About a year and a half ago, I posted about a school district out west that was trying to get their students away from referring to each other by the “outdated” terms of “boys” and “girls”. Instead, they came up with the generic, nonsensical phrase “purple penguins” as a way to refer to students so that kids who may be questioning their birth gender wouldn’t get offended.
In the many months since then, this “tyranny of the minority” has only grown stronger. Now, after more than seven years of fundamental transformation, the Obama administration has issued a threat—uh, “guidance letter’—to every public school in America, from grade school through college. Obama’s edict issued last week proclaims that young girls and women must share their restrooms and locker rooms with members of the opposite sex—formerly known as boys or men—who have decided they don’t “feel” like a male. If they don’t, they will bring down the wrath of Big Government in the form of denial of funds for any activities that may be government funded (i.e. sports programs).
The guidance on restroom policies for public schools came down from the departments of Justice and Education just days after the Obama administration and the state of North Carolina filed lawsuits against each other over a recently-passed law in that state.
North Carolina’s House Bill 2 states that people must use the bathroom that corresponds to the sex on their birth certificate. The law also protects private businesses and other public facilities who wish to establish their own bathroom policies rather than be forced to allow men into women’s restrooms and vice versa. The government claims the law violates Titles VII and IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin and religion. Title IX prohibits discrimination based on sex from participation in educational programs or activities that receive federal funding.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch is accusing North Carolina of “state-sponsored discrimination against transgendered individuals”, and Governor Pat McCrory is charging the Obama administration with bypassing Congress and re-writing federal law. He said, “They are now telling every government agency and every company that employs more than 15 people that men should be allowed to use a women’s locker room, restroom or shower facility.”
Several states’ lawmakers are speaking out against Obama’s latest over-reaching into their business and refuse to be bullied by Obama’s threats of stripping them of funding for non-compliance with his rules (which are not legally binding). Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said they are prepared to forfeit billions of dollars in federal funding rather than comply with the Obama dictate for their 5.2 million students.
Superintendent of the Port Neches-Groves school district in Texas, Rodney Cavness, was right to the point when he said, “When I get that letter, I’ll throw it away.” Cavness said if and when the issue comes up in his district, they plan to deal with it on a case by case basis and not make a big deal of it because the job of the teachers and administrators is to love all the children. Cavness said they aren’t in the business of social engineering, they are “having school.”
That is exactly how all of these public schools should look at these kinds of federal intrusions. All of this is being done for a very, very tiny segment of society. According to the Williams Institute, just 0.3 percent of the population identifies as transgendered. It would seem that the majority of that 0.3 percent would be adults and therefore beyond school age, so we’re talking about vastly changing the idea of privacy in the bathroom for more than 99 percent of the people in order to satisfy a handful of people.
You have to wonder, what is this really about? Obamacare was never about healthcare. Gay “marriage” was never about marriage. Everything that a statist like Obama does usually involves control and pushing the envelope. You can be sure that Obama will continue to use the waning months of his presidency to issue more such edicts as this one.
With all of the really serious threats we face as a nation, isn’t it good to know that the president is so concerned about the restroom policies in public schools? The fact that such a thing as “restroom policies” even exist is a little disturbing. It’s not enough that liberal progressives have turned our military into their own private petri dish for every far-left agenda item, but in recent decades, they’ve been trying to do the same with education. Tyrants always target the children when attempting to change a society because they know there’s truth in the statement made by 18th century preacher and abolitionist John Wesley: “What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.”