I keep writing on this but it is my assessment that this is heading nowhere good for followers of Jesus and conservatives in general.
Of course, most of us know that men are born men and women are born women. That is pretty basic biology.
We are going to be made to deny that common sense, in the name of what? Senseless atheism, secularism and general scepticism of what is right and good.
We have been warned. They are very, very serious.
If you think the transgender movement is confined to college campuses and social justice warriors on Twitter, I have bad news for you. A high school French teacher in Virginia was fired last week by the West Point Public School Board for refusing to use a transgender student’s new pronoun.
News of the firing comes nearly a month after a school district in Florida punished a male P.E. teacher for refusing to supervise a self-described transgender girl who was granted access to the boys’ locker room under a new transgender policy.
In the Virginia case, the school board took things a step further, firing a teacher who didn’t violate a specific policy but simply refused a demand from a transgender student. The teacher, Peter Vlaming, is a married father of four and by all accounts well-liked by his students. About 100 students staged a walkout last week to protest his firing from West Point High School, where he taught for the past seven years.
Far from being cruel and disrespectful to the student in question—a biological girl who is posing as male—Vlaming met with her and her parents and offered to use the girl’s new name in class and avoid feminine pronouns. But he was not willing to say “he” or “him” when referring to the student in conversations with others, citing his Christian faith as the reason.
The issue came to a head when the student was wearing virtual reality goggles in the hallway and was about to run into a wall. Vlaming, seeing what was about to happen, blurted out, “Don’t let her run into the wall!” The girl’s parents heard about the incident and decided it was unhealthy for their child to remain in Vlaming’s class. He was placed on administrative leave while the school board investigated, and eventually told he could return to work only if he started using male pronouns for the student and met with her parents to tell them so. Vlaming declined, and was fired.
Here is a situation where a man with sincere religious convictions, as well as a belief about biological reality that was nearly universal only a few years ago, was trying to compromise and be as respectful as his conscience would allow him to be. It wasn’t enough. School officials, likely terrified of what would happen to them if they didn’t deliver Vlaming’s head on a platter to this student and her family, were only too willing to ruin the man.