Missouri | June 15, 2021
College Standing Up to the Biden Administration
Missouri | June 15, 2021
When President Joe Biden took office earlier this year, he didn’t waste any time implementing policies that threaten our most basic freedoms.
Case in point: On his very first day in office, President Biden issued an executive order redefining “sex” to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” This has various (and concerning) implications. One of those implications became reality just three weeks later, when the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a rule change. Under the new rules, religious schools are forced to open their sex-specific dormitories, including dorm rooms and showers, to members of the opposite sex.
As you can probably imagine, this didn’t sit well with many faith-based institutions—in particular, College of the Ozarks. So its administration decided to do something about it.
Who: College of the Ozarks
Founded in 1906, College of the Ozarks is a religious school in Missouri that aims to provide a Christian education.
No students pay tuition at College of the Ozarks. Instead, they work on campus to help pay their way through school. The remainder of the costs are covered by donations. Because of this unique arrangement, in 1973 Richard Martin referred to the college as “Hard Work U.” in the Wall Street Journal—a label that College of the Ozarks has embraced.
Ultimately, the college’s vision is to develop citizens of Christ-like character who are well-educated, hardworking, and patriotic.
What: The School of the Ozarks dba College of the Ozarks v. Biden
At College of the Ozarks, the Christian faith is at the center of everything they do. For example, the college holds to a Christian belief that biological sex is not changeable, and it operates its dorms accordingly.
But according to HUD’s rule change, colleges and universities nationwide, including faith-based institutions, would be forced to open girls’ dorms to male students. And not just open up residence halls by floor, but to place males in girls’ dorms as roommates and to allow them to use communal bathrooms and showers.
If they refuse, religious colleges and universities face ruinous financial penalties if they continue to operate consistently with their beliefs.
And that was something that College of the Ozarks couldn’t—and shouldn’t have to—accept…
(Excerpts from Alliance Defending Freedom)