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Thorner: Equality Act 2020 will devastate women and their competitive sports



PRI.org photo – Transgender martial arts fighter Fallon Fox

By Nancy Thorner - 

As acclaimed in a Post Editorial Board opinion headline on January 21, 2020, Biden’s executive order unlevels the playing field for girls

The editorial goes on to say:

Mere hours after stressing the need for "unity," President Biden sparked a new civil war with an executive order letting biological males turned transgender women to compete in women's sports.

It’s one thing, after all, to ban discrimination; it’s another to tell schools and colleges that trans women athletes — biologically born boys who now identify as female — must be allowed to compete with biological women and girls, despite their physical advantages.

The notion is patently ridiculous and may result in girls losing out on prestigious sports victories (and maybe scholarships that go with them). It also risks greater injuries to women.

Title IX

And what about Title IX, the landmark federal law that guarantees equal opportunity for women and girls in education and sports?

Title IX wasn’t drafted with the intent of allowing biological women to go up against female-identifying men.

Biden withdraws support of Trump’s intervention case

It is notable that on Feb. 24, 2021 the Biden Administration withdrew government support from a transgender federal lawsuit in Connecticut that sought to ban transgender athletes from participating in girls' high school sports. 

“Connecticut allows high school athletes to compete in sports according to their gender identity. The lawsuit was filed a year ago by several cisgender runners who argue they have been deprived of wins, state titles and athletic opportunities by being forced to compete against two transgender sprinters.”

“The Trump administration’s intervention in the case last year came as state legislatures around the country debated restricting transgender athletes’ participation to their gender assigned at birth. Seventeen states considered such legislation, and Idaho passed a law. The Republican-controlled Mississippi legislature overwhelmingly approved a similar bill in February of 2021.”

Supporters of restrictions on transgender athletes argue that transgender girls, because they were born male, are naturally stronger, faster and bigger than those born female.

Status of Equality Act

“On Feb. 25, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, a bill that proposes to amend federal civil rights law to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ individuals in employment, housing and public schools, among other areas, even though the U.S. Supreme Court already has interpreted Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

“The vote in the House was close, 224 to 206, with three Republicans joining all Democrats in favor of the legislation. President Joe Biden has called the bill "a critical step toward ensuring that America lives up to our foundational values of equality and freedom for all."

“Some religious denominations oppose the legislation, saying that its lack of religious exemptions challenges religious liberty.”

The U.S. Senate has not yet taken up the bill.

What does Rev. Franklin Graham think about the Equality Act?

Franklin Graham, on February 5, 2021, put out an urgent prayer alert about the Equality Act  in letter form about the dangerous piece of legislation.  As Graham wrote: "The Equality Act is a threat to life as we know it in our nation today. It’s a real game-changer."

Graham explains some of the worst aspects of the Equality Act:

  1. The Equality Act designates schools, churches, and healthcare organizations as “public accommodations.” With this, schools, churches, and hospitals could be forced to accept the government’s beliefs and mandates about sexual orientation and gender identity. That would be highly intrusive and incredibly far-reaching. It will threaten everyday speech/ where people can be fined or lose their jobs for using the wrong name or pronouns.
  2. The Equality Act will legislate that we allow boys in girls’ sports, boys in girls’ locker rooms, men in women’s shelters, and men in women’s prisons. It will force teachers and students to publicly pretend that a biological male is a female. Schools will be encouraged or mandated to instruct first, second, and third graders that they can choose to be a boy or a girl, or neither, or both, making biological sex (and science) a relic of the past.
  3. The Equality Act will use the force of law across all 50 states to strip Christian and other religious ministries of their right to hire people of shared faith to pursue a shared mission. Can you imagine a Christian organization being forced to hire people hostile to its deeply held beliefs who have no passion for its beliefs, teachings, and mission? That doesn’t work.
  1. The Equality Act will strip health professionals of their rights of conscience. It will force doctors and medical professionals who long to do no harm to engage in gender transition treatments such as hormone-blocking, cross-sex hormones, or surgery. It is obvious that a Catholic or faith-based hospital should not have to perform gender transition surgeries that go entirely against all they believe.
  1. The Equality Act will be a tool used by the government to deny or threaten accreditation to religious colleges and universities if they do not satisfy the demands of the secular Left to apply sexual orientation and gender identity to dorms, sports, places of privacy, and even teachings. The Act could be used as a weapon to threaten the availability of federal student loans and grants to students at certain disfavored religious schools.” End quote

Franklin implores people not to remain silent, as the impact of this legislation is immense.

