The ADF lawsuit says a few of Josephson’s colleagues complained to the university and demanded the school take disciplinary action. The lawsuit says the school demoted Josephson to the role of a junior faculty member. (A spokesman for the University of Louisville declined to comment on the case.)
In February 2019, school officials told Josephson they wouldn’t be renewing his contract. ADF attorneys say Josephson had received perfect marks on his performance reviews in the three years leading up to his visit to Heritage.
The ADF lawsuit challenges the University of Louisville’s actions as violations of Josephson’s free speech. The group’s website says school officials acted against the professor “with an eye to ensuring that neither he nor anyone else dares to express viewpoints they find objectionable on medical and psychiatric issues.”
Expect that pattern to continue.
When Brown University researcher Lisa Littman authored a study exploring a phenomenon known as rapid-onset gender dysphoria, activists quickly convinced editors at PLOS One, the academic journal that published the research, to reconsider it.
Months later, Littman successfully resubmitted the study without substantial changes. The study’s republication got little publicity, and it likely serves as more of a warning than a vindication: Professionals who challenge transgender activism on the basis of medical science or moral persuasion are subject to swift retribution.
The professionals I’ve spoken with say they want to promote the good of the children they treat. They’re alarmed to see physicians encouraging children to pursue life-altering, often-permanent changes to their bodies instead of examining mental health issues that could be causing distress.
And they’re alarmed to note how many physicians and psychologists agree with them, but won’t speak up for fear of public shaming.
But the real shame comes with a failure to speak up for vulnerable children.
I’m deeply concerned about a population of unprotected children who are being led down a path that even secular physicians can see is contrary to medical sense.
I don’t write about this issue because it’s the kind of low-hanging fruit that shows the swift decline of a darkening culture. I write about it because I’m deeply concerned about a population of unprotected children who are being led down a path that even secular physicians can see is contrary to medical sense.
And as a Christian, I’m concerned to see children and teenagers being led away from the God who made them in His image.
These aren’t popular messages, and they won’t win popular praise, but let’s hold on to the hope of what Josephson told me two years ago, long before his current troubles began:
“It might not be too late because truth still matters.”