Compelled Speech & Fallacious Words
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, November 10, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Today, my subject is “compelled speech” and “fallacious words.” “Compelled speech” is the forced use of language, terminology, or words that you don’t choose to use, but you must use or suffer the consequences. “Fallacious words” express false or mistaken ideas, opinions, or errors. I’m using those words in the context of gender identity that’s being forced upon our culture, from preschoolers to nursing homes for senior citizens. By the way, compelled speech is presumptively unconstitutional because it is forced.
Both phrases apply to the October 6th LGBT Senior Bill of Rights that authorized California to jail nursing home and long-term care residents that don’t use preferred gender pronouns of other residents. Also, it’s an example of fallacious words, since residents of those facilities must disregard the truth about other residents’ biological sex and address them by the pronoun that reflects their choice of gender (sexual behavior) identity. See Leviticus 19:19, Job 21:10, Job 38:29 in the Bible, KJV.
Some say using preferred pronouns show respect for the trans-person, but it shows even more disrespect for those who recognize the fallacy of the words and are compelled to speak a falsehood that rejects the truth.It’ll be interesting to learn what California residents are being compelled to do and say after October 15th when Governor Brown signed the new “Gender Recognition Act.” In case you haven’t heard, that new law recognizes a third gender that falls outside biological male and female sexes. The third gender is “nonbinary,” which is an umbrella term for those that reject their biological identity as male or female.
Under the new law, state registrars in California are required to issue a new birth certificate to reflect a gender change (indicating variant sexual behavior) for California natives who apply for a new certificate and submit an affidavit that it’s not for fraudulent purposes. Also, the Department of Motor Vehicles must allow applicants for drivers’ licenses and ID cards to classify themselves as female, male or nonbinary, which, in this context, means neither male nor female, but a third gender.
It’s always interested me that laws and agencies insist on using gender as a synonym for sex, when there are only two sexes – male and female – but an unlimited number of gender identities that reflect sexual behavior.
I say all that to say this: Since compelled speech is forced speech and forced speech is not free speech, it’s unconstitutional for a federal, state, or local government, school, business or other entity to force anyone to use preferred pronouns that deny truth. For Georgia InsightI’m Sue Ella Deadwyler, your Capitol correspondent.