Walmart Attorney Proposes Protections for ‘Transgender’ Teachers in Arkansas School District

chalkboardBENTONVILLE, Ark. — A Christian legal group is expressing opposition to a recent proposal by the attorney for the retail giant Walmart that would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to an Arkansas school district’s hiring policies.

Grant Lightle serves as attorney for the Bentonville-based business, and also is a board member for the Bentonville Public School District. According to reports, Lightle recently suggested changes to the district policy, which sparked debate among board members, as well as parents who became aware of the proposal.

As a result, Superintendent Michael Poore asked the board to hold off on making a decision about the matter until the U.S. Supreme Court issue its ruling on same-sex “marriage” next month.

“It seems to make sense to me that we do try and get out of in front from doing it without really knowing where federal law could actually impact where we stand on this particular issue,” he said.

Now, the Christian legal group Liberty Counsel has contacted the board to ask that it reject the additions due to negative ramifications that it believes could result from the changes.

“[W]here the category of ‘gender identity’ in particular has been adopted, it has led to documented harms consisting of a) confused (at best, and fetishist at worst) cross-dressing adult role models being placed before children in years formative to the children’s own identities; b) biological adult males being given free reign to invade private spaces of
women and girls; and c) a chilling effect on student and employee expression of Christian sexual ethics and moral values, in violation of the First Amendment,” it wrote in a letter on Wednesday.

Liberty Counsel noted that there have also been controversies at Walmart and other locations after the company added special protections for gender identity, such as the outcry of nearly 40 female employees in Billings, Montana who expressed concern about a male co-worker who used the women’s restroom because he dressed as a woman.

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The Northwest Arkansas Center for Equality, however, says that it is supportive of the changes as it believes school staff that identify as transgender need to be protected from discrimination.

“Like all teachers, local LGBTQ teachers are talented professionals committed to helping Bentonville students succeed. How much longer must they wait before receiving the same basic protections as their straight colleagues?” it said in a recent statement to reporters.

“Superintendent Michael Poore’s suggestion that updating a local school district policy requires a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is ridiculous and insulting,” the group continued. “This vote reinforces that some teachers committed to educating Bentonville’s youth remain a second class in the eyes of the school district and at risk for discrimination.”

Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, opined that the protection of students is what needs to be considered the most in the situation.

“The push for transgender rights is all a part of the homosexual agenda to create sexual anarchy in order to destroy marriage, morality, and objective truth,” he stated in a press release on Friday. “This is not civil rights; this is the abolition of civil rights. It is the deconstruction of objective reality and natural law.”


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  • FoJC_Forever

    Walmart has been having troubles recently. These troubles will increase the more their leadership supports worldly perversions.

    • weasel1886

      How ? Do you really think more than a handful of people boycott stores that offer gay rights ?

    • Bobby Mae

      Yeah it’s clearly god punishing Walmart for supporting equal protection.

    • UmustBKiddinMe

      Underlying1 EPS: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Walmart) reported fourth quarter fiscal year 2015 underlying1 diluted earnings per share from continuing operations (EPS) of $1.61, compared to last year’s underlying1 EPS of $1.60.

      Reported EPS: Reported EPS was $1.53, which includes a negative impact of $0.08 per share from certain discrete items. The company incurred a charge of $0.05 for a wage and hour litigation matter, and a charge of $0.03 for Walmart Japan store closures, both previously disclosed. Last year’s EPS was $1.34, which includes a negative impact from discrete items totaling $0.26.

      Comps: Walmart U.S. comp sales increased 1.5 percent for the 13-week period ended Jan. 30, 2015. Comp sales for the Neighborhood Market format increased approximately 7.7 percent. Sam’s Club comp sales, without fuel,1 increased 2.0 percent for the same 13-week period.

      Revenue: Consolidated revenue reached $131.6 billion, an increase of $1.9 billion, or 1.4 percent. Currency exchange rate fluctuations negatively impacted revenue by approximately $2.6 billion.

      What troubles are you referring to?

  • Reason2012

    Kids do not need to be exposed to men wearing dresses and other women’s clothing teaching them. Get active, people – perversion is being aggressively promoted and indoctrination is their goal.

    • Bobby Mae

      Better keep them locked in your house 24/7. Especially given there’s homosexuals in every county of the country.

    • amostpolitedebate

      How is it a perversion? Gender Identity Disorder has nothing to do with sex or sexual orientation.

    • Bobby Mae

      I love the irony in your name.

    • Ambulance Chaser

      Why don’t they?

  • Bobby Mae

    Arkansas. Say no more

  • UmustBKiddinMe

    Mat Staver: “The push for transgender rights is all a part of the homosexual agenda to create sexual anarchy in order to destroy marriage, morality, and objective truth,” he stated in a press release on Friday. “This is not civil rights; this is the abolition of civil rights. It is the deconstruction of objective reality and natural law.”

    He gets more ridiculous by the day.

