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         Loudoun County Physical Ed Teacher Wins Lawsuit After Opposing District Gender Identity Policy

ďI love all of my students, but I will never lie to them regardless of the consequences. Iím a teacher, but I serve God first and I will not affirm that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa because itís against my religion. Itís lying to a child, itís abuse to a child, and itís sinning against our God.Ē

 

         Christians: Stop being passive

Ö our government authority is not the Roman Empire or a Caesar. It is the Constitution and our representative republic. As Abraham Lincoln famously stated, the United States is government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Bureaucrats are not the government, we areÖ

 

 

Loudoun County Physical Ed Teacher Wins Lawsuit After Opposing District Gender Identity Policy

 

by Bruce Hausknecht, The Daily Citizen

Nov 15, 2021

 

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) attorneys have announced a settlement bringing to a close the successful lawsuit by their client, Virginia resident Tanner Cross, who was suspended by the Loudoun County School Board after he spoke in opposition to a proposed gender identity policy at a May 25 board meeting.

 

Cross, a Christian who teaches physical education at Leesburg Elementary School, rose during the public comment portion of the May meeting and addressed proposed Policy 8040 which would have required all district employees to use the preferred pronouns of students, whether or not those corresponded to the studentsí biological sex.

 

ďItís not my intention to hurt anyone, but there are certain truths that we must face when ready,Ē Cross told the board. ďWe condemn school policies [that] would damage children, defile the holy image of God.

 

ďI love all of my students, but I will never lie to them regardless of the consequences. Iím a teacher, but I serve God first and I will not affirm that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa because itís against my religion. Itís lying to a child, itís abuse to a child, and itís sinning against our God.Ē

 

For his opposition, Cross was banned from the schoolís campus and placed on administrative leave while the district investigated him for ďengag[ing] in conduct that has had a disruptive impact on the operations of Leesburg Elementary School.Ē

 

A Virginia Circuit Court judge was not impressed by the districtís action, and on June 8 issued a temporary injunction that required the immediate reinstatement of Cross. In August, the Virginia Supreme Court affirmed the lower court rule and made the injunction permanent. That prompted the district to sit down with Cross and his attorneys and hammer out the settlement, which in addition to reinstatement to his job, involves removing any reference to his suspension from his employment file and also includes a payment of $20,000 in attorneysí fees...

 

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Christians: Stop being passive

 

By Jeff Myers, Op-Ed Contributor, The Christian Post

Nov 15, 2021

 

A national survey conducted by McLaughlin & Associates-Summit.org found 75% of Americans believe the government does not have the right to force people to participate in practices that violate their religious beliefs. Sixty percent say that religious exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine should be protected. Only 27% disagreed.

 

Americans of all political parties and religious beliefs are increasingly concerned that the government is exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to undermine religious liberty. From forcing churches to remain closed while casinos reopened, to threatening the jobs of those objecting to the COVID-19 shot, people of faith no longer have the luxury of remaining passive.

 

Religious liberty is the first freedom protected in the Constitutionís Bill of Rights. It is a freedom nearly all Americans hold dear. Yet the Biden administration seems out of touch. How many Blue states will turn Red before the administration realizes that Americansí concerns over COVID-19 do not trump their love of freedom and the rule of law?

 

Consider this example. In September, just days after Bidenís mandate announcement, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy promised the federal government would ďmonitorĒ religious exemption claims. If you are looking for scientific proof that the small number of people claiming religious exemptions are a danger to the public, youíll almost certainly come up empty-handed. The Biden mandate seems more like a cynical power play than a medical imperative.

 

During the Clinton administration, Congress passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by a nearly unanimous vote. President Clinton signed it into law. RFRA states that the government must prove that any action or regulation they pursue does not place an undue burden on Americansí practice of their religion. Yet the Biden administrationís overarching mandate makes little sense given less burdensome alternatives such as assessments of natural immunity and regular COVID-19 testing.

 

American people of faith are now in the unfamiliar position of having to stand against their own government to uphold their basic liberties. Many Christians are uncomfortable with this. Some say that biblical passages such as Romans 13 insist that we do whatever our government demands.

 

But our government authority is not the Roman Empire or a Caesar. It is the Constitution and our representative republic. As Abraham Lincoln famously stated, the United States is government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Bureaucrats are not the government, we are.

 

In this country, if you want to obey the governmental authorities as the Bible says, you must be an involved citizen.

 

Christian involvement with government isnít just an American imperative, however. A millennium and a half ago Augustine of Hippo argued that citizens of the kingdom of Heaven are the best citizens in the kingdoms of humanity because they have an allegiance to a truth that is higher than the state. Government is not God.

 

During World War II, Corrie ten Boomís faith inspired her defiance of Nazi rule as she smuggled Jews to safety. And Martin Luther King Jr.ís appeal to Godís authority as the moral foundation for the civil rights movement cemented his legacy despite laws mandating segregation based on race.

 

Pushing back against government overreach sometimes requires civil disobedience. This is to be sharply distinguished from un-civil disobedience such as rioting.

 

In the McLaughlin/Summit.org poll, 57% of Americans who expressed an opinion said that civil disobedience is an appropriate response when the government oversteps its legal authority or engages in immoral behavior against its citizens.

 

Peaceful but firm resistance does carry a cost...

 

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https://www.christianpost.com/voices/christians-stop-being-passive.html