FRANKLIN, Tenn. (August 31, 2015) – The following statement regarding the University of Tennessee’s gender-neutral policy can be attributed to David Fowler, the President of The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT):

The recent communication by The University of Tennessee Office for Diversity and Inclusion asking students and faculty not to assume that a man is a “he” and a woman is a “she” is an insult to the overwhelming majority of Tennesseans who are not confused about the concept of male and female. Policies like this reveal the descent of higher education to a standard of morality measured by the lowest common denominator.

This misguided effort to change the English language is also an insult to the taxpayers of Tennessee who are financing this fanciful attempt by alleged educators to disregard the reality behind the biological fact that men and women have distinct sets of chromosome.

Those in higher education who banter on about the inclusiveness of using gender-neutral pronouns seem not to understand that they necessarily exclude those who do not accept and embrace their understanding of human sexuality. In doing so, they violate the standard of tolerance they demand of everyone else. That they are either unwilling or incapable of seeing the inconsistency of their own view of tolerance should disqualify them from trying to educate anyone.

The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT), which Fowler heads, was formed in 2006 by a group of citizens concerned about the growing negative impact of public policies on marriage, families, life, and religious liberty. FACT’s mission is to equip Tennesseans and their elected officials to effectively promote and defend a culture that values God’s design for the family, for the sake of the common good. For more information, visit