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Peter Vlaming believes words have power, a conviction that cost him his job.
Vlaming was fired from his position teaching French at West Point High School in Virginia in 2018 for refusing to call a female student by male pronouns.
Vlaming said he was essentially given the option to either “deny” his own “Christian belief, in order to stay in the school system,” or stand and fight.
“Sooner or later, you have to say, ‘No, I’m not going to do that,’” he said, a decision that cost him his teaching career.
Vlaming sued the school board, and now, the Virginia Supreme Court will hear Vlaming’s case on Friday.
Vlaming and Caleb Dalton, senior counsel at the Alliance Defending Freedom, join “The Daily Signal Podcast” to discuss the significance of the case and what the court’s decision could mean for the free speech rights of teachers.
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