We have never been slow to lampoon the politically correct, universdity dumbed down ‘special snowflakes’, or the professors in politicising everything who spoon feed them a constant stream of idiotic lwft wing bullshit. but when we read a story about a professor who is challenging the bollocks and defending free speech and individiual freedom, we were delighted to have a chance to show the higher education system is not entirely in the hands of cultural Marxists.
University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson recently decided he had had enough of what he saw as a campus culture where “social justice warrior, left-wing radical political activists” ran rampant and nobody dared voice opinions that were not approved by the college’s Politically Correct Thought Police.
In September 2016 he released a video lecture series taking aim at political correctness.He zeroed in on Canadian human rights legislation that prohibits discrimination based on gender identity or expression. Dr Peterson was especially frustrated with being asked to use alternative pronouns as requested by trans students or staff, like the singular ‘they’ or ‘ze’ and ‘zir’, used by some as alternatives to ‘she’ or ‘he’.
In his opposition, he set off a political and cultural firestorm that shows no signs of abating.
At a free speech rally mid-October, he was drowned out by a white noise machine. Pushing and shoving broke out in the crowd. He says the lock on his office door has been glued shut on several occasions. At the same time, the University of Toronto said it had received complaints of threats against trans people on campus.
Peterson’s employers have warned that, while they support his right to academic freedom and free speech, he could run afoul of the Ontario Human Rights code and his faculty responsibilities should he refuse to use alternative pronouns when requested.
They also said they have received complaints from students and faculty that his comments are “unacceptable, emotionally disturbing and painful” and have urged him to stop repeating them. The university is also trying to organise a “civil and respectful” debate, which would include Dr Peterson, to discuss gender provisions in federal and provincial human rights legislation.
Either way, Dr Peterson is not backing down. See a by conservative journalist Ben Shapiro defending his position below.
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