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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a memo on August 12 that offered exemptions for some schools on “religious grounds” if they did not wish to adhere to the Biden administration’s Title IX interpretation, which linked federal funding for school lunches to a school adopting radical gender ideology.
According to the Catholic News Agency, the memo explained that, while Biden’s mandate applied to most public and private schools, some could be exempt “on religious grounds if there is a conflict between Title IX and a school’s governing religious tenets.”
The USDA said in the memo that schools do not necessarily need to “submit a written request for a Title IX exemption in order to claim that exemption” but can be assured of their exemptions if they do send a request to the USDA’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights.
On his first day in office, President Joe Biden signed an executive order that required all federal agencies to implement gender equity initiatives as part of their approach and policy. The USDA determined their approach would be to link funding for free school lunches to whether or not that school district complied with the Biden administration’s recommendations on gender identity.
These would be to allow boys and girls to play on opposite sex athletic teams in the event that they identify as transgender, allow boys to use girls changing rooms and bathrooms, and vice versa, if they identify as transgender, and have policies in place to allow social gender transition at schools.
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