The Science of Whoredom:
Archbishop Lazar Puhalo and Transgenderism
I’ve learned much from Archbishop Lazar (Lev) Puhalo. A retired bishop in the modernist Orthodox Church in America, his speaking and writing is first rate. On many issues, he has taught me a great deal. His criticism of the Toll Houses, in particular, changed my life, since it has such a profound affect on theology in general. His critique of this concept is powerful and, as a former believer in this phenomenon, converted me away from it. For this he earned my highest respect. His missionary work is equally impressive. He’s spared no expense – nor himself – in bringing the Gospel to others.
However, he’s earned substantial and often uncharitable criticism for his blind faith in the present scientific establishment and his support of “gender reassignment” procedures. In his lectures, he refers to “science” as an oracle of truth. Depending on the issue, its perfectly harmless, but on this one – one forced on the American public by the media – he needs to be charitably and respectfully rebuked. This has been done before, most notably in the essay “The Continuing Validity of the Moral Law of the Old Testament,” by Fr. John Whiteford, who, despite disagreeing with me on issues of race and nation, is otherwise an equally impressive writer. Fr. John’s blog can be harsh on Bp. Lev, but Fr. John’s argument in that article cannot be denied. I refer the reader to that for evidence of Bp. Lev’s opinions on transgenderism, which are anyway well known in the Orthodox world.
Bp. Lev’s argument on this issue is quite clear. He states rightly that there is no such thing as “a sex change operation.” There are only “gender reassignment” procedures. He states that this surgery is a legitimate medical procedure and has nothing to do with the patient’s mental state. In other words, that its a biological matter out of the hands of the patient. In general, his strange fetishization of the current scientific establishment – which he calls “science” tout court – seems out of place in his otherwise penetrating mind. In this area, his faith is misplaced.
Keep in mind that neither of us are medical doctors, so our analyses will have certain limitations. However, the issues here are social, legal and psychological, not medical. Bp. Lev studied physics for a time in Britain, but switched to philosophy. I’m uncertain what degrees he achieved, since I realize he’s suffered from severe arthritis is entire life.
Regardless, like everything else under the sun, medicine is both ideological, especially today, and historically conditioned. It does not approach the level of absolute truth nor could it. Additionally, contrary to myth, it does not approach the world empirically, but through a tightly centralized and ideological set of deductions. As our civilization declines further into madness, all fields, all it touches, will be infected with the virus of illogic.
The silly “transgenderism” issue is a case in point. It is not a legitimate issue and affects only a handful of people. That has increased only because of the strangely suspicious saturation coverage the media has granted it. Prior to that, it was very rare. The ideological nature of the modern scientific establishment is proven in no other area so blatantly as it is on this issue. Today, in some states, to look into the psychological history of a patient who is transgender can lead to professional isolation and even the loss of a license. The use of puberty blockers however, based entirely on subjective feelings, is perfectly OK. If someone made the “gender dysphoria” argument Puhalo makes 25 years ago, he would risk being locked up.
Transgenderism is a weapon of social terror. It is a pseudo-scientific fad promoted by major media and old money foundations. The 2016 Annual Report from Global Action for Trans Equality states that 11 percent of their budget comes from the US federal government, while almost 85 percent comes from elite foundations. They thank the “State Department” as an important supporter. They also mention the powerful Arcus Foundation and George Soros as significant donors. Only 1 percent of their budget comes from personal donations. This is not surprising. This strongly suggests its a fake issue driven by elites rather than real need.
This artificial movement is a means to destroy the biological determination of sex. It is to sow confusion, destroy the family and destabilize the most intimate form of identity a person can have. It is also consistent with the demonic. Baphomet is depicted as being both genders. It is clearly male, yet has female breasts. The Gnostic conception of the body as a “meat suit” lies at the root of Satanism in general. Such an anti-Gnostic such as Puhalo would certainly know this. The body is seen as “accidental” to the mind and hence, has no intrinsic meaning.
If there’s one thing that all Gnostics have in common, its that matter is “evil” and must be “overcome.” This means nature itself – the creation of the Demiurge and not God – must be perfected by man. Therefore, the body is morally neutral of itself and contains no natural functions. Functions are only accidental accumulations of cells and nothing more. This is to say that meaning is projected onto the body. There is no meaning in itself.
