Peter Vlaming has paid the price for being a man of integrity and sense in America today. The Virginia school teacher was fired because of his unwillingness to march in step with the mandates of the transgender movement. He has committed the terrible offense of refusing to lie about a student’s identity, and therefore must be punished. The revolution does not brook dissent.
From what the article says, it doesn’t seem Mr. Vlaming was even very confrontational about things. He was perfectly willing to just refer to the student by name. But, in a moment when a quick word was required, to try and prevent the student from coming to harm, he accidentally referred to her as she. She has recently started identifying as he, so this was completely unacceptable and has led to Mr. Vlaming being disciplined because he will not recant.
The story is disturbing. The school board’s decision was apparently unanimous, which tells us that the whole group has lost the use of their reason; not only are they fully on board with jettisoning science in favor of feelings, but they fully support trampling Mr. Vlaming’s freedom of conscience. These are people tasked with overseeing the education of children–an education that ideally would include a modest grasp of biology and respect for other people’s conscience.
Here is the school’s Principal: “I can’t think of a worse way to treat a child than what was happening”. Really? You are a high school principal, and you can’t think of anything that would be more abusive to a student than a teacher lovingly refusing to lie to them about their gender? And you are someone who should be entrusted to oversee education?
Here is the West Point Schools Superintendent: “That discrimination then leads to creating a hostile learning environment. And the student had expressed that. The parent had expressed that…They felt disrespected.” So the feelings of the student and parent overturn reality? Conscientiously refusing to lie is discrimination? And your leadership as Superintendent is going to help the school train students in integrity and rational thought?
This is the consequence of the secularization of American education. Having rejected the knowledge of God, they have lost the knowledge of mankind as well. They purport to educate children, but they have educated themselves out of what even most children know–the difference between boys and girls. The goal now is to miseducate children into sharing their ignorance of this basic facet of humanity.
It is, of course, a clash of fundamental worldviews. Mr. Vlaming has the Christian worldview, wherein the world is intelligible and humanity is understandable, as creatures of a loving Creator; “in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them” (Gen. 1:27, NIV). And the same God who told him what boys and girls are told him he must not lie about it.
The authorities in the West Point Schools have a secular worldview, wherein the world is unintelligible and the human being is in flux. Girls may become boys, so ultimately there are no such things as girls and boys. Educators should cooperate in the spiritual and psychological abuse of children by helping confuse them about their gender. Truth and conscience are to be trampled upon in the rush to accommodate feelings. Reason is out, but the argumentum ad baculum is very much in.
Now, which worldview would we rather see at work in our nation’s educators? A difficult choice, to be sure.