We’ve discussed here the views of Jordan Peterson (on climate activism, among other things) and I’ve been developing a healthy paranoia about Cambridge University, where professors of history and computery stuff are involved in an international five year plan to get climate scepticism recognised as an official conspiracy theory, alongside invasions of aliens (the outer space ones and the immigrants.) In the Guardian (where else?) the three subjects come together in this article:
Cambridge University has rescinded its offer of a visiting fellowship to Jordan Peterson, the self-styled “professor against political correctness”, after a backlash from faculty and students.
Peterson, a psychology professor from Toronto who has courted controversy for his views on transgender rights, gender and race, announced on Monday via his YouTube channel that he was joining Cambridge for two months.
“In October I am going to Cambridge University in the UK for two months and I will be a visiting fellow there at the divinity school and should give me the opportunity to talk to religious experts of all types for a couple of months, as well as students,” he said…
The University of Cambridge said Peterson requested to be a visiting fellow and was initially granted the opportunity, but after further review it decided to take back the offer.
“[Cambridge] is an inclusive environment and we expect all our staff and visitors to uphold our principles. There is no place here for anyone who cannot,” a spokesperson for the university said.
There follows a confused (i.e., false) account of his refusal to use transgender pronouns:
In September 2016 he expressed concern on YouTube about the development of a federal amendment to add gender identity and expression to the Canadian Human Rights Act. This would make it illegal to stop someone from getting a job or discriminate against them in the workplace based on the gender they identify with or outwardly express. Peterson claimed the law was an infringement of free speech…
This omits the subject of Peterson’s protest (the legal obligation to use the pronouns of choice) and falselysuggests that Peterson is in favour of discrimination. Likewise, the statement that he has “has courted controversy for his views on transgender rights, gender and race” hints at racism, sexism and transphobia. Then comes the coup de grâce:
In an interview in April 2018, he doubted the science behind climate change: “Most of the global warming posturing is a masquerade for anti-capitalists to have a go at the Western patriarchy. That’s partly why the climate change thing for me is a contentious issue, because you can’t trust the players. You can’t trust the data because there is too much ideology involved.”
The article is rounded off with some tweets from Cambridge academics approving the university’s censorship:
I’m glad to hear it has been rescinded but why was an initial offer ever made in the first place??
The truth is Cambridge just doesn’t have enough sage authoritative white men who believe they know better than everyone else and can tell the world how to run itself. We need to ship them in from outside.
Enraged and disappointed with @Cambridge_Unithat Jordan Peterson has been given a visiting fellowship. Such hatemongering shouldn’t be given a place at our University.
Well my hate has been well and truly mongered. So I’ll shut up before I say something I regret.