A Christian professor has lost his lawsuit against an Ohio university after he was reprimanded for refusing to address a biological male student who identifies as female with the proper pronouns.
Nicholas Meriwether, a philosophy professor at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, filed a lawsuit in 2018 after the school placed a written warning in his personnel file for not calling the student “Miss” or “she.”
As CBN News reported in 2018, Meriwether, who refers to all of his students as “sir,” “ma’am,” “Mr.,” or “Miss,” offered to use the student’s first or last name instead, but this did not satisfy university administrators or the student.
Shawnee State University’s “Nondiscrimination policy” defines gender identity as a “person’s innermost concept of self as male or female or both or neither—how individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves.”
Meriwether believes God created only two genders, male and female, which are determined by a person’s biology.
Roberta Milliken, acting dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, launched an investigation into the matter and formally charged Meriwether with causing “a hostile environment” in his classroom for refusing to violate his religious beliefs.