Ohio public university to pay $400,000 in damages after punishing professor over preferred pronoun controversy

A public university in Ohio will pay $400,000 in damages and attorney fees after punishing a professor for declining a male student’s demand to be referred to as a female.

Nick Meriwether, a philosophy professor at Shawnee State University, responded to a male student’s question during a January 2018 political philosophy class by saying “Yes, sir.” When the class ended, the student identified to the professor as transgender, and demanded to be referred to as a woman in the future, along with “feminine titles and pronouns,” according to the Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented the professor in court. Doing so, Meriwether maintained, would have violated his convictions as a Christian.

Meriwether didn’t agree to the student’s request, and court documents state that the student became belligerent and told the professor that he would be fired.

The student filed a complaint with the university, launching an investigation which eventually determined that Meriwether “effectively created a hostile environment” for the student because he would not use the preferred pronouns. Meriwether did offer to call the student by any name requested, but the student did not accept the offer.

Shawnee State University would then place a written warning in Meriwether’s personnel file, which stated that “further corrective actions” would be taken if a similar incident occurred.

The professor sued Shawnee State University, claiming that it violated his “right to free exercise of religion under the First Amendment.”

In March 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ruled in favor of Meriwether, reversing a district court’s prior dismissal of the lawsuit and allowing the professor to continue his lawsuit against the university.


Arab racism: An anti-Black Arab Racist Nephi Khaliki displays his anti-black racism at a Conceal Carry class

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District is reviewing its rental room policy.

This is after a local conceal carry instructor came under fire for using race-related jokes while teaching a private class there on Sunday, April 10.

Nephi Khaliki the owner of Vegas Conceal Carry Weapons (CCW) presented slides titled “Firearm Safety for White People” and “Firearm Safety for Black People.”

“Always make sure there are no minorities in your backdrop” and “Always lick the chicken grease off your fingers before shooting,” Khaliki read from the slides.

Upset viewers contacted News 3 about the videos so tracked Khaliki and asked him about his lesson.

Khaliki who is Arabic and considers himself to also be a comedian said there was nothing racist about the event.

“It has nothing to do with gun safety. Except taking a very mundane subject that gets easily forgotten and shocking their system and making them remember the safety rule. Always keep the weapon pointed in a safe direction. That’s the joke,” he said.

Several Republican political candidates were in attendance, including Mayor of North Las Vegas John Lee.

Also in attendance — a candidate for sheriff, Tom Roberts — who condemned the graphics used during the class.

Marcus, a black man who also attended the course, asked us not to show his face.

“If that joke was directed to me as an individual, meaning how we’re having this interview right now maybe I’d take offense to it. He didn’t just point out one particular group or minority and just focus,” explained Marcus.