‘Hate speech’

Students call for firing of college professor who wrote screed denouncing ‘radical feminism’

Boise State University professor Scott Yenor. (YouTube)

A  professor at Boise State University who criticized “radical feminism” has been accused of “promoting an ideology of violence,” with several students and others calling for his resignation. Scott Yenor, a political science professor, wrote an Op-Ed in which he argued that “radical feminism,” through its push for transgender rights, is undermining parental rights. “Transgender rights activists are seeking to abridge parental rights by elevating the independent choices of young children,” Yenor wrote in The Daily Signal. “Respecting the sexual and gender ‘choices’ of ever-younger children erodes parental rights and compromises the integrity of the family as an independent unit.”

During a campus debate, some suggested the article was promoting “hate speech,” with newspaper Op-Eds and posters hung around the university campus calling for Yenor to be fired.  A Change.org petition calling for his dismissal has logged more than 2,000 signatures. “In our belief, this is hate speech, and it’s alienating a lot of folks in this Boise State community,” Joe Goode, president of Boise State’s Young Democrats, told KTVB news. “We want to show that our university stands for more than hate, we are a community of equality and inclusivity.” Others have argued that the professor was merely exercising his right to freedom of speech.  Yenor claimed to be “surprised at the reaction, disappointed and sad,” and said he stands behind his scholarly work, emphasizing the need for “viewpoint diversity.” College administrators have told student newspaper The College Fix that he would not be fired.

Read the full story at The College Fix.


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