HUGE: Schools Can Have Their Boys and Girls Rooms Back

President Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions wasted no time. Within a day of being sworn in, Sessions began to roll back former President Obama’s terrible misuse of Title IX to force schools to grant boys and girls access to their opposite gender’s bathroom and locker rooms.

First of all, I love writing “former President Obama.” I still occasionally find myself singing “Hey Hey Goodbye” when I think about the Marine chopper flying over us from the Capitol lawn for the last time with him aboard. It’s really a comforting thought.

Second, if you are a normal parent of non-transgender kids (about 99.2 percent of families), this is a huge win. It’s also sane from the point of view of restoring Title IX to what it’s for: stopping gender discrimination between boys and girls. If there’s no longer a distinction, then we may we well throw up our hands and let anyone do anything.

From the Daily Caller:

The Justice Department’s new motion in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals seeks permission to delay a hearing on a previous motion — filed last year — which had asked the court to ease a preliminary injunction by federal district judge Reed O’Connor striking down Obama administration guidance about bathroom and shower use in taxpayer-funded schools.

“This is good news for the privacy, safety, and dignity of young students across America,” Gary McCaleb, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, commented in a statement.

McCaleb added, “Today, the Trump Administration took the first steps to end that error. It is only common sense to ensure privacy for all students by keeping boys out of girls’ locker rooms and vice versa, and school officials shouldn’t have to fear losing crucial federal funding when they protect all students’ privacy.”

If only for this, Trump is having a good week, despite Lt. Gen. Flynn’s departure (or rather, because of it too).

Want Free Speech? Get a Permit

On Wednesday a federal lawsuit was filed by the Alliance Defending Freedom on behalf of students at Kellogg Community College, who claim their First Amendment rights were violated when they were thrown in jail for handing out copies of the U.S. Constitution on campus.

What could possibly warrant jail time at an institution of higher education – also known as the land that encourages a free exchange of ideas?

According to the complaint, Kellogg Community College requires students to obtain a permit from college officials before they are able to engage in any sort of expression on campus. If officials don’t like the content of the expression submitted in the permit request, their “Speech Permit Policy” gives them the ability to restrict the students speech if it does not:

“support the mission of Kellogg Community College (KCC) or the mission of a recognized college entity or activity.”

In addition to having full control over the content, they also have an unwritten speech zone policy that restricts student to only be able to express themselves in one certain area. What happens if you don’t get your free speech permit and/or express yourself outside of that one location on campus? You’re in violation of the code of conduct and could be expelled.

What is this place? (Sadly, while this seems like it has to be fake news, this is just an example of what so many colleges and universities have become.)

Kellogg Community College is a small public college in Battle Creek, Michigan, and yes, in case you were wondering, they have a section on their website dedicated to The Center for Diversity and Innovation that strives to:

“…be the catalyst and collaborative partner in the community toward the creation of a more equitable and inclusive Battle Creek.”

Where was the “equitable and inclusive” atmosphere back in September when Michelle Gregoire and Brandon Withers, both students in the Young Americans for Liberty student organization, decided to hand out copies of the U.S. Constitution? Great question. Let’s recap the series of events.

In September, Gregoire, Withers and three other students were handing out pocket-sized U.S. Constitutions outside of the performing arts building on campus. They were ordered to stop, as a result of not having a permit, and not being in the campus’s “free speech zone.” Officials also claimed that the students were “impeding students’ access to education,” despite the fact that they were not blocking anything, or pursuing students who weren’t interested in what they had to say. When the students told officials they were going to continue to exercise their First Amendment rights, college officials had three of the students thrown in jail and charged with trespassing – charges that were soon dismissed (shocking).

Perhaps the most interesting part of this story is what happened when the LGBT student group on campus decided to violate the free speech zone and roam the student center just one year earlier – absolutely nothing.

While these free speech zone policies are popping up on college campuses across the country, Travis Barham, Esq., lead counsel for the case at Alliance Defending Freedom, confirmed in my phone call with him that doesn’t make it right.

