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(CHRISTIAN HEADLINES) – A Michigan healthcare system violated the religious rights of a professional with 17 years of experience when it fired her after she declined to make referrals for transgender surgery or use patients’ preferred pronouns, according to the law firm representing her.
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Valerie Kloosterman was a physician assistant within the University of Michigan Health system in 2021 when she was required to undergo training that contained statements “concerning sexual orientation and gender identity that her Christian faith prohibited her from affirming,” First Liberty Institute, her law firm, said in a letter sent to University of Michigan Health.
Because completion of the training required her to check boxes agreeing with the statements, Kloosterman requested a religious accommodation from her supervisors. They declined her request.