Wilfrid Laurier University, an Ontario University, took steps to squash academic freedom at its university and is now being sued – big time.
Former teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd showed a video of the University of Toronto Professor and popular cultural commentator, Jordan Peterson, criticizing a new law mandating recognition of gender-preferred personal pronouns. As a result, Ms. Shepherd was disciplined by faculty members accusing her of threatening the students and comparing Jordan Peterson to Nazi dictator, Adolph Hitler.
I think these suits are important and a must-do to stop the bullying. It is incomprehensible to me that Wilfrid Laurier thought it acceptable to lambast Shepherd and defame Peterson to promote an agenda. People have a right to free thought. The University is especially a place where ideas must be discussed. I stand behind both these people to use the force of law to vindicate an important right – freedom of thought and speech. The bullying must stop.