The College of the Ozarks, a Christian liberal arts college in Missouri, has filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration over the government's expectation that religious schools open dorms and showers on the basis of students' self-determined gender identity.
The Biden administration issued a directive months ago that any institution receiving federal dollars under the Fair Housing Act must assign biological men to women's dorms and give them female roommates if they self-identify as female.
The College of the Ozarks argues in its suit that doing so would violate the school's moral and religious beliefs.
"The government cannot and should not force schools to open girls' dorms to males based on its politically motivated and inappropriate redefinition of ‘sex,'" said Julie Marie Blake, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, the organization defending the school.
"Women shouldn't be forced to share private spaces — including showers and dorm rooms — with males, and religious schools shouldn't be punished simply because of their beliefs about marriage and biological sex. Government overreach by the Biden administration continues to victimize women, girls, and people of faith by gutting their legal protections, and it must be stopped."
Jerry C. Davis, who serves as president of the college, claims that this situation is an example of religious freedom "under attack," and assures that his school "won't stand on the sidelines and watch."