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Grande: Waiting on the world to change

"For anyone who still believes they can sit this out — who believe we can continue racing down the slippery slope — where is your line in the sand?" asks Bette Grande.

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Bette Grande
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The title to this column is from a John Mayer song that I have listened to many times (my children are John Mayer fans) but I just saw the lyrics this week. Now, I am fairly certain that Mr. Mayer and I do not agree on certain things, but the words to this song apply to everyone today.

When it comes to the culture war, I know that many are tired of it all, some want compromise and accord. Unfortunately, any honest look at where we are today as a society shows that we are far past that point. The days of avoiding controversy, avoiding the hard talk are behind us. Go back ten years, heck, five years and what would the past you think about where we are today?

What is a woman? Can men get pregnant? We have “family friendly” drag queen shows happening in every state. Killing a baby with a beating heart is “healthcare”, actually “women’s healthcare” assuming you can define the words.

That is the point: definitions of common words are being revised so frequently it makes your head spin. If Webster still prints an actual dictionary, it will be outdated before the ink is dry.

Last week a short video was posted by Boston Children’s Hospital with Dr. Jeremi Carswell. According to the doctor “a child will often know that they are transgender from the moment they have any ability to express themselves” and she offered signs for parents to be looking for like “refusing to get a haircut”, “trying on a sibling’s clothing”, “playing with opposite gender toys”. Being a tomboy with a pixie haircut when I was very young, I am glad my parents were not watching for these "gender confusion cues"!

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This video has apparently been taken down by Boston Children’s Hospital, but the internet is forever. And no, that hospital is not performing “top” surgery or “bottom” surgery on toddlers, yet. Think of this "gender affirming" video more as a marketing tool for future clients and customers.
There is no compromise with this. It is evil.

For anyone who still believes they can sit this out — who believe we can continue racing down the slippery slope — where is your line in the sand? Is there one? Is there a hill worth dying for, if not for yourselves, for your children and grandchildren?

The foundational bricks of our culture are being broken and reformed to push an ideology, but truth is truth, it does not change just because some think we are smarter than previous generations, or some think they are now god.

Waiting on the world to change for the better is a luxury we do not have.

“And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

Grande represented the 41st District in the N.D. Legislature from 1996 to 2014. She is CEO of the Roughrider Policy Center, an "innovation over regulation" think tank. She is a wife, mom, grandma, lover of life and Jesus. Opinions are solely her own.

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.

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Opinion by Bette Grande
Grande represented the 41st District in the N.D. Legislature from 1996 to 2014. She is CEO of the Roughrider Policy Center, an "innovation over regulation" think tank. She is a wife, mom, grandma, lover of life and Jesus. Opinions are solely her own.
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