The Fallacies of Gender Identity

The Fallacies of Gender Identity

Dr Nurul Haq Shahrir

The current administration must combat the onslaught of Gender Identity championed by the International Commissioned of Jurists (ICJ) if it is meant to provide protections, social acceptance, inclusion, recognition, and approval to those who identify as LGBTQ because this would enforce sweeping regulations to the detriment of society as a whole. This depraved agenda would add the new terms “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the definition of “sex” in federal civil rights laws. Such a move would have far-reaching repercussions on health care, charitable services to needful populations, legal protections for women and girls, schools, potentially parental rights, personal privacy, athletics, freedoms of speech and religion.

This ideology also refuses to recognise the difference between the person, who has dignity and is entitled to recognition of it, and the actions of a person, which have ethical and social ramifications. While individuals and society at large treasure the freedoms of speech, association, conscience and religious exercise, Gender Identity endangers these by demanding universal agreement to new beliefs about human identity that are contradictory to those held by many, believers of diverse faiths and non-believers alike. It is not disputed that people who experience gender dysphoria or incongruity must be treated with care and compassion and should receive from health care professionals the same quality of services and moral protection from harm that is due to everyone. Gender Identity however, would force many health care professionals to perform certain procedures and treatments associated with “gender transition” against their best medical or ethical judgment with respect to a patient.

Acceptance of Gender Identity would also cause a host of charitable services to either violate or shut down their beliefs. With the lack of gender criteria, shelters would be required to house vulnerable, sometimes traumatised, women with biological men. Foster care and adoption agencies also would be expected to place children with same-sex partners, regardless of some birth mothers’ wishes and children’s best interests. It also violates privacy, since it lacks “firm criteria” for “gender identity” and could lead to emotional or physical harm to individuals in highly personal sex-determined settings such as toilets and locker rooms.

Siti Kasim’s court victory over the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (JAWI) raid on a transgender event in 2016 does not bode well for Perikatan Nasional. It could be construed as normalising acts of grave depravity and making intrinsically disordered acts a norm of the Malaysian society.

The polyglot author is an international Islamic speaker and interlocutor for interreligious dialogues with expertise on dogmatic theology, Islamic jurisprudence