March 06, 2018

UPDATE: War on Acadia U prof’s academic independence takes serious turn

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

 

Professor Rick Mehta of Acadia University has been teaching psychology for 14 years. He sometimes talks about things in his classroom or on social media that challenge his students’ thinking on current affairs or their own ideology.

Mehta offers alternative views on immigration, gender politics, multiculturalism and feminism. He says he’s trying to teach his students to think critically.

Last time we heard from Mehta, he was on my show, The Gunn Show. At the time, student activist busy-bodies were pushing a petition demanding that Mehta be fired, alleging his ideas were creating an “unsafe” learning environment on campus.

Mehta also told me he received a reduced teaching course load for failing to comply with administration’s demands to keep his un-PC opinions to himself.

And now, the other shoe has dropped. Mehta is facing a formal investigation after being accused of violating the university’s discrimination and sexual and personal harassment policies.

Mehta joins me via Skype to talk about the weaponization of the official complaints process to shut down a diversity of views of campus.

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commented 2018-03-07 19:35:30 -0500
“Sexual harassment” in the law comes in two forms:

(1) quid pro quo (Latin for “this for that”) the idea being that some favour is offered in exchange for sex

and

(2) hostile environment….the idea being that you are made to feel unwelcome or unwanted by virtue of your gender.

My guess is that they will go after him for the second form.
commented 2018-03-07 13:21:20 -0500
Professor Mehta should write a book about these Marxist loons, and expose them, warts and all. The public want to hear the truth from someone in the trenches of our supposedly higher educational institutions. Professor Peterson is doing great, in spite of the government institutional attacks on him.
commented 2018-03-07 08:55:39 -0500
I hope he will record every interaction with Administration and the “investigator”.
The term academia has been highjacked by Marxists, no critical thinking required “You believe what we tell you to believe….facts don’t matter!”

I don’t he should go quietly into the night if Acadia decides to fire him. I believe he should fight this rigorously.
commented 2018-03-07 02:27:37 -0500
Too bad my professors could not be like this.
commented 2018-03-07 01:33:33 -0500
Gharab Aswad it is WRONG for Universities to get tax money when they censor and control.
commented 2018-03-07 01:32:50 -0500
Gharab yep and you are wrong.
commented 2018-03-06 23:02:45 -0500
Obviously, Rick will lose this first round I’m sorry to say. However, I think he should start boning up on the laws around suing the Uni for breaching his rights under the Charter, and take it to court. I think we all should support those efforts. He’s a good man, and we need to stand with him.

I also think he should, every chance he gets, refer to them as ‘truth deniers’. It’s the best way to fight back.
commented 2018-03-06 21:21:53 -0500
Gharab Aswad commented 2018-03-06 20:08:30 -0500
There is right and wrong. Obviously Mehta must be showing signs of the last. Otherwise a academic institution will not investigate. Academic institutions must protect academic culture.
This kind of thing happened to Dr Jordan Peterson after he refused to use speech compelled by our government. He was threatened by U of T but they dropped things after a public outcry.
commented 2018-03-06 20:12:03 -0500
Professor Mehta should reach out to Professor Jordan Peterson. It’s always good to compare notes with those who have already been punished for speaking the truth. If not, the moral support will help him through this difficult time.
commented 2018-03-06 20:09:16 -0500
Professor Mehta should hire a lawyer. Maybe John Carpay will take on his case. They don’t want any critical thinkers in our schools, they just want to push the constant mindnumbing lies from the Marxists.
commented 2018-03-06 20:08:30 -0500
There is right and wrong. Obviously Mehta must be showing signs of the last. Otherwise a academic institution will not investigate. Academic institutions must protect academic culture.