There was a profound First Amendment victory in Virginia recently that barely got a mention from the nation’s leading news sources. Religious adherents to the new cult of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity (aka D.I.E. if you arrange the acronym correctly for the harm it often brings to our culture) don’t seem to actually value any of the three.
Here in Loudoun County, an out-of-control school board is implementing policies without regard to the division and harm they are causing. The majority of these elected officials seem to forget their role is to serve the community by ensuring our taxpayer-funded schools are educating our children. Instead, many of the (soon-to-be-recalled) school board members have opted to indoctrinate children, alienate parents, and litigate against their own staff.
When Tanner Cross — an elementary physical education teacher — decided to share his views at a public meeting on the school’s unconstitutional LGBTQ gender/pronoun policy it revealed the lie of D.I.E. Two days after sharing how he loved his students too much to lie to them by calling a boy a girl and vice versa, Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) tried to make an example of Tanner by putting him on “administrative leave.” His courageous stand, not only for free speech and religious liberty, spoke volumes about how much he cared about the precious and easily malleable minds in his school. This is how Christ felt. He loved little children. He healed them. He spoke of them in parables. He loves the broken … enough that he sacrificed Himself so that we (yes, all of us are broken) can be set free. Tanner emulates this model. Every Christian should.
Courage doesn’t need a crowd. It doesn’t need endorsements. It doesn’t need elected leaders’ approval. It just needs conviction. And Tanner has lots of it.
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