Faith Leaders Respond to Statements by Governor Deal and AG Olens

Leaders of Georgia faith-based organizations, including the Georgia Baptist Mission Board, the Concerned Women of America, and the Faith & Freedom Coalition of Georgia responded to statements made yesterday by Governor Nathan Deal and Attorney General Sam Olens regarding the federal Department of Education’s guidance on bathroom use by transgender students. The response, while supportive of the statements by the governor and attorney general, asks for additional action:

We would also like to see Governor Deal boldly join Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas in pushing back against this social-engineering project of President Obama’s. Rather than simply handing off the issue to State Superintendent Richard Woods and local school systems, we expect Governor Deal to put the full weight of his office against this federal overreach. While we trust Superintendent Woods to do the right thing, and while it is true that policy about transgender accommodations can certainly be handled by local schools, the Governor should also encourage local school systems to defy the directive. The Governor has freely exercised his influence over education matters such as standards, assessments, and so-called “failing schools”; he should do the same on an issue that is so fundamental to student privacy and safety.

The response also urges Attorney General Olens to join the lawsuit filed by North Carolina in opposition to the federal government’s threat to withhold funding to schools if the provisions of that state’s House Bill 2 are enforced. It encourages local school systems to defy the federal guidance, and it urges the legislature to take action to protect Peach State students.

The full text of the response is below the fold.

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Charlie
Charlie

This is the same exact group that tried to stop Georgia public schools from teaching evolution in science classes under the false guise of “stopping common core” in 2014. Same group completely went off of the Governor after the RFRA veto. When you keep lighting any political capital you have on fire for such futile and counter-productive efforts, then publicly question the Governors religion, conservatism, and overall character, pleas like this only serve to perpetuate that they are “leaders”, without actually “leading” to any actual solutions. But, they have their name out there. Again. Which is nice. They can consider… Read more »

John Konop
John Konop

Well Said!

IrishPat
IrishPat

Essentially this is a “show vote”.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Wait, is there a chapter in the Bible delineating who is allowed to use what restroom? I’m pretty, pretty, pretttaaayyy sure that Jesus didn’t weigh in on this topic.

Also the fact that Jane Robbins and Garland Hunt are attorneys makes me want to go and burn my Bar card.

Will Durant
Will Durant

You left off the False Prophets For Profits tag.

Benevolus
Benevolus

I recently read a pretty interesting article about this issue:
https://baptistnews.com/2016/05/13/seven-things-im-learning-about-transgender-persons/

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Nearly everyone reading that article will think about something they had not thought about before.

Science, we don’t need no stinking science…

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=youtube+no+stinking+badge&view=detail&mid=4673FF26789B8772F4054673FF26789B8772F405&FORM=VIRE

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The national GOP is falling apart because, among other things, the other half of the nation is realizing the GOP is the party of wack. The GOP wack knows what liberals favor… “is all in favor of letting boys posing as transgenders to use girls bathrooms” It’s the logical continuation of homosexuals are pedophiles, and is another demonstration of Obama wanting to take America down. It’s foolish to argue with someone about what you want. You can’t win unless they allow it, and if they do, what has your effort accomplished? As Barney Frank said, “[t]rying to have a conversation…would… Read more »