“I want to raise my voice as a PSU student who has spent time with Boghossian”
Portland State professor Peter Boghossian is under fire for reasons you can read about here. One student is coming to his aid in a new op-ed.
From The College Fix:
I’m a Portland State University student. It must exonerate the ‘grievance studies’ hoax professor.
It’s not often you find a freethinking atheist professor getting supportive letters from religious conservatives, yet we live in strange times.
Peter Boghossian shows me a lengthy list of emails on his phone, at least 50. He says for the ones he has read, they’re all positive.
“‘First of all, Peter, let me say we’re not on the same team. I’m a devout Christian,’” he reads from one, pausing. “I get so many of those.”
He continues reading: ‘“You have a right to your opinions as I do mine. For example, I find Pascal’s Wager [in favor of God’s existence] quite persuasive. Enough of that. I hear the knuckleheads in Portland are giving you grief for exposing their foolishness […] If there’s anything I can do let me know. This grievance study stuff has to stop.’”
The Portland State University philosopher, who lacks tenure and may not have a job by the end of the academic year, has hit a nerve with ordinary people – the “normal non-public intellectuals,” as he calls them…
As they consider his fate, I want to raise my voice as a PSU student who has spent time with Boghossian, both before and after this hoax project.
A fantastical shadow looms over this public university, whose mission includes “community engagement” and “global impact,” as it contemplates using the full extent of its power to punish a professor for exposing the shoddy research standards in certain academic fields.
Those of us who stand for critical thinking, intellectualism and a rigorous peer-review system should raise our voices against PSU’s inquisition against Boghossian.
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