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What is “IT”?

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During his sermon, a pastor noticed one of the young wives in the congregation, who was quite pregnant, continually rubbing her side.  After the service, he asked her at the door, “Are you okay?  I noticed during my message that you were holding onto your side.”  “Oh, I’m fine,” she answered.  “It was just the baby pushing his foot up and down against my ribs, and it hurt a little.”  The minister relieved, replied, “Well, that’s good.”  “Yes,” she added, “It was strange though, normally your sermons put him right asleep.”Well, just as we have gender-less marriage licenses in Canada, one day we will have gender-less birth certificates (where when a baby is born, the infant will not be designated as a male or a female, but as an “it” -  that is until the child is old enough to let the world know what gender “it” believes that “it” is.  This all began when “its” parent, Kori Doty (who identifies as neither a male or a female) requested and received a British Columbia heath card for newborn Searyl Atli Doty with the letter U for gender – meaning unspecified, undetermined, unknown, etc., take your pick.  The father or mother (the parent is not sure which one they are) told the CBC that Searyl is being raised in such a way that until “it” has enough of a sense of self and vocabulary to tell me who “it” is, he or she as parent is not going to restrict “it” to the boy box or girl box.”

The bottom line?  To quote the newscaster, Walter Cronkite and his famous closing of each broadcast – , “And that’s the way ‘it’ is, Sunday, July 9, 2017.

Robert Southney was an English writer who lived from 1774 – 1843.  He was a born-again believer and attended a Bible-believing church.  Southney served as poet laureate (one hired to compose poems for a nation’s special occasions and important events) for over thirty years for England.  Still read today, among his literary achievements are the following:

A number of biographies including John Bunyan, John Wesley, and William Cowper (There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood) … A number of fairy tales, including Goldilocks  and the Three Bears … A number of poems, including What Folks Are Made Of.

It is the latter (What Folks Are Made Of) that I would draw your attention to.  It is an ode to Jesus’ words in Matthew 19:4, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, Southney then  composed a number of short rhymes in which he distinguishes between the two genders: young men and young women, brides and bridegrooms, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, old men and old women, etc.  And the most famous is as follows:

What are little boys made of?
What are little boys made of?
Frogs and snails, and puppy-dogs’ tails;
That’s what little boys are made of.

What are little girls made of?
What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice, and all that’s nice;
That’s what little girls are made of.

I’ll take Robert Southney over Kori Doty.