Rev. Austin Miles, a chaplain in Northern California is a writer and historian. He is the author of Santa's Surprising Origins, a story that received worldwide circulation and resulted in him being cast in the 2004 Hallmark Christmas Movie titled, Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus. He played the mall Santa who magically received the gift of sign language.

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Friday, August 28, 2009

MilesTones • Athletic Quandary—Is She or Isn’t He??

In the midst of a world in chaos, with unrest, economic disaster, wars and rumors of war, along with Obama’s Health-scare Plan that would kill off senior citizens and older war veterans, it is good to finally see the news media concentrate on the real issues of life that need attention.

Caster Semenya of South Africa, running with the women’s team at the recent World Championships in Berlin, dazzled spectators with a bullet-speed 800 meter run which was clocked at 1:55.45, breaking the world record by three seconds. It did not escape notice that the women’s division athlete had muscles and a deep voice.

A follow up physical exam showed that Semenya’s testosterone levels were three times higher than normal according to Steve McConkey, President of 4WINDS, a Christian track and field ministry.

This revelation, of course, prompted more than a bit of curiosity. Is she…or isn’t he? Tests will now be given by a gynecologist, endocrinologist, psychologist, an internal medicine specialist and a gender expert to determine if Semenya is a woman…or a man, since a man is determined to be stronger with greater speed than a woman which would throw off the entire legitimacy of men’s and women’s competition.  As reported, the gender determining tests will take weeks to complete. (!)

Weeks? MilesTones longs for simpler days where on the farm one could tell the gender of a creature by just turning it over..a procedure that would take less than 30 seconds. This might, however, result in future athletes being turned over before being allowed to compete in order to determine which team to put them on….which gives new meaning to the term, news flash.  Then again, would this truly solve the gender issue question that may disqualify this athlete?

Hark! Galloping to the rescue with the answer to this perplexing problem, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the ex-wife of former President Nelson Mandela along with others have solved the mystery….saying that the whole cause and effect of the problem is…..racism! 

MilesTones is taking a break and going for a long walk.

Rev. Austin Miles, a pastor-chaplain in Northern California believes that “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine,” (Proverbs 17:22) especialy in this day an age.




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