Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.
We’ve written before about efforts to force public schools to let boys enter girls’ showers, locker rooms, changing areas, and restrooms at school.
These radical policies are part of the movement to embrace transgender ideology, and they put children at serious risk.
In some states, these same policies are spilling over into high school athletics — and they are hurting students.
Recently our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom filed a complaint with the federal government on behalf of a group of female high school athletes in Connecticut, writing,
Selina Soule is a 16-year-old high school student at Glastonbury High School in Connecticut. Like many prep athletes her age, Selina has devoted countless days, nights, and weekends to training, striving to shave mere fractions of a second off her race times. She does so in the hopes of personal satisfaction of victory, an opportunity to participate in state and regional meets, and a chance to earn a college scholarship.
Yet, despite her best efforts, Selina has gone into races over the past two years knowing that she has little chance of winning. . . .
At the Connecticut indoor track championship in late February of this year, Selina missed out on qualifying for the New England regionals by two spots—both of which were taken by female-identifying boys. Not only that, but the two boys claimed the top spots at 6.95 seconds—a girls state indoor track “record”—and 7.01 seconds. The third-place contestant crossed the line at 7.23 seconds.
Selina didn’t get a chance to compete at the New England regionals and make an impression on college scouts—all because of the CIAC’s policy that prioritizes beliefs about gender over biology. . . .
This week, Selina and two other anonymous girls’ track athletes took a major step to correct the situation in Connecticut. As the named complainant on a Title IX complaintthat Alliance Defending Freedom filed with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, Selina is asking that the OCR investigate illegal discrimination against the Connecticut athletes. The complaint also notes that CIAC’s policy and its results directly violated the requirements of Title IX, a federal educational regulation designed to protect equal opportunities, including in athletics, for women and girls.
Letting male athletes who claim to be female compete against women can be more than just unfair. In some cases, it can be dangerous.
As John Stonestreet at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview noted in 2016,
In a 2014 Mixed Martial Arts fight, a transgendered fighter, Fallon Fox, destroyed Tamikka Brents, giving Brents a concussion and breaking her eye socket. As Brents put it, “I’ve fought a lot of women and have never felt the strength that I felt in a fight as I did that night.” She continued, “I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life” and “I’m an abnormally strong female in my own right.”
And mind you, Fox underwent reassignment surgery in 2006 and had been on hormone therapy ever since. In other words, Fox is as “transitioned” as a transgendered athlete can be, and still the competition was blatantly unfair.
All of this is simply another example of the consequences of radical LGBT policies.
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Last night the Mountain Home City Council narrowly passed a city ordinance legalizing public drinking in certain areas of downtown, with Mayor Hillrey Adams casting the deciding vote on the issue. The ordinance will take effect July 26.
Earlier this year the Arkansas Legislature narrowly passed Act 812 by Sen. Trent Garner (R – El Dorado) and Rep. Sonia Barker (R – Smackover). The act lets cities create “entertainment districts” where alcohol can be carried and consumed publicly on streets and sidewalks.
The Mountain Home city ordinance initially proposed two weeks ago would have legalized public drinking from 4:30 PM – midnight seven days a week throughout some twelve blocks of the city’s historic downtown.
However, the ordinance was modified slightly last night to reduce the size of the public drinking district by about three blocks and to prevent bars and restaurants from selling alcohol in carry-out containers during the city’s Friday Night Block Party events.
It’s a small victory that the ordinance was amended at the eleventh hour to address some of its problems, but the fact remains that public drinking isn’t going to revitalize downtown Mountain Home or boost the city’s economy.
As we have said before, entertainment districts raise serious concerns about public safety. Cities like Memphis and New Orleans have had significant problems with violence in their entertainment districts, and public drinking and intoxication also raise concerns about drunk driving in surrounding neighborhoods.
If we really want to improve our communities, letting people drink on city streets and sidewalks is not the way to do it.
A new study released by AAA this month shows many Americans believe it is less dangerous to drive after using marijuana than it is to drink and drive, text while driving, talk on a cell phone while driving, or drive while drowsy.
AAA surveyed 3,349 American drivers ages 16 and older.
The study found only about 70% of Americans said it was dangerous to drive after using marijuana — compared with 96% who said drowsy driving was dangerous.
In other words, drivers believe it is riskier to drive while sleep-deprived than it is to drive under the influence of marijuana.
However, the AAA study cited 20 years of research that concluded drivers under the influence of marijuana are more than twice as likely to crash.
Last fall officials in Colorado announced that marijuana-related traffic deaths had risen 151% since the state legalized marijuana.
All of this underscore what we keep saying: Marijuana may be many things, but “harmless” simply is not one of them.