UPDATE: A response to Politifact's mischaracterization of the Palatine Township High School District 211 transgender issues is here.
This is my take on Obama's Education Dept. recent steamrolling of Palatine Township High School District 211 to cave in to a bureaucratic edict that it give a student who is biologically a boy but now defines himself as a girl access to the girl's locker room.
As my article appearing first in the Weekly Standard discusses, it is a story of national significance because it is the first time that the Department of Education has used a threat--possibly illegal--to withhold federal money unless it permits trans students access to the opposite gender locker rooms. As I reported:
This was no small fish that OCR was trying to land. District 211 is Illinois's largest high school district, serving 12,500 students in seven schools from 11 thriving suburbs several miles northwest of Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Having now established a precedent for clubbing schools into accepting the arch-progressive definition of gender, the OCR may be emboldened to visit your school if it sniffs the slightest existence of "transphobia" of the kind it supposedly unearthed in District 211.
But this isn't the last we'll hear of the issue. Federal case law is not on the transgender side. Federal judges have ruled that such an edict is an overreach that stretches Title IX of the Civil Rights Act beyond its original intent. Republican Tom Morrison who represents the district may introduce legislation that would protect Illinois schools from such interference. Others are considering a law suit that would be a slam dunk against the Education Department's actions.
What is so sad about this case is that transgender lobby that packed a public hearing held by the school district failed to acknowledge, even a little bit, that biological girls using the locker room have even a smidgeon of a right to privacy. How ironic when the progressive agenda supporting such transgender rights considers a female's right to privacy to bury any right that the baby in the womb has to a life. Hypocrisy.
In other words, the progressive agenda isn't so much about compassion and a balancing of rights as it is about "me, me, me."
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