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Friday, June 22, 2018

Jordan Peterson Sues Wilfrid Laurier University for Defamation Following Lindsay Shepherd Case

MSM has chosen sides

Jordan Peterson is quickly becoming one of my favourite people in the world. His clarity of thought, his brilliant articulation, and his courage to speak the truth in the face of vicious attacks from the weak-minded, politically correct who pass off as intellectuals these days, is turning Peterson into a virtual rock-star even among demographics that would normally despise what he says. He is a man worth listening to.

By Rebecca Joseph  National Online Journalist, Breaking News Global News

WATCH ABOVE: University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson filed a defamation lawsuit worth $1.5 million against Wilfred Laurier University and three faculty members after a T.A. was criticized for showing a YouTube clip of him during a class tutorial.

University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson is taking legal action against Wilfrid Laurier University after a T.A. was criticized for showing a YouTube clip of him.

Petersen – a psychology professor whose contentious views have been protested across the country – and his lawyer, Howard Levitt of Levitt LLP, are suing the school and three faculty members  for defamation worth $1.5 million.

The article doesn't include the fact that his main areas of study are in abnormal, social, and personality psychology, with a particular interest in the psychology of religious and ideological belief, and the assessment and improvement of personality and performance. - Wikipedia.

The claims, which haven’t been proven in court, say comments made in a closed meeting were defamatory and intended to discredit Peterson.

Peterson’s controversial (common sense) views on the use of gender pronouns for trans-people became the subject of a free speech debate at Laurier after T.A. Lindsay Shepherd showed a video clip of him during a class tutorial.

The article calls his views controversial but fails to point out that his education is such that he is probably the foremost expert in the area of which he comments; ie science is on his side.

Just look at the titles of the books he has written: Peterson's first book, Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief, was published in 1999, a work which examined several academic fields to describe the structure of systems of beliefs and myths, their role in the regulation of emotion, creation of meaning, and motivation for genocide. His second book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, was released in January 2018.

Shepherd’s case came to light after she came forward with a recording of a meeting between her and three faculty members, who said playing the Peterson clip created a toxic environment in the classroom.

Shepherd secretly recorded the meeting, and has since made the recording public.

Comments in the meeting included a comparison of Peterson’s speech to Hitler, and a comparison of his opinion to that of an anti-trans, anti-gay, anti-women white supremacist. They also called him “academically suspect” and said he exhibited “charlatanism,” according to the unproven Statement of Claim.

Despite the fact that the meeting was private, Peterson and his lawyers allege the faculty should have known the content of the meeting could have lasting consequences.

“Although the individual Defendants did not personally disseminate and broadcast it further… they could have reasonably anticipated that … [Shepherd] would inform others of what had occurred,” the statement reads.

Officials from Laurier say they will “vigorously defend” against the claim.

“Laurier remains committed to intellectual inquiry, critical reflection, scholarly integrity, academic freedom and freedom of expression while striving to be a supportive and inclusive community,” a statement from the University read.

The two professors named in the suit did not reply to a request for comment from Global News, nor did the Diversity and Equity office, of which the third individual was an employee.

Earlier this month, Levitt also filed a $3.6 million lawsuit on behalf of Shepherd against the same people – saying the school behaved negligently, leaving her unemployable in academia.

Officials at Laurier, who have already issued a public apology to Shepherd, have also vowed to defend the lawsuit.

Peterson’s views have been protested during a book tour across the country. In Edmonton, a theatre declined to host Peterson, while in Toronto, a woman was arrested while protesting his event.

In 2017, The Globe and Mail reported Peterson spoke out at a Senate committee hearing against Bill C-16, legislation aimed at enshrining the rights of transgender people in Canada.

He argued the bill could infringe on freedom of expression and said that both support for the legislation and the belief that biology does not determine gender “stem from the humanities and are entirely ideologically driven.”

In November, the University of Toronto’s student newspaper — The Varsity — reported that hundreds of people had signed an open letter calling for Peterson’s termination from the institution. Among the grievances cited in the letter were the transgender pronoun controversy as well as a video he uploaded to YouTube in which he suggested men can’t control “crazy women” because men are not allowed to physically fight them.

That last statement would seem like a statement of fact, not a call for change. But, this article is another example of MSMs (mainstream media) woefully biased attitude toward anyone who challenges the politically correct's astonishing descent into insanity. 

Peterson is one of the most intelligent and articulate people in Canada, and his videos have helped a lot of people get their lives on track, but Global News could not find a single positive thing to say about him. That is the bias of MSM, and liberals in general, that someone who disagrees with them on almost anything must be completely wrong, bad and evil.

There is no room for honest or open debate on humanities issues in the MSM. The decisions have been made! Liberals must save the world from Christians and other right-wing lunatics! News is no longer news, it is far-left propaganda.