NCAA Adopts Neo-Paganism While Rejecting God

The NCAA has decided to make a religious endorsement by pulling all seven championship events previously to be played in North Carolina for 2016-17. By this, they are endorsing humanist neo-paganism, and rejecting Jews, Christians, and Muslims who believe that there are only two God-created genders.

The issue is over a law North Carolina passed which mandates that no organization should be forced to allow men into the ladies’ room or vice versa. It was passed in response to a measure the Charlotte City Council approved that did exactly what it overturned–mandated that anyone who feels like it can use whatever restroom or locker room they want.

HB2 also makes people who identify with a different gender from their biological sex use the bathroom for which they are biologically equipped in schools and government buildings. This only makes sense since 99.7 percent of Americans are perfectly happy with the equipment with which they were born.

Somewhere around 3 to 5 percent of Americans have same-sex attractions, but the other 95 to 97 percent would rather not change or perform biological functions in front of opposite-sex strangers. Protecting the enormous majority’s preference against those who have a particular situation with gender dysphoria is not discrimination.

We’re not talking about a special restroom for transgenders that consists of a hole in the floor. It’s not like the civil rights battles where “whites only” bathrooms were better cared for than “colored” bathrooms. This is about letting men use the ladies’ room because they feel very feminine. If these men wore dresses and appeared in all respects as women, this wouldn’t be an issue at all (who would know?).

But the NCAA, along with the NBA, which punished N.C. by relocating its 2017 All-Star game out of Charlotte, called it “civil rights.”

“On a personal note,” [Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John] Swofford said, “it’s time for this bill to be repealed as its counter to basic human rights.”

In a news release Monday, the NCAA says the decision by its board of governors came “because of the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections.”

NCAA President Mark Emmert said he won’t push the ACC to pull its football championship game scheduled for Dec. 3. But given Swofford’s comments, expect the ACC to move it.

This is not about transgender rights. There might be, at maximum, 28,500 transgender individuals in North Carolina. By comparison, there are 32,000 Jews in N.C., and only three places to get Kosher meat. If Charlotte passed an ordinance requiring all butchers to offer Kosher meat, it would make things a whole lot easier for Jews to live there, but nobody claims discrimination because there are only two Kosher markets there.

This isn’t about discrimination at all.

Here’s what the Alliance Defending Freedom wrote:

If the NCAA actually believed that no differences exist between men and women, it would merge its men’s and women’s leagues. Instead it hopes no one notices that it appropriately maintains separate leagues for men and women while it opposes the commonsense law that simply protected the privacy rights and dignity interests of North Carolinians. Twenty-three other states explicitly support the freedom of states to set their own policies and laws regarding locker rooms and restrooms, but the NCAA has chosen to engage in political opportunism and make an example of the good people of North Carolina.

Here’s what the NCGOP wrote:

This is so absurd it’s almost comical. I genuinely look forward to the NCAA merging all men’s and women’s teams together as singular, unified, unisex teams. Under the NCAA’s logic, colleges should make cheerleaders and football players share bathrooms, showers and hotel rooms. This decision is an assault to female athletes across the nation. If you are unwilling to have women’s bathrooms and locker rooms, how do you have a women’s team? I wish the NCAA was this concerned about the women who were raped at Baylor. Perhaps the NCAA should stop with their political peacocking— and instead focus their energies on making sure our nation’s collegiate athletes are safe, both on and off the field.

This isn’t even political, although the NCAA does bow to the political winds. This is about the humanist, neo-pagan culture pervasive in our educational and government leaders drawing a box of what society should be, and the purpose of human beings should be, and excluding monotheists from that box.

TIME Magazine published a story titled “My Brother’s Pregnancy and the Making of a New American Family” as if such a thing were possible. It’s only possible if you exclude a biological understanding of gender, and defenestrate all word definitions related to sex. It’s absurd, like saying “my dog had kittens.”

The Gospel Coalition advocates grace toward people with gender dysphoria–the feeling that they are trapped in a body with the wrong gender. After all, we are all creations of God and subject to Christ’s forgiveness.

But as Christians, we’re also required to confront new challenges with biblical truth. God made men and women different (Gen. 1:27). Contrary to mistaken interpretations, sexual difference does not exist on a continuum where some men are more like women or vice versa. Men and women are different at the deepest levels of their being. Our chromosomes are different. Our brains are different. Our voices are different. Our body shapes are different. Our body strengths are different. Our reproductive systems are different. The design for what our bodies are structured and destined for are different, and these designs bear witness to differences that reflect God’s creative will for humanity. Because men and women are different, it’s philosophically impossible for a man to become a physical woman or a physical woman to become a man. Those who say otherwise are trafficking in fiction about human nature. In fact, there is no scientific proof to verify the claim that one is trapped inside the wrong body.

If God made men and women fundamentally and comprehensively different, then the idea that a man could ever become a woman (or vice versa) is simply impossible. The differences between men and women can’t be overcome simply because one person feels they’re a member of the opposite sex. Your psychology (feelings) cannot change your ontology (being).

But it’s not fiction if you subscribe to a religion in which man is the measure of all things. It’s not fiction if the highest form of worship is to one’s self. It’s not fiction if the priests of your religion are those who pursue their own sexual pleasure, and mandate that anyone who doesn’t agree with them is a heretic.

That religion is called humanism, and the specific sect is a neo-pagan belief called Epicurianism.

Epicureanism is an ancient Greek philosophical system taught by Epicurus. It emphasized the goal of a happy and content life in the here and now, rejecting both superstitous fear of the gods and notions of an afterlife.

Epicureanism was popular during the inter-testament period around 170 B.C., when the Greek ruler Antiochus IV Epiphanes attempted to wipe out the Jews and all remnants of their culture and religion. He killed about a million Jews and forced most of the rest to adopt Hellenistic culture until the Maccabees revolted and succeeded in ousting the Seleucids (by bringing in the Romans, thereby paving the way for the Messianic era).

It should be clear that Epicureanism is incompatible with any Biblical worldview, drawn with the largest possible footprint, to include even Islam. Any organization which punishes a political body like North Carolina because of its world view, that gender isn’t whatever people want it to be, that biological sex matters, and that men don’t have babies, is subscribing to this religious system.

The NCAA has chosen its religious affiliation, and has declared millions of North Carolinians to be heretics in their religion. They are acting exactly like Antiochus, within the limits of their ability–in other words, they can’t slaughter anyone. But they can cost jobs, business, and livelihoods to people who count on NCAA events. Caterers, restaurants, hotels, and shops will all lose business, all because of this holy war.

This is just a taste of what’s coming. The government itself will soon arm up in the war on Biblical world views. Massachusetts, in its own transgender accommodation law, wants to make the Bible itself illegal.

Moreover, it is a violation of the law for any individual to aid or incite another in making a distinction, discriminating against or restricting an individual from a place of public accommodation on the basis of gender identity.”

Genesis 1:27:

So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

The NCAA, and the others who have made their choice, will soon agree that quoting from Bible itself must be criminalized. This is not about human rights, or civil rights, or bathrooms. It’s about world views, and as Erick is fond of saying, you will be made to care.

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Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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