Dr. Jordan Peterson has released a three part lecture video series on political correctness. In these he objects to the Canadian government’s Bill C-16, which proposes to outlaw harassment and discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression under the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code.
His objection to the bill did not concern the LGBT discrimination legal debate, but rather the freedom of speech implications of C-16’s other amendments to the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code, regarding their accommodation language. Furthermore, he argued that the new amendments paired with section 46.3 of the Ontario Human Rights Code would make it possible for “employers and organizations to be subject to punishment under the code if any employee or associate says anything that can be construed as ‘directly or indirectly’ offensive.” Peterson further argues that it is necessary for people to recognize the importance of free speech and particularly free speech on college campuses. (from Wikipedia)
Dr. Peterson is an intellectual whose writings and lectures I have frequently reference. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from McGill University. He taught at Harvard University as an Assistant and an Associate Professor before returning to Canada and taking a position at the University of Toronto.
Here is a TV episode in which he interacts with those who believe that his refusal to use pronouns approved by the Ontario Human Rights Commission constitute hate speech and criminalize him.
Here is a video of Peterson being swarmed by “social justice warriors” after his U of Toronto rally.
Here is Peterson’s video concerning the U of Toronto’s decision to enter into a public debate with him.
Also go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S31Jf2WFTNU for Peterson’s explanation of the charges being leveled against him. You can track him from there if you are interested.
This is such a critical issue on campuses. I encourage you to follow Peterson and the fall out from criminalizing free speech on the university campuses. Peterson is not going down without a fight for free speech. His refusal to use pronouns of other people’s choices and his insistence that biology and identity are intrinsically linked have made him public enemy #1. I appreciate Peterson’s insistence he will not be bullied into ideology and nor will he participate in the education camps imposed by U of Toronto. As a scholar he is taking the university to task, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
Freedom loving people everywhere should know what is going on here.