One Word Could Destroy Catholic Education

Sep 22, 2019 by

Patrick J. Reilly –

In three amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court filed last month, the bishops and Catholic educators—together with other major religious groups—urged the Court to uphold the meaning of “sex.”

It’s one little word. But if the Court gets it wrong, our religious freedom could be quickly eroded.

And while all Catholics and Catholic institutions would be endangered, there is a double threat to Catholic education: both to the integrity of its employees, and to its ability to teach young people the authentic Catholic faith.

In its new term, the Supreme Court will take up three cases considering whether Title VII, the federal law prohibiting employment discrimination, covers “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” within the protected category of “sex.”

Congress has repeatedly voted to reject such an expansion of Title VII’s scope, but circuit courts have legislated from the bench and added the new categories in two rulings: Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, the 11th Circuit upheld the longstanding meaning of “sex discrimination” as ensuring fairness between men and women.

It’s been said repeatedly: the Church could never support outright discrimination. But the law can be a blunt and powerful weapon, and adding or expanding categories of protected classes is a very serious business. Enshrining in law the notion that moral judgments about behaviors and lifestyles are illegal discrimination akin to racism or sexism may do less to protect the human rights of the minority than to erode the human rights of others, including their religious freedom.

“Were this Court to declare that ‘sex’ as used in Title VII includes ‘gender identity,’” warns the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in two nearly identical briefs (here and here) to the Supreme Court, “it would open the floodgates to a host of problems, including for persons and institutions with religious and moral convictions about sexual identity and sexual difference.”

Source: One Word Could Destroy Catholic Education – Crisis Magazine

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    Karole Fedrick

    There is more ch more at stake here than Catholic schools or any religion. Simply using a pronoun different than what someone has chosen for themself is already been prosecuted as hate speech. Identity can change. Biological sex cannot regardless of hormone treatment or surgery. The XX and XY never changes. This is insane.

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