Hiding something is usually because one does not want to face up to it. Such was the case with Ms. Katherine Svenson, a School District 50 board member.
In one of her public statements on transgender bathrooms, she made the statement that castration should be required of anyone prior to their using them in Delta County.
We can discuss the issue of transgender bathrooms all we want, and there will be arguments on one side of the argument or the other. However, when advocating, or even suggesting, physical mutilation of young children and adolescents as prerequisites, that goes far beyond the pale of any type of reason.
There is one thing that, in the physical world, everyone can recognize. It is that one cannot "pour out" or "take out" of any container what is not already there. The same can be said of the mind as well. Therefore, we can correctly assume that the mutilation of others, as a "remedy," was already present in Ms. Svenson's mind. Otherwise, she not only would not, but actually "could not," have made such a statement.
Ms. Svenson is possessed of what some of us called a "fevered mind," one that is so convinced that it can't be wrong, that it will lead that individual to do whatever is necessary to achieve whatever he/she believes should be done, very frequently in the name of some "noble" deed or cause. Such individuals either forget or dismiss from their own minds that they, just like everyone else, are but human beings. There is a term for such individuals. They are called zealots.
To even suggest what Ms. Svenson suggests is indicative of such a mind, and consequently she is prepared to mutilate others which, in her case would be done "in the name of God" (her god) and, as is always the case for such individuals, they are doing it for the benefit of others, all too frequently those who turn out to be their victims. It then follows that any of those "others" who do not believe as she does, not only could (but actually should) be sacrificed to her cause.
We all fail, and in many ways. However, there is one thing at which many of us do not want to fail. That is to fail as a human being.
For all too many, and under one pretext or another, will ignore what others have attempted to tell us time and again, whether it is in religion, in philosophy, in literature, etc. It is that one should never even entertain the thought of considering ourselves any more than human beings.
Is this co-mingling of religion and materialism something new in Delta? Actually it is not as we saw it done on the issue of the Hostetler chicken farming operation, where some claimed or stated that the Hostetlers were being discriminated against because they were Mennonites, and that one county commissioner was attempting to "drive them out" as a consequence. That is something which (as far as I know) was a patently false claim.
There some of us found something quite different. It was not that the owners of that operation were being discriminated against because of their religion, but rather that, because of their personal religious beliefs, they should have been granted special treatment.
The people of Delta County, the Western Slope and the entire nation, I would submit, had better "wake up and smell the roses" instead of listening to every "pied piper" that comes along promising them something for nothing.
Robert I. Laitres