For example, it is only coincidental that the female vagina and the male penis fit perfectly together and, with remarkable regularity, produce offspring. For the Gnostic mind, this is merely a coincidence, since sexual intercourse has no connection to children or even male or female. “Sex” between gay males is equal to normal, healthy, male-female coitus in all respects. Homosexuality, feminism and transgenderism must assume this doctrine if it is to make any sense. This also falls into the ultimate heresy: nominalism. This is the view, necessary to industrial society, that states that there is no universal truth in the created order. Everything must be projected by “man,” or, to demystify it, the elite.
The first thing to note is that roughly 70-80 percent of children who report having transgender feelings, that is, they are not “really” the gender their physiology proclaims, come to lose such feelings. Puhalo states often that not having “gender reassignment” surgery “condemns these people to a lifetime of suffering.” This is untrue. Their mental illness is the cause of such suffering. The sick people who undergo gender reassignment surgery are almost 30 times more likely to commit suicide than the general population.
The brain cannot be “female” while the rest of the body is “male.” This is absurd. The brain – different from the mind – is made of the same cells that exist in the human body in toto, each stamped with the hormonal sex nature has assigned to it. This view of the “opposing brain” is attributed to Robert Sapolsky of Stanford, yet his views are considered “far outside of the mainstream” of science. This is significant only in that Bp. Lev refers to “science” as an entity per se quite often in his lectures.
I’ll direct the bishop to a significant article by the late Dr. Paul McHugh, formerly of Johns Hopkins: “We stopped doing sex-reassignment surgery, since producing a “satisfied” but still troubled patient seemed an inadequate reason for surgically amputating normal organs.” In other words, mental “satisfaction” is not a medical issue. The paper “Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences,” is co-authored by Dr. Lawrence Mayer and McHugh and states baldly:
The consensus of scientific evidence overwhelmingly supports the proposition that a physically and developmentally normal boy or girl is indeed what he or she appears to be at birth. The available evidence from brain imaging and genetics does not demonstrate that the development of gender identity as different from biological sex is innate. Because scientists have not established a solid framework for understanding the causes of cross-gender identification, ongoing research should be open to psychological and social causes, as well as biological ones.
There is no doubt in my mind that this will soon end, since the grant-producing foundations for so much research are deeply imbued with this Gnostic ideology. These studies will not be legitimate, but they will grant the veneer of “science” to the mental illness of those thinking they are of another gender. Scientists, always in need of support, are easily bought.
I’m tired of the constant appeals to an abstract “science” as if its a detached world dedicated to empirical objectivity. Its nothing of the kind and never has been. In Puhalo’s own field of physics, things like the emission theory of vision, luminiferous ether, caloric theory or the emitter theory have all been debunked. Yet at one time, they were the cutting edge of science. Like any other field, “science” is not an abstraction, but is a highly politicized, self-interested establishment that should be looked at with skepticism. The term “science” has no referent. In no area is this more blatant than that of gender related issues. His claims to the abstract “science” literally give us no information.
Unfortunately for those like Bp. Lev, the “science” here is fairly clear,
Gender dysphoria has been theorized to be a consequence of differences in the brain, but studies don’t find any. A recent study at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, says; “The present data do not support the notion that brains of male to female transgenders are feminized.” The study could not find a difference in the brains between heterosexual men and that of male to female transsexuals. The brains in trans boys are no different than non-trans boys.
Normal people don’t need “science” to tell us this. To believe that one’s a boy when one’s a girl is the very definition of delusion and even psychosis. That the system is demanding young kids be given dangerous chemicals such as puberty blockers and hormone replacements should frighten everyone. The very fact that such severe measures must be taken to even pretend to be a different gender should underscore the unnaturalness of this circumstance.
People develop these problems because it is offered as a possible solution to problems. 50 years ago, only the most severely dissociated would ever even make the claim that they are a different sex. Today, since its been forcibly mainstreamed by media elites, every other alienated suburbanite kid thinks his problems have something to do with “gender” or “sexual orientation.” While more technical, the (2011) Savic study comes to an unmistakable conclusion:
Gender dysphoria is suggested to be a consequence of sex atypical cerebral differentiation. We tested this hypothesis in a magnetic resonance study of voxel-based morphometry and structural volumetry in 48 heterosexual men (HeM) and women (HeW) and 24 gynephillic male to female transsexuals (MtF-TR). Specific interest was paid to gray matter (GM) and white matter (WM) fraction, hemispheric asymmetry, and volumes of the hippocampus, thalamus, caudate, and putamen. Like HeM, MtF-TR displayed larger GM volumes than HeW in the cerebellum and lingual gyrus and smaller GM and WM volumes in the precentral gyrus. Both male groups had smaller hippocampal volumes than HeW. As in HeM, but not HeW, the right cerebral hemisphere and thalamus volume was in MtF-TR lager than the left. None of these measures differed between HeM and MtF-TR. MtF-TR displayed also singular features and differed from both control groups by having reduced thalamus and putamen volumes and elevated GM volumes in the right insular and inferior frontal cortex and an area covering the right angular gyrus. The present data do not support the notion that brains of MtF-TR are feminized.
