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·         School Lunch Program Held Hostage: 22 States Sue Feds for Using Needy Children to Push Gender Ideology

If you want schools in your state to feed low-income students using funds from the national school lunch program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), you’ll need to allow men who believe they are women to play in women’s sports, use women’s restrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities, room with women on overnight trips, and use so-called preferred pronouns…

 

·         South Dakota governor blasts Biden, Vilsack tying school lunch funding to transgender, LGBT policy

The USDA, under Secretary Tom Vilsack, is spearheading the requirement.

… "This White House has threatened to take away all of our school lunch resources for poor and underprivileged kids if we don't comply with their mandates," she said…

 

 

School Lunch Program Held Hostage: 22 States Sue Feds for Using Needy Children to Push Gender Ideology

 

by Bruce Hausknecht, Daily Citizen

Aug 1, 2022

 

If you want schools in your state to feed low-income students using funds from the national school lunch program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), you’ll need to allow men who believe they are women to play in women’s sports, use women’s restrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities, room with women on overnight trips, and use so-called preferred pronouns.

 

Those are the effects of the new rules from the Biden administration, and conservative states are not taking the radical policy lying down. Twenty-two states, through their attorneys general, have sued the federal government over the rules. Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, a Republican, is spearheading the multi-state coalition effort.

 

“This case is, yet again, about a federal agency trying to change law, which is Congress’ exclusive prerogative,” General Slatery said in a press release. “The USDA simply does not have that authority. We have successfully challenged the Biden Administration’s other attempts to rewrite law and we will challenge this as well.”

 

As the Daily Citizen reported at the beginning of his administration, President Joe Biden instructed federal agencies under his control to redefine the word “sex” in their non-discrimination policies to include sexual orientation and gender identity, citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2020 decision in Bostock v. Clayton County.

 

That case dealt with Title VII, the federal nondiscrimination law dealing with employment, ruling that adverse employment decisions made on the basis that the employee identified as homosexual or “transgender” constituted “sex discrimination.”

 

However, Justice Neil Gorsuch, the author of the court’s majority opinion, explained that Bostock’s reasoning could not be expanded beyond federal employment law and the narrow question before the court in that case.

 

“What are these consequences anyway?” Gorsuch wrote. “The employers worry that our decision will sweep beyond Title VII to other federal or state laws that prohibit sex discrimination. And under Title VII itself, they say sex-segregated bathrooms, locker rooms, and dress codes will prove unsustainable after our decision today.

 

“But none of these other laws are before us; we have not had the benefit of adversarial testing about the meaning of their terms, and we do not prejudge any such question today. Under Title VII, too, we do not purport to address bathrooms, locker rooms, or anything else of the kind.”

 

But a couple of lower courts were eager to use Bostock to redefine sex under Title IX, the federal law banning discrimination in education, and that opened the door to exactly what the current administration hoped for – an excuse to force its gender identity policies on the nation’s schools.

 

The current administration, beginning in early 2021, sought to expand Bostock’s reasoning to other federal statutes that weren’t included in the decision. It started with an Executive Order, and has spread to the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Education, and now the USDA.

 

Not only has the administration hijacked the school lunch program to expand its sexual ideology into the nation’s public schools, but as another recent lawsuit highlights, the new policy forces Christian and other religious schools to violate their deeply held beliefs about the value of male and female if they want to minister to low-income students with the taxpayer-funded school lunch program.

 

The administration is holding the nation’s neediest children hostage in order to push a deeply unpopular policy on the American people...

 

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https://dailycitizen.focusonthefamily.com/school-lunch-program-held-hostage-22-states-sue-feds-for-using-needy-children-to-push-gender-ideology/

 

 

South Dakota governor blasts Biden, Vilsack tying school lunch funding to transgender, LGBT policy

The USDA, under Secretary Tom Vilsack, is spearheading the requirement.

 

By Charles Creitz, Fox News

Jul 31, 2022

 

South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem spoke out to Fox News on a new requirement from the USDA that will essentially tie federal school lunch funding to adherence to the Biden administration's interpretation of Title IX, which prohibits sex-based discrimination.

 

Noem told "Life, Liberty & Levin" on Sunday that her state has the "strongest" legal protections against biological men competing in women's sports, going on to discuss how President Biden is now trying to punish her state if it does not agree with his view of Title IX.

 

"This White House has threatened to take away all of our school lunch resources for poor and underprivileged kids if we don't comply with their mandates," she said.

 

"So it's interesting to me that not only have they hurt my timber contracts to crush my lumber industry, not only have they mandated certain activities on their federal lands, such as National Parks and Bureau of Land Management Practices. Not only are they coming forward with higher taxes and more spending… they're willing to hurt children."

 

In a statement announcing the new policy, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said there must be "recogni[tion of] the vulnerability of the LGBTQI+ communities and provide them with an avenue to grieve any discrimination they face."

 

"We hope that by standing firm against these inequities we will help bring about much-needed change," the USDA chief added.

 

Vilsack's directive requires state schools seeking National School Lunch Program resources to view Title IX as inclusive of gender identity.

 

South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo is one of 22 state attorneys general challenging the move in court, which is being led by Indiana's Todd Rokita and Tennessee's Herbert Slatery III.

 

"We all know the Biden administration is dead-set on imposing an extreme left-wing agenda on Americans nationwide, but they've reached a new level of shamelessness with this ploy of holding up food assistance for low-income kids unless schools do the left's bidding," Rokita recently said...

 

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https://www.foxnews.com/media/south-dakota-governor-blasts-biden-vilsack-tying-school-lunch-funding-transgender-lgbt-policy