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Title: Professor who refused school order on transgender studentís pronouns wins in court
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Published: Mar 28, 2021
Author: Mary Kay Linge
Post Date: 2021-03-28 10:41:10 by Ada
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An Ohio college professor who resisted his school’s orders to go along with transgender students’ preferred pronouns has won his First Amendment case before a federal appeals court.

In a unanimous ruling, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that Shawnee State University violated Prof. Nicholas Meriwether’s rights of free speech and free exercise of religion by punishing him for resisting school rules that forced him to address students in the terms of their choosing.

Meriwether, a philosophy professor and devout Christian, sued Shawnee State, claiming that its mandate to use terms that conflict with biology infringed on his religious belief that gender is fixed from the moment of conception.

The court’s decision, written by a judge appointed to the bench by President Trump and issued Friday, upheld Meriwether’s argument.

“The First Amendment interests are especially strong here because Meriwether’s speech also relates to his core religious and philosophical beliefs,” Judge Amul Thapar wrote in a 32-page decision.

Amul Thapar Amul Thapar AP “If professors lacked free-speech protections when teaching, a university would wield alarming power to compel ideological conformity,” add Thapar — who was widely seen last year as a contender for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the US Supreme Court.

Meriwether, a 25-year member of the Shawnee State faculty, was reprimanded in 2016 after a transgender student complained that he used of “Mr.” instead of “Ms.” when responding to the student in class. The ruling clears the way for the professor to pursue a lawsuit seeking damages.

A student walks to class on the campus of Shawnee State University A student walks to class on the campus of Shawnee State University. AP “Nobody should be forced to contradict their core beliefs just to keep their job,” said John Bursch, a lawyer with the conservative Alliance Defending Freedom who represented Meriwether in court.

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#1. To: Ada (#0)

How about, "Yo! numbnuts."

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.” ~ H. L. Mencken

Lod  posted on  2021-03-28   10:52:00 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#2. To: Ada (#0)

If they insist there's no difference between men and women, then they also shouldn't care if one is referred to as Mr. or Ms.

Pinguinite  posted on  2021-03-28   20:06:54 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#3. To: Pinguinite (#2)

If they insist there's no difference between men and women, then they also shouldn't care if one is referred to as Mr. or Ms.

They object to not being addressed as the gender they are pretending to be, i.e., you must accept the gender they claim.

Ada  posted on  2021-03-29   9:38:34 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#4. To: Ada (#3)

Still, those accused could simply claim in the name of gender equality that there is no harm done whatsoever by calling a "woman" "Mr." or "sir", or a "man" "Ms." or "Ma'am".

Pinguinite  posted on  2021-03-29   11:17:57 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#5. To: Pinguinite (#4)

Their feelings will be hurt because you obviously don't believe them

Ada  posted on  2021-03-29   15:17:24 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

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