Now rightwing Christians don’t want girls to play sports at all

The Christian Taliban moves forward with their effort to control women.   The republican warn on abortion was about control of women’s bodies and their reproductive systems.    Think about it, women are the only people required by law to let another to organism use the resources of their body to keep alive.   Even babies that are fully delivered and breathing on their own don’t have that right.   No man can even be forced to give blood for their own child, nor any other part of their body.  Not even a sample of their bone marrow, nothing.  Yet woman must provide a zygote full use and priority of her body, at least until it is born, possibly causing her lifelong injury or even death.  It is about control, or the anti-abortion laws would have these provisions for every child applying to both sexes involved with creating it.    So what was the issue with trans women?  Control over the trans woman and their body?   Well let’s take it one step further and ask what girls really should be doing to get ready to be incubators of a man’s offspring?  Hugs

Valley Christian Academy, Coast Union High School, female football player, girl on the boys team, Title IX lawsuit
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It turns out that some far-right Christians aren’t just opposed to transgender girls playing on sports teams, they’re opposed to any girls playing sports at all… and that opposition may have landed one Christian school in legal trouble.

Valley Christian Academy (VCA) in Santa Maria, California recently forfeited its scheduled October 29 football game against nearby Coast Union High School (CUHS) after discovering that CUHS had two girls on its team.

While it might seem strange that females should be allowed to play on sports teams that are predominantly male, it’s actually required under Title IX, the 1972 federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in sports within any schools that receive federal government funding. Title IX states that, in sports where a girls’ team is not available, girls must be allowed to try out for the boys’ team and participate on the same basis as boys.

VCA hasn’t issued a public comment about its forfeit against CUHS. However, the school explained its similar decision to forfeit a football game last year against Cuyama Valley High School (CVHS) because it had a girl on its team.

At the time, VCA lead pastor and school superintendent Joel Mikkelson told The Santa Maria Times, “Football is a violent game and we understand the value of such in training our young men within the boundaries of an organized sport.”

CUHS’ Head Coach Andrew Crosby told The Tribune that he’s upset that VCA singled out the two girls on his team just because of their gender. The girls’ names are Emily Reed and Andrea Aguilar.

Crosby said that he would never force Reed or Aguilar to stay off the field to accommodate VCA, nor does he want the girls to feel like the cancellation of the game is their fault.

“It’s not fair,” he said, “and I hope that because of the support of their families, the team, and community, that they can have confidence that we support them…. They are part of our team and will suit up for every game.”

The forfeited game will count as a victory for CUHS. However, VCA’s decision to forfeit its games could’ve violated federal law and state rules for student-athletes.

When VCA canceled its game against CVHS last year, it sent a letter to the school stating that its female athlete wouldn’t be allowed to compete on the VCA campus. That letter may have violated Title IX. The letter may have also violated the California Interscholastic Federation’s (CIF) rules requiring schools to comply with Title IX.

The parent of the female CVHS player has since filed a lawsuit against VCA seeking a jury trial and “unspecified damages over loss of education and career opportunities, reputation, well-being, and attorney’s fees.” The suit seeks to stop VCA from committing such sex-based discrimination in the future.

Unsurprisingly, VCA isn’t the only group of Christians who are against girls playing sports, whether or not it’s with other boys.

Tanner Furrh of the Stedfast Baptist Church in Watauga, Texas — a man who has said that lesbians deserve violent deaths — recently said that he is against girls playing any organized sports because sports cause girls to be “more masculine.”

“Are they out there wearing dresses and skirts while they’re playing sports? Are they learning to be a feminine woman?” Furrh asked in a recent sermon. “No, that’s not what sports do for women…. . My daughters are not going to be in any organized sports team.”

For the record, female field hockey players do actually wear skirts, but that doesn’t matter because — as with Christian misogyny in general — fundamentalist opposition to female athletes isn’t really about preserving “femininity.” It’s about controlling girls’ bodies, freedoms, and life choices.


