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Calls For Recusal After Judge Orders Attorneys To Refer To Trans Athletes As ‘Female’

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Selina Soule at a press conference in February 2020. | Picture from the Alliance Defending Freedom

District Court judge Robert Chatigny has ordered attorneys representing three high school girls that they must refer to the trans athletes on the other side of the case as “female,” an action which has alarmed many as demonstrative of partiality.

The case in question is a suit filed in February 2020 by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) on behalf of three female high school athletes: Selina Soule, Alanna Smith, and Chelsea Mitchell; against the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC). The CIAC policy allows individuals to compete in sports on the basis of their gender identity, meaning male-to-female transgender athletes compete against biological women. Connecticut is one of 17 states which adheres so extremely to the transgender ideology.

Before the suit, the ADF also filed a complaint with the Department of Education in June 2019. The situation also led to a petition in support of the students sponsored by LifeSiteNews which currently has almost 190,000 signatures.

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National Review has summarized the situation that led to the suit as follows:

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“The case centers on the participation of two transgender sprinters, Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, who have combined to win 15 girls indoor and outdoor championship events since 2017. The year prior to Miller and Yearwood’s participation, those titles were held by ten different girls. The three plaintiffs have competed directly against Miller and Yearwood and have lost to them in nearly every case.”

All three girls have spoken out emotionally about the personal impact the situation has had on them and others, saying that they “feel defeated before a race begins,” and are just asking for “a fair chance” for “every young woman who dreams of competing, of having her chance, of being rewarded for doing her very best.”

Selina Soule described her situation at a press conference, saying:

“Like the other track athletes standing here today, I face an impossible situation… Now, when we line up in front of our blockers and the starter calls us to get into position, we all know how the race will end. We can’t win. We’ve lived it. We’ve watched it happen… We’ve missed out on medals, on opportunities to compete. But when we’ve asked questions, we’ve been told we’re allowed to compete, but we shouldn’t expect to win.”

In a later interview, she added that “it’s just really frustrating and heartbreaking, because we all train extremely hard to shave off just fractions of a second off of our time. And these athletes can do half the amount of work that we do, and it doesn’t matter. We have no chance of winning.”

The basis of the legal case is the allegation by the plaintiffs that the CIAC’s policy is in violation of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, because it disadvantages the biologically female athletes.

However, according to a conference call transcript obtained by National Review, judge Robert Chatigny recently forbade the ADF’s attorneys from referring to Miller and Yearwood as “male,” and ordered the ADF to call them “female,” even though that question lies at the heart of the case. Chatigny’s statement as per the transcript:

“What I’m saying is you must refer to them as “transgender females” rather than as “males.” Again, that’s the more accurate terminology, and I think that it fully protects your client’s legitimate interests. Referring to these individuals as “transgender females” is consistent with science, common practice and perhaps human decency. To refer to them as “males,” period, is not accurate, certainly not as accurate, and I think it’s needlessly provocative. I don’t think that you surrender any legitimate interest or position if you refer to them as transgender females. That is what the case is about. This isn’t a case involving males who have decided that they want to run in girls’ events. This is a case about girls who say that transgender girls should not be allowed to run in girls’ events. So going forward, we will not refer to the proposed intervenors as “males”; understood?”

The ADF’s lead attorney, Robert Brooks, responded to this by calling out the absurdity of the order in the context of the case:

“The entire focus of the case is the fact that the CIAC policy allows individuals who are physiologically, genetically male to compete in girls’ athletics. But if I use the term “females” to describe those individuals — and we’ve said in our opening brief, we’re happy to use their preferred names, because names are not the point to the case. Gender identity is not the point of this case. The point of this case is physiology of bodies driven by chromosomes and the documented athletic advantage that comes from a male body, male hormones, and male puberty in particular. So, Your Honor, I do have a concern that I am not adequately representing my client and I’m not accurately representing their position in this case as it has to be argued before Your Honor and all the way up if I refer to these individuals as “female,” because that’s simply, when we’re talking about physiology, that’s not accurate, at least in the belief of my clients.”

Later on in the conversation, Chatigny responded:

“So if you feel strongly that you and your clients have a right to refer to these individuals as “males” and that you therefore do not want to comply with my order, then that’s unfortunate. But I’ll give you some time to think about it and you can let me know if it’s a problem. If it is, gosh, maybe we’ll need to do something. I don’t want to bully you, but at the same time, I don’t want you to be bullying anybody else. Maybe you might need to take an application to the Court of Appeals. I don’t know. But I certainly don’t want to put civility at risk in this case.”

