24 March 2010

Coulter Speech Cancelled Due To Security Threat

Ann Coulter was scheduled to speak at the University of Ottawa, but was advised not to appear by organizers of the event "after about 2,000 'threatening' students crowded the entrance to Marion Hall, posing a security threat." Why is it that Liberals, who love to pride themselves on their beliefs of personal freedom and tolerance, are often the ones who are stifling debate and free speech by shouting down or threatening those with whom they disagree?
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."
Oh, that's right - when Leftists and Progressives stifle speech, they aren't blocking free speech, but rather they are stopping hate speech. What a specious argument.

This was at a university, for Pete's sake! Aren't universities institutions where all ideas are allowed to be expressed, and then openly discussed and examined? If you don't like what Coulter (or anyone else for that matter) is saying, then have a debate on the merits of the points raised. Discuss what she has said, and explain your view of the issues and why you believe that she is wrong.

Instead, the Leftists silence their opponents through threats and intimidation, or by otherwise denying opposing viewpoints to be spoken. They justify these actions (actions that would be defined as fascist and tyrannical if taken against them) by attempting to define the speech of their opponents as too dangerous to be spoken in a place designed for the free exchange of ideas, and too hateful to be heard by those adults who are attending their academy of higher learning. Instead of explaining what they believe to be the deficiencies in the statements of their opponents, the Progressives choose to silence that speech altogether.

It is time to take that page from their book and use it on them. We won't threaten or intimidate, we will simply attempt to persuade them that they do not want to express their dangerous opinions. We won't shout them down, we will simply provide a simultaneous counter-point in unison. And we won't resort to violence, but we will be willing to alter their physical condition while simply defending ourselves vigorously.


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