Brave New World-Trans Edition

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The madness known as transgenderism claims another scalp:

 

 

WEST POINT, Virginia, December 10, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A large group of students walked out of their classes Friday to protest the firing of a teacher who refused to refer to a female gender-confused student as male.

The West Point, Virginia school board’s unanimous vote to terminate high school French instructor Peter Vlaming proved to be unpopular, and less than 24 hours after issuing their decision, students rallied to show their support, chanting, “bring him back.”

“He’s an amazing man,” student Wyatt Pedersen told WWBT News. “I think he really was going with what he believed was right and it’s really unfair that he’s being punished for that, especially in such a dramatic way.”

“The school board is trying to force the teacher to conform to their ideologies with the threat of removal from the school,” said Forrest Rohde, the West Point High School junior who organized the walkout.

The protesting students made it clear that their protest was not about the transgender student; they blame the school board for Vlaming’s termination, according to the report. 

“The child is going through a lot,” Rohde continued. “We shouldn’t be directing this towards her, we should be directing this towards the school board.”

The fired teacher’s attorney, Shawn Voyles, noted that the peaceful tone of the student walkout contrasted with the treatment that students received from the school administration when they had previously attempted to support the besieged teacher.

“We are glad to see that West Point Public Schools permitted this peaceful protest today,” said Voyles in a statement. “That was not the case in November when the students began circulating a petition to return my client to his job. As a student testified at the hearing…the high school principal actually confiscated the petition. It unfortunately took a threat of legal action by a student to have it returned.”

“Good for them,” tweeted a supporter of the student walkout. “Gender ideology is being sold as being progressive but its not. There is big money behind it, pushing it as woke, but it hurts women, gays and lesbians … Kids can be gender non-conforming without fad labels & pharma.”

Go here to read the rest.  The action of the school board is of dubious constitutionality.  Here we have an arm of government mandating speech in order to retain employment.  The speech mandated, calling a she a he, is a manifest contradiction of reality.  There is obviously  a strong First Amendment challenge to this.  I am curious why the local school board is engaging in this action that will involve expensive litigation that they may well lose.  West Point is a small coastal town with a population of about 3300.  The county it is located in, King William County, is politically Republican.  This reeks of small town politics.  I suspect the kid involved is from a prominent and wealthy family, used to getting their way in this community.  Expect to hear more about this as the case as it works its way through the courts.  Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World seems more prophetic with each passing year.

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  1. Douay-Rheims Bible
    Now the Spirit manifestly saith, that in the last times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to spirits of error, and doctrines of devils. 1st. Tim. 4:1

    Devil’s are advancing their agenda to destroy family as we know it.
    Misguided fools in supervisory positions are helping to spread spirits of error.

    Game on you pathetic loosers.

    In the end Truth will be victorious.

  2. All things have a start, a seed as it were. I suspect this gender hybridization became it’s cancerous self when we agreed to be tolerant of the first perversion of nature. Satan is indeed insatiable.

  3. God created man and woman. The Left created the other genders. Similarly, they searched and searched and discovered a Constitutional right to murder 70 million unborn human persons.

    Will those people escape justice?

    This is more nonsense from your (you get the leadership you deserve) Brave New Aristocracy.

    And, here’s a suggestion for a re-write of the song, “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” “Baby It’s Nuts Outside!”

  4. Looking at the biographies of the board members, they all look like small town ‘community leader’ types. Three of them work in small businesses, one’s a housewife on the board of everything, and one’s a retired teacher. Not the sort of people you’d think would be conscripted into stupid causes. They appear to have rubber-stamped the decision of the superintendent. She’s a school system lifer in her 50s who is also married to a Coast Guard officer. Either the culture is so diseased that it has now affected people of a sort formerly immune, or there’s something personal about this dispute the media hasn’t picked up.

  5. “or there’s something personal about this dispute the media hasn’t picked up.”

    In my lifelong experience with small towns I have often noted that the inexplicable usually comes from personal relationships, often centering in battles between insiders and outsiders.

  6. I think that I have found the local angle courtesy of The Daily Mail. (It is shameful how better the Brit papers tend to be on stories about political correctness than American papers.)

    Mera Babineaux, a supporter of the student, a West Point resident and founder of the Virginia Anti-Bullying and Discrimination Action Network, wrote in a letter to the board:

    ‘No matter what sense of self or identity a child may have, public schools must remain a bastion of secular education, where children can learn without fear of retribution for who they are, where they worship, who they love, or how they present themselves.’
    I suspect that she is the instigator of all this.

