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.