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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi introduced the new rules, which were quickly approved.

As the 117th Congress takes office, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s introduced a new set of governing rules, including a new code of conduct, that has some diversity advocates cheering and some Christians jeering.

Calling the reforms “unprecedented” and “bold”, Speaker Pelosi’s new rules change permanently establishes an Office of Diversity and Inclusion as well as "honor[s] all gender identities by changing pronouns and familial relationships in the House rules to be gender neutral."

The proposal, which was just approved by the new Congress, removes gender-specific pronouns like “he” and “she”and replaces them with gender-neutral terms like “representative” or “delegate”. Certain offices or positions in the House will be renamed - The ‘Office of the Whistleblower Ombudsman’, for instance, will instead become the ‘Office of the Whistleblower Ombuds’. 

The new rules do not prohibit House Representatives from using gender-specific language on the House floor.

Some House members, as well as prominent Christian leaders, are utterly incensed, saying the inclusive language is tantamount to slapping God in the face.

Denying God's Authority?

“This is shaking a fist in the Creator’s face, trying to deny His authority,” said Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham and president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse, in a Facebook post. “We won’t even recognize this nation in a very short time.”

He continued lamenting the new rules on Twitter, writing that "God 'created them male & female'... it's just a fact."

Some politicians made their objection to the new rules loud and clear. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted his disapproval of the new language rules:

Is Gendered Language Dying?

Still, diversity advocates celebrated the gender-neutral language as a win. They argue that while it may seem a trivial matter to some, doing away with gendered language will ultimately have a positive effect by breaking down barriers between the sexes and encouraging the idea that anyone – regardless of how they identify – is capable of success. 

Democratic Representative Hakeem Jeffries told Fox News that “the gender-neutral language is just consistent with an effort for the House, in the best tradition of the House, to reflect the gorgeous mosaic of the American people in the most sensitive fashion possible."

Where do you stand on the matter? Does gender-neutral language really go "against God," or are critics blowing things out of proportion?

32 comments

  1. James Pace's Avatar James Pace

    I'm ecstatic that congress is being so forward thinking.

    1. tuppennyblue's Avatar tuppennyblue

      Grow up

  1. tuppennyblue's Avatar tuppennyblue

    "Newspeak was designed not to extend but to diminish the range of thought, and this purpose was indirectly assisted by cutting the choice of words down to a minimum." George Orwell, "Principles of Newspeak", appendix to "1984".

    1. James Pace's Avatar James Pace

      Grow up

    2. tuppennyblue's Avatar tuppennyblue

      This concept is bad enough in English, but I don't think the French would cope with it at all, when every noun has a gender. In some other European languages, the words are different depending on whether they are spoken by a man or a woman. For instance, a Portuguese man who wants to thank you will say, "Obrigado", whereas a Portuguese woman will say, "Obrigada".

  1. Minister Mike's Avatar Minister Mike

    Listen to all those white males lamenting the loss of their white male privilege. Those whines have nothing to do with faith in anything but the whiners' sense of entitlement and their absurd opinions that they are better than anyone else.

  1. CB Cuff's Avatar CB Cuff

    WoW! Where does one begin. I'm a bit unclear why this would become a discussion in a 'religious' forum.....more about ethics, or sanitizing language, of which are not necessarily compatible. Franklin Graham's comment caught my attention, "God "created them male & female" (Genesis 1:27). It's just a fact.". Well Mr Franklin the bible is not a source for reliable facts. Maybe he hasn't got beyond Gen 1:27...??

    1. Alan S Corr's Avatar Alan S Corr

      The Bible is a reliable source. Do some research

    2. Alan S Corr's Avatar Alan S Corr

      No can change the fact that humans are born male and female. Animals as well male and female . So they are just plain stupid in Congress.

  1. Paul J. Fumero's Avatar Paul J. Fumero

    Religion should and must be taken out of our government. Do not be fooled. God does not hate even gays no matter what the OT says. In my opinion that was not god but somrthing else.

