Clinical psychologist and University of Toronto professor Jordan B. Peterson is using the legal system to send a “warning” to academics who liken him to “Adolf Hitler” and white supremacists.
Canada’s Wilfrid Laurier University was hit with a $1.5 million lawsuit by the bestselling author of “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote for Chaos,” due to the content of a viral video featuring its professors. Teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd was disciplined for showing clips of the author’s debates on Canadian television.
“I think this is a warning, let’s say, to other careless administrators and professors who allow their ideological presuppositions to get the best of them to be a bit more careful with what they say and do,” Mr. Peterson told the Toronto Sun on Wednesday.
Professors Nathan Rambukkana and Herbert Pimlott along with Adria Joel (the institution’s former acting manager of gendered violence prevention and support).
Mr. Peterson is represented by Howard Levitt, who also spearheads a $3.6 million lawsuit filed by Ms. Shepherd against the university.
“The politically correct on campus should not think that they can defame people, slander people and bully people implicitly and explicitly with impunity,” Mr. Levitt said. “This isn’t just some internet troll mouthing off in a way that no one pays attention to and doesn’t give any credence to. These are professors and head of gender equity studies making comments that are atrocious about Dr. Peterson who is one of if not Canada’s most prominent intellectual.”
Wilfrid Laurier University released a statement in response to the lawsuit that reaffirms its commitment “to intellectual inquiry, critical reflection, scholarly integrity, academic freedom and freedom of expression while striving to be a supportive and inclusive community.”