Years ago I was on a softball team of young college guys that met a team of “old guys” in a tournament finals. Most of the other team’s players looked to be in their late 40s and even 50s, and their physiques didn’t compare favorably to those of some of our guys. But they attacked the game differently than we did and beat us handily. I mention this because many conservatives are oblivious to the fact that the same “style of play” is being used by liberals to work toward an improbable “win” in Tennessee.
On the softball field, we young guys relied on our strength to get the “big hit,” and the old guys relied on their skill to single and double us to death. We died athletically from a hundred “little” hits in strategic places—the places where we had a hole in our defense. That’s what liberals have done in changing society’s view of marriage and are now doing with respect to gender.
In the case of marriage, conservatives across the country have been so intent on defending marriage at the state level that they sometimes didn’t pay enough attention to the burgeoning number of comparatively “little” laws at local levels of government. Those laws redefined what was sexually acceptable under the guise of prohibiting discrimination and bullying, and they had their true intended effect—teaching Americans over time that two people of the same sex wanting to have intercourse with each other is no different from someone being of a particular race, ethnicity, or sex. If you don’t believe such was the objective of these “little” laws, then you need to read After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90’s.
And liberals are now doing the same thing with gender in an effort to create a genderless society. I’ll explain how that is happening in Tennessee, but first let me give you a picture of the future if we don’t pay attention.
In Minnesota the transgender lobby just pushed through the Minnesota State High School League a policy that outlaws all sex distinctions in high school sports. It grants students the choice to play on either boys’ or girls’ teams if they feel their gender is different from their biology. Under this scheme, sex differences in high school sports on the field or in locker rooms, bathrooms, and hotel rooms will be rooted not in biological reality, but in each student’s perception of himself or herself.
Of course, Tennessee is not ready to do that at the state level, but a couple of things should be noted. First, the Board of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association is not accountable to the voters in Tennessee. I’m not saying the Board’s ready to take up the subject; I am just noting that if the day ever comes, they won’t have to worry about later asking for your vote.
Second, but more importantly and of greater immediate concern, anti-bullying laws will be the “little laws” used now to prepare the way, over time, for genderless schools. And students indoctrinated in those schools to deny biological reality will someday be our leaders. What conservatives need to understand is that such a law is already being pushed in Tennessee.
Last year an anti-bullying bill listed “gender” among the litany of characteristics for which a student should not be bullied. Interestingly, the bill did not include the characteristic of “sex.” In other words, “sex,” which is rooted in biology, is not important, just “gender,” which, by definition, will be what a student perceives “its” gender to be.
Unfortunately, last year’s House Education subcommittee members could not find the fortitude to vote down the bill, but instead approved a proposal asking a liberal state agency to come back with suggestions for new anti-bullying laws. They were playing with fire, but thankfully the bill died in the Senate before it could go any further in the House.
So, conservatives, keep your eye on the ball. It’s not just the big, bad bill by liberals you need to worry about. A multitude of seemingly innocuous little ones can lead to the same result, and like my softball team, you won’t know what beat you until it’s too late.
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