We are not asking you to sign your name to anything, demonstrate with a sign or even make a public comment. Just show up, and with your presence, take a stand of support for the children.
We received an email from Keith Flaugh, Founder of SWFL Citizen’s Alliance, with the backing of Liberty Counsel, with an announcement.
We are planning a press conference and rally for Tuesday June 14. The title for the rally will be “Collier Citizens for Student Privacy and Safety.” We have been working with Liberty Counsel and jointly created a Resolution that we will be presenting to the press and urging the Collier County School Board to adopt (See resolution below).
The press conference will be Tuesday, June 14th at 3:30pm at the Collier County Public School (CCPS) Administration Building (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Administrative Center 5575 Osceola Trail Naples, FL 34109 –behind Barron Collier HS and Osceola Elementary school) and will last 15-18 minutes. Attendees should arrive by 3:15. Those who wish to stay for the 4pm school board meeting are welcome to attend and even speak during the “public comment” portion of the meeting. (Note: The “public comment” opportunity will occur at about 5pm.)
The Salt and Light Advisory Council of Collier County will lead the “Call to Action” press conference. Greg Harper will be the Emcee, Florida State Representative Matt Hudson will speak, as well as Father Orsi of St. Agnes Church. There will be a press release at 10 am on Monday morning. Please Invite your pastor, urge members of your churches and reach out to your friends to join us for this opportunity to stand for the sake of our children at this rally. So far, 5 local pastors have committed to attend. This will be a respectful gathering but it is long past time to STAND UP and stop being political correct.
Here are the “Call to Action” talking Points:
– Continue to treat every individual student with dignity and respect (support privacy and safety for 100% of our students)
– Urge CCPS board members to sign the resolution and give the community a clear view that all our children come first
– Modify CCPS’ current policies (e.g. #5517) to remove recent “gender identification as a protected class”
– Urge CCPS board members to return a letter to the DOJ and DOE declaring the federal government has no constitutional authority to meddle in local public school affairs (i.e. “call their bluff”)
Please join Alliance for Religious Freedom by participating on Tuesday to take action against the attacks. For those of you who are not in the Naples area, use the appropriate school board protocol to present the resolution below to your local public school officials, requesting that it be signed and adopted in your area of the country. Share this resolution with your friends on Facebook. May the stand for truth be heard across the country.Blessings, Tom Hughes [email protected] “In all your ways, acknowledge Him…” Proverbs 3:6
RESOLUTION OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF COLLIER COUNTY FOR PROTECTING STUDENT PRIVACY IN THE USE OF FACILITIES AND PRESERVING COMPETITIVE INTEGRITY IN ATHLETICS FOR OUR DISTRICT’S K-12 SCHOOLS
WHEREAS, the Collier County Public School District and Board of Education have a significant and compelling interest in maintaining a safe and distraction-free learning environment for students in all Collier County Public Schools; and
WHEREAS, protecting student privacy is necessary to maintaining a safe and distraction-free learning environment for students in all Collier County Public Schools; and
WHEREAS, the United States legal system has consistently recognized the legitimate and compelling interest an individual has in his or her own bodily privacy and that the need for such privacy is inherent in the nature and dignity of humankind; and
WHEREAS, the term sex is defined as a person’s biological sex, either female or male, as determined genetically and manifested physiologically before birth; and
WHEREAS, an individual’s interest in his or her own bodily privacy is rooted in legitimate biological differences between the sexes and not in social, cultural, or psychological conventions or stereotypes; and
WHEREAS, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and corresponding federal regulations permit recipients of Title IX funds to “provide separate toilet, locker room, and shower facilities on the basis of sex” and that “such facilities provided for students of one sex shall be comparable to such facilities provided for students of the other sex” (34 C.F.R. § 106.33); and
WHEREAS, a plain and congruent reading of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and corresponding federal regulations requires that the term “sex” be given its traditional, plain, and ordinary meaning of “biological sex”; and
WHEREAS, the Collier County Public School District and Board of Education recognize the significant importance of preserving competitive integrity and safety for students participating in athletic programs in Collier County Public Schools.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Collier County Public School District and Board of Education hereby establishes the following default policies for Collier County Public Schools:
- Any person, including students, employees or any others, when utilizing a multiple-occupancy restroom, locker room, or shower room on Collier County Public Schools property, shall utilize only the facility corresponding to that person’s biological sex, as recorded on that person’s original birth certificat
a. Nothing herein shall prohibit a school from designing or designating restroom or locker room facilities for use by one (1) person at a time. Such facilities may be designated for use by both sexes.
b. Nothing herein shall prohibit a person entering a restroom or locker room facility designated for use by a particular sex:
1. For custodial, maintenance or inspection purposes;
2. For rendering medical or emergency assistance;
3. For accompanying a person needing assistance;
4. Where a facility has been temporarily designated for use by individuals of the opposite sex as defined herein; or
5. For purposes of emergency restroom use when the restroom is otherwise unoccupied by the opposite sex.
- Any student enrolled in Collier County Public Schools shall, when participating in an athletic program offered by the school district, participate on the team that corresponds with the student’s biological sex, as recorded on the student’s birth certificate, except that a biologically female student may seek to qualify to participate on a male team if a female team is not available for that sport.
- Any person whose external biological sex characteristics are irresolvably ambiguous may utilize the facility or participate on the sports team appropriate to that person’s physical condition upon submission of a signed statement by a physician stating that such individual was born having 46,XX chromosomes with virilization, 46,XY chromosomes with undervirilization, or both ovarian and testicular tissue, or that the physician has otherwise diagnosed a disorder of sexual development (DSD) wherein the physician has determined through genetic testing that the individual does not have the normal sex chromosome structure for a male or female.
Done this day of 2016