Liberty Counsel, Washington, D.C. — Federal workers can no longer expect privacy in the workplace restroom or locker room. After championing federally funded abortion, same-sex marriage, and homosexual rights, the Obama Administration has turned its attention to rewriting personnel standards and advancing so-called “transgender” rights.
According to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) diversity guidebook, “Transgender individuals are people with a gender identity that is different from the sex assigned to them at birth.” Move over sonograms: you can no longer determine if it is a boy or a girl, according to the secularists in the White House, who believe that sex is only determined by subjective belief, not biology.
“The Obama Administration is secularizing America and destroying morality and common sense. Immorality is being exalted while religious liberty is being extinguished,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.
President Obama and Congress could not pass the so-called Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that would have had the same effect, so the President is passing it for all federal government employees through OPM regulations.
“Despite repeated attempts, Congress has not passed ENDA because including accommodations for gender-confused adults in these types of laws and regulations violates privacy, degrades morality, and censors free speech,” Staver said.
The Guidance Regarding the Employment of Transgender Individuals in the Federal Workplace requires employees to use names and pronouns appropriate to the gender-confused person’s self-identity, not biology. “Continued intentional misuse of the employee’s new name and pronouns, and reference to the employee’s former gender by managers, supervisors, or coworkers may undermine the employee’s therapeutic treatment,” the guidelines say. “Such misuse may also breach the employee’s privacy, and may create a risk of harm to the employee.”
“When morality erodes, the economy suffers,” Staver pointed out. “This new guideline is the next step towards American taxpayers paying for invasive plastic surgeries and medical treatments to make a person look like the opposite sex,” said Staver. The guidelines point out that some transgenders “will not pursue some (or any) forms of medical treatment because of their age, medical condition, lack of funds, or other personal circumstances.”
“The Obama administration has crossed over the threshold of the absurd. Obama’s policies are destructive. The next President will need to clean house to rid the White House and the federal agencies of Obama’s leftover destruction,” said Staver.
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