Wrapping mental illness in the American flag

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
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Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Bruce Jenner (Post-dude)Sports Illustrated has announced plans to feature Bruce Jenner on its cover, clad in only an American Flag and his Olympic gold medal. 

The world-famous Olympic veteran stunned the world last year when he announced he was transgender, then underwent surgery and hormone treatment to appear female. He is now known as "Caitlyn."

The planned cover photo is the journalistic equivalent of syrup of ipecac, the medicine used to induce vomiting, says Christian apologist and author Dr. Alex McFarland.

"It's wrong to encourage people," he says, "into a behavior, transgenderism, that causes a much higher likelihood of attempted suicide and so many other things."

Transgenderism is known by the American Psychiatric Association as "gender dysphoria."

Under pressure from homosexual activists, "gender dysphoria" replaced "gender identity disorder" in 2013 and is no longer referred to as a mental illness. Homosexuality was dropped in much the same manner in 1973. 

To receive insurance-covered medical care, however, the transgendered must have a medical diagnosis. So describing the non-mental illness as "gender dysphoria" ensures medical care but drops the "stigmatizing effect," the APA has reasoned. 

McFarland, Alex (Christian apologist)Jenner won the Olympic Decathlon in 1976 and was prominently featured on a Wheaties box as an American hero.

Last year, Jenner accepted the Arthur Ashe award from ESPN for his supposed courage in publicly saying he's a woman. 

The announcement drew outrage from sports media, however, and The Los Angeles Times noted there was speculation of an "alleged deal" between ESPN and Jenner as "payoff" for Jenner's earlier interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer.

McFarland says Sports Illustrated is falling in line under relentless pressure from transgender activists and the spirit of the age.

Bruce Jenner (Olympics)"Now to engage in social engineering - to aid and abet the loss of morality in our culture - is just further proof that Sports Illustrated is not a positive contribution to our culture," says McFarland.

Far more troubling, he observes, is what such an endorsement could do to impressionable young people who read the magazine – both those who may also be confused about their own gender and those trying to navigate a world that teaches boy is girl is man is woman. 

The announcment of Jenner's cover shoot drew the attention of conservative writer Ben Shapiro. He noticed a news story that announced Jenner would be "wearing her Olympic meal."

"'She' didn't win an Olympic medal. He did," Shapiro tweeted. 

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