Land of the free? Not when it comes to crossing the LGBT mafia. Virginia high school teacher Peter Vlaming found that out the hard way on Thursday when the West Point Consolidated School District fired him for refusing to use the “preferred pronouns” of a transgender student in his class.
“The School Board has policies that prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity,” said Superintendent Laura Abel. “As detailed during the course of the public hearing, Mr. Vlaming was recommended for termination due to his insubordination and repeated refusal to comply with directives made to him by multiple WPPS administrators. As superintendent, it is my responsibility to enforce board policy, and due to Mr. Vlaming’s non-compliance I therefore recommended termination.”
Speaking in his own defense at the hearing, Vlaming said that he was not engaged in discrimination of any kind – that, in fact, his faith in God demanded that he treat everyone with love and respect. He said, however, that he would not propagate a scientific and cultural lie just for the sake of going along to get along.
“My religious faith dictates that I am to love and respect everyone, whether I agree with them or not. Because we are all made in God’s image,” Vlaming said. “I am also aware of, and agree with, speech limits that are placed on public-school teachers concerning matters of religious faith. I represent the state in my role as a public-school teacher and therefore speak with a certain authority. That authority is not to be used to promote any one specific worldview, and I don’t. However, we are here today because a specific worldview is being imposed upon me.”
Vlaming’s attorney accused the school district of violating his client’s constitutional rights.
“Public schools have no business compelling people to express ideological beliefs that they don’t hold. This isn’t just about a pronoun; this is about forcing someone to endorse an ideology under threat of losing his job,” said attorney Shawn Voyles. “My client has always respected this student’s rights and continues to do so; he simply asked that his rights be respected as well. Unfortunately, the school board refused to consider any solutions that would respect the freedoms of everyone involved.”
If there was ever a case for the Alliance Defending Freedom, this is it. We need a high court ruling on the “rights” of an individual to force the rest of the world to play into their gender fantasies. We agree with Vlaming. We can have respect and compassion for these people – particularly children – without co-signing their delusions. Certainly, the government has no business telling us what we MUST believe (or pretend to believe) when it comes to these issues.