Catholic Student Suspended, Arrested In Canada For Saying God Created Only Two Genders

A Catholic high school student in Canada has been first suspended and then arrested for supporting gender binarism, according to media reports.

Sixteen-year-old Josh Alexander was suspended this week from St. Joseph’s Catholic High School in Renfrew, Ontario, for protesting against transgender people’s use of bathrooms and saying that God created only two genders, the Toronto Sun reported.

The leadership of the school told Alexander that his continued attendance would be “detrimental to the physical and mental well-being” of transgender students.

“I expressed my religious beliefs in class and it spiraled out of control,” Alexander told The Epoch Times in an interview.

The teenager tweeted that Ontario police arrested and charged him after he attempted to attend class in violation of an exclusion order following his suspension from the school.

“Offense is obviously defined by the offended,” Alexander told the Epoch Times. “I expressed my religious beliefs in class and it spiraled out of control. Not everybody’s going to like that. That doesn’t make me a bully. It doesn’t mean I’m harassing anybody. They express their beliefs and I express mine. Mine obviously don’t fit the narrative.”

Alexander’s lawyer, James Kitchen has alleged religious discrimination, and is bringing the matter to an Ontario human rights tribunal. He said the school has accused his client of “bullying” transgender students.

“Obviously, he doesn’t actually bully them as that term would be defined by … reasonable people,” Kitchen told the Epoch Times. “He’s not going to seek them out and call them names and make fun of them. But he does express his views about what these people say and about what they believe and about what they’re doing. And he expresses them online, and he expresses them in the class.”

The high school junior reportedly has not been to school since he was first suspended in November. He led a student action in support of last year’s trucker convoy.

Alexander’s suspension was lifted in January but it has effectively continued after the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board “excluded” him for the rest of the school year. The technically non-disciplinary action may continue into next year.

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