States Say No to Obama’s Coed Bathroom Decree

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States aren’t exactly tripping over themselves to comply with the president’s ridiculous gender-free school order. Since last Friday, the outrage over the administration’s demands has exploded, as leader after leader blasts back with calls to ignore the Department of Education’s threats. Texas, North Carolina, Arkansas, and now West Virginia are refusing to open their doors — and their students — to this ridiculous assault on their privacy. If the federal government wants to strip states of federal money until they agree to put their girls at risk in showers, locker rooms, and bathrooms, fine.

People like West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey still won’t budge. In a letter to schools, Morrisey told the state, “[President Obama] has determined to use the power of the federal government to bully the rest of the country…School policies should be set at the local level – not by presidential decree. Do not allow the President’s effort to unilaterally change the 40-year-old terms under which we accepted federal school funding — a naked bait-and-switch — to intimidate you.” That’s quite a different tone than Charlotte’s newspaper struck, the same city that started this uproar with a bathroom ordinance that triggered the legislature’s repeal.

In a stunning column this week, the paper argues that “Girls must overcome ‘discomfort’ of seeing ‘male genitalia’ in locker rooms.” “Yes,” the editors agree, “Yes, the thought of male genitalia in girls’ locker rooms — and vice versa — might be distressing to some. But the battle for equality has always been in part about overcoming discomfort — with blacks sharing facilities, with gays sharing marriage — then realizing it was not nearly so awful as some people imagined.”

Of course, in none of those examples were small children confronted with nude members of the opposite sex. Still, the Charlotte News and Observer goes on, the safety issues parents raise are “political fiction.” Not according to people in law enforcement.

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As Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) warned, “Having spent many years in law enforcement, I’ve handled far too many cases of child molesters, of pedophiles, of people who abused little kids. The threats of predators are serious, and we should not facilitate allowing grown men or boys to be in bathrooms with little girls…” AFA’s boycott page for Target (which just enacted the same dangerous policy that the president is advocating) listed plenty of assaults that most people wished were fiction.

If the Left wants to force a P.C. agenda like this on the rest of us, it should at least be honest about the risks. Do your part to fight the attack on our children’s innocence! Sign our petition to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) urging Congress to put a stop to the president’s out-of-control mandate!

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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