Tennessee Attorney General Skrmetti Leads Brief in Opposing Title IX ‘Protections’ for ‘Gender Identity’
An 18-state coalition led by Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti filed a brief opposing the Biden administration’s reinterpretation of Title IX allowing transgender girls to participate in girls’ sports.
The lawsuit, Tennessee v. Department of Education, challenges the Biden administration’s reinterpretation of Title IX that allows males to compete on female athletic teams as well as use female-designated showers and locker rooms. In addition, the Biden administration’s reinterpretation of Title IX would “compel individuals to use biologically inaccurate preferred pronouns.”
Schools and other government-funded institutions are prohibited from discriminating against women under Title IX.
Title IX states:
The attorneys general argue in their brief that the circuit court should uphold the district court’s preliminary injunction against the “unlawful guidance” issued by the Department of Education and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
As a result of the preliminary injunction issued by the Eastern District of Tennessee in July 2022, Tennessee and 19 other states are protected from U.S. Department of Education and EEOC guidance documents purporting to redefine sex discrimination under Title VII and Title IX.
“The now-enjoined guidance attempted to force schools to allow biological males to compete on girls’ sports teams, to prohibit sex-separated showers and locker rooms, and to compel individuals to use biologically inaccurate preferred pronouns,” General Skrmetti said in a press release.
Tennessee Attorney General Sends Letter to Congress Urging Solutions to Stop Cell Phones Being Smuggled to Prison Inmates
January 29, 2023 Kaitlin Housler
Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti recently joined a group of attorneys general in sending a letter to Congress to pass legislation that would give states the authority to jam contraband cell phones in prisons.
The letter is led by South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson.
“Inmates using contraband cell phones to continue their criminal activity behind bars is not a South Carolina specific problem – it’s a nationwide issue,” Wilson stated.
The letter details instances of inmates using contraband cell phones to commit additional crimes while in prison. One instance highlighted a case in Tennessee, where a Memphis inmate used a contraband cell phone to orchestrate drug conspiracy deals by sending a FedEx package full of methamphetamine to his girlfriend.
“Simply, we need Congress to pass legislation giving states the authority to implement a cell phone jamming system to protect inmates, guards, and the public at large,” the group of attorneys general stated in the letter.
The letter is a response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) failed effort to act after the agency was called upon to give states the ability to jam contraband cell phones, according to Wilson’s press release.
Teens Against Gender Mutilation Rally in Murfreesboro Met with Counter Protesters
January 29, 2023 Kaitlin Housler
Turning Point USA (TPUSA) Faith Middle Tennessee & Rutherford County Chapter hosted a ‘Teens Against Gender Mutilation Rally’ outside Murfreesboro City Hall on Saturday which was met with counter protesters.
The rally hosted 18 year old de-transitioner Chloe Cole, who spoke about the dangers of subjecting minors to gender affirmation surgeries and procedures. At the age of 13, Cole was put on puberty blockers, and at the age of 15, she underwent a double mastectomy.
Proposed bills would make all Tennessee local elections partisan
(The Center Square) – Two proposed Tennessee bills would add to the partisan nature of all of the state’s elections, including local and judge races.
One of the bills would require all races, including local and state elections, to be partisan with candidates declaring a political party. Another would require all voters to declare a party and only vote in that party’s primary elections.
Companion bills SB 405 and HB 262 would require all elections to be partisan and allow political parties to nominate candidates in local elections. That would be a change for local city councils, like the Metro Nashville council, where members are not elected on a partisan basis.
‘It’s not worth it anymore’: Tennessee teacher says she’s quitting because the ‘type of people’ who oppose her pride flag are ‘taking over’ education
By PAUL FARRELL FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 17:27 EST, 25 January 2023 | UPDATED: 17:27 EST, 25 January 2023
A Tennessee high school teacher went viral after she said in a TikTok video that she was quitting her job after being called a groomer on social media over the presence of a pride flag in her classroom.
Randi Lee was responding to a comment left on her TikTok by an anonymous person who wrote: ‘You should quit – I see the groomer flag in the background.’
Lee, 30, said in the clip, which has since been posted by the previously banned Twitter account Libs of TikTok: ‘Here’s the thing, I am going to quit. I am 100 percent going to quit.’
Lee went on to say: ‘Education is not what it once was and it’s not worth it anymore. I support every single one of my students no matter what they’re views are.’
New anti-abortion nonprofit with Southern Baptist roots to help coordinate strategy
Nashville Tennessean January 23, 2023
A new organization that launched with the help of the Southern Baptist Convention’s public policy arm will bridge anti-abortion groups to maximize their impact as the larger movement redirects focus in a major way.
Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in June, most anti-abortion groups are advocating for federal policies less and instead following a so-called “50 state strategy.”
“It changes the way you view the work that needs to be done and how that gets done,” said Elizabeth Graham, CEO of Stand for Life. “Every state’s need is going to be different based on what it is they have implemented.”
That’s where Stand for Life steps in and is why the nonprofit recently spun off from the Nashville-based Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the SBC’s public policy arm. As an intermediary, Stand for Life is positioned to amplify the voice of various anti-abortion groups.
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“We don’t just want to serve moms who are in crisis pregnancy. We want a range of organizations that serve the whole of the movement,” said Graham, who recently took charge of Stand for Life after serving as the ERLC’s vice president for life initiatives.
Stand for Life plans to collaborate with more than 100 organizations, holding a private meeting with some of them this week in Washington, D.C.
It’s important, yet underestimated work. Anti-abortion groups are sometimes competing with one another over policy goals or for donor support. Stand for Life, meanwhile, provides a space for the groups to strategize on joint projects.
“Collective partners,” or groups that plan to work more regularly with Stand for Life, include the ERLC, pregnancy resource agencies, the conservative law firm Alliance Defending Freedom and the media group Live Action.
Live Action, started by Lila Rose, known as a millennial leader in the anti-abortion movement, has received attention for its undercover videos of Planned Parenthood and for producing the most anti-abortion social media content.