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    Texas College Forced to Backpedal After Firing Biology Professor for Teaching Truth About Men and Women

    Score another point for those trying to bring back some sanity to discussions about sex and gender in the realm of academia. Dr. Johnson Varkey, a biology professor, has won his lawsuit against a Texas college after it fired him for affirming that men are men and women are women.

    This saga spans from 2023 to the present and spotlights the intensifying battle over gender ideology and reality. Now, Alama Community College District (ACCD) has to eat a considerable helping of crow after having taken punitive action against Varkey for affirming reality.

    The development was announced by First Liberty Institute, a legal organization dedicated to fighting to protect religious liberty. The organization represented Varkey in his legal action against the school.
    “We are happy that the Alamo Community College District voluntarily reinstated Dr. Varkey,” said Kayla Toney, Associate Counsel for First Liberty Institute. “He is excited by this outcome, and we are glad that ACCD did the right thing. Dr. Varkey looks forward to continuing to educate students at ACCD.”

    The parties reached a favorable settlement which, among other provisions, guarantees that Dr. Varkey will be back in the classroom by fall 2024.

    The conflict began in January 2023 when Varkey was fired for teaching about biological differences between men and women. Despite consistently receiving favorable performance reviews and never having been disciplined by the school, he was targeted for his views on sex and gender. Students went so far as to stage protests against his teachings.

    In November 2022, four students walked out of Dr. Varkey’s class when he stated, consistent with his study of human biology and religious beliefs, that sex was determined by chromosomes X and Y. In two decades of teaching these basic, unremarkable concepts, no other students complained.

    The college fired him in January 2023. It sent Dr. Varkey a termination letter saying the school “received numerous complaints” about his “offensive” and “unacceptable religious preaching” in the classroom.

    Varkey was also accused of making derogatory remarks about members of the LGBTQ community. However, the school never provided any evidence or examples demonstrating this.

    First Liberty Institute criticized Varkey’s termination, arguing that it was an illegal violation of Constitutional protections for religious beliefs. “It is preposterous that St. Philips would fire Dr. Varkey for teaching basic biology. The college violated his rights and must reinstate him immediately,” said Kayla Toney, an attorney working with the organization.

    Varkey received an outpouring of support from the community and even several members of Congress, which shows that the backlash against progressive efforts to force everyone to adhere to their warped views of gender and sexuality is growing even more formidable.

    The outcome of Varkey’s case is one of several encouraging signs showing that the progressive gender beast can bleed. Folks on the far left have been weaponizing various governmental institutions to push their ideology on other people. This shows that the use of lawfare is an effective weapon against these efforts.

    This is the type of action I have been preaching about for years – ever since the push for progressive gender ideology in education came to light. These people cannot be persuaded to see reason when it comes to the differences between men and women. They will push this agenda regardless of reason or common sense. Fortunately, Dr. Varkey’s case shows that we have ways to fight back.
    The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.

  • #2
    Can you imagine hiring someone with a recent college degree? I mean, in anything except for technology.

    degree.jpg

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    • #3

      Once again, politics and ideology coloring science.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
        Texas College Forced to Backpedal After Firing Biology Professor for Teaching Truth About Men and Women

        Score another point for those trying to bring back some sanity to discussions about sex and gender in the realm of academia. Dr. Johnson Varkey, a biology professor, has won his lawsuit against a Texas college after it fired him for affirming that men are men and women are women.

        This saga spans from 2023 to the present and spotlights the intensifying battle over gender ideology and reality. Now, Alama Community College District (ACCD) has to eat a considerable helping of crow after having taken punitive action against Varkey for affirming reality.

        The development was announced by First Liberty Institute, a legal organization dedicated to fighting to protect religious liberty. The organization represented Varkey in his legal action against the school.
        “We are happy that the Alamo Community College District voluntarily reinstated Dr. Varkey,” said Kayla Toney, Associate Counsel for First Liberty Institute. “He is excited by this outcome, and we are glad that ACCD did the right thing. Dr. Varkey looks forward to continuing to educate students at ACCD.”

        The parties reached a favorable settlement which, among other provisions, guarantees that Dr. Varkey will be back in the classroom by fall 2024.

        The conflict began in January 2023 when Varkey was fired for teaching about biological differences between men and women. Despite consistently receiving favorable performance reviews and never having been disciplined by the school, he was targeted for his views on sex and gender. Students went so far as to stage protests against his teachings.

        In November 2022, four students walked out of Dr. Varkey’s class when he stated, consistent with his study of human biology and religious beliefs, that sex was determined by chromosomes X and Y. In two decades of teaching these basic, unremarkable concepts, no other students complained.

