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Fort Worth Bishop among the voices in school bathroom debate

Fort Worth Bishop among the voices in school bathroom debate

In Texas, the Fort Worth school district has put into words what its superintendent already says is practice – the requirement that all schools provide “access to restrooms consistent with ‘the gender identity that each student consistently and uniformly asserts'” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, May 6).

The formal statement of the requirement has drawn a harsh response from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who has asked Superintendent Kent Scribner to resign (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, May 10):

Patrick, who on Monday said Scribner should resign over the “bathroom” guidelines, held a news conference after Burns, saying the transgender policy is “ill-advised.”

Patrick said Scribner’s job is not to be a “social engineer.”

“This policy does nothing does nothing … to help students” prepare for their careers, Patrick said.

Earlier Tuesday, Scribner said he will not resign over the guidelines he implemented last month for transgender students.

The Right Reverend J. Scott Mayer, Episcopal Bishop of Fort Worth, is among the voices against Patrick. From his statement:

It is unfortunate that Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has decided to interfere in Fort Worth Independent School District’s setting of policies for the safety of all children…

…The Christian writer C. S. Lewis said, “There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal . . . Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.”

All human beings are holy, for we all carry a scrap of divinity in us – our souls. It is that which matters, not our outward appearance. Gender identity is a complex mysterious thing, and as science learns more about it, we are led to understand more about the amazing diversity in God’s creation.

To drum up unwarranted and unfounded fears around the issue of gender identity and seek to scapegoat the transgender community is certainly not doing the work of God. Instead they are targeting an already vulnerable community, whose members are already at risk of violence simply for being who they truly are.

The entire statement can be read here.



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Roger L Woehl

As a retired Supt. of schools, I commend Dr. Scribbler for his stance.

Kelly P

Please follow the posted comment policy by using your first & last names with future comments. – ed

I have known Kent Scribner for 12 years through my service to school boards, and I wish to commend him as a good man who believes in educating and advancing the growth of all young people. He has been Superintendent in several highly challenging districts, and has consistently tried to listen to all parties, negotiate shared solutions, and improve all the schools in his charge. He is caring, easy to talk to, and a heck of a nice guy in a field where that is a trait easily lost. Please pray for Kent and the children of Fort Worth–and the rest of the world.

Kelly Parker

I’m sorry. Kelly Parker.

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