  7. Mera Babineaux works for an ad agency in Roanoke. Other side of the state. I doubt she has any influence in local politics in King William County.

  8. “Mera Babineaux works for an ad agency in Roanoke. Other side of the state. I doubt she has any influence in local politics in King William County.”

    According to the news stories Art she is also a resident of West Point. If she is a resident of West Point she could have a fair amount of influence there, or her family could have a fair amount of influence there.

  9. Wonder if the girl decided to “identify” as a boy on her own, or if she got “encouragement.”

    Heaven knows that if this had been a fad when I was a kid, they probably would’ve shoved me into it– even back in the late 90s the various twits found it hilarious to “tease” that I was intersex. (only acceptable reason to not sleep around, in their so-called minds)

  10. Here is one of the (many) weaknesses (just beneath low-IQ, low-information, and no morals) of the idiotic left [redundant]. General Patton said it. “If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” Plus, if you don’t “eat-up”/drink the kool-aid, you are EVIL.

    When (not if) these people prevail you will say, “Goodbye!” to your life, liberty and property.

  11. Knowing the hi-jinks that the various anti-bullying groups have gotten up to, she could have lied in her letter.

    It’s also possible that she moved.

    From poking around, appears that is indeed her Linked profile, and that she hasn’t moved, she’s just an activist; a phone search didn’t bring up anybody with her last name living in that area, and she didn’t come up in the phone search for the whole state. (might just have a cellphone, like me and a large number of roughly the same age)

    **********

    Seeing as this situation screams “set up,” I’d look more to activist parents in collusion with Babineaux’s organization.

  12. If she is a resident of West Point she could have a fair amount of influence there, or her family could have a fair amount of influence there.

    Possibly. Two homes suggest some extra cash, if the Daily Mail is not in error. Her various avocations and half-avocational pursuits leave her with more of an internet trail than an ordinary person. (She’s into costume design, among other things). Far as I can tell, her maiden name is ‘Ebbett’ and her family live around Roanoke. Her husband’s family appears to be from an exurb of Houston. Not many people named “Babineaux” who live outside Cajun country and points adjacent.

  13. Vote out the school board and then fire the superintendent. Hire a new superintendent to rewrite the policies so that no one need pretend 2+2=5.

  14. Mera Babineaux, a supporter of the student, a West Point resident and founder of the Virginia Anti-Bullying and Discrimination Action Network, wrote in a letter to the board:

    ‘No matter what sense of self or identity a child may have, public schools must remain a bastion of secular education, where children can learn without fear of retribution for who they are, where they worship, who they love, or how they present themselves.’

    Sounds to me like a Christian forgot that religion is something to be done in the privacy of one’s own home —preferably in the bedroom, with the curtains drawn and the lights turned out—and got himself caught acting Christian in public.

    I know a late tween/early teen female acquaintance of my children who would “present” as a Sindarin Elf, given half a smidgen of encouragement.

  15. I know a late tween/early teen female acquaintance of my children who would “present” as a Sindarin Elf, given half a smidgen of encouragement.

    *chuckles* There is a REASON I call my husband “Elf”….

    **

    Honestly, what utterly breaks it for me is that the guy “failed to call the student by the desired pronouns” ONLY when it was an instantaneous and minor emergency situation– defending both the girl and the equipment she was using from harm. “Don’t let her walk into the wall!”

    Good heavens, I’ve had folks mistake me for male. I’ve accidentally called VERY OBVIOUSLY female ladies “sir” and the other way around, because I’m tired.

    This is freaking Jizya.

  16. West Pt, VA is surrounded by water. It’s near the confluence of three rivers. Many from other parts of VA come to the Rivah for vacations staying in waterfront homes that have been owned by the family for generations.
    This is the same town where Chesty Puller grew up, though apparently not the same mindset now as when the legendary marine was a youth.

  17. That school board must have been breathing too much of the West Pt paper mill fumes when they voted. Insane, dangerous and costly decision.
    Blaming was not courteous to the student; he unfortunately stated his Christian beliefs. That’s what it’s about…”secular” education (quoting Mera B.) vs free speech and freedom of religion.
    The libs aim to destroy the formerly conservative state.

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