College of the Ozarks v. Biden

Date: March 6, 2023
Host: Jim Schneider
​Guest: Julie Blake
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When it comes to the LGBTQ+ agenda and its promotion, at the beginning we were told to simply tolerate it.  Then we were told to show acceptance.  After that we were told we must celebrate it.  Now we are being forced to participate in it.

The featured example on this edition of Crosstalk involved the College of the Ozarks, a Christian college in Missouri.  They are seeking to sue the Biden administration as the college is being forced to violate its religious beliefs by opening its dorms and shower spaces to members of the opposite sex or face fines up to six figures, pay punitive damages, and attorney fees.

Joining Jim to discuss this case was Julie Blake.  Julie serves as senior counsel for regulatory litigation at Alliance Defending Freedom.  She previously served as deputy solicitor general for the state of Missouri and as an assistant solicitor general for the state of West Virginia.  Also, previously following law school, she served as a law clerk for Judge Paul Kelly, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.  She is admitted to practice in multiple states, the Supreme Court, and in many federal district and appellate courts.

Julie explained that shortly after inauguration day in early 2021, President Biden issued a directive through the Department of Housing and Urban Development that redefined the term “sex” in the Federal Fair Housing Act.  This directive requires that all colleges and schools, including religious ones, to open their dormitories, shared shower spaces, and even roommate assignments, to members of the opposite sex.  Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is representing College of the Ozarks in this case and they’re asking the Supreme Court to put an end to this overreach by government.

So what took place up to this point at the lower court level?  The lower courts communicated that while they realized the government skipped all the normal procedures, and even though ADF pointed out how illegal the federal government was being in this case, they said that no school could sue until the government was coming after them by imposing investigations, lawsuits, fines, and damages.  Only then could the school go to court and declare that what’s being done is unlawful.

Hear more about this case, and others as well, that show how religious liberty and the biblical worldview are under fire.  Crosstalk listeners brought their views to the discussion as well.

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