Missouri Family E-News

May 24, 2016

                       
A Giant Step Backward
for Women     

There have been numerous excellent articles written in response to the obscene bathroom mandate of the Obama Administration.  None better than the one written by Kate Anderson of the Alliance Defending Freedom in a column for Townhall.  We reprint major excerpts of it here.

"Women fought for the right to vote.  They pushed for equality in education, equal treatment in public spheres, and equal opportunities in the workforce.  At every stage, as women moved into male-dominated arenas, one thing became clear:  the separation of the sexes in private places like restrooms, locker rooms, and shower rooms was essential to women's success.  Because such separate facilities were not often provided, private women's facilities became an essential aspect of the push for women's rights."

"That separation, especially in schools, provides both emotional security and physical safety.  It guarantees that a woman's innate sense of personal privacy will not be invaded.  It removes the anxiety of having to attend to their most private needs where men are present.  So why would the federal government attack that by allowing biological males into girls' bathrooms and locker rooms? More importantly, why would they do that knowing girls could be harmed?"

"This agenda harms women's educational opportunities.  Because of this agenda, any time a girl uses the restroom, changes for PE, or showers after swimming, she does so with the knowledge that a biological boy may be present.  That knowledge is mortifying to girls."

"It causes anxiety and embarrassment, and it preoccupies them during the day as they know they will inevitably have to use a restroom or locker room that a biological male may also be using.  Worse still is the fact that it is their school that has required this violation of their privacy.  Their educational experience is no longer what it was before.  It is now full of anxiety, fear, humiliation, and a deep sense that their right to privacy is being trampled."

"So some girls avoid school restrooms and locker rooms.  Other girls wait as long as possible to use the restroom.  They risk tardiness by running across school to find a more private restroom.  They try to avoid changing for PE by wearing their PE uniforms under their clothes all day.  They reconsider their participation in athletics.  And when there is no option, they grit their teeth, use the restroom or locker room as fast as they can, avoiding all eye contact, and then leave as quickly as possible."

"This is not equal education for women.  Worse still is the message these policies send to girls.  You must accept an invasion of your privacy.  Your sense of modesty and privacy mean nothing up against a boy's desire to use your locker room and restroom.  No one cares about the adolescent embarrassments and struggles unique to you because you were born with a girl's body.  And worse yet, there is something wrong with you if you feel uncomfortable changing your clothes or using the restroom with a biological male."

"Is this what we want for our young women?  We want our daughters to be strong, independent, and comfortable in their own skin, yet how can they do that in an environment that feels so toxic?"

"It cannot be allowed to continue.  The government is threatening the rights women have worked so hard to secure.  They are doing it by attacking the most vulnerable women--young girls in school--an environment where the government has almost complete power over them."

"This kind of tyranny and overreach is unacceptable.  It poses a massive backslide in women's education.  It must be resisted, for the sake of women everywhere."

You can watch a video detailing one woman's experience with "bathrooms with no boundaries" by using this link:
Ask Me Kate 
  

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Parents File Lawsuit to
Protect Bathroom Privacy
of Children in Schools

A group of Illinois parents have filed suit against a local school district and the federal government to protect the bathroom privacy and safety of their children enrolled in the public schools.  Attorneys for the Alliance Defending Freedom filed the suit in U.S. District Court of Northern Illinois on behalf of 51 families of children in the Palatine, Illinois School District.

The litigation is a response to recent arbitrary actions by agencies in the Obama Administration demanding that public school districts across the country allow students to use the bathroom of their choice.  Earlier this year, the U.S. Civil Rights Commission issued a "guidance" to school districts requiring that they permit students to use restroom facilities that reflected their imaginary "gender identity," or risk the loss of federal education dollars.

Last week, U. S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education were taking things one big step further.  The agencies issued a joint edict that public school authorities must  allow students to use bathrooms, locker rooms, and shower facilities of the opposite sex, or forfeit federal education funding.

