By Jonathon Van Maren
Back in 2018, I covered the emergence of bizarre new pastoral guidance released by the Anglican House of Bishops in the United Kingdom laying out a new ecclesiastical service called the “Affirmation of Baptismal Faith.” In that service, clergy members lay hands on transgender people, address them by their “new name,” and often use water and oil (although the bishops note that this is not, strictly speaking, a baptism.) “For a trans person to be addressed liturgically by the minister for the first time by their chosen name may be a powerful moment in the service,” the guidance reads. The service enables people to “renew the commitments made in baptism and in a public setting and provides space for those who have undergone a major transition to Jesus Christ.”
In short, this service constitutes formal approval of transgenderism and gender ideology, with a religious ceremony to give it a whiff of ecclesiastical solidity. But at least this blasphemous “service,” which cannibalizes various rituals in an attempt to appear sane, was cobbled together for adults.
As it turns out, “transgender baptisms” are catching on. Earlier this week, Matt Walsh of the Daily Wire posted a clip from the HBO documentary Transhood depicting a child being inducted into transgenderism via a religious ceremony conducted by a woman. The church, apparently, is the unitarian universalist church (which sounds like something someone invented to make fun of them), and the parishioners—or whatever they’re called—are called on to “proclaim their identify publicly as lesbian, gray, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning, intersex, pansexual, asexual, or any category I’ve left out.”