Denver Post Columnist Says He Was Fired For Writing 'There Are Only Two Sexes'

Tom Gantert

A Denver Post columnist said he was fired for his opinion piece.

Denver, CO – A columnist for the Denver Post said his column was axed after he disputed that there were more than two sexes in his commentary.

Jon Caldara, who is president of the free-market non-profit think tank Independence Institute, said in a Jan. 17 Facebook post that the newspaper ended his column. Caldara wrote that he had been a regular columnist for the Denver Post since 2016.

The Washington Free Beacon reported that Caldara had criticized the Associated Press for ruling that “sex and gender are not binary.”

"There are only two sexes, identified by an XX or XY chromosome. That is the very definition of binary. The AP ruling it isn’t so doesn’t change science,” Caldara wrote on Jan. 3. “It’s a premeditative attempt to change culture and policy. It’s activism."

Then two weeks later, Caldara wrote a column criticizing a 2019 Colorado law that required elementary school children were to be taught about transgender ideology.

“The reason for my firing is over a difference in style,” Caldara said in his Facebook post.

He said his editor found his writing to be “too insensitive,” something he didn’t back away from.

“My column is not a soft voiced, sticky sweet NPR-styled piece which employs the language now mandated by the victim-centric, identity politics driven media,” Caldara wrote on Facebook. “Plain talk that doesn’t conform to the newspeak law of 'use only the words mandated by the perpetually offended.' So, it is labeled as 'mean spirited' and banned. If conservatives and libertarians are granted a voice in the mainstream media, they must use the language of their ideological opponents."

Caldara has made news for fighting against gun laws in Colorado.

He also filed a lawsuit in May of 2018 against the city of Boulder after a new law banned certain firearms and standard capacity magazines.

Under the ordinance, existing owners of banned weapons could keep their guns but only if they registered the firearms with the local police department, according to the Mountain States Legal Foundation.

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Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I am running into this 1984 shit more and more. I read the book right around that actual year and laughed at how absurd it was. It's still pretty out there, but the brainwashing is precisely what is happening now. PC = newspeak. Google it, read the book, connect the dots.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

The guy has it correct. Gender is not psychological; it is biological. If you have a Y chromosome, you are male. Most of us were taught that in lower education Biology class.

Today, we currently have all kinds of men, competing in female sports and winning, because they take testosterone-lowering medications, but they still have the advantages of larger muscles, heart, blood capacity and lung capacity.

Transgender men are even being awarded world records in sports like weightlifting, running, cycling, etc. Talk about gender inequality, sigh.

The world has gone nuts with political correctness. I don't care if you are gay or feel that you are in the wrong body and want to change your appearance through surgery, equal opportunity for pursuit of happiness and all that, but don't cheat; that's exactly what it is.

Slim Pickins
Slim Pickins

Only two sexes. Male and female. Man and woman. Adam and Eve. Not Bill and Steve. Saying it don't make it true. Many people with this kind of thinking seem to have a perverted mind.

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

I applaud Caldara for taking on the nut jobs. Biologically, there are only two sexes: Male and Female. Psychologically, there seems to be three: Male, Female and Confused. But being "Confused" does not change biological creation - and with sincere intent, if you cannot live with your biological reality get some help. The suicide rate of those living in denial is very high - suggesting that this political correctness BS is not fixing anything.

On a final note, newspapers like the Denver Post are just old relics that have not yet admitted defeat.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

God, the original Creator of all things seen and unseen, only created two sexes: Male and Female and is not into political posturing or the PC Police. He speaks in clear cut truths that anyone can understand and has made His opinion known on the matter.

TexasStrong
TexasStrong

God created each of us as either a man or a woman. Imagine Judgment Day and one of these non-binary is standing before God and He says "I don't know you." Somewhere along the line little Joe or Josephine was told he/she can be anything they want to be in life. Doesn't mean they can change their sex.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Has absolutely nothing to do with law enforcement or blue lives mattering.... this article shouldn't be on this website.

