August 31, 2000
An education nondiscrimination law was passed in 1972, and feminists began to seek equal opportunity for girls in sports. In recent news, there was uproar over five boys joining a softball team in the Little League Softball World Series. Many players and parents were upset that the boys were playing. According to Kimberly Schuld, director of Policy and Liaison for the Independent Women’s Forum, one parent said, “it looks like they stacked the deck. Those boys are huge. We’re trying for equality for these girls, and this is not equal.” Schuld said, “Well, equal opportunity won’t mean equal treatment as long as differences between males and females continue to exist. If girls are to be allowed to play the boys’ hardball game, even at a physical disadvantage, the feminist definition of nondiscrimination dictates that boys be allowed to play the girls game of softball, even with a physical advantage.” Apparently, when the feminists fought for nondiscrimination, they did not foresee this backlash from their efforts.
U.S. Missionaries Arrested
After being restrained, beaten, and kicked, three United States missionaries were deported from China for worshiping in an underground Protestant Church. Several Chinese members of the Fangcheng Church have been sent to jail following their arrests last week. According to the Communist Chinese government, Christians are allowed only to worship in state-controlled associations. Joseph K. Grieboski wrote to United States Chinese Ambassador Li Zhaoxing, “It is unconscionable that so called religious leaders from China are being feted in Washington, preparing to discuss peace and justice at a summit of world religious leaders, when Chinese Christians are being imprisoned for their beliefs.”
This week in Louisiana, a federal judge has blocked license plates that read “Choose Life.” The temporary ruling is in place pending trial. Judge Stanwood Duval said, “the state has chosen license plates as a forum for speech. Once it makes this choice, it cannot discriminate against other viewpoints.” In order to receive the plates, an additional $25 would be charged; a committee including pro-life group members would make recommendations of how the state should spend the money. Kathleen Benfield, member of the American Family Association, said, “we’re disappointed that the women and children of this state who would have been helped by the money from these plates will see a delay in getting that money.”