Wednesday, March 29, 2023


Tucker Carlson went on an anti-trans diatribe last night. You've probably seen the headlines. Rolling Stone: "Tucker Carlson Claims ‘Trans Movement Is Targeting Christians.’" HuffPost: "Tucker Carlson Spews Truly Evil Trash About Trans People In 'Christianity' Rant." And at Fox: "TUCKER CARLSON: The Trans Movement Is Targeting Christians."

That's part of what Carlson said, as HuffPost reports:
“The trans movement is the mirror image of Christianity and therefore its natural enemy,” he said. “In Christianity, the price of admission is admitting that you’re not God. Christians openly concede that they have no real power over anything, for that matter.”

“The trans movement takes the opposite view. Trans ideology claims dominion over nature itself,” he said. “‘We can change the identity we were born with.’”

“They can never be reconciled. They are in a collision course with each other. One side is likely to draw blood before the other side,” he said. “Yesterday morning, tragically, our fears were confirmed.”
It seems to me that the folks who carry and use guns at a much greater rate than LGBTQ people think they have plenty of power. The folks who support gay conversion therapy and bans on medical care for trans people clearly believe they can forcibly change other people's natures. They think they can compel everyone to be cis and straight, if only we'd allow them to do that.

Carlson says there's a war between trans people and Christianity, but he also also argues that trans people are unfairly privileged in a way that True Patriot (and presumably cis and straight) blue-collar Americans aren't. In his monologue, even before he got to the alleged war on Christians, Carlson said:
Is the United States really a dangerous place for trans people? Well, West Baltimore is dangerous. You could easily get murdered there. But if you're trans in this country, obviously there are many downsides, but there do appear to be some benefits. It's a lot easier to get into Harvard, for example. It's definitely easier to get a job at Citibank or in the Biden White House. If you're transgender [and] can so much as fly a kite, the Pentagon will happily make you an F-35 pilot just so Hollywood can make a movie about it.

Identifying as trans, whatever, again, its downsides, does convey status in this country, which is why so many young people now do. Not a lot of 19-year-olds are pretending to be car mechanics or line[men] for a regional power company in eastern Ohio, but plenty of college freshmen do pretend to be members of the opposite sex, and why wouldn't they?

The people in charge despise working class Whites, but they venerate the trans community.
According to Carlson, trans people aren't just evil, unnatural monsters who want to kill you if you're Christian -- they get special economic privileges you don't get. Carlson isn't just trying to stir up a religious war -- he's trying to stir up a class war.

Carlson, of course, is a preppie frozen-food heir who once attended a Swiss boarding school, so this isn't pain he feels personally. But if he can inspire men with dirt under their fingernails -- and far more guns than the LGBT community -- to hate queer people more than they hate the bosses who underpay them, then his work is done.

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