In thoroughly lawless fashion, Attorney General Lynch decreed that Title IX of the federal Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on a student's so-called "gender identity," and that so-called "transgender" students are lawfully entitled to use the bathroom that "aligns" with their gender selection.  Lynch's edict completely contradicts the clear language of Title IX as approved by Congress, which expressly authorizes schools to segregate bathroom usage based on a person's biological sex.

In a completely incoherent press conference, Lynch asserted that "an individual's sex consists of multiple factors, which may not always be in alignment."  Lynch stated that schools may not adopt "broad generalizations or stereotypes" as to a student's actual gender, and that failure to allow boys to access girls' private facilities and athletic programs and vice versa would contribute to a "hostile environment" for gender-confused students.  She further pontificated that the "ideals" of the Founding Fathers prescribe unisex bathrooms.

Jeremy Tedesco and Matt Sharp, attorneys for the Alliance Defending Freedom, issued statements excoriating the latest illegal conduct of the Obama Administration.  "Protecting students from inappropriate exposure to the opposite sex is not only perfectly legal, it's a school district's duty.  Allowing boys into girls' locker rooms, a setting where girls are often partially unclothed, is a blatant violation of student privacy.  No government agency can unilaterally redefine the meaning of a federal law to serve its own political ends."

The Alliance Defending Freedom has also filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Eastern North Carolina on behalf of another group of parents and students.  North Carolina has taken center stage in the sudden national showdown over the subject of bathroom privacy both and in out of schools.  Earlier this year, the North Carolina Legislature adopted a law called the "Public Facilities and Privacy Security Act" requiring that designated public restroom facilities may only be used by individuals of that biological sex.
In an effort to coerce North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and state lawmakers into repealing the law, the U.S. Justice Department has filed suit against the state, claiming that their actions violate federal civil rights statutes.  Attorney General Lynch made the incredulous argument that keeping men out of women's bathrooms is the same kind of discrimination that kept African-Americans in separate bathrooms during the era of "Jim Crow" laws in southern states.  The feds warned that North Carolina will lose more than $2 billion in federal funds if they do not capitulate.

However, Loretta Lynch and her bureaucratic lynch mobs have chosen the wrong opponent in Governor McCrory.  The Governor has also filed suit in U.S District Court against the federal agencies, accusing them of a "radical reinterpretation" of the nation's civil rights laws, and of a "baseless and blatant overreach" of their constitutional authority.

"The Obama Administration is now bypassing Congress by attempting to rewrite the law and set restroom policies for public and private employers across the country," McCrory 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 facilities."

Predictably, the ultraliberal media have served as pom-pom squads for the latest outrage from the Obama Administration.  The editorial board of the Charlotte Observer argued that girls should "overcome [their]discomfort" at viewing "male genitalia in [their] locker rooms."  While the editorial writers said this "might be distressing to some...it was not nearly so awful as some people imagine."

Public officials across the country have deplored the foul impact of the Obama Administration's bathroom edict on the nation's public education system.  Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick predicts there will be a fresh exodus from the public schools.  "This will be the end of public education, if this prevails.  People will pull their kids out--homeschooling will explode, and private schools will increase."

While we could include countless paragraphs on public reaction to the bathroom mandate, we found these comments from Andrew Walker of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission most insightful:

"This debate isn't really about transgender men or women using the restroom of their choice.  The restroom wars are merely a proxy debate for a larger conflict about what it means to be a male and female.  As Christians, we're told God created us in His image.  God made men and women as equal, but distinct."

"These distinctions are beautiful, good, and a testament to God's wisdom in creation.  These distinctions are objective and permeate the very essence of our physiology and psychology.  Rewriting laws to conform to the spirit of the age cannot rewrite the laws of nature and nature's God."

You can sign a letter expressing your opposition to the federal bathroom mandate by using this link:
Bathroom Mandate
Once you have reached this website page, click the "take action" menu item at the right top corner of the page.

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