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April 13, 2023
A Portland State University professor has resigned in a public letter in which he criticized the university for not allowing any type of thought that doesn’t suit its “liberal agenda”, calling it a “social justice factory” that drives “intolerance of divergent beliefs.”
Peter Boghossian was a full-time assistant professor of philosophy at Portland State University for ten years prior to his resignation on Wednesday. He shared the letter with Bari Weiss, a former New York Times columnist who quit her role at the paper after claiming to encounter the same refusal to consider non-liberal ideas that Boghossian describes at PSU.
Boghossian said college staff were abdicating their “truth seeking mission” and instead driving intolerance of “divergent reliefs” by squashing any view that was not liberal. “Students at Portland State are not being taught to think. Rather, they are being trained to mimic the moral certainty of ideologues,” he wrote.
Boghossian joined “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to detail his abrupt exit from campus. “The university basically created conditions that didn’t allow me to teach what I was hired to do, which was critical thinking and ethics,” he said. “And so I could not retain my current position as is.”
Boghossian intended on going about his normal lessons until the university informed him he would not be allowed to render his opinion specifically on the topic of protected classes. He admitted that the university made it difficult for him to do his job as other professors urged students not to enroll in his classes.
“I wasn’t allowed to speak about protected classes among other things,” he said. “So there was a censoriousness about the university and there was always, always the threat of investigation… They weaponized offices of diversity, equity, and inclusion.”
Boghossian explained that the university utilizes these resources to enforce speech codes against professors and anyone who “questions what’s morally fashionable.” The contrarian recalled being brought up for sporting a “micro-aggression” after reportedly telling someone that he didn’t know if race was a social construct or a biological category.
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
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