Peter Boghossian: Megyn Kelly joins chorus of support for 'hero' professor
Peter Boghossian, the Portland State University professor who made waves by writing a scathing resignation letter slamming the university for its apparent liberal agenda, has been inundated with support in his protest.
Boghossian had served as a full-time assistant professor of philosophy at Portland State University for 10 years when he published his resignation letter on Wednesday, September 8, branding the institution a "social justice factory" that promotes "intolerance of divergent beliefs". He shared the letter with former New York Times columnist Bari Weiss, who resigned from the paper for a similar taboo against non-liberal ideas at the paper as described by Boghossian at PSU.
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My University Sacrificed Ideas for Ideology. So Today I Quit.— Peter Boghossian (@peterboghossian) September 8, 2021
My resignation letter. @Portland_State https://t.co/OOQcz371nA
The embattled professor has since garnered the support of several conservative heavyweights, including the likes of podcast host and former news anchor Megyn Kelly, historian Niall Ferguson, comedian Rob Schneider, Fox News commentator Tammy Bruce, and others. "Powerful resignation letter, @peterboghossian," Kelly tweeted. "They didn’t deserve you." "A devastating letter of resignation by @peterboghossian," Ferguson added. "His treatment by the administration of @Portland_State has been disgraceful."
"My friend, the brilliant Professor @PeterBoghossian was finally pushed to the point where he had to resign," Schneider chimed in. "@Portland_state is now much poorer not only in its curriculum but in its ability to get students to think independently & ask questions. Now it is a Woke factory of idiots." "The heroes among us..." Bruce chimed in. "This was my university. The student media was compromised," journalist Andy Ngo tweeted. "We were instructed CRT in mandatory trainings."
"I’ve seen @peterboghossian in action, helping students develop the life of the mind; his teaching evals reflect this," journalist Melissa Chen wrote. "The Academy has lost another star. Now, who will build what’s next? A place where these ousted academics can fully apply themselves?"
Powerful resignation letter, @peterboghossian. They didn’t deserve you.— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) September 8, 2021
“For ten years, I have taught my students the importance of living by your principles. One of mine is to defend our system of liberal education from those who seek to destroy it. Who would I be if I didn’t?” https://t.co/ZGwO0aEQYM
A devastating letter of resignation by @peterboghossian. His treatment by the administration of @Portland_State has been disgraceful. https://t.co/z1kDB3eV1T— Niall Ferguson (@nfergus) September 8, 2021
My friend, the brilliant Professor @PeterBoghossian was finally pushed to the point where he had to resign. @Portland_state is now much poorer not only in its curriculum but in its ability to get students to think independently & ask questions. Now it is a Woke factory of idiots. https://t.co/eJKg8ehzSa— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) September 8, 2021
The heroes among us… “Portland State professor resigns, says university became 'Social Justice factory. Peter Boghossian says students at university 'are not being taught to think'” https://t.co/DiRj8nmDSZ— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) September 8, 2021
This was my university. The student media was compromised. We were instructed CRT in mandatory trainings.— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) September 8, 2021
Boghossian questioned why liberal media outlets like NPR and MSNBC's Rachel Maddow hadn't reached out to him. "I’ve been deluged with requests to appear on conservative media regarding my resignation from PSU," he tweeted. "And yet, I don’t consider myself a conservative. I’ve received zero requests for interviews with liberal media."
I’ve been deluged with requests to appear on conversative media regarding my resignation from PSU. And yet, I don’t consider myself a conservative. I’ve received zero requests for interviews with liberal media. I’d enjoy having a conversation with you @maddow @npr @msnbc— Peter Boghossian (@peterboghossian) September 8, 2021
In his public letter, the professor alleged that college bosses were abandoning their "truth-seeking mission" and instead promoting intolerance of "divergent beliefs" by not allowing any worldview that was not liberal or left-leaning. "Students at Portland State are not being taught to think. Rather, they are being trained to mimic the moral certainty of ideologues," he wrote.
Boghossian shot to prominence after penning a collection of hoax papers and submitting them to academic journals in a bid to prove they would print anything that was aligned with their ideals, even if the theories posited were baseless. These papers centered around subjects including dog rape and an adaptation to Hitler's 'Mein Kampf'. According to the Daily Mail, the "left reacted badly to it, saying he'd wasted editors' time."
Social Justice Cheat Sheet pic.twitter.com/yz2GR2pRvp— Peter Boghossian (@peterboghossian) September 4, 2021
Following the expose, Boghossian was allegedly harassed on campus with swastikas written on bathroom walls with his name next to them, simply because he had a dissenting opinion. At one time, he remembered, flyers went around campus depicting him with a Pinocchio nose. He also claimed that he was spit on and that his liberal colleagues advised students not to take his class.
A spokesman for the university told the Daily Mail that they couldn't comment on Boghossian's as with all personnel matters. "Portland State has always been and will continue to be a welcoming home for free speech and academic freedom," the university said. "We believe that those practices are not in conflict with our core institutional values of student success; racial justice and equity; and proactive engagement with our community. As with all personnel matters, we have no comment on Dr Boghossian's statement of resignation."