        The college fired him in January 2023. It sent Dr. Varkey a termination letter saying the school “received numerous complaints” about his “offensive” and “unacceptable religious preaching” in the classroom.

        Varkey was also accused of making derogatory remarks about members of the LGBTQ community. However, the school never provided any evidence or examples demonstrating this.

        First Liberty Institute criticized Varkey’s termination, arguing that it was an illegal violation of Constitutional protections for religious beliefs. “It is preposterous that St. Philips would fire Dr. Varkey for teaching basic biology. The college violated his rights and must reinstate him immediately,” said Kayla Toney, an attorney working with the organization.

        Varkey received an outpouring of support from the community and even several members of Congress, which shows that the backlash against progressive efforts to force everyone to adhere to their warped views of gender and sexuality is growing even more formidable.

        The outcome of Varkey’s case is one of several encouraging signs showing that the progressive gender beast can bleed. Folks on the far left have been weaponizing various governmental institutions to push their ideology on other people. This shows that the use of lawfare is an effective weapon against these efforts.

        This is the type of action I have been preaching about for years – ever since the push for progressive gender ideology in education came to light. These people cannot be persuaded to see reason when it comes to the differences between men and women. They will push this agenda regardless of reason or common sense. Fortunately, Dr. Varkey’s case shows that we have ways to fight back.
        Varkey was also accused of making derogatory remarks about members of the LGBTQ community. However, the school never provided any evidence or examples demonstrating this.


        In today's society simply affirming that men are men and women are women is often enough to warrant those accusations.

        Hope he not only gets his back pay but a hefty punitive settlement that will cause other colleges to take note.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by rogue06 View Post

          Varkey was also accused of making derogatory remarks about members of the LGBTQ community. However, the school never provided any evidence or examples demonstrating this.


          In today's society simply affirming that men are men and women are women is often enough to warrant those accusations.

          Hope he not only gets his back pay but a hefty punitive settlement that will cause other colleges to take note.
          It does seem that there's a growing backlash against the insanity of firing people for simply telling the truth.
          The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Ronson View Post
            Can you imagine hiring someone with a recent college degree? I mean, in anything except for technology.

            degree.jpg
            Judging by what happened with Google's AI I'd even put technology in the list of recent college decrees not to hire.
            Last edited by RumTumTugger; 02-23-2024, 08:34 AM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
              Texas College Forced to Backpedal After Firing Biology Professor for Teaching Truth About Men and Women

              Score another point for those trying to bring back some sanity to discussions about sex and gender in the realm of academia. Dr. Johnson Varkey, a biology professor, has won his lawsuit against a Texas college after it fired him for affirming that men are men and women are women.

              This saga spans from 2023 to the present and spotlights the intensifying battle over gender ideology and reality. Now, Alama Community College District (ACCD) has to eat a considerable helping of crow after having taken punitive action against Varkey for affirming reality.

              The development was announced by First Liberty Institute, a legal organization dedicated to fighting to protect religious liberty. The organization represented Varkey in his legal action against the school.
              “We are happy that the Alamo Community College District voluntarily reinstated Dr. Varkey,” said Kayla Toney, Associate Counsel for First Liberty Institute. “He is excited by this outcome, and we are glad that ACCD did the right thing. Dr. Varkey looks forward to continuing to educate students at ACCD.”

              The parties reached a favorable settlement which, among other provisions, guarantees that Dr. Varkey will be back in the classroom by fall 2024.

              The conflict began in January 2023 when Varkey was fired for teaching about biological differences between men and women. Despite consistently receiving favorable performance reviews and never having been disciplined by the school, he was targeted for his views on sex and gender. Students went so far as to stage protests against his teachings.

              In November 2022, four students walked out of Dr. Varkey’s class when he stated, consistent with his study of human biology and religious beliefs, that sex was determined by chromosomes X and Y. In two decades of teaching these basic, unremarkable concepts, no other students complained.

              The college fired him in January 2023. It sent Dr. Varkey a termination letter saying the school “received numerous complaints” about his “offensive” and “unacceptable religious preaching” in the classroom.


              Varkey was also accused of making derogatory remarks about members of the LGBTQ community. However, the school never provided any evidence or examples demonstrating this.

              First Liberty Institute criticized Varkey’s termination, arguing that it was an illegal violation of Constitutional protections for religious beliefs. “It is preposterous that St. Philips would fire Dr. Varkey for teaching basic biology. The college violated his rights and must reinstate him immediately,” said Kayla Toney, an attorney working with the organization.

