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

Parental Rights at Stake in Case of Minn. Mother and Teen “Emancipated” by State

In June 2017, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit of a Minnesota mother, Annmarie Calgaro, whose then 17-year-old son was emancipated from her by a county and several medical clinics without any due process on the mother’s part. That case was appealed in July 2017 by attorney Erick Kaardal and the Thomas More Society and heard in the Atlanta-based federal appeals court last month. As previously noted, the judge had made what the Child Protection League (CPLAction), who is supporting Calgaro’s efforts to reclaim her parental rights, characterized as a “bizarre and contradictory ruling”: “Only a court order can do

Whose Children? Challenges to Parental Rights Multiply

Earlier this month, New Jersey became the latest state to institute a policy threatening parental rights — adding to a growing nationwide hostility to the already fragile institution of the family. The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) recently amended their existing anti-discrimination policy with the “Transgender Student Guidance for School Districts.” The guidance, among other things, instructs schools to use the preferred pronouns and names of students without the permission, or even awareness, of students’ parents. In order to manage this policy, schools are keeping two separate files for students: one with students’ birth names and genders which parents

Threats to Parental Rights Spark Political Battles in Delaware, Ohio

Recent statewide policy proposals in both Delaware and Ohio have captured the attention of national media outlets and highlight a growing phenomenon of government infringement on parental rights, one which has triggered a political firestorm. Moreover, the status of these proposals still remains up in the air, putting legal protection for parental rights in a precarious position in both states — as well as, potentially, the rest of the country. The most recent development came last week, when Delaware Gov. John Carney’s administration announced its decision to scrap a proposed statewide anti-bias policy for schools in all nineteen of the

Progressives Seek to Impose Gender Ideology on Va. School Curricula

School board members in Fairfax County, Va., are poised to vote June 14 on whether to implement changes regarding gender identity issues in the Family Life Education (FLE) curriculum for the county’s middle schoolers and high schoolers. Recommended changes to the current curriculum include redefining biological sex; adding lesson plans about gender identity and transgender ideology from a overtly biased perspective; and, perhaps most crucially, removing parents’ ability to opt-out their children from FLE programs. While this radical agenda may currently be limited to progressive strongholds, it is representative of the direction our country is headed in: one in which

Pa. GOP Candidates Wagner, Ellsworth Tout Support for Transgender Bathroom Bill

In the race for Pennsylvania governor, two Republicans — state Senator Scott Wagner and lawyer Laura Ellsworth — have endorsed legislation that would allow boys to use girls’ locker rooms, showers, bathrooms, and other public facilities where privacy is expected. The only candidate who has publicly opposed such legislation in this race is Army veteran Paul Mango. Both Wagner and Ellsworth have been criticized for supporting this legislation. Their challenger, Mango, has attacked the legislation and has even run campaign ads against it. In a March debate, Mango criticized Wagner for supporting the legislation: “One thing I will not do

Pa. GOP’s Scott Wagner Accepts Money from “George Soros of LGBT Movement”

Conservatives are well aware of the corrupt nature of politicians and their pay-to-play schemes. Many politicians will support legislation or policy changes for the right price. Often times special interest groups donate money or hold massive fundraisers for politicians with a wink-and-a-nod agreement that, in exchange for their campaign donations, their prized legislation will advance. This tactic is often used to get politicians to support harmful legislation. Think of it as the sugar that helps the “medicine” go down. It’s corrupt and one of the major reasons we see politicians supporting indefensible legislation. Which brings us to Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate

Pennsylvania Is Ground Zero for Social Conservatives in 2018. Here’s Why.

This article was originally posted at Townhall. I’m at a loss. What is the point of a social conservative movement that remains on the sidelines for the toughest and most important fights? What good are social conservative donors when they appear to concede the most important battles for religious liberty? One of the most significant races in the country — the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race — is happening right now. Yet, so far, the social conservative movement has paid it little attention. Why is this race important? The leading Republican candidate in the race, Scott Wagner, openly supports so-called SOGI “non-discrimination” legislation

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