Catholic school student who expressed Catholic beliefs about gender arrested

A student at a Canadian Catholic school who was suspended last November for saying there are only two genders was arrested this week after trying to return to class without renouncing his beliefs.

Josh Alexander, 16, was arrested Monday afternoon at St Joseph’s Catholic High School in Renfrew, Ont., after trying to attend classes after being suspended in November for saying there are only two genders during a class discussion.

“I was suspended for comments made during a class discussion,” said Alexander. “It was about male students using female toilets, gender dysphoria and male breastfeeding. Everyone was giving their opinion about it, any student who wanted to participate, including the teacher,” he continued, according to one national mail report.

“I said there were only two genders and you were born male or female and that got me in trouble. And so I said gender doesn’t trump biology,” she added.

Alexander, who has stated that his beliefs are rooted in his Christian faith, was banned from the school unless he agreed not to “nominate” transgender students and agreed not to attend classes with transgender students who disliked his religious beliefs.

“I walked into one of my classes. I sat down and everyone looked very surprised to see me there. Within two minutes, the vice principal was in the room asking me to leave,” Alexander said of his attempt to re-enter the school this week, adding that he was met by police almost immediately after leaving class.

“I think I used to be seen as a Christian kid following my beliefs, but now I’m apparently the rebel,” Alexander said.

“The school knows I’m not trying to be a problem child. The police also know this. They didn’t even handcuff me when they arrested me. They know I wasn’t a threat to anyone.”

The incident, which Alexander’s attorney James Kitchen labeled religious discrimination, is just the latest to involve gender ideology at a Catholic school in Ontario.

Last month, a teacher at another Ontario Catholic school bragged on the social media platform Twitter about a “prayer table” in his class that depicted Jesus Christ as transgender, along with an icon of the Virgin Mary with a flag motif. rainbow.

Professor Paolo De Buono had also previously demanded that a Catholic priest visiting his class refrain from teaching basic Catholic dogma, such as noting that only men can be ordained priests.

“When visiting my classroom, you are not allowed to make comments that marriage is only for a male-female couple, that there are only two genders and that only men can be priests,” De Buono said in his email. .

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