Expelled from University for saying that a man is a man?!!!
Owen Stevens is a student at the State University of New York (SUNY) He has been suspended from the university for posting some videos on Instagram expressing his ideology.
What exactly did Stevens say?
"A man is a man, a woman is a woman. A man is not a woman and a woman is not a man."
So Stevens has been suspended until he takes down the videos and attends a re-education course?
What argument does the university give for suspending him?
"Stevens' videos call into question his ability to maintain a classroom environment that protects the mental and emotional well-being of all of his students (...) After reviewing all available materials, I found that, based on his continued public posturing and social media presence, he does not consistently demonstrate the behaviors required by the School of Education's Conceptual Framework."
For the dean to assert that denying that someone has a different sex than their biological sex violates the Dignity for All Students Act. A law that speaks of "mutual respect" but which the dean interprets as a law to protect sexual orientation and gender identity.
The university president himself has also weighed in to censure Stevens:
"Yesterday, I became aware of a current student's Instagram posts related to transgender individuals. I want to take this opportunity to publicly reaffirm my deep personal commitment to promoting social justice (...) There are clear legal limitations on what a public university can do in response to objectionable speech (...) As a result, there are few tools at our disposal to reduce the pain such speech can cause."
Stevens has not only received pressure from the university but also from his own peers:
"I have received threats and horrible incidents from students who feel they are making the world a better place by becoming the waking thought police (...) I want justice and for the right thing to be done."
We are writing to the State University of New York to demand Stevens' reinstatement and respect for free speech
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