We now know a little more about the teenager who was beaten to death by his parents and four other members of their church. And it only makes the story worse.
Close your eyes and think back for a minute. When was the last time you used a public restroom? How many other people were in the restroom? What did their genitals look like?
I’m certain you can’t answer that last question and that you’re horrified by it. (As you should be!) But Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute seems to think of public restrooms and changing facilities as much more communal than they actually are. And she’s using this non-logic to defame transgender children.
In a school district in Chicago, a high school trans girl has sued her school for the right to use the women’s locker room. Superintendent Daniel Cates is refusing to abide by Title IX guidelines on this matter, instead offering the girl a separate private facility to use as an alternative. Put another way, Cates will go so far as to disqualify his district from getting federal funding in order to break the law and continue demeaning the trans girl:
One of the complains I often hear about atheist groups is that they complain about the smallest things. Does it really matter if, say, the government gives money to a faith-based charity or if a principal acknowledges a God at graduation?
The answer is always the same: You have to point out those small violations, even if the courts won’t act on them, because once Christians realize they can get away with it, those actions become “tradition” and form the basis for even more egregious violations down the road.
Case in point: check out what’s happening at the Hemphill County Sheriff’s Office in Texas. We’ve seen “In God We Trust” decals all over the state, so they’re taking it a step further, explicitly putting a Bible verse on their vehicles: