Thursday, June 14, 2018

A World Turned Upside Down

Every day we see evidence that we live in a world turned upside down.

For centuries we lived under principles that served society very well.

For example, we recognized that there were differences between men and women and no one even considered the fact that there could be two husbands or two wives in a marriage.

It is not only that those core principles are questioned today but it has gotten to the point that anyone who believes in those traditional values is mercilessly attacked by the liberal left.

Never mind that these were universally held beliefs for several thousand years. Never mind that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and most every other Democrat held the same views a decade ago.

However, there is no longer room for discussion, disagreement or dissent.

In the process the rights of other citizens are summarily trampled and trashed.

Consider the case of the Christian baker in Colorado who did not want to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled that he needed to supply the cake despite his strongly held religious beliefs. In the process, the Commission disparaged those beliefs and called them "despicable".

Interestingly, the Commission is charged with protecting religious rights in the same manner as sexual orientation rights. However, that responsibility did not seem to occur to the Commission when it considered the case of the Christian baker.

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court (in a 7-2 decision) ruled that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had been so openly hostile and dismissive of the baker's religious rights that its ruling against him was invalidated.

This is a core issue in many cases today. Why is it that so many think that their rights and beliefs carry more weight and value than someone else's rights and beliefs?

We saw another example of this last week in the Connecticut state track championships where two boys (who now "identify" as girls) won medals in the 100 and 200 meter runs.

Terry Miller leaves the girls in the dust in Connecticut

The winner of the two events was Terry Miller (not Terri). As recently as this winter Miller competed on the boys' indoor track team at his high school.

I guess his female self-identification had a rather short incubation period.

While Miller is celebrating his new "identity" and (his? her?) two gold medals you have to ask about the girls that were left behind in the dust. What about the rights of the girls who worked and trained so hard for this event?

This is what the Executive Director of the CIAC had to say about that question.

“We do feel for them. Fully agree it doesn’t feel good. The optic isn’t good. But we really do have to look at the bigger issues that speak to civil rights and the fact this is high school sports.”

Indeed, what about the civil rights of those girls? Those boys may "think" they are girls but they have the anatomy, muscle tone and strength of a male.

I have some personal experience in the athletic realm pitting boys against girls at the high school level.

My youngest daughter was a very good high school field hockey player. In fact, she was an All-Western Pennsylvania player her senior year in addition to being the leading scorer in the Pittsburgh area.

Pennsylvania had a rule that allowed girls (or boys) to play on the teams of opposite genders if the sport was not offered to them. Thus, for example, a girl could play on the boys' golf team if there was no girls' team. All well and good for giving girls the opportunity to compete.

However, what about the opposite?

We found out how that works when in my daughter's junior and senior years a couple of boys decided to play on the field hockey team of another school. Our team won the games against that school because field hockey is very much a skill sport. To be successful you have to be good at handling the stick. These boys just took up the game their junior year. However, the size and speed difference of the boys was very apparent as I watched those games. Here was my daughter at 5'3" and about 110 lbs facing off with 6'0', 180 lbs. bruisers. It made me cringe and it made my daughter and her teammates mad about having to compete against members of the other gender.

It also made me wonder what would happen to girls field hockey if a school fielded a team of 11 boys who were willing to put on skirts and practice their stick skills for a few years?

It is the same thought I had looking at this story of the state track meet in Connecticut.

If we are to allow people to "self-identify" on what gender they are, we could soon have very few female athletes participating on the athletic field in many sports.

All because we don't want to recognize the unique and innate differences between males and females?

Bear in mind in all of this that the liberal left comes down swiftly and savagely on anyone who does not see it THEIR WAY.

Do you think the Executive Director of the CIAC was speaking freely? What bigger issues is she really concerned about?

Consider what happened to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey this past weekend when he tweeted that he had eaten at Chick-fil-A.

It did not take long for him to be attacked. It also did not take much time for Dorsey to retreat after he was attacked.

All of this because one CEO liked a chicken sandwich and another CEO stated six years ago that he believed in traditional marriage!

You would think you would have the right to eat a chicken sandwich you enjoy without being castigated.

You would also think that you should be entitled to hold a personal view based on what you believe to be Godly principles without being subject to vile and vicious attacks.

You may think you should be able to enjoy a chicken sandwich or still believe in marriage of one man and one women without being attacked. However, you would be wrong in the world we now live in.

It is a world turned upside down.

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