Tuesday, June 26, 2018

AFA would like people to believe that their anti-trans hysteria is related to high school athletics

“These are people who want to be respected for believing in angels, demons and Satan, all of whom exist in an alternate plane of reality. … Yet they feel no moral obligation to provide reciprocal respect.”
Hate group leader Tim Wildmon - American Family Association
According to hate group American Family Association: Not everybody is smiling over 'civil rights' gone wrong. The headline is followed by this:
Braving accusations of bigotry, coaches and parents are finally speaking out about transgender female athletes who are crushing girls in high school track.

In the state of Connecticut, biological males Terry Miller… and Andraya Yearwood… placed first and second respectively when runners competed in state finals in recent weeks.
I am not a sports medicine professional. I honestly do not know whether or not transgender girls have an unfair advantage. Just because they won does not mean that they are unfair. They might train harder or run more intelligently. Boys and girls have very similar bodies until puberty. Puberty blockers and hormones diminish testosterone. Testosterone is the reason that men have faster times than women. I have included some commentary, a few paragraphs down, from someone who is a professional. His explanations are more complex (and more interesting).

AFA is not interested in critical thought about transgender athletes. They have been consistently bigoted towards LGBT people and transgender people in particular. Their position is formed from far-right religious dogma. The folks at AFA cannot cope with gender as a separate construct from natal sex or the fact that neither sex nor gender are binary. Medical science is the tool of Satan. Athletics is just their latest excuse for intolerance.

They make a stab at a coherent rationale:
Gary Moore, the coach for a competing team, meanwhile, has said Miller has the right to compete, but his presence was unfair to the female runners and there should be a "level playing field."

Coach Moore, from Hillhouse High, went on to state that he was stopAnother track story by another newspaper, the Harford Courant, reports the mother of a female athlete is circulating a petition asking the state legislature to require athletes to compete in sports based on their gender at birth unless the athlete has undergone hormone therapy. ped by at least five coaches who told him they appreciated his concerns that were published in the local newspaper.
Note the disrespect of using incorrect pronouns. They are more concerned with scripture than athletics. As for Coach Moore, he poses no solutions.
A second track coach complained that current state law allows Miller to compete. The law should be changed, he said, because it was written to protect homosexuals and transgenders from bullying - not to open up girls' high school sports to boys who identify as girls.
One more time. Transgender is an adjective. It is not a noun. The above is also second-hand and anonymous if it took place at all.
Steve McConkey of 4 Winds Christian Athletics says it's wrong that a high school athlete can simply say they want to compete as a girl with no rules or barriers to block them. But, he adds, it's good to see coaches, players, and parents pushing back.
Steve McConkey is not only crazy but probably inaccurate. I do not believe that a boy can compete as a girl on a whim. That is not the intended result of allowing transgender girls to compete. The problem is that these conservative Christians do not believe that transgender people exist because the gender continuum does not exist.

McConkey like most religious conservatives believes all sorts of crazy things. Things that are clearly impossible and things in the Bible that reflect the lack of scientific understanding in biblical times. Yet, when it comes to something that is well documented in the scientific literature, like gender, they are intellectually stymied.

McConkey's bigotry prevents him from posing solutions. Rather, he is proposing ways of protesting something that he does not like because of his religious beliefs:
"Don't be afraid," he says, even when school authorities and LGBT activists make claims of bullying.

In fact, an executive director for the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference cited "civil rights issues" and Title IX requirements when asked about the fairness of biological boys competing.
AFA's commentary resumes:
Another track story by another newspaper, the Harford Courant, reports the mother of a female athlete is circulating a petition asking the state legislature to require athletes to compete in sports based on their gender at birth unless the athlete has undergone hormone therapy.
I happen to disagree with that mother because I think that puberty blockers have the same limiting effects on testosterone. However, at least she is looking for solutions. She is not determined to eliminate transgender athletes from competition. She isn't citing Jesus or Moses or Muhammad.

From the same newspaper article is this:
Biological advantage can also vary, according to Dr. Myron Genel, a Yale professor emeritus of pediatric endocrinology and a consultant to the International Olympic Committee’s Medical Commission on issues relating to gender identity in elite athletic competition. Because young males, in general, mature later than females, a natal male (a person born a biological male) may not necessarily have an advantage over a natal female depending on the age of the person and their development.

“There is no such thing as a level playing field,” Genel said. “Athletes succeed because in part of special traits they have or traits that others may not share. Or they had the good fortune of having good training facilities and a good training program.

“You cannot necessarily assume any one of these girls is succeeding because they have not fully converted their gender. I say this without knowing these kids but it may have nothing to do with it.”
AFA ignored that part because, while I find the science fascinating, they find the science a challenge to religious beliefs. The dogmatic slaves believe that a scientific truth must be false if it does not conform to ancient texts that are thousands of years old.

It makes absolutely no sense. Yet we have a vice president in Mike Pence who embraces the same “thinking.” Across the country public policy is being effected by legislators incapable of appreciating the difference between religious dogma and truths that are supported by evidence. Even the Supreme Court of the United States bends to the will of people who believe in miracles and have imaginary friends.

Getting back to American Family Association this is all just a means of disparaging transgender people. That is simply unacceptable. These are people who want to be respected for believing in angels, demons and Satan, all of whom exist in an alternate plane of reality. They demand that their faith be respected. Yet they feel no moral obligation to provide reciprocal respect.

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