That said, apparently you can be fire for writing opinion pieces that people disagree with. Good lesson to know.

snafu
snafu

I did a little exercise for my own edification. I used the search term "how many genders are there scientifically," in the three most popular search engines, Bing, Google and DuckDuckGo. It was very interesting the varying results, but not unexpected. Bing returned a header stating "There are only two genders according to science. The male and the female gender. The neutral genders are presumably made up." To say I was not surprised would be an understatement.

The Google result was less than surprising, given the leftist makeup of the Google staff. They lead off with a reference to a Scientific American article titled, "The New Science of Sex and Gender." Near the top was an article attempting to disprove Trump claiming there were only two genders.

Finally, DuckDuckGo's top return was a link to a Quora.com article "Scientifically how many sexes/genders are there?" The synopsis of the article stated, "there are two sexes: male and female."

Unequivocally, I go with two genders. I've always avoided using Google as my search engine. They try to skew everything to the left.

Psytex111
Psytex111

It’s funny how folks rest on a foundation of science when it suits them and then dismiss it when it doesn’t. But this is by design. Driving chaos in our society, stating that the purpose is tolerance and diversity while fomenting division between and among groups allows the “powers-that-be” to keep many among us distracted while they continue to rape and pillage the globe. Unfortunately, we have far too many people educated in the current systems of higher indoctrination rather than true education, the latter of which focuses on the ability to think for one’s self, to think critically and to think “outside-of-the-box”—at least on occasion--to move into new arenas. R & D would be dead were it not for that ability. But I digress.

There are only two biological sexes: XX and XY. That being said, there are those rare genetic anomalies such as XXY (i.e., Klinefelter syndrome). Stats are hard to come by and those suggesting that the range of transgenderism is .03-.06 of the population acknowledge this. Those stats would place between 1/33 and 1/16 people as transgender while others have posited that the actual number is about 1 in 300 individuals. Regardless of actual number it is interesting to me that the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-5th Edition; the mental health provider’s “guidebook”) chose to change what they define as a mental disorder without setting forth a scientific basis. The stats the DSM-5 provides in terms of the prevalence of those with “gender dysphoria” are in a generally more conservative range than the above figures but, interestingly, the text offers no physiological support of the authors’ position in terms of functional brain imaging of transgenders to indicate that these individuals’ brains DO FUNCTION differently. Diagnostic considerations are almost exclusively based on the individuals’ FEELINGS (with some limited blood work concerning hormones). IMHO, the DSM, a corporate entity, has to make money so a new text comes out every so often and its directors are considerably influenced by prevailing sentiments (not to mention lobbyists) just as many other corporate entities are.

In short, if this were really about creating a more tolerant society, we would provide elementary school children with information about autistic individuals who are far more prevalent in today’s society (about 1 in 59, per the CDC, 2014) than they were 20-30 years ago (don’t even get me started on why that may be the case). But this is not about diversity or tolerance. This is about disrupting the very fabric of society. It is about undermining the rights of the majority to actively foment social chaos (For those of you who are not already aware, the UN is ON OUR SOIL in more places than NYC! Armored vehicles with uniformed, armed UN personnel have been observed here on the roads of central Texas). It is about undermining the rights of parents to develop the minds of their children and, in fact, to BE THEIR LEGAL GUARDIANS. It is about eroding the bill of rights, a little at a time . . .

If one observes children, left to their own devices in elementary school, they do not divide on the basis of race (or any other demographic variable, BTW, unless they have been indoctrinated at home to hate). They do divide themselves on the basis of their sex! Boy have “cooties” to girls and girls have “cooties” to boys--typically until the hormones start kicking in and they make that magical discovery. This is because gender is core to the development of one’s identity: Who am I? That we would interfere with the normal developmental trajectory of most children to impose what, until rather recently, has been deemed to be evidence of clear pathology is stupefying!!! Never mind that the benefits of Title IX, so hard fought for in the 60’s, are entirely “out-the-window!” But the ardent feminists of today, without a logical thought in their collective heads, never mind a historical perspective that might offer some insight, are marching right along like lemmings toward the cliff . . . and into the cultural abyss.

Consigliere187
Consigliere187

Don't turn this into the Daily Caller. This is an aggregator site for law enforcement news and that's why I like it. Don't go down the rabbit hole of so-called culture wars.

