Ryan T. Anderson emails to criticize the “Fairness For All” compromise proposal endorsed by some prominent Evangelicals, including conservatives, as a way forward in the LGBT rights vs. religious liberty debate (I wrote about FFA here last week.). Anderson says:
Two weeks ago many of us were concerned about the Virginia public school teacher fired for not using the proper pronouns. FFA could impose a nationwide pronoun policy at every *private* business, not just public schools, in exchange for exemptions for religious organizations. This would mean that many people of faith (and for that matter science) could only work at select religious organizations if they didn’t want to go along with the pronoun policy.
How could it impose a nation wide pronoun policy, you ask? “Gender identity” becomes a protected class in employment law. A colleague transitions at work and requests people use the new name and pronouns. You decline. The colleague complains to the boss. If the boss takes no action, the colleague can file a complaint with the EEOC, saying the boss has allowed for a hostile workplace and refused to address it. Hostile workplace is a form of employment discrimination. Boss will have to discipline you for refusing to use correct pronouns.
So if you thought the Virginia public school teacher case was bad, FFA might take that national, and in private businesses, too.
FYI, Peter Vlaming, the fired Virginia school teacher, will be on Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Tonight this evening (Monday December 17). If you would like to contribute to his family’s Go Fund Me (I personally verified that it’s legitimate), please go here. People who sympathize with the poor man’s plight are being generous. He has four kids, and was fired right here before Christmas.
If you are a supporter of the Fairness For All proposal, and believe that Anderson is wrong on the Vlaming point, please e-mail me at rod — at — amconmag — dot — com, and explain why. I’ll post your response.