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Congratulations to the Dordt University men’s track team for finishing second at the recent NAIA Indoor Championship. The NAIA includes 250 colleges and universities.

Individually, senior Payton Mauldin earned the NAIA men’s Outstanding Performer award.

He won and set a championship record in the 600-meter race.

He also anchored the 4 x 400 meter relay, which won its first-ever national title in a program-record time. His speed moved the Defenders from third to first place in that final race, propelling the team into second place, one-half point ahead of the third-place team.

As I perused the men’s team standings, I noticed that another Iowa university, William Penn, finished at the bottom of those who earned points, tied with four other schools for 63rd place. (Other schools who sent athletes but scored no points include Northwestern College.)

While it is an amazing accomplishment for athletes to qualify for Nationals, it is reasonable to note that the WP men performed at a mediocre level there. One runner finished 8th in the 800-meter race, earning their one point.

Out of curiosity, I checked the times for races and distances for field events in which WP men competed at Nationals. In each of those six events, their male athletes would have won the corresponding women’s event easily.

This real-life, recent experience exemplifies reality: females cannot compete fairly with males in athletic competition. A mediocre male will almost always outperform even an elite-level female athlete.

Because of the ripple effect, even one male participating in female athletics potentially or actually does the following:

  1. Keeps one female off the team if tryouts eliminate any athletes.
  2. Keeps one female on the sidelines during an event or game.
  3. Takes one starting spot from a female.
  4. Moves every female who finishes behind him down a spot, like first to second.
  5. Keeps one female out of the finals in events with prelims.
  6. Gives his team an unfair advantage that could change a loss to a win.
  7. Destroys a record set by a female.
  8. Sets a record that a female cannot break.
  9. Takes one scholarship from a female.
  10. Increases the risk of injury to a female.
  11. Forces female teammates to share bathrooms and locker rooms with him.
  12. Forces female competitors to share bathrooms and locker rooms with him at events where multiple teams share one venue.
  13. Exposes females to naked male genitalia in the locker room.
  14. Forces female teammates to inconvenience themselves by changing elsewhere if they value their privacy.
  15. Requires female teammates to undergo pro-LGBTQ indoctrination sessions.
  16. Silences females from expressing concerns about the situation by calling them “hateful” and “transphobic.”
  17. Threatens females that they will lose their scholarship and/or membership on the team if they dissent.
  18. Discourages females from athletics because of the fairness, privacy, and safety issues listed above.
  19. Makes it impossible for officials to rule impartially, since the situation is inherently unfair.
  20. Requires coaches to cheat by being complicit.
  21. Requires coaches and athletes to acquiesce or to forfeit.
  22. Requires athletes, coaches, officials, parents, fans, and the public to deny biological reality.

All these consequences have occurred already.  Mediocre male swimmer Will (“Lia”) Thomas is Exhibit A of how Biden’s “Build Back Better” makes life worse for female athletes and those who support them.

Thomas was ranked 554th in the 200-yard freestyle and 65th in the 500-yard freestyle as a male.  In 2022 at the NCAA championship, he won the 500-yard freestyle as a female.

President Joe Biden has prioritized males over females. On June 16, 2021, his Department of Education added “sexual orientation and gender identity” to Title IX.

Title IX is the federal civil rights law designed to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex. It was created to enhance athletic opportunities for females. Biden’s re-write favors males at the expense of females.

Biden’s pro-LGBTQ policies ignore reality; reward delusion; and hurt girls and women. Add this to the long list of reasons why Biden should not be re-elected as President.

Bonnie Reinders


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