Christian coach fired in battle of the sexes now fires back

 January 23, 2024

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

An appeal to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is being filed on behalf of David Bloch, who was fired by a Vermont high school because he expressed his opinion that males and females are different.

School officials at the Windsor Central Supervisory Union district claimed that was bullying or hazing.

The ADF said this week it has filed a notice of appeal of a lower court's decision denying Bloch's request for reinstatement.

The legal team reported, "David Bloch founded the snowboarding team at Woodstock Union High School in 2011 and has served as head coach every year since. Under his leadership, the program has had success both on and off the slopes, including several individual state champions. Bloch is a practicing Roman Catholic who believes that God created males and females with immutable sex, and that, based on scientific evidence, there are only two sexes, male and female.

"He also affirms that sex is determined by a person’s chromosomes. But for sharing those views, school officials terminated his employment and barred him from future jobs in the school district."

"For more than a decade, Coach Bloch led the Woodstock Union snowboarding program to enormous success in terms of both athletic accomplishment and personal growth of the snowboarders. But for merely expressing his views that males and females are biologically different and questioning the appropriateness of a teenage male competing against teenage females in an athletic competition, school district officials unconstitutionally fired him,” said ADF Legal Counsel Mathew Hoffmann.

“The First Amendment ensures Coach Bloch, and every other American, has the right to freely express his views on a matter of profound public concern without government punishment."

The comments arose as part of a conversation initiated by team members about a male snowboarder, on another team, who claims he is a girl and competes against females.

Bloch explained his perspective that males and females have different DNA and that allows males to develop differently.

He said he believes the physical differences give males an athletic advantage.

The next day, he was summarily dismissed, with the school citing a principals' association belief that it's intolerable to reference a student "in a manner that questioned the legitimacy and appropriateness of the student competing on the girls’ team."

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