Stupid defines the effort to confuse dogmatic “truth” with objective truth over pronouns.
The intellectual capacity of some teachers is reason for concern over the experiences of students in our public schools.
A new money-grub from Alliance Defending Freedom is titled: She loves her students. That’s why she won’t do this. “She” is Monica Gill, a history teacher in Loudoun County, VA.
Ms. Gill is one of three plaintiffs represented by ADF who are suing the Loudoun County School Board over pronouns (which are mandated by the Commonwealth) and critical race theory which is limited to teacher-training. Because the action is in state courts I do not have access to the docket or documents (which I have in federal courts).
Ms. Gill thinks that her religious beliefs are more important than her students’ health and safety. Gill has been teaching history for over 25 years which, in itself, is troubling.
Ms. Gill is not terribly intelligent. She has called equity training (teacher training) “leftist institutional racism” and claimed that this is “when Marxists become ‘Anti-Racists.’” I do not personally know any Marxists. Does Gill know what a Marxist is or looks like?
Apparently Ms. Gill is surrounded by numerous radicals who (according to Marxism) perceive that capitalism adversely affects labor, productivity and economic development (in contrast to collectivism). How has she detected the presence of these folks?
I am the recipient of a considerable volume of hate email. Much of it is anti-Semitic, Furthermore, I am often accused of being a Marxist. As a former CEO and raging capitalist I am amused. I wonder if Monica Gill is better educated that those detractors.
“Why would any teacher insist on behaving in a manner that is detrimental to the health of their students?”
Monica teaches history … She loves her job, and she loves her students.
But her employer is seeking to unilaterally coerce her speech, along with any teacher that disagrees with the idea that sex determines whether a person is male or female. The policy forces teachers to call students by their chosen pronouns rather than ones that align with their biological sex.
The Loudoun County School Board is forcing many teachers like Monica to violate their consciences and deny the truth about what it means to be male and female.
Translation: Ms. Gill has a religious objection to the existence of transgender persons. Furthermore, I always I ask: “What is the big fucking deal?” Gill presumably has a choice of being called Ms., Miss or Mrs.. “Monica” is probably not on the menu.
If Gill really “loved her students” then she would treat all of her students according to what is in their (medical) best interests. The science is quite clear. Trans youth who are supported in their gender identity are much healthier than those who are not.
Why would any teacher insist on behaving in a manner that is detrimental to the health of their students? Gill is arrogant and self-centered. Perhaps she is in the wrong profession. ADF, an anti-LGBTQ hate group, is an enabler of arrogance and narcissism.
” ADF does not address the welfare of Monica Gill’s students. This is exclusively about Monica Gill.”
Moreover, Alliance Defending Freedom is intentionally careless in its expression of “truth.” Dogmatic, or doctrinal, truths are only true insofar as the religious teachings are concerned. They are terms of art that can be debated, supported or opposed.
Objective truth is not an abstraction. Objective truth is true because it is supported by evidence. Thus, ADF’s “the truth about what it means to be male and female” is not truth at all. It is nothing more than religious or philosophical opinion.
Furthermore, like all of the religious fanatics, ADF does not address the issue of gender identity:
- The existence of gender identity is a scientific fact supported by evidence.
- Moreover, it is a scientific fact that some people (not many but some) have incongruent gender identity and natal sex.
If there is some evidence that pronouns are irrelevant to the health of gender diverse children then ADF has failed to cite it. Furthermore ADF does not address the welfare of Monica Gill’s students. This is exclusively about Monica Gill. The kids are irrelevant.
ADF loves the victims it creates:
When a concerned teacher spoke out during a public comment period to voice concerns about the policy and protect his students, the school board swiftly suspended him from his position, and he had no choice but to file a lawsuit with the help of Alliance Defending Freedom and you.
The are referring to Byron “Tanner” Cross. The imbecilic gym teacher wasn’t the least bit concerned over “protecting his students.” Cross addressed the school board and said — in a public forum:
“The welfare of the kids (in my opinion) far outweighs Monica Gill’s religious objections.”
Byron Cross is obviously an idiot. Serving one’s god can mean countless different things depending upon religion, sect and one’s own interpretation of what certain religious teachings mean. There are devout Christians and Jews who thoroughly support the rights of transgender persons. That includes an ultra-orthodox rabbi.
God, Country and the American Flag:
Free speech and religious freedom include the freedom not to speak messages contrary to our core beliefs. Public schools shouldn’t require teachers like Monica to personally endorse a view with which they disagree.
That’s why Monica has joined an ADF lawsuit challenging this unconstitutional and radical school policy. And she needs your help.
Federal law says different (which is probably why they kept this out of federal court). Justice Kennedy wrote the opinion for the majority in Garcetti v. Ceballos (2006). The conclusion of the opinion reads:
“Serving one’s god can mean countless different things depending upon religion, sect and one’s own interpretation of what certain religious teachings mean.”
Law Professor Eugene Volokh offers an explanation regarding the Sixth Circuit’s ruling in Merriwether v. Hartop which seemingly contradicts Garcetti v. Ceballos. Volokh (a staunch ally) sees this as a win for academic freedom but a less-than-certain result. The following quote is out of context:
My view is shaped by my (albeit dated) expertise in quality-management (even Amazon.com has gone to the dark side) and my knowledge in the area of the trans youth health. The welfare of the kids (in my opinion) far outweighs Monica Gill’s religious objections.
If Ms. Gill is required to use pronouns consistent with students’ gender identity, no one dies. Her religious beliefs are unchanged. It might be awkward, even uncomfortable, but the bests interests of children prevail; as they should.