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(LifeSiteNews) – A teacher in Ireland has been jailed as part of the fallout for refusing to address a student by a transgender pronouns.

Enoch Burke, a Christian and a teacher at Wilson’s Hospital secondary school in Multyfarnham, Co Westmeath – which is a Church of Ireland school – was arrested on September 5 for contempt of court, in a case which has emerged from his refusal to call “a boy a girl” in the classroom.

RTE News reported that Burke was sentenced to Mountjoy Prison after breaking an injunction issued against him and will remain in prison for an unspecified period of time.

Burke is at the center of a disciplinary process which was begun against him after he refused to address a male student – reportedly in the process of “transitioning” – as a girl, and also refused to use the pronoun “they.”

Burke reportedly refused to comply with the school principal’s May 9 order to use the new name and pronoun and was consequently placed on paid, administrative leave August 22 while the school board held a disciplinary process.

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Irish teacher Enoch Burke has been arrested and jailed after refusing to use a transgender student's preferred pronoun, "they", in the classroom.

This insane step by Irish authorities must be called out for what it is: the unhinged intimidation of an educator by demented ideologues.

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Burke was suspended by his school for refusing to use the transgender pronouns of a student, even confronting his principal about the irrationality of the situation, and defying a subsequent court injunction barring him from performing his teaching duties.

He is now in Mountjoy Prison, Dublin after being brought before a judge on 5 September who found Burke to be in contempt of the injunction by attending work after his suspension.

Burke, who told the High Court “I am here today because I would not call a boy a girl”, made clear that he would not abide by the injunction because it would violate his conscience as a Christian.

“Were I to obey the order of the board of management and the order of the court, I would have to accept that sticking by my belief in male and female is wrong,” he said. “It is not something I will do. It is in violation of my conscience."

“Were I to go into the school and bow to something I know to be manifestly wrong, it would be a shame and a disgrace on my part,” he added.

This defiant attitude has now prompted Burke's arrest and imprisonment in an Orwellian debacle that should send warning signals to the watching world.

Mr. Justice Burke ordered Burke be "committed to Mountjoy Prison and remain therein until he purges his contempt or until further order of this court.”

Defending himself, Burke replied: “I cannot purge my contempt by holding my Christian beliefs in contempt."

Burke hugged his father and brother before being taken away by Gardaí to Mountjoy Prison.

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Upon Burke’s continued attendance at the school, he was then handed an interim order on August 30, wrote the Irish Times, to prevent him from entering the school.

Burke, who teaches German, history, and politics, had told the court that he refused “to call a boy a girl” as it was “manifestly wrong” and against his conscience. He continued to attend the school despite the injunction.

The school board was determined to remove Burke from the school and consequently sought the intervention of law enforcement after his rejection of the August 30 order, claiming that he could be disruptive to the students.

The court permitted this in a hearing Friday. Burke was then arrested for contempt of court on Monday, while sitting in an empty classroom in the school and taken directly to the court for a hearing.

“My religious beliefs are not misconduct. They are not gross misconduct,” he told the court. “They never will be. They are dear to me. I will never deny them and never betray them, and I will never bow to an order that would require me to do so. It is just not possible for me to do that.”

He added that upholding the biological reality of male and female could not lead to a charge of gross misconduct, and such a charge was the only thing which could lead to a suspension.

“Transgenderism is against my Christian belief. It is contrary to the scriptures, contrary to the ethos of the Church of Ireland and of my school,” the teacher added. “I love my school, with its motto Res Non Verba, actions not words, but I am here today because I said I would not call a boy a girl.”

It is insanity that I will be led from this courtroom to a place of incarceration, but I will not give up my Christian beliefs.

He was sentenced to serve an unspecified jail term, to last until he purges his contempt or until further order of the court.

Many have expressed outrage at Burke’s arrest, with social media users suggesting his refusal to use transgender pronouns was the underlying cause of the arrest.

However, Judge Michael Quinn stated that he was sentencing Burke to prison based only on his contempt of court, not on his beliefs. But, with Burke sentenced to prison until he “purges his contempt” or the court orders otherwise, it is unclear when he might be released.

Genspect, an international group promoting transgender ideology, were among many who expressed outrage at Burke’ sentencing to jail. Noting how the group did not agree with many of Burke’s “views,” Genspect wrote that “this is irrelevant.”

“We need to protect freedom of conscience and the right to free speech,” the group stated. “Although Enoch Burke is in jail for contempt of court,  this case is rooted in the fact that the teacher’s beliefs prevented him from calling a student they/them. As he said ‘it’s plural’. It’s the fruit of the poisonous tree.”

Burke is due to appear in court on Wednesday for a reviewal of the August 30 injunction placed upon him.

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