The following comes from a June 2 story on LifeSiteNews.

At a town hall meeting that aired on public television last night, Barack Obama said instructing public schools to allow teenage boys to shower and spend the night in the same hotel rooms as biological females was just following the Golden Rule.

“Mr. President, I am a strong believer in equal rights for everyone,” said the questioner, Arvis Dawson, during a meeting in Elkhart, Indiana, which aired on PBS.

“I was wondering, though, with all the pressing issues you have before you right now, why is the issue of which bathroom a person uses such an issue?” he asked.

“Somehow people think I made it an issue,” Obama responded. “I didn’t make it an issue.” Instead, he said, “schools are asking us, the Department of Education, for guidance, ‘How should we deal with this?’”

That inspired him to issue his controversial federal guidance that all public schools and universities must allow anyone who says he is transgender to use the restrooms, showers, and overnight accommodations of the opposite biological sex or risk losing federal funding.

Obama said schools had a responsibility “to accommodate these [transgender] kids so that they are not in a vulnerable situation.”

PBS moderator Gwen Ifill asked Dawson, an African-American, why he opposed the policy.

“Mainly, it’s my religious belief,” Dawson said, adding that “from the church background that I come from, I believe in equal rights for all.”

The president replied, “I have profound respect for everybody’s religious beliefs on this. But if you’re at a public school, the question is, how do we just make sure that [transgender] children are treated with kindness.”

“And you know, my reading of Scripture tells me that that Golden Rule is pretty high up there in terms of my Christian belief,” he said.

He offered, “That doesn’t mean somebody else has to interpret it the same way” and that the underlying issue “is going to be settled by the courts, ultimately.”

It was not the first time the president had said the Bible supported homosexual and transgender activism.

When he announced his support for same-sex “marriage” in May 2012, Obama told ABC that he and his wife, Michelle, “are both practicing Christians and obviously this position may be considered to put us at odds with the views of others, but, you know, when we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing Himself on our behalf, but it’s also the Golden Rule.”

In 2008, he implied the Bible supports homosexual unions. “If people find that controversial, then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount, which I think is, in my mind, for my faith, more central than an obscure passage in Romans,” he said….