LINCOLN, Nebraska, May 19, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The Obama Administrationdirective for U.S. public schools to accept transgenderism as a condition of federal funding is disturbing and wrong, a Catholic bishop has said, and it denies the basic beauty of God’s creation.
Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska, also said last week’s letter of “guidance”from the White House signified a broken culture and its rejection of God, tyrannical tolerance, and a mistaken sense of civil rights.
“This ‘guidance’ is deeply disturbing,” he said. “In fact, the administration’s action is simply wrong. It is wrong to deny the fundamental difference between men and women; and to teach children that our identity, at its very core, is arbitrary and self-determined. God created us male and female, and policies like this deny the basic beauty of God’s creation.”
Writing in his May 17 column, Bishop Conley stated, “Our entire culture has been caught up in a kind of sentimentalized and relativized tyranny of tolerance: we vilify and condemn, ever more quickly, any sense of reasonable and ordered social policy. We have a vague sense that endorsing certain fashionable kinds of social and emotional disorders—including transgenderism—is a mandate of justice, or a victory for civil rights.”
“This directive is a sign of a great tragedy,” the bishop wrote. “We are living in an atheocracy: a society determined to stamp out every vestige of God’s plan for mercy, and justice, and goodness.”
“We are living in a society ensnared by the evil of relativism,” he continued, “to which human flourishing, in this life and the next, poses a threat.”
Read Bishop Conley’s full column here.
Obama’s Departments of Justice and Education issued a joint letter of “guidance” to all public schools last Friday mandating that schools allow students identifying as “transgender” access to showers, locker rooms, and restrooms of the opposite sex, as well as let them stay in the same hotel rooms during field trips with members of the opposite sex, or risk losing federal funding.
Schools are not allowed to require “transgender” students to use separate facilities, according to the Obama Administration directive, and must reference “transgender” students by their chosen name and gender-identifying pronoun. Further, schools are permitted to conceal the status of “transgender”-identifying students from their parents.
The letter caused immediate controversy, with several civic leaders having vowed tooppose the edict, and officials in at least a dozen states saying they will refuse to implement it.
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