Thursday, January 21, 2016

Daily Caller editor oddly calls Title IX disclosures an anti-Christian witch hunt

Eric Owens, “Education Editor” at the Daily Caller writes “Gay Rights Group Lauds Obama Administration For Making Its Anti-Christian Witch Hunts Easier.” It is an interesting choice of words given that so-called witch hunts were conducted by Conservative Christians seeking people who existed only by virtue of the Christians' superstition. Owens demonstrates why his folks lost what they call the “culture war.” Yet he also shows us why we have work to do.

Owens writes:
The Human Rights Campaign — America’s largest gay and transgender civil rights group — is celebrating this week’s decision by the U.S. Department of Education to create a searchable database targeting faith-based colleges and universities that have sought exemptions from federal gay and transgender rights regulations because the regulations violate their religious beliefs.
Owens goes on to refer to anti-LGBT discrimination as “sob stories” while ignoring common courtesies such as pronouns consistent with gender identity. In polite society we address people as they choose to be addressed. Owens opts for insults over civility:
Other sob stories relate to the experiences of two transgender students, Jayce at Quaker-affiliated George Fox University and Domaine Javier at California Baptist University.

Jayce — last name unknown — was a female who was in the midst of cosmetic surgery and hormone therapy to make herself appear male. During this process, she wanted to live in an all-male residence hall on the private George Fox campus. School officials denied her request.

Javier, a biologically male nursing student who was dressing as a female, sued California Baptist for the princely sum of $500,000 after being expelled for checking the box indicating female on the school’s admission application but then shrewdly deciding to appear in an MTV documentary about transgender people.

Javier lost on four of five counts, but did end up winning $4,000 because California Baptist attempted to ban him from places on campuses that are open to the general public.
These colleges and universities cannot exist without the use of Title IV federal student aid provided by taxpayers. There is a certain amount of hypocrisy. The Hyde Amendment, for example, prohibits abortions funded by taxpayers while the same people are perfectly comfortable using taxpayer dollars to discriminate. They are trying to convert Free Exercise into Free Imposition. I do not understand why an LGBT person would want to attend one of these bigot mills where they will be marginalized.

Nevertheless, if these colleges and universities want a pass on equal access then we have a right to know who they are. What, exactly, is Owens afraid of? Why is there a need for secrecy? Identifying these institutions is only shaming if they are ashamed. Are they?

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