Atheist activist Hemant Mehta has some points to make about the firing of school worker, Kristie Higgs. So let’s have a look.
She’s obviously delusional and hyperbolic. No one cares what she believes,
That’s a lie. What she believes is what the firing was all about. Does anyone think she would have been fired if she had posted beliefs promoting the LGBTQ position? Of course not. And if that is not good enough for you, consider the last sentence of Mehta’s posting. He writes:
She doesn’t deserve to be paid to work with public school children when she believes…….
There it is. That’s what it is about. She doesn’t deserve to have the job “when she believes” X. So quit with the lies about “no one cares what she believes.”
nor is anyone preventing her from expressing those beliefs at home or in church.
Straw man. No one ever claimed she could not express her beliefs at home or in church. Is Mehta implying these are the only places she, as a school worker, should be allowed to express her beliefs. That is, she must self-censor on the internet, for example? How would Mehta like it if he was allowed to speak his anti-Christian views only at home or atheist conventions?
A public school curriculum shouldn’t be guided by what Christian bigots think about LGBTQ people. We can’t let education get derailed by people who have hate baked into their faith.
And here, activist Mehta poisons the well with personal attacks. Higgs agreed with the position that a traditional marriage is not the same as same sex marriage and also didn’t agree that gender is a matter of choice instead of biology. Mehta turns disagreement into bigotry and hate. If you dare to disagree with his ideology and political agenda, it must because of bigotry and hate. It must be! This simplistic, black and white approach is common among social justice propagandists, but those who appreciate a more nuanced approach rooted in critical thinking will recognize the unwarranted leaps of logic.
So far, to make his case, Mehta has had to lie, invoke a straw man, and resort to ad hominem attacks. Does it get worse? Of course.
But Higgs posted this on her private Facebook page. She’s allowed to do that, right? Not necessarily.
Ah yes, the inner authoritarian comes out. Social justice atheists want to police the thinking of others. So eager to nab a thought crime that they start hallucinating one into existence:
The problem is that someone who harbors such animosity against LGBTQ people could create a hostile environment in the classroom.
Having convinced himself with his own rhetoric that Higgs has “animosity,” he then embraces an imaginary world where Higgs COULD “create a hostile environment.” Could. Not did. Could.
Why is this? Because neither Mehta, not the school, nor the tribunal, could find one single piece of evidence that Higgs’ FB post actually did cause a hostile work environment. Unable to support their position with evidence, the activists and bureaucrats display contempt for the need for evidence and replace it with their subjective fears rooted in their own ideologies and stereotypes.
Imagine your child’s teacher using racial slurs online; you might not want your child around such a teacher.
Mehta’s obviously delusional and hyperbolic, for a truly rational person would recognize this as a false analogy. Higgs never made anything analogous to a racial slur. She did not use the “f” word, for example. But I guess when you have no evidence to back up the need to fire Higgs, you need to demonize her the best you can. The only thing missing thus far is a Nazi analogy.
Then again, using Mehta’s logic, imagine your child’s teacher using anti-religious slurs. Hmmm. Might have to explore that in the next posting.
It was a battle between her religious right to be a bigot and the school’s right to provide a safe learning atmosphere for the students.
Ah yes, the simple-minded, black and white approach of the atheist activist. The “right to be a bigot” (Evil) vs. safety for the children (Good). The problem for Mehta is that he has failed to establish that Higgs is a bigot (unless he wants to argue in circles) and there isn’t a shred of evidence that Higgs’ private FB posting created an “unsafe” environment.
Those who value reason and know how to process evidence will recognize that the rhetoric about an unsafe learning environment is rooted in a delusional and hyperbolic approach.