Another day, another leftist attempt at censorship. The target is, once again, University of Toronto professor and psychologist Jordan Peterson.
It should come as no surprise given the myriad prior attempts by left-wing activists to prevent Peterson from speaking about gender pronouns or free speech itself. But this time, they’re trying to stop him from giving a lecture about the psychology of creativity, his actual field of research.
Peterson is recognized internationally on the subject, hence the invitation by the National Gallery of Canada on March 9.
Cara Tierney, a former gallery employee who demands people refer to her as ‘they’, said to CBC, Peterson shouldn’t be allowed to speak on his research because of his views on gender.
“If there was a known anti-Semite who also perhaps had something interesting to say about psychology or creativity, I don’t imagine that we would be inviting this individual to come and talk,” Tierney said.
Another Ottawa activist said that Peterson threatens the reality that “art itself has always been, historically, a safe space.”
The comment is laughably tone deaf, given that art has always been the bastion of controversy—artists just want that controversy on their terms, rather than anyone else’s.
No one who has attempted to block Peterson from speaking at the gallery has disputed his credentials, nor his message. This is why the censorship efforts are so chilling: because he disagrees with them on something else, he shouldn’t be entitled to speak about anything, in their view.
The goal is nothing short of 100 per cent conformity, lest you find yourself on the receiving end of boycotts.
The National Gallery is a public institution, which means cancelling this event would be an effort by government to block certain viewpoints. So far, they’re holding the line.
Let’s hope it stays that way.