Christian school challenges punishing directive

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

gender-neutral bathroomA college in Missouri is hoping for a quick ruling in its lawsuit against the Biden administration, and an attorney for the school says the Constitution is on their side.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) attorneys representing College of the Ozarks filed suit in federal court Thursday challenging a directive from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that forces religious schools to violate their beliefs by opening their dormitories, including dorm rooms and shared shower spaces, to members of the opposite sex. The directive accomplishes this by requiring entities covered by the Fair Housing Act to not "discriminate" based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

"This issue is about a nationwide directive, and it applies to every kind of housing in the country. You don't need federal funds or anything else to be part of this," says ADF senior counsel Julie Marie Blake. "The federal government is saying, 'If you have housing, it applies.'"

So private religious colleges are in the crosshairs on this issue.

Blake

"President Biden is punishing religious schools simply because of their beliefs about marriage and biological sex, forcing them to open girls' dorm rooms to males under the theory that gender identity makes your sex whatever you say it is," says Blake, adding that "this government overreach must be stopped."

She goes on to point out that the Constitution protects their freedom and concludes, "Government officials are bound by the law, and forcing religious colleges to allow males into girls' dorm rooms clearly violates the law."

College of the Ozarks is a Christian liberal-arts college whose vision is to "develop citizens of Christ-like character who are well-educated, hard-working, and patriotic."

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