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A Christian professor who claims he was threatened with punishment by university officials in Ohio for refusing to use the preferred pronouns of a trans-identified student, has secured the right to avoid using pronouns that conflict with his beliefs as a Christian, after years of litigation. Shawnee State University philosophy professor Nick Meriwether reached a settlement with school officials on Thursday April 14, in which the university agreed to pay $400,000 in damages and attorneys’ fees, according to his legal team at the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). The settlement lifts any requirements for Meriwether to use preferred pronouns for students that may contradict their biological sex, according to ADF. Additionally, the university has reportedly agreed to rescind a written warning issued to Meriwether in June 2018.
The ADF attorneys also immediately filed a voluntary dismissal of the case. “Meriwether went out of his way to accommodate his students and treat them all with dignity and respect, yet his university punished him because he wouldn’t endorse an ideology that he believes is false,” ADF Senior Counsel Travis Barham said in a statement. “We’re pleased to see the university recognize that the First Amendment guarantees Dr. Meriwether — and every other American — the right to speak and act in a manner consistent with one’s faith and convictions.”
In 2018, a biologically male trans-identified student filed a complaint against Meriwether when the professor referred to the student with masculine pronouns, even though the student identified as female. The university concluded that Meriwether created a hostile class environment by refusing to use the student’s preferred pronouns. School officials threatened the professor with punishment if he persisted.
Meriwether filed a lawsuit against the school in November 2018, arguing that his constitutionally-protected freedoms of speech and religion were being violated. But District Court Judge Susan Dlott, dismissed the professor’s case in February 2020. In March 2021, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit court ruled in favor of Meriwether, reversing the earlier dismissal and remanding the case to the lower court which ruled in favor of the Christian professor.
We thank God for those believers like Meriwether who are rising up and pushing back against the kingdom of darkness, refusing to submit to its transgender Ideology that is permeating our nation. The Bible says, “But the people that know their God shall be strong, and do exploits” (Dan. 11:32). Professor Nick Meriwether proved himself to be a strong Christian and was able to perform the exploit of reversal in this crucial matter. We join with him and give God the glory for this tremendous victory! Amen!
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Sunday School Ministry
The Sunday School Ministry would like to sincerely thank all the parents/guardians who encouraged their children to participate in Children Sunday, as well as the fun day last Monday. We appreciate your sincere efforts to keep them engaged in the things of Christ. God bless you profoundly. Also, thanks to all those that supported the delicious Pelau sale. Last, but not least, kudos to my hardworking team, Pastor Emily included, for keeping my two hands up. They made sure the sun stayed in its place until after the sale. May God reward every team member abundantly.
Sunday School Director Yuette Austin
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