Private School Sued for Not Bowing Down to Transgenderism
Heritage Oak Private Education, located in Yorba Linda, Calif., is being sued by the family of an eight-year old boy who is confused and believes himself to be a girl. The private school is being sued for failing to accommodate the boy's desire to be treated like a girl. According to an article in Buzzfeed, the parents believe that Heritage Oak has failed to uphold its claim to "develop the whole child." BuzzFeed reports that the content of the lawsuit charges that "Heritage Oak Private Education and its parent company, Nobel Learning Communities, illegally discriminated against the girl on the basis of gender identity in a business, engaged in fraudulent business practices, and intentionally inflicted emotional harm."
Two things immediately stand out about this lawsuit. For starters, the boy first told his parents that he was a girl two years ago, when he was only six. My heart goes out to this little boy whose parents are not only allowing but are encouraging his confusion for the sake of promoting their own satanic, leftist agenda. Secondly, and obviously, the school being sued is a private school.
While Heritage Oak is a secular private school, this lawsuit has bearing on religious schools. The outcome, of course, will be closely watched by religious school administrators, but the very fact that such a high-profile lawsuit involves a transgender student and a private school bodes ill for religious schools.
Worrying about the future of Christian colleges after the SCOTUS Obergefell ruling in 2015, Samuel W. Oliver wrote in First Things that "the threat that worries [him the] most is the infringement of religious freedom by our own government." Extending his concern to Christian day schools, Oliver wondered about the future of faith-based schools that hold to a Biblical view of sexuality.
Carl Trueman, one of Oliver's co-writers at First Things, warned that the expansion of Title IX to encompass LGBTQ rights signals a coming Waterloo for Christian colleges, as well as Christians, in general. Trueman writes:
With Trump in the White House, Christian colleges have four, maybe eight, years in which the cultural and political tide might not flow as strongly against them as it did under Obama. Now is the time to organize, externally and internally. Colleges with a mutual interest in religious freedom and in preserving Christian standards of sexual morality and human personhood should talk to each other, abandon pipe dreams of “dialogue,” and coordinate their legal actions and political lobbying. They have the constitutional right to do so. America is still a free country. The whole is far greater than the sum of its parts. But time, focus, and realism are of the essence.
While it's probably not going to have an immediate impact on Christian schools and colleges, the lawsuit against Heritage Oak is a serious harbinger of Trueman's coming Waterloo. But as frightening as our swiftly changing culture is, the Bible doesn't leave Christians in the dark about how to strategize and prepare for the coming moral darkness.