Feminist Laura Tanner, a graduate student at the University of California-Santa Barbara, is under investigation for being outspoken against “transgender” ideology. Now a dozen LGBT-sympathizing philosophers in academia are coming to her rescue.
This group of philosophers from Europe, Canada, America, and Australia say that academic debate is essential and that any measures that censor a colleague’s skepticism toward gender identity “violate the fundamental academic commitment to free inquiry.” They go on to say, “Moreover, the consequent narrowing of discussion would set a dangerous precedent, threatening the ability of philosophers to engage with the issues of the day. . . none of the arguments recently made by our colleagues can reasonably be regarded as incitement or hate speech. . . Academic freedom, like freedom of thought more broadly, should be restricted only with the greatest caution, if ever.”
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