Christian prof., who refused to use fake pronouns, says, “Don’t give in!”
A college professor, who successfully sued his university after being punished for refusing to use a transgender student’s preferred pronouns, is encouraging Christians “to resist” and not “give in” to cultural pressures, reports FaithWire.com.
Dr. Nick Meriwether, a philosophy professor at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, explained what the case was all about.
MERIWETHER: “It was on the first day of class in 2018. A male student approached me after class and demanded that I use female titles and pronouns. I explained to him that I would not be able to do that. He got a little bit upset. He threatened to get me fired.”
Shawnee University placed a letter of reprimand in his file. They said that if they had to address it again, they would fire Meriwether.
MERIWETHER: “I was going to be punished, not for something that I was doing, but for something that I would not do and that was to affirm the gender identity ideology.
“For the university to require me to speak in a way that conflicted with my Christian and my philosophical beliefs, I thought was a very unsettling, disturbing violation of freedom of speech. And that’s why I would not stand for it. I simply would not go along with it.”
The Christian professor told CBN’s Faithwire that he relied on prayer and Scripture to navigate his nearly four-year legal battle.
MERIWETHER: “What kept me going was, first of all my Christian faith. I think Christians are clearly taught in Scripture, especially in the New Testament, that we will face persecution, discrimination, and we should not give in. We may lose our jobs. We may lose our livelihoods. We may lose our family. We may also lose our lives eventually. We cannot give in.
“Frankly, the scriptures were extremely helpful. The Psalms, even the book of Revelation, teaches very, very clearly, we must resist in a kind way, a humble way, a reasonable way, but we must not give in.”
Philippians 1:27 says, “Conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.”
As part of the settlement, the college agreed that the Christian professor will never be mandated to use misguided pronouns. Plus, the university agreed to pay $400,000 in damages.
Hundreds of CDC employees haven’t received COVID-19 shot
Hypocrisy is alive and well.
Nearly 400 employees at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have not received the COVID-19 shot, according to data obtained exclusively by The Epoch Times.
Roger Andoh, a Freedom of Information Act officer at the agency, said 382 workers at the CDC are unvaccinated. Another nine employees have just had one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna shots, meaning they do not qualify as fully vaccinated per the CDC’s guidelines.
Together, the number is 3.2 percent of the CDC’s workforce.