Phone the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.  A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate offices of Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth.  Ask them to vote an emphatic NO! to the Equality Act.  Time is running out!


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  1. Senator Richard J. Durbin
    Thank you for your reply. Your support of Sodom and Gomorra life styles needs to be corrected.
    Lot and his family left before G-d destroyed these cities. What remains is the Dead Sea.
    Judeo-Christian values are now under attack because of the vote you have taken.
    G-d gave us the Ten Commandments thru Moses.
    The First Amendment of the constitution gives us religious protection.
    I am praying you will correct your direction.
    This radical Bill can Not pass in our country the land of the free.
    Love Saves Lives
    Carl Lambrecht
    From: Senator Richard J. Durbin
    Sent: Monday, March 1, 2021 11:45 AM
    To: [email protected]
    Subject: Message from Senator Richard J. Durbin
    March 1, 2021
    Mr. Carl Lambrecht
    544 Michigan Avenue
    Highland Park, IL 60035-1924
    Dear Mr. Lambrecht:
    Thank you for contacting me regarding the Equality Act. I appreciate hearing from you.
    I am a cosponsor of the Equality Act. This legislation would protect LGBT people from discrimination in credit, education, employment, housing, federal financial assistance, jury service, and public accommodations. It would add sexual orientation and gender identity to other protected classes, such as race or religion, to existing federal laws.
    I oppose discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation, race, religion, age, gender, disability, color, or national origin. The Equality Act continues the important work of expanding basic anti-discrimination protections to LGBT people. No American should face discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
    Although we may disagree on this issue, I appreciate knowing your views and hope you will not hesitate to contact me in the future on issues of importance to you.
    Thank you again for contacting me. Please feel free to keep in touch.
    Richard J. Durbin
    United States Senator

