University of Toronto Students Disrupt Speech of Professor Refusing to Use ‘Transgender’ Pronouns

peterson-compressedTORONTO — A rally speech by a professor at the University of Toronto who refuses to use politically correct pronouns in addressing those with gender dysphoria was recently disrupted by upset students.

Jordan Peterson, a professor of psychology at the university, opposes the proposed Canadian bill C-16, which adds “gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination.”

Those who violate the law by discriminating against a transgendered person or using speech that is deemed to “incite hatred” against the person might face up to two years behind bars.

Peterson refers to similar laws already passed in New York City, which include a prohibition on “[i]ntentionally failing to use an individual’s preferred name, pronoun or title,” such as “repeatedly calling a transgender woman ‘him’ or ‘Mr.’ when she has made it clear that she prefers female pronouns and a female title.”

“Some transgender and gender non-conforming people prefer to use pronouns other than he/him/his or she/her/hers, such as they/them/theirs or ze/hir,” guidelines released by the New York City Commission on Human Rights also outline.

Violations could result in penalties up to $125,000 and up to $250,000 for transgressions of the law that are considered to be “willfull, wanton or malicious conduct.”

Peterson stands against such laws being enacted in Canada, and is now being labeled bigoted for it. Recently, while speaking at a free speech rally at the University of Toronto, he was met with chants of “Shame! Shame!” and students turned on a white noise machine in an attempt to drown Peterson and others out.

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Lauren Southern, a reporter with the conservative outlet The Rebel, was also assaulted at one point and called profane names.

Some of those present, which included members of the University of Toronto Students’ Union and the Black Liberation Collective, were already upset because of comments Peterson had made in YouTube videos.

“I’m not here to talk about sexual politics, it’s not my concern. What I’m going to talk about is freedom of speech,” Peterson said at the rally, entitled “U of T Rally for Free Speech.”

“With Bill C-16 and surrounding legislation, it’s the first time I’ve seen in our legislative history where people are attempting to make us speak their language,” he declared.

Event organizer Geoffrey Biffo Liew told The Varsity, “The event was intended to be an affirmation of freedom of speech, which includes contrary views. We could’ve had a peaceful, agreeable afternoon, which would’ve made it look like there was no issue at all. Instead, we faced disruption, shouting down, cord pulling and white noise.”

But Peterson isn’t backing down despite the opposition. He wrote an article days after the incident standing by his position.

“Facebook offers a choice of 58 [gender identities]. Is that not the instant reductio ad absurdum of the gender extremists’ claims?” he asked. “Are the denizens of New York now legally required to employ a new pronoun for each of these many identities? How are they supposed to keep track of who’s who? And who is going to distinguish between mistakes and criminal action or intent?”

“Words such as zie and hir, are, in my opinion, moves in the PC game. It’s not a game I wish to play,” Peterson said. “We shouldn’t reduce complex, uncertain issues to a one-size-fits-all formula. Instead, we should think things through carefully, using words of our own choice. It’s a free speech issue, in its essence.”


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  • Amos Moses

    Politically correct speech is mind control ….. it is speech control … it is anti-free speech ……….

    • Angela Burnham

      Being polite to somebody is “anti-free speech”?

      So calling blacks the N word is okay, or is it different when the LGBT community is being targeted?

      • Brad Will

        Skin colour is intrinsic to a person’s birth and DNA makeup. It is unchanging and sacred.

        Homosexuality and gender dysphoria are not intrinsic to a person’s birth. Homosexuals know it needs to be for them to have any legitimacy, however there is no homosexual gene. It’s a myth. There are a multitude of other factors that are environment-based, which result in this mental aberration of human sexuality. Being “transgender” or homosexual is not intrinsic, or sacred, therefore it has no comparison to whether we are “allowed” to call a black person a nigger due to having free speech.

        God has created all men with equal intrinsic value. We are not different based on skin-colour. Skin colour is just a different expression of our DNA. Anyone wanting to show bias against a person because of their skin colour is irrational.

        There is legitimate bias against another person’s culture. People don’t recognise this though, to their own intellectual peril.

        • Michael C

          Are you saying that we should only be polite and respectful with people concerning their intrinsic characteristics?

          Are you saying that it’s perfectly socially acceptable to be rude to people on the basis of their non-intrinsic qualities?

          • Amos Moses

            we are saying that mental illness is NOT INTRINSIC ……… and it should be treated as such ………..

        • Angela Burnham

          Gender identity is determined before birth, not after, and it’s independent of a person’s biological sex. You can look for answers in the bible all you want, you won’t find any though, because Jesus never even mentioned gay or transgender people ONCE.

      • Amos Moses

        Lying to them is “being polite” to them? ………… you are trying to conflate race with DEPRAVITY ………. and that is RACIST …… you may as well call them the “N” word …….

