May 10, 2016 - Tuesday
Anything You Can Sue, I Can Sue Better!
According to the Obama administration, the biggest threat facing America isn't ISIS. It isn't even a nuclear Iran. It's the stick figures on the bathroom door. While the rest of the world watches wildfires torch through Canada, or millions of Christians flee the Middle East borders, President Obama and his out-of-touch ideologues aren't worried about genocide. They're too focused with gender-cide: the elimination of the sexes.
Yesterday, the White House's eight year bed-and-bath legacy took another twist when the Justice Department decided to join in the parade of North Carolina lawsuits with one of its own against Governor Pat McCrory's (R) state. Frustrated that the Tar Heels beat her to the punch, Justice Secretary Loretta Lynch held a press conference in an obvious PR move to compete with the headlines about North Carolina's pushback. Proving just how detached the agency is from reality (and how quickly it moves on things not named Hillary Clinton's emails), Lynch bragged that DOJ officials saw this as a major priority for the administration, admitting that they'd spent "many hours" on the issue and plan to spend "many more."
As part of the Obama administration's radical rewrite of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, she alleges that "an individual's 'sex' consists of multiple factors, which may not always be in alignment." In a long rambling speech that liberals cheered as the modern equivalent of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech (more like a nightmare), the secretary tried to compare the march of the gender-confused to the era of Jim Crow. That's a ridiculous comparison, many would agree, since race -- like gender -- is assigned at birth. No one can wake up and "feel" African American because they desire a certain scholarship or membership. Still, Lynch went on, "It speaks to all of us who have ever been made to feel inferior -- like somehow we just don't belong in our community, like somehow we just don't fit in. Let me reassure every transgender individual, right here in America, that you belong just as you are."
Let's be clear: This debate has never been about eliminating the non-existent rights of gender-confused, it's about the rights to privacy of the other 99.5 percent of the public. The idea of safety isn't about fearing people who identify as transgender. It's about not trusting those who would exploit the law by pretending to be one! At one of the many organized protests outside Target stores (which now have the policy the federal government is trying to force on the rest of America), one mom warned that there are as many as 209 registered sex offenders within a five-mile radius of the Utah store they were picketing. Mississippi dad Johnny Brekeen put it this way: "I'm not saying that a transgender would harm a child. What I'm saying is if men are allowed to go into the restroom, children are going to be harmed."
The truth is, there are several possible solutions to the administration's "complaint." But a solution isn't what liberals are looking for. Complete capitulation is. In the clash between "gender identity" and privacy, like the clash between sexual orientation and religious liberty, accommodation is not the end goal of this president. This is about advancing an agenda, not following the law or finding a compromise. As Lynch said: "This action is about a great deal more than just bathrooms." On that we agree. It's about executive overreach, state's rights, lawlessness, public safety, hypocrisy, policy priorities, and ideological extortion.
Speaking of hypocrisy, state leader Phil Berger points out plenty of it in the second lawsuit filed by North Carolina. For starters, this facilities free-for-all is a policy that even the DOJ doesn't follow when it comes to the prison system. "Never mind that the Department's policy, on its face, demands that North Carolina allow biologically male prison inmates who identify as females to take showers with biological female inmates, which, besides being absurd and dangerous, also violates the Department's own federal prison regulations." He goes on, "Moreover, such a policy would likely provoke a public outcry demanding that single-sex facilities be abandoned altogether and replaced with single-user bathroom, shower, and locker facilities. That, in turn, would likely force the plaintiffs and other members of the General Assembly to authorize funding to retrofit countless public buildings, at a taxpayer cost of hundreds of millions -- if not billions -- of dollars." All to placate less than one half of one percent of the population!
The absurdity of it all, especially as it pertains to children, is not lost on Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick (R). Like Palatine, Illinois, the Fort Worth Independent School District is blasting the local superintendent for "unilaterally adopting 'Transgender Student Guidelines'" without any discussion with parents or board members. Among other things, the rules order teachers to use the "name and pronoun" preferred by the student; encourage schools to facilitate gender transitions with or without their parents' involvement; allow the student to use the restroom of his/her choice; open athletic teams to anyone, regardless of their biological sex. "Every parent, especially those of young girls, should be outraged. I call upon the parents within the Fort Worth ISD to take immediate steps to repeal this stealthy scheme and remove Dr. Scribner from his post," Patrick said in a statement.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC Action senior writers.