  • Kaycee

    “Like all teachers, local LGBTQ teachers are talented professionals committed to helping Bentonville students succeed.” This statement alone shows that the proponent organization is using emotion as the basis for its argument. Not every teacher is talented, nor particularly professional, nor interested in helping students succeed. Furthermore, it makes no sense, placing religious beliefs aside entirely, to put forth so much time and effort appeasing such a tiny part of the population. Appealing to emotion and to a misplaced sense of loyalty to people in a particular profession negates their argument, IMO.

    • Bobby Mae

      You must have an IQ of 10 if that’s what you got out of that quote.

      • Kaycee

        Personal attack, check. I get that you’re angry about a whole lot of stuff. But you didn’t explain why that quote is accurate in your view. Are all teachers perfect by virtue of being teachers? Then the group is using emotional appeals, which is a recognized informal fallacy.

        • Bobby Mae

          No, it’s saying that just because someone is transgender doesn’t mean they can’t be a good teacher. It wasn’t that hard to decipher.

    • Bobby Mae

      And it’s funny you or your woman is wearing a beard and mustache when hating on trans people. Just saying.

    • Lark62

      What Majorama likely meant is that as a group, LGBT people who are teachers are just like other people who are teachers. There isno reason to single out or discriminate against them.

      Treating people with fairness and respect is not “appealing to emotion.” It is common decency, which some people appear to lack.

      Given a choice, I would prefer my children have teachers who treat every person kindly regsrdless of differences than teachers who use their religion as a weapon to demean and discriminate.

  • http://www.teamusa.org/usa-roller-sports Majorana Fermion

    This has nothing to do with marriage equality, and also nothing to do with Walmart.

    First of all, gender identity and someone’s sexuality are two separate aspects. Just like everyone else, there are straight transgender people …and there gay, lesbian and bisexual ones.

    And while Walmart would love some good PR, really it’s up to the Federal courts which have long since decided that discrimination against transgender people is not allowed under the CRA of ’64. The judges’ reasoning has gone as follows: Just as discrimination due to someone changing religion is still discrimination based on religion, discriminating against someone because they “change sex” is still discrimination based on sex. While it would be *smart* for the state to pass such a law, regardless of whether they do or not, school districts open themselves up to some very expensive lawsuits on a matter that has been well established if they do discriminate.

  • UmustBKiddinMe

    ““[W]here the category of ‘gender identity’ in particular has been adopted, it has led to documented harms consisting of a) confused (at best, and fetishist at worst) cross-dressing adult role models being placed before children in years formative to the children’s own identities;”

    What documented harms?

    “b) biological adult males being given free reign to invade private spaces ofwomen and girls;”

    So an adult, heterosexual male is going to come to school dressed as a woman, and endure the all the negative comments associated with that, so that he will be able to enter a space filled with individual stalls where there is nothing to see. Yes, that makes perfect sense.

    “a chilling effect on student and employee expression of Christian sexual ethics and moral values, in violation of the First Amendment,”

    How would this infringe upon a person’s ability to hold to whatever “Christian sexual ethics and moral values” they choose to? How would this change the ability of people to express those “in violation of the First Amendment”?

  • Tim

    “Gender identity and sexual orientation are not the same; a transgender person, of which there are an estimated 700,000 nationwide, can be straight, gay, lesbian or bisexual.” In this particular set of circumstances, there is a great deal of misunderstanding about these people. Many live lives that are confusing, depressing, and are being discriminated against. Here is a quote from a different article:

    LOS ANGELES (TNS) — Transgender issues are the next frontier of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights movement. A string of high-profile cases, such as a Kansas judge’s decision to allow Army Pfc. Bradley Manning to change her name to Chelsea and Olympian Bruce Jenner’s televised coming out as a transgender woman, coupled with a series of gay rights victories, have opened discussions of transgender rights.
    For me personally, I would like assistance and protections for these people without the involvement of the LGBT generally because the issues they go to courts over, cab ruin people in the process. However I believe that a transgender person deserves protections without an agenda by a particular group.

    This is a difficult thing for many up and coming adults, kids, etc that are transgender, and there needs to be more understanding and compassion for these people. I believe that Jesus knows these people’s hearts better than we do, and I think we need to follow his example and not be critical, but loving, patient, and mature about this. So I ask that we not be quick to judge, but do what Jesus teaches. Anyone that knows Jesus will understand what I’m trying to say here.

    • Catherine Halsey

      You’re asking conservatives to follow the teachings of someone who, biblically, was one of the biggest hippies in human history. You’d be better off trying to get a rock to show emot ion

      • Tim

        I like that. Jesus as a hippie. I have often called him a rebel because quite frankly he was.

        • Catherine Halsey

          No better way to describe it, dude abhorred violence, and was perfectly cool with hanging out with the dredges of society, with people cons would try to say deserved it if they were gunned down in the street.

  • Catherine Halsey

    Oh no, they’re trying to take our inate right to discriminate against people in taxpayer funded positions. Whatever will we do if we can’t fire someone just for being gay