  • meamsane

    HMMMM? Imagine, governments proclaiming mental Illness as “rights” and passing laws forcing societies to conform to it’s symptoms!? Amazing!!

    • Brad Will

      Welcome to the Twilight Zone. We are all on centre stage.

    • Amos Moses

      i am not going insane …… i am going sane in an insane world ……………

  • Reason2012

    It just shows you how the transgender / homosexual activists are all about hate, nothing less. But then when 50 LGBT were slaughtered by someone following islam / sharia law, these same activists said nothing or were defending islam as the religion of peace, showing how they HATE the LGBT community, but just use them to attack Christianity and morals with their hate.

    • jackson

      The problem is that you want to condem an entire religion due to the extremism of a few. We could say the same about you and yours because of Westboro . Youre just a bigot with regard to Islam. Pathetic.

      • Amos Moses

        yeah …. so about …. oh lets be conservative …… 5% of Islam is “extremist” ….. 5% of 1.5 Billion …… wait a sec ….. doing the math ….. 7,500,000 worldwide ……. yeah …. nothing to worry about there …… 7,500,000 terrorist willing to kill …..

        how many people did Westboro kill ………… ZERO …………… how many people fit into “Westboro” ….. 20 …. 50 ….. 100 …..

        so yeah ….. exactly the samething …. asinine comparison ………. and REALLY PATHETIC ………….

    • michael louwe

      U said, “It just shows you how the transgender / homosexual activists are all about hate, nothing less. ”
      .
      Actually, it’s all about vote-pandering by the liberal activists bc the winning margin for national elections in USA n Canada hv become very close, ie every vote from minority n special-interest-group counts. Bc the majority Whites are mostly divided between liberals n conservatives, their votes do not really count or can be discounted.
      ……. For the Orlando, Florida gay-bar massacre, the liberal activists were conflicted between pandering for the votes of the LGBTQs or for the votes of the Muslims. So, they dared not antagonize the Muslims by being too vocal about the Muslim terrorist n terrorism, eg Obama classifying the Fort Hood massacre by Major Nidal Hassan as workplace violence.

  • Nidalap

    Heh. A university professor being shouted down for refusing to be an idiot…yep, that’s about the norm for today’s youth…

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      They are being bored. Boredom is a disease in the West and its mental slave-like nations. They have never lived for anything seriously worthy.

  • Angela Burnham

    People have a right to not be harassed. Don’t like the fact I identify as a woman? Whatever, I don’t care. If saying “she” is too difficult for you, then don’t say anything at all, or hell, JUST USE “THEY/THEM”.

    Your rights to free speech stop where my rights to the pursuit of happiness begin.

    • Nidalap

      Well now, that’s about as backward a view of freedom as someone is ever likely to see…

      • jackson

        Some might call it “self-serving.”

    • jackson

      Dude, we all know that your “rights to the pursuit of happiness” include the right to silence people you don’t like.

      Fortunately, we are not in that fascist society – yet.

      So for now – just try and shut us up, dude.

    • Amos Moses

      my 5 year old daughter identifies as a 20 year old and wants to date and marry a 25 year old ……. so i should go along with her BDD ………..

      there is a word for people who identify as a woman but have no female body parts ….. do you know what it is …………….. here is a clue for you ……………..

      it is MEN ……………….

      • Ambulance Chaser

        Was your 5 year old daughter evaluated by a highly qualified team of doctors, psychologists, and neuroscientists who concur with her self-diagnosis?

        • Amos Moses

          nope ………. and neither are most of these same people making this ridiculous claim ….. it is all self diagnosis and the mentally ill do not get to have their self diagnosis granted any credibility ……

          What do you call a person who “identifies” as a woman but has no female body parts ……

          you call them a MAN ……………………….

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Why do you think “most” people who suffer from gender dysphoria were not diagnosed as such by a team f qualified experts?

          • Amos Moses

            i know it is phony made up garbage as the people involved are basing this “diagnosis” on “feelings” from people who have know idea how the “feelings” they describe are real …… how does a person who is NOT a man know what it “feels” like to be a man …….. or know how a woman “feels” who is NOT a woman ………. “FEELINGS” are meaningless as a diagnostic tool …………. although the people doing the “diagnosing” are tools ……….

          • Ambulance Chaser

            I see. And your basis for casually dismissing an entire subfield of psychiatry is…?

          • Amos Moses

            Thought i just explain it ………. or did you miss that ….. “feelings” are not the basis of science, medicine, or rational thought ………….

          • Ambulance Chaser

            If you’re trying to argue that a transgender person is just a cisgender person who announced that they “feel” different, you should probably research the physiological differences in brain chemistry between cisgender and transgender people. You can start here:

            h t tp s : / / w w w . sci ence da ily . co m / re lea ses / 20 15 / 02 / 15 02 13 1 12 317 . h t m

          • Amos Moses

            You cannot tell the difference between a male and female brain by MRI, CT Scan, Xray or any other device ……………. and any study to the contrary is garbage science …………. “feelings” are not science ………….

