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April 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews.com) – If our world survives a few more generations, historians will doubtless look back at our current era and ask, "Was there something in the water? Something in the air? How is it that an entire society went mad at the same time?"

If you've read my columns over the years, you know I have compassion for those who genuinely struggle with their gender identity. That is something I wouldn't wish on anyone, something I do not treat lightly. At the same time, you know I have often spoken against today's cultural madness in which perception becomes reality.

In the latest example of that madness, the Boston Marathon (among other marathons) has announced that men who identify as women can compete with the women.

Since everyone runs together, it simply means that their times will be compared with the times of the female runners. And since both the male winner and the female winner receive the same prize money ($150,000 in Boston), if a man who identifies as a woman beats the ladies, he will win the prize.

Again, I'm not questioning the fact that some men believe they are really women (and vice versa). I'm simply stating the obvious: these men are not women, and it is not fair for a male to compete against a female. It doesn't take a rocket scientist at MIT to explain these simple facts.

But who cares about facts these days? What I feel is the only thing that matters. My morality. My truth. My reality.

This corporate insanity is not limited to America.

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Writing for the Daily Wire, Amanda Prestigiacomo tells us what is happening in Iran:

The Iranian 'women's soccer team has found a loophole. Instead of comprising a team of actual women, they have added on eight full grown men who they claim are transgender and awaiting sex changes.

'The country's football association was accused of being "unethical" for knowingly fielding eight men in its women's team,' reports The Telegraph.

'[Eight players] have been playing with Iran's female team without completing sex change [sic] operations,' said Mojtabi Sharifi, an official described as 'close to the Iranian league.'

Yes, "[m]embers of the national team were ordered on Wednesday to undergo gender testing. Iran's soccer governing body implemented random checks in 2014 after four women's team players were discovered to be biological men who never underwent a sex change [sic]."

If you're wondering why these male players weren't noticed before, it's because "[p]layers on the Iranian women's team are mandated to wear long-sleeved jerseys, pants, and hijabs." (Adding to the sad irony of this story is this: while homosexual acts are punishable by death in Iran, so-called sex change surgery is "rampant" and is actually pushed on gays by some Islamic clerics.)

To say it once more: I'm not passing judgment on the motivation of these men. I'm not making a determination about the absence or presence of gender confusion in their lives.

I'm simply saying that there's a reason we have boys' sports and girls' sports in our children's schools. (Let's not forget about the locker rooms and showers!) And there's a reason we divide into male and female sports in every major professional league, as well as the Olympics.  Men and women are built differently.

Last year, Science Daily reported, "Researchers identif[ied] 6,500 genes that are expressed differently in men and women."

Specifically, "Weizmann Institute of Science researchers recently uncovered thousands of human genes that are expressed – copied out to make proteins – differently in the two sexes. Their findings showed that harmful mutations in these particular genes tend to accumulate in the population in relatively high frequencies, and the study explains why. The detailed map of these genes, reported in BMC Biology, provides evidence that males and females undergo a sort of separate, but interconnected evolution."

This makes perfect sense.

A 2014 report from the University of Helsinki indicated that "[identifying] genetic associations with X chromosomal genes can be particularly valuable in helping researchers to understand why some characteristics, such as height, differ between sexes ... [because] women have two copies of this chromosome and men only one[.]"

Is anyone really surprised?

I do understand that a tiny percentage of people have a chromosomal or genetic or biological abnormality, because of which they do not fit neatly into normal categories. But I seriously doubt that the eight men playing on the Iranian women's soccer team fit into this unique, neither fully male nor fully female category. Or that Bruce Jenner fits into this category. Or that the first man who will run against women in one of the marathons will fit into this category.

Last year, "Andraya Yearwood, a freshman who was born a male, won the girls 100-meter and 200-meter dashes at the Connecticut high school Class M state championships.

Kate Hall – who last year won the girls 100-meter dash Class M state title as a sophomore – came in second to Yearwood at this year's 100-meter race and was tearful in the aftermath, the Hartford Courant reported.

"It's frustrating," Hall of Stonington High School told the Courant. "But that's just the way it is now."

Let's hope it doesn't stay that way for long.

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Michael L. Brown

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Dr. Michael L. Brown is a national and international speaker on themes of spiritual renewal and cultural reformation, and host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio program. He and his wife Nancy, both Jewish believers in Jesus, have been married since 1976. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.

He became a believer in Jesus 1971 as a sixteen year-old, heroin-shooting, LSD-using Jewish rock drummer. Since then, he has preached throughout America and around the world, bringing a message of repentance, revival, reformation and cultural revolution. He holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University and has served as a visiting or adjunct professor at Southern Evangelical Seminary, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Fuller Theological Seminary, Denver Theological Seminary, the King’s Seminary and Regent University School of Divinity.

Dr. Brown is the author of more than 25 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 newest books are Outlasting the Gay Revolution: Where Homosexual Activism Is Really Going and How to Turn the Tide (2015), The Grace Controversy: Answering 12 Common Questions about Grace (2016), Breaking the Stronghold of Food (2017), and Saving a Sick America: A Prescription for Moral and Cultural Transformation (2017).