In other words, there’s no biological foundation for this craze. There’s no biological foundation for the belief that one is “trapped” inside the meat suit of another gender. Yet again, technical discussions are unnecessary to make such an obvious point. The propaganda line is that babies are gender neutral at birth, but like most propaganda, there is scant evidence to back up this convenient ideological axiom that would have gotten you laughed out of medical school even a decade ago.
The truth is even more depressing than that. The Swedes did a substantial longitudinal study of such victims for many yeas after their reassignment surgery. The results were not pretty. Sweden is a good test area because of its tolerance of transsexuals, though I imagine the North African “migrants” presently colonizing the country will soon put a stop to this. In fact, it is this study that arrived at the suicide rate of such victims being between 20 and 30 times the norm. This is because these poor souls soon realize that their expensive surgery has solved nothing. Their mental problems have not been done away with by this horrid, disfiguring procedure. Suicidal thoughts are bound to follow this realization.
Ideology, when it takes a pseudo-scientific guise, immediately demands the repression of all other competitors. The peer reviewed paper, “Gender Dysphoria in Children and Suppression of Debate,” proves empirically that professionals who dare to question the nonsense of “gender reassignment” will be removed from their positions. The sort of dystopia nightmare has been described by pediatrician Michelle Cretella this way:
The transition-affirming protocol tells parents to treat their children as the gender they desire, and to place them on puberty blockers around age 11 or 12 if they are gender dysphoric. If by age 16, the children still insist that they are trapped in the wrong body, they are placed on cross-sex hormones, and biological girls may obtain a double mastectomy.
Perfectly healthy organs are removed from the body. This, by itself, shows its not a legitimate medical procedure. The facts she points out, and provides copious empirical data to defend, can be summarized in part by saying that these harsh chemicals serving as puberty blockers are immensely dangerous and worse, the Regime is forbidding any serious research into its risks. For the Bishop to assert, without any real qualifications, that the Transition Affirmation Protocols are a means of preventing lifelong misery and even suicide are not empirically verified and highly dangerous. The truth is precisely the reverse.
To repeat, the suicide rate of those receiving gender reassignment surgery is extremely high. For a bishop in the church to argue for this institutionalization of mental illness gives the impression that the church itself stands in favor of this. The Transition-Affirming Protocol has not solved the problem of transgender suicide. It is irresponsible and Bp. Lev needs to stop this advocacy.
Cretella addresses Puhalo and many others in his camp:
These [health care] professionals are using the myth that people are born transgender to justify engaging in massive, uncontrolled, and unconsented experimentation on children who have a psychological condition that would otherwise resolve after puberty in the vast majority of cases. Today’s institutions that promote transition affirmation are pushing children to impersonate the opposite sex, sending many of them down the path of puberty blockers, sterilization, the removal of healthy body parts, and untold psychological damage. These harms constitute nothing less than institutionalized child abuse. Sound ethics demand an immediate end to the use of pubertal suppression, cross-sex hormones, and sex reassignment surgeries in children and adolescents, as well as an end to promoting gender ideology via school curricula and legislative policies.
Bp. Puhalo is correct to say that there is “no such thing as a ‘sex-change’ operation.” This is just a shorthand for something far deeper. It is a psychological and not a biological or chemical issue. Today, it is even more a sociological issue. The suffering this elite agenda has caused is extraordinary.
Walt Heyer was the victim of this “reassignment” surgery to “female” and has now reverted to his God-given gender as male. He is deliberately and systematically ignored by those studying this field because the bias is so intense on claiming its success. There is no grant money available to negative studies on the matter. Almost 90 percent of the test subjects in studies have been lost over time. While this would have invalidated the study under even basic statistical methods, the bias in favor of this junk science forces these studies to retain their prestige.
The Swedish study mentioned above is almost unique in keeping track of its subject, largely because it is confined to a fairly small geographic area. In the US and western Europe, there are no valid studies of the matter because to many of the “data points” are lost, that is, test subjects drop out at high rates.
