Vermont: Where the only speech allowed must
support the queer agenda
They’re coming for you next: Despite founding the snowboarding program at Woodstock Union High School in Vermont in 2011 and heading it for its entire history, David Bloch was immediately fired without due process by his school the day after he had a very civil private conversation with his students about males claiming to be female and competing against women.
This is what he did, according to his non-profit legal firm, the Alliance Defending Freedom:
In February , Bloch and his team were waiting in the lodge for a competition to start. That day, Bloch’s team was set to compete against a team that had a male snowboarder who identifies as a female and competes against females. During downtime in the lodge, Bloch overheard a conversation between two of his athletes about that male competing against females. Bloch joined the conversation to comment that people express themselves differently and that there can be masculine women and feminine men. He also affirmed that as a matter of biology, males and females have different DNA, which causes males to develop differently from females and have different physical characteristics, and that those biological differences give males an advantage in athletic competitions.
The conversation was respectful among all parties and lasted no more than three minutes. It took place entirely outside the presence of the male snowboarder who identifies as female, and Bloch’s team and the other team went on to compete without incident. After the competition, the two teams and their coaches, including Bloch, shared a bus home.
The very next day the superintendent of the Windsor Central Supervisory Union, Sherry Sousa, called Bloch into her office to tell him he was fired, even though the investigation against him was incomplete.
The notice accused Bloch of violating Windsor Central Supervisory Union Board’s Harassment, Hazing, and Bullying policy and the Vermont Principals’ Association related policy for “ma[king] reference to [a] student in a manner that questioned the legitimacy and appropriateness of the student competing on the girls’ team to members of the WUHS snowboard team”—all outside the student’s presence.
In July Bloch sued. You can read his complaint here [pdf]. It notes that the board’s policy is so broad as to violate the first and fourteenth amendments to the Constitution, in numerous ways.
Coach Bloch has rights under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution to express his views on differences in sex and the appropriateness of a teenage male competing against teenage females in an athletic competition, and in so doing to refer to a male as a male. By expressing such views, Coach Bloch was engaged in constitutionally protected activity.
Defendants took adverse action against Coach Bloch by terminating him from his position as coach of the snowboarding team and barring him from future employment in the school district. Defendants’ adverse actions against Coach Bloch were motivated and substantially caused by the exercise of his right to engage in constitutionally protected activity, including the right to express views on differences in sex and the appropriateness of a teenage male competing against teenage females in an athletic competition, and in so doing to refer to a male as a male.
At present the case is being argued in the U.S. District Court in Vermont, with hearing ongoing this week.
Based on the facts, Bloch’s case should be open and shut. He simply spoke his mind in a conversation, doing so in a civil manner. He then not only peaceably coached his team in a game against this male cross-dresser (my description), he and the teams came home in the same bus with that team and that cross-dresser, with no incident. At no time did he do anything to justify the school’s action.
The school’s officials acted simply to silence him and anyone else who disagreed with the state’s absurd policy favoring the queer agenda. They could not allow a reasonable and open debate, for to do so would reveal the terrible and factual foolish nature of the policy (which you can read in its entirety, as it is Exhibit 6 in Bloch’s lawsuit complaint). You can also read the school’s termination notice of Bloch (Exhibit 8), which clearly fired him solely on the word of one complaint, without ever obtaining Bloch’s version of events.
The suit not only goes after Windsor Central Supervisory Union Board, but the individuals who specifically fired Bloch, Sherry Sousa as well Heather Bouchey, the interim secretary of the Vermont Agency of Education and Jay Nichols the executive director of the Vermont Principals’ Association.
The instruction manual used by
Vermont’s public schools
Nor is this the first time Jay Nichols and Vermont school officials have acted in this manner. In March the Vermont Principals’ Association (VPA), under Nichols leadership, banned a Christian school from athletic competition because a boy in women’s clothing wanted to play against its girls, and because the school feared he might hurt the girls during play, defaulted the game. As I wrote then,
Note too that VPA’s policy document is 44 pages long, but it makes its policies on gender items #1 and #2, above everything else, including scheduling events, rules for play, recruitment, age limitations, and eligibility to play.
In other words, the queer agenda rules all. Christian or conservative beliefs are not allowed, and VPA will ban anyone who dares to note that a boy in woman’s clothing is still a boy.
In another incident, the Vermont school system punished the girls on a womens’ volley ball team for expressing legitimate discomfort about a cross-dressing boy in their locker room, while firing their coach for expressing those same concerns publicly. Not unexpectedly, the school system lost in court.
If the clearly oppressive behavior of these officials is allowed to stand, no one will ever have the right to say anything freely against the queer agenda, out of fear that a two-minute hate session will immediately be instituted against him or her. We will live in a tyranny more terrifying than anything Orwell ever imagined.