It’s time that we read J.P. Hartley’s 1960 novel Facial Justice that “depicts a post-apocalyptic society that has sought to banish privilege and envy, to the extent that people will even have their faces surgically altered in order to appear neither too beautiful nor too ugly.” It was a crazy notion in 1960, but we may be headed this way in sports because of supposed gross inequities that should be remedied for the betterment of all of us.
Ryan Crouser unleashed a throw of 76 feet, 8.25 inches in the men’s shot-put final at the Olympic Trials to set a new world record. The previous record of 75 feet 10.5 inches was set in 1990 by Randy Barnes, who was 6’ 5” and weighed 290 pounds. Barnes was later banned for steroid use. He was trying to be more than equal.
This has got to be unfair to people who are shorter and weigh less than Crouser who is 6′ 7″ tall and weighs 315 pounds. Weight and height have their distinctive advantages and disadvantages in the throwing events (shot put, discus, and javelin). Being tall is a measurable advantage for men and women. Weight is also an advantage in the shot if that weight is muscle. Keep in mind that women have a decided disadvantage in terms of muscle size and density. Something must be done about it to reach “equity” in the throwing events.
Utilizing audio, video, and printed material, Worldview 101 will equip the student with the tools necessary to ‘think God’s thoughts’ about the world and the created order. It will reveal and re-direct the humanistic thought patterns that exist in each of us. The Enlightenment promised freedom, but brought slavery to man’s ideas instead. Worldview 101 points the way forward to true freedom of thought in Christ.
The day may come when Kurt Vonnegut’s short story “Harrison Bergeron” becomes a reality:
THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren’t only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General.
While promoting equity, at the same time many in the sports world are promoting the absurd idea that a man who claims to be a woman should be permitted to compete in women’s sports. This is a contradiction of the equality/equity claim.
For example, you will never find a woman who has claimed to transition to be a man who will ever be able to compete competitively in any track and field event. The same is true of weightlifting. That’s why it’s insane that the International Olympic Committee has permitted what is obviously a man to compete against women in Olympic weightlifting. Consider this travesty:
The New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is poised to make history and headlines, as well as significant controversy, after being confirmed as the first transgender athlete to compete at an Olympic Games. The 43-year-old, who will be the fourth oldest weightlifter at an Olympics, is regarded as a genuine medal contender in the women’s super-heavyweight 87kg-plus category in Tokyo. But while her [sic] inclusion has been welcomed by trans groups, it has also been questioned by those who believe she [sic] has unfair advantages in strength and power, having gone through male puberty before transitioning in 2012. (Source)
This guy is a guy. It amazes me that athletes are disqualified for banned substance use, while a man with all the muscle, bone, and hormone advantages can compete against biological women.
Belgian weightlifter Anna Vanbellinghen “likened the prospects of Hubbard, who is a biological man, competing in the Games to ‘a bad joke…. [A]nyone that has trained weightlifting at a high level knows this to be true in their bones: this particular situation is unfair to the sport and to the athletes…. Life-changing opportunities are missed for some athletes — medals and Olympic qualifications — and we are powerless.’” (Source)
On May 22, USA Today published an opinion piece by [Chelsea ] Mitchell titled “I was the Fastest Girl in Connecticut. But Transgender Athletes Made it an Unfair Fight.” She noted: “I’ve lost four women’s state championship titles, two all-New England awards, and numerous other spots on the podium to male runners. I was bumped to third place in the 55-meter dash in 2019, behind two male runners. With every loss, it gets harder and harder to try again.” (WND)
Will the day ever come when a biological woman from the WNBA could make an NBA roster? No way. Could American discus thrower and record holder (70.15/230-2) Valarie Allman compete against men in the discus? No possible way, and she’s smart enough to know she can’t.
The equity police are hitting us from all angles. The goal is the complete disruption of God’s moral order. The Left loves to talk about science, but when it comes to the overthrow of what God has designed, science be damned.
Culture 101 is a much-needed primer on how to live out the Christian worldview. Jesus said to ‘do business’ until He returns, and that means living and working in the world. Christians are sometimes given the idea that only ‘spiritual’ pursuits are worthy of the true Christian, but this is a misguided view. The truly spiritual Christian will have great impact in all areas of life, including business, entertainment, and art.
American Vision’s mission is to Restore America to its Biblical Foundation—from Genesis to Revelation. American Vision (AV) has been at the heart of worldview study since 1978, providing resources to exhort Christian families and individuals to live by a Biblically based worldview. Visit www.AmericanVision.org for more information, content and resources
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