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Why One College Is Going Toe-to-Toe with the Biden Administration

By Sarah Kramer posted on:
September 2, 2021

When the Biden administration reinterpreted “sex” in federal law to mean “sexual orientation” and “gender identity,” the implications were far-reaching...and alarming.

For example, applying this to the federal Fair Housing Act would require every college and university—including religious ones—to open their dorm rooms, locker rooms, bathrooms, and shared shower spaces to members of the opposite sex.

But one college president was willing to go toe-to-toe with the Biden administration’s relentless agenda.

And here’s the good news: He’s not used to backing down.

Dr. Jerry C. Davis has been the president of College of the Ozarks for over 30 years. The college is a work school—which means that students don’t pay tuition, but they are expected to work on campus to help pay their way.

As a young man, Dr. Davis attended a work school himself. He credits that experience with teaching him the value of hard work.

And hard work has certainly marked his career.

In his early 30s, Dr. Davis was hired to help revive a work school that had lost sight of its mission and purpose. Ultimately, he had to replace nearly one-fourth of the student body who refused to meet the school's requirements.

After successfully turning that school around, College of the Ozarks reached out to Dr. Davis. It needed a leader like him—someone willing to stand by the mission of the school...and to persuade those who weren’t.

As he explained to his faculty and staff after coming on board: “I’m here to carry the mission out. I’m going to do that, and anything that gets in my way is going to have to be pushed aside — because the mission is bigger than all of us. Including me.”

It’s that same attitude that he has carried into this legal battle with the federal government. In April 2021, Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit on behalf of College of the Ozarks. The college is challenging the Biden administration’s rule change that would force faith-based institutions to abandon their beliefs.

But our Constitution protects the right of faith-based institutions to operate according to their beliefs. On top of that, government officials are bound by the law—and forcing religious colleges to allow male students to live in girls’ dorms clearly violates the law.

Dr. Davis knows those principles are bigger than him. They’re bigger than College of the Ozarks. And they’re worth standing up for.

To learn more about College of the Ozarks and its case, read the latest issue of Faith & Justice magazine.

In this issue, you’ll also read:

· Why the left can’t seem to leave Colorado cake artist Jack Phillips alone

· The story of a pastor in India who was locked in a room and left to die

· How one pro-life advocate is doing her part to help end abortion in America


Sarah Kramer

Sarah Kramer

Digital Content Specialist

Sarah worked as an investigative reporter before joining the Alliance Defending Freedom team.

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