Or so their North Carolina decision seems to indicate! How can the NCAA say it’s okay to allow men in women’s restrooms/locker and shower rooms and vice versa and not be required to allow men on the women’s team? Seems like that would be the natural next step!!
Mark Emmert, the NCAA president, said in a statement. “We believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events and are committed to providing the best experience possible for college athletes, fans and everyone taking part in our championships.”
Under the leadership of Mr. Emmert, the NCAA embraced more “inclusive” goals. In 2010 they adopted an Inclusion Statement. “The Office of Inclusion will provide or enable programming and education, which sustains foundations of a diverse and inclusive culture across dimensions of diversity including but not limited to age, race, sex, class, national origin, creed, educational background, disability, gender expression, geographical location, income, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation and work experiences.”
In April of this year, the NCAA Board of Governors adopted a new requirement “for sites hosting or bidding on NCAA events in all divisions — from the Men’s and Women’s Final Fours to educational events such as leadership development conferences — to demonstrate how they will provide an environment that is safe, healthy, and free of discrimination, plus safeguards the dignity of everyone involved in the event. ” Note the discriminatory Men’s and Women’s language!
Well, we’ve seen how inclusive they are when it comes to states that don’t believe men should be in the women’s bathroom, shower and locker facilities. In fact the Board of Governors note in their statement, ” The board’s decision follows the recent actions of legislatures in several states, which have passed laws allowing residents to refuse to provide services to some people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. While proponents of the laws focus on how they protect religious beliefs, critics have voiced concerns that they create an environment of sanctioned discrimination. ” Yet another section of the statement says the new requirement considers the promotion of inclusiveness in religion a vital element. Seems the Board of Governors may be confused about several things!
And back to the questions: What if that male college athlete believes he’s really a female college athlete? What’s the NCAA going to do then? Wouldn’t the only “respectful” response be to allow him to play on the girl’s team? And what about the Christian college which is a member of the NCAA and teaches that engaging in homosexual acts is sinful? That Christian school also believes God created only men and women and the school expects those men and women to use the facilities of their biological sex? Is the NCAA going to kick them out of the association? Time will tell.