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A Catholic student in Canada has been forbidden from attending school for the rest of the year after he expressed his belief in the Biblical truth that there are only two genders.
On Wednesday, The Epoch Times reported that 16-year-old Josh Alexander, who attends St. Joseph’s Catholic High School in Renfrew, Ontario, was told that he would be removed from school for continuing to express his religious beliefs, saying that his presence would be “detrimental to the physical and mental well-being” of transgender students.
Last November, Alexander organized a protest at the school against transgender students being allowed to use the girls’ locker room. He was suspended for this as well as for saying in class that there are only two genders.
When his suspension ended in January, the principal said that he would be “excluded” from the school for the rest of the year and that it could possibly extend into next year.
Now, Alexander and his lawyers are bringing the matter before an Ontario human rights tribunal, arguing that this constitutes religious discrimination.
“Offence is obviously defined by the offended. I expressed my religious beliefs in class and it spiraled out of control,” Alexander told the Epoch Times. “Not everybody’s going to like that. That doesn’t make me a bully. It doesn’t mean I’m harassing anybody. They express their beliefs and I express mine. Mine obviously don’t fit the narrative.”
His lawyer, James Kitchen, also disputed the school’s claim that he was “bullying” transgender students, saying that he was “not going to seek them out and call them names and make fun of them,” but that he was merely going to express his opinion.
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