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March 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The left-wing “fact-checkers” of PolitiFact have weighed in on a hallway duel between Democrat Rep. Marie Newman and Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene over biological sex, claiming “science” makes it “clear” that “gender identity goes beyond male and female.”
Last week, Newman tweeted a video of herself erecting a transgender pride flag outside her congressional office to taunt Greene, whose office is across the hall. Greene responded with her own video, placing outside her door a sign reading, “There are TWO genders: MALE & FEMALE ‘Trust the Science!’”
On Thursday, PolitiFact published an article purporting to explain that biological sex has “more outcomes than simply male and female,” and that gender is a distinct concept which “derives its meaning from the society in which one lives.”
“Human nature is diverse in many ways that goes beyond simply biological and anatomical differences between people, and we are coming to understand that gender is such a characteristic that can be both complicated and personal,” PolitiFact quotes Brown University’s Dr. Jason Rafferty. “A person’s gender identity may be masculine, feminine, a combination of both or neither, or it may shift over time.”
While PolitiFact concedes that sex is biologically determined, “sometimes, there’s a discrepancy between someone’s sex assigned at birth and their biological, physiological or physical characteristics. Intersex is a term that’s used to describe any variation in sex characteristics, which can sometimes be related to chromosomes and hormones.”
Biological sex is rooted in an individual’s chromosomes and reflected by hundreds of genetic characteristics. Actual cases of hermaphroditism, in which people are born with ambiguous genitalia or their apparent sex doesn’t match their chromosomes, are extremely rare. More significantly, they are considered to be disorders, meaning their existence does not contradict Greene’s point about there being only two legitimate sexes.
Despite LGBT activists’ efforts to frame objective medical analysis of gender confusion as bigoted, University of Toronto psychiatry professor Ray Blanchard, a recognized expert who was a member of the team that wrote the the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association (APA)’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), has argued that “transsexualism and milder forms of gender dysphoria” should still be recognized as “types of mental disorder.”
NewsBusters notes that the various “experts” PolitiFact interviewed for the article have records as ideology-driven academics and left-wing activists. “There’s no sign that [authors Daniel] Funke and [Miriam] Valverde ever sought a conservative counterpoint on this story loaded up with liberals,” Tim Graham writes.
UPDATE (1/29/21) - On day one of the new administration, Biden signed an Executive Order dismantling girls sports, and allowing biological boys back into girls locker-rooms.
The order declares: "Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the rest room, the locker room, or school sports. . . . All persons should receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation."
This affront to reason effectively signals an end to girls' and women's sports, and diminishes their effort to compete on a level playing field.
Though this petition has already been delivered once, we will deliver new signatures to the US Dept of Education when restrictions permit, in honor of Selina Soule, who filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in 2019.
UPDATE (5/29/20) - US Dep’t of Education: Letting males compete in girls’ sports violates female athletes’ civil rights
UPDATE (2/13/20) - Selina Soule and two other Connecticut high school girl track athletes, Alanna Smith and Chelsea Mitchell, have sued the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) to stop boys who claim to be girls from competing in their sport.
Soule is the same high school girl who, last year, filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). That complaint is still ongoing, as the OCR has not yet handed down its guidance ruling.
This also explains why this petition is still ongoing. Please SIGN and SHARE.
But, with another track season soon coming to an end, the girls' attorneys have asked the Court for an injunction that would stop the CIAC from implementing its current policy while the lawsuit proceeds.
Soule, Smith, and Mitchell will soon run in regional and state meets, competing for state championships. This year, they would like to have the opportunity to win, fair and square.
Please learn more about the latest news concerning this case, here: https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/three-girls-sue-state-to-stop-boys-who-say-theyre-girls-from-competing-in-their-sport
Then, please SIGN this petition. Thank you!
Selina Soule is a female athlete who now must compete against biological males because of Connecticut's policy requiring that boys who identify as girls be admitted into girls' sports competitions.
But, when boys compete in girls' sports, they win because they have a natural advantage. It's scientifically proven, and it's also common sense.
This crushes the motivation of the biological girls who have worked hard to compete on a level playing field, only to enter into competitions which they can never win, despite all of their efforts.
It also puts girls into harm's way in contact sports, AND it deprives female athletes of their right to fairly compete for college scholarships and other accolades.
This is wrong! And, that's why this URGENT petition supports Selina and all the other female athletes out there, who have put in the hours on the track or on the court.
Please SIGN this common sense petition supporting Selina Soule's complaint to the Dept of Education's Office for Civil Rights, against Connecticut's discriminatory policy.
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PolitiFact has a long history of bias in its ostensibly-impartial “fact checks.” It has disputed the accuracy of describing abortion as “death,” promoted the false narrative that a 2011 pro-life bill would have “redefined rape,” run interference for Virginia Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam’s position on infanticide, and more. The National Pulse reports that its founder, Bill Adair, was the 2012 “journalist in residence” for the U.S.-China Education Trust (USCET), which “hosts various journalism programs aimed at advising Chinese Communist Party-run media outlets and journalism schools.”