Houston Daycare Worker Sues for Being Fired for Refusing to Accept a Transgender Child as a Boy, Claiming the Daycare Violated her Religious Rights
This just drives me up the wall. A lot of right-wing and religious media outlets have latched onto this as "proof" of the "transgender and/or gay agenda". I tried to find a neutral report on this case, and couldn't come up with any, so this is the first link that pops up on Google.
Since when do your religious rights extend to choosing not to call a 6 year old by their chosen name? If you are, as she states, convinced that the child is just confused, or exploring their gender-identity as most enlightened people call it, then what harm does it do to you to call them whatever the hell they want to be called at any given moment? To call CPS claiming that you're "protecting" the child from her same-sex parents, who you claim
are forcing this identity on their child, without any proof of this claim or any idea what happened while that child was at home, is beyond the pale.
If that child had gone home on Friday as a brunette, and returned on Monday as a blonde, would you be convinced the parents had forced them to dye their hair? Or if they came back with pierced ears, would you remove the earrings and expect not to be fired for that action? No. The sexual organs we are born with are an accident of genetics and hormones, they do not define who we are any more than our hair color or the lack of holes in our earlobes. You are not this child's parent, and it is not your place to refuse to call a child what their parents tell you to call that child, or treat that child in a way that their parents do not agree with. That's why you were fired. It had nothing to do with your religion, no matter what the motivation was for your refusal.
Sorry for bursting in on an on-going discussion, but I just heard this story on the local news and had