The Roman Catholic Church's Archdiocese of Omaha requires all Catholic schools to be bound by a policy that promotes biological reality. The policy aligns with the teachings of the church and Bible.
"It is necessary to affirm, first and foremost, that 'the dignity of the human person is rooted in his creation in the image and likeness of God.' This image and likeness finds its expression in each of the two sexes as they provide an 'image of the power and tenderness of God, with equal dignity though in a different way.' Thus, male and female are unique and complementary in their physical, moral, and spiritual aspects," says the archdiocese in their pastoral guidelines for gender dysphoria.
The new policy takes effect January 1 and prevents catholic schools in the state “from condoning or promoting a view of sexual identity contrary to church teaching and theology on the nature of humanity and God's design.”
Students and staff will be required to observe biological reality when it comes to pronouns, clothing, sporting teams and bathrooms.
Deacon Tim McNeil explained gender confused children will be permitted to enrol but the student and their family would have to accept what the expectations are in light of the policy.
"God created you the way you are. And the best we are able to help them to embrace that and to be grateful for that," said McNeil. "A student in the classroom is very free and open to debate and question and to inquire. And that's fine, that's part of the learning and discovery process. So we're not trying to shut down any dialogue because these are all learning, teaching moments."
"For those who might be confused by it all, that's where we have to come alongside and, without imposing, to really accompany them and walk with them on this journey and hopefully to accept that which God has created," he said.
Binary spokeswoman, Kirralie smith, said the move was reasonable.
“Gender ideology is a politically motivated theory that rejects science and denies reality. Schools, especially faith-based schools, should be able to clearly spell out their policies and expectations when it comes to issues that may be contentious and at odds with the scriptures. Families can then decide whether or not that school is right for them and find an alternative if necessary.”
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