Remember President Bill Clinton’s sex scandal? I know a woman who told me she thought it was okay for him to lie about it because “All guys lie about sex.”
I told her I had to disagree. The Commandment “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor” doesn’t have an asterisk at the end saying “unless the subject matter is sex.”
Besides, I pointed out, the man lied on the witness stand—under oath. Did she not understand that when a person swears to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth “so help me God” that he is claiming God Himself is a witness to the truth of his statements?
I’m not so sure I convinced her. For some strange reason, this bias is deeply ingrained.
I saw on one of those talk shows a couple of men who also thought it was okay to lie about sex. Know why?
Because they’re guys.
Is there a Bible verse I missed that says falsehoods are okay if you’re a guy?
Why is it that when it comes to sex, all of a sudden the rules are turned 180 degrees?
And not just the rules about lying, either.
My younger daughter came home one day from student teaching sobbing uncontrollably. It took about half an hour for her to calm down enough to tell me what had happened. It turned out one of her fellow student teachers had told her about a boy in his first grade class. This child had left for spring break a boy—and come back to school a girl.
Apparently it had been the child’s own decision.
Now, let me get this straight. A child about six years old, who legally can’t even decide if he should swallow an aspirin, is somehow mature enough to make a life-long decision like that.
But of course it’s about sex, and when the subject is sex, all the rules change.
Even worse, my daughter informed me, the student teacher in question was required to refer to this child as a girl, including using the pronouns she and her.
“I’m glad that kid is not in my class,” she told me. “I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t lie like that.”
She’s right. It would be a lie. That child is not female. He is a surgically-altered male. After all, if nothing but his DNA were found at a crime scene, what would the police think? They would conclude the person the DNA came from is male.
That’s science . . . and science doesn’t care about a person’s ideologies. Science, like truth, is supposed to conform to reality, not wishful thinking.
This incident is one of the reasons my daughter opted to teach in a Catholic school at a much lower salary than she would earn at a public one.
Unlike a lot of people, she knows it’s not okay to lie, including about sex.