              Varkey received an outpouring of support from the community and even several members of Congress, which shows that the backlash against progressive efforts to force everyone to adhere to their warped views of gender and sexuality is growing even more formidable.

              The outcome of Varkey’s case is one of several encouraging signs showing that the progressive gender beast can bleed. Folks on the far left have been weaponizing various governmental institutions to push their ideology on other people. This shows that the use of lawfare is an effective weapon against these efforts.

              This is the type of action I have been preaching about for years – ever since the push for progressive gender ideology in education came to light. These people cannot be persuaded to see reason when it comes to the differences between men and women. They will push this agenda regardless of reason or common sense. Fortunately, Dr. Varkey’s case shows that we have ways to fight back.
              This is a very one-sided article, so I hesitate to take its description of events at face value.

              However, if it is true as stated, it shines a light on the issue that crops up. That those who keep saying that Sex is Distinct from Gender (I remember back and forth with Sam on that topic, another one of those times where he was wanting to stand in judgement of who could talk on a subject) don't really hold to it all that well. If people are getting fired for saying that SEX is determined by chromosomes, then that means that while such a statement is in line with the front that the transgender community is putting forth, they don't actually hold that distinction themselves in practicality.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by CivilDiscourse View Post

                This is a very one-sided article, so I hesitate to take its description of events at face value....
                So, here is the other side...

                San Antonio prof claims he was fired for his religious beliefs. Alamo Colleges says otherwise.

                Although the instructor said he was canned for saying X and Y chromosomes determine a person's sex, his termination letter accuses him of making anti-LGBTQ+ comments and engaging in 'misogynistic banter.'

                Attorneys with a self-described Christian Conservative law firm said Alamo Colleges District has until July 5 to reinstate an adjunct instructor they allege was fired for his religious beliefs or face a wrongful termination suit.

                That instructor, Johnson Varkey, has been the subject of right-wing media headlines for stating that he was canned from his job teaching biology at St. Philips College for saying in class that a person's sex is determined by X and Y chromosomes. He's represented by First Liberty Institute, a Plano-based law firm with the slogan "We Won't Be Canceled" emblazoned across its homepage.

                However, Alamo Colleges' termination letter to Varkey, an adjunct instructor at St. Philips, states that he was let go over reports that he'd made anti-LGBTQ comments, engaged in "misogynistic banter" and engaged in other inappropriate classroom behavior.





                The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by CivilDiscourse View Post

                  This is a very one-sided article, so I hesitate to take its description of events at face value.

                  However, if it is true as stated, it shines a light on the issue that crops up. That those who keep saying that Sex is Distinct from Gender (I remember back and forth with Sam on that topic, another one of those times where he was wanting to stand in judgement of who could talk on a subject) don't really hold to it all that well. If people are getting fired for saying that SEX is determined by chromosomes, then that means that while such a statement is in line with the front that the transgender community is putting forth, they don't actually hold that distinction themselves in practicality.
                  If sex and gender are as distinct as the LGBTQ++ mafia insists then there wouldn't be such a push to lop off body parts

                  I'm always still in trouble again

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post

                    So, here is the other side...

                    San Antonio prof claims he was fired for his religious beliefs. Alamo Colleges says otherwise.

                    Although the instructor said he was canned for saying X and Y chromosomes determine a person's sex, his termination letter accuses him of making anti-LGBTQ+ comments and engaging in 'misogynistic banter.'

                    Attorneys with a self-described Christian Conservative law firm said Alamo Colleges District has until July 5 to reinstate an adjunct instructor they allege was fired for his religious beliefs or face a wrongful termination suit.

                    That instructor, Johnson Varkey, has been the subject of right-wing media headlines for stating that he was canned from his job teaching biology at St. Philips College for saying in class that a person's sex is determined by X and Y chromosomes. He's represented by First Liberty Institute, a Plano-based law firm with the slogan "We Won't Be Canceled" emblazoned across its homepage.

                    However, Alamo Colleges' termination letter to Varkey, an adjunct instructor at St. Philips, states that he was let go over reports that he'd made anti-LGBTQ comments, engaged in "misogynistic banter" and engaged in other inappropriate classroom behavior.

                    Funny thing is that if that were truly the case the college would have won. That the courts ordered his reinstatement strongly indicates that wasn't why he was fired but the excuse put forth for firing him.

