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January 1, Florida Judge Stands Up for Religious Rights, Declares Firing of Teacher Over Pronoun Use Unjust



In a robust defense of religious freedom, a Florida administrative law judge delivered a ruling that sided with a Miami teacher who was dismissed from her job over refusing to use a student’s preferred gender pronouns.

This move shines a spotlight on the ongoing nationwide debate surrounding gender identity and religious beliefs.

Yojary Mundaray, the teacher in question, was at the center of a 2019 classroom dispute where she told a student that her Christian faith dictates the belief that “God makes no mistakes.”

When the student, referred to as “Pat” in the proceedings and born biologically female, requested to be addressed using male pronouns, Mundaray stood her ground, echoing her religious convictions.

In the ensuing exchange, the student responded to Mundaray’s stance with the provocative statement, “God made a mistake.”

Mundaray, in a spirited defense of her faith, retorted, “I’m a Christian, and my God made no mistakes.”

Subsequently, school administrators at the Jose de Diego Middle School were alerted about this confrontation, leading to an investigation and Mundaray’s eventual termination in June 2020.

Yet, judge John Van Laningham saw the matter differently. He vociferously called for Mundaray’s exoneration, remarking, “Advocates of transgenderism can be as doctrinaire as religious zealots these days.”

He continued by emphasizing that Mundaray’s firing was a result of her “adhering to the traditional view that gender is biologically determined,” likening the situation to being “excommunicated, from a job in this instance.”

The judge further elaborated on Mundaray’s position, asserting that she was merely expressing her personal convictions. He noted, “At most, Mundaray expressed her view that God is inerrant, which is about as anodyne a theological statement as one could make.”

Van Laningham didn’t stop there. He astutely pointed out Florida’s new policy led by Gov. Ron DeSantis, which necessitates schools to recognize students by their biological birth sex. If this incident had taken place under this new legislation, the judge remarked that Mundaray would be shielded from the repercussions she unjustly endured.

The school had argued that the teacher’s actions led the student to tears and significantly impacted her effectiveness as a school employee, as reported by the News Service of Florida.

With the next steps ahead, the case is set to be concluded by the Education Practices Commission. As for Mundaray, she has yet to comment publicly on the judge’s ruling.

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  1. Clarence D

    October 10, 2023 at 7:37 pm

    This world 🌎 is going crazy!may God help us 🙏

    • L Stewart

      October 10, 2023 at 9:49 pm

      Indeed. It is frightening to think that the greatest country in the world, and not long ago the most free, has come down to a situation when the imaginings of a child can lead to a teacher being sacked for refusing to reinforce that child’s nonsense.

      • Arthur R Whittaker

        October 30, 2023 at 6:05 pm

        This is why children don’t vote in elections, too immature in their thinking, too selfish to see another point of view.

    • loretta

      October 16, 2023 at 6:19 pm

      Jesus is coming soon, I pray everyone is ready.

  2. Lewis forrest

    October 10, 2023 at 8:02 pm

    This is pity full, i cant believe this even went before a judge, tell her to shut up and sit down,, ignorance is rampid today…

    • Kate Preston

      October 11, 2023 at 9:13 am

      Rampant, darling, rampant…and yes, indeed, ignorance is rampant.

  3. Mari

    October 10, 2023 at 9:38 pm

    Congratulations to the teacher who was not ashamed of her faith and convictions and stated so with confidence that what she expressed was truth based not a lie. She knew that in just one of the many places in God’s Word it is written: “When God created mankind He made them in the likeness of God. He created them make and female and blessed them.”

  4. Mari

    October 10, 2023 at 9:41 pm

    Correction to spell ck-not make but MALE!!!!!!

  5. Chuck

    October 29, 2023 at 1:12 pm

    Freedom of thought, speech and religion does not stop where someone’s imagination begins.

  6. Dan Sabatucci

    October 30, 2023 at 6:28 pm

    God doesn’t make mistakes.

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