          • Ambulance Chaser

            I see. And, what evidence do you have for dismissing yet another study without reading it?

          • Amos Moses

            i read it … it is a study of other studies …. there is no reference to the other studies ……

            Garbage in …. Garbage out ……….. just because a scientist says something does not make it science ….. and a study of flawed studies is just non-science and Garbage in, Garbage out ……………

          • Bob Johnson

            On what basis do you conclude that Amos only rejects some subfields of psychiatry? His basic premise is that “FEELINGS are meaningless”, therefore, pain and depression are invalid. And the old saw “take two aspirin” is of course based on self-diagnosis.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Okay, maybe he rejects ALL of psychiatry. Which is even more uneducated. That would just make my estimation of him even lower.

          • Amos Moses

            If you want to help people, tell them the truth ….. if you want to help yourself, tell them what they want to hear …………….

      • Angela Burnham

        Scientists have identified several BIOLOGICAL causes for gender dysphoria. This isn’t something you choose to be, your just born the way you are.

        • Amos Moses

          What you are talking about is not science …… it is a psuedo-science Rorschach test …….. they see what they want to see ……… it has no basis in science ………. it is not testable …. you cannot give a set of results to a physician and have them give a “diagnosis” of a person being “trans” anything …….. nor of “dysphoria” ……… dysphoria is a “feeling” ……

          Dysphoria – is a profound state of unease or dissatisfaction ………

          and as a diagnosis is meaningless ………… were are born male or female and anything outside of that is garbage and “woe is me” victimization …………..

    • hytre64✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Sorry, but I am not responsible for your being happy. You are free to pursue it on your own. Infringing on my speech will only lead to all of our speech being government controlled.

      • Angela Burnham

        I’m aware of that, but what we’re talking about here is a person intentionally abusing that right to chase other’s out of an institution dedicated to higher education and open thought. IE harassment, which is illegal.

        • hytre64✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          We are also talking about the Professor’s rights to use the English Language (non-abusively) and following his own rights to have his own beliefs… I.E. That if a person is physically and Legally a male, the English language refers to them as “HE”, and if a person is physically and legally a female, the correct pronoun for them is “SHE“.

          That is NOT harassment. That is called using the English Language as it has been taught for that last 200 years. It would be harassment to force the professor from his position at the University because of his unwillingness to bend to the will of the LGBTi alliance.

  • Faithwalker

    Our presidential election…. out of control, the middle east… out of control, the global economy…. on the brink of collapsing, culture wars…out of control. I can only interpret the signs as Jesus told the disciples…But all these things are only the beginning of the birth pains Matthew 24:8.

    But as Matthew Henry commented, but where the heart is fixed, trusting in God, it is kept in peace.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    The West’s secular colleges and secular universities have been indoctrinating kids with godless Nazi education for decades, and this is a harvest time for those liberals. No Christianity = No pursuit of objective truth. The case of the West is worse; they only seek immorality and greed as its core value because the West has no morality other than Christianity. The Westerners need Christianity to pursue objective truth. Without Christianity, there is no sense of respect, either.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    God created humans either male and female. Christless Western culture lives to dissolve anything true and to bend the human conscience by demanding falsehood of transgenderism to be established. Truth and freedom’s rights to exist is only possible with Christianity. No Christianity = No truth = No freedom = No human rights. All Westerners should realize this fact by now.

  • david

    under trudeau we went 30 billion in debt within his first 3 months, by his 6th month the beastiality laws where loosened and now he will silence millions of canadians who do not agree with his liberal homies . Jews, Christians Sikh, Muslim, Catholic, and the cults JW and mormon and athiests who do not agree with the lgbt agenda are all being silenced.

    when a small group silences and threatens imprisonment over free speech then it becomes a dictatorship. the charter of rights allows for freedom of religion and speech and now they seek to take that away from millions of canadians.

    time to write your MP about this.

  • Miracle Onyeoziri

    The point of this article is to point out that people don’t have freedom of speech. What is polite isn’t something that should be imposed via law. Being polite is something we are taught to do. If you make a law saying that you should refer to someone by gender neutral terms or your fined doesn’t make sense. Why don’t they make a law saying that we can’t call people niggers or crackers or other words that could get teachers fired if they say it to students. That is the problem.

    Look at Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president. During the American civil war he suspended habeas corpus (1862), so as to jail people who spoke against the war effort. 154 years later, we see people trying to suspend our freedom of speech. When we say that we have freedom of speech, we should have the freedom to call people whatever seems fit despite the reality of how cruel people can be.