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WI school board votes to ban ‘political messages’ such as BLM, pride flags in classrooms

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Is the woke agenda’s time coming to an end in our education system? One Wisconsin school board may be an indication of districts saying ‘enough is enough.’ One student of a Wisconsin school board fighting back against pride flags and Black Lives Matter (BLM) flags in the classroom put it simply and plainly:

“I am not controversial. I am not political. I am a person.”

The Kettle Moraine School Board vote was held in a “packed room last week” as students, teachers, parents and “community members” debated and ultimately voted in favor of banning the pride and BLM flags from classrooms due to political messaging.

“Teachers and administration will not have political flags or religious messaging in their classroom or on their person,” Superintendent Stephen Plum said ahead of the vote, according to Fox 6.

The vote ended “in favor of keeping a code of conduct in place that the school’s superintendent had interpreted as banning teachers from displaying political and religious messages in classrooms” reports Fox News.

“The political messages include ones such as gay pride flags, BLM flags and ‘We Back the Badge’ signs. Only one school board member voted against the ban, saying he made the decision after speaking with concerned students and staff.”

The policy also includes banning teachers from including their preferred pronouns in email signatures.

Plum told the school board that the district’s interpretation of the policy — which prohibits staffers from using their positions to promote partisan politics, religious views and propaganda for personal, monetary or nonmonetary gain — changed following a legal analysis.

“The fact is, the majority of students don’t want or need this, so catering to the minority only encourages the envelope to be pushed further,” another student said.

Always ready for a controversial fight, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Wisconsin is investigating the policy, and comparing the banned pride and BLM slogans to those such as “Support our Troops”, “Believe Women” and “Save the Planet.”

“By some people’s definitions, all of those things are political” said Christine Donahoe of the ACLU of Wisconsin.

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Teacher in Ireland imprisoned for refusing to use ‘gender-neutral’ pronouns

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An Irish teacher’s fight against the woke masses has landed him in jail. Enoch Burke allegedly was initially suspended on full pay from the Wilson’s Hospital School temporarily, after refusing a request from the principal to address a transgender student by “they” instead of “he,” according to Irish outlet Independent.ie.

Burke is an evangelical Christian who teaches at Wilson’s Hospital School, a high school that is run by the Church of Ireland. It is co-ed and caters to boarding and day students.

Burke continued to show up to school in order to teach, despite his suspension. As a result, the boarding school got an interlocutory injunction restraining order against him, barring him from coming in the building.

Still, Burke showed up every day to work. Then, “the school’s board of management filed a further application, and on Friday, Justice Miriam O’Regan ordered Burke to be arrested and brought into court” reports National Review.

In court, Burke continued to insist on showing up to school teach, saying, “I love my school. I am here today because I would not call a boy a girl,” the outlet reported.

Not going to work and teaching “is not something I will do. It is in violation of my conscience,” Burke added, claiming his suspension was invalid and that he would’ve had to “commit an act of gross misconduct” for it to be justified, according to the outlet.

“It is reprehensible that anyone’s religious beliefs could be taken as a ground for misconduct or gross misconduct,” Burke said. “Were I to obey the order of the board of management and the order of the court, I would have to accept that sticking by my belief in male and female is wrong.”

“It is not something I will do. It is in violation of my conscience,” he added, saying, “Were I to go into the school and bow to something I know to be manifestly wrong, it would be a shame and a disgrace on my part.”

Justice Michael Quinn ordered Burke be committed to Mountjoy Prison and remain there indefinitely “until he purges his contempt or until further order of this court.”

Burke refused to comply with the court’s order after the judge’s decision, saying, “I cannot purge my contempt by holding my Christian beliefs in contempt.”

 

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