A Vincentian author and former college lecturer who was fired under the COVID-19 vaccine mandate in 2021 has written a book on the controversial topic of gender identity.
Shefflorn Ballantyne launched his children’s book “B is for Binary” on Amazon this week.
Ballantyne, who is also a minister of the Thusia Seventh Day Adventist Church, describes the book as “a captivating Christian ABC book that combines the wonders of the alphabet with the timeless wisdom of the Bible,” a press release said.
“Using rhymes and colourful illustrations, children of all ages are promised an exciting educational journey to celebrate the two genders that God has created,” the release further stated.
“From the story of Adam to the history of Zeboim, each letter tells the fascinating story of God’s created genders with some references to Bible characters from the past plus scientific knowledge about the human body.”
Ballantyne launched his first children’s book, “No Dress for Timmy” on Amazon in 2018.
This book was banned twice on that platform, after becoming “a number one best seller” in a children Christian book category.
“At least one LGBT+ activist group openly claimed to have influenced the censorship. Despite the ban, hundreds of persons have gotten copies locally, regionally, and international,” the release further stated.
Ballantyne lost his job as an accounting lecturer at SVGCC for refusing to take a COVID-19 vaccine under a government mandate that came into effect in November 2021.
In March, the High Court declared the mandate unconstitutional and ruled that the public sector workers dismissed under it never ceased to hold their posts.
The government, however, has not reinstated the workers but has challenged the court’s decision and an appeal is slated to be heard in January.
Ballantyne, who is also a husband and a father, is also the author of “Immortality Death and the Hereafter” as well as “Surviving Grief and Loss” which were published in 2016 and 2017 when he began his book writing career.
“He intends to continue writing children’s books, primarily to empower young minds with the truth against growing attempts to demoralise them through perverted sex education which encourages gender confusion,” the press release said.