Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Ann Coulter speech cancelled over student protest

In the 1988 movie "The Seventh Sign", Demi Moore plays a women who is about to give birth to the first baby born without a soul, thus bringing about Armageddon. In real life, we know that child as Ann Coulter.

Unfortunately, Hollywood is more merciful than real life. Instead of being put out of our misery by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, we have to endure life with the GOP's favorite ice queen, who can't pass up a chance to make headlines by saying something blatantly racist, homophobic and generally hateful any time there is a gathering of two or more people or a camera present.

Coulter, whose prominent Adam's Apple has prompted some to question her true gender, sees herself as a champion of free speech by thumbing her nose at political correctness. But as anybody with a brain stem can figure out, it's just a desperate, pathetic attempt to stay relevant in a world that as left her behind. Maybe she should do lunch with Madonna for some pointers on how to do that without emitting so much toxic waste.

In Canada, however, they have a more rational approach to venom-spewing hate-mongers. In The Great White North, hate-speech can get you thrown in jail. (OMG, I'm salivating.)
AP reports:
OTTAWA — A protest by hundreds of students led organizers to cancel a Tuesday night speech by American conservative commentator Ann Coulter at the University of Ottawa.

A spokesman for the organizers said Coulter was advised against appearing after about 2,000 "threatening" students crowded the entrance to Marion Hall, posing a security threat.

"It would be physically dangerous for Ann Coulter to proceed with this event," said conservative political activist Ezra Levant inside the hall. "This is an embarrassing day for the University of Ottawa and their student body . . . who chose to silence her through threats and intimidation."

A protest organizer, international studies student Mike Fancie, said he was pleased they were able to stop Coulter from speaking. "What Ann Coulter is practicing is not free speech, it's hate speech," he said. "She's targeted the Jews, she's targeted the Muslims, she's targeted Canadians, homosexuals, women, almost everybody you could imagine."

The announcement of the cancellation was greeted with shouts of "Shame" and "We want Ann" from about 100 people inside the hall. Outside protesters mockingly chanted "Goodbye Ann Coulter." About 10 Ottawa police cars were called to the scene, but there were no incidents.

Coulter expressed her outrage, calling the University of Ottawa a "bush league" institution in an interview for The Washington Times. "This has never happened before," she told the newspaper. "I go to the best schools, Harvard, the Ivy League and those kids are too intellectually proud" to threaten speakers.

Levant blamed the bedlam on university academic vice-president Francois Houle, who had written Coulter to warn her that Canadian laws make provisions for hate speech. "Promoting hatred against any identifiable group would not only be considered inappropriate, but could in fact lead to criminal charges," he warned her in the letter, which Coulter quickly leaked to the media.
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1 comment:

  1. Imagine...laws against hatefilled, inciteful speech directed at specific groups. Hey America....what would it take for you to embrace such progressive and humanitarian legislation. Hello..still there...???


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