ANOTHER REASON TO OBJECT TO TRANSGENDER PRONOUNS

Dec 9, 2018 by

“Another Reason To Object to Transgender Pronouns”

By Donna Garner

12.9.18

This last week in Virginia, a high-school French teacher was fired because he refused to use the preferred pronoun of a student who claims to be a transgender. The teacher told administrators that his Christian beliefs did not allow him to use male pronouns for a biologically female student.  He is right, of course, because using such wording would go against the medical/biological science that since the creation of the world has shown there are only two sexes – male and female.  

However, the French teacher may also have yet another good reason for not caving into the demands of the LGBTQ community.

In Romance languages (i.e., the languages spoken by the Romans such as French, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, and Romanian), nouns are either masculine or feminine; and the adjectives that modify the nouns have to match with either masculine or feminine endings.  If the nouns are singular, then the adjectives that modify them have to be singular also.  The same holds true for the plural nouns and plural adjectives.

Recently, an LGBTQ/ethnic studies group demanded that the wording in textbooks be changed to “latino/latina, latinx.”  (Here is a link from Merriam Webster that explains the term “latinx” — https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/word-history-latinx).

Not only is the term “latinx” a brainchild of the LGBTQ  movement, but it is totally spelled wrong.  In Spanish an “x” cannot be used without putting a vowel before it. The term if ever used would have to be “latinex.”  Then, of course, there would be the problem in making “latinex” plural.  Would it be “latinexen”?  Who knows?  Also, there is the problem with pronouncing “latinx” which does not follow Spanish pronunciation rules without there being the “ex” in the syllable.

The whole issue of the LGBTQ term “latinx” is an absurd destruction of the Spanish language, and similar problems would also present themselves in any of the Romance languages! 

To cave to the LGBTQ community with its transgender hysteria would end up destroying many languages used throughout the world.  Students who try to master Romance languages have to learn the gender (masculine or feminine) of each noun and the correct accompanying masculine or feminine adjective. Allowing the transgender movement to make up its own pronoun rules would throw languages into total chaos.  

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12.7.18 – Breitbart

“Teacher Fired After Refusing to Use Transgender Student’s Preferred Pronouns”

Dr. Susan Berry

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A Virginia high school teacher, who refused to use the preferred pronouns of a student who claims to be transgender, was fired Thursday.

In a case that is believed to be the first of its kind in the state, the West Point School Board voted unanimously to fire Peter Vlaming, a French teacher in the district’s high school.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Vlaming “resisted administrators’ orders to use male pronouns to refer to a ninth-grade student who had undergone a gender transition.”

“I can’t think of a worse way to treat a child than what was happening,” said West Point High Principal Jonathan Hochman, who testified that he instructed Vlaming to use male pronouns.

Vlaming, 47, had been teaching at the school for nearly seven years after living in France for more than a decade. He told administrators his Christian beliefs did not allow him to use male pronouns for a biologically female student – one he had previously taught when she identified as female.

While Vlaming agreed to use the student’s new, male name, he attempted to avoid using the pronouns – he, him, she, her – when referring to her. The student reportedly complained she felt uncomfortable and targeted with his refusal to use her preferred pronouns.

During a public hearing, Vlaming said he respects all his students and had attempted to resolve the situation based on “mutual tolerance.”

His effort, however, was not accepted, he said, putting him in the position of risking the loss of his job for having views held by “most of the world for most of human history.”

“That is not tolerance,” Vlaming said, according to the Times-Dispatch. “That is coercion.”

According to the news report, administrators agreed that Vlaming was discriminating against the student.

…West Point High School administrators recommended to the board that Vlaming be fired, asserting he had violated the district’s nondiscrimination and harassment policies.

…The school district’s nondiscrimination policies reportedly include gender identity protections but no specific regulations on the use of pronouns.

Vlaming’s attorney also said the teacher also has constitutional rights – even though he is a public employee.

“One of those rights that is not curtailed is to be free from being compelled to speak something that violates your conscience,” Shawn Voyles said.

The Times-Dispatch reported:

The hearing drew an overflow crowd, made up largely of parents and students supporting a man they described as a model teacher who does extra duty as a soccer coach and bus driver

Donna Garner

Wgarner1@hot.rr.com

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