Dr Jordan Peterson’s interview with Cathy Newman, & one parallel with my interview with her on Charlie Hebdo

On the 16th January 2018, the well known and controversial Canadian clinical psychologist and professor, Jordan Peterson, appeared on an infamous interview with Cathy Newman on the UK’s Channel 4.
Jordan Peterson rose to fame with his refusal to be coerced by proposed Canadian laws that demanded all people call trans-gender citizens according to their preferred gender pronouns (e.g. her, him, ms, mr). Since then many Liberal activists of the post-modernist bent (aka Social Justice Warriors [SJWs], third-wave feminists), have protested and strongly campaigned against Jordan Peterson.
The 40 minute interview between (presumed left wing) Channel 4 host Cathy Newman and Dr Jordan Peterson had received a lot of press due to the highly contentious interview techniques by Cathy, and Jordan Peterson’s very composed and astute responses.
Many have rebuked Cathy Newman’s interview approach, which was widely held to be twisting Dr Peterson’s words, putting words in his mouth and attempting to misrepresent his position.
Almost 3 years to the day, in 13th January 2015, I had previously been in an interview on Channel 4with the very same Cathy Newman, but on the topic of Charlie Hebdo attacks, and whether they were indicative of “extremism” in the wider Muslim community. Although my segment with Cathy only lasted around 5 minutes, and was nowhere near as combative as the Peterson interview – it was illustrative of some of the approaches media hosts use against narratives that challenge the mainstream.
Ironically, one of the questions she challenged Dr Jordan Peterson with, i.e. “Does your freedom of speech triumph the rights of transgenders to not be offended?”; Cathy Newman argued that if people have the freedom to practice their religion, they have to respect the rights of others to criticise religion. She referenced the mayor of Rotterdam who said that if people are unhappy with such freedoms, they should leave. She also asked me whether I took offense at the Charlie Hebdo cartoons.
I responded clearly, but it struck me after watching the Jordan Peterson interview, that it seemed that the Western mainstream would see it as wrong to offend ‘transgender’ people, but not wrong to offend Muslims.

 

 



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3 replies

  1. As a 15 year old boy in a society that places Western Secular Liberal values on a plane of infallibility -along with a growing number of Muslim “Progressives” – I appreciate your work.

    • Thank you for your comment. Please keep up your studies into these topics Insha’Allah

    • Secularism is highly superior to all other because it is the only system that doesn’t favour one system of spiritual magic over all others. It doesn’t require a belief system at all, it is based on simple things you can test and repeat. If you would prefer a country where you are not allowed to be muslim then go right ahead and criticise secularism. Enough people hate what you represent.

      Most mature people realise that keeping belief systems based entirely on faith (faith means just insisting that you are right) out of public decisions is a GOOD thing. It is what allowed the enlightenment and technological revolution 200 years ago, which your countries still haven’t remotely caught up to. Religious revelation has given us NOTHING, secular science has given us electricity, computers, planes, modern medicine everything you enjoy today and this internet that you communicate over. NOT prayer, you contributed nothing to these things, it was all secular science. It has improved lives immeasurably. AND it gives you the freedom to practise your faith.

      You come from a regressive country that has produced nothing and given the world no discoveries, no improvements, no advancements, it just arrogantly states that it is ‘perfect’ and that it is untestable , despite regressing the world to barbarism and misery we haven’t seen for over a thousand years. Cutting hands of thieves? Throwing people off rooftops? You only have basic human compassion and nothing else to know these things are not godly. They are backward hateful barbarism.

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