To The Daily Sun,
Our Constitution was designed to prevent the concentration and abuse of power. We are witnessing unprecedented overreach by the federal government. For example: North Carolina is under sustained attack over its bathroom policy. The Department of Justice (DoJ) has threatened up to $4.5 billion in federal education funding under the 1972 Title IX law, and a change in employment relations if the DOJ prevails under the 1964 Title VII law.
The Civil Rights Division at the DOJ knows that when Congress banned discrimination "on the basis of sex" in 1964 and 1972, it did not mean "gender identity." It is disrespectful of the rule of law for DOJ to hold otherwise. DOJ has threatened North Carolina because they wrote into law what most people consider simple common sense; biological men should not be given unfettered access to public bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms set aside for the needs, safety, and privacy of biological women.
Laws from the 1960s and 70s designed mostly to protect girls and women from sexism and harassment at work and in schools are now being used by the DOJ to coerce school districts to grant boys the right to undress in the girls' locker room (and vice versa), in the name of psychological comfort and acceptance.
When the president said he still has a pen and a phone this is apparently what he meant. He is using government power to coerce everyone, including children, into pledging allegiance to a radical gender ideology he deems a higher priority than their right to privacy, safety, and religious freedom.
The North Carolina law allows accommodation of people who identify as transgender, arguably less than 1 percent of the population, with single-occupancy facilities in government facilities. People who identify as transgender will have more options than those who don't. But the DOJ has rejected this reasonable approach, insisting on nothing less than total victory.
The definition of gender identity is "fluid" at this point, so the rules we are supposed to live by are constantly moving. Under proposed rules from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), sex would mean not just male or female, but also neither, both, or a combination of male and female. According to the advocates of this application of federal power, there are 60 possible gender identities.
Additionally, female victims of sexual abuse have a reasonable expectation that their voices should be heard, too. Whatever one thinks about gender identity, safety, and modesty, it is not the DOJ's role to make up the law on this issue or any other simply because it thinks it is lacking. That's why we have legislatures in every state and a big one in the District of Columbia.
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