Christian Teacher Fired for Refusing to Read LGBTQ Books to Children

Last week, a Christian teacher in California was fired from her job at a preschool for refusing to read an LGBTQ-themed book to the children of her class.

As reported by NewsBusters, Nelli Parisenkova has since filed a lawsuit against her former employer, Bright Horizons Children’s Center, over her firing. The school, located in Studio City, serves children at or under the age of 5 years. The school has publicly declared its “commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

Parisenkova had previously voiced her religious objections to having to read such materials, and was granted an exception for four years. However, in April of this year, when the school’s location’s director Katy Callas, who is a lesbian, heard about Parisenkova’s objections, she refused to extend her religious exemption.

According to the lawsuit, Callas “took personal offense at Ms. Parisenkova’s religious beliefs,” and then “questioned her in an irate manner,” ultimately forcing her to quit by ordering her to either “celebrate diversity” or find a new job.

The lawsuit went on to say that “Bright Horizons issued a counseling memo with false statements, terminated her life-insurance benefits, required her to complete retraining in diversity issues, and encouraged her to resign her position.”

“Ms. Parisenkova could not return to work without an accommodation,” the suit continues. “So, Bright Horizons terminated her employment.” The suit described her treatment as “harassment,” “discrimination,” and “despicable.”

In recent years, with parents becoming more aware of what schools are teaching children through remote and virtual learning implemented as a result of COVID, there have been widespread grassroots movements against far-left indoctrination in education. The LGBTQ agenda, which openly promotes homosexuality as well as transgenderism – the belief that there are more than two genders, and that anyone can change their gender at any given time – has especially become a fierce cultural battle, with far-left advocacy group and teachers unions demanding that little children be taught about sexual degeneracy as part of embracing “diversity.”

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

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