A 12-year-old student was allegedly sent home from Nichols Middle School for wearing a shirt that read: “There are only two genders.”
That’s right. His shirt featured a statement of what was a well-known fact for thousands of years of human history up until perhaps the 1950s, when a new and baseless distinction between sex and gender was founded.
Liam Morrison spoke about his experience at a school committee meeting in Middleborough, Massachusetts.
According to Morrison, he was pulled from gym class and asked to change his shirt because the words made some “feel unsafe” — although he said that many students actually shared their support for his shirt, and none voiced concerns or expressed hurt to him.
“They told me that I wasn’t in trouble,” he said, “but it sure felt like I was. I was told that I would need to remove my shirt before I could return to class. When I nicely told them that I didn’t want to do that, they called my father.”
He said his father came to pick him up because he wouldn’t succumb to the school officials’ pressure to change.
In speaking to the school committee, Morrison made the case that this was an abridgement of his First Amendment right to free speech guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
“I don’t complain when I see Pride flags and diversity posters hung throughout the school. Do you know why? Because others have a right to their beliefs just as I do,” he said.
Not only was he allegedly told that his shirt made others feel “unsafe,” but officials claimed that it caused a “disruption to learning.”
“I experience disruptions to my learning every day,” Morrison pushed back. “Kids acting out in class are a disruption, yet nothing is done. Why do the rules apply to one yet not another?”
Morrison’s experience, if true, proves what conservatives should already know but are set on denying: There is no such thing as a neutral public sphere.
It’s a fairy tale.
By virtue of living in a society with a defined set of laws, norms, and morals — or lack thereof — we will always experience the enforcement of a certain worldview.
This latest controversy is a clear example of the bias of the public sphere, which currently enforces a set of radical standards that promote delusion and abandon reality. The school cracked down on Morrison’s free speech and, in doing so, sided with the progressive gender ideology.
Many “conservatives” — acting as the pseudo-libertarians they have become — often defend even the most radical ideas’ right to be endorsed in the public sphere. That’s doable in theory. The problem comes when we fail to recognize the progressives’ widespread intolerance for the Judeo-Christian worldview.
If conservatives keep believing the lie that the public sphere can, in practice, be neutral, we will keep on getting duped by the Left’s shifting standards, intentionally designed to ostracize us and the truth — especially when it comes to the radical gender ideology that has so quickly become mainstream.