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University in the UK Cancels Jordan Peterson’s Visiting Fellowship for Not Being Inclusive

University in the UK Cancels Jordan Peterson’s Visiting Fellowship for Not Being Inclusive

“[Cambridge] is an inclusive environment and we expect all our staff and visitors to uphold our principles”

https://youtu.be/aMcjxSThD54

In other words, Peterson is being excluded for not being inclusive. You couldn’t make this up.

Robby Soave reports at Reason:

University of Cambridge Cancels Jordan Peterson’s Visiting Fellowship Because He Is Not ‘Inclusive’

Jordan Peterson, the University of Toronto psychologist known for criticizing political correctness, announced Monday that he would be a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge’s divinity school.

But on Wednesday, Cambridge’s administration announced that they had rescinded the invitation following a public outcry from students and professors.

“[Cambridge] is an inclusive environment and we expect all our staff and visitors to uphold our principles,” a Cambridge spokesperson told The Guardian. “There is no place here for anyone who cannot.”

Peterson holds some views that are considered offensive by progressives—he has objected, for instance, to the idea that anyone should be required to use a trans person’s preferred pronouns. The implication of Cambridge’s statement, then, is that anyone who disagrees with the university’s left-of-center commitments on these issues is unwelcome on campus.

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Nothing says higher intellectual pursuit like rewarding on merit to follow up with punishment based on mob backlash.

This only helps Jordan Peterson and hurts Cambridge.

It is amazing at how hard some people work at making themselves irrelevant. What I have observed with this class of people is that they are preaching to an ever smaller circle of people. I still think the best example was the Oberlin student who couldn’t understand how Trump won because he “did not know a single person who voted for him.” Perhaps we should just be honest and start calling them bubbles and not colleges.

What happened publicly to Jordan Peterson is the same thing that happens behind the scenes to applicants for faculty positions who don’t show an enthusiastic “commitment to diversity.”

Many colleges will not hire any faculty or administrators who don’t favor leftist politics and support SJW principles. Even Harvard’s engineering department is requiring “diversity reports” of their faculty. New applicants must submit a “diversity, inclusion, and belonging statement” to show their enthusiasm for leftist politics.
https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/03/engineering-profs-at-harvard-now-required-to-submit-diversity-reports/

These political litmus tests remind me of China’s Cultural Revolution, when academics had to show their enthusiasm for Chairman Mao and the Party to avoid being terminated (in more than one sense of the word).

David in Cal | March 21, 2019 at 8:23 pm

Excluding someone for the sake of inclusiveness is an obvious irony.

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