Tyranny of the left — The so-called "Equality Act"
By Mark Alexander
Democrat Party principals in Congress, that alternate universe inside the Beltway, will schedule a vote this month on the so-called "Equality Act," which is, they claim, to prohibit discrimination on the basis of "gender identity and sexual orientation."
But in the name of "equality," this legislation will affect all Americans by dictating that our individual and corporate views must comport with those of the Left, under penalty of law. This is not about equality, and all is most certainly not equal.
The House Judiciary Committee, the same group of dullard leftists taking their queues from Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), took a pause from their feverish collusion conspiracy theories and their dream of impeaching President Donald Trump in order to send the "Equality Act" to Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a floor vote.
Naturally, the vote will be scheduled ahead of "Gay Pride Month," when gender-confused souls are out and about en masse demanding the "normalization" of their pathology. Sadly, there's nothing normal about gender-disorientation pathology.
One would think that the Democrats' largest voting bloc is its gender-dysphoric constituency, but these folks represent only a small fraction of voters — less than 3%. So, to whom are Democrats pandering with their over-the-top support for this tiny group?
The answer: women. This is the Democrats' largest voter constituency, and many of them tend to strongly empathize, if not actually identify, with homosexuals, particularly homosexual men. This legislation, then, is predicated on the perennial assumption that Democrat women are emotionally incontinent idiots, too irrational to discern and reject emotive efforts to lure their vote.
According to a Pew Research study, "Over the last nine presidential elections, women have consistently voted for Democratic presidential candidates at higher rates than men." Indeed, female majorities have elected every Democrat president since 1960 and have been a major force in midterm elections.
In other words, far more women than men vote for Democrats, accounting for their victories — and there are more women voters than men.
Women even elected Bill Clinton in 1992 — despite credible accusations of rape and sexual assault. Clinton won 7% more of the female vote than male vote in his first election. Apparently, some women prefer their candidates to be misogynistic sexual predators rather than honorable men like George H.W. Bush. In 1996, Clinton won 55% of the female vote.
Of course, majorities of women also elected Barack Obama.
This is all part of the Democrats' strategy to use their stable of now-22 (and counting!) presidential candidates to rally their various constituencies and fold them all into one "collective constituency" behind a single 2020 candidate. This collective strategy hinges on the Democrats' foundational "Hate Trump" platform.
This female affinity for homosexuals is also driving the popular candidacy of South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who rose from nowhere to third place within a week of announcing his candidacy despite offering nothing but gender confusion to differentiate himself. Buttigieg isn't riding a "rainbow wave." He's riding an emotive-female wave.
But as for this farcical piece of "equality" legislation, let me state an overarching, irrevocable, and irrefutable truth: There is no such thing as "transgendered," and the word itself constitutes an egregious deception. Additionally, a gender-disoriented person may "identify" as the other gender, or one of the now-countless variations between the two, but they and their gender-mutilated counterparts will always be the same gender they were at conception — male or female. Anyone who claims otherwise is — to borrow a popular leftist trope — "anti-science."
Having stated that fact, let me offer one more before the heterophobic gender deniers label me as "homophobic": While discerning right from wrong in culture and society, as a Christian and sinner I am called to love other sinners, not predicate my love for them on condition of their obedience to moral truth — which is as clear as biological truth. We are called to discern, but judgment is God's alone.
So, let's start with some surreal snapshots from the "Theater of the Absurd" in sports. Add this to the growing list of absurdities related to gender dysphoria, notably the invasion of schools by sexual deviants and men invading girls' dressing rooms and restrooms.
These cases represent some of the most obvious and tangible objections to the notion that gender identity is fluid. They are proverbial "tip of the iceberg" examples of what will be codified into law if the Demos' "Equality" Act becomes law.
In March, New Zealand weightlifter Gavin "Laurel" Hubbard won gold medals in the snatch and clean-and-jerk categories in a national competition. But Hubbard is a male who "identifies" as a female, and he snatched, cleaned, and jerked those gold medals away from actual female competitors.
In April, after witnessing the New Zealand objections over men competing as women, the USA Powerlifting committee told lifter JayCee Cooper that "transgender" people have a "direct competitive advantage" and ruled that he couldn't compete as a woman. Cooper complained, "I really do love this sport, and it's not fair to genetically eliminate an entire group of people." And that sums up the confusion — these sports are divided by gender. Cooper is not a woman, and if he wants to compete, he's free to do so with the rest of his biological group.
