In February Liberty Counsel lost another case. This one in Fairfax, Virginia where the school board effected a transgender accommodation policy. LC sued on behalf of a Christian student and his parents. They could not demonstrate how they were harmed causing the case to be dismissed for lack of standing. Oh, that pesky standing. Liberty Counsel appealed to the state supreme court today and issued a press release. It includes this bit of anti-LGBT bigotry:
The school board act of adding ‘gender identity, expression, and sexual orientation’ to the local policy violates state law and harms children. Allowing boys to use private facilities for girls violates the right to privacy and places girls at risk of sexual abuse,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “… The officials tasked with protecting children in the public schools have now actually become the greatest threat to them with the imposition of this radical sexual agenda,” said Staver.
His client in this case is a boy. Staver hasn’t the balls to assert that a trans boy is a threat to other boys when clearly it is the trans kid who is in peril. If someone claims that transgender kids are potential sexual predators then that someone is a bigot. These children are our community’s most vulnerable and fragile constituents. Mr. Staver lacks even basic Christian decency.
As I wrote back in February Staver might have a valid (though unfortunate) point because the Commonwealth of Virginia operates under what is called Dillon’s Rule in contrast to Home Rule. Municipalities can only pass laws specifically permitted by the state. Whether or not that would apply to a school board implementing educational policy is certainly arguable. Moreover, we now have US ED’s position on the matter with respect to Title IX which certainly re-shuffles the deck.