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Cathy Ruse is a senior fellow for legal studies at the Family Research Council.
West Point High School French teacher Peter Vlaming is a soft-spoken man who was well loved by his students. He wasn’t looking for a fight. He was just looking to do his job. But when the school demanded that he use male pronouns for a biological girl student who had decided to identify as a transgender boy, Vlaming was faced with the choice: follow his beliefs and potentially lose his job—or violate his beliefs and keep it.
School - God - Humans - Girl - Boy
Vlaming explained to the school that, as a Christian, he believes that God made humans male and female, and that a girl cannot become a boy.
But to use a false pronoun was to deny God’s purposeful design, and that he could not do. “I did agree to use the new masculine name [and] to avoid female pronouns,” said Vlaming, but “I won’t use male pronouns with a female student.”
School - Board - Vote - Insubordination
The school board fired him by unanimous vote. For insubordination.
Vlaming was fired not for saying the wrong thing, but for refusing to say the wrong thing.
He was punished for remaining silent.
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