Appeals Court Weakens Religious Accommodations for Teachers

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Earlier this month, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals removed certain religious protections for teachers, making it possible for teachers to be fired for referring to students by their last names.

Just The News reports that the three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court determined on April 7th that the Brownsburg Community Schools Corp. in Indiana had a “legitimate, nondiscriminatory reason” for firing John Kluge, a music teacher who caused “emotional harm” because he refused to refer to “transgender” students by their preferred names and pronouns.

On Friday, Kluge’s lawyers asked the court for an en banc hearing that would involve all 11 judges of the court, arguing that the ruling made “null and void” certain federal protections against employment discrimination. The court, his lawyers argued, should have waited for guidance from the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) before …

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