A college in Missouri has decided to sue President Joe Biden over an anti-discrimination executive order that would force the school to abandon all of its religious principles that it has held for over a hundred years in favor of radical left-wing gender politics.
The College of the Ozarks has enlisted the help of the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a religious liberty legal group, to file a lawsuit claiming that Biden’s anti-discrimination act “requires private religious colleges to place biological males into female dormitories and assign them as females’ roommates” in the Western District of Missouri.
College of the Ozarks has held on to the belief that biological sex is not changeable and operates its dorms accordingly. The college has already assigned dormitories based on this belief and does not wish to alter that practice.
Biden’s executive order would undo all of those practices and alter the belief that has been held by the college and ban the college from continuing the practice. The order infringes on the college's first amendment right to tell students about its religious residence hall policies.
“Occupancy and access in the college’s residence halls are separated by biological sex, not identity, and that residence in student housing depends on compliance with the student code of conduct, including the commitment to avoid all sexual relations outside of a marriage between one man and one woman,” the lawsuit reads.
College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian school in Point Lookout, Missouri. The school’s president, Dr. Jerry Davis, said that religious freedom is “under attack” from the Biden administration.
“Religious freedom is under attack in America, and we won’t stand on the sidelines and watch,” Davis said. “To threaten religious freedom is to threaten America itself. College of the Ozarks will not allow politicians to erode the essential American right or the ideals that shaped America’s founding.”
ADF Senior Counsel Julie Marie Blake argued that the government has no right to compel religious schools to change their views on biological sex and gender identity.
“The government cannot and should not force schools to open girls’ dorms to males based on its politically motivated and inappropriate redefinition of ‘sex,’” Blake stated in a press release. “Women shouldn’t be forced to share private spaces — including showers and dorm rooms — with males, and religious schools shouldn’t be punished simply because of their beliefs about marriage and biological sex. Government overreach by the Biden administration continues to victimize women, girls, and people of faith by gutting their legal protections, and it must be stopped.”