In the current year, it's apparently permissible to ban a student from a class on Christianity for expressing inconvenient truths to a feminist professor.
Lake Ingle, a religious studies major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, was kicked out of Professor Alison Downie's Christianity class on February 28 for telling her that "biologists don't agree that there's more than two genders" and that the supposedly sexism-caused 23-cent "gender wage gap" is a myth.
According to a report from Fox News, Ingle was "silenced and punished" by Professor Downie after the senior pushed back on arguments made in a 15-min TED Talk she showed to the class. The TED Talk speaker was a transgender ex-pastor named Paula Stone Williams who discussed "the 'reality' of 'mansplaining,' 'sexism from men,' and 'male privilege.'"
Downie first asked only the women in the class to share their thoughts on the subject matter. When no women spoke up, Ingle says he challenged the notion that there are more than two genders and explained that even The New York Times has debunked the myth stating the "gender wage gap" is caused by sexism.
This did not sit well with the feminist professor. She booted Ingle from her class for his WrongThink and "referred him to the public university’s Academic Integrity Board (AIB)," reports Fox.
The class Ingle has been barred from is one he needs to pass by the end of the semester if he wishes to graduate in May.
"You are barred from attending this class in accordance with the Classroom Disruption policy," said a letter dated March 2 from IUP Provost Timothy Moerland to Ingle.
The senior views the silencing as a violation of his First Amendment rights.
"My professor is violating my First Amendment rights because of the fact that my views and ideology is different from hers," he told Fox. "So she took it on herself to silence and embarrass me – bully me – for speaking up in class."
The self-styled conservative libertarian continued, "It is my firmest belief that every human being has the freedom and right to identify, dress, and represent oneself as they see fit. I think this is all an attempt to silence my views personally because they contradict the ones she pushes in class so evidently."
According to Fox, the professor has accused Ingle of the following: "disrespectful objection," "refusal to stop talking out of turn," "angry outbursts in response to being required to listen to a trans speaker discuss the reality of white male privilege and sexism," and "disrespectful references to the validity of trans identity and experience."
The IUP student claims Downie has exhibited "overall abuse" in the classroom, "indoctrinating" students and refusing to hear, let alone teach, dissenting views.
"You can’t say that anecdotal evidence is fact," Ingle objected. "My professor pretty much just tried to shut me up because she was just letting women speak. I brought up the fact that biologists don’t agree that there’s more than two genders and I said the wage gap she’s referring to – 77 cents on the dollar – that even The New York Times debunked that."
An AIB hearing over the matter was held on Friday; the ruling is expected for March 19. Ingle will not be able to graduate in May if the board sides with Downie.
Ingle told Fox he plans on becoming a professor one day, one who does not abuse his "intellectual power."
"When you see that kind of misuse of intellectual power, you want to be the person that comes back and does it responsibly and with morals," said Ingle. "Instead of being the purveyor of your ideology, you can be an educator."