Peter Boghossian, a tenured professor of philosophy at Portland State University in Oregon resigned from his position after the university refused to retract an article he published. The article was about the supposed “ideological intolerance” of the progressive left.
Peter Boghossian has resigned from his position as a professor at Portland State University after the university refused to allow him to teach courses on atheism and secularism.
Peter Boghossian, a philosophy professor at Portland State University, resigned on September 8, claiming a “intolerance of different ideas and viewpoints.” In his resignation letter, he said that students at the Oregon public institution “are not trained to think critically. Rather, they are being taught to imitate ideologies’ moral certainty.”
‘A factory for social justice’
Boghossian also said that the institution had transformed into a “Social Justice machine whose only inputs were race, gender, and victimization and whose only outputs were grievance and division.” Harassment from colleagues and students was also mentioned by the lecturer.
He said that he had been teaching at the institution for 10 years but lacked tenure. Former New York Times reporter Bari Weisss has posted the letter online at bariweiss.substack.com.
After expressing concerns about trigger warnings, safe spaces, cultural appropriation, and the need of racial awareness, the lecturer experienced “retaliation.” He described “illiberalism” at the university as “an institution-wide issue,” according to him.
Boghossian detailed the following instances of harassment he encountered at Portland State University in his letter:
- “In one case, accompanied with sacks of feces,” Swastikas were written on his office door.
A tenured faculty member interrupted the professor’s conversation with author Christina Hoff Sommers and evolutionary biologists Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying.
Someone tore out cables from the speaker during a panel discussion Boghossian was having with James Damore, a former Google employee.
While the lecturer was conversing with cultural critic Carl Benjamin, a fire alarm went off.
The university examined Boghossian for suspected sex discrimination, and despite investigators finding “insufficient proof” of misconduct on his side, the professor was advised to “get coaching.”
The Oregon Association of Scholars has called for a probe.
The Oregon Association of Scholars demanded that the Portland State University Board of Trustees examine the circumstances leading up to Boghossian’s departure only hours after it was revealed.
The association’s president, Dr. Bruce Gilley, urged the trustees to “bring to account those professors and employees whose abuse of authority compelled Professor Boghossian to make this painful choice.” www.oregonscholars.org has further information on the association’s response to the resignation.
Indifference from the so-called “liberal media”
The New York Post, Newsmax, and the Daily Mail all reported Boghossian’s resignation from Portland State University. In a tweet addressed at NPR, Rachel Maddow, and MSNBC, he claimed that the “conservative media” was very interested in his departure, while the “liberal media” was uninterested.
“Regarding my resignation from PSU, I’ve been inundated with invitations to appear on conservative media. Despite this, I do not see myself as a conservative. He said, “I’ve had zero requests for interviews with leftist media.”
Regarding my resignation from PSU, I’ve been inundated with requests to appear on social media. Despite this, I do not see myself as a conservative. I’ve had no requests for interviews from the leftist press. @maddow @npr @msnbc I’d want to talk to you about something.
September 8, 2021 — Peter Boghossian (@peterboghossian)
With James Lindsay, Boghossian co-authored the 2019 book “How to Have Impossible Conversations: A Very Practical Guide.” In 2007, Boghossian wrote “Fear of Knowledge: Against Relativism and Constructivism,” and in 2014, he published “A Manual for Creating Atheists.”
He also contributed a preface to John W. Loftus’s 2015 book “How to Defend the Christian Faith: Advice from an Atheist.”
Boghossian may be seen in YouTube videos. One shows him giving a lecture at London’s National Liberal Club in 2019. “There is an army of social justice zealots out there, most of whom are hiding behind computers or in academic positions, who will attempt to stifle and hinder debate,” he warned his London audience.
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