|"There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex." Attorney General Lorretta E. Lynch (Above)|
The Anti-Gay Religious Right's Lack Of Decency, Disrespect And Bad Behavior Alienates Most Americans
Washington, D.C. --- Did you hear about the new LGBT education policy guideline that was issued by the Obama administration on Friday? How could you not! It created a tidal wave of lies, misinformation, and propaganda from anti-gay right-wing extremists, who have reloaded and directed their hateful rhetoric straight at the transgender community.
Yesterday the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education released a letter that was sent to educators in every school district in each county and state in the country, to provide joint guidance to administrators related to transgender students. They hoped to ensure that every cisgender AND transgender student can attend school in an environment that’s both inclusive and free of discrimination based on sex.
Discrimination in Education
“There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex,” said Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch. “This guidance gives administrators, teachers and parents the tools they need to protect transgender students from peer harassment and to identify and address unjust school policies. I look forward to continuing our work with the Department of Education – and with schools across the country – to create classroom environments that are safe, nurturing, and inclusive for all of our young people.”
The Attorney General sounds reasonable, and the objective sounds reasonable, and I can’t help but think that this is much ado about nothing. Then I remember that the religious right are wrong, and they will never acknowledge that, which means they will try to scare every voter in America about the imaginary trans demons in school bathrooms. They are disgraceful.
The Right-Wing Wackadoos And Purveyors Of Religious Hate
Before the joint guidance was even released, the anti-gay crazies were deployed. One wackadoo suggested that states might secede, and another said the president should be impeached. Right-wing religious extremists were whipped into a frenzy, predicting the ‘end times,’ claiming that our country was on the wrong path, and only ‘God’ could save the nation if we all prayed together asking for his help. Based on their proclamations you’d have thought that their heads were going to explode.
North Carolina’s HB2
The Republican governor of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, has been on a never-ending press junket, trying to justify signing HB2, and he was interviewed by nearly every national news program last night. On PBS NewsHour , he criticized the Obama administration and for the umpteenth time tried to defend signing the discriminatory bill.
North Carolina’s HB2 is probably the most divisive and discriminatory anti-LGBT legislation in the country. The state legislature repealed local ordinances banning anti-LGBT discrimination and created new regulations to limit bathroom access for transgender state residents. The law also eliminated a critical protection under state law for employees who experience discrimination in the workplace. HB2 prohibits any legal action by an employee that’s fired due to their race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap.
McCrory does a piss-poor job of defending his state’s heinous law. The governor says that a “leftist plot” to regulate bathroom access in Charlotte forced him to sign HB2. He states that he was mayor of Charlotte for fourteen years and that the Non-Discrimination Ordinance passed by the Charlotte city council, had to be overturned
Charlotte’s old public accommodation law prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion or national origin. The new law prohibits discrimination based on ethnicity, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or disability. McCrory’s problem with the law is that it forces Charlotte businesses to respect the ‘gender identity’ of every citizen.
He also falsely claims that the bill is about the inherent right to privacy that all students expect at school and that balancing equality and the right to privacy is impossible. He stated, “when you go to a restroom or locker room or shower facility, there’s an expectation of privacy that the only people in that room, in a very private moment, I might add, will be people of the same gender.” Really? Is that what everyone thinks when they lock the bathroom stall when they have to pee?
There aren’t any jurisdictions that prohibit discrimination based on gender identity, where restroom access has been a problem. Yet HB2 creates a host of problems that the governor refuses to acknowledge or address.
The irony in all of this is that post-HB2, a student in North Carolina cannot contest any state policy that’s unjust or unfair because the state legislature has taken away the right of the student to file a lawsuit.
Texas Wants To Discriminate Too
Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick seemed unhinged and went on a particularly nasty anti-gay anti-Obama rant in what appeared to be a hastily called press conference.
The Texas politician ranted “We will not be blackmailed by the president’s thirty pieces of silver. We will not sell out our children to the federal government. He’s either paying back the lesbian, gay, transgender community that helped him defeat Hillary Clinton in 2008. Or he believes in this policy. I don’t know for what reason he’s doing it, but it is the most damaging policy, domestic policy, and that’s saying something for this president who gave us Obamacare, the most damaging public policy he has put forth.”
Note: He started with “We will not be blackmailed by the president’s thirty pieces of silver.” For anyone who is unfamiliar with Scripture, ‘thirty pieces of silver’ is what Judas Iscariot received for betraying Jesus (Matthew 26:15). It’s also a modern figure of speech which means selling out for personal gain.
|Republican real-estate developer and reality television personality Donald J. Trump (pictured above) says "I'm always flexible on issues."|
Trump The Shape Shifter
Republican real-estate developer and reality television personality Donald Trump had to weigh in on the transgender and cisgender student guidelines too. He said “from the beginning” he’s always thought that this issue should be decided by the states, except for when he thinks it shouldn’t be decided by the states. Last week on NBC’s Today Show he said that North Carolina’s HB2 was bad for business and that people should use the restroom that they feel comfortable with.
In a separate, unrelated interview yesterday, he confessed: “I’m always flexible on issues.” So depending on his mood and the day, he could be on either side of any issue. The ‘states rights’ argument is what political hacks use when they are ducking an answer to a controversial question, or they’re just clueless. Draw your own conclusion there.
The White House
During a Friday press briefing, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest made clear that “the challenge here is not to isolate anybody. It’s not to discriminate against anybody. It’s not to make anybody unsafe. It’s actually to ensure that our schools are as inclusive and respectful and safe as they can possibly be.”
Much Ado About Civil Rights
Right-wing Republicans are freaking out about these federal guidelines because they could lose billions of federal dollars earmarked for education. They are the masters of discrimination and anti-LGBT hate, and everyone knows they don’t want their wings clipped.
According to the Justice Department, “under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, schools receiving federal money may not discriminate based on a student’s sex, including a student’s transgender status. The guidance makes clear that both federal agencies treat a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex for purposes of enforcing Title IX.”
If states do what’s right and what’s best for the kids in their state, they have nothing to fear. If they are looking for a fight and want to discriminate and punish students, they will lose in the court of public opinion, and they will lose in the court of law. The cost of all this is incalculable because there are too many lives affected by the outcome.
If we would prioritize educating our students in an environment free from bullying and discrimination, and devoid of meddling outsiders and ignorant parents, we’d be back in the business of education. Until then we continue the endless culture war, and we’ll see more casualties because there’s no end in sight.
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