A teacher has been suspended and may lose his job because he accidentally called a girl a “girl.”
“This case is one of a flood of cases we are encountering where teachers are finding themselves silenced or punished if they refuse to fall in line with the current transgender fad,” the Christian Legal Center’s Andrea Williams said. “If we collude in the transgender delusion, we do not serve our children well, we harm them.”
Joshua Sutcliffe taught math to junior and senior high students at Stonewall schools, which are committed “to tackling homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.” His pupils outperformed every other class in the subject.
A Christian, Sutcliffe respected the school’s pro-transgender policy by referring to all students by their chosen name. He avoided using “Xe,” “Xir,” “They,” or any gender-specific pronouns.
“I have a deep conviction that we are all made in God’s image, male and female,” Sutcliffe explained. However, “I have never looked to impose my convictions on others. I just try to earnestly live out the Gospel of peace.”
On November 2, he made an honest mistake. Trying to encourage the hard work and improvement of a group of female students, which included one who has declared herself transgender, Sutcliffe told them, “Well done, girls.”
He immediately apologized to the gender-confused student and said his blunder was unintentional. Nevertheless, that slip of the tongue may cost him his job, and cost his students a beloved teacher.
The girl’s mother issued a formal complaint against Sutcliffe for “misgendering” her would-be-male daughter. It wasn’t her first complaint about Sutcliffe’s Christianity.
“This is the second time that this parent made a complaint about me. The first time was for handing out Christian leaflets at the gay pride march,” Sutcliffe noted. “No other parent has made a complaint about me.”
School officials began an investigation and cut off Sutcliffe from his students, forcing him into “isolation” in the staff room. The school concluded Sutcliffe was guilty of “misgendering” the student, “demonstrating discriminatory behaviors” and violating “the school’s equality policy.” Sutcliffe was suspended.
Sutcliffe criticized the way his honest mistake was treated. “The aggressive way in which transgender ideology is being imposed is undermining my freedom of belief and conscience,” he said, “as well as the conscience of many people throughout our nation who believe that gender is assigned at birth.”
“The Stonewall community appears to intentionally go out looking to cause trouble with people who are earnestly living out the Faith in Christ,” he added. “I have seen paper slips that encourage members write down and trip up anyone not conforming to their ideology.”
In Sutcliffe’s assessment, the actions of the school “reflect an increasing trend of seeing Christians, people like me, being marginalized in the public square and our beliefs punished and silenced.” He told Church Militant that “anyone that doesn’t conform to their way of thinking” is discriminated against.
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SOURCE: Life Site