  2. Senator Tammy Duckworth
    Thank you for your reply. Your support of Sodom and Gomorra life styles needs to be corrected.
    Lot and his family left before G-d destroyed these cities. What remains is the Dead Sea.
    Judeo-Christian values are now under attack because of the vote you have taken.
    G-d gave us the Ten Commandments thru Moses.
    The First Amendment of the constitution gives us religious protection.
    I am praying you will correct your direction.
    This radical Bill can Not pass in our country the land of the free.
    Love Saves Lives
    Carl Lambrecht
    From: Senator Tammy Duckworth
    Sent: Thursday, March 4, 2021 6:14 PM
    To: [email protected]
    Subject: Responding to your message
    Dear Neighbor,
    Thank you for contacting me about S. 393, the Equality Act. Although we may hold different views on this specific legislative proposal, I appreciate you taking the time to make me aware of your concerns on this important matter.
    I am a strong supporter of civil rights and proud that Illinois is a leader in already prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, public accommodations and housing. It is absolutely unacceptable that an individual could be fired from their job or evicted from their home because of who they are or who they love. Sexual orientation and gender identity should not disqualify any American from receiving equal protection under the law and we must protect LGBTQ Americans from harmful discrimination.
    This principle was affirmed by the Supreme Court of the United States, which in a 6 to 3 decision, ruled that the prohibition against employment discrimination on the basis of sex under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 includes sexual orientation and gender identity. Writing for the majority in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, who was nominated by former President Donald Trump, noted in the opinion for the Court:
    “Those who adopted the Civil Rights Act might not have anticipated their work would lead to this particular result. Likely, they weren’t thinking about many of the Act’s consequences that have become apparent over the years, including its prohibition against discrimination on the basis of motherhood or its ban on the sexual harassment of male employees. But the limits of the drafters’ imagination supply no reason to ignore the law’s demands. When the express terms of a statute give us one answer and extratextual considerations suggest another, it’s no contest. Only the written word is the law, and all persons are entitled to its benefit.”
    As your Senator, I strongly support the civil rights protections authorized under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and am working to uphold the principles laid out by Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock. That is why as an original cosponsor, I helped Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon introduce the Equality Act. Our bill would clarify Federal law to explicitly spell out what is already true: Title VII prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the House version of the Equality Act on February 25, 2021, and the bill has yet to come before the Senate for a full vote.
    Thank you again for contacting me on this important issue. If you would like more information on my work in the Senate, please visit my website at http://www.duckworth.senate.gov. You can access my voting record and see what I am doing to address today’s most important issues. I hope that you will continue to share your views and opinions with me and let me know whenever I may be of assistance to you.
    Tammy Duckworth
    United States Senator
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  3. Dear Congressman Bradley S. Schneider
    Thank you for your reply. Your support of Sodom and Gomorra life styles needs to be corrected.
    Lot and his family left before G-d destroyed these cities. What remains is the Dead Sea.
    Judeo-Christian values are now under attack because of the vote you have taken.
    G-d gave us the Ten Commandments thru Moses.
    The First Amendment of the constitution gives us religious protection.
    I am praying you will correct your direction.
    This radical Bill can Not pass in our country the land of the free.
    Love Saves Lives
    Carl Lambrecht
    From: Congressman Brad Schneider
    Sent: Monday, March 1, 2021 6:09 PM
    To: [email protected]
    Subject: Responding to your message
    Dear Mr. Lambrecht,
    Thank you for taking the time to express your thoughts about H.R. 5, the Equality Act. I greatly appreciate your input as I work to represent your interests in Washington.
    On February 26, 2021, the House of Representatives passed the Equality Act by a vote of 224-206. This legislation prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation in employment, housing, public accommodations, public education, federal funding, credit, and judicial settings.
    I voted for this bill because I believe all Americans, regardless of gender, race, creed or sexual orientation, should have access to the same opportunities and responsibilities. Although there has been progress, many forms of discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community still exist. A person can be denied housing because of their sexual orientation in 27 states, denied education in 31 states, and denied the right to serve on a jury in 41 states. H.R. 5 addresses these issues by amending existing federal civil rights laws. While we may not agree on this legislation, please know I respect your opinion and believe there are many other issues where we might share common ground.
    Thank you again for taking the time to express your thoughts and concerns. Hearing from constituents like you allows me to be a more informed and effective Member of Congress. If I can be of further assistance to you on this or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact my office at (202) 225-4835.
    Bradley S. Schneider
    Member of Congress
    To stay updated on my work for you in Congress, please sign up to receive my email newsletter at https://schneider.house.gov/contact/subscribe, like us on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter @RepSchneider.

  4. Tammy Duckworth and Dirty Dick Durbin have no respect for the US Constitution. Biden and the democrats are stomping on the Bill of Rights. They are dictatorial. They are forcing their victims to sue and spend years and very large sums of money to get SCOTUS to overturn democrat’s power abuse. They are persecuting the American Right!

