The inane political correctness currently eating a hole through our American culture (to say nothing of our collective common sense) has spared no appetite for our friends across the Atlantic. This is an LGBT infection that has spread across the entire spectrum of Western democracy, and it’s probably going to get quite a lot battier before we see some relief from the creeping insanity.
The latest nonsense? A Christian teacher named Joshua Sutcliffe of Oxford, England has been suspended from his elementary school for the grave offense of “misgendering” one of his pupils. And by “misgendering,” we mean, calling a biological female a girl – a heinous tragedy in this case, since this is one of those special children who identifies as the opposite sex.
Listen to this tale of unrepentant bigotry and discrimination and see if your toes don’t curl: Sutcliffe walked up to a group of female students – including the one who identifies as a boy – and said, “Well done, girls.”
Are you horrified? Are you on the phone with your counselor right as we speak? Are you smashing an angry Facebook comment about all of the dreadful intolerance in the world, especially among CISHET WHITE MEN!!!1
No? Well, congratulations. You are probably a productive member of a coherent society.
But Sutfcliffe’s administrators thought this was, you know, just SO terrible that they suspended him from work while they launched an “investigation” into his actions. During said investigation, Sutcliffe insisted that he’d worked diligently to avoid using gender-specific pronouns around the special child and had apologized immediately after the “misgendering” incident. But, since the school wanted to make a federal case about it, he also took the opportunity to tell them what he thought about the demands being put on him as a teacher with different beliefs.
“As a Christian, I do not share your belief in the ideology of transgenderism,” he wrote in a letter to the head teacher. “I do not believe that young children should be encouraged to self-select a ‘gender’ which may be different from their biological sex. Or that everyone at school should adjust their behavior to accommodate such a ‘transition’; or that people should be punished for lack of enthusiasm about it.”
That sounds reasonable enough, but apparently the school did not agree. Ultimately, this led Sutcliffe to hire the Christian Legal Centre and file suit against the school.
Where the case goes from here is anyone’s guess, although recent court cases on this side of the pond don’t give us a lot of faith in Sutcliffe’s chances for remuneration.