ? It is only when we find Christ, that we find our real selves. Only then can we know true freedom.

Lord Mackay’s life is a shining beacon in an age of secular dogmatism



  1. David, well said. You really get them riled up! Even if I wasn’t a Christian, I hope I would follow biological logic which reveals the gender. Sheeple so tend to not look at long range consequences. Come Lord Jesus. Urgency implied.

  2. This is the text of my letter published (largely unedited) in the Sunday Times last weekend. Obviously I have come at the issue from a different angle, but I was pleased they used it.

    “The short lived Labour Party adviser on equality, Munroe Bergdorf, states that children should be allowed to “choose their gender” (ST March 4th) and supports the Government proposal to update the Gender Recognition Act to make it easier for people to change gender without a doctor’s approval.

    There are many complex issues associated with this, with one huge elephant in the room. Gender transition, by its very nature, is a medicalised process involving powerful drugs, sex hormones and ultimately extensive plastic surgery which Bergdorf herself has undergone. So the call for this process to be “de-medicalised” is clearly nonsense.

    The General Medical Council (the medical regulator) state in “Good Medical Practice – The Duties of a Doctor” that doctors “must prescribe drugs or treatment, including repeat prescriptions, only when you have adequate knowledge of the patient’s health and are satisfied that the drugs or treatment serve the patient’s needs” (para. 16a). Consequently no responsible doctor will offer what are literally life changing treatments in the absence of a full clinical and psychological evaluation and diagnosis. To do so would be deeply unethical.

    Transgenderism is a complex issue and needs careful and sensitive management, particularly of vulnerable young people. Simply legislating to allow individuals to legally self-identify will not meaningfully address any of the issues, and could actually prove harmful.”

  3. Very well said David, its entirely predictable that you received the reactions from politicians and other churches. Interesting reading the comments on some of the other outlets reporting on this how supportive people are with you and totally agree.
    Once agains showing the disconnect between ordinary people and those in authority.

  4. ‘Perhaps we place so much emphasis on ‘discovering’ or being our ‘real selves’ because we have not yet found our identity in Christ? It is only when we find Christ, that we find our real selves. Only then can we know true freedom.’

    This is the root David.
    We have abandoned the Christian understanding of our identity being defined by God, and our security being in Christ. There is the solution to our dysphoria. The confusion is our sin and rebellion. We are wrongly related to God. Christ is our salvation and solution to our problem.
    But with the gospel rejected, we need another solution, one of our own making. What better than being able to be the person we are not. If I can be someone else, I need no salvation, because I need not confront my sin. Because I can just pretend to be someone else. I.e. The opposite gender.
    As a result we do not reject the gospel, we don’t need a gospel. Because we don’t need to be saved from our sin. Because we are not who we are, we are what we want to be.

    The entire issue is rooted in the rejection of grace and salvation.

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