Lindsay Shepherd, a first-year Communications Studies teaching assistant at Laurier University, had the temerity to encourage a civil debate amongst her students on the topic of gender pronouns.
To foster the exchange of ideas, the grad student played a clip from the TVO show, The Agenda, featuring University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson and Nicholas Matte, a “sexual diversity studies instructor.”
In the clip, Peterson criticized the U of T administration for insisting that professors refer to students by gender nonspecific pronouns.
After watching the clip, Shepherd had her students discuss the issue, telling The Waterloo Record:
“It was a friendly debate. I thought it went really well.”
But a pair of Wilfred Laurier professors and a diversity officer didn’t agree. Her sin, it seems, was playing it without editorializing – i.e., condemning Peterson.
One of the paranoid professors conducting the inquisition, Nathan Rambukkana, said, “This is like neutrally playing a speech by Hitler.”
We attempted to contact Professor Rambukkana to ask what rationale he was using for this comparison but he’s embracing radio silence.
The incident left Shepherd reconsidering a career in academia, noting:
“If this trend continues of radical leftist indoctrination, I’m not really interested in being a part of that.”
How sad. She seems like just the sort of person any free speech advocate would want on campus.