On Thursday, March 29, 2022, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed the “Save Women’s Sports Act into law”. He did so despite the objection of many progressives who rushed to their keyboards to declare this law yet another example of conservative bigotry and cisgender injustice.
How is it possible that such disparate views exist? On one side of this debate, the governor of the “reddest states in the United States” says that “it is important to protect women’s sport”. On the other side, we have a host of “Me-Too” activists who claim to be defending “women’s rights”, shouting that Mr. Stitt’s protection of women’s rights is not fair.
What the hell is going on here? Why is there such blatant disagreement over something that almost everyone would have assumed, until about five seconds ago, was as indisputable as a woman’s right to have her own sport? Surely we’re missing something, aren’t we?
Well, let’s look at the actual bill in question. As tedious as the legislative language may be, perhaps a brief overview will highlight who is right and who is wrong in this dispute. Here is what Oklahoma Senate Bill 2 actually says:
“This Act shall be known and may be cited as the ‘Save Women’s Sports Act.’ As used in this section [the following definitions apply]: “School” means a public school district or public charter school in this state or an institution within the Oklahoma state system of higher education. »
“‘School Athletic Association’ has the same meaning as provided in Section 27-102 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes.” In other words, we already defined that in the previous law; go get it.
““Intercollegiate Association” means a national association that establishes the eligibility requirements for participation in sports at the collegiate level and that coordinates, supervises and regulates intercollegiate competitions. »
The bill goes on to state the following:
“Athletic teams that are sponsored by a school or sponsored by a private school whose students or teams compete against a school shall be specifically designated as one of the following based on biological sex: 1. ‘Male’, ‘Male ‘ or ‘boys’; 2. ‘Women’, ‘women’ or ‘girls’; or 3. ‘Coed’ or ‘mixed.’ Sports teams designated for “ladies”, “ladies” or “girls” will not be open to male students.
And finally, the bill concludes:
“Any student who is deprived of a sporting opportunity or who suffers direct or indirect harm as a result of a violation of [this law] shall have a cause of action for injunctive relief, damages, and other relief available and permitted by law against the school… [and] any student who is the subject of retaliation or other adverse action by a school, school athletic association, or intercollegiate association as a result of a reported breach of [this law] shall have a cause of action for injunctive relief, damages, and other relief available and permitted by law against the [school or organization in question].”
So in other words, to put all that legalese in layman’s language, the bill that Mr. Stitt just signed into law simply says schools are schools, colleges are colleges, teams are teams , sports are sports, men are men and women are women. It goes on to state that any school, college, athletic association, athletic program, teacher, coach or administrator that denies women their indisputable right to their own sport, their own shower and their own locker room is breaking the law and therefore , women , have the right to sue these people and organizations for their shameless and blatant misogyny.
Now ask yourself, who in their right mind would be against this bill?
When a culture gets to the point where a woman named to the Supreme Court says she can’t define “woman” and “women’s rights” activists proudly protest a law that codifies the fact biological woman, you know you have a nation in intellectual and moral freefall and a country in the throes of impending collapse.
Two thousand years ago, the Jewish philosopher Saint Paul warned as he stood in the streets of a crumbling Roman Empire: “They suppress the truth. … They are without excuse. … They [are] vain in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts [are] dark. Claiming to be wise, they [are] fools. …Because they exchanged truth for falsehood and worshiped the creation rather than the Creator, God delivered them to a debased spirit.
• Everett Piper (dreverettpiper.com, @dreverettpiper), columnist for The Washington Times, is a former college president and radio host. He is the author of “Not a Daycare: The Devastating Consequences of Abandoning Truth” (Regnery) and, most recently, “Grow Up: Life Isn’t Safe, But It’s Good”.