George Will: 'The Party of Science Ought to Know That Sex Is a Matter of Chromosomes'

By Susan Jones | May 16, 2016 | 5:59 AM EDT

Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department's civil rights division, listens at left as Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, May 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

( - Columnist George Will says there are three "lessons" to consider in the Obama administration's "guidance" to public schools that they must start treating students "in a manner consistent with the student's gender identity" instead of their biological sex.

"The party of science ought to know that sex is a matter of chromosomes," Will told "Fox News Sunday." (The Obama administration frequently points to the "science" of climate change to push its clean energy agenda.)

In the "significant guidance" issued on Friday, the Justice Department told public schools that "as a condition of receiving federal funds," they must treat boys as girls -- and vice-versa -- depending on a student's wishes.

"This means that a school must not treat a transgender student differently from the way it treats other students of the same gender identity," the guidance said.

Will noted that the federal guidance is not mandatory, but it does allow the Justice Department to dodge the Administrative Procedures Act, which requires public hearings and public comment.

"Three lessons here," Will said.

"Most...public schools, every institution in America, is so tied in with federal money that as soon as they take the pieces of silver, they become appendages of the federal government and subject to this kind of unilateral executive edict.

"Second, this is bound to be a stimulus -- and this is the good side of it -- to the growth of private education in this country. People say, we really don't want to be in public schools if they are manipulated this way.

"But, third, the most important thing about this is the manipulation of language. George Orwell's 1984 novel was a genius because it said that if government controls language, it has ultimate control. The '64 Civil Rights Act bans discrimination on the basis of sex. The administration is saying sex is a synonym for gender identity. Not true.

"The party of science ought to know that sex is a matter of chromosomes. And the -- those advocating for transgender rights have been saying for years that indeed it is a matter of sexual gender identity that is not the same as sex. So what is sinister here is the -- is the president saying the language of the law simply doesn't mean what it says."

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