The Crisis of Conservative Convictions

[ Originally published on this site as post ]

Nine months ago, when the Obama administration first issued guidance for public schools to accommodate–and end discrimination against–transgender students, National Review staff writer David French argued that then-President Barack Obama “just destroyed the traditional American public school” by “drafting every single public educational institution in the country to implement the extreme edge of the sexual revolution.” French spoke for many conservatives, especially social conservatives, who deduce the need for sex-segregated bathrooms from “the existence of the two sexes.”

To French’s credit, he is ideologically consistent: Today he celebrates the Trump administration’s withdrawal of that guidance. He points to no instances of transgender children trampling on the freedoms of their classmates, and is silent about the fact that this move will make