This article was first published at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, May 26, 2023:
Within four minutes of participating in a rally in Calgary, Canada, supporting a student's defiance of the woke agenda being promoted in his high school, Josh Alexander was arrested. His alleged crime? Handing out Bibles to the student participants.
The real reason? Josh Alexander, for whom the rally was named (the “I Stand with Josh Alexander” International Walkout Protest), has a history of defying the authorities in the name of Jesus Christ.
Alexander tweeted a video of his arrest. This followed an altercation in which he was attacked and beaten by a black woman while he deliberately avoided protecting himself by raising his hands. The police intervened and arrested Alexander and, presumably, his attacker.
Said the Calgary police: “Two people were taken into custody and released without charge.… The investigation remains ongoing.… The Calgary Police Service recognizes the Charter rights of everyone to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.… We police behavior, not beliefs.”
Alexander has a history. He is a believer in Jesus Christ, Who is not only his Savior but also his Lord. Translation: when his beliefs are challenged, he takes a stand for his Lord. He tweeted:
Today I was handcuffed and put in a paddy wagon for offering students bibles on a public sidewalk in Calgary.
I was released and told if I returned, I would be arrested and charged.
I continued handing out Bibles.
For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ.
Alexander is a rare breed, greatly missed in this declining culture. Although just 17, he came of age after coming to Christ. While still living with his parents in Renfrew, Ontario, he stood strong for his Lord and paid a price for it.
As Fox News' Jon Brown, who has been following the case, noted:
Attorney James Kitchen with liberty Coalition Canada filed the application to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal earlier this month on behalf of his client Josh Alexander, 17, a junior who was first suspended from St. Joseph's High School in Renfrew, Ontario, and issued a trespass notice in November.
Alexander drew the ire of school leadership when he organized a student walkout at the public Catholic high school against biological males in girls' bathrooms, according to the complaint. He also reportedly argued in class that God created two unchangeable genders.
The complaint recounts that students erupted during a math class when Alexander argued against the school's bathroom policy. When he claimed that men have penises and women have vaginas, his classmates reportedly called him a “misogynist,” a “racist,” and a “homophobic transphobe,” while the teacher allegedly “nodded and gestured at the students yelling at Josh, indicating his approval of the students' name-calling.”
Alexander also filed a complaint with the school board, demanding a public hearing. The board demurred, claiming that he didn't have the right to such a hearing because he still lived at home. The real reason? The board desperately didn't want the public to know how his high school, St. Joseph's High School in Renfrew, was discriminating against him.
The complaint, filed by attorney James Kitchen with Liberty Coalition Canada (LCC), added:
Josh believes he is called by the Lord Jesus Christ to proclaim the truth which includes telling those around him about the Lord's design for gender and to openly oppose the School Board's policy of permitting males to enter the girls' washrooms.
Josh believes he would commit a sin if he disregarded the Lord's calling on his life and remained silent.
In a statement to Fox News, LCC explained how school officials reacted to Alexander's determination to stand up against their woke agenda:
Kicking Josh out of school for expressing his Christian beliefs regarding sexuality and gender is unlawful religious discrimination.
The application details the shockingly discriminatory conduct of teachers and students at St. Joseph's, as well as Principal [Derek] Lennox's retaliatory decisions to suspend and exclude Josh for expressing his beliefs and organizing a student walk-out to protest St. Joseph's policy of permitting biological males to enter and use the girls' washrooms.
In standing up for his faith, Alexander quoted Scripture, specifically Mark 10:6, in response to woke claims by his teacher that there were many genders. Alexander responded: “I quoted Mark 10:6 after a teacher told us that there were as many genders as we want there to be and we should explore ourselves. And I said, ‘No, God created male and female.'”
The principal of his school, Derek Lennox, called this “bullying” and suspended Alexander from school. Specifically, Lennox informed Alexander's parents that “the grounds for the suspension are that Josh engaged in activities that are bullying and harassment.”
Offense is obviously defined by the offended…. I expressed my religious beliefs in class.… That doesn't make me a bully. It doesn't mean I'm harassing anybody. They express their beliefs and I express mine.
Mine obviously don't fit the narrative.
His attorney claims that Alexander's school officials have redefined bullying to fit their narrative: “If you have ideas that I find deeply offensive, or that bother me, or that challenge my notions of who I am, then—even though you're respectful and peacefully sharing those opinions and ideas and beliefs—if you do that, it's bullying to me.”
Josh Alexander, mature beyond his years, expressed his disappointment that more haven't been supporting him:
It's just kind of disappointing to see that so many adults are afraid to speak out and they're allowing both myself and female students to fight this battle on our own.
Of course, Josh Alexander isn't fighting this battle on his own. It's an epic battle between the forces of light and darkness, between Satan and Christ. Alexander just finds himself in the middle of that battle, and is doing what his Lord has called him to do: to be a light in that darkness.