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February 5, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — In a series of tweets posted on February 3, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) alleged that “trans girls are girls” and that “the idea of sex being rooted in biology is a ‘myth.’” Yes, the ACLU affirmed, “Biological sex and gender are not binaries,” and, “Trans athletes do not have an unfair advantage in sports.” Accordingly, the only reason to deny a trans-identified student the right to play on the sports’ team of his or her choice is “pure discrimination.”

To this I say — with love and compassion to these young people who struggle with their gender identity: This is a lot of bunk.

Of course boys are different than girls.

Of course there are biological distinctions.

Of course males, on average, have biological advantages over females when it comes to strength and size and speed.

That’s why we have girls’ leagues and boys’ leagues, from little league through college through professional sports.

That’s why we have men’s and women’s competition in the Olympics, and that why we have men’s and women’s world records.

That’s why the fastest mile run by a high school male was 3:53.43 (by Alan Webb in 2001) while the fastest mile run by a high school female was 4:33.87 (by Katelyn Tuohy in 2018). What an extraordinary gap between the sexes.

That’s why a 17-year-old male cleared 19 feet in the pole vault while the world record for a female of any age stands at a little over 16 feet 5 inches.

That’s why there is no comparison in weightlifting records between men and women as “men’s ability to produce maximal force and thus levels of limit strength are much greater than those exhibited in women.”

This holds true whether we’re dealing with 16-year-olds or 26-year-olds. Males are different than females and, when it comes to athletic competition, they have distinct advantages over women.

But of course that’s the case.

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know all this. You just need common sense. Or do you actually think that an All Star team from the WNBA could compete with a team of the worst players in the NBA?

Someone might say, “But over a period of time, when a transwoman has been on hormone treatments for a period of years, those advantages disappear.”

Actually, those advantages might lessen, but they do not all disappear, unless you think that a 6 foot 8 inch male who identifies as female will lose 5 inches in height after years of hormone therapy. Or unless you think that a male’s additional body and muscle mass will completely vanish with enough hormones (especially if that person is an athlete who continues to exercise).

Last December, the British Journal of Sports Medicine released a major study on the “effect of gender affirming hormones on athletic performance in transwomen and transmen: implications for sporting organisations and legislators.”

What were the results? “Prior to gender affirming hormones, transwomen [meaning biological males who identify as females] performed 31% more push-ups and 15% more sit-ups in 1 min and ran 1.5 miles 21% faster than their female counterparts. After 2 years of taking feminising hormones, the push-up and sit-up differences disappeared but transwomen were still 12% faster. Prior to gender affirming hormones, transmen [meaning biological females who identify as males] performed 43% fewer push-ups and ran 1.5 miles 15% slower than their male counterparts. After 1 year of taking masculinising hormones, there was no longer a difference in push-ups or run times, and the number of sit-ups performed in 1 min by transmen exceeded the average performance of their male counterparts.”

Based on these findings, the study questioned whether the Olympics’ standard of a one-year waiting period for a trans-identified athlete was sufficient.

But this is actually a moot point when it comes to children’s sports, since many, if not most, of the students in question are not taking hormonal drugs. In other words, a “transgirl” has all the physical advantages of a male, which is why boys who competed poorly against other boys are now coming in first when competing against girls.

As I and others have repeated for years, this is not a question of discrimination. It is a question of fairness.

In the words of a high-school senior who missed out on her chance to go to the state track finals because she was beaten by two biological boys, “It’s coming down to common sense and realizing that men are physically superior to women. That’s just science. It’s not subjective. It’s objective.”

As she said in a viral video, “When I’m at the start of the race, when I’m lining up and getting into my blocks, everyone already knows the outcome. Those two athletes are going to come one and two and everyone knows it.”

That’s because they are biological males running against biological females. Boys are simply different than girls.

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Bishop Thomas Paprocki, of Springfield, Illinois, is being attacked for saying that one cannot change his or her sex and that he won't permit promotion of transgenderism in diocesan schools and churches.

In a sensitively worded but thoroughly-grounded-in-truth pastoral guide regarding the handling of gender identity issues in his diocese, Bishop Paprocki declared unequivocally, "A person cannot change his or her gender," and "should accept and seek to live in conformity with his or her sexual identity as determined at birth."

Predictably, however, the bishop's new policy - which simply reaffirms perennial Church teaching on the issues of human nature and human sexuality - has been attacked as "threatening," "harmful," and, "punitive" by promoters of homosexuality and transgenderism, both inside and outside the Catholic Church.

As such, Bishop Paprocki now needs our support. Please support his clear teaching about human sexuality by signing this petition.

It is neither "threatening" nor "harmful" nor "punitive" for a bishop to teach his flock about the immutability of human sexuality, and to set clear expectations for the faithful of his diocese, especially for those who attend and work at diocesan schools and churches.

Bishop Paprocki has made clear that certain policies regarding the Diocese of Springfield are non-negotiable:

  1. All persons will be addressed and referred to with pronouns in accord with their biological sex;
  2. All correspondence, documents, and records will reflect the subject person’s biological sex;
  3. All persons will use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their biological sex while on diocesan or parish property.

And, these directives apply not only to diocesan schools, but to all Church employees and volunteers.

Bishop Paprocki explained that the policy was developed "due to the increased pressure on Catholic schools and other institutions through the courts and legislatures, requiring [public] schools to allow boys who believe they are girls to use girls’ restroom and locker room facilities and play on girls’ sports teams, and vice versa."

"Such [a] policy protects our leaders from being forced to sort through these complex and sensitive matters reactively, under the pressure of inevitably sensitive situations," he continued. "Such policy also protects our leaders at the local level from being pressured and intimidated on the basis of what is believed to be their own personal interpretation and opinion."

At the same time, Bishop Paprocki acknowledged that gender dysphoria is a real psychological condition, in which a biological male or female believes he or she is the opposite gender, and said: "It is of paramount importance to handle such situations with gentle and compassionate pastoral skill and concern."

However, in respect of the ill effects on children and families from authorities going along with false conceptions of human sexuality, the bishop declared: "Fueling the confusion that families face in these circumstances is not merciful. It is imperative to be clear on the reality of human biology as a gift from God that we cannot change."

Indeed. Bishop Paprocki's clarity is to be applauded.

Please SIGN this petition, and let the bishop know that you appreciate strong, yet thoughtful, leadership from Shepherds of the Catholic Church.

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That’s why a 2017 study conducted by researchers in the Molecular Genetics Department of the Weizmann Institute discovered that of the 20,000 genes analyzed, “6,500 of them are expressed differently in men and women in at least one of the body’s tissues.”

To say this is not to deny the existence of intersex individuals who have biological or chromosomal abnormalities. Nor is it to minimize the internal struggles experienced by many who identify as transgender.

But it is to say that biology is not bigotry and that it is outright discrimination against women and girls to force them to compete against biological males.

That’s a simple fact of life whether the ACLU likes it or not.

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Dr. Brown is the author of more than 35 books, including Our Hands Are Stained with Blood: The Tragic Story of the “Church” and the Jewish People, which has been translated into more than twelve languages, the highly acclaimed five-volume series, Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus, a commentary on Jeremiah (part of the revised edition of the Expositor’s Bible Commentary), and several books on revival and the Jesus revolution. His most recent book is Evangelicals at the Crossroads: Will We Pass the Trump Test?

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