Earlier this week, Dictionary.com named “identity” the official 2015 Word of the Year, and you’d be hard-pressed to find fault with that assessment. Over the last 12 months, Americans have heard the word “transgender” more times than in the last two decades combined. This prevalence is largely owed to the high profile exploits of an Olympic champion-turned reality star-turned statuesque “woman.” As the media quickly let us know, there were only a handful of acceptable ways to talk about Caitlyn Jenner, and most of them involved unrestrained reverence for her courage. Some, including ESPN, even went as far as to deem Jenner a “hero,” a word which has surely lost any meaning it once had. Any criticism of Jenner was ignored and/or written off as bigotry.

To be fair, though, there wasn’t much criticism to contend with. That changed somewhat as the media went overboard with their adulation, but most Americans greeted the story with brief fascination followed by an anticlimactic shrug. If Bruce Jenner wants to live the rest of his life under a female persona, well…it takes all kinds, right?

But while Jenner’s personal saga is tabloid fodder, the movement for transgender acceptance is not so easily dismissed. Liberals – wearing their LGBT cloaks – have turned this cause into another excuse to unravel centuries of common sense, to say nothing of religious faith. In their monolithic view, Americans must now accept that some boys and girls are accidentally born into the wrong bodies. Because of this unscientific rationale, the country must move to a legal standard that differentiates between sex (biology) and gender (identity). Anything less would be discrimination.

Because liberals are so effective under the LGBT banner, it hasn’t taken long for this idea to gain mainstream acceptance. 17 states now have laws on the books that prohibit gender identity discrimination. A Houston ordinance that would have given transgender citizens access to the public bathroom of their choice was only narrowly defeated by a concerted union of opposition.

In Washington state, mindful of that defeat, they decided to skip the whole democracy part and just go straight to the mandate.

Last month, the Washington State Human Rights Commission put new rules in place that require bathroom access to be governed by gender identity rather than biological sex. This move, which opponents say is an overreach of the commission’s authority, will essentially allow men, women, and others to choose whichever bathroom they prefer.

Washington’s ACLU said the new rules were “fabulous.”

On the other side of the coin, Joseph Backholm of the Family Policy Institute said, “This first-of-its-kind, statewide law is part of the recent push to frame gender-segregated bathrooms as an affront to ‘equality.’ So far, the public hasn’t been buying it.”

Key words being: “so far.”

Whether the threat of allowing transgendered people to choose the bathroom they prefer is as significant as some have made it out to be, the fact remains that we are knocking down societal underpinnings in service of something that is really nothing more or less than mental illness. The movement to prevent transgender bullying is a noble one; the movement to force society to accept trans people as deserving “protected group” status is not. By the time liberals get done protecting every loony-toon who carves out their own special “identity,” the American ideals of individualism and freedom will be flushed down the toilet.