The College of the Ozarks in Missouri last week filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration over the president’s directive that will lead schools, including Christian schools like the College of the Ozarks, to open their single-sex dormitories, including shared rooms and showers, to people of the opposite sex. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of General Counsel redefined “sex” in the Fair Housing Act to include sexual orientation and “gender identity.”
HUD cited the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, which interpreted Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to bar employment discrimination against homosexuals and “transgendered” people. Decided 6-3 by a “conservative” Supreme Court, this case will haunt religious Americans and even non-religious Americans who don’t want themselves or their children to be forced to share intimate spaces with people of the opposite sex — for generations.
From HUD’s memo (PDF):
At the core of this Department’s housing mission is an endeavor to ensure that all people peacefully enjoy a place they call home, where they are safe and can thrive, free from discrimination and fear. Yet, this ideal remains unrealized for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer-identifying persons, who have been denied the constitutional promise of equal protection under the law throughout most of American history.
Does the government care about the women in these dorm rooms and restrooms who don’t feel “safe” to “thrive” sharing intimates spaces with men pretending to be women? The government claims to care about women in every other area of the political and social spheres except this one. Feminists claim to want equality with men and maintain safe spaces. Allowing men this kind of access to women is the opposite of safe spaces. From the Free Beacon:
College of the Ozarks president Dr. Jerry C. Davis said that the case is another example of attacks on religious freedom from progressive politicians.
“Religious freedom is under attack in America, and we won’t stand on the sidelines and watch,” Davis said. “To threaten religious freedom is to threaten America itself. College of the Ozarks will not allow politicians to erode this essential American right or the ideals that shaped America’s founding.”
As the Free Beacon notes, Republican-controlled states are pushing back on the government’s directives to put women at risk and to deprive them of fair competition in athletics. At least 32 states have measures in various stages of the legislative process to bar biological males from competing against women in sports.