In response, on Saturday the ADF’s legal team filed a motion for Chatigny to recuse himself, calling his order “legally unprecedented” and stating that “a disinterested observer would reasonably believe that the Court’s order and comments have destroyed the appearance of impartiality.”

Under AG Bill Bar, the Trump Justice Department has taken an interest in the case, filing a statement of interest this March and stating that the CIAC is in violation of Title IX, as well as referring to the transgender athletes as “biologically male.”

Stories like this will only become increasingly common if conservatives do not effectively push back. Perhaps between the ADF’s able legal team and the Trump administration’s support, this will be one case that stems the tide.

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Actor Dave Batista Destroyed on Social Media for Anti-Trump Rant Promoting Vote-by-Mail Scam

This meathead is out to lunch when it comes to politics.

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Actor and retired pro wrestler Dave Bautista (Batista) is getting destroyed on social media because of a deranged anti-Trump post he made on early Saturday morning that promotes mail-in voting that is notoriously prone to fraud.

He wrote in his post: “Exercise this right! I’m not telling you who or what party to vote for… I’m just asking you if you want another four years with a #Racist, #elitist , #misogynist , #lying , #narcissistic, #self-righteous, #undignified , #hypocrite , #moronic , #traitorous , #unpatriotic , #autocratic , #selfserving ,#fingerpointing buffoon like @realdonaldtrump and the @gop stooges that continue to support him? @realdonaldtrump supporters google the words you don’t understand! Also google penile dysmorphic disorder while you’re at it.”

Bautista apparently did not realize that many pro wrestling fans are conservative and support Trump, who has made many appearances on pro wrestling shows throughout the years and is a great friend of WWE owner Vince McMahon. Many Facebook comments blasted Bautista for his offensive political beliefs.

“And your any better calling him and his supporter names?? I am all for everyone picking who they want but don’t be a hypocrite,” wrote one individual in response.

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“Anyone who would support mail in ballots supports corruption and fraud. Nice job tough guy,” someone else wrote.

“I had so much respect for you… now it is gone. Guess California got you too… such a shame,” a former Bautista fan commented.

“We had the racist president, we replaced him with President Trump,” someone else wrote in a comment.

“Batista just used hashtags for everything he is. Get lost and go preach somewhere else,” a disappointed former fan wrote.

“Wow!! Thought you had more class than this. Nice to see your true self. You could of just said “Vote” or something along those lines. Can see you’re full of hate, that’s what’s wrong with the world today,to much hate,” someone else posted in a Facebook comment.

“We all have our own opinions in this world. We all don’t see eye to eye and that’s ok. However, name calling or bashing the other side/people is not cool. I thought you had more respect for others. Very disappointed,” another individual wrote.

Bautista is a star of the Guardians of the Galaxy series, which is directed by James Gunn. Gunn has been exposed for a series of bizarre and disgusting Twitter “jokes” about sex with children.

After his posts were exposed and he was disgraced and fired, Gunn was quietly re-hired to direct the series by Disney after the cast including Bautista begged for his reinstatement despite comments that seemingly promoted or at least trivialized pedophilia:

Hollywood director James Gunn, who was fired by Disney after thousands of his pro-pedophile tweets surfaced, has been rehired months later to direct the third installment to “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Deadline reports that Gunn was rehired by Disney two months ago, and that they believe the massive outrage over Gunn’s disgusting pro-pedophile tweets is no big deal because it was led by “alt right journalists.”

Gunn was fired after 10,000 disgusting tweets featuring lines like “I like it when little boys touch me in my silly place,” “The Expendables was so manly I f*cked the sh*t out of the little p*ssy boy next to me,” and “‘Eagle Snatches Kid’ is what I call it when I get lucky.” surfaced on social media.

The majority of observers were rightly disgusted, but Gunn attempted to claim these tweets were being misconstrued by “alt right journalists.”

Occasional #NeverTrump conservative Ben Shapiro likely paved the way for Gunn’s return by defending the pro-pedophile director last year as the rest of the right wing media was unified in its utter disgust.

Bautista should stick to injecting steroids and reciting canned lines on camera rather than expressing his ignorant political opinions if he wants to keep his fan base.

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