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Standing Against Pronoun Interrogation at School

Linda Harvey

[UPDATE, August 2023: This topic is more critical than ever because of proposed changes to Title IX federal law that the Biden Department of Education may implement this fall. If their unlawful plans proceed, every school child who "misgenders" a classmate or teacher may be accused of a federal sexual harassment civil rights' violation under the new twisted interpretation of Title IX. Stand up! Call your state representatives and members of Congress and ask them to stop this tyranny.]

The first few weeks of school are hectic but also exciting. New backpacks, new outfits, new friends, new pronouns....

Wait, no. Hopefully not. Hopefully your child’s teacher won’t demand affirmation of “woke” ideology from your son or daughter and will show respect for settled science and biology.

But the unthinkable may occur. Will your child’s teacher be one of the insulting ones who insists every student declare his/her pronouns during class introductions? It’s already happening and we’ve written an article if you want to know how likely this scenario is during the coming school year.

If your child’s classroom transforms into a propaganda session, your daughter or son needs to be ready, equipped for this line-in-the-sand moment.

Because that’s what it is. If you have your kids in the public schools (or even certain private schools), now is the time to train and equip them to be ready to take a stand for sanity and for God’s binary design of male and female which still (unsurprisingly) works just fine.

And forget the “neutrality” con job wokesters will recommend. “Just have them say ‘he/his’ or ‘she/her’ and don’t make a scene!”

But no. That is not neutrality. Any student at school who cooperates with this exercise is saying, “Yes, children posing as the opposite sex is a perfectly fine option.” It’s not fine, it’s not normal and it’s not healthy. Gender deviance is an insult to common sense, decency and long-term well-being. It violates the design of Almighty God and the distinction Jesus clearly explained in the Gospels (Matthew 19, Mark 10 and elsewhere).

Are we advocating being impolite or cruel to those students who, sadly, display gender confusion? Of course not. 

But when asked directly, it’s time to make a scene, hopefully only a small one. Yet enough to get the point across.

I asked readers of my e-newsletter and other trusted friends to send me their thoughts about how children might respond during a pronoun exercise. So here are some of the responses along with ideas of my own.

For grade schoolers:

“I was born a boy (or girl) and I’m happy to announce that I will remain that way.”

“My parents filled out a form when I started school. Please use that information.”

“I am a girl (boy) and that’s something that will never change.”

“My mom and dad (or mom, or dad, etc.) said they don't want me discussing this and if you have any questions to please call them.”

"I just want to learn school lessons, not this pronoun stuff." 

“My dad (mom) says there are only boys and girls and that’s how God made us.”

For middle and high school:

"I believe there are only two genders, and only two sets of pronouns for people.”

“I'd really like to enjoy my childhood/youth/last year of high school (etc.) and not delve into such matters.”

"Is this a legal requirement?"
"Is this in the school handbook?"

"My birth certificate (make a copy for the child to take to school - for ’show and tell') says that I am a ‘male’ (or ‘female’ ) and any medical intervention will not change that fact.”  

One grandmother suggested students make their faith known: “I am to be known as a servant of the Lord.” 

Here’s another bold faith statement: “Do you know what Jesus would say if you asked Him about pronouns? He would remind you that in the beginning God created people as male and female. Two types of humans. That’s it.”

And then there were the humorous ideas:

“I don't participate in this pronoun stuff for the same reason I don't follow the Zodiac signs.”

"You don't know I am a girl and yet you are supposed to be my teacher this year?"

"May I have the family attorney get back to you?"

"My preferred pronoun is antidisestablishmentarianisticaimeraineraimer, and I will be very upset and squawk and scream and report you to the principal and the ACLU if you refer to me by any other word."

“I have a box here with slips of paper. Should we all just pick our pronouns at random?”

And others suggested an obvious solution—get your children out of public schools:

“My suggestion is to parents:  pull your children out of any classroom or school that would ask them their preferred pronoun. Your children, even teens, are too malleable, too vulnerable to be placed in these Marxist indoctrination centers. Children are too young to take on these ideologically-driven adults in their schools.  Get them out!” 

Another mom said, “Encourage all parents to pull their precious children OUT of these indoctrination centers - bring on a massive home schooling movement!”

I totally agree that if parents can remove their children from K-12 public schools,or from leftist private schools, they should do so. But not all parents can or will, or sometimes households are divided on this option. So if your children remain, train them to be soldiers in the culture wars and to stand up for the principles of the Lord. This sounds daunting, but remember Who is with us and Who will be with them.

Important Bible verses:

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

"Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth and be turned aside to fables." (2 Timothy 4:2-4 NKJV)

To read a compilation of Bible passages about the sins of homosexuality and gender confusion, go to the Mission America page here.

Godspeed in your courageous stand for truth! Please report back your child’s experiences. You can contact us by going here.