School Faces Repercussions After Firing Pastor for 'Misgendering' Student

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December 11, 2017Dec 11, 2017

It has been reported that a teacher and Christian pastor was recently fired for referring to a student by her biological gender. But apparently, rather than silently allowing himself to be fired, the pastor has decided that he will slap the school with a lawsuit. 

Math teacher and pastor Joshua Sutcliffe, 27, apparently said "well-done girls" to two students at his Oxfordshire secondary school in England. As a result, the school suspended him and called him for disciplinary hearings. His superiors believed that his statement was an offense so severe that they no longer wanted him to teach at the school. 

Hoping to keep his job, the teacher apologized to the students for his misconduct of "misgendering." He claimed that it wasn't on purpose, since he hopes to act with kindness toward all people, and that no offense was intended by the comment. But not long after apologizing to the students, Sutcliffe was outright fired from his teaching post. Sutcliffe became furious that he was fired and called out the school for being "totalitarian." 

“I regret that our relations have reached this point, but I feel I have no choice but to bring legal proceedings against you without further notice,” Sutcliffe wrote in his letter, according to the Daily Caller.

“While the suggestion that gender is fluid conflicts sharply with my Christian beliefs… I have never looked to impose my convictions on others,” Sutcliffe continued. 

According to BBC, the pastor-teacher claims that it was simply a "slip of the tongue." 

The math teacher, also a pastor at the Christ Revelation Church in Oxford, claims that he tries to balance his beliefs and the need to treat his students with sensitivity. He claims that he often did this by avoiding the use of gender-specific pronouns and by referring to pupils by their names rather than their genders. 

Despite apologizing to the students, and hoping to treat everybody with sensitivity and kindness, he claimed that it isn't "unreasonable" to call somebody a girl "if they were born a girl." 

BBC reports that the number of young people changing their gender identity is at an all-time high. In England, more than 2,000 young people, between the ages of three and eighteen, were referred to as specialists seeking help with their gender identities in 2016-2017.

Christian Legal Centre is the legal group that is currently defending Sutcliffe. 

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