This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Jan LaRue was published June 5, 2016 by American Thinker.
“What would Jesus do?” According to President Obama, Christ would open public school bathrooms to students based on their gender identity instead of their biological sex.
Speaking to a PBS News Hour Townhall gathering in Elkhart, Ind. on June 2, Obama cited the “Golden Rule” as his justification for sending the federal government into public school bathrooms:
And look, I have profound respect for everybody’s religious beliefs on this, but if you’re at a public school, the question is how do we just make sure that children are treated with kindness. That’s all. And my reading of Scripture tells me that that Golden Rule is pretty high up there in terms of my Christian belief. That doesn’t mean somebody else has to interpret it the same way. But it does mean, as president of the United States, those are the values that I think are important.
Obama perverts the “Golden Rule” by omitting that God, not Obama, defines what is good:
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them — this is the Law and the Prophets.
What about all of the girls and boys who don’t think it’s “good” to share their bathrooms with the opposite sex? They’re not feeling the “kindness.”
Obama’s eisegesis is consistent with how he reads into the Constitution a basis for whatever public policy he’s pushing past congressional authority. Obama condemned using religious rationalization when he was running for office in 2004, according to Cathleen Falsani, a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times:
I think there is an enormous danger on the part of public figures to rationalize or justify their actions by claiming God’s mandate.
Obama told Falsani that he is “rooted in the Christian tradition” and that “there are many paths to the same place.” Falsani found that an “unlikely theological position for someone who places his faith squarely at the feet of Jesus.” Obama said that depends “on how a particular verse from the Gospel of John, where Jesus says, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me,’ is heard.”
If Obama doesn’t think Christ spoke clearly on something as vital as eternal salvation, he shouldn’t be using Christ to direct traffic at the intersection of faith and public policy. That’s a lot of cheek to turn.
Nonetheless, Obama is quite certain that the “Golden Rule” supports borderless bathrooms and same-sex civil unions, which he affirmed during the Falsani interview.
So now the rule applies if Johnny thinks his “sex assigned at birth” clashes with his crayons. To deny Johnny access to the girls’ bathroom means the school loses federal funding under Obama’s reading of Title IX, which is as convoluted as his reading of the Constitution and Scripture.
Obama could cite a better proof pretext from Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy’s epistle to the Babylonians, or as the late, great Justice Antonin Scalia lampooned it, the “sweet-mystery-of-life” passage:
At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.
Obama should ponder this solemn warning from Christ:
But whoever causes the downfall of one of these little ones who believe in Me – it would be better for him if a heavy millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.
Enabling a child’s sexual identity confusion isn’t an act of “kindness,” as Obama foolishly claims.
It is “collaborating with madness,” according to Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the distinguished service professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University and former psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, who has studied transgenderism and so-called “sex-reassignment” surgery for 40 years. Michael W. Chapman, writing for CNSNews.com on June 2, quotes from Dr. McHugh’s book:
I have witnessed a great deal of damage from sex reassignment. The children transformed from their male constitution into female roles suffered prolonged distress and misery as they sensed their natural attitudes as males develop.
It falls under the “Millstone Rule.”
Finally, if a school principal announced that his Christian belief prevented him from opening school restrooms to students based on their gender identity preference, sirens would be blaring at ACLU headquarters. President Obama says his “Christian belief” compels him to force public schools to do just that, and the ACLU’s silence is almost deafening.
ACLU lawyer Maya Dillard Smith, interim director of the Georgia chapter of the ACLU, left the organization after encountering a big dose of perverse reality. According to the Atlanta Progressive News, May 29:
Dillard Smith argues that transgender rights have ‘intersectionality with other competing rights, particularly the implications for women’s rights.’ “I have shared my personal experience of having taken my elementary school age daughters into a women’s restroom when shortly after three transgender young adults over six feet with deep voices entered. My children were visibly frightened, concerned about their safety and left asking lots of questions for which I, like many parents, was ill-prepared to answer,” she said.
Daniel Webster provides a timely and ominous warning:
[I]f we and our posterity reject religious instruction and authority, violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the political constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us that shall bury all our glory in profound obscurity.