February 12, 2022

USA: State University of NY at Fredonia Professor Says On Video There's Nothing Wrong With Adult-Child Sex. Another Professor In Michigan Mocks Students As ‘Vectors Of Disease’ In Profane Tirade

The Blaze Media
written by Dave Urbanski
Friday February 4, 2022

The philosophy professor from State University of New York at Fredonia who appeared to say in a video interview that he sees nothing immoral about sex between adults and children has been reassigned and won't have contact with students amid an internal investigation.

The college on Thursday tweeted a message from its president, Stephen H. Kolison Jr., saying the reassignment includes "duties that do not include his physical presence on campus" and that the professor "will not have contact with students while the investigation is ongoing."

Kolison — who in a previous message called the professor's words "reprehensible" — reiterated that sentiment Thursday, saying the video's content is "absolutely abhorrent."

What's the background?

WIVB-TV reported that video clips in question appear to show philosophy professor Stephen Kershnar discussing sex between adults and children. In the clips Kershnar seems to make it clear he finds nothing immoral about adult-child sex.

Here's one clip. There is no obvious origin or context for the clip at present, and there appears to be a single cut in the video of him speaking:

He says, "Imagine that an adult male wants to have sex with a 12-year-old girl. Imagine that she's a willing participant. [cut] A very standard, very widely held view that there's something deeply wrong with this, and it's wrong independent of it being criminalized. It's not obvious to me that it is, in fact, wrong; I think this is a mistake. And I think exploring why it's a mistake will tell us not only things about adult-child sex and statutory rape but also about fundamental principles of morality."

The above video also can be viewed here as the first in a string of related interview clips appearing to feature Kershnar.

What else do we know about the professor?

Kershnar also has written about adult-child sex. The abstract for his article titled "The Moral Status of Adult-Child Sex" in the April 2001 issue of Public Affairs Quarterly reads as follows: "Nonforcible adult-child sex is thought to be morally wrong in part because it is nonconsensual. In this paper I argue against this notion. In particular, I reject accounts of the moral wrongfulness of adult-child sex that rest on the absence of consent, concerns about adult exploitation of children, and the existence of a morally primitive duty against such sex."

SUNY Fredonia's bio on Kershnar indicates he's written about "such diverse topics as abortion, adult-child sex, hell, most valuable player, pornography, punishment, sexual fantasies, slavery, and torture. He is the author of ten books, including Desert Collapses: Why No One Deserves Anything (2021), Total Collapse: The Case Against Morality and Responsibility (2018), and Abortion, Hell, and Shooting Abortion-Doctors: Does the Pro-Life Worldview Make Sense? (2017)."

Kershnar also authored 2015's “Pedophilia and Adult-Child Sex: A Philosophical Analysis,” according to WIVB.

And in a two-hour-plus video interview dated Dec. 5, 2020, Kershnar delved into a variety of topics, including adult-child sex. Kershnar — who can be seen on the left side of the screen — says he got interested in the topic because he was exploring "whether or not an act is wrong because it's harmful."

He goes on to note three basic arguments against adult-child sex — harm, infringement of rights, exploitation — and said that "none of these [arguments] convinced me."

'One of the most disgusting things I’ve seen here on campus' On Wednesday, WIVB-TV interviewed students on the SUNY Fredonia campus, and the station said they expressed disgust with the professor’s statements.

“I think the video honestly is one of the most disgusting things I’ve seen here on campus, and anyone who says or does the things like that should not be in a position of power,” freshman Robert Kryger told WIVB.

Another freshman, Hayley Mercer, added to the station that "Fredonia has called him a distinguished professor, he’s gotten hundreds of awards and I just don’t understand how they let somebody rise to such a high level of respect when he’s degraded women in situations like this."

A change.org petition calling for Kershnar's firing has attracted more than 13,000 signatures as of Friday afternoon.
New York Post
written by Samantha Ibrahim
Friday January 14, 2022

This professor got schooled.

A teacher from Michigan’s Ferris State University has been suspended following a profanity-laced parody video for the first class of the semester.

Barry Mehler, a professor of humanities at the college, posted a 14-minute video on his YouTube page in which he tells his students that he doesn’t care about their names or majors.

“You people are just vectors of disease to me,” the 74-year-old deadpans the clip.

Mehler, who also founded the college’s Institute for the Study of Academic Racism, starts his class wearing an astronaut helmet-style face shield as well as a face mask.

“I don’t know whether you people have noticed, but it’s dangerous to breathe the air. Many of your experts are advising wearing masks because there’s a deadly virus spreading around the planet,” he says in the video. “Your civilization is collapsing, and life on your planet is going extinct. Maybe you just didn’t notice, but the level of suffering on this planet is going through the roof.”

Mehler adds that he will be wearing his face shields to in-person classes to protect himself from COVID-19 and says he doesn’t “want to be anywhere near” his students.

The Post has reached out to Mehler for comment on his clip, which has since gone viral on YouTube with more than 240,000 views.

He then explains his grading system, based on the Calvinist doctrine of predestination — which basically has him picking scores at random for his students.

“You don’t have a thing to worry about because there’s absolutely nothing you can do,” he says. “You have no control over your grade. I figured if it was good enough for Americans, good enough for me. The Indians didn’t lose because they failed. They tried everything and nothing worked … It’s all predestination, and you all are predestined to lose, just like the Indians.”

The teacher continues, “So, I randomly assign grades before the first day of class … I don’t even want to know your name. I just look at the number and I assign a grade. That is how predestination works.”

Though the video appears to be parody, Mehler uses explicit language when talking about his students, saying none of them “are good enough to earn an A in my class.”

“Go complain to your dean … go ahead,” Mehler says to students. “I’m retiring at the end of this year and I [don’t care] any longer.”

The school’s president, David Eisler, said he was “shocked and appalled” by Mehler’s video, WDIV-TV reported. “It is profane, offensive and disturbing, and in no way reflects our university or its values.”

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