- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Two former staffers are suing a day care center in Katy, Texas, after they say they were fired for refusing to refer to a transgender 6-year-old by his new name.

Christian author Madeline Kirksey said she was fired as the manager of Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center because she refused to go along with parents who decided to recognize their child as a boy, after he had attended the school for four months as a girl, a local Fox News affiliate reported.

Ms. Kirksey said her religious beliefs made her approval of the change impossible, and insisted to the center that other parents should know about change so they can speak to their own children about transgender issues.

“One day, she wanted to be a girl, the next day she wanted to be a boy. The other kids are confused as well, calling her a boy and she would start screaming, ‘I’m not a boy!’” she told Fox.

After pushing back, Ms. Kirksey received a termination letter, which included claims that she failed to tell a worker to leave a game room and “when requested by parent and management to call a transgender child by the child’s new name, Madeline does not follow instructions,” Fox reported.

She has hired attorneys Andy Taylor and Briscoe Cain to file a discrimination lawsuit against the school. The legal team is also representing Akesha Bogany Wyatt, a former teacher at the center who claimed she was also fired for raising concerns about the transgender child.

Madeline has paid the price for standing her ground in defense of all her children at Children’s Lighthouse,” Mr. Taylor said. “This has gotten out of control and now this dedicated experienced child care worker has been wrongfully terminated. That will not stand.”

Mr. Cain told Breitbart that Ms. Kirksey’s “sincere religious beliefs have been violated because she took a stand to protect the girl from being harassed and discriminated against.

“She is now out of work for defending her faith and standing up for the innocence of children, and for believing that it is the role of parents to decide whether children should be educated about transgender issues,” he said.

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