February 24, 2024
A teacher at a school in Multyfarnham, Ireland, has been sent to jail for contempt of court for failing to follow a court order after he refused to use a student's preferred pronouns.

A teacher at a school in Multyfarnham, Ireland, has been sent to jail for contempt of court for failing to follow a court order after he refused to use a student’s preferred pronouns.

Enoch Burke was suspended from his teaching job at Wilson’s Hospital School by an order from the High Court after refusing to address a student using the “they” pronouns, citing religious beliefs, according to RTE.

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Burke was arrested Monday at the school after ignoring the suspension and appearing on campus. The teacher told the court it was “insanity” that he was being sent to jail.

“It is insanity that I will be led from this courtroom to a place of incarceration, but I will not give up my Christian beliefs,” Burke said after the ruling.

Burke also told the court he only wants to teach without violating his beliefs.

“I am a teacher and I don’t want to go to prison. I want to be in my classroom today. That’s where I was this morning when I was arrested,” Burke said. “Transgenderism is against my Christian belief. It is contrary to the scriptures, contrary to the ethos of the Church of Ireland and of my school.”

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The judge maintained that the order to send Burke to jail was based on him refusing to follow the suspension rather than the merits of his argument regarding the student’s pronouns.

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