A professor shares his fighting experience at Shawnee State University in Ohio after he was disciplined by the school for refusing to use pronouns by a transgender student.
Fox News ’Tucker told Carlson that the professor, Nicholas Meriwether, filed a lawsuit against the First Amendment and won his case in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Carlson asked Meriwether on Thursday what was the reason for him to take the case to court.
“So, really, if I didn’t, I would be fired. I would have ended up. That’s one reason. That’s not the only reason. The other reason is, like you just said, I think we have to stand against it, and I think we are losing our academic freedom, ”Meriwether said.
He added, “We are losing our freedom to disagree, and unless and until people stand up, I think it will get worse, worse, worse, faster.
Watch the conversation below:
Turning her attention to Kristen Wagoner, senior legal counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, she asked her what the legal paradigm is in this case and how it can be used by others.
“Thus we won both free speech and free exercise area and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has clearly stated that the use of titles and pronouns is part of a debate that this country is engaging in now and those terms have entered great meaning, that it’s not the government’s role to set the terms of that debate or to weigh in on one side or the other, ”Wagoner explained.
Meriwether’s lawsuit was previously binasura of a district court for lack of conviction. The decision made by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals will return the lawsuit to a lower court where the professor can make his case.
Judge Amul Thapar write thinks, “Traditionally, American universities have been beacons of intellectual diversity and academic freedom. They pride themselves on being forums where controversial ideas are discussed and debated. And tested. they don’t stop the debate by choosing sides. ”
He continued, “But Shawnee State chose a different route: It punished a professor for his speech on a hotly debated issue. And it did so despite the constitutional protections provided by the First Amendment. The district court ignored the professor’s free speech and free exercise statements. What we see is different and reversible. “
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