County human relations commissioner’s biblical views on transgender under attack
It’s no secret that biblical views on gender are under attack in California. The latest victim is Dennis Hodges, San Diego County Human Relations Commissioner and pastor of Yeshua Ha Mashiach Church.
November 9eHodges abstained to vote with fellow commissioners to approve a letter pledging to fight “discrimination” against people who identify as transgender and to oppose anyone with a binary view of gender as “transphobic”.
When asked why he abstained from voting, Hodges spoke out against LGBTQ ideology, saying “transgender…is an abomination in the sight of God.”
He was quickly criticized for his comments. “This type of language is hate speech, and speech like that, as we have seen in this country, time and time again…causes real harm, creates discriminatory laws and violence against LGBTQ people , and fear in our community, and a real fight for the safety, security and dignity not only that we all deserve, but that this commission is supposed to fight for,” said Commissioner Cara Dessert.
Hodges was asked to resign, but he refused.
“I should be on the round table because I have a concern for everyone”, Hodges told the San Diego Union Tribune. “I don’t hate (transgender people), in fact, I love them because they are God’s creation.”
The Leon L. Williams San Diego County Human Relations Commission met to decide whether to remove Hodges after he doubled down on his comments. Of the 19 commissioners present at the meeting, 10 voted to expel Hodges from the commission. Thirteen votes were needed for his removal, so the recall attempt failed.
“I respect all beliefs and religions, and I respect the rights of those who don’t hold the same beliefs or disagree with my faith,” Hodges said. “I respect the right of every individual to practice their own religion. My rights have been challenged in the current prosecution of the punishment and removal of this commission.
“As a commission, we should never allow one set of beliefs or one group of people to try to eradicate another,” he later added, as quoted by the San Diego Union Tribune.
Hodges has has the right to speak out against transgender ideology, no matter what position they hold.
Alarmingly, the majority of the commission felt that Hodges’ different viewpoint made him worthy of deportation. While that majority wasn’t enough to impeach him, it’s still an incredibly dangerous precedent to set.
Rather than accommodating open debate and differing viewpoints, which is necessary for the truth to prevail, the commission attempts to impose groupthink. The same is happening in big corporate America that censors opposing viewpoints and stifles free speech.
Ultimately, it is a threat to democracy. Unless our elected officials are able to freely express their opinions and inspire change, the votes of Americans have no power. Moreover, if the truth is suppressed, Americans will not have the information they need to vote wisely.
As Benjamin Franklin said, “Without freedom of thought there can be no wisdom – and no public freedom without freedom of speech.”