I wrote elsewhere about “wokeism”. The attack on the canard “woke” seems so weird in that it attacks as a matter of projection the object of hatred on the basis that making the public aware of it shames the hater. Or worse it highlights the hater’s privilege. It means that everyone needs to ignore reality and find solace in some institution that will support the denial, maybe even engage in lawfare for tort relief. This resembles all those anti-CRT laws addressing imaginary harms in the k-12 curriculum.
The unity of such churches means closing off the awareness of a congregation because discourse makes the dominant population uncomfortable. That’s why the state of Texas would criminalize LGBTQ families for even admitting that their children had some intersectional issue. The only gospel is like dominionist law, centered on intolerance.
Competitive amateur athletics can be an even more bigoted church with whiners whose fear of competition including monetary support, exceeds the ethics of their performative commitments. In a more decisive example the test of LGBTQ threats to the dominant gender binary happened in the Ivy League swimming championship. Trans woman Lia Thomas lost to Iszac Henig, a trans man (a person born female with an estrogen-dominant system) who was not on testosterone, and four cis women. I won’t amplify the hateful tweets with all the predictable taunts and their faux-cleverness.
In an interview with Religion News Service, Strachan explained further that wokeness undermines the unity of churches by emphasizing racial and ethnic differences. The gospel, he said, erases such distinctions, while wokeness pits people against each other.
“When you embrace a system like critical race theory or intersectionality that teaches you that people who are in the majority basically are in the wrong — so, for example, that white people by virtue of being part of the white power bloc have privilege, have responsibility, honestly, when we’re not speaking politely, have complicity in oppression — that warps the gospel,” he said.
A vocal faction wonders, though, whether her participation in women’s swimming is fair. In January, Michael Phelps said there needs to be an “even playing field” within the sport. The editor of Swimming World likened Thomas to “the doping-fueled athletes of East Germany and China” from past Olympic Games. Thomas’s story has also become a right-wing obsession, a regular topic of discussion on Fox News. Conservative opinion sites have called her a man and deadnamed her, purposely using the name she went by before transitioning. Her moves have been minutely tracked by the U.K.’s Daily Mail, including once with cruel detail about her habits in the women’s locker room provided by an anonymous teammate. The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal have also written about her.
The attention directed at Thomas has widened to the rest of her team, which has become bitterly divided. Mike Schnur, Penn’s men’s and women’s coach, has received a litany of hateful emails. During a training trip early this year in Florida, the school’s swimmers were asked by coaches not to wear their school gear lest they make themselves targets. The university’s social media handlers have turned off comments on some posts that mention their star. Even USA Swimming has fielded calls from parents of youth swimmers, worried the next Lia Thomas might take over their pool.
Penn swimmer Lia Thomas won a national title, making history for trans athletes in college sports.
Erica Sullivan, an Olympic silver medalist who placed third in the NCAA event, voiced support for Thomas.
"All athletes — including transgender athletes — deserve to be respected and included," Sullivan wrote.