                    I'm always still in trouble again

                    "You're by far the worst poster on TWeb" and "TWeb's biggest liar" --starlight (the guy who says Stalin was a right-winger)
                    "Overall I would rate the withdrawal from Afghanistan as by far the best thing Biden's done" --Starlight
                    "Of course, human life begins at fertilization that’s not the argument." --Tassman

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by rogue06 View Post
                      Funny thing is that if that were truly the case the college would have won. That the courts ordered his reinstatement strongly indicates that wasn't why he was fired but the excuse put forth for firing him.
                      That's the thing that bugs me about the write-up, and why the settlement doesn't really help in backing up the writeup.

                      He says he was fired for teaching a biological fact.
                      They say he was fired because of preaching, and other statements.
                      He sues over religious discrimination.
                      They back down and give him his job back.

                      To me, that lends credence to the universities side of events of WHY they fired him, and that they realized that they probably violated the law when doing so.

                      This write-up just....doesn't make alot of sense to me.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by CivilDiscourse View Post

                        That's the thing that bugs me about the write-up, and why the settlement doesn't really help in backing up the writeup.

                        He says he was fired for teaching a biological fact.
                        They say he was fired because of preaching, and other statements.
                        He sues over religious discrimination.
                        They back down and give him his job back.

                        To me, that lends credence to the universities side of events of WHY they fired him, and that they realized that they probably violated the law when doing so.

                        This write-up just....doesn't make alot of sense to me.
                        My understanding of the issue was that teaching the biological fact = preaching religious dogma according to the university.
                        But you are right, the write-up isn't notable for its clarity.
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                        • #13
                          Given that the college is named "St. Philip’s College" it seems odd that they would be trying to can a professor for expressing his religious beliefs.

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                          • #14
                            Local reporting:
                            An instructor at St. Philip's College who claimed he was fired last summer for teaching that X and Y chromosomes are the sole determinate of a person's sex now says via a statement from his attorneys that he's been rehired.

                            Adjunct professor Johnson Varkey grabbed right-wing media headlines last summer when he alleged the Alamo Colleges District canned him for teaching "standard principles about human biology and reproduction." Varkey hired a self-described Christian conservative law firm that argued he'd been terminated for his religious beliefs.

                            However, in Varkey's termination letter, Alamo Colleges accused the prof of making anti-LGBTQ+ comments, participating in "misogynistic banter" and engaging in other inappropriate classroom behavior.

                            On Tuesday, the Liberty Institute — Varkey's Plano-based law firm — said Alamo Colleges reached a settlement to reinstate the instructor after he filed a claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Varkey will return to the classroom for the fall 2024 semester, the firm added in its emailed statement.

                            In an emailed statement, an Alamo Colleges spokesperson confirmed it had reinstated Varkey but offered no additional comment.

                            "We are happy that the Alamo Community College voluntarily reinstated Dr. Varkey," Liberty Institue Associate Counsel Kayla Toney said in the firm's statement. "He is excited by this outcome, and we are glad that [Alamo Colleges District] did the right thing. Dr. Varkey looks forward to continuing to educate students at ACCD."

                            In a letter sent to Alamo Colleges shortly after his dismissal, Varkey's attorneys described him as a "devout Christian" who believes that "one should not attempt to erase or alter his or her sex" and that "absent of a compelling reason, one should not sterilize oneself." However, the lawyers said Varkey never shared those views during lectures.

                            "As far as I know, it was just one lecture on Nov. 28," Liberty Institute's Toney told the Current last summer. "That was the day he covered the entire unit on human reproduction, and a handful of students walked out of his class when he stated — in accordance with what the textbook said — that biological sex is determined by X and Y chromosomes."

                            I'm always still in trouble again

                            "You're by far the worst poster on TWeb" and "TWeb's biggest liar" --starlight (the guy who says Stalin was a right-winger)
                            "Overall I would rate the withdrawal from Afghanistan as by far the best thing Biden's done" --Starlight
                            "Of course, human life begins at fertilization that’s not the argument." --Tassman

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post

                              So, here is the other side...

                              San Antonio prof claims he was fired for his religious beliefs. Alamo Colleges says otherwise.

                              Although the instructor said he was canned for saying X and Y chromosomes determine a person's sex, his termination letter accuses him of making anti-LGBTQ+ comments and engaging in 'misogynistic banter.'
                              Two thoughts immediately surfaced:

                              1) Christian belief says absolutely nothing about chromosomal arrangements. They're not mentioned in the Nicene creed, nor New Testament, and I very much doubt there's been a Papal proclamation about them either.

                              2) He's supposed to be a biology teacher If he's unaware of the existence of people with chromosomal arrangements other than XX or XY* he should be fired for incompetence. Religious beliefs are irrelevant.

                              *XXX (Trisomy), XXY (Klinefelter), XYY (Jacobs), YYY (Delilah), XYYY and XYYYY.
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