In May, responding to Cooper's protests about not being allowed to compete, a man who calls himself "Mary" Gregory smashed four women's world powerlifting records in Virginia. Of his newfound fame, Gregory exclaimed, "As a transgender lifter I was unsure what to expect going into this meet and everyone ... made me welcome and treated me as just another female lifter — thank you!"
Despite the rise of men competing as "women," last week the Olympic Court of Arbitration for Sport declared in a landmark ruling against Caster Semenya, a two-time 800-meter Olympic champion, that female athletes with naturally elevated levels of testosterone would be disqualified from competing. Semenya has a rare biological order that gives her an athletic advantage over her competitors.
So at the same time the Olympics are ruining their competitions by allowing men to compete as women, they're restricting real women with high testosterone levels from competing.
Duke law professor and former 800-meter Olympic runner Doriane Coleman, an expert on sports law with a focus on Olympic eligibility issues, responded, "The gender studies folks have spent the last 20 years deconstructing sex and all of a sudden they're facing an institution with an entirely opposite story. We have to ask, 'Is respecting gender identity more important or is seeing female bodies on the podium more important?' Distinguishing people on the basis of their biology actually matters a lot. It matters because if we failed to do it, we will lose the capacity to isolate the best females on the planet. We would never see a female body on the podium."
So, what are the implications for the rest of culture and society if we fail to distinguish people "on the basis of their biology"?
It's an absurd question, but such questions must now be asked, given that Obama used the power of his office to set this gender spiral into motion by redefining marriage and forcing our military and other branches of government to assimilate gender-dysphoric individuals.
Obama's "gay" legacy was perhaps best defined just before midnight on his last day in office, when he disgracefully pardoned a traitor, transgender poster child and former soldier Bradley "Chelsea" Manning, who was convicted of stealing 750,000 classified documents and providing them to WikiLeaks before being dishonorably discharged and sentenced to 35 years.
Fortunately, the Trump administration is turning back the clock on some of Obama's use of our military for social engineering.
Against all odds, however, there are some growing divisions in the Democrat Party's gender-identity camps over its "equality" agenda. In fact, those divisions have united radical feminists and conservative Christian women.
The leftist Women's Liberation Front (WoLF) and conservative Concerned Women for America (CWA) issued a joint statement condemning the Equality Act because enacting it would "make 'gender identity' a protected characteristic under federal law" that would "erase the protected category of sex." The combined group's statement declared, "The Equality Act ... includes gender identity rules that have received little public focus regarding their adverse impact on sex stereotyping bans, or the danger they pose to women and children."
Thankfully, there appears to be trouble in "Demo-Identity Paradise." We've already witnessed how that trouble can manifest when a lesbian woman on Baltimore's LGBTQ commission refused to use a female pronoun when referring to a "transwoman" and was bounced off that commission. The ranks of homosexuals rejecting the transgender lie are growing.
WoLF board chair Natasha Chart and CWA CEO Penny Nance have stated their objection: "Clearly this is a historic and momentous occasion when women on the left and right have put aside differences to come together on behalf of all women. ... The Equality Act threatens to erase protections for women — protections that benefit women and society as a whole. Legislative and policy 'reforms' proposed in this dangerous bill will lead to blatant violations of our safety, privacy, and dignity. ... If the Equality Act succeeds in making 'gender identity' a protected class under federal law, it will erase the protected category of 'sex,' which for decades has been the foundation for securing the rights and opportunities of women and girls in the United States. Under a policy of unrestricted self-identification of 'sex,' such as the act proposes, a man can simply say he is a woman, and everyone must act as if this is true. ... Pay attention to the powerful message conveyed by our united purpose in opposing this bill. Simply put: If Americans, activist organizations, and our representatives in government genuinely want to prevent discrimination against women and girls, they cannot erase the legal recognition of sex as biologically male and female. As women, CWA and WoLF stand united to protect ourselves and all women and girls from the injustice of the so-called Equality Act."
Conservative women have a built-in affinity for Liberty, and they already oppose this political encroachment on those principles. Whether enough Democrat women will stop drinking the gender Kool-Aid to undermine this legislation's support in the House, we will see. I have my doubts, but maybe the Demo strategists are wrong about their female constituents being emotionally incontinent idiots.
Mark Alexander is the executive editor of the Patriot Post.