The family policy experts at the Ruth Institute warn that the Obama administration agenda to push transgenderism on public schools, including demanding that boys be allowed in girls showers and vice versa, forces children to adopt the “ideological agenda” of homosexuality.
The organization has issued a report on the recent “Guidance to Help Schools Ensure the Civil Rights of Transgender Students” released by the departments of Justice and Education.
The guidance requires that public schools and universities allow students to choose their “gender identity” and grant them access to gender-specific facilities.
It would allow a man to shower with girls, for example, if he says he is a woman. Obama’s rules specifically forbid schools from asking for any sort of documentation or evidence.
The guidance, however, ignores the right of students not to be exposed to nude members of the opposite sex.
Texas, jointed by eight other states, has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration policy, charging it has “conspired to turn workplaces and educational settings across the country into laboratories for a massive social experiment, flouting the democratic process, and running roughshod over commonsense policies protecting children and basic privacy rights.”
The government defends its policy by citing Title IX regulations, arguing “sex” is a protected class. The lawsuit counters that the government is presuming that when Congress adopted the law decades ago, it had open restrooms and shower rooms in view. The suit argues that Congress’ understanding of “‘sex,’ as a protected class, refers only to one’s biological sex, as male or female, and not the radical re-authoring of the term now being foisted upon Americans.”
The Ruth Institute, dedicated to creating a Christ-like social movement to address family breakdown, said in its report that even “transgender” children are not helped.
“The transgender movement is controversial, even among the wider gay rights movement,” the report said. “Lesbian feminist professor Sheila Jeffreys describes male-bodied transgenders as invading women-only spaces and exercising a form of male privilege. The federal government should not be imposing an ideological agenda, much less taking sides in an internal quarrel within the larger gay rights movement.”
The report continued: “The public schools have no business enlisting small children in an ideological crusade of any kind. Creating a day to day living environment that implements the most controversial plank of the transgender political regime does exactly that: enlists the children in an ideological crusade. Certainly, the federal government should not be conscripting every public school in America in an ideological movement, an drafting every public school child in America as its foot soldiers.”
The report said school boards are within their rights to refuse to participate “in the federal government’s war against nature.”
The report was prepared by Jennifer Roback Morse, institute founder, who said the dictates from Washington are not helping people.
The guidance allows students to hide from their parents that they are presenting themselves as “transgender,” establishes “transgenders” as a political class but not a medical class and “will certainly harm the millions of ordinary children who are not struggling with gender identity issues.”
“These guidelines do not serve the interests of children. Young people are not fully developed in their sense of identity, including their sense of gender identity. Children who are so confused about who they are that they identify as something other than their bodily gender need adult supervision, and greater bodily privacy, not less of each. They would benefit from the supervision and privacy afforded by use of a single stall or staff bathroom,” the institute said.
WND reported recently when one a school district filed a lawsuit over the issue.
“All individuals, including students, have a constitutional right to bodily privacy protected by the Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution that forbids the government from placing them in situations where they will expose their unclothed or partially clothed bodies to people of the opposite sex,” the lawsuit stated.
It was filed by the Alliance Defending Freedom on behalf of Highland Local School District in Ohio’s Morrow, Knox and Delaware counties.
There, officials decided to provide private facilities to a boy who says he’s a girl, rather than directing him to the girls’ facilities.
“Schools have a duty to protect the dignity, privacy, and safety of all students. This is precisely what Highland Local School District has done,” said ADF Senior Counsel Jim Campbell. “Despite that, the Department of Education is attempting to strong-arm Highland into complying with a lawless demand to open its single-sex overnight accommodations, locker rooms, showers, and restrooms to students of the opposite sex. The DOE is trying to redefine a federal law that only Congress can change.”
ADF said the Obama administration simply doesn’t understand the law, basing its stance on “its inaccurate interpretation of Title IX, a 1972 federal law that prohibits schools from discriminating ‘on the basis of sex.'”
Regulations specifically allow for “separate toilet, locker room, and shower facilities on the basis of sex.”
The lawsuit quotes one of the most left-leaning justices on the U.S. Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who wrote as a law professor that separate “places to disrobe, sleep, perform personal bodily functions are permitted, in some situations required, by regard for individual privacy.”
The Ruth Institute report notes that being “intersex” is a medically diagnosable condition, as is gender dysphoria.
“It should go without saying that schools are not competent to practice either medicine or psychology,” the report said.
“A school environment of carefully policed and constantly changing pronouns, and of genderless bathrooms will create confusion for children who would not otherwise be confused,” the report said. “The social infrastructure that will be needed to support the implementation of the gender theory could potentially include forbidding teachers to use the terms ‘boy or ‘girl,’ including the censoring of health classes to remove gender references even from reproduction.”