Religious liberty is under assault like never seen before.
Traditional religious beliefs are being demonized by militant activists on the Left.
And a federal court just forced this Christian professor to do something truly terrifying.
Dr. Nicholas Meriwether, a philosophy professor at Shawnee State University in Ohio, lost a lawsuit that could have chilling ramifications.
Meriwether is a devout Christian who believes that using transgender pronouns violates his faith.
A few years back, Meriwether referred to a biological male – who wanted to be seen as a female – as “sir.”
The student confronted Meriwether about being “misgendered” and asked to be called by female pronouns, but Meriwether said he would not.
He offered a compromise and said that he would use the student’s first name.
That’s when the student allegedly said, “Then I guess this means I can call you a c**t.”
Shawnee State said Meriwether must use students’ preferred pronouns despite his religious conviction.
Meriwether fought back by filing a lawsuit, but a U.S. District Court judge just ruled against him.
This is tantamount to compelled speech, which should send a chill down everyone’s spine.
So-called “hate speech” laws are bad enough, but compelled speech is far worse.
Forcing people to say things they don’t believe is a hallmark of authoritarian regimes.
Meriwether’s loss is a harrowing blow for the First Amendment, and could set a dangerous precedent.
If people can be forced to affirm a fringe ideology like transgenderism, then there’s no telling what else those in power might jam down the population’s throat.
Europe already has nightmarish hate speech laws where people can literally get arrested for “hateful” social media posts.
That hasn’t yet happened in America, but people can get put in digital jail for speaking against the radical orthodoxy.
Radical feminist Meghan Murphy was kicked off Twitter for posting “Men aren’t women, tho.”
It’s quite scary how a simple statement of fact like that has become ban-worthy.
The worst part about it is the American people didn’t decide it.
No one was asked, and no one voted.
People just woke up one morning a small handful of influential activists decided to impose these beliefs on everyone else.
Canadian professor and psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson rose to worldwide prominence for pushing back against the notion of compelled speech.
Left-wing critics said he was crazy and conspiratorial-minded, yet here we are.
A Christian professor in America could lose his job for not bending the knee to leftist dogma.
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