Hate Group Leader Tim Wildmon
Hate Group Leader Tim Wildmon of American Family Association penned a stunningly dishonest email | via YouTube
“The only problem seems to be the sanctimonious bigots who claim there is a problem when none exists.”

American Family Association, an anti-LGBTQ hate group, is terribly distressed that the NCAA supports equality.

According to an AFA email: Tell NCAA to stop bullying women’s sports. Nevermind that the recipient of bullying is a person or people; not a thing. AFA never makes much sense.

According to the email:

In order to promote transgender ideology, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is discriminating against girls who play college sports.

Up is down, left is right, white is black and the NCAA is discriminating against women. Sure. Furthermore, at the risk of being repetitive, transgender people are not adherents to an “ideology.” People are transgender to mitigate the effects of a medical condition.

AFA’s stupidity makes as much sense as “hearing aid ideology,” “eyeglass ideology” or “pacemaker ideology.”

The email refers to the NCAA policy handbook. There is no link and nothing with that title exists. What they are referring to is a 2011 publication titled NCAA Inclusion of Transgender Student-Athletes which is not policy. Rather, to quote from the publication:

It provides best practice and policy recommendations for intercollegiate athletic programs to provide
transgender student-athletes with fair and equal opportunities to participate.

Policy recommendations and policy are two entirely different things. American Family Association is being deliberately dishonest.

Years ago AFA was an Associated Press publisher. AFA would subject every AP article to a cut-and-paste so that the word “gay” was replaced with the word “homosexual.” American sprinter Tyson Gay became “Tyson Homosexual” (that is a real example).

AFA is back to mangling original text. First there is an introduction to the bigotry

By policy, the NCAA says schools must fully embrace the desire of any boy who claims to be a female to play on a girls’ team in college competition. It’s irresponsible enough to allow a boy to play on a girls’ basketball or softball team, but the edict goes way beyond acceptable.

Obviously it is not an edict which is why, I suppose, AFA does not provide a link. No one has a “desire” to be transgender. Being transgender is a medical necessity without a meaningful alternative. AFA want to attract some donations and, at the same time, defend scripture.

Moreover, a controversy does not exist. For starters there aren’t very many transgender girls participating in collegiate sports. To be eligible, a trans woman must have been on testosterone suppressing medications for at least a year. When that is so, the doctors and biologists who assisted the NCAA determined that trans women do not have an unfair advantage.

Five years ago another whack job, Mad Mat Staver, claimed “NCAA and ACC Put Athletes at Risk for Sexual Assault.” The the best of my knowledge, no transgender woman has ever been accused of assaulting a cisgender woman. I mention that because these people never assume accountability for their errors of fact or their unfulfilled predictions.

AFA prattles on:

For example, according to the NCAA’s policy handbook: Boys “should be able to use the locker room, shower, and toilet facilities” with girls.

The quote is accurate but out of context and omitting important details:

Transgender student-athletes should be able to use the locker room, shower, and toilet facilities in accordance with the student’s gender identity. Every locker room should have some private, enclosed changing areas, showers, and toilets for use by any athlete who desires them.

In other words, if a cisgender student is uncomfortable then she is accommodated.

When traveling, boys “should be assigned to share hotels rooms” with girls.

Again, the above is incomplete and out of context. As such it is dishonest:

Transgender student-athletes generally should be assigned to share hotel rooms based on their gender identity, with a recognition that any student who needs extra privacy should be accommodated whenever possible.

“In all cases, teammates, coaches and all others in the school should refer to transgender student-athletes (boys) by the student’s preferred (girl’s) name.” (Emphasis added.)

Reasonably correct with gratuitous additions:

In all cases, teammates, coaches and all others in the school should refer to transgender student-athletes by a student’s preferred name.

Christians are not required to be impolite! It is indecent to deadname a transgender person. Being civil doesn’t harm anyone.

More bullshit on the pile:

And if colleges and universities don’t comply with these anti-girls’ sports mandates, their states could be banned from hosting championships. Thus, the NCAA is acting the role of a threatening playground bully.

I will repeat an earlier paragraph:

It provides best practice and policy recommendations for intercollegiate athletic programs to provide
transgender student-athletes with fair and equal opportunities to participate.

Recommendations do not require compliance. But suppose it was compulsory? The transgender guide was approved in 2010 and published in 2011. The hate group leader, Tim Wildmon, who signed this moronic diatribe has not cited a single example of a problem due to the NCAA guidelines.

The only problem seems to be the sanctimonious bigots who claim there is a problem when none exists.

Instead of offering an example, AFA delivers another bull turd:

As Duke law professor and All-American track athlete Doriane Coleman, tennis champion Martina Navratilova, and Olympic track gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross recently wrote: “The evidence is unequivocal that starting in puberty, in every sport except sailing, shooting, and riding, there will always be significant numbers of boys and men who would beat the best girls and women in head-to-head competition.”

There are a few problems with the above:

  1. No instance is cited where a transgender woman competing at the college level has been even accused of having an unfair advantage.
  2. None of the athletes mentioned are remotely qualified to offer opinions relating to science including biology and sports medicine.
  3. Men do have an advantage over women in many sports. Transgender women are testosterone suppressed and, thus, not comparable which is why AFA cannot cite an example.

I love it when science deniers claim to align with science:

The NCAA has chosen to ignore pure logic and simple science when it comes to the differences between male and female strength, agility, and natural skills.

Mr. Wildmon is pretending that transgender women don’t really exist.

In fact, this entire email is an exercise in deceit. Starting with the mischaracterization of policy recommendations through to the intentional failure to identify the NCAA source and the omission of important details it is dishonest. The would-be arbiters of morality are liars!

AFA concludes with a link to an idiotic petition (which is also a mailing list editor) and, of course, the requisite plea for money. You would think that transgender women are 100 times there number which is about 0.25% of the population. Perhaps 10% of those are college athletes (admittedly a guess lacking evidence) which brings it down to 0.025% of the population.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.