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Florida Joins Other States in Demanding Fairness for Female Athletes

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A Florida House committee recently passed a bill called the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. As originally reported by The Associated Press, the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act:

“would require that anyone participating in girls and women’s sports at the K-12 and college level be biologically eligible to do so. If challenged, they would have to get confirmation from a health care provider that they are female. That could include a doctor examining their genitals.”

Florida is not alone. As a matter of fact, many other states have recently proposed laws banning transgender student-athletes from competing in the categories that they identify. For example, the North Dakota legislature passed a bill that would restrict competitors to biological gender categories. Other states have proposed similar laws, including Mississippi (“Mississippi Fairness Act”), Tennessee, and Utah. As reported by NPR:

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This year, state legislators have introduced 35 bills restricting transgender girls and women — that is, girls and women who were not assigned as female at birth — from playing on girls’ and women’s sports teams, according to LGBTQ advocacy group Freedom for All Americans.

There are many compelling reasons to support such bills. For example, Republican Rep. Kaylee Tuck, who sponsored the Florida bill, stated, “The act is pro-women and pro-girls and only acknowledges the biological differences between men and women.” As reported in Breitbart, North Dakota Rep. Kathy Skroch was quoted as saying, “This is about girls competing with girls, ensuring equal opportunity and keeping a level playing field in girls’ sports.” Skroch further noted that the bill would assure “50 years of progress and protecting women against discrimination.”

There are many instances where female student-athletes have been unfairly forced to compete against biological boys/men who identified as girls/women. For example, Selina Soule, a track star at Bloomfield High School in Connecticut, “failed to qualify for regionals in the 55-meter run because two spots were taken by biological boys who identified as girls and who ran faster.” Tuck cited to another example involving Allyson Felix, the only woman to win six track and field gold medals in the Olympics. As reported by The Associated Press, citing Tuck:

“Allyson Felix is the fastest woman in the world… but yet the personal best in the 400 meters can be beaten by hundreds of high school boys. If we allow biological males to compete in athletic events against biological females, we may never see another Allyson Felix again.”

Additional examples can be found here, here, and here.

While there are many reasons to enact such bills, the enforceability/legality of such bills is still up in the air for several reasons. First, in January of this year, President Biden issued an executive order where he, in essence, threatened to “take federal education funds away from any state that refuses to allow transgender athletes to compete in whatever category they feel like choosing.”

Moreover, in Bostock v. Clayton County, the Supreme Court held that “Title VII’s prohibition against “sex discrimination” includes a prohibition against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.” In light of the Supreme Court’s ruling, many schools that receive federal financial assistance were placed in a difficult position in light of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 which prohibits sex discrimination. The theory was that if “sex” under Title VII included sexual orientation and gender identity, the same definition could apply under Title IX. This specific issue has not yet been addressed/resolved by the Supreme Court.

Finally, the fate of the Equality Act, which recently passed the House of Representatives, has yet to be determined in the Senate. Given the current make-up of the Senate, passage of the bill is highly unlikely if Republicans mount a filibuster. The problem for Republicans is that Democrats could very well try to eliminate or reform the filibuster in order to pass this bill (Democrats will likely use the same tactic with respect to H.R. 1, the For the People Act). Assuming that Democrats do so (which would be very risky politically), the Equality Act could very well pass in the Senate and subsequently become law.

There is very little doubt that bills such as those in Florida and other states will face legal challenges. As reported by NPR, “The first state transgender sports law, passed in Idaho last year, was later blocked by a federal judge who argued, in part, that the state had ‘not identified a legitimate interest served by the Act.’”

Given the position of the current administration, Biden’s executive order, the Bostock decision, and the possible passage of the Equality Act (which Republicans and some Democrats will hopefully vote against in its current form), bills of this nature will ultimately face legal scrutiny. Time will tell whether or not they can survive such legal challenges.

Mr. Hakim is a political writer and commentator and an attorney.  His articles have been published in The Washington Examiner, The Daily Caller, The Federalist, American Greatness, The Algemeiner, The Western Journal, American Thinker and other online publications. 

https://thoughtfullyconservative.wordpress.com

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The Dead Do Tell Tales

The words of Dr. William Maples, in describing typical suicide victims, are poignant

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It’s shame that the late Jeffrey Epstein, who allegedly hung himself, couldn’t have been examined by Dr. William R. Maples. Epstein’s body would have had a lot to say.

Poignant Words

Apart from the FBI subterfuge surrounding Epstein’s death, I found the words of Dr. Maples, in describing typical suicide victims to be poignant. Maples is a forensic researcher, diagnosing how and when people died. In his book, Dead Men Do Tell Tales, Dr. Maples, he writes, “Many of the skeletons that come into my laboratory belong to suicide victims who behaved like shy hermits in their final hours.”

“Usually they are found in remote places. People often go to some hidden place to kill themselves, whether from a desire to act alone and unhindered, or because they wish simply to disappear in solitude, spending their last moments in reflective silence.”

Would these people have killed themselves if they could’ve regularly attained reflective silence? Was their quest to die alone simply an ill-advised solution to the stresses they faced? How would their lives have been if they knew appropriate, reliable ways to find solace in the here and now, at home, at work, and everywhere in between?

Be True to Yourself

The masses take pills by the boatload. The masses race though their days. The masses, by and large, live lives of tension and turmoil. Stress has become the malady of the generation, and it’s better to not to follow the crowd.

Being true to yourself means doing what you need to do to stay healthy, balanced, and relaxed. It means having inner directedness. It requires drawing upon your knowledge, experience, and instinct to carve your own path; and to have less stress because you are less swayed by popular or prevailing norms. It is thinking and acting based on an ever-developing internal guidance system.

Being true to yourself means is learning what doesn’t work. You determine what is and is not relevant to you, and ultimately, what is and is not appropriate for you to stay in control of your day, every day, and of your life which could well extend for many decades.

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Joe Biden Bingo

Here is a tool which could help you to stay tuned on broadcasts featuring our acting president

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Even if you caught only snippets of Joe Biden’s recent press conference, you know that his mental decline continues unabated. It’s unlikely that even a handful of Americans watched the event in its entirety. Who would want to waste their time?

What’s occurring is a national travesty, and it is increasingly evident to larger portions of our population that Joe Biden is being abused as an elder, as he abuses others.

Throughout his 365 days in office, Biden has struggled to pronounce a word and then offers a non-sequitur to what he was originally saying. With regularity he tells stories that are simply false. He refers to his vice president as president. He insults vast segments of the population. He stumbles and stammers repeatedly. He checks his watch, fumbles with his mask, and snaps at people when he doesn’t like a question. And those are the least of his faux pas with audiences.

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If you’re having trouble listening to Joe for more than a minute, the tool above might work for you. On the Facebook site, “Best of the Web,” I saw this Biden bingo card. It could help you to stay the course when tuned into other broadcasts featuring our acting president.

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