Biology Professor Gets His Job Back

February 23, 2024
Dr. Varkey Update | First Liberty Insider

by Jorge Gomez • 5 min read

We have a case victory to share! Our client, Dr. Johnson Varkey, is getting his job back.

St. Philip’s College in San Antonio fired him a year ago. Why? Because he taught basic concepts of biology to his students. He taught that sex is determined by X and Y chromosomes, consistent with his study of human biology.

As part of the settlement, the college guaranteed that Dr. Varkey will be back to teaching in spring 2024. He will also receive an undisclosed monetary amount if he doesn’t receive a class in time, and he will teach two classes in fall 2024.

Dr. Varkey is going back into the classroom where he rightfully belongs, and it’s all thanks to your support. YOU are the one who made this victory possible.

Thank you for all the prayers and encouragement you sent our way during this case. It meant so much to Dr. Varkey, as well as to everyone on our team.

“I love science and I love to teach,” Dr. Varkey said. “I am excited about returning to the classroom and am grateful to all those who helped me get my teaching job back.”

“We are happy that the Alamo Community College District voluntarily reinstated Dr. Varkey,” First Liberty attorney Kayla Toney said. “He is excited by this outcome, and we are glad that the District did the right thing. Dr. Varkey looks forward to continuing to educate students.”

We can’t thank you enough for giving so generously. Every donation you make to First Liberty transforms into real impact for everyday American heroes. Your donation is what helps provide them with the best legal defense possible, using our staff attorneys and volunteer attorneys from elite law firms in the country.

Let’s celebrate this win together! Dr. Varkey has been vindicated. He’s once again free to fulfill his calling and do what he does best. That’s the impact of your gift to First Liberty.

IMPACT OPPORTUNITY: Alaska Airlines Fired Her. Flight Attendant Lacey Smith Needs Your Help.  

You helped deliver freedom for Dr. Varkey. But so many more Americans are still fighting and searching for that win that will set them free.

Do you want to help another American who lost her job? Our client Lacey Smith needs your support. Alaska Airlines wrongfully fired her for her religious beliefs and for asking questions about the company’s support for the “Equality Act.”

Firing someone over their religious beliefs is illegal. We’re fighting this in federal court right now. It’s a huge case. Winning it could deliver freedom for our client—and potentially impact many more American workers fired for their faith.

Help us win for Lacey. Give to First Liberty today.

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