The first important researcher in this field was Dr. John Money whose research on twins gave a sort of scientific veneer to this growing field. One set of twin boys came to him for assistance, since a botched circumcision had destroyed the penis of a boy, one of the twins. David, the unfortunate boy, became Brenda as a result. Money then went on to argue that this experiment was a resounding success and Brenda was happy and healthy. Yet, Heyer reports the startling fact:
The problem was, Money fabricated the results. The truth didn’t come out until the twins were in their 30s. David had been suffering for most of his life from severe depression, followed by financial instability and a troubled marriage. Money withheld information the medical community and public needed to know about gender reassignment, and replaced it with lies.
This is the science that Bp. Puhalo places his faith. Money was soon unmasked as a pedophile. David/Brenda killed himself at age 38. this set of twins was the foundation for much of the nonsense parading as “science” today. It is a lie. The scientific establishment, especially on these highly ideological and media-generated issues, is not to be trusted. Bp. Puhalo needs to stop citing “science” as this abstract, mystic oracle that seeks only the truth. This sort of idealization is unbecoming to a man who has contributed much in other areas of theology. Its also unbecoming for an Orthodox bishop to jump on the postmodernist bandwagon for something that is transparently a media-driven fad.
Dr. Joseph Berger, a psychiatrist in Tortonto, recently stated this:
From a scientific perspective, let me clarify what ‘transgendered’ actually means. I am speaking now about the scientific perspective – and not any political lobbying position that may be proposed by any group, medical or non-medical. “Transgendered” are people who claim that they really are or wish to be people of the sex opposite to which they were born, or to which their chromosomal configuration attests. Sometimes, some of these people have claimed that they are ‘a woman trapped in a man’s body’ or alternatively ‘a man trapped in a woman’s body.’ The medical treatment of delusions, psychosis or emotional happiness is not surgery.
To pretend this delusion is a “medical” and hence a “scientific” issue the church must get behind is bizarre, misinformed and dangerous. The “mind” is not objectively gendered, as Puhalo states axiomatically. This is an absurdity. What he means is that the person, subjectively, feels like he’s trapped in another gender’s body. This is a behavioral issue, not a medical one.
“Reassignment surgery,” to be charitable, is cosmetic surgery at best. It does not change the chromosomes of a man such that he will become a woman. Puhalo is willing to admit this. Therefore, he’s left with only one alternative, that the subjective dysmorphism of the brain “feels” differently than the objective facts of his biological life. This is not a medical problem. This is not solved by surgery and is most certainly not a cause for chemical castration or double mastectomy. Like all medical critics of this trend, he repeats the objective truth that feelings change and can change rapidly. When Puhalo claims that such an afflicted person is doomed “to a lifetime of misery,” he moves into a strictly emotional and rhetorical form of communication, quite unbecoming to a scientifically minded man.
It’s possible that Bp. Lev has a close friend or relative that’s suffered from such a mental illness and it affected him deeply. There is one member of my family, a niece, that’s been through this surgery, financed by her parents fearful that they would lose her love if they did not. They paid for a double mastectomy for a formerly beautiful young woman. I can’t think of a worse form of child abuse. The medical profession has no business wasting scarce resources on destroying perfectly healthy parts of the human body. While I cannot reveal too many details, I am very much aware of the real causes of her dysmorphism and have tried, in vain, to reach them.
The anorexic looks in the mirror and sees a fat, bloated disgusting being. Anyone else, looking at her, sees a very skinny, unhealthy and malnourished girl. Anorexia is, among other things, a form of delusion. So is the belief that you are female, but “wearing” a male body by accident. There is no difference.
To repeat myself, normal people don’t need scientists explaining how deluded these people are. The destruction of innocence is a demonic obsession. Ultimately, this is a spiritual, end-times issue. The main unit, the unit that cannot be reduced further, is the family. The individual, on his own, couldn’t survive for very long. Only modernism has insisted on the abstraction of the “individual.” The family is the chief educator and influence in the raising of children. To destroy the society and render it completely dissociated from realty, the family has to be destroyed. Reality is then replaced by the computer screen and the television. Its the total inversion of reality.
Bp. Lev is behaving in an extremely irresponsible manner. Few Christians of any background deny that we live in the end times. Most are dimly aware that humanity is being pushed to the brink on every level: emotional, political, economic and social. The family unit is the necessary component of any real, lasting revolution. To use the arguments of Stella Morabito, the destruction of gender distinction means that marriage, in any usable sense, no longer exists. The family cannot exist if genders are totally fluid. Its foundation would be destroyed.
