College of the Ozarks asks appeals court to stay Biden’s order
POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. – Lawyers representing the College of the Ozarks have asked the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to suspend a directive from the Biden administration that would require the private Christian college to open its gender-specific dorms and showers to members of the the opposite sex.
“We will not let a radical executive order or agency directive rob us of our core religious values ââand force us to allow members of the opposite sex to infiltrate our female dorms and showers,” said the president of the College of Women. Ozarks, Jerry C. Davis. âThis was done without any input from Congress or the public. The Biden administration has overstepped the limits of our constitutionally protected religious freedoms.
The lawsuit was originally filed in federal court on April 15, 2021 against the Biden administration. The lawsuit challenges a US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) directive that requires religious schools to violate their beliefs by opening their dorms, including shared dorms and showers, to members of the opposite sex.
“It is totally inappropriate – as well as unconstitutional – for the government to force private religious schools to open girls’ dormitories to men or vice versa,” said Julie Marie Blake, senior advisor to ADF. âPresident Biden punishes religious schools, organizations and churches simply for their beliefs about marriage and biological sex. Schools like the College of the Ozarks are free to follow the religious tradition they represent. That is why we are asking the 8th Circuit to suspend the application of this unconstitutional directive while our trial continues. “
The trial, College of the Ozarks v. Biden, opposes the HUD directive and the decree requiring it. The ordinance, issued to all federal agencies, requires them to change their policies on gender discrimination to include sexual orientation and gender identity.