A veteran biology professor in Texas who has been educating that intercourse is set by X and Y chromosomes for over 20 years was allegedly fired after 4 college students walked out of his classroom.
Dr. Johnson Varkey has claimed he was let go from his educating place at St. Philip’s School in San Antonio after he was accused of ‘non secular preaching’.
He was discussing the human reproductive system on November 28, 2022, when 4 college students stormed out of the lecture.
Varkey was then accused of ‘discriminatory feedback about homosexuals and transgender people, anti-abortion rhetoric, and misogynistic banter’.
The professor mentioned he obtained an e-mail from the Alamo Faculties District Human Sources division in January, which mentioned his credentials can be revoked pending an investigation. He was later fired.
Veteran biology professor Dr. Johnson Varkey, who has been educating that intercourse is set by X and Y chromosomes for over 20 years, was allegedly fired after 4 college students walked out of classroom
He has claimed he was let go from his educating place at St. Philip’s School in San Antonio, Texas after he was accused of ‘non secular preaching’
Legal professionals from the First Liberty Institute representing Varkey despatched a letter to St. Philip’s School final week to demand he be reinstated.
‘In January 2023, St. Philip’s School fired Dr. Varkey for educating human biology simply as he did in his earlier twenty-year profession as a professor,’ it learn.
‘His statements should not solely supported by his intensive schooling and expertise, however additionally they mirror his sincerely held non secular beliefs.’
The legislation agency argued the firing of Varkey, who taught Human Anatomy and Physiology on the school for 22 years, was in opposition to federal and state legislation and it focused his First Modification rights.
Varkey can also be an affiliate pastor at a neighborhood church and a religious Christian who follows the faith’s teachings on sexuality and abortion.
However his legal professional’s added he has not expressed any of these beliefs within the classroom.
‘As his stellar efficiency evaluations counsel, Dr. Varkey gladly taught college students of all beliefs and backgrounds,’ the letter continued.
‘All through his employment, he by no means mentioned with any scholar his private views — non secular or in any other case — on human gender or sexuality.’
Varkey was accused of ‘discriminatory feedback about homosexuals and transgender people, anti-abortion rhetoric, and misogynistic banter’
Legal professionals representing him, from the First Liberty Institute, despatched a letter to St. Philip’s School to demand he’s reinstated. Pictured: Varkey delivering sermon at Worldwide Bible Church in February
In January, Varkey was knowledgeable that he was not scheduled to show within the spring and that he would not have any additional educating alternatives at St. Philip’s School
‘On November 28, 2022, 4 of Dr. Varkey’s college students walked out of his class when he said, constant together with his examine of human biology and his non secular beliefs, that intercourse was decided by chromosomes X and Y.’
The attorneys argued Varkey taught from school-approved and science-based curriculum, however the school claimed his educating was non secular.
‘Whereas a number of the subject material could also be linked to class content material, it was very clear, from the complaints, that you simply pushed past the bounds of educational freedom along with your private opinions that had been offensive to many people within the classroom,’ faculty officers informed him in a letter.
Varkey was knowledgeable that he was not scheduled to show within the spring and that he would not have any additional educating alternatives at St. Philip’s School.
St. Philip’s has not responded to the letter publicly.
The group school has obtained complaints from conservative-leaning professors earlier than with political science professor Will Moravits claiming final month that his contract was terminated due to his beliefs on account of scholar complaints.
A lawyer representing Moravits mentioned he tried to get them ‘to interact all sides of controversial points, corresponding to police brutality and gender ideology. Lots of his engagements with college students at school discussions got here in direct response to their questions.’