The opposite of diversity is University. Here we are in a University town. How can we ignore the Ann Coulter fiasco without comment.
On CBC radio this morning there wasn’t even a debate. Three people, supposedly with different viewpoints were interviewed and not one of them was shocked and disgusted that “our political culture” is such that Ann Coulter can’t speak at the University of Ottawa. It used to be the left that defended civil liberties and freedom of speech. Now that the left is, in their view, the dominant culture, who cares? Now free speech is “offensive”.
What kind of a country do we live in where at least some of us must self censor or risk being hauled up in front of a Human Rights Commission or charged with a hate crime for our opinions? Coulter was warned off by letter with a threat of criminal charges before she opened her mouth. Guilty on reputation. Guilty until she proves herself innocent and by “their” definition . Get your mind Riiiiiiight, Girl.
The University as a centre of free, independent and critical thinking where a clash of ideas is welcome? Dream on. Forget that. Passe. It is [their] political correctness or nothing. They will decide what our children will have their heads filled with. And we will pay for it.
The University of Ottawa should be ashamed. Coulter says a lot of stupid things but when she called the U of O bush-league she was on the mark.
Naturally we wonder whether Ann Coulter could have spoken at Acadia. No, because she wouldn’t even have been invited. There is no intellectual courage here. No one here wants the messiness, the “conflict” of democracy or open debate. They want things “safe”, controlled – by their boys of course. Just like the mayor and Town Council. The Sounds of Silence. But I hear the echo of jack boots.
Related: Right on Rex.