  5. Speaker Pelosi and the congressional house have voted for the proposed bill HR 5, the so-called “Equality Act”. It is anything but equality, this proposed bill should have never made it to the floor of the house for a vote; as it denies Christians religious freedom. The first amendment states in part; Congress shall make NO law prohibiting the free exercise of religion. With the proposed “Equality Act”, the house democrats seek to enact a bill that restricts the free exercise of religion in direct violation of the U.S. Constitution. What’s at risk for Christians; the short list is Churches would be forced to host same-sex ceremonies and possibly lose tax-exempt status for noncompliance. If you are a Christian business owner, you will lose your religious right of conscience. Christian bakers, for example, will be forced to bake same-sex wedding cakes. To true Bible believing Christians, lgbt behaviors and same-sex marriage are sins. When the federal government can tell you by way of “The Equality Act” what you can’t honor in the Bible without punishment, then there is no free exercise of religion. While we all sin and fall short of the glory of God, to be a true Christian, one must strive to have faithful obedience to God’s word. The Bible says, “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin” (James 4:17). While sin is a personal act, we Christians have a responsibility for the sins committed by others when we cooperate in them; like by participating or supporting them. The federal government would unconstitutionally force Christian business owners to sin or be out of business, if HR 5 becomes law. You cannot separate freedom of worship, right of religious conscience, and freedom of speech without denying Christians the free exercise of religion. Yes, we as Christians are instructed to love our neighbor, but we are not to love our neighbor’s sins. This proposed bill is designed to trick people, by use of the words “equality act”, to make us think it’s about race when the truth is it is about special privileges for lgbt BEHAVIORS and religious persecution. Several years ago, about 150 genetic scientists from around world mapped the human genome and did not find a lgbt gene. Genes determine skin color, there is no scientific proof lgbt behaviors have a genetic causation. The lgbt “born that way” claim is liberal ideology and not objective, evidence-based science. All behavior is a choice, unless a mental disorder or mental illness is involved. Genes do not force a behavior. The democrats are trying force the “born that way” lie onto America. One stated purpose of the federal government is to secure and protect our rights. Congress cannot lawfully dilute our constitutionally protected religious freedom by enacting a federal statute. If the federal government can change the US Constitution with a federal statute, then what’s the point of the US Constitution and article V? The US Constitution is the supreme law of the land and obeying it is not optional. Congress knows well Article V of the US Constitution must be used to amend the US Constitution, not a federal statute. HR 5, the Equality act, is outside the scope of powers granted to the congress because if enacted, it will effectively abridge the Bible and religious freedom. The free exercise of religion is a basic human right, which is constitutionally protected from government. HR 5 is an attack on religious freedom, it and all like-minded bills must be voted down by the House and Senate. The dictatorial left draws up unconstitutional blue prints for running other people’s lives, they dislike an individual’s freedom of thought and right of conscience. That is the way of all communist & fascist countries.
    I believe the bill’s author and the democrats know this bill violates the Bill of Rights and just don’t care. They want poor Christian churches to have to go through the arduous and expensive process of having the supreme court issue an opinion. When one considers congress swears an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution, voting for HR 5 is an unlawful betrayal of our supreme law, the U.S. Constitution. The democrats are persecuting the American Right! If enacted, HR 5 will be nothing short of pure Christian persecution.
    Science deniers Pelosi and the Biden administration federal gov’t wants all power centralized in DC… and the motto will no longer be “ In God We Trust”, it will be changed to “You shall have no other gods before Me”
    Where are provisions addressing education and LGBT “expressly contained” in our Constitution? The answer is, Nowhere!
    The lawful power over education and LGBT is nowhere in our US Constitution delegated to the federal government over the Country at Large. What the federal govt does is to usurp power from the states, it is nothing but unlawful power grab and TYRANNY! NO, transgirls are not girls, they are boys pretending to be girls. Transgirls are biological boys, as sex change is BIOLOGICALLY IMPOSSIBLE!
    The notion that there is a sex spectrum, where people can choose to identify as male or female, regardless of their anatomy, is irrational and has no basis reality. It is false at every conceivable scale of resolution. ~ Biologists Colin Wright & Emma Hilton
    Hey Democrats, let’s say a transwoman got lost in a very remote part of the country and died from lack of food and exposure to the elements. Two years later hunters find the skeletal remains and notify the police. The first thing the forensic detective will see when trying to determine the cause of death is that the deceased was a man. How can that be done so quickly you ask, because one glance at the pelvic girdle will tell the trained detective the victim was a male because the pelvic girdle doesn’t have an opening like a woman’s pelvic girdle has that allows room for the birth canal. Next the detective will drill into a large bone and collect a genetic sample for analysis. The genetic analysis will show the victim to be a biological male. It won’t show him to be a pretend woman. I don’t care how much surgery or hormone therapy the transwoman may have had. The detective would conclude from the scientific testing that the victim is a man. Democrats, stop being a science denier. And stop trying to gaslight America!
    Gaslighting or gas-lighting is a CRUEL & EVIL form of mental and psychological ABUSE in which false information is presented with the intent of making victims doubt their own memory, perception, and sometimes sanity. Instances may range simply from the denial by an abuser that previous incidents ever occurred, up to the staging of bizarre events by the abuser with the intention of disorienting the victim.

  6. On tran athletes, oh well, women pushed for this equality nonsense. They wanted to act like men, so let theme compete with them. I have zero sympathy. Women have wanted it both ways for generations. If this is what it takes to illustrate there actually is a difference between men and women than so be it.