Crosstalk: February 26, 2019
Steve McConkey is the president of 4 Winds Christian Athletics, a sports ministry that takes a stand for Christian athletes and encourages athletes to defend Christianity.
Last year there was controversy as two males decided they wanted to compete as females. The track coach had to let them do so due to Connecticut rules and they went #1 and #2 in the sprints. Recently they held the indoor championships and one of them won the 300 meters and many of the women were upset.
Steve understands from his education that as we grow up as youth and develop bone and muscle tissue, the lungs themselves are stronger for a male vs. a female. So even if a male does hormone therapy, that therapy can never reverse the strength of muscles or the bone structure of a male vs. female.
What Steve finds sad is that they can’t have tests for testosterone levels for high school athletes because of the high costs and lawsuits.
Then there’s the issue of biological females seeking scholarships at colleges and universities. Some are failing to obtain them because they end up being defeated in competition by individuals who are biologically male.
Some states are being pro-active on this issue. For example, Jim referenced a CNN story reporting that a bill making its way through the legislature in South Dakota (HB-1225) could prevent transgender students from playing on high school sports teams based upon their gender identity. This would override the current state policy that allows biological boys to identify as girls and vice versa.
When you review this Crosstalk, you’ll see that this subject is affecting a wide range of sports from the high school level on up to the Olympics. Jim and Steve sort things out and Crosstalk listeners supply their views as well.
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