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(LifeSiteNews) — A deputy with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon was fired from his job in April after more than 27 years of distinguished service. Mason Goodknight was not fired for any breach of ethics or code of conduct violation. He was fired because he refused to strip search any criminal suspects who identified as transgender due to his Christian beliefs. A new policy, however, dictated that women who identified as men would be strip-searched by male officers. Law enforcement had accepted the tenets of gender ideology, and law enforcement officers were expected to conduct themselves accordingly. 

Goodknight’s story highlights, once again, the consequences of re-aligning our entire legal system to conform to the claims of gender ideology. After all, if we accept that a woman claiming to be a man is a man, then Goodknight or any other Christian who refuses to treat her like a man is behaving unreasonably. However, if we refuse to accept the truth of this claim but are compelled to act as if we do, then we are confronted with a crisis of conscience. LGBT activists insist that people can believe whatever they want — as long as they act in accordance with LGBT beliefs. This, of course, results in Christians being forced to choose between their livelihoods or their faith (and in the case of gender ideology, biological reality itself).  

I reached out to Mason Goodknight to ask him a few questions about his ordeal.

Why were you recently fired? 

I was ultimately and finally fired after a 10-week ordeal for “Insubordination” for refusing to sign off on the new Douglas County Jail Transgender Search and Housing Procedure, JP620. In short, I refused to call good evil and evil good by affirming the transgender delusional ideology. I refused to lie or act in ways contrary to biblical morality and common sense. I refused to treat biological males as females and vice versa.

How did this policy come about? 

JP620 is directly tied to seeking greater compliance with federal PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) standards that were brought into being in 2003. These standards are not required and the Sheriff had no obligation to comply with them to any defined degree. Especially not those that violate Christian ethics and morality.

What should people know about this story? 

Sinfully destructive transgender ideology has invaded every level of society. Even in little “conservative” counties with conservative “hero” sheriffs known nationally like my Sheriff [John] Hanlin is. He has submitted to this wickedness even though he says he personally doesn’t like it.

How does the legal implementation of gender ideology threaten the religious liberty of Christians? 

The “transgender” evil that is spreading so rapidly and with religious fervor and is supported by godless power structures is seeking to destroy Christianity. The new twist is that with the use of lies and growing power there is a move to increase physical violence against Christians and all who oppose them.

What will you be doing going forward?

By God’s grace, after being off for almost a month without a job, I have the incredible honor of coming on as staff evangelist with my church, Wellspring Bible Fellowship. I have the blessing to serve at a rare church that recognizes and values the office of Evangelist for the equipping of saints for the work of ministry. I am also an Abortion Abolitionist and am seeking to further the fight against our holocaust on all fronts in accordance with the 5 Tenets of Abolitionism.


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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.