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By Jane Stannus, Crisis Magazine, Jan. 6, 2020

Jane Stannus is a journalist and translator. Her writing has also appeared in the Catholic Herald of London, The Spectator USA, and the National Catholic Reporter.

Like many of her fellow lefties, Nancy Pelosi is a troll. I’m not talking about her looks; I’m talking about her clever use of deliberately inflammatory behavior that serves only one purpose: to keep the enemy (that’s us) riled up about a problem that doesn’t exist. Case in point: the January 2 House of Representatives’ new rules proposal, officially presented by Nancy Pelosi and Rules Committee Chair James P. McGovern, serves to “honor all gender identities by changing pronouns and familial relationships in the House rules to be gender neutral.” If adopted, this would eliminate terms like father, mother, sister, and brother from House rules.

Yes, anyone this stupid ought to be smacked upside the head by a team of gender-neutral robots. But don’t waste any energy being mad. They’re trolling us, and by us I mean both Catholics and persons with common sense and respect of the natural law. They want us to be destabilized, angry, and upset. They want us to roll up our sleeves and start energetically proving—by geometrical logic—that fathers should be called fathers and mothers called mothers; that circles are round, water is wet, and the sun rises in the east. They’d like us to think that their stupid little games actually have the power to change something important. They want us to feel that reality is endangered.   ….

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