Schools, Courts, and Gender-Bending
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, September 2, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Proponents of radical culture-change are determined to convince Americans that gender-bending was the REAL goal in 1972 when Title IX passed, but that’s absurd! In 1972, no one was discussing gender identity; no one was marching in streets so boys could use girls’ restrooms; and educators were NOT telling students they might want to identify as the opposite sex.
The fact is: gender-bending has never been the goal of Title IX. It was not the goal of Title IX in 1972, and it’s NOT the goal of Title IX in 2016, although two federal departments – the Department of Education and Department of Justice – tried to make it so in their “Dear Colleague Letter” to public school superintendents. The letter, issued this year in May, twisted the Title IX definition of sex to include gender-identity, and strong-arm schools into ignoring biological sexual identity.
That letter included a veiled threat and three specific goals: (a) Force public schools to comply with their new definition of sex; (b) rewrite a 44-year-old law; and (c) side-step the legislative process in Congress. The threat is this: Schools that refuse to comply could lose federal funding.But, two good things happened in Georgia: State School Superintendent Woods told local superintendents to ignore the letter as invalid, and Georgia became one of twelve states to challenge the policy in court. So, there’s good news today!
On August 21st, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor blocked the proposed change as illegal, because federal officials did NOT give schools or the public time to comment. And, just prior to that decision, the Supreme Court upheld a Virginia school board policy that blocked a transgender male from using the boys’ restroom. However, that case has not been settled, yet.
In case you’re still learning the ever-changing lingo, a transgender male is a female who identifies as a boy, but not necessarily all the time. To cover that inconsistency they’re using the word “fluid,” which, in this context, means a trans-identity may not be fixed. It may be on-again-and-off-again.
By the way, the National Park System IS obeying the president’s transgender policy. As for the U.S. Military, not only may transgender folks serve openly, the military will provide hormone therapy and sex-change operations at tax-payer expense.
Need I add that prayer is in order? For Georgia Insight I’m Sue Ella Deadwyler, your Capitol correspondent.