Freedom of Speech & Religion No Longer Tolerated in Public Schools
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech…”
But freedom of speech and religion have been abolished by school systems intent upon enforcing their own religion upon students, teachers, and staff.
What is the public school religion? Transgenderism.
The belief that one’s mind and body can be at odds with respect to a person's sex/gender has no scientific basis, no data or research to defend it, and only the rabid fandom of activist zealots to promote it.
Transgenderism is a religion in every sense of the word.
Yet the American public school system has not only capitulated to this doctrine, it is now forcing it upon staff and students.
The Arlington Public School district in Arlington, VA, released its J-2 Transgender Student Policy Implementation Procedure guidelines to staff last month, directing staff to keep the document in house. But a concerned staff member leaked the guidelines to the Arlington Parent Coalition.
All the usual suspects are included in the boilerplate policy, as dictated by the gender industry. These policies include:
bathrooms open to all sexes
overnight sleeping arrangements made at the pleasure of the self-designated transgender/non-binary person
school given the authority to withhold sex and gender information from parents at will
But the final clause of the document should give significant pause to anyone who wishes to maintain First Amendment rights, including freedom of or freedom from worship:
If that statement doesn’t make you choke on your coffee, you may not be reading it carefully enough. It means if anyone at school does not comply with transgender ideology, s/he may be disciplined for heresy.
Religion is defined by the New Oxford American Dictionary as “the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.” Merriam-Webster adds that religion is “a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices.”
That one must medically conform his or her body to align with the feelings of the invisible and untestable mind demonstrates worship of a personal, superhuman controlling power: one’s “inner sense of gender.”
The public school no longer permits the understanding that facts are more valid than feelings, and that one can bring the mind into alignment with reality via therapy and healing. Instead, teachers, staff, and students are now compelled to conform to the school religion--that feelings are more valid than facts--lest they face discipline.
This policy is a lawsuit waiting to happen.
And the sooner it happens, the better.
Maria Keffler is a partner at Partners for Ethical Care. Contact Ms Keffler via firstname.lastname@example.org.