More gay and trans activism at Wilfrid Laurier University

Dec 5, 2017 by

Update to Petition in support of Lindsay Shepherd:

Toby Finlay, the Laurier Rainbow Centre admin, wants $5000 or more on a yearly basis for the Rainbow Centre from the budget of Wilfrid Laurier University. For the centre, he and other managers (the Diversity & Equity Office) will use the money in whichever way they think would be okay.

Doesn’t work that way.

The university budget is funded by provincial taxpayer money and donations.

Taxpayers and donors wouldn’t like seeing their money funnelled by a university, like Wilfrid Laurier, into any student club or union that is purely partisan. They also don’t trust a student organization that prefers to censor a TA or professor.

Any student organization who want to censor, and be the authority to approve which ideas can be spoken in a university classroom, can’t be trusted to support academic freedom.

Intellectual freedom at a university is the point of the university.

The Rainbow Centre is, right now, acting very partisan. The management of the Rainbow Centre is displaying their politics, which is their opinion that academic freedom, and any conversation made possible by academic freedom, is violence.

Having a discussion in a university classroom is not violence. Having a debate outside a university classroom is not violence. Having a conversation in a 1st yr English Communication class about the pronouns of the English language is not violence.

Toby Finlay’s full letter:

Read here


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