by Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Examiner
***This article was previously posted at the Christian Examiner and is used by permission.
WASHINGTON (Christian Post) — President Barack Obama said that his understanding of the Bible and his Christian beliefs led him to issue the directive at public schools calling on students to be allowed to use the bathroom of their choosing regardless of their biological sex.
“My reading of scripture tells me that that [the] Golden Rule is pretty high up there in terms of my Christian belief,” he said during a town hall in Elkhart, Indiana, according to Breitbart News on Thursday.
When asked why he decided to make such a big issue out of school bathrooms, Obama explained that his concern stems from the bullying that transgender students experience.
“What happened and what continues to happen is you have transgender kids in schools and they get bullied and they get ostracized and it’s tough for them,” the president explained.
Obama said that he understands not all people agree with him, and added:
“I have profound respect for everybody’s religious beliefs on this, but if you’re at a public school, the question is, how do we just make sure that, children are treated with kindness.”
The directive issued earlier in May states that students should be free to use the bathroom of their choosing should a parent or guardian call and notify his or her school district that the student’s identity “differs from previous representations or records.”
“There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex,” U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement at the time.
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