ON-Lion Letter
In May, Gail Heriot testified before the U.S. House Taskforce on Executive Overreach, criticizing the Obama administration's new guidance on access to bathrooms and locker rooms for transgendered individuals.  A University of San Diego law professor, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights member, and National Association of Scholars (NAS) board member, Heriot said the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) overstepped its legal authority in requiring all schools to allow students to use the bathroom and locker room of their choice, regardless of their biological sex.

U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California attacked Heriot's testimony as "offensive" and, angrily pointing at her, said "I think you’re a bigot, lady.  I think you are an ignorant bigot."  

"The National Association of Scholars strongly supports Professor Heriot," according to NAS president Peter Wood.  "Her invited testimony to the U.S. House Taskforce on Executive Overreach was well crafted and represents carefully considered views well within her professional expertise.  In no way did Professor Heriot present 'bigoted' statements on sexual identity.  Rather, she gave a history of the OCR’s past disregard for legal limits to its authority and traced the history of the law regarding transgender individuals.  She also noted that the concept of 'transgender' did not enter the legal vocabulary until many years after the passage of Title IX, which OCR claims as the basis for its authority ....

"Lofgren's outburst was outrageous," Wood continued.  "It violated the standards of civility of the U.S. House of Representatives.  And it was especially inappropriate in view of the temperate character of Professor Heriot's remarks.  It is perhaps too much to hope that Representative Lofgren will apologize for her antics as they seem to have served her purpose in exciting her progressive base.  Other observers will take note of her abuse of her authority.

"We expect the University of San Diego to disregard the calls to remove Professor Heriot from her position," he said.

"The National Association of Scholars recognizes Professor Heriot's outstanding work on behalf of civil rights in America and her determination to uphold the rule of law during a period in which the executive has frequently abused it."

Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation supports NAS. 
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