3.25.2010

coulter in canada discussion thread

Many readers seem to want me to post about the Ann Coulter incident: her recent speech in London, Ontario, the cancellation of her appearance in Ottawa, her "human rights" (quotes necessary!) complaint with fellow wingnut Ezra Levant, free speech issues, and so on.

Of course I have no time to write anything, with two deadlines looming, but if you'd like to discuss it here, feel free!

I can only offer a huge cheer for the students at University of Ottawa who used their freedom of speech to say no to bigoted buffoonery.

I have no problem with Coulter being allowed in Canada. Why not? If there's no audience for her "ideas" (yeah, right), they won't be heard, as the students in Ottawa showed. But Ann Wright, George Galloway, and Amy Goodman should have no problem getting in either.

Okay, that's more writing than I should have done. Enjoy.

18 comments:

redsock said...

Important Note: No one censored Coulter. Her own people shut down the speech. As CBC's Kady O'Malley reports:

"I spoke with Ottawa Police Services media relations officer Alain Boucher this morning, and he told me, in no uncertain terms, that it was her security team that made the decision to call off the event. "We gave her options" -- including, he said, to "find a bigger venue" -- but "they opted to cancel ... It's not up to the Ottawa police to make that decision."

CBC also debunks the idea that there was any threat of violence.

redsock said...

Links: CBC and more video.

James said...

UOttawa has put out a press release on the matter.

Coulter, of course, is claiming people were throwing tables, demanding that her books be burned, etc.

James said...

Protesting a bigot who spews bile is not the same as attacking free speech. It's actually an example of exercising that right.

And it was Ezra Levant (the same "free speech" martyr who backed Jason Kenney's ban on George Galloway) - and not the protesters - who made the call to shut down the event, and then blamed the police for not doing their job (read: for allowing the demonstration to proceed).

Coulter and her ilk will try to spin this as an attack on her free speech rights. That's total bullshit, and progressives shouldn't buy into it.

If you spend as much time as she does viciously attacking every oppressed group imaginable (gays, women, Muslims, Arabs, Blacks, immigrants, etc.), don't be surprised if hundreds show up to voice their disagreement and outrage.

Coulter's pre-event posturing in the media implied that she welcomed a debate. Her response to protests suggests otherwise. In the face of overwhelming opposition, Coulter (and Levant) ran away.

James said...

A letter I scored in the Star today, and lots of other comment:

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/784826--free-speech-hate-and-a-punditrix

John F said...

Here's my solution: Just let her speak. Any decent university crowd should be able to pick apart her "reasoning". If she violates a hate crime law, prosecute her for it.

James said...

I'm not sure how this happens on Blogger, but we have two different Jameses posting comments... The last two comments aren't mine (not that I disagree, I just want to avoid confusion).

L-girl said...

That's James Clark, Toronto Coalition to Stop the War - as opposed to wmtc James of red-haired avatar fame.

On Blogger, people can have the same screen names, but when you follow the link there are different profiles.

People may have seen James Clark's name and face a lot during the Galloway incident. He was the principal spokesperson around that and TOTALLY KICKED ASS. :)

redsock said...

Seems like Coulter, like so many of her ilk, would rather fold up her tent than face some opposition.

Stephanie said...

As I read the UofO press release with the quote from Allan Rock, I can't help but to laugh at the suggestion that "freedom of expression is a core value" or that students and faculty are encouraged to "to maintain our University as an open forum for diverse opinions". I can't help but wonder if Denis Rancourt wouldn't have benefitted from this 'new found' enlightnement.
Rancourt was [...] placed under administrative suspension and banned from campus, while [...] the Dean of the Faculty of Science had recommended to the Board of Governors that Rancourt be fired.

The stated reason for the University of Ottawa's actions is Rancourt's assigning of A+ grades to all students in a fourth-year physics course (PHY 4385 - cross-listed with PHY 5100) in the Winter 2008 term, Rancourt himself has suggested it is more likely to do with his "diverse opinions" both academic as well as political.

Kimberly Rivera said...

Sounds like a total sham to me, and they are trying to get rid of free speech all together. After all we do not agree with all of there flying off the handle, word smashes.

Andrea said...

I didnt know who this lady was before she came up here, I still have no clue what it is she thinks she is and honestly dont care, Waste of our Canadian air personally to even talk about her.
Just talking about her pulls us into her crap and spew.
Why anyone would listen or read her filth I have no clue and dont wish to waste energy understanding her and hers.
I am just sooooo glad that she is NOT Canadian. eekk shutters.
We have enough wackos as it is.

L-girl said...

Whether you know her or not, she's very famous, very disgusting, and sadly, very influential. She's an idiot and a clown, but millions of people do listen to her and revere her.

When George Galloway was not allowed to enter Canada, many people said the same thing, "I don't know who this guy is...". It hardly makes a difference in these important matters.

L-girl said...

Alheli Picazo on Rabble: Fomented outrage and phoney censorship

L-girl said...

Michael Rowe at HuffPo: Sorry Ann Coulter, Canada's Just Not That Into You

L-girl said...

Michael Rowe's piece is an excellent wrap-up and analysis.

The pretty woman said...

also difficult if linked to human rights

L-girl said...

Great piece by Rick Salutin: The Coulter saga: the best reponse is to respond