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An American Christian college has lost an initial court ruling in a fight against Joe Biden’s non-discrimination directive on housing for trans students.
College of the Ozarks, a small Christian arts college in Missouri, is pursuing legal action to exclude trans people from housing after a Department of Housing and Urban Development memo compelled colleges not to discriminate on the basis of basis of gender identity.
The school claims that treating trans women as trans women or trans men as men where they are housed violates their Christian beliefs as well as their constitutional protections for religious freedom.
The February executive order issued by the Biden administration ensures that LGBT + people are protected from discrimination in federally funded housing, and because colleges receive money from the government through student loans, they are subject to federal housing laws.
The College of the Ozarks had sought a temporary injunction and restraining order while its federal case waited to be heard. This request was rejected by a federal court.
“The policy of the Biden administration requires the College of the Ozarks to decide between defending its religious freedom against government excesses or violating our core beliefs,” college president Jerry C. Davis said in a press release.
âWhile we are disappointed with today’s decision, we plan to appeal that schools are not forced to open up female dormitories to men and violate their religious beliefs,â Davis said.
âFor over 100 years, the College of the Ozarks has provided a clearly Christian education for students in financial need. We will not give up on our mission. The fight to protect our religious freedom has only just begun. “
Lawyers for the Defending Freedom Alliance (ADF), a right-wing law firm that opposes LGBT + rights and abortion, argue that the duty not to discriminate against trans students violates religious beliefs of college on biological sex.
Ryan Bangert, vice president of legal strategy at ADF, said Forbes in April that the ADF was founded in 1993 âfor the purpose of keeping the doors open to the gospelâ.
âThe school believes the Bible teaches that people are created as men and women,â Bangert added. “We are designed by God this way and the school honors that by accommodating men and women separately.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) designates the ADF as a hate group, based on its position on LGBT + rights and women’s rights.
ADF wants to re-criminalize consensual sex between LGBT + adults in the US, advocates forcing trans people to be sterilized in other countries, says LGBT + people are more likely to be sterilized, SPLC says ‘be pedophiles and claims that a “homosexual agenda” will destroy Christianity and society.