“This doorway is for resident faculty use only,” Professor Plum declared as he walked into the mail room. “And anyone who disagrees is the doorway police.”

He read the mail. (More)

Professor Plum winked and then left with Ms. Scarlet to join the resident faculty in the wine cellar library, where they’ll spend the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”).

In the staff poker game, a run of good cards had given the Professor of Astrology Janitor most of the chips, so he raised with the Seven and Five of Hearts. Chef replied with a pot-sized reraise.

“Bully,” the Professor of Astrology Janitor said as he folded.

Chef chuckled and flashed a pair of red Tens. “You raised with junk, but I’m a bully for protecting a better hand?”

The Professor of Astrology Janitor defiantly nodded and then began his plaintive mewling. Chef went to the kitchen to make an Eggs Benedict Casserole, leaving your lowly mail room clerk to review the week’s correspondence….

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Dear Ms. Crissie,

There is nothing in the Constitution that gives the president the power to be the bathroom police for this country. This is an embodiment of just how off track we’ve gotten, that the president believes he can decree to every public school in America, “I, Barack Obama, am in charge of bathroom policy in your elementary school.”

Ted in TX

Dear Ted,

We commend your capacity to call tails ‘heads’ and down ‘up.’ First let’s dispense with your constitutional nonsense, as the Fourteenth Amendment explicitly requires that all states provide “equal protection under the law.” Further, in 1964 Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, which forbids discrimination on the basis of sex. The Departments of Justice and Education rightly interpreted those laws as applying to transgender persons, because the counter-arguments hinge on imposing narrow, sex-based roles. That is … discriminating on the basis of sex.

As for “bathroom police,” we note that these guidelines were issued in response to laws and rules passed by conservatives that make it a crime for a transgender woman to use the women’s restroom, or a transgender man to use the men’s restroom. Those conservatives, not President Obama, claim to be the “bathroom police.”

Joy Pullman whines that this “Destroys American Self-Rule,” yet you and she claim the authority to overrule transgender adults and the parents of transgender children, and declare as a matter of law that transgender women and girls are ‘male’ and transgender men and boys are ‘female.’ She cites religious activist Mary Fallon, who claims that stopping anti-transgender discrimination is “an insidious strategy that promotes a view of the human person utterly incompatible with Christianity.”

More tellingly, Pullman also cites right-wing pundit Rod Dreher, who declares:

We barely have an understanding of what transgenderism is, but elites in government, education, and media are fast-tracking this progressive agenda in the schools. It’s madness.

We note that, while Dreher may “barely have an understanding of what transgenderism is,” doctors and mental health professionals rely on decades of clinical research. They understand it very well. Dreher insists ‘we’ do not, not based on the absence of research or contradictory evidence from the research, but because that research doesn’t fit his authoritarian worldview:

Don’t be fooled: the bathroom issue is a proxy for a deeper conflict over what it means to be male and female, and beyond that, about fundamental human nature. These standards are collapsing in American society in part because of elites pushing against them, but also – and perhaps moreso – because radical individualism is going into hyperdrive. We call it freedom – freedom to choose who you are, with neither custom, nor religion, nor even biology standing in the way of your will. But here’s what’s going to happen. People who submit to this way of thinking will find that their freedom, so construed, will make it impossible for them to construct a coherent, stable identity. They’re not going to make it. This perversion of liberty will wreck them.

For someone who claims to not understand transgenderism, Dreher seems remarkably certain of how transgendered persons’ lives will unfold. But he cites no clinical research, because he has none. He has only his patriarchal vision of “fundamental human nature” and what male and female must be.

We conclude that when you, Pullman, Fallon, Dreher, and other conservatives say “freedom,” you mean your “freedom” to have the state impose your religious beliefs as law, and others’ “freedom” to conform to your religious beliefs or face punishment … such as being arrested for using the ‘wrong’ bathroom. All while you call those who disagree “bullies” and “bathroom police.”

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Dear Ms. Crissie,

I’ve had Eggs Benedict, but how do I make Eggs Benedict Casserole?

Benediction for Breakfast in Blogistan

Dear Benediction for Breakfast,

Chef says this recipe is the essence of simplicity. First whisk 8 eggs together with 2 cups of milk, 3 finely-chopped green onions, and a teaspoon of salt. Next cut 12 ounces of Canadian bacon and 6 English muffins into half-inch cubes. Layer half of the bacon in the bottom of a lightly-greased 9×13″ casserole dish, then spread the muffins and top with the remaining bacon. Pour the egg mixture over the casserole, cover the baking dish, and refrigerate it overnight. In the morning, sprinkle the casserole with paprika, cover with aluminum foil, and bake at 375º for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking until the eggs are set, about 15 more minutes. Chef drizzles the fully-baked casserole with Hollandaise sauce. Bon appétit!

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Photo Credit: Jim Cole (AP)

Ted in TX; “Destroys American Self-Rule”; “an insidious strategy that promotes a view of the human person utterly incompatible with Christianity”; Rod Dreher; doctors and mental health professionals understand it quite well.

Eggs Benedict Casserole.

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Happy Sunday!