March 01, 2019
When two boys finish first and second in a track meet, it isn't national news. But it is when the races are for girls.
Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood have dominated their sport for two years. That's because they're actually boys allowed to compete against girls. Thanks to the brave new world of genderless sports, kids that wouldn't have a prayer racing against their own sex are racking up the wins. If you're a female runner who has a problem with that, Miller says, try harder.
Connecticut high schooler Selina Soule, one of the girls who missed out on the podium because of the unfair advantage the sport gives boys, was on Fox News's "The Ingraham Angle" talking about how "demoralizing" it is to know the outcome of the race before it even starts. And no, she says, this isn't about being prejudiced.
"I fully support them for being true to themselves and having the courage to do what they believe in," she said. But athletics is "an entirely different situation. It's scientifically proven that males are built to be physically stronger than females. It's unfair to put someone who is biologically a male, who has not undergone anything in terms of hormone therapy, against cis-gender girls... It's upsetting when we work hard all season and put in a lot of effort, only to turn up at the state meets and get beat by someone who is biologically a male and lose state championships over this."
And these boys aren't just stealing trophies, FRC's Cathy Ruse points out, they're stealing coveted scholarships too. "Selina Soule would have qualified for the New England regionals which would have allowed her to run in front of more college coaches, if the two competitors who identify as transgender hadn't taken the top spots, according to the Associated Press." And when college coaches look at her times, Soule pointed out, "they're looking at major discrepancies in times without any explanation."
With the Olympics around the corner and the debates exploding across the sports world, even athletes who've identified as gay or lesbian are calling the trend what it is: cheating. Tennis pro Martina Navratilova has been a great ally for the LGBT movement, but she had no bones blasting the radical ideology that's killing sports and healthy competition. "It's punishing the innocent," she wrote indignantly, "and it's insane."
If there is a silver lining to this politically correct lunacy, it's that more people are starting to see the quandary that's created by policies and decision that aren't based in anatomical realities but emotional whims. If biological sex doesn't matter in sports, where does it matter? This is all fine if you're a kid playing make-believe, but if you're a society in the age of terrorism, security -- not to mention biology -- should be the top consideration. What about driver's licenses and passports, the most dependable form of ID our country offers? How can the people working to keep us safe do so when a suspect could be described as either a man or a woman -- or neither -- depending on how they feel at that time?
If it's unfair for a man to compete as a woman on the sports field, what about the battlefield? Thanks to the Left's sexless agenda, we now have federal courts ordering Americans to open the draft to females. Even women who want to be in combat can't compete on the same level as men, as the Marines' own studies have proven. And when we pretend otherwise, we aren't just hurting the military -- we're hurting them. As NRO argues, only a barbaric nation drafts its mothers and daughters in combat. But only a nation that abandons truth ever gets to that point in the first place.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.