Quebec Philosophy Prof Suspended for Christian Views

PETITION TO: Michel Couillard, CEO, Cégep du Vieux-Montréal


Quebec Philosophy Prof Suspended for Christian Views

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Quebec Philosophy Prof Suspended for Christian Views

Intolerance to Christianity is growing. Intolerance to truth is growing. And one of the surprising new seedbeds of this intolerance is government-funded colleges and universities. These institutions are supposed to be bastions of free speech, open debate, and civil discourse. However, in a recent incident in Montreal, one college has shown itself to be a brazen adversary of tolerance.

On January 30th, Jean Laberge, a philosophy professor at Cégep du Vieux-Montréal, was suspended from his position by college administration. Professor Laberge has served at the college since 1994. He is an award-winning lecturer and author.

And what was Professor Laberge’s crime? He made several posts on his personal Facebook page opposing sexual deviancy, and upholding Christian sexual ethics.

Professor Laberge is a Roman Catholic, who holds to the beliefs and teachings of his church. He chose to openly discuss and support the church’s views on homosexuality, doing so on his own time and in his own Facebook space.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered” and are “acts of grave depravity” (section 2357). As a practising Catholic, Professor Laberge has a right to openly discuss and declare his Catholic beliefs, especially in the context of his private life.

However, his employer, Cégep du Vieux-Montréal, was troubled by Professor Laberge’s Facebook posts and Christian views. Apparently, several students had complained as well. Now Laberge is suspended. He has been branded a “homophobe” and is experiencing ostracism from his employer and peers. It is an act of blatant intolerance.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote, “It’s [a] universal law - intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas truly profound education breeds humility.”

There is something terribly wrong in our colleges and universities, if they are breeding the kind of intolerance and animosity we see towards Professor Laberge at Cégep du Vieux-Montréal!

Let us send a message to Cégep du Vieux-Montréal, inviting them to demonstrate the true values of higher education: tolerance of opposing views, openness to discussion, and support for freedom of speech and thought. They need to know that it is unacceptable for a government-funded institution to be an adversary of tolerance and truth.



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Respect Personal and Religious Freedoms

Dear Monsieur Couillard,

I am writing to you concerning the recent suspension of Professor Jean Laberge. It is reported on national media that you suspended him over posts he made on his personal Facebook page expressing his religious beliefs on human sexuality. These posts were not made in the name of Cégep du Vieux-Montréal, but in the personal name of Jean Laberge.

I believe that it is inappropriate for you to suspend him for expressing his religious beliefs in his personal time and on his personal Facebook page.

We call on you to demonstrate the true values of higher education: tolerance of opposing views, openness to discussion, and support for freedom of speech, thought, and religion.

As a publicly-funded institution, it behooves you to respect Jean Laberge’s personal freedoms and constitutional rights. We ask you to rescind his suspension.


Cher Monsieur Couillard,

Je vous écris au sujet de la récente suspension du professeur Jean Laberge. Il est rapporté dans les médias nationaux que vous l'avez suspendu à cause de messages qu'il a fait sur sa page Facebook personnelle exprimant ses croyances religieuses sur la sexualité humaine. Ces messages n'ont pas été faits au nom du Cégep du Vieux-Montréal, mais au nom personnel de Jean Laberge.

Je crois qu'il est inapproprié de le suspendre pour avoir exprimé ses croyances religieuses dans son temps personnel et sur sa page Facebook personnelle.

Nous vous invitons à démontrer les vraies valeurs de l'enseignement supérieur: tolérance des opinions opposées, ouverture à la discussion et soutien à la liberté de parole, de pensée et de religion.

En tant qu'institution à financement public, il vous incombe de respecter les libertés individuelles et les droits constitutionnels de Jean Laberge. Nous vous demandons d'annuler sa suspension.

[Your Name]

Quebec Philosophy Prof Suspended for Christian Views

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