(Washington Examiner) A college professor in Ohio is being forced to fight back against the university that is reprimanding him for refusing to refer to a student with a pronoun that differs from his gender at birth. That this is even an issue in college, let alone something that can get a university professor nearly fired, is not only outrageous but also absurd. College should be a place where students learn, sharpen their minds, and determine a vocation — not a place to engage in a debate over social justice issues and political correctness.
Last year, Nicolas Meriwether, a philosophy professor at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, was teaching a transgender student. The student was male but identified as female and wanted to be addressed as "ma'am" instead of "sir." Meriwether offered a very reasonable compromise: He suggested calling the student by his name rather than agree to address him by an inaccurate pronoun.