University of Toronto fires professor of alternative medicine after skeptics bully school into anti-free speech tyranny

Monday, August 17, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: Jonathan Benson
Monday, August 17, 2015

In an unexpected about-face, the Scarborough campus of the University of Toronto has suddenly decided to scrap a course in homeopathy, as well as fire the professor of the class, after anti-free speech “skeptics” whined and bullied their way into eliminating one of the only alternative voices at the school not hawking pharmaceuticals and vaccines.

According to Canada’s Metro, Beth Landau-Halpern, a homeopath, is no longer teaching at U of T, and her course in Alternative Health: Practice and Theory is no longer being offered after dozens of “scientists” and faculty members complained that Landau-Halpern’s class stood in opposition to their own personal interpretations of science.

In the months leading up to this draconian move, U of T’s vice president of research and innovation, Vivek Goel, had actually vindicated Landau-Halpern’s course, declaring it to fit nicely into the “Special Topics in Health” category. He wrote in a letter that the class, which was optional for senior-level students, provided an opportunity for students to “approach controversial topics with a critical lens.”

For months, it appeared as though Landau-Halpern’s class would survive the censorship brigade. But then, seemingly overnight, the university changed its mind, fired her and eliminated the course entirely, despite the fact that not a single student ever once complained about the class. Because of this decision, U of T students will no longer have the opportunity to learn about homeopathy, nor will they be encouraged to think critically about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines.

“I do not find that the instructor’s approach in this class has been, or would have reasonably been perceived to be unbalanced, in the sense that it deviated from a presentation of material that, in context, would enable critical analysis, and inquiry,” wrote Goel in a well-reasoned response to Landau-Halpern’s detractors, prior to the university firing her.

“Thus, from an academic pedagogy perspective, I do not find that there has been sufficient deviation from the range of normal approaches to warrant concerns,” he added, dismissing calls for Landau-Halpern’s course to be removed.

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