President Barack Obama probably expected pushback on his transgender bathroom “decree” for public schools. What he didn’t expect was two states fighting back so soon, and so hard.
Texas and Arkansas, both under conservative governors, announced that they would be aggressively fighting the new “guidance” issued by the departments of Education and Justice, which say that schools must allow students to use whatever bathroom they feel matches their “gender identity.”
“There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement. “This guidance gives administrators, teachers and parents the tools they need to protect transgender students from peer harassment and to identify and address unjust school policies.”
“Obama is turning bathrooms into courtroom issues,” Abbott said.
“I want you to know that I am working with the governor of North Carolina,” he continued. “And we are going to fight back.”
Abbott’s lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick, went even further. He compared Obama to the chief priests of Israel who paid Judas to betray Christ, lambasting his plan to withhold education funding for schools that did not follow his guidance.
“He says he’s going to withhold funding if schools do not follow the policy. In Texas, he can keep his 30 pieces of silver,” Patrick said to reporters. “We will not yield to blackmail from the president of the United States.”
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 13, 2016
And KARK quoted Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson as saying that Obama’s new measures were “offensive, intrusive and totally lacking in common sense.”
“The federal government is stirring the pot and meddling in the local control and administration of our schools,” Hutchinson said. “While the letter implies federal money could be withheld, the letter is nothing more than guidance and is not legally binding.”
That’s just two states that have already come out against this preposterous plan. We can only hope that more states will have the common sense and courage to tell Barack Obama where to stick it.
H/T Allen B. West
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