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I find it interesting that Long Trail had no problem with having a trans athlete on their team, nor did their other opponents, yet MVCS decides to get all huffy about it (big surprise, right? ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ). Honestly, it's gotten to the point where there is no stupid thing a Christian organization could do that would surprise me anymore.

And if they can't adapt to new situations like this, they'll simply be left behind.

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Certain Christians are always going to claim they're being persecuted for their faith any time they're prevented from persecuting the people they hate. There isn't much you can't justify once you become convinced you're operating under divine sanction.

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It bothers me how often we see things like this. How often we see some Christian person or group going on about how their rights are being trampled, or how their being persecuted, or how whatever law being enforced shouldn't apply to them. For years now, we've listened as this same group of people has shouted about 'personal responsibility' to everyone who would listen, but for some reason that 'personal responsibility' just doesn't apply to them.

I'm tired of this double standard. Society cannot have two sets of rules that it applies differently depending on the individual in question's race, creed, color, religion, sexual orientation, or whatever other insane standard comes to mind. Mid Vermont Christian School knew - or at least should have known - the policies involved, and also should have been aware that those policies did NOT align with MVCS's views on transgender kids. They ignored those policies, and now seem to expect to be allowed to be some sort of exception to the rules for no better reason than that's what they want. No. Truth be told, the school should want out of the association anyway, since it's clear the policy and the school's Christian views do not align. This isn't Burger King, they don't get to have it their way right away just because they said so.

Kudos to Vermont Principals' Association for making the right decision. Here's hoping they stick to it.

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O/T: Evangelicals embraced MAGA out of desperation over their 'demographic slide': expert

https://www.rawstory.com/evangelicals-embraced-maga-out-of-desperation-over-their-demographic-slide-expert/

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There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. --Galatians 3:28

Wow. In Christ there is neither male nor female. Oh, hang on a sec--that's from that silly old Bible. Only the bits we agree with are inerrant and immutable. The rest of it is just woke or something. Praise God!

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I recommend not feeding the trolls.

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Would they allow Eve to play? She was the first trans.....๐Ÿ˜‰

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Mar 16ยทedited Mar 16

This bullshit culture war is so ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ tiring. It compels me to learn about things I've got no interest in, simply because (๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ค ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜บ) has become a favored wedge issue for bigots to attack my community with.

I don't give a shit about sports. I don't even know what the bloody rules of basketball are, and yet- here we go again- I have to know what kind of physical attributes make a good basketball player, and what percentage of cisgender athletes tend to have those attributes, in order to debunk the propaganda line that trans women are going to be the death of women's sports. Fact: there are more exceptionally tall, fit cis women playing basketball, by at least two orders of magnitude, then there ever will be trans women of any body type. Trans women will never dominate women's basketball. There aren't nearly enough of us, even if we ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ all the 6'+ chiseled goddesses transphobes seem to imagine we are, to displace the 6'+ ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ด women who are already dominating the sport.

๐˜ ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฏ'๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต. It shouldn't be my damned problem. I should be able to live my life blissfully ignorant of the ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ of basketball, much less how it's played or by whom.

To reiterate, I couldn't be any less interested in sports if I tried. I am exactly as interested in basketball as I am in any other kind of sportsball. An inflated rubber toy bouncing around an arena and getting chucked into sport-specific designated points-gathering zones interests me about as much as the fate of my last bowel movement (if we're being truthful, I care slightly more about the latter, if only because the septic tank will eventually need to be pumped out again). The hows and whys about who's allowed to bounce the ball where, and when, and with which appendage, what those squiggly lines on the floor mean... I very deliberately forgot that crap after I graduated high school; I'd have been happy to never need to engage with any of it again. Never wanted to in the first place.

But, because the Reich Wing cares ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜บ about "fairness in women's sports"- y'know, because they were just ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ด to fight for fairness in pay, fairness in media coverage, fairness in access to play spaces, or in many cases ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ'๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ- now I have to care about fucking basketball. Because, if I don't force myself to care about ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ, then some shithead in the Statehouse (whichever one is playing with fascism that week- or worse, Congress) will eventually pass a law prohibiting me from playing a sport I would never voluntarily play. And, if they pass that law, they're coming for my right to use the bathroom next. And then my right to seek transition care. And then my right to get my documents amended.

And, ultimately, my right to ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต. Because that's where this shit leads.

So, I have to make myself care about ๐‘“๐‘ข๐‘๐‘˜๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘ ๐‘˜๐‘’๐‘ก๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘™. I'd rather be reading a good novel (or trying to write one), having spirited debates about science fiction, fixing the back door latch that's been sticking, or doing almost anything else in the world besides talking about ๐’‡๐’–๐’„๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’ƒ๐’‚๐’”๐’Œ๐’†๐’•๐’ƒ๐’‚๐’๐’, but here we are again. Next time, it'll probably be soccer, or track and field, or something equally uninteresting, and I'll have to spend my afternoon (or evening, or both) researching something I don't give half a flaming rat's ass about and won't get paid for, because if I don't, the lies just get to stick and fester.

๐“•๐“พ๐“ฌ๐“ด๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฐ. ๐“‘๐“ช๐“ผ๐“ด๐“ฎ๐“ฝ๐“ซ๐“ช๐“ต๐“ต.

Ugh.

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Congratulations to Long Trail school, the VPA and Vermont State for admitting that transpeople are humans.

PS : mark driscool I had a pair of "lesbian" dogs. So what ?

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Instead of shooting hoops, MVCS opted to shoot themselves in the foot.

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Fine. Bye. Yet another Christian institution eliminates itself from yet another aspect of American life because of its fear-and-ignorance-driven bigotry. PLEASE let religious organizations of every kind keep doing this. For the sake of their precious "sincerely-held religious beliefs" they can refuse to play sports, refuse to serve the needy, refuse to teach accurate science, refuse to teach accurate history, and refuse to engage in any way with anybody they don't like. Let them disappear one piece at a time by their own volition.

They won't be missed, and soon they won't even be remembered.

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OT

For our trolly troll and its brain turds...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sRS1dwCotw

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Oh the cries of of christian persecution you'll hear.

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Never one to miss an opportunity to jump on a bigot bandwagon, notorious spiritual abuser Pastor Mark Driscoll screamed, "LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT ME! WHY AREN'T YOU PAYING ATTENTION TO MEEEEEEEEEEEEE?"

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Driscoll is a sociopath.

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OT. Just cut ties with my favourite political blog, because the blog owner is leading climate change deniers and vaccine deniers spout their rubbish all over the place. It's awkward, because I'm sort of addicted to it but sometimes you just got to make a stand. Voices of reason have been dropping out a bit over the years, and eventually it's just going to be him and the lunatics. Good luck to the man.

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