Little college could create big ruling over First Amendment

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

gavel with Bible 2A civil liberties attorney is applauding a Christian college for challenging the Biden administration’s pro-transgender policy but also warns there is no way to predict how a First Amendment case could affect religious liberty.

One News Now has reported that College of the Ozarks has filed suit against the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development after that federal agency issued a directive that opens up female-only dorms and showers to the opposite sex as part of the pro-transgender policy being pushed by the new Democrat president.

College of the Ozarks is famous for its work-based policy in which its 1,500 students work instead of paying tuition. The school, founded by a Presbyterian minister in 1907, is also a religious institution and objects to the federal government’s demands.

Reacting to the lawsuit, attorney John Whitehead of The Rutherford Institute says the mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. 

Whitehead, John (Rutherford Institute)"Requiring a school to violate its religious belief on biological sex,” he observes, “just to show that the students that have some kind of identification with transgender ideology, to me, would undermine the whole mission of the school."

Rutherford, who routinely warns about government power trampling civil liberties, also predicts the federal lawsuit could eventually become a landmark case. But there is no certainty, he adds, how a federal judge, or a bench of robed justices, will rule.

"Religious freedom in these kinds of cases can be undermined,” he tells One News Now, “and it would go much further than this.”

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