Keep Diversity within the University! Keep Dr. Scott Yenor!
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The American Constitution guarantees free speech as a First Amendment right. Universities in the U.S. are supposed to be bastions of freedom of thought and speech. Ideas are *ideally* the currency of campus exchange. Sadly, leftist campus "groupthink" today is now silencing any and all opponents. Boise State University may witness a new casualty-to-be. Dr. Scott Yenor expresses well-researched, thoughtful opinions in written pieces about feminism and transgender thought. His opinions are not in-line with leftist ideology. Here is one specific article he penned which sparked a lot of controversy, titled "Transgender Activists Are Seeking to Undermine Parental Rights": https://sps.boisestate.edu/politicalscience/2017/08/08/scott-yenor-3/
Across campus on September 6th, 2017, a widely disseminated flyer claimed that Yenor has blood on his hands and should be fired. Online, people are petitioning to fire him as well. The situation is intense and illogical. If people really disagree with him, why do they not simply engage in scholarly dialogue with him? Why do they not write their own articles, or engage him in civil debate? Why is their reaction to his opinion to simply fire him? Why are they so afraid of his ideas and beliefs that they literally have to eliminate him to neutralize him? Are we so backwards and afraid nowadays? People who feel firm and confident in their position on an issue generally do not have to fire others to win a debate. Firing someone because you cannot intellectually engage with them is similar to burning censored books.
Please support Dr. Scott Yenor! If we fire every faculty member who dissents from a portion of student opinion, then universities will be boring and coercive. Young minds will not be challenged and stretched. Instead, minds will be conformed into a monotone, homogeneous norm. We need to support diversity within faculty. Dr. Scott Yenor is a highly qualified professor who needs to stay at Boise State.
Regardless of political affiliation or personal beliefs, let us all calmly and reasonably unite in our collective American ideal (and guaranteed right!) of free speech. Let us reject hateful polemics against a qualified professor. Let us petition Dr. Bob Kustra, the president of Boise State University, and Mr. Matt Freeman, the Executive Director of the Idaho State Board of Education, to keep Dr. Yenor at Boise State.
This petition was written and created by an undergraduate student at Boise State University. The author can be contacted for access to the sources which are the basis of the claims she made above. For example, the author has access to a photo of the flyer disseminated across campus which called for Dr. Yenor's termination, the link to the petition calling for Yenor's termination, and the links to three different websites affirming that Yenor's article mentioned above (titled "Transgender Activists Are Seeking to Undermine Parental Rights") was specifically one article that sparked a lot of controversy. Please contact the author with any questions at FreeSpeechIsDiversity@outlook.com. Thank you very much for your concern in this matter.
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