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Re: “USCCB Committee Chairmen Laud Decision in Transgender Directive.”(CNY, March 2). 

Over the last eight years, under the Obama administration, the LGBT agenda has been in the forefront of the American psyche, in particular the issue involving transgenderism. In 2016, then-President Obama issued an executive mandate that public institutions, schools in particular, must implement policies enforcing gender-neutral restrooms, locker rooms and showers.

Just recently, Mayor de Blasio issued a transgender policy that would in effect revise the lexicon of language usage in schools that establishes new gender identities. Teachers would be required to use the pronoun the student prefers to be identified with. It is my understanding that there are numerous options.

If anyone had any doubts that as a people we are devolving into a state of moral and cultural decay, look no further than what is happening. Keep in mind this dangerous agenda was initiated for an infinitesimal number of students, .03 percent nationally, claiming to be conflicted in their sexual identity.

As a society, I believe we should heed the words of the author Ayn Rand, “The uncontested absurdities of today are the accepted slogans of tomorrow. They come in degrees, by precedent, by implication, by default, by dint of constant pressure on one side and constant retreat on the other, until the day when they are suddenly declared to be the country’s official ideology.”

Bob Pascarella

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Peter Schwimer

Readers should understand that the "philosophy" of Ayn Rand is antithetical to Catholic social teaching. Ms Rand was anti religion and preached that there is no common good only what is good for the individual. Jesus on the otherhand tells us to love our neighbor and care for him as we would ourselves.

These ideas are not compatible. As Catholics, it seems to me that we need to follow the words of Jesus, not those of an atheistic writer.

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