Schools Affected by Nondiscrimination Ordinances at All Levels
While discrimination ordinances primarily target businesses, individuals and public entities, their affects have extended into our school system as well in a number of ways at all levels from elementary schools to colleges and universities. These radical changes affect everything from bathroom use to rights of free speech and association when they conflict with nondiscrimination rights based upon sexual orientation and gender identity.
- In Maine, an elementary school was forced to legally defend its provision of a separate gender-neutral restroom for a boy who chose to identify himself as a girl. Despite the accommodation of a separate restroom, the boy’s parents filed a lawsuit to force the school to allow him to use the girls’ restroom.
- In Texas, a student who voiced his view that homosexuality was wrong was kicked out of class and suspended. (This has happened in multiple locations in recent months.)
- On college campuses, nondiscrimination rules are forcing religious groups to open their leadership roles to individuals who do not share the groups’ religious views on homosexuality. In many cases these groups are publicly maligned, often choosing to leave campus rather than compromise their beliefs.
- In 2010, a religion professor at the University of Illinois was fired after explaining the Catholic Church’s stance regarding homosexuality when a student who was not in the class claimed to be offended.
- Students in counseling programs have been targeted for removal because their religious and moral views will not allow them to counsel individuals regarding same-sex relationships.
- Religious clubs and groups in high schools and on college campuses are losing accreditation because of their views on homosexuality.
All of these examples relate to the ongoing agenda to implement nondiscrimination laws to protect sexual orientation and gender identity. Many times when this agenda arises in our schools, it is masked under the guise of combating bullying. Bullying policies are essentially a combination of both nondiscrimination and hate crime laws – both of which seek to limit expression that is judged to be ‘intolerant’ of alternative lifestyles and which is often used to target teachers and students of faith. Read more about bullying on this website HERE.