A professor at Toronto's York College found himself at the wrong end of a very nasty accusation of anti-Semitism after a student mistook an example he gave in class of an indefensible opinion as his expression of his own opinion. Cameron Johnston, a York professor of more than 30 years (who also happens to be Jewish), gave a lecture on Monday, the first day of his Social Sciences 1140: “Self, Culture and Society” class, in which he made the point that not everyone was entitled to his or her opinion, reports the Toronto Star:
“All Jews should be sterilized” would be an example of an unacceptable and dangerous opinion, Johnston told the students.
He didn’t notice Sarah Grunfeld storm out. Grunfeld, a 22-year-old in her final year at York, understood Johnston’s example to be his personal opinion.