English women’s rugby refs protest chaos caused by transgender players

Oct 2, 2019 by

by Calvin Freiburger, LifeSite: Referees for women’s rugby in Great Britain are quitting their jobs in response to the participation of gender-confused men in the sport, which they say is injuring players as well as free speech. Several anonymous referees told the Sunday Times that they have been warned not to challenge athletes who show up for women’s teams sporting beards or masculine builds. England Rugby rules require “trans women” to submit to a blood test showing their testosterone...

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IOC delays new transgender guidelines after scientists fail to agree

Sep 27, 2019 by

by Sean Ingle, Guardian: Plans by the International Olympic Committee to introduce stricter guidelines for transgender athletes before the Tokyo 2020 Games have run into the sand because its panel of scientists is struggling to reach agreement on such a thorny issue. The scientists had been expected to recommend halving the permitted testosterone levels for trans women competing in elite sport. However, several sources have confirmed to the Guardian that the IOC’s draft guidelines have been...

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Church of England plans to bring back Victorian notion of ‘muscular Christianity’ by using sport to swell congregations

Aug 5, 2019 by

by Steve Doughty, Mailonline: The Church of England is to resurrect the Victorian idea of ‘muscular Christianity’ and use sport as a way of filling its pews. It yesterday announced plans to hire ‘sports ministers’ and fund sports clubs ‘to reach people who may never have been to church before’. ‘Muscular Christianity’ was popular in the 19th century and holds that physical exercise contributes to moral health as well as fitness. But it fell out of favour because of its links with imperialism....

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After the FA Cup final I’ll answer God’s call to become a pastor, says Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes

May 19, 2019 by

by Riath Al-Samarrai, Daily Mail. The intriguing next phase of Gomes’s life will play into the theme, though it was still rather striking to hear him say recently that he plans to be both an agent and a pastor when he stops playing. The commencement of those careers is contingent on post-season discussions with Watford. Gomes says Watford is the only club he will play for at this stage and, to that end, Gracia wants to keep him for another season. Still Gomes claims it is ‘very...

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Rugby Football Union called out for disciplining Christian player Billy Vunipola

May 2, 2019 by

by Alex Williams, Premier: The impartiality of rugby’s governing body in England has been called into question following the punishment of a Christian player who expressed a traditional Christian stance on homosexuality. Christian campaigners urged the Rugby Football Union (RFU) to “confirm that it is willing to engage players who agree with this view about marriage” following disciplinary action against Billy Vunipola. Mr Vunipola was sanctioned by his club earlier this...

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Sex and Sports

Oct 26, 2018 by

by Daniel A. Kaufman, The Electric Agora: The politics swirling around the question of gender identity are developing so quickly and furiously, both in the US and the UK, that it is difficult to keep track, but my interest here is the current brouhaha over Rachel McKinnon’s gold medal win in the UCI Masters Track World Championship and the questions it raises about women’s sports.  (McKinnon is a trans-woman.) In particular, I’m interested in an argument that McKinnon has made, in response to...

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