Dept of Education and Justice Transgender Requirements for Public Schools in Virginia and nationwide
On May 13th, 2016, the U.S. Dept of Education and Justice issued a joint directive
U.S. Departments of Education and Justice press release announced their “joint guidance”,which we recommend you download and read, lays down additional broad and sweeping requirements to 16,500 public school districts and 7,000 postsecondary institutions, as well as charter schools, for-profit schools, libraries, and museums.
Title IX states: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.
These additional requirements open the floodgates and provide full access for transgender students to bathrooms, locker rooms and grant other "rights" to those who identify with the sex opposite their scientific gender. Schools who do not comply with all of these additinal requirements in Title IX would then fail to meet the requirements for significant amounts of Federal funds they depend on.
This is extortion from the Federal level, holding local schools-your school, hostage to the LGBT radical agenda and organizations who support it like Equality Virginia and the ACLU of Virginia. The law states:
As a condition of receiving Federal funds, a school agrees that it will not exclude, separate, deny benefits to, or otherwise treat differently on the basis of sex any person in its educational programs or activities unless expressly authorized to do so under Title IX or its implementing regulations. (page 2)
The 9 page document lays down additional requirements public schools must meet in order to receive Federal monies, allowing transgender students to enter any of the below according to the gender they feel like they are, not the gender they were born with. Also included are requirements to alter students school documents, such as birth records and any reference to gender, such as pronouns throughout their documentation and holds private their true gender – scientific gender, the one they were born with.
See the following short video, followed by the Richmond Times Dispatch news report and please read the letter sent to the Hanover County School Board and Board of Supervisors.
If Virginia parents and pulpits don't rise up immediately, more than the school's bathroom signs will change; there is ALOT more at stake, view the clip and read on.
Doesn't just apply to the bathrooms. It also entered the space of locker rooms, showers, dorms, overnight hotels, and other places you might not expect. Watch the video to see The Daily Signal break down where exactly the Obama administration’s bathroom directive applies, and where it doesn’t.
Restrooms and Locker Rooms
Once again, the Obama Administration has overstepped its constitutional bounds to meddle in the affairs of state and local government. 11 states have filed suit (not Virginia) on the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.
Hanover County, Virginia
In response, Felix Cross of Salt & Light Ministries and a board member of the Virginia Christian Alliance crafted a statement and gained 280 signatures of support from members and friends of the Salt & Light Council endorsing the sentiments expressed in the statement and sent it to Hanover County Board of Supervisors and Hanover County School Board. The letter is below in it’s entirety. This gained media attention.
Virginia Christian Alliance President Don Blake met with both Reporter Louis Llovio of the Richmond Times Dispatch and Felix Cross at the VCA offices last Monday, May 23rd.
During the hour long discussion, Blake shared extensive documentation on the LGBT issue, gender confusion being a mental disorder and the current morality and condition of the country.
Reporter Louis Llovio article and excerpts follows:
Posted: Saturday, May 28, 2016 10:30 pm
By LOUIS LLOVIO Richmond Times-Dispatch
A group of about 280 Hanover County Christians is asking the county’s elected officials to reject a federal government directive to open restrooms and other facilities to transgender students.
The request comes in the form of a statement from an organization called the Salt & Light Council and written by Hanover attorney C. Felix Cross III, a member of the group.
Cross said the Hanover group is made up of Christians who meet regularly to discuss and understand “how the Bible informs the more controversial issues within our culture.”
Salt & Light Ministries
10296 Kings Acres Road
Ashland, Virginia 23005
To: Members of the Board of Supervisors and School Board of Hanover County, Virginia with copies to other elected officials
From: The Salt and Light Council, 9064 Stumpy Road, Ashland, VA 23005
Date: May 26, 2016
On May 13, 2016, you received a joint letter from the United States Departments of Education and Justice stating that you must permit “transgendered” students to use rest rooms, locker rooms and other private facilities that match the self-determined “gender identity” of such students. This mandate was accompanied by the threat of withheld federal funding if the order is not obeyed. We want our message to you on this issue to be very clear.
First, you must not permit our children to be used as political pawns by the overly zealous ideologues who have threatened this action in furtherance of their selfish desire to attain sexual egalitarianism through ill-advised social experimentation.
Second, while we have great compassion for those students who suffer from the assumptive disorder of transgenderism, it is wrong to suppress the truth and withhold the medical attention they require. Scripture tells us that truth must, in all cases, be spoken in love. What you are being asked to do by the mandate is not a demonstration of love. It is the application of a false “truth”. The underlying science reported by the American College of Pediatricians and by Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital, clearly indicates the vast majority of gender confused adolescents “accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty.” The government’s joint mandate asks you to not only ignore this most current science but to also disregard the data that now shows encouragement and facilitation of gender confusion is actually detrimental to the health of the child. Isn’t it absurd to think we should take steps to correct other assumptive disorders such as anorexia and bulimia (the flawed assumption being that the victims of the disorder are overweight) while we actively facilitate gender dysphoria? Your compliance with the “guidance” offered by DOE and DOJ would constitute gross disregard for the duty you owe these impressionable children and youth who must rely upon adults, such as you, for protection.
Third, you intuitively understand what you’re being asked to do is wrong. Those who support the position of DOE and DOJ were convinced to do so by foolishly accepting contrived arguments predicated upon flawed logic such as the most prevalent which analogizes this behavior to the genetically produced condition of race. This is done to engender images of the civil rights movement. Transgender is not the new Black. Any argument predicated upon the equivocation of an assumed belief that distorts reality and a genetic circumstance that produces a true reality must be disregarded as insanity.
Finally, (and most importantly) if you are a Christian, you understand that the federal government’s mandate is an affront to God’s law and to His perfect design for human existence. Your choice is clear; either succumb to the shameful extortion of the DOE and DOJ or reject it; and, if necessary, forego the federal funds they threaten to illegally withhold. This final point is most forcefully supported by the Apostle Paul in Romans 1, “18 For God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against all godlessness and unrighteousness of people who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth, 19 since what can be known about God is evident among them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse. 21 For though they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became nonsense, and their senseless minds were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools.”
Should you listen to advice offered by a religious group known as the Salt & Light Council? Consider this. America was formed as a nation of laws, not of men. The guiding principles shaping those laws were to have been the transcendent truths of the Judeo-Christian faith. Our founding fathers did not intend that the church would control the state nor did they ever envision that the state would (as it is seeking to do today) control the church. Their willingness to go to war with the English should be adequate proof of that fact.
What gets lost in the debate concerning the separation of church and state, however, is the clarity of wisdom demonstrated by our founders who affirmed that God must never be separated from state. They acknowledged God as the source of all our human rights. His Divine morality was incorporated by reference into the documents they drafted to source all our laws. God’s law influences our values and culture precisely to help prevent a totalitarian or tyrannical rule in America.
Whose guidance will be expressed in the decision you make concerning this and the other
matters that come before you? Man’s or God’s?
The undersigned members and friends of the Salt & Light Council whose names appear below endorse the sentiments expressed in this statement and pray the thoughts conveyed will impact you in a Godly manner.
Statement from the Salt & Light Council
Statement to Hanover County officials on transgender bathroom use.