07/05/2023 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Canadian police arrested a 16-year-old boy after he handed out Bibles on a public sidewalk. Josh Alexander, a former student of St. Joseph’s Catholic High School in Ontario, was participating in a walkout demonstration to protest his school’s transgender bathroom policy when counter-protesters arrived. The teenager offered free Bibles to the group carrying transgender flags and LGBT-related signs; until things started to escalate.
Video footage shows a scuffle break out between Alexander and the pro-transgender group, with the teenager being pushed around by protesters. After police stepped in, Alexander was arrested for “provoking violence” because he had initially approached the larger group. Alexander was eventually released, but the police informed him that if he returned, he would be arrested and charged.
Alexander’s arrest comes shortly after he was expelled from his local high school for his religious beliefs. St. Joseph’s Catholic School adopted a policy which allows males identifying as females to use the women’s’ restroom—a policy that made many of Alexander’s female friends uncomfortable. Alexander publicly voiced his concerns with the school’s policy on social media, citing scriptures that refer to the traditional religious view that only two genders exist.
School administrators found concern with Alexander’s belief and suspended him for “bullying” transgender students at the school. When Alexander tried to return to the classroom, he was expelled on charges of trespassing and barred from completing his junior year.
Alexander said that his issue was not with individual students, but with the “system that encourages this form of misbehavior.” He said he, “sympathize[s] with the confused transgender students because they’ve been wronged by their parents and by society… but at the same time that doesn’t mean I’m going to condone their wrongful behavior, especially when it’s a violation of my female peers’ privacy.”
The high school issued a statement in response to the situation, reemphasizing that they stand by their decision to allow students of opposite genders to use bathrooms they identify with.
The Ontario Human Rights Code mandates that schools should allow students access to bathrooms that align with their perceived gender identity.
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