Psytex111
Psytex111

What are the rules for submission? Today I posted my first commentary and it has apparently been removed. As a retired LEO-turned-clinical-psychologist this was a first and it may very well be my last day to offer any comment. If one writes a lengthy narrative complete with facts that are germane to the topic and in a respectful tone in an attempt to provide an educator's perspective, why would that be removed while vitriolic, often patently disrespectful language is regular fare on this site? I am now beginning to wonder who backs this site . . .

Psytex111
Psytex111

It’s funny how folks rest on a foundation of science when it suits them and then dismiss it when it doesn’t. But this is by design. Driving chaos in our society, stating that the purpose is tolerance and diversity while fomenting division between and among groups allows the “powers-that-be” to keep many among us distracted while they continue to rape and pillage the globe. Unfortunately, we have far too many people educated in the current systems of higher indoctrination rather than true education, the latter of which focuses on the ability to think for one’s self, to think critically and to think “outside-of-the-box”—at least on occasion--to move into new arenas. R & D would be dead were it not for that ability. But I digress.

There are only two biological sexes: XX and XY. That being said, there are those rare genetic anomalies such as XXY (i.e., Klinefelter syndrome). Stats are hard to come by and those suggesting that the range of transgenderism is .03-.06 of the population acknowledge this. Those stats would place between 1/33 and 1/16 people as transgender while others have posited that the actual number is about 1 in 300 individuals. Regardless of actual number it is interesting to me that the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-5th Edition; the mental health provider’s “guidebook”) chose to change what they define as a mental disorder without setting forth a scientific basis. The stats the DSM-5 provides in terms of the prevalence of those with “gender dysphoria” are in a generally more conservative range than the above figures but, interestingly, the text offers no physiological support of the authors’ position in terms of functional brain imaging of transgenders to indicate that these individuals’ brains DO FUNCTION differently. Diagnostic considerations are almost exclusively based on the individuals’ FEELINGS (with some limited blood work concerning hormones). IMHO, the DSM, a corporate entity, has to make money so a new text comes out every so often and its directors are considerably influenced by prevailing sentiments (not to mention lobbyists) just as many other corporate entities are.

In short, if this were really about creating a more tolerant society, we would provide elementary school children with information about autistic individuals who are far more prevalent in today’s society (about 1 in 59, per the CDC, 2014) than they were 20-30 years ago (don’t even get me started on why that may be the case). But this is not about diversity or tolerance. This is about disrupting the very fabric of society. It is about undermining the rights of the majority to actively foment social chaos (For those of you who are not already aware, the UN is ON OUR SOIL in more places than NYC! Armored vehicles with uniformed, armed UN personnel have been observed here on the roads of central Texas). It is about undermining the rights of parents to develop the minds of their children and, in fact, to BE THEIR LEGAL GUARDIANS. It is about eroding the bill of rights, a little at a time . . .

If one observes children, left to their own devices in elementary school, they do not divide on the basis of race (or any other demographic variable, BTW, unless they have been indoctrinated at home to hate). They do divide themselves on the basis of their sex! Boy have “cooties” to girls and girls have “cooties” to boys--typically until the hormones start kicking in and they make that magical discovery. This is because gender is core to the development of one’s identity: Who am I? That we would interfere with the normal developmental trajectory of most children to impose what, until rather recently, has been deemed to be evidence of clear pathology is stupefying!!! Never mind that the benefits of Title IX, so hard fought for in the 60’s, are entirely “out-the-window!” But the ardent feminists of today, without a logical thought in their collective heads, never mind a historical perspective that might offer some insight, are marching right along like lemmings toward the cliff . . . and into the cultural abyss.

Woobie46
Woobie46

If I was this guy, I'd take the owners, the editors and anyone else in a position of authority to court. I'd make them EXPLAIN how many genders there are and precisely what those might be and how about PROOF. It ain't out there cuz it's another LIE of the demon crats

beglove
beglove

The Columnist should sue for falsely being fire over a Fact of life that evidently his boss cannot understand.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

NOT an opinion piece when its purely a fact.


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