Another case of “gender identity” being pushed as more protected than religion:
EDMONTON, Alberta, October 16, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Alberta Human Rights Commission has accepted a complaint brought against an Edmonton-area Catholic school board by a substitute teacher who was let go after she announced she was ‘becoming’ a man.
Janet Buterman, 39, had been employed by the Greater St. Albert Catholic School Board for about four months when, in June 2008, she informed deputy superintendent Steve Bayus that she was undergoing a ‘sex change’ and now wished to be treated as a man.
The following October, Mr. Bayus responded with a letter indicating that Buterman had been removed from the substitute teacher list because the procedures she was undergoing were in conflict with the Catholic teaching upheld by the school board.
“In discussions with the Archbishop of the Edmonton Diocese, the teaching of the Catholic Church is that persons cannot change their gender,” he wrote. “One’s gender is considered what God created us to be.”…
Buterman maintains that she has a legitimate medical condition – gender identity disorder – and that the board has discriminated against her because of it…
The Alberta Catholic school board is not the only one coming under fire for upholding its Catholic faith. An Ontario board was the subject of a human rights complaint last month because of its decision not to hire a non-Catholic. In that case, the school board is asserting its right to hire teachers that espouse the Catholic values they are aiming to instill in their students.
By the way, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms specifically protects against discrimination based on “sex”, not on “gender”. The word “sex” is properly used to identify a person’s biological category (male or female), the word “gender” is used to refer to societal roles and identities relative to a person’s sex (see WHO’s definition). It seems that the complainant is trying to argue around this by considering a sex change operation as a necessary “treatment” for a mental disorder.