Trans­gen­der stu­dents are not a punch line, Steve King

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By D’ANNE WITKOWSKI

On May 14, right-wing Chris­tian ra­dio show hosts Shane Van­der Hart and Brian My­ers of “Caf­feinated Thoughts” in­ter­viewed Con­gress­man Steve King, R-Iowa, about Pres­i­dent Obama’s di­rec­tive that pub­lic schools must let trans­gen­der stu­dents use the re­stroom that cor­re­sponds to their gen­der iden­tity.

Not ev­ery­one is happy about the di­rec­tive and one of those un­hap­pies is King. Never a friend to LGBT peo­ple, he has some very in­spired thoughts about pro­vid­ing trans stu­dents ba­sic de­cency.

“(Obama has) is­sued a fed­eral de­cree that they’re go­ing to come after any school that doesn’t al­low boys in the girls’ room, girls in the boys’ room, any­body to go into any room that they hap­pen to feel at the mo­ment,” laments King, “and gen­ders can switch on the way to the bath­room.”

In King’s mind, not only is the girls’ room fair game for boys now, but, like Mike Huck­abee be­fore him, King has a weird idea about what pre­sum­ably cis­gen­der boys with se­niori­tis are go­ing to do now.

“All over Amer­ica, they’ve got to be lined up right now, the pranksters, go­ing, ‘I’m go­ing to go into the girls’ room,’” King says.

Lest his hosts think that he’s just kid­ding, King adds, “It’s the un­hu­mor­ous hu­mor­ous re­al­ity of how per­verse our so­ci­ety has got­ten un­der Barack Obama.”

The cure for what ails the U.S.? Prayer in schools, which, ac­cord­ing to King, the Supreme Court had no busi­ness elim­i­nat­ing back in 1963.

I sus­pect, how­ever, that if any­one has kept prayer in school alive, it has been trans­gen­der stu­dents who hope­fully will no longer have to spend valu­able class time pray­ing that they can man­age to ei­ther pee in peace or hold it un­til they make it home.

Steve King

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