Hopefully you have heard of Dr. Jordan Peterson by now. He is a faculty member at the University of Toronto and has entered the vigorous debate about what it means to have free speech on the college campus. This debate has its genesis in the University of Toronto’s adoption of the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s policies on what constitutes hate speech complete with criminal sanctions. One practical effect of this is the demand to call people according to the pronoun they feel most reflects their gender identity. Dr. Peterson has refused the demands. He realizes that this could be a career ending position, even though he is a tenured faculty member.
His YouTube posts have gone viral. Looks like people are ready for this debate. Note what is happening at the University of Virginia as faculty and students ask the President of UVA to long longer quote Thomas Jefferson in her speeches because of his racism.
The debate is this Saturday, November 19, 9:30 AM. It will be livestreamed. Here is the info.