5 thoughts on “Now rightwing Christians don’t want girls to play sports at all

    1. Hello Roger. Yes I feel sorry for his children being raised in a strictly 1800s view of things. I would ask of these people why they think the book written 2,500 years ago knows more about things than our modern understandings. Not trying to belittle faith in the bible but it is clear the bible only knows what was known then in that time. We have far more understanding of reality today. Including that women are not property and are equal to men in every way. I once knew a guy I really admired, who was smart and a great guy, but he was a person who believed that no woman including his wife was equal to a man. One day we were talking and the military came up, and he made the statement that no women should be in the military. He was adamant about that. I who had been in two branches of the military where he had not been in one told him there were plenty of women more capable than I, even telling him about a woman who used her skills in training with a riot baton to defeat me. Remember this is a guy I had known for years and felt we were friends. He replied, “Yes but your gay so it doesn’t mean anything, she couldn’t have done that to a man”. Yes he was from a conservative part of the Midwest. But this is what we are facing and trying to overcome. He felt because I was gay I was a woman in his mind. And in his mind no woman was equal to a man. Yet he was smart in so many other ways. He was willing to put his grandson through medical college but not his granddaughter. It caused a bunch of trouble. I just don’t get this mindset nor what causes it. Hugs

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      1. Firstly Scottie, as a Christian (albeit flawed) I can say with confidence from a theological perspective ‘a lot of what the Evangelic wings come up with is a load,’
        The Old Testament is a collection, not one solid book. A number of the books are based on oral traditions with poetical allusions written after the date. Therefore such events as The Flood or Creation are religious and artistic interpretations. Then we have to add to that the fact that the originals underwent a number of translation with words being approximated.
        The New Testaments also underwent their own set of translations.
        And then we have the contextual layers of historical records and archaeology to add.
        Of course there is the question of faith too add there (such events as accepting the Virgin Birth, The Crucifixion and Resurrection, all of which I believe in- but that’s another post).
        But when it comes down to it, it’s no use any intolerant Evangelical (not all of them are) highlighting bits from the English Version of either Old or New Testament and claiming that is the truth. The messages need thought and reflection. Otherwise the conclusions are hoo-hah. (another theological term of mine)
        I might as well claim the American Revolution was nothing but a large tax dodge to avoid paying duty of tea.

        Now we get around to women in the military. A five second search to find the woman…you’ll know of her I am sure:
        Leigh Ann Hester
        Another example:
        During WWII both the USA and Britain employed women as pilots ferrying aircraft from factory to base, as it were. Paul Tibbets who led the A-Bomb raid on Hiroshima was a very hard and exacting task master. He encountered several all women aircraft crews transferring bombers to combat bases and was impressed by their technical and flying abilities.
        Also in WWII
        USSR- Russian women tank crews, snipers and combat pilots.
        Women inferior?
        As the old saying goes:
        ‘Gimme a break!’

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        1. Hello Roger. To look this from a different point. The Christian school said in its statement that football was a violent sport and teaching boys violence was OK but it was not acceptable to have a girl playing a sport where she might learn that same violence. What are they really saying here? Boys can be violent or use violence but women must be meek and submissive especially to these violent boys? Why is that important to ingrain in both the boys and the girls? So in the future they become like the guy I mentioned above as adults? I think the more these evangelical preachers push this stuff the more people pull back from the teachings. Equality of the genders has been in society now far too long for these people to undo it. I hope. Hugs

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          1. Tell that to the England Lionesses (Women’s Soccer team) who won the European Cup this summer. There were some tough games there!
            Then there’s the US institution popular here too of Wrestling with strong women squads (a great entertainment, not a sport)- WWE currently run by two republican supporters (though more of old school)
            And then see the efforts women’s athletes go through including the boxing and martial arts events.
            Basically, these evangelicals are talking through their hats

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