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Christian teachers in CA reinstated after placed on leave for refusing to hide child gender issues from parents

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Two Christian teachers in California were punished for believing vital information about students should be shared with their own parents. The teachers were only reinstated by a federal judge after taking legal action; they were punished  for opposing the district’s policy of not informing parents when a child opted to change their gender identity in class.

The educators, Elizabeth Mirabelli and Lori Ann West, sued the California board of education on the grounds that “deceiving” a child’s guardian violated their religious beliefs.

A presentation given to the educators in February 2023 instructed teachers to uncritically accept a “student’s assertion of their gender identity and begin to treat the student immediately, consistently with that gender identity.”

The educators, Elizabeth Mirabelli and Lori Ann West, sued the California board of education on the grounds that “deceiving” a child’s guardian violated their religious beliefs.

Judge Robert Benitez ruled in favor of the teachers, noting that the district’s policy of hiding gender-identity changes from parents violated the Fourteenth Amendment. “It harms plaintiffs who are compelled to violate the parent’s rights by forcing plaintiffs to conceal information they feel is critical for the welfare of their students,” the justice wrote in his ruling.

“The student’s assertion is enough,” read a transcript of the presentation obtained by Fox News Digital. “There is no need for a formal declaration. There’s no requirement for parent or caretaker agreement or even for knowledge for us to begin treating that student consistent with their gender identity.” The presentation also reportedly warned teachers that failure to go along with a student’s wishes could be discriminatory and constitute a violation of district policies.

The teachers had originally been granted religious accommodations for using personal pronouns, but were forced to abide by the district’s policy of not notifying parents of pronoun or gender identification changes.

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Michigan asks residents to house migrants, enroll children in school and help adults find employment

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Michigan is asking its residents to help with the mess its leadership created and house migrants in their own homes. The state Department of Labor and Economic Development said volunteers who participate must commit for at least 90 days as part of the refugee support program.

In addition to opening up their homes, sponsors are expected to support newly arrived refugees by greeting them at the airport, securing and preparing initial housing, enrolling children in school and helping adults find employment.

“Programs like the Welcome Corps advance the Office of Global Michigan’s mission to make Michigan the home for opportunity for our immigrant, refugee and ethnic communities,” said Poppy Hernandez, Global Michigan Director and Michigan’s Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. “Expanded refugee resettlement pathways empower more Michiganders to support our state’s growing refugee population and build a more welcoming and inclusive Michigan for all.”

The migrants will come from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, all points of origin where many have been hoping to apply for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fox News reports “cities like New York and Chicago have also dealt with issues related to migrants committing crimes, as well as pushback from residents who have voiced anger and concern over the influx. Migrant shelters in those cities have largely been full, forcing officials to come up with ways to safely house the migrants.”

Last year, Massachusetts officials asked residents to open their doors as migrant shelters were full at the time. “Most importantly, if you have an extra room or suite in your home, please consider hosting a family. Housing and shelter is our most pressing need and become a sponsor family,” said Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll.

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