St. Louis Cardinals take heat over inviting Lance Berkman to speak at annual Christian Day event
By Marvin Schrebe
Not many years ago it would have been considered extremely odd, if not perverse for a member of one sex to ask to use the restrooms or shower facilities of the opposite sex. Over the last few years all that has changed. Just ask Lance Berkman, the former St. Louis Cardinals slugger, who is being persecuted for speaking out against the current trend toward transgender facilities.
The St. Louis Cardinals baseball club has hosted an annual “Christian Day” for the last 30 years. This year was no exception. As they have done many times in the past, the Cardinals invited Berkman, a devout Christian, to speak at this year’s event. Since Berkman is opposed to transgender bathrooms based on his religious convictions, the Cardinals are being condemned by homosexuals and other sexual minorities.
Even sports commentators have joined in condemning Berkman. Christian Newswire quotes Bill Baer of NBC Sports as saying, “In September 2015, Berkman foolishly advocated against public accommodations for transgender people to use public bathrooms” calling them, “troubled men.”
Berkman said “The issue is, what to do about a 15 or 16-year-old boy who thinks he’s a girl and wants to shower with the girls? Maybe he is [transgender], maybe he’s just confused. But I wouldn’t want him in the shower with my daughters.”
Asked about a person who identifies with the opposite sex, he said, “You’re taking their word for it, saying that’s the way they’re born…maybe there’s a science that backs that up. I don’t know.”
Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer is an epidemiologist trained in psychiatry and Dr. Paul R. McHugh is one of the nation’s leading psychiatrists. Mayer is the scholar in residence in the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Mayer is scholar in residence in the Department of Psychiatry at John’s Hopkins University School of Medicine and Dr. McHugh was the chief psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins Hospital for 25 years, and he is also a colleague of Mayer in the same department. The pair have researched sexuality for decades and find that “The hypothesis that gender identity is innate fixed property of biological sex – that a person might be a man trapped in a woman’s body’ or ‘a woman trapped in a man’s body’- is not supported by scientific evidence.”
In regard to the question of transgender persons Berkman said he felt it necessary “stand up for Christ”.
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