Christian college takes Biden admin to court over fair housing rule regarding LGBT discrimination

President Joe Biden came into office with a flurry of executive orders, including one that came in response to alleged discrimination based on gender and sexual identity. The action led to a February memo from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) spelling out how the order would be implemented via the enforcement of the Fair Housing Act.

Now, that HUD memo is being used against the government in a new lawsuit filed on behalf of a small Christian college in Missouri.

“Subject to fair housing laws”

According to BizPacReview, an attorney representing the school explained during a recent Fox News appearance that the measure would force biological men to share dorms and locker rooms with biological women. Ryan Bangert of Alliance Defending Freedom spoke with host Shannon Bream about the suit his firm has filed in support of the College of the Ozarks against what it views as an unconstitutional infringement on the school’s religious liberty.

Forbes referenced the lawsuit in a recent article, pointing out that since “colleges get government money through student loans, grants and contracts, they are subject to fair housing laws.”

Nevertheless, Bangert asserted that the “simple” motivation behind the lawsuit is that “the federal government shouldn’t be able to force young women to share their dorm rooms with males.”

He went on to describe the college behind the suit as “a small Christian school in southwest Missouri that has always integrated its faith into everything that it does.”

Pointing out a perceived inaccuracy in Forbes’ characterization of the issue, Banger noted that “even if the College of the Ozarks gave up every last penny of federal money that it receives, it would still be subject to this Fair Housing Act requirement that was imposed, really in the dead of night, by an administrative agency without any notice or comment to the public, without any participation by the players affected.”

“They could have tailored this rule”

Bream, for her part, asked if the HUD memo would truly result in federal prosecutions or if the lawsuit represented “hype” and “scaremongering” in response to the unlikely possibility of strict enforcement.

“I don’t think it’s hype or scaremongering at all,” Bangert replied, going on to note that the memo specifically stated that “enforcement actions could be taken based on complaints filed,” and that “charges should be brought” if federal bureaucrats determined there was merit to the complaints, according to Fox.

The Fox host countered his remarks by reading a portion of the memo and asserting that it likely sounded like a “laudable goal” to many Americans who might read it. Bream then asked her guest if he thought it was “possible” to balance the federal government’s goal of addressing discrimination with the concerns being expressed in the lawsuit.

“It’s absolutely possible, and I think that really points out the flaw in the way that the administration went about imposing this rule,” Bangert said, reiterating his concern that the memo had been drafted by unelected bureaucrats without providing public notice and a comment period.

“If the Housing and Urban Development team that put this out would have undertaken those processes, they could have tailored this rule in a much better way that would have respected the religious liberty interests of our client, as well as ensure that everyone has a roof over their head,” he concluded.

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10 Responses

  1. How would Biden like this if it was his wife or grandma or child. This is sick I did not know the democratic We’re so hungry for power that they want something so sickening

  2. This is so sick. What in h— has happened to our beloved America The only ones who have freedom of coices are the demoncrats and their deviants…

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  4. Well look at how he conducts himself and his son and his ridiculous behavior. It must run in the family. He does not care a bit or this would NOT be happening. He needs removed from office over this Unnatural Thinking!

  5. Biden is such a jerk, tell me something Joe if you think having LGBT is ok to put in women’s dorms, bathrooms etc. why don’t you let them stay in your granddaughter bedrooms & if illegals are fine why don’t you have a few LGBT’s & illegals living with you & Jill. Better yet make all the Democrats take some of them in to show how much nicer you are than TRUMP!! You my think your nicer than TRUMP but you are NOT Trump cared about AMERICA & TRUMP is 1billion times smarter than you meat head!!!

  6. I can picture a lot of boys pretending to be girls just so they can hang out in the girls quarters. Actually, this sounds like Sodom and Gomorrah from the bible.

  7. I am from that area, and College of the Ozarks is a great little school. Most students work at the College to put themselves through. And many of the Professors attended. They have always been a religious school and I can see where this would cause them a great deal of concern. But more than that, it shows how the Left doesn’t really care to have equality for everyone. Because in their mind we all HAVE to accept their way of thinking, and can not have a different opinion! He could have exempted religious schools, but this is a stick it to the Conservatives EO. I saw a video of a Catholic Priest talking about Joe Biden and he said that while Joe Biden would be welcome at his church, his ideas and policies would not. He also said he would not give Biden communion. Well, what he actually said was, “Would I give him communion? Over my dead body!” See, nothing ambiguous there

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