A Shawnee State University professor of religion and philosophy, Nicholas Meriwether, has been told by a federal court that despite his religious objections, he must use the preferred pronouns of transgender students if he wishes to keep his job. Shawnee is a public community college in Portsmouth, Ohio.
H/T: The Federalist
According to Alliance Defending Freedom, Meriwether declined to refer to a biologically male student who identified as female using a feminine prounoun, and the student “became aggressive, circling around him, getting in his face in a threatening fashion, while telling him, ‘Then I guess this means I can call you a c**t.’” The ADF added further, “Before walking away, the student promised to get Dr. Meriwether fired if he did not agree to the student’s demands.”
Dr. Nicholas Meriwether, who teaches at Shawnee State University in Ohio, was formally charged by his university for creating “a hostile environment.”
The court dismissed the professor’s suit, determining, “Plaintiff’s refusal to address a student in class in accordance with the student’s gender identity does not implicate broader societal concerns and the free speech clause of the First Amendment under the circumstances of this case.”
The court claims use of pronouns is not an expression of belief. WHAT. Who are they to judge that? Does the Constitution say “no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” unless a Judge doesn’t think your practice is sincere enough? NO.— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) February 22, 2020
Shawnee State Univ. prof. Nicholas Meriwether alleged the college violated his Constitutional rights after it warned that he could be fired under its anti-bias policy if he kept addressing a transgender student as male, instead of using her female pronouns.https://t.co/gPX5uYnjuV— Paige Smith (@PaigeSmithNews) February 18, 2020