Bridget Lalonde was a pretty good high school runner. She was one of the better high school 100 meter runners in Connecticut, as recently as 2018. She made the state finals, and seemed to have a decent chance to win.
Sadly, Bridget Lalonde flopped in the finals. She finished third, well back of the winner, and even behind the second place runner. If she is not too embarrassed to talk about that day with her grandchildren, a few decades down the road, Bridget no doubt will plead extenuating circumstances. (The whiner.)
Bridget, you see, was beaten in the finals by two girls who were boys. Yes, two transgender “girls”–in short, boys–finished first and second in the race. Bridget was third.
If you thought boys should compete against boys, and girls should compete against girls, well clearly there is something morally wrong with you. You are a bigot.
Nancy Armour is a columnist for “USA TODAY.” She has definite ideas about how the world should be put together, and you will be shocked, shocked, to learn that Ms. Armour thinks anyone who believes boys should compete against boys, and girls against girls, is morally flawed in a most egregious fashion.
Here is her column as it appeared a week or so ago.
There we learn about the attempts of some states to block boys from competing against girls. Or, as Ms. Armour phrases it, “forcing them to compete based on the gender they were assigned at birth rather than the one with which they identify.”
To me, in my Neanderthal ignorance, that sounds like a way in which girls can have girls sports, and boys can have boys sports, and it sounds to me like the state legislatures are showing some practical common sense.
Boy, was I way off. Nancy Armour has taken the measure of such efforts by the state legislatures. For her, this is all “bigotry,” “mean-spirited,” “cowardice,” “dangerous nonsense,” and “hateful.” Granted, some of her words are directed toward the NCAA and its “toadies” who refuse to defenestrate the states crafting such laws, but putting two and two together we can see that obviously anyone who agrees with the state legislatures is not really a very good person at all.
I think we owe a debt of gratitude to Ms. Armour. By writing such a column, she allows all of us to begin to try to think clearly about what we believe. And this in turn should encourage us to consider what we can and should do.
The legislatures, and the rest of us Neanderthals, are only substitute villains. The real enemy is God. How dare He create a natural order? How dare He allow a child to be born a girl or a boy, and to insist that the child remain a girl or a boy for the rest of her (his) life?
God must go away. Or at least He should keep quiet. Obviously He lacks good judgment, and lacks moral integrity. Nancy Armour understands what righteousness is, and her column explains part of that righteousness.
I admit Ms. Armour has failed to convince me. It seems to me that she is self-righteous rather than righteous. I have noticed in life that self-righteousness is easy, righteousness is hard. Righteousness involves agreeing with what God says is just, and supporting that justice. For one very tiny example, it is just and righteous that boys, who are constructed differently from girls, should compete against boys. When they compete against girls, they have a physical advantage. That physical advantage was programmed into reality by God. To force girls to compete against boys is not righteous. It is unjust and the reverse of righteous.
Self-righteousness is the drug of choice of Nancy Armour, and of countless people who think and live like she does.
Two passages in the Bible seem especially appropriate here. The first is Exodus 23:2.
‘”You shall not follow a multitude in doing evil, nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after a multitude in order to pervert justice;”‘
Ms. Armour is following a multitude in doing evil. Moreover, she is perverting justice. She doesn’t want justice for girls. She wants to consider herself to be righteous, but really she if only being self-righteous.
Then we read Isaiah 5:20.
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;/Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;/Who substitute bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
Ms. Armour is calling evil good, and is calling good evil. It is good that girls compete against girls. But she calls it evil. It is evil that boys compete against girls. She calls it good.
I contend that some of Ms. Armour’s comments are disingenuous. I will quote the following paragraph, and you tell me if you think these comments are honest writing.
‘The lawmakers behind these bills claim that they’re trying to “protect” girls and young women, ensuring they won’t lose their opportunities to compete. But the number of transgender athletes is miniscule, and there is no evidence they’re taking over women’s sports.’
Clearly there is much truth to those comments. The number of transgender athletes is still small (and may even remain small!), and transgender athletes are not yet “taking over” women’s sports, and indeed may never do so. But the lawmakers really are trying to protect girls and young women–not “protect” them as Ms. Armour claims with her insulting quote marks. And the fact that transgender athletes are not yet numerous, does not change the reality that a vast injustice is being done every time a girl or young woman is vanquished on the sports field by a boy or young man who has managed to persuade himself that he is a female.
Our young people look to adults to provide a stable sensible environment. Remember when you were young and you thought adults knew what the heck they were doing, at least knew much of the time? Yeah, I can remember that time too. But it turns out adults were not as clear thinking as I believed. And in recent decades, the adults seem to be getting less and less clear thinking. The inmates, as typified by Nancy Armour and the myriads who think along with her, are now running the asylum. The semi-sane adults have been shown the door. “USA TODAY” actually pays Nancy Armour a salary to tell those of us who aspire to semi-sanity that we are bigots, mean-spirited, cowardly, nonsensical, and hateful people because we want girls to compete against girls.
Ms. Armour’s column offers a salutary challenge to us. Is she correct? Are we mean-spirited and cowardly? Are we going to get our fweewings hurt because she says hard words about us? Or are we going to defend what we believe to be just, even if people like Nancy Armour hate us and call us names?
Ms. Armour says one thing which it seems to me to be incorrect in many ways. She writes, “The majority of the public opposes these hateful anti-trans laws.”
First, these are not really “anti-trans” laws in the thinking of the legislators. Rather they protection-of-girls laws. Secondly these laws are not hateful. Rather, they are wise and are attempting to provide justice. Thirdly, I strongly doubt that the majority of the public is so idiotically corrupt as to oppose laws that protect girls and their sports. Sure, maybe some poll, by phrasing their questions in dishonest fashion, can get a majority to oppose such just laws. But ask the ordinary person if he thinks it is fair for boys to compete against girls, and the ordinary person is still on the side of semi-sanity rather than insanity. (Such is my hope, in any case. If I’m wrong about that, we are in even worse shape than I thought!)
But here is a fourth point about “hateful anti-trans laws.” If we really cared about young people who are considering themselves transgender, we would prayerfully and lovingly try to help them to think more clearly. The teenage years are difficult enough for most people, without all this new-fangled transgender crap thrown in. Maybe if we adults held to a truly Christian view of reality, and lived it out, we could help these young people avoid a lot of misery. Even Nancy Armour admits that transgenders are “a group that already has frighteningly high rates of suicide and depression.” Gosh, what a surprise. But we can’t help them if we are not firmly anchored in God’s reality, and if we don’t care about them. Nancy Armour and people who think like her, can not help these young people. Nancy Armour is the pro-suicide, pro-depression advocate for transgender people. She doesn’t know that, of course. She sees herself as the righteous advocate of people being mistreated by us Neanderthals. That is self-deception.
The choice is stark. Justice or injustice. Calling good good, or calling evil good. Nancy Armour or God.
It matters what we choose.
If you don’t think it matters, put yourself in the shoes of Bridget Lalonde, in the shoes of her parents, in the shoes of all the girls who competed in the 100 meters at the Connecticut state championship in 2018, in fact in the shoes of any person who simply wants to see justice done, and whose stomach burns st seeing evil winked at and called good.
Bridget Lalonde, I am sorry we adults were not there for you on the day you should have been a state champion in the 100 meters in Connecticut in 2018. It should have been a day of triumph, a day to celebrate forever. We let you down. We adults lost a battle, and you were the most prominent casualty.
But the war is not over yet.