A Canadian ethics professor used herself as an example in what she believed would be her final lesson after 20 years of teaching.
The mandatory COVID-19 vaccine that she refuses to take on the grounds that its unethical for her university to require it of her.
“Today, I’m going to teach you a short lesson on a universally accepted ethics of coercing people into medical procedures,” Dr. Julie Ponesse said in the video lesson, which as since gone viral. “I’ll be the example.”
“My employer has just mandated that I must get a vaccine for COVID-19,” the PhD ethicist and philosopher explained. “If I want to keep working at my job as a professor, I have to take this vaccine.”
“Here’s my conundrum. My school employs me to be an authority on the subject of ethics. I hold a Ph.D. in ethics and ancient philosophy and I’m here to tell you, it’s ethically wrong to coerce someone to take a vaccine,” she continued. “If it happens to you, you don’t have to do it. If you don’t want a COVID vaccine, don’t take one. End of discussion. It’s your own business.”
“But that’s not the approach of the University of Western Ontario, which has suddenly required that I be vaccinated immediately, or not report for work,” she continued.
Ponesse has taught for two decades at Ontario’s Huron University College, The Blaze notes is affiliated with Western University. She has taken “plenty” of vaccines, she explained, but refuses to take the COVID-19 jab as she is not working in a “high-risk environment.”
“I am facing imminent dismissal after 20 years on the job,” she explained.
“I’m a teacher. I’m a university professor. My job is to teach how to think critically; to ask questions that might expose a false argument,” she explained.
“Nobody is promising that I won’t get COVID, or transmit COVID if I get the vaccine,” she continued, stating a critical view of the vaccine that is often censored by social media outlets and fiercely refuted by government health authorities in the U.S. and Canada.
“I’m entitled to make choices about what does and what does not enter my body regardless of my reasons,” Dr. Ponesse continued.
“This is my first and potentially my last lesson of the year,” the professor explained, as she appeared to grow emotional.
“In the spirit of Socrates, who was executed for asking questions, this lesson will consist of only one question.”
“When a person has done the same job to the satisfaction of her employer for 20 years, is it right, or is it wrong to suddenly demand that they submit to an unnecessary medical procedure in order to keep their job?” she asked.
“The employee is not allowed to ask questions,” she continued. “She may only submit to the procedure or be fired. To my first-year students, is this right or is this wrong?”
She concluded the video in tears, putting her face in her hands.
Ponesse was informed within half an hour of emailing her department head on Tuesday that she would not be allowed on campus if she refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine and was being placed on temporary paid leave.
While some exemptions are available to attend in-person learning, Ponesse refuses to get exempt on principal as she doesn’t believe she should have to.
“I want to be very clear in rejecting it in principle, I don’t think we ever should have been in the place where we’re looking at the situation of mandates, so I’m not just seeking an exemption to one, I’m challenging the very foundation of the idea,” she told the National Post.
Her emotional video has been removed from YouTube for violating its standards on COVID-19 misinformation because she questioned the efficacy of the vaccine.
It is available to view on Rumble.
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