Monday, June 11, 2018

He Got What He Deserved

When you take a job you cannot not do your job and not expect to be fired.
Indiana teacher challenges school's transgender name policy
Orchestra teacher John Kluge says his former school district forced him to resign after he wouldn't address transgender students by their preferred names.
NBC News
By Ariel Jao
June 5, 2018

A central Indiana teacher says his former school district forced him to resign following a disagreement over a policy that calls for teachers to address transgender students by their preferred name rather than their birth name.

Former Brownsburg High School orchestra teacher John Kluge, 28, said the Brownsburg Community Schools policy goes against his religious beliefs and violates his constitutional rights, the Indianapolis Star reported.

"I’m being compelled to encourage students in what I believe is something that's a dangerous lifestyle," he said. "I’m fine to teach students with other beliefs, but the fact that teachers are being compelled to speak a certain way is the scary thing."
What the students had to say,
Student says Brownsburg teacher's transgender policy was dangerous
By Matthew McClellan
June 10, 2018

To get around the policy, Sucec [Brownsburg High School sophomore Aidyn Sucec] said Kluge used last names for all of his students.

“He started calling us by our last names, it was one of those things where he was technically treating all the students the same, but everybody was aware of why he was doing it," Sucec said. "We all knew that it was because of the three trans students."

Aside from feeling disrespected, Sucec says Kluge’s actions were also harmful.

“He said that he doesn't want to condone students going down a path where 20 percent of trans people try to kill themselves but I don't think he recognizes the people like him and doing things like this are the reason that 20 percent of trans people try to kill themselves,” Sucec said. “I know he thinks he’s doing the right thing but he’s not listening to the actual people this affects.”
The students know what’s right, why can’t the adults learn from the students?

This is going to become a major can-of-worms, the Republicans are pushing this idea of “religious freedom” but it reality it is just another way to hide bigotry. Since the founding of our country the First Amendment was freedom to worship not a way around non-discrimination laws.

The Republicans want to create two classes of people, those who have to obey the law and those who can ignore the law.

Can you imagine if you are an employer and you tell an employee to wait on a customer and you employee says no? The employee tells you it is against his religious beliefs because the customer is gay, or black, or Muslim and there is nothing you can do about it. That is where we are heading.

“One nation… with justice for all”

The Republicans are making a mockery out of that, they want two nations and two sets of laws. One for white Christians heterosexuals and one nation for the rest of us.

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