The conservative college student was forced out of the class for stating his beliefs about genders.
Lake Ingle, a religious studies major, was banned from his Christianity class at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania because he said during a class discussion that he believes there are only two genders.
Ingle is currently a senior graduating student at the university. He was reportedly silenced by his professor, Alison Downie, for speaking out in class during their lecture on “Christianity 481: Self, Sin, and Salvation” on February 28, 2018.
Fox News revealed that Downie had shown the class a 15-minute TED talk video, which consisted of a lecture from transgender ex-pastor Paula Stone Williams.
Williams was talking about the “reality of mansplaining,” “sexism from men,” and “male privilege.”
Afterward, the professor went on to ask the ladies in the class to share their thoughts and opinions on the topic.
Allegedly, no women in the class spoke up. That was when Ingle decided to speak his thoughts.
He told everyone in the class that biologists officially stated that there are only two known genders.
Following that, Downie, a feminist, kicked out Ingle from the class and said that he should not ever come back. She added that Ingle should proceed to the public university’s Academic Integrity Board (AIB).
For Ingle to graduate in May 2018, he needs to complete Downie’s class by the end of the semester.
Ingle claimed that what his professor did to him was against the law.
He said to Fox News, “My professor is violating my First Amendment rights because of the fact that my views and ideology is different from hers.”
The professor accused the student of “disrespectful objection,” “refusal to stop talking out of turn,” “angry outbursts in response to being required to listen to a trans speaker discuss the reality of white male privilege and sexism,” and “disrespectful references to the validity of trans identity and experience.”
Ingle, who plans to become a professor someday, said he doesn’t see the issue as something related to women’s rights, opinions on transgender, or wage problems.
He clarified that his freedom of speech was taken away from him and what his professor did was an example of abuse of power at universities.