At Weekend Edition Sunday, NPR celebrated Lord’s Day with a happy LGBTQ story: “Lutherans elect first openly transgender bishop Megan Rohrer.” History, by the old Morning edition presenter Melissa Block, was more of an advertisement than a report.
You can say in the opening words of presenter Lulu Garcia-Navarro: “Reverend Megan Rohrer has made history. they have was elected the first openly transgender bishop in all to integrate American denomination – preferred pronouns they.“
Pronouns were damaged when creating this “news” segment. The denomination is the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, and Rohrer will preside over congregations in northern California and Nevada from San Francisco.
Protestants are now apparently on endless reform. Rohrer announced: “As Lutherans we are proud to be reforming ourselves. And it’s certainly a reform moment if I’ve seen one before.”
The painted by numbers propaganda touches the usual note of traumatized transgender people on the verge of suicide. Block explained, “Rohrer hopes this is a moment, especially for transgender people, that will change and even save lives.” Rohrer explained: “Hardly a week goes by without someone reaching out to me on social media and saying, ‘I chose to live today because I knew you existed.'”
BLOCK: Rohrer says pressure on transgender people is especially dangerous now, with so much anti-trans legislation offered and distributed throughout the country.
ROHRER: The weight of having people debate your dignity, the weight of angry and loyal people. Being the loudest for some people is too heavy a burden to hold onto. And my hope is to be a voice that gives people hope
There isn’t a second of dissent, which is funny when NPR’s logo right now says “Hear Every Voice.” For genre-confirming sound bites, they turn to gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, who received this kind of glowing one-sided publicity in 2003 when he was installed. .
BLOCK: Rohrer knows very well what it feels like to have your identity attacked. Teenagers in South Dakota, they were kicked out of a church youth group when they became lesbians. The abuse later continued at a Lutheran college.
ROHRER: There were people who would try to throw holy water at me to – I don’t – do something or people who would take the same religion classes as me and sing hymns every time I walked by. I never knew what to do, so I just sang harmony on the hymns.
BLOCK: And there were worse attacks both there and later when they became pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in San Francisco. So what could happen now that Rohrer becomes bishop?
GENE ROBINSON: What will come to them is a lot of vitriol and hate. I cannot describe to you how cruel and horrible this is.
It was so one-sided that Block didn’t engage with the bad news that within ELCA, “they are projecting according to current trends, the church will fundamentally cease to exist within the next generation.” The main names – the most in contact with the NPR Zeitgeist – are bleeding limbs. This only gets a soft reference at the end:
BLOCK: And maybe, just maybe, said Pastor Rohrer, this is becoming a time for a declining Lutheran church.
ROHRER: I will not miss this opportunity to say, hey, join us in prayer and join us on the benches. And if you are someone longing for a time like this, then come and give the Lutherans a chance.
In case you are confused, Megan was a girl who became a “trans man” but did not change her name. Cosmopolitan celebrated this in a 2018 YouTube video as Rohrer complained that “most people’s feelings towards gays and lesbians and trans people are not rational.”
NPR is paid by … you, the US taxpayer. When I clicked to listen to this, I got an ad for Comcast, the owners of NBC and MSNBC.