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UPDATE 12/04/16: Dr. Peterson recently conducted an interview in which he explains that he could be imprisoned for his refusal to use "transgender pronouns" like zhe if Bill C-16 passes:
The human rights tribunals have been given the right to hold people in contempt. Well, you're going to be in contempt if you don't pay the fine. My opponents say 'you're just scare-mongering. We don't really have that much power.' Then why change the criminal code? Why put the hate speech amendments in there? The final word in law is incarceration. There is no question about this. When I made the video on September 27th, and I said, 'probably making this video itself is illegal'.
Not only that, the university is as responsible as I am for making it, because that's in the human rights code. The university read the damned policies and had their lawyers scour it, and concluded exactly what I concluded. That's why they sent me two warning letters. They're on the hook for everything their employees say, whether or not the consequences of what they say were intentional or unintentional, regardless of whether or not there was a complaint.
. . . [T]hey've changed two legal principles. It's not 'innocent before being proven guilty,' it's 'preponderance of evidence,' and it's not intent, it's outcome. Those transformations are so far reaching, it's almost unimaginable.
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UPDATE 11/19/16: Dr. Peterson is still under pressure from the University of Toronto and others. He recently received a letter jointly written by the Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science, and the Vice Provost, Faculty and Academic Life, urging him to stop making public statements about his refusal to use genderless pronouns. But Dr. Peterson has refused to back down. Sign the petition to show your support!
Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, a psychology professor at the University of Toronto, is refusing to use "transgender pronouns." And for that offense, he may risk jail time!
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In a recent YouTube talk, Dr. Peterson challenged the federal Liberal government, the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and his own university's human resources department for their promotion of what he calls a "Marxist" ideology of gender identity and gender expression.
As you may recall, the federal Liberal government has been trying to make the "incorrect" use of pronouns an act of "discrimination" that constitutes a "hate crime" (see Bill C-16). The Ontario Human Rights Comission has also taken up gender jihad by promulgating regulations that hold organizations liable for "actual or potential discrimination," even if nobody complains, and even if they don't know about the alleged discrimination. The University of Toronto's human resources department issued a memo to professors, directing them to refer to students by the pronouns and gender references of their choice.
The University itself has not responded to Dr. Peterson's criticisms, but of course LGBT activists have complained about the expression of these views. University of Toronto Professor A.W. Peet, who self-identifies as transgender, told the National Post that "academic freedom" should not protect Peterson when he uses it to "hurt vulnerable genderqueer members of the university community."
Academic freedom is one of the mainstays of Western education. Without it, individuals can be persecuted for beliefs that do not align with the prevailing cultural orthodoxy and there can be no true education—for there could be no free exchange of ideas! Punishing individuals like Dr. Peterson would be a clear violation of academic freedom, as well as religious freedom and free speech.
"If someone can be put in jail for questioning [gender ideology], then I guess I should be put in jail," says Dr. Peterson in the video, "because I'm going to continue to question it."
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