Well, let’s just start this round up of the negative postings on the news of Amanda Simpson’s appointment as a Senior Technical Advisor at the Department Of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS).

…At Raytheon, Simpson – a former test pilot who had worked for the company for more than a generation – transitioned from male to female and was instrumental in convincing the military contractor to add gender identity and expression to its equal employment opportunity policy.

I have no doubt that Amanda Simpson has been through a lot in life. But am I wrong in thinking this is very far away from the next civil-rights movement?

~Kathryn Jean Lopez on the National Review‘s blog The Corner

Kathryn Jean Lopez of the National Review begins the discussion of a few of the negatively framed commentary regarding the appointment of Amanda Simpson as a Senior Technical Advisor at the Department Of Commerce’s  Bureau of Industry and Security. Lopez was responding to the first mainstream news breaking of Simpson’s appointment: ABC‘s blog entry by Jack Tapper, entitled President Names Transgender Appointee To The Commerce Department.

I would say that since Amanda Simpson is the highest level Presidential Administration appoint to date for any administration, trans civil rights issues are at least within the next wave Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Civil Rights Movement.

Peter LaBarbera (Americans For Truth About Homosexuality) and Matt “Bam-Bam” Barber (Liberty Counsel) both commented for CitizenLink, the “news” and political activism arm of Focus On The Family, in the piece entitled President Appoints ‘Transgendered’ Individual to Federal Post:

“Is there going to be a transgender quota now in the Obama administration?” asked Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth. “How far does this politics of gay and transgender activism go? Clearly this is an administration that is pandering to the gay lobby.”

According to most estimates, “transgender” individuals account for less than a fraction of 1 percent of the population. Yet, LaBarbera said, they have convinced the Obama administration to affirm their position that gender is fluid and changeable.

“We should consider what transgender activism is about,” he said,” which is essentially recognizing civil rights based on gender confusion.”

Matt Barber, associate dean at Liberty University, said the appointment “boggles the mind.”

“This isn’t like appointing an African-American in order to try to provide diversity and right some kind of discriminatory wrong,” he said.  ”This is about political correctness.

“President Obama, before he was inaugurated, told the world that he had signed off on every single demand of the homosexual-activist lobby.”

LaBarbera said it’s just another way to normalize homosexuality and transgenderism.

“It’s always the incremental change that keeps moving forward and keeps getting more radical,” he said. “It’s hard for the American people to keep up.”

*Sigh.* So transgender people don’t deserve to be employed to the best of skills and their character within the federal workplace like other Americans?

Apparently not.

From  David Brody, the author of the blog The Brody Report at the Christian Broadcast Network (CBN). From the blog entry President Obama’s Transgender Appointment:

President Obama has appointed a transgender woman named Amanda Simpson to be the Senior Technical Advisor to the Department of Commerce. It’s the first time a President has appointed an openly transgender person. You’ve got to hand it to the President on this one. He delivered on his campaign slogan because this is definitely “Change you can believe in.”

Oy-vey. Someone hand me an Advil. I wonder how this is going to play in the heartland…

…I know. I know. There will be those who say all that matters is whether or not Simpson is qualified for the job. And I know there will be those who will wonder why I am even writing about this considering there may be more important topics to discuss but here’s a newsflash for you: The transgender thing doesn’t play well with millions of conservative Evangelicals. Sorry if Biblical absolutes offend you or are so “1950 ish” but don’t think conservative Evangelicals are apologizing for it…

Sooooo…It’s is Mr. Brody implying that it’s okay to discriminate against qualified, transgender-identified people in the workplace because discriminating against transgender plays better politically in the country’s heartland? That line of reasoning is, as always, a bit disconcerting to me.

For shear nasty coverage though, one can’t get too far past the post Hope and Sex Change: Obama Names Transgender Appointee to Commerce Department by Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs:

Does Obama know anyone who isn’t wacky, radical, militant, judeophobic, socialist, marxist, pedophilic? …… Does he chill with anyone who is normal? Isn’t there one Marilyn Munster in the family? What a freak show this presidency is.

I guess this is better than teaching fist f**king to our children. Now there’s a positive spin.

Yeah. Too bad the fist f**king story has already been shown to be a lie. But, how nice to tie the Amanda Simpson appointment to that kind of behavior, though.

Some other notable commentary is from the blog Notoriously Conservative‘s post Obama Appoints Shemale: Not even quoting from that article – the headline’s using an alternate spelling of the anti-transgender pejorative “she-male” is enough.

So anywho, such is what we can expect from media connected to the religious right and/or social conservatism. We hope for the best of humanity spontaneously erupts when this kind of news pops up in the media; the reality of what we get with the positive takes on the news is often the less positive, somewhat nasty takes on the news.

I just can’t wait for the Traditional Values Coalition to weigh in on this! Can you?

*Sigh.*

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* Amanda Simpson Appointed Senior Technical Advisor For The U.S. Bureau Of Industry And Security