Students at Boise State University are urging the school to fire a political science professor who made critical comments about feminism and transgender rights activism, The Washington Times reports.
Members of the student body began calling for Boise State to fire Professor Scott Yenor after he wrote an article titled "Transgender Activists Are Seeking to Undermine Parental Rights" for the Daily Signal.
"Transgender rights activists are seeking to abridge parental rights by elevating the independent choices of young children," he wrote. "Respecting the sexual and gender 'choices' of ever-younger children erodes parental rights and compromises the integrity of the family as an independent unit."
Soon after this article was released online, students began posting "Fire Scott Yenor" posters around campus, a petition for his firing appeared on Change.org, which as of Monday afternoon has over 2,000 signatures, and a diversity official compared him to a neo-Nazi.
"In our belief, this is hate speech, and it's alienating a lot of folks in this Boise State community," Joe Goode, president of the school's Young Democrats, told Idaho local news station KTVB. "We want to show that our university stands for more than hate, we are a community of equality and inclusivity."
Yenor wrote in a report for The Heritage Foundation in June of this year, "many facets of family life have been roiled by the feminist effort to separate sex from gender and subsequent efforts to create a world without preconceived roles."
He also claimed that "transgender theories are part of the feminist goal of a sexual revolution that eliminates the proprietary family and celebrates non-monogamous sexual experiences."
Corey Cooke, the dean of the School of Public Service, wrote on Facebook that "it would be a mistake to encourage these colleagues to retreat from the public arena and I am loathe to do so in an environment in which the value of public education has been questioned and public reason has been derided."
"Freedom of speech is really connected to the issue of viewpoint diversity," Yenor told The College Fix. "When 99 percent of the faculty is thinking a particular way, they reproduce themselves through new faculty members and you get less viewpoint diversity on campus."
He added, "I'm very proud of the longer report I wrote for Heritage. It asked the question that hadn't been asked before: If you could give feminists everything they wanted, what would the world look like?"
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