Entries by Joseph Backholm

Women’s Spa Under Fire for No-Penis Rule

Proponents of genderless locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms have long used slogans like “free to pee” to minimize the issue.

“Who cares where people go to the bathroom?” No one.

“Are you going to have a genital monitor standing outside the door?”  Of course no one is interested in that.

They miss the point on purpose, most likely.

But a recent story out of Toronto highlights the real problem of creating a one-size-fits-all rule that applies to every situation regardless of how unique it is.

Coach Kennedy Goes to Court

Can a school district fire a football coach for praying?

That was the question considered by the U.S. Court of Appeals Monday morning in Seattle.

More broadly, however, the court was debating what an “establishment of religion” actually is.

Joe Kennedy used to coach football at Bremerton High School.  When he first started coaching, he began a routine of taking a knee at the fifty-yard line after games to prayer.  

How the Easter Bunny and Gender are impacting Foster Parents

Over the weekend I wrote about  new guidelines in Illinois disqualifying those who believe anatomy determines gender from being foster parents.

Apparently that’s the modern equivalent of being a flat-earther.

Well, it turns out Illinois isn’t the only one heading this direction.

The government of Ontario Canada recently passed Bill 89 which authorizes the government to remove children from the home of a caregiver if they feel gender is fixed. 

The White Church’s Problem with “Politics”

Race matters.  Not in the sense that it makes people more or less valuable, but in the sense that income, health, marriage rates, crime, and educational achievement, and much, much more all have racial components.

However, you probably haven’t ever thought about the relationship between race and a church’s willingness to engage in “politic issues”.

I know I hadn’t.

Until very recently.

I find myself, once again,

How Sport Exposes the Unworkable Logic of Transgender Policy

A story out of Cromwell High School in Connecticut is doing a good job illuminating an obvious but underrated impact of the left’s war on gender.

Sports.

The story features a high school freshman named Andraya Yearwood.  Andraya is a boy, but now identifies as a girl and recently competed in his first track meet with actual girls as a high school freshman.

Take a minute to watch the video and the challenges will become apparent.

Gorsuch, Religious Freedom, and Playground Rubber

Today the United States Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch as the 113th Justice of the United States Supreme Court, filling the vacancy left more than a year ago by the death of Antonin Scalia.

This confirmation is validation for those who voted for President Trump mostly or solely because of his promise that he would nominate conservative justices to the Supreme Court.

While the result is encouraging, the process exposed the troubling and disproportionate power the Supreme Court now has.

Is North Carolina Going to Repeal HB2?

The North Carolina legislature is currently debating legislation that would change HB2, the privacy law that limits access to locker rooms and bathrooms based on biological sex.

This new proposal was prompted by threats from the NCAA that they will not consider North Carolina as a location for championships until 2022 unless they fix HB2.  North Carolina is home to some of the nation’s best collegiate basketball teams.

The proposal is being discussed as a “repeal” of HB2,

What Planned Parenthood Can Teach the Left About Conscience Rights

A debate over conscience rights and religious freedom has been raging for a while now.

But we may be on the verge of a breakthrough.

Just last week, bakers in Oregon who had been fined $135,000 for declining to decorate a cake for a same-sex wedding were in court appealing their fine.

Only a few weeks ago, the Washington State Supreme Court concluded that the state of Washington could force businesses out of the wedding industry unless they were willing to participate in same-sex weddings.

Is Your Kid a Good Kid?

One of the first rules of debate is that, “he who defines the terms wins the debate.”

Meaning, if you define the terms in the way that are favorable to you, you’re going to win because everyone is thinking about the issue in the way you want them to.

Recently I came across some information that helped me understand how government schools are employing this tactic when it comes to education indoctrination around sex and gender.