Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

Canadian Board Threatening Dr Jordan B Peterson’s License Over Tweets Pushes Radical Gender, Race Theories

Posted by M. C. on January 9, 2023

Wanna bet the good doctor doesn’t back down?

By  Christina Buttons

The Canadian psychology association clashing with Dr Jordan B Peterson over his social media statements has embraced radical gender theory in recent years, even hosting a speaker who told members it is a “microaggression” to offer counseling to clients seeking sex changes.

The College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) called out Peterson for his political views on a range of issues and demanded he complete “social media communications retraining” or face a suspension of his license to operate as a clinical psychologist. The best-selling author and Daily Wire+ host has 3.6 million followers on Twitter and millions more on Instagram and YouTube and frequently weighs in on politics and cultural issues.

“What exactly have I done that is so seriously unprofessional that I am now a danger not only to any new potential clients but to the public itself?” Peterson asked in an article for Canada’s National Post.

The disciplinary threat may have more to do with Peterson’s opinions than his methods of communication, given that its embrace of radical gender and race theories runs counter to Peterson’s decidedly non-woke beliefs.

In July 2020, the college established an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Working Group and published “A Commitment to Anti-Racism,” presumably in response to the “call to action” from protesters during the George Floyd riots for businesses to adopt Social Justice doctrine. In April 2021, CPO announced a “gender neutral language” update and an acknowledgment of “gender identity,” a set of ideological beliefs unsupported by empirical evidence

In June 2021, the Canadian regulatory body introduced Allison Kirschbaum, a self-identified “queer” psychologist whoseapproach is informed by feminist social justice scholarship and is rooted in values of diversity, inclusion, and anti-oppression,” to give a presentation on “Ethical Practice in the Context of Sexual and Gender Diversity.”

According to Dr. Michael Grand, the former CPO president, and current Discipline Committee member, over half of the college’s membership participated in the seminar. 

The presentation included a lesson on the “Gender Unicorn,” a graphic intended for children to introduce them to the pseudoscientific concept of “gender identity,” created by the activist-led organization Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER). TSER was founded by Eli Erlick, a transgender activist best known for advertising a potentially illegal drug trafficking scheme on social media that would ship prescription drugs to people, including minors. 

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