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Jewish World Review June 4, 2002 / 23 Sivan, 5762

Laura Ingraham

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The Bush administration's foul ball | Feminists and other gender victims nationwide are doing a victory dance. Last week the Bush Administration inexplicably turned its back on good sense by supporting the current interpretation of a federal law that has perversely resulted in reverse discrimination of male athletes from coast-to-coast.

Since its passage 30 years ago, the law known as Title IX bars discrimination against girls and young women in US schools and colleges has been twisted by America's anti-boy left-wing activists. With the laudable goal of assuring equal opportunities for girls in school, the law has required the elimination of hundreds of boys athletic programs. Colleges and universities have been forced to cut men's wrestling, golf, swimming, track and other sports in order to comply with Title IX's "proportional representation" regulations. Failure to comply could mean the loss of federal funds.

Last week, the Bush Administration urged a federal court to reject the lawsuit of the National Wrestling Coaches Association against the Department of Education (which originally wrote the offending regulations). The coaches' suit contends that US rules are illegal, encourage gender quotas, and "mandate the very discrimination that Title IX prohibits." The Bush Justice Department raised procedural objections to the suit (statute of limitations, federal government immunity from suit) and didn't reach the substance of the plaintiffs' case.

However, President Bush should remember his own words from the campaign trail when he signaled support for the wresting teams. The gender-crats who have distorted the true meaning of Title IX for a radical p.c. agenda should be exposed.

The White House should be sending this clear message: We support ensuring girls' sports opportunities, encouraging girls (and boys) physical fitness, but we will not countenance reverse discrimination. President Bush should order his Department of Education to rewrite the old regulations that have forced the axing of existing men's sports teams.

And if presidential adviser Karl Rove is worried about losing the support of soccer moms out there--he should remember that soccer moms have boys, too.

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JWR contributor Laura Ingraham is the host of a radio show syndicated nationally by Westwood One Radio Network. Comment by clicking here.

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