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Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble recently wrote an article about how Jesus turns our grief into joy. She highlighted many issues that have caused us grief of late:
We are fiercely divided over issues like healthcare, abortion, the economy, immigration, and same-sex marriage. The division has become so rife and elemental that we cannot even agree on who should use what bathroom.
Yesterday President Obama issued a directive to schools across the nation to allow students to use bathrooms and locker-rooms according to their gender identity:
The move, which affects all public schools and most colleges and universities that receive federal funds, plunges the administration even further into the country’s ongoing contentious debate over transgender rights. The directive comes from two top administration officials: Catherine E. Lhamon, the assistant secretary of education for civil rights, and Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. It put state and local officials and higher-education institutions on notice that they risk losing federal education aid if they limit students to areas or teams based on their gender assigned at birth.
The bathroom wars are one issue, but the election season itself may well prove challenging for Christians in many ways. With this in mind we ask.