A Vote for the Transhumanist Party Presidential Candidate Is a Vote for Tyranny

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Rev. Christopher Benek is the associate pastor of Family Ministries and Mission at First Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

I am an advocate for transhumanism, rightly defined. I am certainly not a technophobe who perceives all technology to be bad. In my opinion, human technology - like all matter - is a tool that can be used for good or evil. That being said – as an advocate of transhumanism – I cannot in good faith advocate that anyone support the Transhumanist Party that has recently been formed in the United States.

In many ways, it pains me to write these words because I so admire the scientific research and technological work of many of the party's advisors. But being surrounded by brilliance in advisory roles alone does not an excellent presidential candidate make. That is because such expertise isn't enough to qualify any person, on their own, to unilaterally define the transhumanist movement. And make no mistake about it; that is the Transhumanist Party's Presidential Candidate, Zoltan Istvan's goal.

Istvan knows that he has no real chance of winning the U.S. presidency. He has openly admitted that fact. What he is really concerned about is establishing the larger transhumanism movement defined in radical Atheistic and Nietzschean terms. Put simply - we are witnessing tyranny occurring in the transhumanist movement.

Proof of this resides in the fact that Istvan is intentionally trying to exclude from the transhumanist movement 70+% of Americans that associate themselves as Christian persons who believe in God, another 5+% that identify with a non-Christian religion, and anyone who belongs to the remaining 19+% that might not adhere to organized religion but who still believe in God or at least in the possibility of God. More than that, Istvan goes so far as insinuate that historically the faith of elected officials (those who identify with Protestantism specifically) has overwhelmingly hurt our country. Of course this is not an accusation based on any kind of scientific evaluation or even a vague measure of the sincerity of belief of the persons being accused. That is because Istvan's run for the U.S. presidency isn't really even an attempt to put transhumanism in the spotlight – it is merely an attempt to globally claim transhumanism as a primarily Atheistic venture which openly rejects organized religion and God.

In this way Istvan is leading transhumanism down a path of unnecessary demonization. He is pitting the vast majority of Americans (as well the world's population) against the transhumanism movement. Pretending and advocating unnecessarily and unrightly that transhumanism and religion are adversaries is simply a fallacy.

Fortunately, a growing number of people are beginning to reject Istvan's version of transhumanism and instead are advocating for an integration of religious thought with transhumanism. In particular, Christianity's interest and adoption of transhumanism is rapidly growing. Every day more and more religious people are adopting a more nuanced version of transhumanism that implies a discovery of what it might mean to be more fully human "across" the a scope of human possibility.

But, if you needed even more proof that Istvan political aspirations are a tyranny happening in the transhumant movement, then you need only to look to one fact: There has never been any offer on his behalf to hold a Transhumanist Party U.S. Presidential Candidate primary. Even if it meant that Istvan publically entered a primary unopposed and was competing only against write-in ballots - this would have been an action of accountability to the larger transhumanist movement - a pro H+ move. Instead, Istvan started the party and imperiously appointed himself as all U.S. transhumanist's representative.

Fortunately for the U.S. political system, Americans have a well-documented history of rejecting political tyranny. I have no doubt that such rejection will continue as it pertains to Istvan's self-imposed presidential candidacy. But whether or not transhumanists will rise up and reject ideological tyranny? That still remains to be seen.