A visiting professor who believes that political correctness is killing the free exchange of ideas on campuses will be speaking at the University of Regina on Monday.
Dr. Gad Saad is a Concordia University marketing professor and creator of the popular YouTube channel, ‘The Saad Truth,’ where he explains his stances on evolutionary biology and concerns that freedom of speech is becoming increasingly restricted by so-called lunacy on campuses.
His arguments have been met with controversy. For example, he believes that while trans people should not face discrimination, people should not be forced to refer to them by preferred genderless pronouns like ze and zir.
Saad was part of the recently cancelled panel discussion titled, The Stifling of Free Speech on University Campuses, at Ryerson University, which also featured former Rebel Media personality Faith Goldy and University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson, who made headlines for refusing to use gender neutral pronouns.
‘Domestic terrorists’ responsible for previous cancellation
“I guess the irony is lost on those folks,” Saad told CBC Radio’s The Morning Edition, calling those who rallied to shut down the event “domestic terrorists.”
“If we think of terrorism as people flying planes into buildings and we restrict it to something as grand as that, then yes it is hyperbole. But if we recognize that the intrusion on our rights, our most fundamental right as citizens of Canada is to have the right to speak freely and once someone actually shuts that down, I mean it almost can’t be a greater societal crime than that.”
In Regina, Saad’s speech is called Death of the West by a Thousand Cuts: Forces that Impede the Free and Rational Exchange of Ideas.
He’s appearing at the school as part of the president’s deliberation and debate speaker series.
School encourages diversity of thought
School president Vianne Timmons said she knows some of Saad’s views are controversial, but said a committee of six faculty members recommended him for the speaker series because his thoughts will stir debate, which is the point of the event.
“He may have views that are not shared by everyone on campus, but the whole idea of a university is to present views that are unique and different and have people think and contemplate and…