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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Would You Want Your Daughter Rooming with a Transgender Woman?

             The topic of discussion for this Constitution Monday is the problem caused to women by biological men who identify as women. Women are fighting to have a level playing field in sports to ensure that women are competing against women and not losing to men who identify as women. The latest situation with this problem is college women living and showering with men who think they are women.

            Virginia Allen at The Daily Signal reported on a court case brought by the College of the Ozarks. The college sought an exemption “from a Biden administration directive that allows biological men who ‘identify’ as female to live in women’s dormitories.” Federal Judge Roseann Ketchmark ruled against the Missouri college “because there was no specific injury.” In other words, the judge could not rule in favor of the college until a woman had been molested or raped by the want-a-be female. 

The college was seeking relief from a Department of Housing and Urban Development directive that prohibits all entities under the Fair Housing Act, including colleges, from discriminating against an individual “because of sexual orientation and gender identity.”

The HUD directive was announced shortly after President Joe Biden’s January “Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation.”

The college filed the lawsuit because the HUD directive threatens the school’s “long-standing religious beliefs,” said Valorie Coleman, chief communications officer for the College of the Ozarks, in a statement on behalf of the college’s president after the hearing.

HUD’s “rule change forces religious schools, like ours, to open our dormitories, including dorm rooms and showers, to members of the opposite sex. The Biden administration touts this change as freedom from discrimination, but this does not feel or look like freedom,” the spokeswoman said.

Failing to abide by the Biden administration directive puts the College of the Ozarks at risk of being hit with up to six-figure fines, Coleman said.

            The College of the Ozarks are exploring their right to appeal the ruling. They hope that the federal appeals court will “recognize that this is a meaningful rule change, and it imposes real obligations and creates real harm for females at College of the Ozarks, as well as at Christian schools across the nation.”

            Could this problem be caused by schools accepting federal money to operate? Could this also be the reason why four universities owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and operated through its Church Education System have turned down a total of $333,408,468 in stimulus funds over the past year? According to Tad Walch at The Deseret News, the four schools were allocated that amount but turned it down – the “total allocated to the four Latter-day Saint schools during the three rounds of stimulus.” 

All four schools, as well as others, reported that they did not need the federal funds despite losses caused by COVID-19. Are the schools simply being self-reliant, or are they avoiding federal “chains” that would bind them down to situations like the College of the Ozarks is facing?

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