A Virginia local school board decided to terminate a French teacher for his refusal to address a transgender student with their preferred pronouns on Thursday.
Peter Vlaming, 47, had been in an ongoing dispute with school officials over the matter, insisting that being forced to use trans pronouns would be a violation of his Christian religion.
Vlaming had taught at West Point High School for seven years, and many students and parents felt compelled to mount a campaign in his defense. However, it made no difference to the West Point School Board, which cast a 5-0 unanimous vote to terminate his employment with the school district as a result of the matter.
Vlaming’s dispute with a transgender student originated when the individual returned to his class for a second year after “transitioning” over the summer. Vlaming had agreed to refer to the student by their new male name, but wanted to avoid describe the individual as a ‘he,’ or ‘him.’
School administrators claimed that Vlaming’s refusal to use male pronouns to describe a previously female student violated the school district’s nondiscrimination and harassment policies.
Parents and teachers attended the board meeting in which his firing was ruled upon, almost all with the intent of supporting someone who they saw as an ideal teacher, soccer coach and community role model. Vlaming had the chance to speak in his own defense before the vote, stating that requiring him to use new pronouns for transgender students was a form of “coercion” and noting that he had tried to reach an agreement with the aggrieved trans student.
Vlaming now takes an unfortunate place as the latest casualty of a leftist cultural regime intent on purging Christians, conservatives, and traditionalists from any institution it can wrap its jaws around.
British Police Officer CRIMINALLY CHARGED for Sharing George Floyd Meme in WhatsApp Group
Free speech is dead.
A British police officer has been criminally charged over a George Floyd meme he allegedly shared with his colleagues in a WhatsApp group.
“Sergeant Geraint Jones, aged 47, is charged with sending the image on 30 May last year by means of a public electronic communications network, an offence contrary to section 127 of the Communications Act 2003,” a watchdog from the Independent Office for Police Conduct announced. “An altered image of George Floyd’s arrest in Minneapolis was shared within a WhatsApp group that included a number of other police officers and staff.”
“Our investigation began in June 2020 following a referral from the force,” the watchdog continued. “At its conclusion in October we sent our investigation report to the Crown Prosecution Service, which has authorized the charge.”
Sergeant Jones is scheduled to appear in court on January 28. He has been suspended from duty since June.
It’s no secret that free speech is all but dead in the United Kingdom. British elites stand out in particular for their fervent belief in neoliberal globalism and veneration of its secular saints. Their society encourages people to snitch and tattle on their fellow citizens to a higher degree than most any other Western nation.
George Floyd is also one of the neoliberal order’s foremost secular saints. Anything you say about him that isn’t equivalent to hero-worship will get you put on notice. Criticizing the intensity of his veneration and the Black Lives Matter movement itself are sufficient to get you labeled as a depraved racist and fired from your job—even in the United States.
Don’t think that hate speech laws aren’t possible in America either. If a majority of Americans and legal scholars in a decade or two come to believe that the First Amendment doesn’t protect “hate speech,” who’s to say that the laws won’t be changed to reflect that?
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