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North Dakota Now Officially Opposes the Federal Transgender Bathroom Mandate

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Great news!  Last week North Dakota joined Arkansas, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming in seeking an injunction preventing federal agencies from implementing a mandate that transgender students be allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity (as opposed to their birth certificate) or the school districts will lose Federal funds under Title IX.

We have North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to thank for this courageous action as he joined the nine other state Attorneys Generals.  Please take a moment to thank him!

As you know we sent out an e-alert last May on this subject and asked you to contact Attorney General Stenehjem and other state officials concerning this issue of a federal mandate.  Thank you for responding!  You made a difference!

Now there are twenty-one states in total standing up in different ways to this federal overreach!

In a news release on Friday, July 8, Stenehjem firmly stated:

“The federal government does not have the authority to mandate that North Dakota schools require students to share locker rooms and bathrooms with children of the opposite sex.”

“North Dakota districts, not Washington bureaucrats, are in the best position to make decisions that affect our students.  And in North Dakota, the local schools already review these isolated cases as they occur to establish, on a case by case basis, the appropriate measures to protect student privacy.”

The news release sent on to say, “States are threatened with a loss of federal funds if they do not comply with the federal Title IX mandate. When a federal agency takes such unilateral action in an attempt to change the meaning of established law, it leaves state and local authorities with no other option than to pursue legal clarity in federal court in order to enforce the rule of law.”

CWA of North Dakota is grateful for your response to our May E-Alert! Your calls to the offices of Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, State Superintendent of Schools Kirsten Baesler and Gov. Jack Dalrymple were heard.  We know our state leaders listened to your voice.

Take Action!

      1. Contact Mr. Stenehjem and thank him for joining the injunction to prevent federal agencies from implementing a mandate allowing transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity (as opposed to their birth certificate). Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem:
        701 328-2210
        ndag@nd.gov
        600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 125
        Bismarck, ND 58505
      2. Please forward this e-alert to friends and family and ask them to contact Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.
      3. Pray!  Thank God for our leaders who have the courage to do what is right in the eyes of God and on behalf of our children.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” I Corinthians 13:4-7

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
ndcwfa@gmail.com

 

CWA of North Dakota Will Not Be Silent As Obama Invades Our Children’s Privacy

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The state of North Dakota needs to fight the Obama administration’s executive letter on bathroom/locker room access.

On Friday May 13, the Obama administration announced that every public school system in the country will receive a letter (The U.S. Department of Justice and Education Release a Joint   Guidance to Help Schools Ensure the Civil Rights of Transgender Students), mandating that transgender students be allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their    gender identity (as opposed to their birth certificate) or the school districts will lose Federal funds under Title IX.

In a press release Friday, Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, stated, “The Obama Administration once again overstepped legal boundaries by redefining the scope and reach of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and slapping the heavy hand of government on local schools.  Whether or not people who identify as transgender are indeed a protected class will get worked out in the courts.  Meanwhile, schools all over this nation, which have rightly worked on a case-by-case basis to accommodate kids struggling with gender dysphoria, may be forced to violate the privacy of other students and perhaps even create trauma for the very kids Obama pretends to protect.

“Local school districts with the input of parents and health professionals should be setting school policy on such a sensitive and controversial issue, not Washington.

“Finally, the left always uses children to accomplish its goals of social reengineering. The adults closest to these children should decide what’s best for all the children in the school.  Safety and kindness should be the guiding principles, not threats from the bullies in Washington.”

As Matt Barber points out, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg acknowledges, writing in the Washington Post, “Separate places to disrobe, sleep, perform personal bodily functions are permitted, in some situations required, by regard for individual privacy.” Moreover, Congress has, without fail, rejected efforts to include “gender identity” or “sexual orientation” in federal law. It is abundantly clear that the lawmakers who drafted and passed Titles VII and IX never dreamed that “sex” might include a man laboring under the delusion that he’s a woman.

“School districts that dare defy the administration’s directive could face lawsuits and lose        millions of dollars in federal funding.  There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said.”

