June 16, 2020
The Supreme Court and redefining sex | UNWSP President on Racism, Christian Higher Ed and the Kingdom of God
Carmen talks with Dr. Mark Caleb Smith about the ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States in Bostock v Clayton County that federal anti-discrimination laws in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, protect gay and transgender employees. Notably, conservative justice Neil Gorsuch and the Chief Justice, John Roberts, sided with liberals in the majority.
From the majority, authored by Gorscuch:
In Title VII, Congress adopted broad language making it illegal for an employer to rely on an employee’s sex when deciding to fire that employee. We do not hesitate to recognize today a necessary consequence of that legislative choice: An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law.
From the dissent authored by Alito, joined by Thomas:
The Court tries to convince readers that it is merely enforcing the terms of the statute, but that is preposterous. Even as understood today, the concept of discrimination because of “sex” is different from discrimination because of “sexual orientation” or “gender identity.”
In the second half, Carmen welcomes the President of the University of Northwestern St Paul and Northwestern Media (of which Faith Radio is part), Dr. Alan Cureton. They discuss the challenges we all face today in the wake of the cop-involved killing of George Floyd, the President’s Message to the UNW Community, and the challenges Christian colleges and universities face as a result of COVID.