We have an update on a post from last Monday about the Biden administration holding low-income students hostage over whether a Christian school would allow boys pretending to be girls to access girls’ restrooms and other private facilities.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture funds school lunches for children from low-income families through the Food and Nutrition Services. But in advancing the homosexual agenda to vulnerable children, the administration requires schools receiving these funds not to discriminate on the basis of “gender identity.” That means boys pretending to be girls may enter the girls’ restrooms and changing rooms, violating their privacy and undermining their safety and sense of modesty.
Grant Park Christian Academy filed a lawsuit against Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner, Nikki Fried, who said schools must comply with the mandate. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) which represents the school, reported that nine days after filing the lawsuit, the Biden administration and the state of Florida announced that Grant Park Christian Academy will not have to violate girls’ privacy after all. The school will continue to receive funds to serve free lunches to its 56 students from low-income homes. An excerpt:
On Friday, state and federal government officials stated they would approve the school’s application for funding for the 2022-2023 school year, which begins Aug. 10, and said they would grant the school’s request for a religious exemption to the mandate and provide the necessary funding. The government officials are also going to ask a federal district court to postpone an emergency hearing that the court had set in the case for Aug. 11.
Without approval for their application, Grant Park Christian Academy would not have been reimbursed for each meal it serves to its students—all who come from families below the federal poverty level and rely on the two nutritious meals, plus a snack, the private school provides daily.
“It shouldn’t have taken a lawsuit to get the government to respect religious freedom,” ADF Legal Counsel Erica Steinmiller-Perdomo said. “Grant Park Christian Academy treats every child with dignity and respect and never turns away a hungry child. Now, provided the government follows through and approves Grant Park Christian Academy’s application and confirms its exemption, this private school can continue feeding dozens of children healthy meals every day. We will defend other public and private schools across the country who remain under the burden of this unlawful mandate that violates religious beliefs.”
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