Theologians and bioethics experts are supporting President Donald Trump’s policy decision not to allow transgenders to serve in the U.S. military. They say it’s the “right decision” that replaced the previous Obama administration’s “very bad policy.”
Dr. Ryan T. Anderson, who researches and writes about marriage and bioethics at the Heritage Foundation, said Trump’s decision is a good measure to protect a vulnerable population from the challenges of combat. He said: “People who identify as transgender suffer a host of mental health and social problems – including anxiety, depression, and substance abuse – at higher rates than the general population. “ He added that it would be “reckless” to put them in a combat situation.
Dr. Chad Pecknold, a theology professor at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. added that instead, good policy would respect the human dignity of all persons, which means helping them to accept the body that God gave them and not upholding their belief that they are a member of the opposite sex.
Dr. Pecknold elaborated: ““Pope Francis is famous for his stress upon dialogue, and his non-judgmental approach with respect to the dignity of every person,” he said. “But the Holy
Father has also been crystal clear that ‘gender theory’ represents a burning threat to humanity, starkly describing it as a ‘global ideological war on marriage. The Holy Father admits that we can distinguish between sex and gender, but we cannot separate them.”
President Trump declared on Wednesday that the new government policy would be to disallow “transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” saying that the military “cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”