November 21, 2017

“Surreal inquisition” at Laurier University extinguishes free thought

David MenziesMission Specialist

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.

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commented 2017-11-22 16:42:48 -0500
If Laurier wants to prove to their investors, including the taxpayer that they value free speech and thought, they should invite Prof. Peterson and Milo to speak on their campus. There does not appear to be any diversity of thought at Laurier. This interrogation and the comments of the interrogators lead by Rambukkana has highlighted the truth about our liberal led Canadian universities.
commented 2017-11-22 11:50:00 -0500
Time to consider the value of terminating liberals?

Progressivist-Sodomites are rats and must be exterminated.

War is coming.

Be ready.
commented 2017-11-22 01:52:36 -0500
The left is so scared of free thought for a reason, people who think freely are not the sheep they prefer.
commented 2017-11-21 23:19:12 -0500
David Menzies: I think you hit the nail on the head.
This young woman is a threat to the Ass. Professor and his cohorts.
Maybe this is what Lindsey needed to open her eyes and the eyes of many other young liberals.
commented 2017-11-21 21:08:08 -0500
The International Academic Polyamory Conference. Presenter Nathan Rambukkana, Ph.D.

“The conference will explore psychological research, sociological surveys, sociocultural studies, anthropological research, political analysis, historical studies, future projections, or other types of studies related to monogamy and nonmonogamy, including polyamory, open marriages, polygamy, “swinging” and other forms of consensual non-monogamy ."

Ramukkanna writes, “As polyamory is sometimes seen as a new way of reformulating intimacy, an overarching intimate discourse or even new version of sexual ethics (other to both monogamy and other non-monogamies), it risks creating a discursively heterotopian space of intimacy that can exclude many by what it does or does not include in its discourses—even by the ways that discourse is put into words or circulated.”
commented 2017-11-21 20:54:10 -0500
re posting William’s link. “The iron mask is coming down. This debate is not, as the left asserts, about respect, dignity and equality. This is about causing masses of people not to speak what is on their minds, and that is the iron mask. It is the hallmark of the totalitarian regime, and it is here now.”
commented 2017-11-21 20:33:20 -0500
…and Ron Voss. awesome links. I encourage everyone to read those apologies. They are all incredibly unimpressive is so many ways.

They all say things like:

“Let me be clear by stating that Laurier is committed to the abiding principles of freedom of speech and freedom of expression.”
and " I am confident that those associated with Laurier believe strongly in upholding the important principles of academic freedom, diversity of opinion, critical thought, the civil debate of competing ideas, free speech, and freedom of expression." Deborah MacLatchy.

“Laurier is committed to fostering a learning environment that is open and challenging, protects academic freedom and freedom of expression, as well as being welcoming, supportive and respectful of human rights. "Dr. Paul Jessop, Vice-President.

Rambukkana’s was the most useless rambling of all of them. He is seriously sorry for nothing. He makes no such statements about free speec. His ‘apology’ is mostly making excuses for himself. I don’t think he is capable of understanding the meaning of free speech. None of them are in my opinion.

If I am wrong they can show me and others by inviting Professor Peterson to speak at Laurier, and while you’re at it, invite Milo. That would be a step towards regaining some respect from the public which helps fund Canadian Universities.

Vice Chancellor Deborah MacLatchy is really more concerned with the flack the University received than anything else. She is unhappy with the outrage, more than concerned about why the public are outraged.
She writes in her ‘apology’, “I remain troubled by the way faculty, staff and students involved in this situation have been targeted with extreme vitriol. Supports are in place at the university to support them through this situation”. She thinks safe spaces are part of the answer.

Is there a University in Canada that truly respects free speech? What a crazy conversation to be having.
commented 2017-11-21 19:45:46 -0500
William Elder thank you for that link. Rambukkana’s professional website and the link on his ‘personal musings’ are highly entertaining as well as enlightening. We have to shine a light on these ‘special’ people who are teaching our youth and effecting culture and society. Boy, lets keep on this, and expose what ever we can. These nut jobs are dangerous.
commented 2017-11-21 18:30:07 -0500
- This story is getting legs. Steven Crowder posted something about it on Facebook today.
commented 2017-11-21 16:54:51 -0500
Robert Raymond commented – “So what is a Rambukkana?”

From what you see on his web site he appears to be engaged in promoting specious “theories” as fact –

“The question is: is he right? Have entire lines of thought been criminalized in Canada by C-16? The answer is no, not yet, but the practical effect of Bill C-16, which deals with gender identity and gender expression is already seen in the assertions of Professor Rambukkana. <> Those who argue in recondite legal articles about the limits of free speech need to carefully consider what happens to laws when they are interpreted in daily life by faculty committees and other sources of authority, especially those who have an interest in suppressing discussion.”
commented 2017-11-21 16:23:29 -0500
I hope the Alumni give Administration a tongue lashing and withhold any donations they plan to make.
Rambukkana and his fellow interrogators are probably wringing their hands, and, the public backlash is likely a complete surprise to them….“doesn’t everyone agree with us?” Useless tools!
commented 2017-11-21 16:18:39 -0500
Assistant professor Nathan Rambukkana who was part of the inquisition:
Today he sent Lindsay Shepherd an ‘apology’ in an open letter, no doubt prompted by the audio of the meeting becoming public:
As well the university president has made an apology:
Of course the usual bureaucratic approach to get you off the hook, create a task force.
commented 2017-11-21 15:12:19 -0500
The University Judges and Jury are Liberal and so is the Defendant. I consider both sides completely worthless people, and wouldn’t lose sleep if they were all fired.
commented 2017-11-21 14:37:49 -0500
One of the big issues with this would be the “Rambukkana.”Looks like Rambukkana does not understand the Canadian Culture and therefore is unfit to teach in Canada. Sounds like Rambukkana comes from a culture where Free Speech is not allowed. Looks like this professor would also like to force his culture on Canadian students; making them just as uneducated as the people in the culture that Rambukkana came from. Also, Rambukkana should have some Legal action taken against him just to make sure he understands the rights of Canadians.
commented 2017-11-21 14:26:55 -0500
Professor Rambukkana, condemning the playing of a clip of Jordan Peterson for a classroom debate is you acting as Joseph Goebbols, Hitler and Stalin all rolled into one.

Aka your idols.
commented 2017-11-21 13:09:34 -0500
So what is a Rambukkana?
Methinks he is a “new” Canadian by his comments.
I am positive that he is a Liberal hack.
The Liberal thought police known as Trudeau’s SS (socialist slimeballs) don’t want anyone to use their god given free thought.
You either toe the Liberal Party agenda or you get silenced. Give it a bit of time and the SS will carry out permanent silencing.