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07/25/2023 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – School officials banned Joshua Sutcliffe, 33, for “inappropriately sharing his religious beliefs” with students.

In a letter sent by England’s Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA), authorities cited a case in 2017 when Sutcliffe declined to use the chosen pronoun of a female student who identified as a boy. Sutcliffe said he refused to “…go against [his] conscience and cause a child harm.” The TRA accused Sutcliffe of failing to uphold the student’s dignity and respect, despite Sutcliffe’s belief that “affirming children who are in gender distress in the classroom is psychologically damaging.”

The agency also raised concerns with Sutcliffe’s traditional views on marriage, which he occasionally shared with his students during Bible classes. Sutcliffe will appeal the TRA’s decision, but if upheld, the ban cannot be reviewed for another two years.

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