On May 24, Pastor Robert Jeffress, who heads the First Baptist Church in Dallas, referred to a transgender woman as a "hairy-legged man" who is "confused about gender" and asked what parents would want this person showering with their daughters.
Jeffress made his comments while being interviewed by WBAP radio. He began by scolding press reports that said he had compared pro-LGBT corporations to ISIS and clarified his position:
Businesses, or business groups that threaten to boycott states because they have passed bathroom protection bills, or they have passed religious freedom bills, I said those businesses are a greater threat to religious liberty in America than ISIS is.
ISIS is not lobbying legislators not to pass religious freedom laws, but big business is and that's what i was talking about and I stand behind my statements 100 percent.
The radio host shifted the blame to the "desperate" left wing for dividing the country by defending a part of the American population that is "about two in a thousand."
Jeffress added that pro-transgender people don't have merit to their argument and went on to quote the "Planet of the Apes" film for his:
They have to do this because the merits of their argument just don't stand. It comes down to this, what parent wants some hairy-legged man going into a girls' locker room and showering with their daughters, because he is confused about gender?
To quote that great philosopher Charlton Heston from "Planet of the Apes," it's a mad house to allow such a thing. This world is topsy-turvy because we have neglected the clear teaching of God's word.
And look, I don't hate transgender people. I said in my sermon last Sunday, those who suffer from gender identity confusion should be treated compassionately and professionally, but they shouldn’t be exploited by social activists like those in the Obama administration who want to try to blur the God-given distinction between the sexes.
You know, Jesus said from the beginning, God made them man and female, not male, female and question mark.
Social activism for transgender people (whom Jeffress referred to as "question mark") has existed in the U.S. since the 1950s, according to GLBTQ.
Gender identity is not an emotional disorder, according to the 2013 edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), The Huffington Post reported.
Robin Rosenberg, a clinical psychologist, told The Post at the time that the emotional distress associated with "gender dysphoria" -- which is the condition of feeling one's emotional and psychological gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth -- is often caused by folks who stigmatize transgender people for not conforming to gender norms.