In defence of Professor Brendan Bain of UWI Jamaica, Medical Doctor and Public Health expert fired by UWI (my alma mater . . . ) for giving a politically incorrect expert opinion on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Caribbean to the Belize Supreme Court . . .
|May 23, 2014||Posted by kairosfocus under academic freedom, Courts, Culture, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
In Jamaica, this distinguished professor — literally the man who led the Caribbean region’s medical fight against HIV/AIDS from the beginning in 1983 on — has been fired as at Tuesday afternoon by UWI’s Vice Chancellor for giving a politically incorrect expert testimony to The Supreme Court in Belize.
This is a sign of how pressure group activism led by radicals of various stripes . . . it hardly matters that they all think they have cornered the market on the correct view on whatever bees are buzzing in their bonnets . . . is undermining the civilisation’s hard won consensus on freedom of inquiry, of expression and of educators and students around the world. Not to mention, just plain general freedom and civility. (Where, the link to the right to hold “heretical” views such as Intelligent Design, or some variety of Creationism, or skepticism concerning climate change or Austrian Economics should be plain.)
The university must be a bastion of freedom, not in thralldom to radical activists and political correctness.
So, I say, molon labe. END
PS: Comments invited . . . I had at first thought to keep this as a notice, do, keep close to topic and retain civility. The reputation of one of the finest men I have ever known is being besmirched and there is a concerted effort across the Anglophone Caribbean to enforce political correctness on HIV/AIDS, which points to many other topics also. (Cf my remarks in reply to PM Freundel Stuart of Barbados, here.) Where the Caribbean has one of the largest blocs of votes in the UN.