“The ‘free speech zone’ policies are in direct violation of the First Amendment. The only ‘permit’ students need is the U.S. Constitution.”

Because I do my best to be a real journalist (not the Buzzfeed Ben Smith kind), I reached out to Kellogg Community College. They replied with the following written statement:

“Kellogg Community College learned yesterday that an organization, the Alliance Defending Freedom, has announced it is filing a complaint against the College in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. The complaint itself has yet to be delivered to KCC; therefore, the details of the complaint have yet to be reviewed. The College, which takes seriously any allegation that one’s freedom of expression has been violated, will address this matter through legal counsel.”

Fairly standard, canned response. Glad to hear they are now supposedly going to make an effort to “take seriously any allegation that one’s freedom of expression has been violated.” I wonder if anyone at Kellogg Community College ever thought a good place to start would have been not making students get a permit for free speech and confine them to a small space in the first place?  I have a lot of questions about this place after writing this story.

In closing, I share Alliance Defending Freedom’s aspiration for the case (as stated in my interview with Travis Barham, Esq.):

“We hope to remind Kellogg Community College that the First Amendment is not only the law of the land, but also the law of campus.”

I also hope that if you, or someone you know, is a conservative college student who suspects his or her First Amendment rights are being violated, that you’ll spread the word about Alliance Defending Freedom – they provide free legal counsel to help college conservatives…and college conservatives need all the help they can get.

Planned Parenthood hypocrites demand your tax dollars to ban pro-life speech

On August 31, the California legislature sent a bill to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk that could throw whistleblowers and pro-life investigators in jail. Written by Planned Parenthood, it has been opposed by The Los Angeles Times and the ACLU – two prominent organizations that back abortion – on free speech grounds.

Days later, President Barack Obama proposed a regulation that would, according to Huffington Post, “permanently” prevent states from defunding Planned Parenthood. The regulation says that states may not take away Title X birth control and abortifacient funding – most of which goes to Planned Parenthood – from any groups over philosophical or ideological differences, such as the scientific truth that abortion kills unborn children.

In other words: If you’re a taxpayer who might want your tax dollars to not fund abortion-inducing drugs and devices, you’re out of luck. This is unlike “about 9,000 providers” who lost state funding in the last couple of decades, according to Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Casey Mattox. Mattox told Congress that while “in most of these cases, they’re completely uncontroversial,” only Planned Parenthood receives federal protection, “a privilege that other providers don’t get to have.”

These are just the latest efforts by Planned Parenthood and its well-funded allies in government to restrict free speech by pro-life Americans. Planned Parenthood has backed the Obama administration’s HHS Mandate that requires nuns, priests, religious health and educational institutions, and for-profit business owners and employees to pay for abortion-inducing drugs and devices. The mandate lost in the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2014 Hobby Lobby case, and was knocked down to lower courts by the Supreme Court earlier this year.

Yet Planned Parenthood stands by it, demanding that private citizens use their private dollars to pay for things they morally oppose.

Bubble and barrier zones that limit pro-life advocates’ ability to make their case while on public property are in place across the country, with Planned Parenthood’s backing, while no such restrictions apply to abortion workers and volunteers. In fact, in Chicago, Planned Parenthood donated birth control and abortifacients so its supporters could stand on Hobby Lobby’s private property and distribute these items.

Additionally, a number of cities and states around the country have attempted to force pro-life pregnancy care centers to recommend abortions. The California version of this law has been supported by Planned Parenthood, which has hypocritically joined NARAL in opposing pro-life investigations while using NARAL’sinvestigations” to target pro-life speech.

Planned Parenthood’s cherry-picked sensitivity to free speech infringements aren’t limited to undercover investigations. The group sued Ohio to retain state funding, with its lawyers declaring eliminating funding would constitute harm to Planned Parenthood’s free speech. The same is true in Utah, and elsewhere.

Author’s Note: This piece was originally published at Hot Air.