November 19, 2020 (Daily Signal) — The mayor of Portland, Ted Wheeler, announced on Twitter just after his reelection that the City Council approved a removal of “gendered language” — meaning feminine and masculine terms — from the city charter, according to The Daily Caller.
The language of the documents that guide the City should reflect our community. Today, Council authorized the City Auditor to remove feminine and masculine terms from the City Charter. This important step will help make our documents more inclusive of all gender identities.
— Mayor Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) November 13, 2020
PETITION UPDATE (12/10/20)
Prior to the election on November 3, the U.S. bishops as a whole did not address Joe Biden’s anti-Catholic position regarding faith and morals. The bishops’ lack of clarity is a scandal in itself and probably contributed to the possible election of a pro-abortion “Catholic” to the presidency.
The bishops could have spoken out against Biden’s stance collectively, but they were overwhelmingly silent. Because of this, they will be at least partly responsible for the policies advanced by a Biden administration, in the event that Biden is sworn into office.
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Since Archbishop José H. Gomez and the USCCB prematurely congratulated Joe Biden as “the second United States president to profess the Catholic faith,” Gomez has announced that Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron will lead a “working group” to deal with a Biden Administration.
Although Joe Biden professes to be a Catholic, he supports policies that directly oppose the teaching of the Catholic Church, including abortion, homosexual “marriage,” and transgenderism for children.
“[Biden has] given us reason to believe that he will support policies that are against some fundamental values that we hold dear as Catholics. These policies include the repeal of the Hyde Amendment and the preservation of Roe v. Wade. Both of these policies undermine our pre-eminent priority of the elimination of abortion,” said Gomez.
On November 9, Archbishop Strickland of Tyler, Texas tweeted: “A dark cloud has descended on this nation when the USCCB and Planned Parenthood speak in unison in support of a Biden-Harris administration that supports the slaughter of innocents by abortion for all 9 months of pregnancy.”
Additionally, Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver, Colorado and Archbishop Charles Chaput have both declared publicly that Joe Biden “should not receive Holy Communion."
Unfortunately, Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C. has said that he will give Holy Communion to Biden because “it’s a matter of the responsibility that I have as the archbishop to be engaged and to be in dialogue with him, even in those areas where we obviously have some differences.”
Bishop W. Francis Malooly of Wilmington, Delaware and Bishop McElroy of San Diego also congratulated Biden in statements, but they have not indicated whether or not they would administer Holy Communion to him.
The bishops should not congratulate someone who has betrayed his Catholic Faith like Joe Biden has. It's an embarrassment and a scandal.
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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has finally spoken on Joe Biden and Kamala Harris....
Not to chastise them for their blatant anti-life, anti-family and anti-Catholic views, but to "congratulate" them on "[being elected]"!
BUT, as everyone know, the anti-Catholic Biden-Harris ticket has NOT been elected.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition to the U.S. Catholic bishops telling them to retract their premature and offensive statement on the media's call of the election in Biden's favor.
As of the launch of this petition on November 9, NOT ONE STATE has certified the election results. All of the results are tentative and many are being litigated.
So, this is not the time for the bishops to falsely assert that Biden "has received enough votes to be elected the 46th President of the United States."
That's just not true, and for the bishops to willingly play along with the media's attempt to sweep allegations of voter fraud under the rug, is shocking behavior.
And, while Joe Biden may profess the Catholic Faith, he has also stated his support for abortion, homosexual "marriage," and recently, transgenderism for children.
For bishops, therefore, to congratulate a traitor to the Catholic Faith like Joe Biden, it requires a disturbing level of arrogance and pride.
That is not to say they should stand in judgement. But to congratulate such a man, rather than chastise him, sends exactly the wrong message to the faithful, 50% of whom are believed to have supported Biden in his election bid.
Stop ingratiating yourselves to a person who is advocating mass murder! Stop congratulating this anti-Catholic "Catholic."
For goodness' sake, grow a backbone and start defending the Faith!
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OPB, a local news source, said Portland will remove the terms “he or she,” “his or her,” and “himself or herself,” and replace it with gender-neutral language.
Words like “policewoman” and “police matron” will also be gutted from the city charter.
Fox News reported other cities have done this, too. Philadelphia and Tulsa removed “gendered language” from their city charters this year.
This trend of political officials boldly announcing that they are nixing feminine and masculine words from their city documents does not bode well for a society committed to free speech, an exchange of ideas, truth, and science.
To oppose this virtue signaling is not meant to slight the LGBT community or to be “transphobic” — rather, it’s about maintaining a free society.
Here’s why this is wrong:
First, local officials are using their employ as leaders to virtue signal to a small constituency in the United States that they would sacrifice truth and science to make the LGBT community — particularly transgender people — feel more comfortable. Of course, inclusivity and equality is important in a civilized society, but not at the cost of sacrificing truth.
Second, it is factually wrong. Feminine and masculine terms are used to denote male and female because sex is in fact binary and gender is an expression or manifestation of that specific sex. Terms like “man” or “woman” and “his” or “her” are simple terms that help accurately identify a person’s sex using linguistics, one of society’s most powerful tools.
Ironically, people who would erase words like “his or “her” from the public’s general vernacular also often claim those words are no longer accurate or important. If this were the case, they wouldn’t go to the trouble of banning them from a city’s official legal documents.
Linguistics are one of civilized society’s most powerful tools. Precise language in a free society communicates truth, reassurance, liberty, and safety. Manipulated language can eventually become a new form of reality, license to pave the way for an amoral slippery slope, even if that reality is not the truth.
Prolific writer George Orwell said, “Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”
I can’t think of a better example of this quote than a society’s progressive political leaders trying to ban male and female pronouns in an effort to force Americans to become a genderless, collective, consolidated swath of powerless drones.
Canadians have been fighting this battle for years. When Canada’s parliament introduced Bill C-16, a bill that would allegedly end gender discrimination by forcing citizens to only use the preferred pronouns of transgender people, a few people stood against it — not because they didn’t like transgender people but because government-compelled speech via fiat is a giant red flag that society is moving away from free speech.
When author and clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson expressed his concern, he said, “I’m not going to cede linguistic territory to post-modernist neo-Marxists.”
By removing male and female designations from vocabulary, local government officials are one step away from forcing people to use specific language to refer to specific people.
This is a sign of an oppressive society, not a free one, and people on both sides — any side — of the political aisle should condemn this attempt to erase gender, reframe language, and use the power of linguistics to affect discourse.
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