Guess what?  At the time of this writing, Gov. Jack Dalrymple, and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem have been silent about this outrageous and incredibly dangerous order!  Superintendent of Public Instruction, Kirsten Baesler has said her department is in the process of discussing the guidance with the North Dakota Assistant Attorney General.   North Dakota officials need to be active and join officials from eight other states – West Virginia, Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Maine and North Carolina – to begin to push back and sign on the brief asking a federal appeals court to re-hear a case in which it sided with a Virginia transgender student seeking to use the boys’ bathroom.

North Dakotans needs to send a clear message to our state leaders that President Obama’s “guidance letter” is an overreach from the executive branch.  The state of North Dakota has the right to set guidelines themselves without Federal overreach.  North Dakota schools should refuse the mandate that endangers our children.

Take Action!

1. Contact the following state leaders and tell them to stand up for the children of North Dakota and not to follow this outrageous directive that puts our children in danger.  Ask them to join officials from eight other states – West Virginia, Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Main and North Carolina – to begin to push back and sign on the brief asking a federal appeals court to re-hear a case in which it sided with a Virginia transgender student seeking to use the boys’ bathroom. Write, call and/or e-mail today.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem
701 328-2210
ndag@nd.gov
600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Dept.125
Bismarck, ND 58505

State Superintendent of Schools Kirsten Baesler
Department of Public Instruction
701 328-2260
kbaesler@nd.gov
600 E. Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505

Gov. Jack Dalrymple
701- 328-2200
governor.nd.gov/contact-us
600 E. Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505-0100

2. Contact both your local school superintendent and school board members.  Show up at the next regularly scheduled school board meeting and speak in opposition to the Obama directive.

3. Please forward this e-alert to friends and family and ask them to contact Gov. Dalrymple and State Superintendent of Schools, Kirsten Baesler, concerning this issue.

Please Pray: 

  • “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24)
  •  As one of CWA’s recent articles, Christ Restoring a Male/Female Identity in a Sexually Confused World, concluded with, “Aligning ourselves with God’s plan for man and   woman is the solution side of the problem.  Let us pray deeply for the ability to live into our male and female identity with more fullness, that we might offer a restorative picture for all of the world.“
  • Pray for the leaders listed above by name.  May they have the courage to do what’s right before God and on behalf of our children.

As a former public school teacher, I can say for sure that there are not enough adults in a school building to supervise the bathrooms and locker rooms.  No one will be able to fully protect children.  We must ACT and PRAY.

To be silent is to be complicit.

Common Core Must Be Stopped in North Dakota

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As you may know, North Dakota adopted Common Core in 2010 when it signed onto the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium.  CWA of North Dakota has been fighting ever since to get North Dakota out.  Recently State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler had a press conference in which she seemed to indicate that North Dakota was going to start to move away from Common Core.  Consecutive interviews with her indicate a conflict with her statements made during the press conference. It appears Baesler is playing both sides of the issue.

North Dakotans needs to send a clear message to State Superintendent Baesler – “We do not want Common Core in North Dakota!”

Click here to watch Chris Berg on 630pov interview state Rep. Jim Kasper (R- District 46) on this important issue.

It is time to act! North Dakota needs to withdraw from Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium now and make sure that no part of Common Core continues to be used in our schools.

Take Action:

  • Contact State Superintendent Baesler.  Let her know that you want Common Core stopped by pulling North Dakota out of Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium. Write, call and/or e-mail her today.

Kirsten BaeslerState Superintendent
North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
600 E. Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck ND 58505
701-328-2260
kbaesler@nd.gov

  • Forward this e-alert to friends and family and ask them to contact Baesler concerning this issue.

Please Pray: 

  • Pray for wisdom and guidance as CWA of North Dakota works to protect children and families from government overreach.
  • Pray for Kirsten Baesler.  Pray she sees Common Core for what it is and has the courage to stand against it.

Go to these links for more information about Common Core in North Dakota: