Apparently, the University of Northern Colorado has decided that the debate over transgender Americans is over. The left won, the science is settled, and these topics are no longer appropriate for classroom discussion. In fact, to even mention that some people do not exactly believe that people can be born “in the wrong bodies” is to run up against discrimination and hate speech.
A professor at the university had his students read an article entitled “The Coddling of the American Mind,” a piece meant to challenge the concept of safe spaces and the harm these kinds of “one opinion only” atmospheres can do to young students.
Perhaps proving the point of the article, one of his students took great exception to the assignment the professor gave them after they read the piece. Encouraging a healthy debate, the professor asked his students to address controversial issues, including the opinion that “transgender is not a real thing, and no one can truly feel like they are born in the wrong body.”
The professor was not stating that as his opinion, mind you; he was merely sharing the obvious fact that some people believe this.
But that was too much for one of his students, who filed a complaint with the university’s “Bias Response Team.”
“I would just like the professor to be educated about what trans is and how what he said is not okay,” the student wrote. “Because as someone who truly identifies as a transwoman, I was very offended and hurt by this.”
Instead of telling her (him?) to put on her (his?) big boy pants (skirt?), the BRT “advised [the professor] not to revisit transgender issues in his classroom to avoid the student’s expressed concerns.”
Hmm, what do you think the BRT’s response would have been if a Christian student had complained about having to hear the opposite side of the transgender argument?