Upholding traditional values ​​in speech could cost a student his psychology degree, law group says

A recent psychology graduate in Mexico could lose his license after officials at the Autonomous University of Baja California in Ensanada raised concerns about his strong defense of family and the sanctity of life during a opening speech.

Christian Cortez Perez, whose top class ranking in the university’s School of Medicine and Psychology earned him the right to deliver the June 27 speech, spoke out against what he called “the ‘radical gender ideology’ and decided to redefine family, evoking whistles and walkouts at the graduation ceremony. The school said it has taken legal action against him for his remarks.

Mr. Perez said at one point: “Today we are immersed in a real anthropological struggle to redefine the human being, the human person, the man, through the implementation of ideologies and modes thoughts that always end up undermining dignity and freedom.

In a statement, Mr Perez said he risked losing “my entire professional career because I expressed opinions with which some students and professors do not agree”. Public universities must respect the right to freedom of expression of all students, and I am committed to seeking justice not only for myself, but for all Mexicans who care about preserving the right to free expression.

According to a statement from ADF International, a faith-based legal rights organization that works with the recent graduate, school leaders told Mr. Perez they would decide by September 18 what action to take. Professors at the school reportedly issued a “manifesto” calling on the university to sanction Mr. Perez and strip him of both his college degree and his professional license. The manifesto also called on officials to rescind his merit award and notify psychology associations across Mexico of the student.

Mr. Perez, in the ADF statement, said he would be filing a counterclaim “to take a stand in defense of the free speech rights of every student.” … I recognize that some may not agree with the content of my speech, but that is what freedom of expression is.

ADF International lawyer Kristina Hjelkrem said: “If the campaign to punish Christian succeeds, it shows that anyone who dares to speak in public in Mexico is in danger. This is a flagrant violation of international human rights law, which is reminiscent of dictatorships, not democracies. »

The Washington Times contacted the Autonomous University of Ensenada for comment.