A Christian teacher defied her California public school district’s woke gender policies, choosing instead to be true to her religious beliefs.
“I knew immediately, like in my gut, in my heart, in my soul, that there was a decision I had to make because, you know, these two things were totally butting heads,” Jessica Tapia told Fox News.
“I essentially had to pick one. Am I going to obey the district in the directive that are not lining up with… my own beliefs, convictions and faith? Or am I going to stay true…, choose my faith, choose to be obedient to… the way the Lord has called me to live. And so it was crazy to be in the position where I realized that I couldn’t be a Christian and a teacher,” said Tapia, who previously worked at the Jurupa Unified School District.
The Southern California district said they couldn’t “accommodate” Tapia’s Christian beliefs and subsequently let her go, according to a district letter from the superintendent that was reviewed by Fox.
Specifically, the district cited Tapia’s inability to lie to parents about students’ disclosures of gender identity as a reason for her dismissal.
Tapia, for her part, found it odd the district used “privacy” to keep parents in the dark about gender-confused students.
“And there’s so many issues with that. How do we know the parent doesn’t know?” said Tapia, who added that the students in question were only 12-15.
“I don’t believe [kids] should have this ‘privacy’ to where their parents are being left in the dark about some very pertinent information about their well-being,” she said.
As a PE teacher, Tapia also disagreed with the policy that allows boys into girls’ restrooms, where girls would be subjected to seeing “male genitals.”
The Obama administration opened the door to so-called “gender neutral” bathroom policies that allowed boys to use the girls restrooms, by warning schools that Title IX protected such policies and if schools failed to comply, they could lose federal funds.
Although the Trump administration defined sex discrimination more narrowly, in line with the original meaning of Title IX, the Biden administration expanded it again to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
The district issued a blank denial of the allegations contained in the Tapia interview, but otherwise said it couldn’t comment on personnel matters and instead chose to hide behind Title IX.
“Simultaneously, the District is obligated to comply with all local, state, and federal laws, including anti-discrimination laws and laws that protect students’ rights to privacy, which are in place to protect the nearly 2,500 employees and 18,000 students we serve,” said the district’s denial issued to Fox.
Tapia said that however Title IX was interpreted, she couldn’t reconcile what she knew was right with the lies that the government wants her to tell.
“I don’t believe in my faith that that’s how God’s calling us to love, by affirming those lies and confusion,” Tapia said.
“I believe firmly that God created man and woman, and you are who he made you to be. And when someone has confusion about that, I believe that’s lies and confusion from the devil.”