Christian teacher fired for not using transgender person’s preferred pronouns

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People who push progressive social policies tend to think that they are the tolerant ones. Many people who want to feel compassionate and be seen to be compassionate go along with them. After all, nobody wants the leftists to feel bad, right? In today’s post, we’ll see how leftists can sometimes make those who disagree with them feel really bad.

The Daily Signal explains:

A Virginia high school teacher was sacked Thursday for allegedly misgendering a student, marking the first time in the state that an educator has lost a job for using biological pronouns to refer to a student.

The West Point School Board voted unanimously 5-0 to fire Peter Vlaming who teaches French at the school, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Vlaming, 47, was charged with discrimination after failing to use male pronouns to address a biologically female student. Vlaming did not intentionally misgender the student, but avoided using any pronouns to address or talk about the student in order to accord with his Christian faith, the Times-Dispatch reported.

“I’m totally happy to use the new name,” Vlaming told local NBC affiliate WWBT. “I’m happy to avoid female pronouns not to offend because I’m not here to provoke … but I can’t refer to a female as a male, and a male as a female in good conscience and faith.”

Vlaming has a wife and four children, and he has been fired by the public school administrators right before Christmas.

Honestly, I would not have done any different. People have a right to name themselves, but they don’t have a right to force me to participate in their self-delusion. He used her preferred name, but he would not use her preferred sex. Unfortunately, he’s working in a public school system filled with unionized Democrat teachers and administrators. He didn’t stand a chance. And public schools are taxpayer-funded. Vlaming and other Christians paid for the salaries of the leftists who had him fired. Which is why Christians should never support government-run public schools.

National Review has the teacher’s comments about his termination.

Vlaming’s lawyer called the school’s requirement “unconstitutional compelled speech.”

“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 A. 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.”

I’m not a lawyer, but it sounds like he is using the same defense as other Christians have used to win at the Supreme Court.

There’s a Go Fund Me for the family here. According to Rod Dreher, the Go Fund Me has been verified legitimate.

14 thoughts on “Christian teacher fired for not using transgender person’s preferred pronouns”

  1. He even didn’t use a pronoun at all if I read it right.
    So he wasn’t fired for being mean it was for being grammatically incomplete.

    But be Sue he would only use the person’s name of choice and not sex reflecting pronouns he gets fired.

    The sad thing when laws become discriminatory is that it only hurts those that are moral. Those thr are immoral could teach stuff they don’t believe and mock it after because they have no moral compass saying what is right or wrong

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    1. Having a similar incident occur to me as a College Teacher, taught me a “late” but valuable lesson. You can have all the knowledge, the degrees, the recognition….However, it only takes One Person (because of petty jealousy or coveting what You Worked For!) to take “It” (your job) away by Lying or distorting of the truth. I have to place my faith in God that My Spotlight/time as a teacher helped a few achieve what another teacher NEVER could!

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  2. What is particularly ironic is that he is a French teacher, and that beautiful language has male and female modifiers for objects, places, etc, as well as people.

    La commission scolaire est composée d’idiots.

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  3. Well said. Because I myself am gay I usually have to deal and be associated with people like that but it’s BS. They’re militant in forcing their agenda, against free speech, and intolerant of others… doesn’t sound liberal at all to me haha

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  4. Yup, I’ve noticed that the people who use the word “tolerance” the most are in facct the most intolerant themselves. In any case, the basic issue here is that the school board was asking Vlaming to lie (about the student’s sex), something a consistent Christian will refuse to do.

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  5. For information, there is a UK web site with lots of hard information about transgender, the affects of pubity blockers etrc etc at
    What they say about themselve:
    We are a group of parents based in the UK who are concerned about the current trend to diagnose children as transgender, including the unprecedented number of teenage girls suddenly self-identifying as ‘trans’ (Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria or ROGD). We are also concerned about legislation which places transgender rights above the right to safety for girls and young women in public bathrooms and changing rooms.

    We have no religious or political affiliation. We come from diverse backgrounds, some with expertise in child development and psychology, some who were themselves extreme gender non-conforming children and adolescents, some whose own children have self-diagnosed as ‘trans’ and some who know supportive trans adults who are also questioning recent theories of ‘transgenderism.’


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