According to Chris Woodward, an American Family Association propagandist: A dubious, but not surprising, reversal from liberal DOE. First of all, Woodward is presumably referring to ED, the U.S. Department of Education. DOE is the Department of Energy.

Secondly, there is nothing “dubious” about protecting transgender kids. The fact that groups like AFA do not approve of trans kids provides ample cause for those protections. In other words, AFA opposes the solution to a problem that it helped to create in the first place. It offers no alternative for consideration.

Woodward “explains:”

The federal agency has announced it will reverse a Trump administration policy in which the federal government, citing Title IX, sided with biological girls who are demanding to compete in female-only sports. That decision, however, meant that transgender girls — biological boys — were on the losing end of that legal fight until the DOE’s announcement.

The Christianists are fixated on athletic competition in spite of the fact that there are no real examples of trans girls dominating any sport. The actual notice from ED begins:

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights today issued a Notice of Interpretation explaining that it will enforce Title IX’s prohibition on discrimination on the basis of sex to include: (1) discrimination based on sexual orientation; and (2) discrimination based on gender identity. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity offered by a recipient of federal financial assistance.

Note that the interpretation includes both sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes. To some extent, the hate groups have — for the time being — abandoned some of their homophobia in order to focus on their transphobia.

Furthermore the “sustained effort to promote safe and inclusive schools for all students, including LGBTQ+ students” is not about sports. Sure, sports are included but that represents a tiny fraction of the challenges that that LGBTQ kids have to deal with in public schools.

“Woodward goes on to falsely claim that the objective of Title IX was fairness in sports.”

Mr. Woodward need only do some arithmetic.

  1. There are ten times as many gay kids in public schools as there are trans kids.
  2. The Christian obsession with sports concerns only trans girls.
  3. There are 20 times as many gay kids in public schools as there are trans girls.
  4. The arithmetic has to consider what percentage of trans girls are involved in sports. If it is half (which is generous) the multiplier goes from from 20 to 40.

The conservative Christian bigots seem wed to the proposition that they can elicit more outrage over trans girls competing in athletics then is available by attacking gay kids. The manufactured outrage is misplaced.

Prepubescent trans girls don’t really have an advantage at that young age. With puberty blockers adolescent trans girls have negligible testosterone. Thus, they have no advantage whatsoever.

Woodward goes on to falsely claim that the objective of Title IX was fairness in sports. No reason to quote Woodward’s abject stupidity. The purpose for Title IX was, and remains, to prohibit sex discrimination in any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

That coincides well with ED’s interpretation which is based on preventing discrimination.

Apparently, the deity provides the leader of another hate group to chime in:

“Where are all the examples of trans girls dominating any secondary school sport?”

Speaking about the DOE announcement on his “Washington Watch” radio program, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council said the Biden administration is coming at education from every angle.

“We have the states, Republican states, taking strong stands, pushing back against the federal government,” he told his audience, “but the threat is so great on the educational front.”

Note how protecting students from discrimination becomes “coming at education from every angle.” The fact that these folks do not approve of LGBTQ kids should not mean that those students are fair game for discrimination, bullying or marginalization.

The “threat” that is “so great” is what exactly?

Nothing like a bigoted, Bible Belt politician to spread more BS.

Shitting BullOn the same radio show, U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said parents of girls should also be concerned if Democrats get The Equality Act on Biden’s desk for his signature. … If someone deems themself female, but they’re male,” she says, “then those girls would be competing against those biological males for college scholarships.”

“Concerned” over what? Where are all the examples of trans girls dominating any secondary school sport? Marsha Blackburn consistently amalgamates ignorance with spectacular stupidity.

“ED’s reasoning is simple. If nondiscrimination applies to the workplace then why not in public schools.”

Blackburn unwittingly reveals GOP strategy:

“2022 is coming quickly,” she said, “and Democrats know they’re going to run out of runway before they get to that election date. So it means that we have to be diligent and fight back on this every single day.”

In other words, all this noise over a tiny number of kids is just an effort to create a wedge issue.

ED’s interpretation is based, in part, on the Supreme Court’s ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County. ED’s reasoning is simple. If nondiscrimination applies to the workplace then why not in public schools.

On the subject of the Supreme Court, today’s ruling in Fulton v. Philadelphia was a huge disappointment. While I expected the outcome I was shocked that it was a unanimous decision. It might reflect a desire of the Court to punish some terrible lawyering. I wonder how Justice Kagan would have ruled if the agency refused to place kids with Jewish couples. I see no difference.

Another possibility is that the justices did some horse trading for issues down the road. At least the narrow ruling did not create a precedent overturning Employment Division v. Smith.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.