Jan 12, 2016
This week, representatives from high schools across Nebraska will vote on policies to define the scope of participation in high school athletics and other extra-curricular activities. They will consider whether students should participate in sports and other activities according to the sex into which they were born, or according to a gender of their own choosing.
By the time many of you read this column, the votes will have been cast: if three Nebraska regions support the truth that the sex we're born with matters, the issue will be considered by a statewide assembly of school districts in April. But if three or more districts decide that students can choose or define their genders at will, Nebraska schools will soon be required to permit students who identify as transgendered to compete on the playing field according to their chosen gender.
For the past several months, the Nebraska Catholic Conference has worked tirelessly to promote the idea that our God-given gender matters. That the sexes are different, and that ignoring the sex into which we are born-the "gender identity" God gives us-has real consequences. Parents across the state of Nebraska have contacted their school districts to encourage them to make the right choice. Our governor, lieutenant governor, state treasurer, and secretary of state have unequivocally stated that gender matters. And many people have taken this issue to prayer.
Still, if you read this column after January 13th, the votes will have been cast, and Nebraska may be continuing down a path that defies reason, justice, charity, and God's revealed truth. [If you are reading this before January 13th,click here to make your voice heard.]