Calling a trans person by their birth name — say, referring to traitor Chelsea Manning as traitor Bradley Manning — is called “deadnaming,” and it’s such a serious offense that Twitter has added deadnaming to its terms of service violations and is ready to suspend accounts over it.

So what to do when a professor refuses to call a transgender student by their preferred pronoun? It’s happened at Shawnee State University, where a professor named Dr. Nicholas Meriwether has filed suit against the school, says he was “silenced” and “punished” by the university for not respecting the transgender student’s preferred pronouns.

The Portsmouth Daily Times reports:

According to the lawsuit, on Jan. 9 of 2018 a transgender student (Alena Bruening) approached Dr. Meriwether after class and stated that Bruening was transgender and identified as female and demanded to be addressed as such. Meriwether said he could not comply with this demand and was not sure students could dictate how professors must refer to them. The lawsuit states, “To accede to these demands would have required Dr. Meriwether to communicate views regarding gender identity that he does not hold, that he does not wish to communicate, and that would contradict his sincerely held Christian beliefs.”

The lawsuit states that per his refusal Bruening became “belligerent” and stated “Then I guess this means I can call you a (expletive).”

Meriwether argues that he was just exercising his First Amendment rights, but attorney Gabriel Malor thinks his case is a loser.

That would be the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.

So, the case doesn’t look good for the professor, as school policy wins out in this case. According to the university, Meriwether remains a tenured professor in good standing in its English & Humanities Department and is teaching courses this fall.