  1. Krystina S.'s Avatar Krystina S.

    For the entirety of human (hu-MAN) experience, gender has been used to exclude, to condemn, to overpower, to diminish. It's time that our country stop the use of gendered language in its official writings. "All MEN are created equal" has always upset me, and has been used to disenfranchise women- even beyond men who are African-American. As a middle-aged cis-gendered (traditionally gendered) woman (wo-MAN), I feel it's about time!! Thank you to the Democratic leadership for its sensitivity and INCLUSIVENESS!!! My parents, in their 80s, also agree with this change. It's not just about being "straight but not narrow," it's about having our language mirror our changing and more ethical values.

  1. Rev Hannah Grace's Avatar Rev Hannah Grace

    Once again, a storm in a teacup. God is big enough to handle human beings using diffeent pronouns in their languages. I am sure even the gender based languages like French and German and Spanish will work things out so they can adjust to gender neutral descriptions. There is so much in this world that is really important and needs our attention, so to get all worked up over pronouns is just ridiculous in my opinion. Why can't we have the same passion for the environment, animal rights, human rights, civil rights, and just basically how we treat each other? The new rules of Congress don't forbid anyone from using whatever pronouns they want - they only set the stage for more acceptance of diversity. Grow up people.

  1. Douglas Robert Spindler's Avatar Douglas Robert Spindler

    Can someone please tell me what criteria we use to determine if someone is male or female? With 1 out of every 200 live births resulting in some type of sex disorder what criteria do we use? Do you call a hermaphrodite a man or a women? If you look at human development we are all destined to be women. It is not uncommon for person to be labeled as a girl at birth only to go through puberty and have a penis.

    Anyone have a good way of defining who we should call a man and a women? And what do we call someone who is both? Or someone who is neither?

  1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

    All I have to say is that she/he/them/us/her/they is an idiot.

    Amen and Women 🤪

    🦁♥️

  1. Thom's Avatar Thom

    I believe my gender pronoun is - DUDE. When a drunk is elected to be the speaker of the house, a child sniffer "elected" president and, a woman who slept her way into politics has been "elected" VP, you end up with this kind of crap. There are two genders and then those who are mentally confused. You can take it from there.

  1. Eugene Evans's Avatar Eugene Evans

    Without God this country is in trouble.

    1. Catherine Ohrin-Greipp's Avatar Catherine Ohrin-Greipp

      Where's God been for the last 4 horrible years under a racist and criminal monster?

    2. Minister Mike's Avatar Minister Mike

      And what evidence is there that, with god, this country is doing anything but terrible?

    3. Douglas Robert Spindler's Avatar Douglas Robert Spindler

      With God this country is in more trouble.

    4. T Kosse`'s Avatar T Kosse`

      Which god are you taking about?

  1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

    Why aren't we talking about the Washington riot, and attack on our nation's capital? That's what's first and foremost on my mind. Y'all won't be hearing from me regarding these far lesser important subjects until this matter has been resolved, probably with Trump's removal from office. I'm staying too busy watching and reading news coverage of these events to think about anything else, and suggest y'all do the same.

    1. T Kosse`'s Avatar T Kosse`

      Anyone who still support Trump and any of his enablers in the Capitol building after last Wednesday attack on our county's democracy, isn't a true American nor a Patriot You're nothing but a Traitor and insurrectionist and deserve to be treated as such

      This is the TOTAL BS that you Traitors and insurrectionist have be using because you know YOU'RE WRONG!!!!!

      As early as 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, just as the mob was taking over the Capitol building, claims that Antifa had “infiltrated” the group started to go viral on Twitter. The far-right blog The Gateway Pundit insisted that a whole busload of “Antifa thugs” was on the scene. Others claimed that a well-known figure in the Q Anon movement, Jake Angeli, was a “paid actor” and a secret liberal supporter of Black Lives Matter, or they labeled random photos of members of the crowd “ANTIFA supporters dressed in MAGA clothing.” By the evening, the theory had been picked up by several Republican members of Congress, including Representatives Paul Gosar of Arizona, Mo Brooks of Alabama, and Matt Gaetz of Florida. (None of these representatives’ offices returned a request for comment.)

      The theory is false. There is no credible evidence of involvement by Antifa, which is not an organized group and has been responsible for very little violence, while Gray and numerous other known MAGA figures actually were involved in the insurrection. But empirical reality notwithstanding, the Antifa story has become a dividing line within the MAGA world this week—and a telling symbol of its internal upheaval.

