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Tucker Carlson says trans people are Christians’ “natural enemies” in doomsday rant

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Just weeks after a Daily Wire host called for “eliminating transgenderism,” Fox News host Tucker Carlson described in apocalyptic terms that transgender people are the “natural enemy” of Christianity on his show last night in a rant about the Nashville school shooter, who is possibly transgender.

“The trans movement is the mirror image of Christianity and therefore its natural enemy,” he said.

Carlson was discussing the Nashville school shooting that took place on Monday where three children and three adults were killed at a Presbyterian school by a shooter who police have said was possibly transgender and who was a former student at the school. While the Gun Violence Archive reports that there have been 130 other mass shootings so far this year that were committed by cisgender people, many on the right have focused on the shooter’s possible identity to take attention away from the fact that the shooter carried two “assault-style” guns and a handgun into the school with the intent of killing children.

Some of the more extreme voices on the right – including Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) – have argued that the shooting was a “hate crime” against Christians even though there is no reason to believe that the shooter was targeting Christians as a class and not this specific school that they attended in the past.

Carlson said that Christians are generally very humble people while transgender people are arrogant, and therefore the two groups are incompatible, despite the existence of transgender and transgender-friendly Christians.

“In Christianity, the price of admission is admitting that you’re not God,” Carlson said. “Christians openly can see they have no real power over anything and, for that matter, very little personal virtue. They will tell you to your face if they are sinful and helpless and basically absurd. They are not embarrassed about any of this, they brag about it. ‘That saved a wretch like me’ goes the most famous Christian hymn written in English.”

“The trans movement takes the opposite view,” he continued. “Trans ideology claims dominion over nature itself. ‘We can change the identity we are born with,’ they will tell you with wild-eyed certainty. Christians can never agree with this statement because these are powers they believe God alone possesses. That unwillingness to agree, that failure to acknowledge a trans person’s dominion over nature incites and enrages some in the trans community.”

Carlson provided a bizarro world description of transgender people’s experiences, somehow managing to describe transitioning as the exact opposite of what it is. Trans people often describe transitioning as living as one’s “authentic self,” not “We can change the identity we are born with.” In fact, anti-transgender activists are often proponents of conversation therapy – a set of debunked practices meant to turn LGBTQ+ people into cisgender and heterosexual people – because they believe that transgender people’s identities can be changed.

The coming out process for LGBTQ+ people, especially those who come from more conservative and religious backgrounds, often involves accepting that their gender identity and sexual orientation cannot be changed and separating themselves from people in their lives who want them to change or hide their fundamental identities.

Despite this, Carlson accused transgender people of thinking that “they’re God.”

“People who believe they’re God can’t stand to be reminded that they are not,” he said. “So Christianity and transgender orthodoxy are wholly incompatible theologies. They can never be reconciled. They are on a collision course with each other. One side is likely to draw blood before the other side.”

At least 34 transgender and gender non-conforming people were violently killed in the U.S. in 2022.

Young Turks correspondent Matthew Sheffield said that Carlson is “trying to get people killed” with his rhetoric.

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