Poll: Americans Oppose Transgenders in Sports

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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  November 11, 2019   

More than half of Americans think transgender athletes harm women's sports

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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - The majority of Americans disagree with allowing transgender athletes to compete in sports.

A recent Rasmussen poll is showing that more than half (51%) of Americans "oppose transgender participation on sports teams of the opposite sex." Of those, who are opposed, 84% say having biological males competing against biological females "is likely to change girls' and women's sports for the worse."

The survey released on Friday noted, "Transgender athletes who are biological males are winning at all levels of girls' and women's sports these days." Of the total one thousand respondents, 49% agreed that the "addition of biological males to girls' and women's sports" will adversely affect those sports."

Biological males are dominating female sports as transgender female competitors. For instance, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) related in a recent court filing that since 2017, two biological males have collectively won 15 women's state championship titles in Connecticut. These wins by biological males adversely affected female competitors in other ways.

ADF noted the win by the two transgenders collectively "have taken more than 40 opportunities to participate in higher level competitions from female track athletes in the 2017, 2018, and 2019 seasons alone."

The U.S. Supreme Court now has before it a wide-reaching case regarding how the word "sex" is used in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. They must determine if Title VII legislation assumes a person's perceived gender identity is in conformity with the person's biological sex in public. The ruling will have a ripple effect in the workplace and in sports.

"[J]udicially rewriting sex discrimination in Title VII will spill over into other federal laws that prohibit sex discrimination," ADF explained in its High Court brief.

ADF added, "It will deny women and girls fair opportunities to compete in sports, to ascend to the winner's podium, and to receive critical scholarship."

Transgenders are affecting sports across the board. In April, a biological male going by his female name "Mary Gregory" broke four female powerlifting world records in one day at the 100% Raw Powerlifting Federation meet in Zion Crossroads near Richmond, Virginia. The titles were stripped from him in May by federation President Paul Bossi.

"It was revealed that this female lifter was actually a male in the process of becoming a transgender female," said Bossi.

"The lifter will be placed in a different category once the Transgender Division is introduced with a new policy," he added.

I've never felt so overpowered ever in my life.

A biological man going by his transgender name "Fallon Fox" dominated Tamikka Brents during a mixed martial arts (MMA) bout in 2016. Brents remarked that in her many bouts with females, she had never encountered such power as Fox exhibited.

"I've fought a lot of women and have never felt the strength that I felt in a fight as I did that night," said Brents. "I can't answer whether it's because [he] was born a man or not, because I'm not a doctor. I can only say, I've never felt so overpowered ever in my life, and I am an abnormally strong female in my own right."

Bishops in Nebraska have denounced the inherent unfairness of biological males competing against biological females in sports. In a 2016 statement, the bishops declared:

It would be unjust to allow a harmful and deceptive gender ideology to shape either what is taught or how activities are conducted in our schools. This would certainly have a negative impact on students' and society's attitudes towards the fundamental nature of the human person and the family.

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