(PresidentialWire.com)- A Christian school in Florida filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration and the Florida Agriculture Commissioner over the threat that it would lose its school lunch funding if it refused to comply with the administration’s updated Title IX policies.
Grant Park Christian Academy in Tampa is contesting the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s May 5 updated guidance on the Title IX ban on sex discrimination in schools that adds sexual orientation and “gender identity.”
The updated guidance requires state and local agencies participating in the school lunch funding program to “update their non-discrimination policies and signage to include prohibitions against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation” or else lose their funding.
When the school contacted Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried’s office which administers the federal school lunch program, it was told all participating schools must comply with the federal program regulations.
In the complaint filed by the Alliance Defending Freedom on behalf of Grant Park Christian Academy, the lawsuit contends that the Biden administration and Commissioner Fried are denying school lunch funding to underprivileged students “just because their school will not violate their religious beliefs.”
Erin Moffet, the communications director for Fried’s office scoffed at the lawsuit, claiming it was a “politically motivated attempt to distract from the fact” that, big surprise, it’s all Ron DeSantis’ fault.
Moffet also claimed some kind of broader conspiracy, noting that this lawsuit came just one day after 22 state attorneys general filed a federal lawsuit to block the enforcement of the USDA guidelines. She whined about Commissioner Fried’s office being named in the suit “that clearly is a federal matter.”
In its press release, the Alliance Defending Freedom said Grant Park’s Christian beliefs “preclude it from complying with a federal mandate to substitute gender identity for biological sex in any aspect of its activities,” most notably in instances where male students are sharing private spaces and programs with females.
In short, the Biden administration is holding school lunch funding for poor kids hostage to force Christian schools to violate their faith.