      Over the past two days, Trump loyalists have been bickering online over whether to take credit for and celebrate their most dramatic action yet, or distance themselves from the scene by calling up familiar conspiracy theories to explain it away. Some may genuinely believe, as they say, that paid “crisis actors” are responsible. Many don’t seem to know what they believe, or what is most savvy to present, and pivot from post to post. Still others, like Gray, are consistently frustrated and outraged that anybody on their side wouldn’t be proud of what happened Wednesday afternoon. “The blue-check conservatives, all the popular ones, put ‘1776’ in their bios and tweet about how it’s time for patriots to stand up and fight,” he told me. “Then they turn around and condemn patriots doing exactly that.”

      The coalition, in other words, is experiencing a schism—and you can watch it on Twitter, or by flipping through Instagram Stories. As soon as #StopTheSteal went offline in a serious, dangerous way, everyone who had been posting about it had to choose a side, or a reality. Broadly, the Republican establishment and its voters have had to grapple with whether they want to continue claiming the party’s radical flank. Wednesday “was probably the most visceral experience of watching a political party fracture,” says Joan Donovan, the research director at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. “It seems to me that we’re in the midst of watching MAGA become its own movement.”

      The Antifa rumor is unsurprising and sort of stale—a knee-jerk response at this point to anything that certain right-wing commentators see in public and don’t like. “This is such a repetitive tactic that many in the [disinformation] field don’t even track it anymore, because it’s so glaringly obvious,” Donovan told me. Nevertheless, it caught on easily—just as it did last summer, when Antifa was repeatedly blamed for stoking unrest during the Black Lives Matter protests, and the summer before, when Trump first tweeted that the “Radical Left Wack Jobs” were a “major Organization of Terror.” By Wednesday evening, the Fox News hosts Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson were on air suggesting that it was not clear how many people at the Capitol were actually Trump supporters. Ingraham also tweeted the link to a now-debunked story on the Washington Times website, which claimed that members of Antifa had been identified using facial-recognition technology.

      1. Stanley Alan Marchand's Avatar Stanley Alan Marchand

        Put one half million people together ang guess what in that group will murderers rapist and any other human malignancy you can thing of just remember that before you go of on a rage rant of your own . LOL

  1. Larry Mager's Avatar Larry Mager

    REV Hannah Grace, I couldn't have said it any better! Well done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1. Larry Mager's Avatar Larry Mager

    REV Hannah Grace, I couldn't have said it any better! Well done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1. Gail Dobson's Avatar Gail Dobson

    If there is a god it surely doesn't care what we call ourselves. It's not that petty,right?

  1. The Gray Minister 's Avatar The Gray Minister

    I thought church & state are to be separate when it comes to government

    So church shouldnt have any words to say on this matter as so the government should say anything about religious stuff

    Because when it comes to government affairs anyways the government is part of the head of the dragon or the leviathan when you really look into all this so you’re religious people should look away unless you’ve taken the mark

    I dont think people in government should be able to say anything about anything with religious affairs

    People in government shouldn’t beable to say what religion they are it should be for bidden they’re supposed to be separate

    But I agree with taking he and she out of the words & Make it strictly whatever words that use representative and all that stuff yeah I agree with what they want to do even though I don’t like that woman I’m on her side on this

    Minister Gray

  1. Woodrow's Avatar Woodrow

    Is gender language dying? No, but the people are.

  1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

    Um sorry but they got it wrong yet again. The HOUSE did this, BUT the House is not the complete Congress. The Senate voted against it. meaning for this to take effect they would have to bring it back up again and then BOTH Houses would have to vote to approve it before anyone can say that Congress did this. More click bait

  1. Walter Eugene Curtis's Avatar Walter Eugene Curtis

    Mr. Graham thinks he doesn't know anyone who has physical proof on their own body of intersexuality.

    I have experienced from a former Mormon perspective how Salt Lake leaders react when they learn some facts. Clue: Often, they are no longer quite so dogmatic and exclusive in their language and actions.

  1. Jeff McClain's Avatar Jeff McClain

    It is obvious to me now why nothing gets done in our country from the top down, why can't they concern themselves with the business of the people instead of which bathroom one chooses to use!

  1. Lori Mongillo's Avatar Lori Mongillo

    Check Snopes. This article is exaggerated.

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