Thursday, March 21, 2019

Cambridge University Rescinds Jordan Peterson Invitation

Jordan Peterson

UPDATE below: Jordan Peterson responds.

So much for open discussion and the free flow of ideas at Cambridge University.

The university has rescinded its offer of a visiting fellowship to Jordan Peterson.

On Monday via his YouTube channel that he was joining Cambridge for two months, according to The Guardian.

“In October I am going to Cambridge University in the UK for two months and I will be a visiting fellow there at the divinity school and should give me the opportunity to talk to religious experts of all types for a couple of months, as well as students,” he said. “It’s a thrill for someone academically minded ... to be invited there, to sit in and participate for a few months.”

The University of Cambridge said Peterson requested to be a visiting fellow and was initially granted the opportunity, but after further review it decided to take back the offer.

“[Cambridge] is an inclusive environment and we expect all our staff and visitors to uphold our principles. There is no place here for anyone who cannot,” a spokesperson for the university said.

In a statement, Cambridge University students’ union said: “We are relieved to hear that Jordan Peterson’s request for a visiting fellowship to Cambridge’s faculty of divinity has been rescinded following further review. It is a political act to associate the University with an academic’s work through offers which legitimise figures such as Peterson.

“His work and views are not representative of the student body and as such we do not see his visit as a valuable contribution to the University, but one that works in opposition to the principles of the University.”



Jordan Peterson has responded at with an essay in the National Post.

He closes with this:
I believe that those at the Faculty of Divinity who rescinded their offer to me — and handled the rescindment in a manner that could hardly have been more narcissistic or self-congratulatory — don’t give a damn about the perilous decline of Christianity. I think that it is no bloody wonder that the faith is declining (and with it, the values of the West, as it fragments) with cowards and mountebanks of the sort who manifested themselves in this action.
I wish them the continued decline in relevance over the next few decades that they deeply and profoundly and diligently work toward and deserve.


  1. If they can censor someone as milquetoast as Jordan Peterson, who won't they censor?

    1. I'm quite sure that if Lenin woke up in his mausoleum, they'll be all jostling to get him to speak.

  2. I think it is clear that the left and statists in general have no confidence whatsoever in their ability to defend their positions in a fair debate. If they had the slightest confidence, they would at least attempt a fair refutation of opposing positions. I NEVER see that occur. I think we are far too deferential towards these lunatics. They are scared to death.

    1. They can't allow a fair debate against a knowledgeable opponent because those best qualified know that their positions are based on lies. The rest don't have the depth of knowledge to stand up against the knowledgeable opponent. So they must control the ground rules and banish anyone who threatens their positions.

      That's why they say things like 'we can't debate these people because it would legitimize their positions'. They just won't because they have the weaker hand when it comes to facts, figures, and logic.

  3. Brilliant Cambridge University. Present your university as an institution of higher learning, then, undermine it by refusing to entertain differing points of views preferring instead to exist in a vast SJW echo chamber. I guess these guys’ heads will explode if they have to actually hear an opposing view point for more than 30 seconds.