Battle over Pronouns Presents Growing Threat to First Amendment

Earlier this month, a Virginia high school teacher was fired over his declining to use a transgender student’s preferred gender pronouns. Peter Vlaming had been a French teacher at West Point High School for the last seven years. However, when a female student of his returned to school after summer break as a transgender male, Vlaming told the student that, because of his Christian faith, he could not refer to the student using male pronouns. This stance put Vlaming at odds with the school’s administration. Superintendent Laura Abel’s claims that Vlaming was causing a “hostile learning environment” seem absurd considering