A conservative professor who created a left-wing furor with his views on the family is learning how the Left operates, says a conservative activist.
The Daily Signal published a commentary by Scott Yenor in August, giving the Boise State political science professor a platform to warn that modern feminism and the transgender movement are undermining the traditional and legal role of parents.
Whereas feminism sought to "revolutionize" society by eroding the differences between boys and girls, and embrace sexual relations outside of marriage, Yenor wrote, the transgender movement is new territory in a "rolling revolution" because the State is declaring that children can declare their "gender" without input from their parents.
He goes on to state real-life examples – in Canada, where a new law was passed; in a similar law Norway that removes parental consent; and in a Minnesota elementary school, where public school kindergarteners are learning about transgenderism and "preferred pronouns."
Rather than debating the issue with Yenor, says Mission America activist Linda Harvey, left-wing radicals are questioning the tenured professor's motives and attacking his character.
And they're also claiming they have been victimized by the professor's views.
A student-generated petition that predictably demanded Yenor's firing suggested the article "threatens the existence of queer and non-binary folks" with his "rhetorical violence."
Echoing the view of Harvey, Yenor told The Daily Signal in a follow-up story that few people have discussed the commentary with him or attempted to refute its arguments. The bigger concern, he said, is that other people will be afraid to voice opinions because those opinions will be attacked.
"Everyone in academia," Yenor told the website, "could live with having a debate about ideas, but a debate has to start with an understanding what the other person is arguing.”
"It's really a tragedy for this professor to have to fight this alone," says Harvey. "And it's going to take people standing up and coming to his defense to back this mob down, I think."