Signs advising dog owners that their pets offend Muslims may bear the Pitt Meadows logo, but they do not originate from city hall.
Someone has been putting signs up signs around the community that say:
“Please be courteous to your Muslim neighbours. Many Muslims live in this area and dogs are considered filthy in Islam. Please keep your dogs on a leash and away from the Muslims who live in this community.”
Carolyn Baldridge, manager of communications for the city, said the signs bear the city logo, but do not originate from city hall.
They were found at Hoffman Park, which is a designated dog off-leash area.
Baldridge said the person circulating the signs has not been identified, but they are being taken down, noting they have an unauthorized use of the city logo, and it is not the city’s messaging.
She noted the city does have a bylaw that asks dog owners to keep their pets on a leash, except in designated off-leash areas.
“The City did not produce these notices,” said Mayor John Becker. “Pitt Meadows has off-leash areas for dogs and our bylaws dictate that dogs must be on a leash in other areas of the community. As for the notices, whether they were produced by a well-meaning member of the Muslim community or by someone wanting to cause contention, the fact remains that there are current bylaws in place that enforce areas for dogs to be on leash, except in designated off-leash areas.”
The Facebook Page Protecting Pitt Meadows made note of the sign, and there were 30 comments, including some asserting dog owners’ rights, and others saying this an attempt to stir up hatred against Muslims.
With the push from the Left over the past three years to mainstream transgenderism (or, rather, gender dysphoric disorder), we’ve seen an increase in male-to-female transgender athletes wiping the floor with their genetically disadvantaged female opponents.
Always true feminists, the mainstream media and leftists (but I repeat myself) have ignored the wake of female victims in the path of these suddenly “female” opponents, manufacturing their own narrative that suggests this is what true equality looks like.
But transgender cyclist Jillian Bearden, born a biological male named Jonathan, contends that he’s living proof that having male-to-female trans athletes competing against women is totally fair, noting of the changes in his performance since his testosterone was blocked and he was given estrogen.
Bearden says that if trans “women” are made to comply with strict hormone therapy, their male advantage completely disappears.
The Denver Post reports:
As an elite male racer, she had regular benchmarks measuring her power and lactate threshold. After more than two years of blocking testosterone and boosting estrogen, her wattage output has dropped by 11.4 percent. That mirrors the performance gap between top-tier male and female athletes.
Bearden says those results have fostered a welcoming environment among her fellow racers. And with her decrease in power documented, she’s able to dismiss the argument that she’s carrying her years of training and racing as a man into women’s racing.
“I went from 16 minutes to 26, 27, 28 minutes,” said Bearden of his changing performance. “I was like holy … Testosterone gives you this drive, this oomph, and I didn’t have that push. My muscles looked fairly big, but I did not have that push to drive that extra energy. I had good days and really, really bad days. But at the end of it all, I always know that I won the biggest race of all. I am here on planet Earth with my family and it doesn’t really matter how slow I am. I’ve already won.”
“I’m shocked and I’m blessed and so happy they have embraced me and bought me in and treated me like who I am: a woman,” said the trans athlete. “I think a lot of people have read about my work with the IOC and USAC and they see my test results from before and after and they see me as legit. I mean I’m here. I’m a woman. Let’s race.”
“The testosterone is gone so you have to find a new way to get to the new you and the new me was working on my mental game,” he added. “Now it’s all mental.”
Ashland Johnson, Human Rights Campaign’s director of education and research, contends that the new required changes for male-to-female trans athletes in cycling are rooted in “science, inclusion and fairness,” not gender “stereotypes.”
“We are seeing more of a move among governing bodies, where instead of making policies that are dependent on old stereotypes based on gender, decisions are based in science, inclusion and fairness,” said Johnson.
But Bearden’s massive success against biological females calls into question this inclusive “science” that apparently discounts other innate advantages of men not effected by an estrogen boost.
The 36-year-old athlete won one of the largest cycling competitions in the country last year, the El Tour de Tucson in Arizona. He’s also took fifth in Salida Classic criterium and third in the competition’s road race.
