Angelos Sofocleous, a student at Durham University in the United Kingdom, recently shared a piece from The Spectator titled, “Is it a crime to say women don’t have penises?” on his personal Twittter account. The answer, apparently, is yes. Metro reported that Angelos was labeled “transphobic,” forced to resign as president-elect of Humanist Students, let go from his post as assistant editor of Durham’s philosophy journal, Critique, and fired from his job as general editor of the school’s online magazine, The Bubble. His tweet has been deleted.
It’s a wonder he wasn’t imprisoned or shot.
Oh, those wacky, tolerant, diversity-loving leftists!
According to Metro, Christopher Ward, the former chair of LGBT Humanists, took issue with Sofocleous’ post, stating it was “factually incorrect” and therefore not even “worthy of a debate.”
Think about that. A person supporting a factually correct assertion is smeared and booted from his job while another person suffers no consequences for calling a factually correct statement “factually incorrect.” Note also that, when the left promulgates preposterous ideas, it virtually always claims there is “no debating” its position and/or attempts to shut down debate before it can truly get started.
Ward added: “The opposition I experienced from a number of longstanding Humanists members to trans people and trans issues was a stain on an otherwise great organization. And here’s the new president of Humanist Students RTing horrific transphobic s**t.”
I consider Ward’s “RTing” to be “horrific truthphobic s**t.”
Sofocleous wrote a resignation statement to Humanist Students in which he said that they “cannot tolerate any criticism, either of their movement or their ideas, and are unable to engage in a civilized conversation on issues they disagree on. These are individuals who think they hold the absolute right to determine which ideas can be discussed and what language can be used in a public forum.” Just so. He added that he was surprised by the lack of willingness to engage in a discussion upon the issue by current and former members of the organization.
It does seem odd, given that Wikipedia characterizes the group as: “the national umbrella organization for free-thinking, atheist, humanist and secular student societies in the United Kingdom and Ireland,” whose “aim is to provide a national voice for non-religious student societies in the UK.”
Ironically, secular, free-thinking organizations police thought and speech far more rigidly and aggressively than most others, while atheist groups have a religious fervor to them, and, utterly without doubt themselves, will not tolerate anyone else questioning their inflexible belief in disbelief.
So, truth is simply whatever one wishes it to be. Snakes have legs. Cats have wings. Babies don’t have rights, nor do men accused of…whatever. Rabbits have antlers. We have become a society that believes in jackalopes, but not in reason or the rule of law. That is hard to believe.
Speaking of doubt, I doubt Sophocles, smart as he was, could have fathomed that there would come a day when a student named Sofocleous would be punished for averring that “women don’t have penises.”
He would, however, recognize it as a tragedy.