Psychology professor Jordan Peterson of the University of Toronto has attracted the ire of his fellow staff members by refusing to get on board the Transgender Train.
In a recent YouTube video, Peterson criticized political correctness on campus and bashed a bill that would make it illegal to discriminate based on gender identity. This erupted into an apparent sea of complaints against him, inspiring 250 faculty members to sign a letter condemning Peterson for his opinion.
“Your statements that you will refuse to refer to transgendered persons using gender neutral pronouns if they ask you to do so are contrary to the rights of those persons to equal treatment without discrimination based on their ‘gender identity’ and gender expression,” the letter warned.
When even the proponents of a concept feel compelled to put that concept in quotation marks, it tells you something about how ridiculous their cause really is.
Peterson told The Daily Signal that he wasn’t about to back down. Noting that this was the second warning letter he’d received, he said that he would be willing to defend his principles all the way to the point of losing his job.
“I think the university will send me a third warning letter,” he said, because I think they’re getting the documentation in order, and then I think there’s a reasonable probability that they’ll take action against me.”
Peterson said he wasn’t standing up to the new laws and regulations out of prejudice; rather, he said it was a matter of free speech.
“The mistake of this legislation is it’s an attempt to force people to utter certain words that are not of their choosing,” he said. “There’s a big difference between being required to not say something and being required to say something. It’s a different category of law. One is closing your mouth. The other one is putting a hand inside you and forcing you to be a puppet.”
Yes…kind of like forcing a Christian baker to make a cake for a gay wedding. Or making a Christian t-shirt maker design logos for a gay pride parade. Freedom of speech should – obviously – include freedom from coerced speech.
So don’t think this is just something happening in Canada. Where they go, we will soon follow. And with Democrats in office, it won’t be long.