Skip to comments.What the Supreme Court and a Funeral Home Can Teach Us About Civics and Dealing with Transgenders
Posted on 10/09/2019 8:59:45 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The case arose when Harris Funeral Homes, a fifth generation family business, was sued by the EEOC because of its sex-specific dress code. The question before the Court is whether the word sex in Title VII and other civil rights laws includes transgender status.
There is much at stake. A change in the law could force organizations to open womens shelters to biological men. It could throw open the doors of locker rooms, restrooms and showers to the opposite sex. And it could erode equal opportunities for women by allowing more biological men to compete in womens sports, depriving girls like Selina Soule a fair opportunity to compete.
Suffice it to say, the issues presented in Harris Funeral Homes are serious. But the question before the Court is simple.
It is simple because we have three branches of government with three distinct roles. The legislative branch asks what the law should be, and makes the law. The executive branch asks what the law is, and enforces the law. The judicial branch asks what the law means, and applies the law. Notwithstanding the apparent confusion in our current political workings, those are the designated roles. (And kudos to Ben Sasse and others who have attempted to educate the public on this simple but profoundly wise distribution of powers.)
Understanding this separation of powers, the Supreme Courts constitutionally-designated role in this case is one of interpretation: does sex include transgender status? Its role is not to determine whether such inclusion would be preferable, advisable, or beneficial. Such philosophical questions belong to our elected representatives rather than to an unelected super legislature.
Justice Breyer acknowledged as much during oral arguments, stating that we are deciding simply whether [transgender status] falls within the words sex discrimination. Unfortunately, it may be that not every justice is prepared to accept this delineation of authority. Justice Sotomayor posed the following question to David Cole (emphasis added):
"You have a transgender person who rightly is identifying as a woman and wants to use the women's bedroom . . . . But there are other women who are made uncomfortable, and not merely uncomfortable, but who would feel intruded upon if someone who still had male characteristics walked into their bathroom. That's why we have different bathrooms. So the hard question is how do we deal with that?"
The Constitution provides the answer. Thats the job of Congress. And thus far, they have chosen not to modify Title VII and similar civil rights laws. As John Bursch, my former colleague at Alliance Defending Freedom, noted during oral arguments, though Congress has added classifications to cover transgender status in other statutes, it has rejected more than a dozen proposals here.
Despite his earlier clarity on the Courts role, Justice Breyer later expressed anxiousness about leaving such an important matter in the hands of the people and their representatives. He asked Solicitor General Noel Francisco (who argued for the government on behalf of Harris Funeral Homes) whether it might be advisable for the Court to read into the statute an interpretation that included transgender status. Appropriately, General Francisco explained that such an approach deprives the people of the ability to struggle with these issues democratically.
Justice Sotomayor pressed the issue, asking at what point does a court have to step in?
General Franciscos answer: [W]hen Congress actually addresses the issue.
Hes right. Let me say it again. The nine men and women on the Supreme Court are presented with a very simple task of interpreting a law, and not the too-weighty responsibility of setting the course for an entire nation. That responsibility falls to the members of Congress, as they carry out the will of the citizens they represent. To a certain segment of the population, this is not an acceptable answer, though it is a constitutional one. ACLU attorney David Cole suggested the Court is empowered to read into the statute a definition that was not originally intended by Congress and, if the democratic process disagrees it can change it.
Such a view grants the Court with power it was never intended to possess. The Court is not an agent of change that role belongs to you and me, acting through our representatives.
Ours is a constitutional republic. Our government is of the people, by the people, and for the people. We are tasked with electing representatives who will advance the laws and policies that are best for our nation. Lets not forget our role. And, as appropriate, lets remind our government officials of theirs.
I’m sorry, but having this determined by 9 people is insane. This shouldn’t even be entertained by courts. Now we have to pray that sanity prevails.
We would all be better off if the court was required to say, “In the matter of Law XXXXX, passed by Congress on MM/DD/YYYY, the court finds the law to be unconstitutional and we hereby abrogate it.” Or some such. Or else support the identified law.
Legislating from the bench is a bad thing. Wait for Congress to do something, then consider saying they did something wrong. But the Court should not act first.
It is beyond the job of congress. It is a direct assault on freedom of association.
The government should not be involved in this at all.
What I know about transgenders. .
Dudes get themselves mutilated then demand to be called women, and vice versa.
They’re all mental and lying to them about what they’ve done is cruel.
One minor change to what you know....
You don’t even have to go to the trouble to be mutilated. You just have to ‘decide’ that you are a woman. And tomorrow, you can decide you’re a man again. In other words, you can be whatever you want to be. At least in the liberal brain.
RE: Theyre all mental and lying to them about what theyve done is cruel.
So, given this, should a Christian business require them to adhere a dress code?
Normally, I wouldn't give a rat's patootie if those people want to call themselves female squirrels or male avocados.
But we don't have the choice of ignoring mentally ill peoples proclamations any more and leaving them to their own lives.
Now, we must not only listen, we must agree with their insanity at the point of a government spear which mandates it under the penalty of law.
The hands-off approach by reasonable people is no longer allowed. You must now believe at the point of a gun which leaves normal people only two choices: fight back, or...believe (or lead others, by your silence, to assume you believe)
RE: You dont even have to go to the trouble to be mutilated. You just have to decide that you are a woman.
So, given this, is it legal for a Christian business to require them to adhere to a dress code against their wishes?
This is a weak case to bring on the issue of transgenders. A funeral worker changed sexual identity and wants to dress differently. The funeral home’s rules want men in suits and women in dresses, and they don’t want to upset clientele in a very feeling oriented business. Perfectly understandable, but it doesn’t have the stark dichotomy of a case involving male athletes competing against girls. It lacks the outrageousness of men invading little girl restrooms.
My guess is that this weak contrast was allowed to be pushed forward so that an activist court could jump in and change things if it wants to.
My sense is that John Roberts won’t want to do much, but he loves to divide the baby and pretend to be wise. I imagine he’ll come up with something like a 7 year test or something. If a trannie has been doing it for a while, then they’ll be permitted to keep doing it. Tough if you didn’t notice it.
What does “sex” mean? Roberts will agree that it means male and female (for now), but he’ll say that’s irrelevant to what a business has been knowingly or unknowingly already accepting.
Bingo! “Theyre all mental and lying to them about what theyve done is cruel.”
Every person that supports or agrees with a person “being what they are not” is aiding and abetting in a crime. The crime is false representation. The falsehood is ignored and, because we don’t want to “hurt feelings,” the Supreme Court of the United States of America is inconvenienced and distracted from a heavy and important workload.
WAKE UP AMERICA! YOU ARE TAKING SILLINESS TO ITS EXTREME.
Sex is extremely binary, male or female, with very rare exceptions. It is a genetic characteristic.
Gender is a construct. A behavioral issue.
This is a lot like sex in general you can have sex with someone so today different one tomorrow and call yourself this today call yourself this tomorrow
its all free will
“ACLU attorney David Cole suggested the Court is empowered to read into the statute a definition that was not originally intended by Congress and, if the democratic process disagrees it can change it.”
BS... they’ll do the same as they did when Congress passed the Defense of Marriage act. The court will just overrule Congress and create their own unchallengeable law if they don’t agree with the will of the people.
Gender is a vocabulary word. Demonicrats use gender as an Orwellian Newspeak word.
Government should not be stepping in and telling businesses what their own rules for employee dress,payment or treatment should be.
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