Vermont: Where the only speech allowed must
support the queer agenda
If you are depending on the federal courts to defend your fundamental rights, as outlined very bluntly in the Bill of Rights, you are being very naive. On December 28, 2024 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled against David Bloch, who had been fired in February 2023 without due process as the snowboarding coach at Woodstock Union High School in Vermont — a team that he had founded in 2011 — because he had simply mentioned in a casual and very civil conversation with two of his students that men and women are genetically different.
He was fired the next day, even though no investigation into the incident had been done, and no one involved in the conversation had complained. School officials made it clear that Bloch was being fired for daring to have an opinion they did not like.
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.
Bloch sued, noting that the board’s policy was so broad as to violate the first and fourteenth amendments to the Constitution, in numerous ways. And to any ordinary American that interpretation seems so obvious as to make the school’s action utterly unconscionable.
None of that mattered to the 2nd Circuit Court of the U.S. Court of Appeals. On December 28, 2023 it ruled [pdf] that Bloch’s rights under the first and fourtheenth amendments were not violated, that the school was within its rights to fire anyone for having bad opinions, based on any complaints by anyone.
If you read the court ruling you will find it spends a lot of time analyzing a lot of the details of the case, as if the judges were going out of their way to avoid the obvious fact that Bloch had not harassed anyone in any way. He had simply stated that men and women are genetically different, a fact that because it offended one student and goes against the modern queer agenda that has no founding in reality, the school had the right to fire him.
In other words, in Vermont schools you are not allowed to disagree with the queer agenda, in any way. Free speech is forbidden, even when your speech is not an opinion but a blunt fact. And the federal court agrees with this position.
Bloch and his attorneys at the pro-bono free speeach legal firm, the Alliance Defending Freedom, are appealing this ruling [pdf]. I hope they win in a higher court, but the lesson we must all take from this case is that our rights under the Bill of Rights will not be reliably defended by the courts. In fact, we are all faced with the reality that we no longer have those rights under law, and must thus take harsher actions to defend them.
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