Wednesday, March 15, 2023

March Madness vs Christian Beliefs and Common Sense

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A Vermont Christian school that forfeited a game in the girl's state basketball playoffs because its opponent had a transgender student on the team’s roster will be prohibited from participating in future tournaments, the sports governing association in the state said Monday.

The Vermont Principals’ Association (VPA) ruled that Mid Vermont Christian School had violated policies and is ineligible to participate in future tournaments that it sanctions. 

The move applies to all sports.

Here's what happened.

Be informed, not misled.

The statement says, "The VPA [the governing body] again reiterates its ongoing support of transgender student-athletes as not only a part of building an inclusive community for each student to grow and thrive, but also as a clear expectation by Vermont state law(s) in the Agency of Education Best Practices, and in VPA Policy regarding transgender student-athletes."

Officials said the White River Junction-based school failed to meet the association’s policies on race, gender, and disability awareness.

"Mid Vermont Christian school is disappointed with the decision of the VPA Executive Council to ban us from participation in all VPA activities," Head of School Vicky Fogg said in a statement to Fox News Digital on Tuesday. "We intend to appeal the decision. Canceling our membership is not a solution and does nothing to deal with the very real issue of safety and fairness facing women's sports in our beloved state. We urge the VPA to reconsider its policies, and balance the rights of every athlete in the state."

The local Valley News said the Christian school was "ousted from sports over transgender discrimination."

Another example of the relentless attack on Christian beliefs and common sense. Big and little media march to the same "progressive" drumbeat.

The decision.

“We withdrew from the tournament because we believe playing against an opponent with a biological male jeopardizes the fairness of the game and the safety of our players. Allowing biological males to participate in women’s sports sets a bad precedent for the future of women’s sports in general,” a senior administrator at MVCS said.  

The consequences.

This incident is not unique. It's happening all across the country. Girls are being punished for being girls. Boys who are suffering from gender dysphoria and need help, are being elevated in their personal difficulties and are given free rein to dominate in women's sports, including hanging out in the girl's locker room.

Boys and girls are different. That was once a consensus in the culture.

The Vermont Agency of Education says, “Transgender and gender nonconforming students are to be provided the same opportunities to participate in physical education as are all other students.” 

If these people are striving---as they say they are---for "equity," why is the biological girl's experience diminished while the dysphoric boy's experience heightened?

Isn't that discrimination of a different kind? Like reverse discrimination?

In October 2022, a middle school girls' soccer coach from Vermont's Randolph Union High School was suspended after he reportedly “misgendered” a transgender student. The coach’s daughter had earlier expressed discomfort with having the individual share the girls’ locker room.

Administrators at Randolph also banned members of the girls' volleyball team that same month over similar objections. “I feel like for stating my opinion – that I don’t want a biological man changing with me– that I should not have harassment charges or bullying charges. They should all be dropped,” one concerned student said. 

Regarding the Christian school.

“We wanted to be thoughtful, and we wanted to make sure all of our stakeholders had an opportunity to provide comment,” VPA assistant executive director Lauren Thomas told the Valley News.

VPA executive director Jay Nichols told VTDigger---a local group that was pushing back on the decision--- that the executive board reached a unanimous 15-0 decision, and could not remember another instance of a school being ousted from the organization.

“If you don’t want to follow VPA rules, that’s fine,” Nichols said. “But then you’re just not a VPA member. It’s fairly simple.”

It is fairly simple. 

With the secular progressive, it's my way or no way.

The claims of "tolerance, equity, inclusiveness, fairness, diversity..." are all a front to gain ground in their obsession to, as President Obama often said, "remake America."

It is said that James Russell Lowell was asked by French historian Francois Guizot, "How long will the American republic endure?"

He wisely replied, "As long as the ideas of the men who founded it continue dominant."

America's vision of destiny is probably best described by the oldest member of the constitutional convention. After heated exchanges---many heated exchanges between our Founders, eighty-two-year-old Benjamin Franklin told his colleagues, "I have...often, in the course of this session...looked at that [sun] behind the president without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting. But now at length, I have the happiness to know that it is a rising, not a setting sun."

The secular progressives of today are deeply committed to remaking America into something our Founding Fathers would not even recognize---and we cannot tolerate.

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Engaged. Be Prayerful.