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(LifeSiteNews) –– On February 6, 2021, 16-year-old Josh Alexander showed up for class at St. Joseph’s Catholic High School in Renfrew, Ontario. It was, as it turned out, an act of defiance. In November, he’d been suspended from school for stating during a class discussion that there were only two genders. He had also brought up the fact that several female students were uncomfortable that male students identifying as girls were permitted to use the female facilities. The principal refused to do anything. When Alexander arrived, he was called to the office—and the principal met him with two officers of the Ontario Provincial Police. The teenager was read his rights, escorted out of school, and put in the back of a cop cruiser. 

It was an unprecedented event: A Catholic school student arrested and removed from school grounds for stating the Christian view in a Catholic school. 

As of writing, Alexander is fighting in court for the right to complete his education. In Ontario, Catholic schools are part of the public system, and like the secular public schools, they teach LGBT ideology as part of the curriculum and host mandatory LGBT events. Flags have always been the tools of colonizers, and it is evidence of how effective the sexual revolutionaries have been that LGBT flags flap over nearly every single public school—Catholic and secular—in the country throughout June. In fact, it is now more controversial when LGBT flags do not fly over Catholic schools than when they do. 

Josh Alexander’s story is familiar to most of our readers—his experience, after all, turned him into a Christian activist, and he has been at the forefront of organizing protests of Canada’s indoctrination practices. His experience, however, is not a unique one. Not so long ago, Christian students in public schools, colleges, or universities had to decide whether they wanted to “come out” as pro-life or pro-traditional marriage in classroom discussions. To do so could invite hostility from peers or professors; publicly defending the Christian worldview on hot-button cultural issues could easily result in bad marks or lost opportunities. There is a longstanding debate on the right as to whether it is wiser to simply keep your head down, finish your education, and get out and soon as possible; or defend your worldview publicly. 

But we are swiftly approaching a moment where to participate in public education does not merely require Christians to decide whether they are going to speak out about abortion or LGBT issues, or other controversial matters. It is now the nature of reality itself that is at issue. Consider this recent story, reported by The Christian Post: 

A 10th-grader at a public school in Seattle reportedly failed a quiz for saying only men have penises and only women can get pregnant, and the school has since removed the teacher’s page from its website following scrutiny. Students taking an Ethnic Studies World History course at Chief Sealth International High School were told such assertions were incorrect on the true-false ‘Understanding Gender vs. Sex’ quiz, according to screenshots obtained by Fox News Digital. 

The quiz also asked questions regarding trans pronouns and the sexual orientation of trans-identifying individuals. The student’s mother, who remained anonymous for fear of retribution toward her son, broke the story Sunday on The Jason Rantz Show. She expressed her ‘frustration and anger’ toward the situation, and claimed the school never addressed it. 

‘I keep trying to wrap my head around how it is legal to teach inaccurate information and force students to answer against their beliefs or receive negative scores,’ the mother told Rantz, who noted she is a liberal who came to believe things had gone ‘too far.’

In response to questions from The Christian Post, a spokesperson for Seattle Public Schools noted that “a knowledge check quiz was administered about two weeks ago” but added that “it’s crucial to note that the quiz results did not impact students’ final grades,” as if that made compulsory deceit more palatable. SPS added their mandatory DEI statement: “SPS remains committed to fostering inclusive environments that encourage the exploration of contemporary issues, particularly the examination of power systems such as racism and patriarchy. This dedication extends to providing a space for thoughtful exploration and dialogue on these issues.” 

In summation: Students were required to proactively affirm that not only men have penises—that some women have penises, too. This is apparently excusable because they wouldn’t outright fail the course if they declined to tell this biological falsehood, which was accompanied by other questions that essentially required students to treat transgender ideology and transgender premises as fact. None of that has been denied by the school, which makes it seem likely that the problem is systematic. These students have to worry about a lot more than an unpopular position on abortion or other cultural issues—they have to worry about losing marks for refusing to say that some women have penises. Looks like we’re not in Kansas anymore, Dorothy. 

There’s a Chesterton quote for everything these days, but I’ll admit that I always thought some of his quips were merely hyperbole in the service of literary license. I was wrong. “We shall soon be in a world in which a man may be howled down for saying that two and two make four,” Chesterton wrote many years ago, “in which furious party cries will be raised against anybody who says that cows have horns, in which people will persecute the heresy of calling a triangle a three-sided figure, and hang a man for maddening mob with the news that grass is green.” And here we are. 

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.