A clear consequent would be that children would be property of the state, or the private corporation contracted to act in its stead. Presently, the family is a legally recognized unit that has “jurisdiction” over children. This is rapidly becoming a fiction. Morabito writes, “The legal erasure of gender distinctions, especially as they relate to the conception, gestation, and birth of children, would effectively cut us off from our spouses and children in the eyes of the law. How can it be otherwise?”
If the foundation of the family is destroyed, then where does this “jurisdiction” belong? The death of the family means the total pathologization of the human person. It is the zenith of alienation. It is the creation of a new race of totally dependent, isolated beings who’s reality comes from a screen. Transgenderist ideology is the normalization of delusion and the consequence of modern life. It also means the existence of abused and neglected children who are precisely those who are more likely to later believe they are a different gender or species. Prior abuse is a major contributing factor to these delusions.
What is the theology of this movement? Ancient representations of Satan, Set in Egypt (from which we get the name “Satan”), Dionysus and Tryphon, among many others, are normally gender confused, fluid and pan-sexual. The Goat of Mendes in Herodotus has a cult where both sexes copulate with goats. Baphomet, the same goat, as mentioned above, has both male and female genitalia. Usually, the inscription from the Templar icons has two terms: “solve,” that is, to forcibly and unnaturally separate, and “coagula,” to bring together. This is the essence of dark Gnosticism and Satanic methodology.
This is interpreted by the Kabbalah, Aleister Crowley and others to mean that the binaries of nature – male and female being universal – are to be dissolved in the “quicksilver” of revolution. In this intolerable chaos, the demonic energy will bring all to final peace and unity – under Satan’s control. In other words, the realities of truth and falsehood, male and female and other binaries have to be destroyed and chaos introduced. God’s creation needs to be broken down and then put back together under Gnostic rule. In this suggestive and confused state, the initiates will bring it all together into order again, but of course, The New Order of the Ages, the elite-centered, materialist world of British Industrialism and the reduction of the globe to abstract “individuals” with no identity whatever.
The parallels to our time are not coincidental. Much of the modern scientific revolution, from the English Royal Society, derives from the alchemists, of which Isaac Newton was an adept. Revolution (separation) and the forcible reunion are arcane elements of Enlightenment thought. The mythic “empirical” or “rationalist” images are exoteria, that is, for the uninitiated. Modern science has a deeply mystic core from the Kabbalah. The literature on this is large and growing.
In conclusion, permit me to quote from the conclusion of McHugh’s powerful meta-study on the issue:
In reviewing the scientific literature, we find that almost nothing is well understood when we seek biological explanations for what causes some individuals to state that their gender does not match their biological sex. The findings that do exist often have sample-selection problems, and they lack longitudinal perspective and explanatory power. . . . Yet despite the scientific uncertainty, drastic interventions are prescribed and delivered to patients identifying, or identified, as transgender. This is especially troubling when the patients receiving these interventions are children. We read popular reports about plans for medical and surgical interventions for many prepubescent children, some as young as six, and other therapeutic approaches undertaken for children as young as two. We suggest that no one can determine the gender identity of a two-year-old. We have reservations about how well scientists understand what it even means for a child to have a developed sense of his or her gender, but notwithstanding that issue, we are deeply alarmed that these therapies, treatments, and surgeries seem disproportionate to the severity of the distress being experienced by these young people, and are at any rate premature since the majority of children who identify as the gender opposite their biological sex will not continue to do so as adults. Moreover, there is a lack of reliable studies on the long-term effects of these interventions. We strongly urge caution in this regard.
It’s clear that truth is not the question here. Rather, demonic reconstruction most certainly is. The system will dutifully soon fill in all the gaps so that supporters of this perversion can have plenty to cite from in argument. This means nothing in terms of truth. Academia, an environment I’ve languished in since 1989, cares nothing for truth. Agendas are far more powerful. Science is based on paradigms, not abstract truth claims.
“We suggest that no one can determine the gender identity of a two-year-old.” Our society has reached the level where this must be argued and must become a scientific argument rather than an axiom so obvious that it cannot even be explicitly mentioned. The level of social decay is at a state where we can say that even logic, based on steady word meanings, is largely gone. Power alone rules. The feelings of the moment – the archetypal trait of the woman – rules without mercy.
As the American economy falls deeper into depression, as foreign invaders drive out natives in the southern United States and Europe and as public and private debt has reached at least $30 trillion, the Regime has decided that transgender access to restrooms is the defining issue of our times. Please, Fr. Lev, don’t join them.