When a student at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania raised his hand to say that there are only two genders during a Christianity 481: Self, Sin and Salvation lecture, he was thrown out of class by IUP Professor, Alison Downie. It all started after Downie asked the females in the class, their opinion on the transgender topic. When no one raised their hand, Lake Ingle took it upon himself to explain that biologists only recognize two genders, male and female.
This conversation came after the class watched a TED talk by transgender ex-pastor Paula Stone Williams, who spoke deeply about issues surrounding male privilege, mansplaining, and sexism for men.
“It is my firmest belief that every human being has the freedom and right to identify, dress, and represent oneself as they see fit,” said Ingle, who felt that his first amendment rights were violated by Downie because her views are different than his. “I think this is all an attempt to silence my views personally because they contradict the ones she pushes in class so evidently.”
Ingle, who feels as if he was silenced and bullied by his professor, was banned from the class completely in accordance with the ‘Class Disruption Policy.’
However, Downie is viewing the incident as something completely different. She accused him of talking out of turn, disrespectful objection, and responding to the required TED talk with an angry outburst. She also felt that he made disrespectful references to the validity of trans identity and experience.
“My professor pretty much just tried to shut me up because she was just letting women speak,” said Ingle, who brought up the fact that biologists firmly believe that there are only two genders. “When you see that kind of misuse of intellectual power, you want to be the person that comes back and does it responsibly and with morals. Instead of being the purveyor of your ideology, you can be an educator.”
Ingle also shared that the New York Times debunked the alleged gender wage gap that Downie was referring to.
The professor and student had an AIB hearing and there is a ruling set for March 19th.
Commenters had strong opinions on who was right and who was wrong.
Some felt that he was banned as a result of being rude…
“He did not get banned from the class for his opinions. He got banned for being rude and disrespectful. He was loud and argumentative. He disrespected his professor, a guest speaker, and his fellow students. And here he is refusing to take responsibility for his own disruptive behavior.”
And others were disappointed in the university…
“A Christianity class this is not. This is how the mainstream tries to twist Christianity to allow the lifestyles of those who are clearly sinners in the Bible. This guy who was kicked out seems to be the only one who knew. or recognized that and as we can see, even now, as God is being driven from America, there is a faction that decided to retool God’s Word.”