Joseph Gobrick is a sick individual. Recently convicted on child pornography charges after being apprehended when a missing girl was found in his home, Gobrick offered a most peculiar defense to the court:
Gobrick said to the judge, "I've always been an 8-year-old girl. And even my drawings and fantasies, I am always an 8-year-old girl."
There was a time when something so outlandish would have been laughed out of the courtroom. And while I'm thankful the presiding judge discounted his foolishness and doled out a sentence that could put the 45-year-old behind bars for two decades, I wonder how far we are from this kind of absurd claim being validated by the courts.
If Shaun King and Rachel Dolezal can identify as black even when their ethnic ancestry says otherwise, why can't a 45-year-old identify as an 8-year-old? Science precludes such a claim, you say? The obvious realities of biology, anatomy, and physiology refute with prejudice that kind of silly proposition? They also contradict and disprove the nonsense suggestion that a man can have babies, or that a woman can be a sperm donor. Yet, should you need reminding, here we are:
And let's be clear that this isn't the first time someone has contended legally that they identify as a younger person. Over a year ago, Emile Ratelband argued before a court in the Netherlands that his physical age did not match his emotional age, and the incongruity was causing him severe psychological distress as well as some unfair repercussions.
Ratelband said that due to having an official age that did not reflect his emotional state he was struggling to find both work and love. He has asked for his date of birth to be changed from 11 March 1949 to 11 March 1969.
"When I'm 69, I am limited. If I'm 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different car," he said. "I can take up more work. When I'm on Tinder and it says I'm 69, I don't get an answer. When I'm 49, with the face I have, I will be in a luxurious position."
As crazy as it sounds, the presiding judge had to admit that the ability to legally change gender – something for years "we thought was impossible" – was a development that now makes claims like Ratelband's more difficult to dismiss. In other words, if we can legally elevate feelings over science for transgenders, how can we deny the same right to elevate feelings over science for trans-agers?
Of course, cases like pedophile Joseph Gobrick demonstrate the Pandora's Box that is being opened by this rebellion against reality. And again, this isn't happening in a vacuum – it was predicted years ago by morally grounded Christian and conservative thinkers.
For instance, six years ago an esteemed professor from Johns Hopkins University wrote in the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law that, "experiencing ongoing sexual attractions to prepubescent children is, in essence, a form of sexual orientation."
That should have raised red flags for all of us about the road we were traveling down. Instead, every time it was brought up, LGBT activists bristled that we were comparing homosexuality with pedophilia. That was never the point. The point was that sexual orientation is defined so loosely that experts in the field are acknowledging any serious, working definition of the phrase could include a range of behaviors that almost all of us find objectionable.
Which brings us to our current moment. While every rational person – even those who object to Christian thinking that is grounded in a fixed morality while simultaneously borrowing from it when they need to – is repulsed by Gobrick's claims. The problem we encounter is that at the behest of the LGBT revolution we have unwisely uprooted all our legal and ethical anchor points which has left our culture flapping in the breeze of moral relativity.
Logic is on our side when we scoff at Gobrick's perversion. The unfortunate reality is, however, that we are no longer governed by things like logic. A feelings-based spirit of the age now rules us, and that works out very well for the Joseph Gobricks of the world, and very poorly for our children.