Parents sue school for “transitioning” daughter without telling them (and other stories)

A roundup of news and commentary from around the interwebs.

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Some media outlets are claiming that The Daily Wire engaged in ideologically driven journalism in their coverage of the story of a girl raped in a school bathroom in Loudon County, Virginia. The Federalist has just published a comprehensive response (and defence of DW’s journalism) titled “Yes, It’s Fair To Frame The Loudoun County Rape As A ‘Cautionary Tale.’”

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For those of you interested in the ongoing discussion about the Benedict Option and how Christians can build durable networks, institutions, and communities in the post-Christian age, Onsi Kamel has a fascinating essay on how Catholic intellectuals and journalists such as Ross Douthat, R.R. Reno, Michael Brendan Dougherty, and Sohrab Ahmari have done so.

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Norm Macdonald explaining the term cisgender is just perfect: “It’s a way of marginalizing a normal person.”

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This story is playing out over and over again across Canada and the U.S. and parents need to be aware of it:

A Florida couple is suing the Leon County School Board for allowing their daughter to undergo “social transition” in school and covering it up so the parents wouldn’t find out.

The Littlejohn family has a daughter in a public school in Leon County, Florida and according to the school board’s policy the parents are required to be kept in the dark on the matter.

Read the whole thing. Schools are presenting information about gender ideology to children, facilitating transition, and then hiding it from parents.

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With several important cases heading to the Supreme Court—not the least of which is a case that will tell us the future of Roe v. Wade—there are some ominous omens on the horizon. From Rachel Bovard in The Federalist:

Less than a handful of years after their hard-won elevation to the Supreme Court, Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett are sending a chill down the spines of conservatives with a string of bad signals from their seats on the court.

In July, Kavanaugh and Barrett joined the court’s leftist majority in declining to hear Arlene’s Flowers v. Washington, a critical religious liberty case. They again sided with the court’s left in a similar decision to turn away a religious exemption challenge to Maine’s vaccine mandate — which Justices Neil Gorsuch, Samuel Alito, and Clarence Thomas took pains to note was staggering in its hypocrisy.

“A State may not assume ‘the best of individuals engaged in their secular lives while assuming ‘the worst’ about the habits of religious persons,” the trio wrote.

Basically, says Bovard, if Kavanaugh and Barrett betray pro-lifers, it is time to “blow up the conservative legal movement.” If the Trump-appointed justices do betray us, after all, it will mean that the political trade-offs that pro-lifers have been making for decades have been all for naught. The political implications of this would be shattering.

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A Missouri high school has crowned its first male homecoming queen, because why not? You can be anything you want these days—but try your best not to be normal if you’d like to get glowing news coverage.

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More soon.

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