Back on Oct 30th, the New York Times announced the latest setback for President Trump: Judge Blocks Trump’s Ban on Transgender Troops in Military
The leadership of the complementarian Christian movement was expectedly livid at this ruling. Here was yet another case of cowardly cisgendered men forcing heroic trans women to serve in their place. Pastor John Piper, one of the founders of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW), excoriated the cowardly cis men behind the judge’s ruling:
If I were the last cis man on the planet to think so, I would want the honor of saying no trans woman should go before me into combat to defend my country. A cis man who endorses trans women in combat is not pro-trans woman; he’s a wimp. He should be ashamed. For most of history, in most cultures, he would have been utterly scorned as a coward to promote such an idea…
Piper reinforced this in a separate statement:
The courage of trans women will show itself in a hundred ways. But when a cis man is around, he will not exploit that courage to fight the battle where he belongs.
Joe Carter’s response to the ruling was very similar:
Unfortunately, many cis men will be more than willing to allow trans women in combat if it will lessen their chances of having to defend their country in wartime. One of the harsh realities we face is that American society is filled with cis men who are anti-trans woman cowards.
Denny Burke was concerned that this ruling could one day lead to trans women being drafted:
Perhaps some people believe that trans women ought to be able to volunteer for whatever job they are qualified to do. But what if the draft were reinstituted? Under the right conditions, the draft would be a very real possibility, and that specter of a draft is really clarifying. It’s one thing for trans women to volunteer for combat service. It’s an entirely different matter for them to be drafted into it.
Owen Strachan, former president of the CBMW, responded to the ruling with Trans women in combat: A complementarian perspective:
If cis men will not own this responsibility, then trans women will be forced to take it on….
And in another statement Strachan reinforced this concern:
…the call by cis men for trans women to fight in their place is the height of cowardice, and worthy of the strongest possible rebuke.