From the New York Post:
A Christian physician’s assistant is suing a Michigan hospital for allegedly firing her for refusing to use transgender pronouns or refer patients for “gender reassignment” procedures.
Valerie Kloosterman insists that during her 17 years at Metropolitan Hospital, she had never “used pronouns contrary to a patient’s wishes” or needed to refer anyone for “gender transition” drugs or surgery.
She requested an opt-out because of her religious beliefs, while offering a “work-around” by using names instead of pronouns where necessary, the lawsuit said.
Instead, she was called “evil” and a “liar” — and a diversity manager “blamed her for gender dysphoria-related suicides,” according to the lawsuit.
Conservatives, and Christians, are outraged because this woman was forced to choose between her religious convictions and her job.
In my opinion, it’s even worse than that; she was forced to choose between her chosen religion, and the official religion of the State. Usually, when a group of people tries to force another group of people to recite certain words, it’s because the former is trying to force its religion upon the latter. In the case of Wokeness, the reciting of “pronouns” is very much like the reciting of Shahada in Islam. It’s a declaration of faith.
Working from memory, because I can’t find the sources online, Judaism recognizes disparate circumstances when determining whether a person should sacrifice his life for his faith. In normal times, a Jew is not required to martyr himself unless he’s being forced to commit a public sin, or one of the three cardinal sins (murder, idolatry or sexual crimes). In times of deliberate religious persecution, however, a Jew is supposed to martyr himself even over the color of his shoelaces. No act is considered “trivial” in times of religious persecution.
I’m not saying that people should martyr themselves rather than acquiesce to the Cult of Pronouns; I’m saying that even if in normal times, we’d be okay with addressing people by whatever titles or pronouns they prefer, since we’re not living in normal times, we need to stand our ground even over the most “trivial” things.
We’re living in a time when the State is trying to force its religion upon all of us. We must resist any way we can.