Richard Levine (pictured), who identifies as a woman and wants to go by "Rachel Levine," was announced this week as the first ever "female" four-star admiral of the U.S. Public Health Services (USPHS) Commissioned Corps. Levine was in the news earlier this year after being nominated and confirmed as Assistant Secretary of Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
"This is a terrible insult to women," says Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality. "Rather than an actual woman getting this honor, they're giving it to a man who is pretending to be a woman – and they're saying it's the first woman."
LaBarbera adds that "this is the kind of insanity we can expect now from the Democratic Party: Up is down, right is left, good is evil.
"I think Americans are catching on, and I hope this sort of lying to the public – where we all have to pretend that this guy is a lady – I hope it backfires on the Democrats and spurs a revival of truth in this country."
Based on how Levine feels, some people and politicians say he is a "she" and should be viewed as such. However, LaBarbera notes that a person's DNA does not change.
"I don't mean to be harsh, but I can think I'm a tree and that doesn't make me a tree," says LaBarbera. "As Christians, we all should pray for Dr. Levine, that he recovers his sanity and that he accepts the beautiful person that God made him to be."
The USPHS Corps isn't a branch of the military. However, it is one of eight uniformed services in the U.S. government and the only one focused on public health.