In early August, Bearden competed in the Colorado Classic against the world’s top female cyclists; his middle-of-the-pack finish has been hailed by liberals as proof that there are no advantages for male-to-female athletes.
“I want to use the strength I was given through my transition and send ripples to people everywhere. At the end of the day it could help save a life for someone in a dark place,” said Bearden, who has struggled through a dark past, including the suicide of his brother in 2005. “I’m hoping that me being out in the public eye can give people the courage and safety to come out and do what they love and be who they are.”
Over the course of the last few months, whenever I write or tweet anything, on any topic, I usually receive a caustic social media response about my position on transgenderism. These trolls post links to my tweets about the subject and screenshots, as if showing me my own recent opinion is some sort of gotcha. These individuals even send tweets to my husband and employers, perhaps in hope that they will use their power over me to get my opinion in check with The Approved Position.
One Twitter follower who “favorited” a tweet of mine about my view on transgenderism even received an email from a stranger demanding to know if her decision to “favorite” my tweet meant she agreed with me. I’ve been called every name in the book: hateful, bigoted, transphobic, etc. All for having a belief that was utterly uncontroversial just three years ago: men are born with penises, women are born with vaginas, and, to quote the great Ben Shapiro, facts don’t care about your feelings.
We Are Being Made to Care
Many of my fellow millennial conservatives, out of what they view as courtesy, use the preferred pronoun and name for individuals who identify as transgender. Here is why I won’t: We will be made to care.
The phrase is care of another great conservative thinker, Erick Erickson. He coined it in the midst of the gay marriage debate. During that debate, I was like many of these younger millennial conservatives. I naively thought the issue was merely about gay marriage, and thought “Hey, marriage is great, so let’s just give into the Left’s demands about the redefinition of a cornerstone of our society because not doing so would be bigoted.”
But there was more to the Left’s battle with conservatives than that. It wasn’t just about redefining marriage to these activists; it was also about punishing those who weren’t 100 percent on board, especially religious Christians. The livelihoods and lives of bakers, photographers, farmers, and the CEO of Mozilla were destroyed for not completely adhering to the Thought Police’s demands. These Americans were made to care.
The Trans Police Are Frightening Control Freaks
My colleague Joy Pullmann provided just the latest example last week of how the progressive Left is making the rest of us care about the transgender debate: “Angry parents stampeded a California charter school board meeting Monday after a teacher read her kindergarten class picture books about transgenderism to affirm a gender dysphoric classmate. During the class, parents say, the gender dysphoric boy also switched clothes to look more like a girl in a ‘gender reveal.’ Parents were not notified beforehand of the discussion or the classmate’s psychological condition, and learned about it when their confused kindergarteners arrived home from school that day.”
For Acculturated recently, I gamed out a frightening thought experiment about how parents who decide not to play along with their child’s gender dysphoria could one day be faced with a visit from Child Protective Services.
The Left has shown the totalitarian manner in which it exacts support, or at least silence, from everyday Americans. We’ve seen how lives were destroyed in the wake of the gay marriage debate, how many individuals were shouted down into submission by the side that proclaims itself to be “open-minded” and employed the slogans “No H8” and “Love Wins.” For many conservatives, including myself, the lesson has been learned.
With every tweet aimed at publicizing and shaming my position on transgenderism, the progressive Left is solidifying my decision to call Bruce Jenner by his given name instead of the name he has chosen because of a condition that mental health professionals once took seriously. Playing along with delusions isn’t a kindness to those suffering from other psychological conditions, and it isn’t a kindness for those with gender dysphoria either.
And if we lend credibility to the notion that adults can choose their sex, parents who refuse to allow a child who, just the week before, self-identified as a butterfly to choose her own gender could then be accused of denying their child health care (because many progressive activists view opposite-sex hormones and plastic surgery as health care now).
My answer for those on the Left who ask me “Why do you care what transgender individuals call themselves?” is simply this: because you have made me.