DOJ Defends Women Against Transgender Invasion of Women's Sports

By Bill Donohue | March 26, 2020 | 4:10pm EDT
Allison Stokke of Newport Harbor was among eight athletes to clear 12-3 (3.73m) in the girls' pole vault qualifying in the CIF State Track & Field Championships. (Photo credit: Kirby Lee/WireImage)
Allison Stokke of Newport Harbor was among eight athletes to clear 12-3 (3.73m) in the girls' pole vault qualifying in the CIF State Track & Field Championships. (Photo credit: Kirby Lee/WireImage)

Title IX is a federal law that bars discrimination on the basis of sex; it was written to protect the rights of women. Yet it has been hijacked by left-wing activists pushing transgender politics, one of the consequences of which is to deny women athletes their rights. 

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) discriminates against women by allowing male athletes who think they are women to participate in women's sports. Fortunately, the Department of Justice, led by U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr, has signed a statement defending the rights of (real) women athletes to compete against their peers.

The Catholic Church, which acknowledges the reality of human nature, and, of course, nature's God, is unequivocally opposed to what the CIAC is doing. Last year, the Congregation for Catholic Education published a brilliant document, "Male and Female: He Created Them." It affirmed biblical teachings, as well as common sense. God not only created man and woman; he did so in a manner that recognizes their complementary natures. 


The Vatican document took aim at gender theory, saying it "denies the difference and reciprocity in nature of a man and a woman and envisages a society without sexual differences, thereby eliminating the anthropological basis of the family." To put it differently, the sexes do not evolve—they are immutable. As for gender, it refers to socially learned roles, most of which pay homage to that which nature has ordained.

No world leader, either secular or religious, has been more vocal in denouncing gender theory than Pope Francis. He has called it "dangerous" and "demonic." It is dangerous because "it would make everything homogenous, neutral," and it is demonic because it is the "great enemy of marriage;" it is also part of the "global war" against marriage and the family.

If transgender athletes want to have their own sports, let them, though there may not be many takers. But for men to lie about their sex and then shove their way into women's sports is worse than a fiction—it is patently unjust. Worse, many cultural elites support this insanity, such as the CIAC. 

Feminists who have supported the gay agenda must now decide whose side they are on: Do they stand with women, or with men who pretend they are women? 

It is perverse to allow biological men to crash women's sports. It is even more perverse that they can do so by exploiting a federal law written to promote equality between men and women. Fortunately, the Trump administration has come down on the side of women's equality and common sense.

Bill Donohue is President and CEO of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, the nation's largest Catholic civil rights organization.


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