Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Globe and Mail is speaking out for freedom of speech in defence of Ann Coulter's right to say what she thinks at the University of Ottawa.

I agree wholeheartedly.

The Globe's editorial stated that "Mr. Houle's e-mail warning, in advance of her scheduled talk last night, is offensive on any number of levels, not least for the national platform it has given Ms. Coulter. Mr. Houle's outline of possible legal ramifications, the worrying implication that free speech in Canada is carefully circumscribed, in effect government-regulated, and his finger-wagging admonition to maintain 'respect and civility,' militate against the sanctity of free expression in places of higher learning and serve to embarrass his institution."

But wait a minute. I just googled to see if I could find similar Globe editorial support in defence of freedom of speech for pro-life groups on university campuses, many of whom have been shut down and/or have lost their funding or their club status as of late. I couldn't find anything.

The University of Victoria, McGill in Montreal, the University of Calgary and York University immediately come to mind.

In fact, a lot more pro-life university clubs have had their freedom of speech rights threatened, than the lone Ann Coulter.

Interesting that. Could it be that the "sanctity of free expression in places of higher learning", is only defend-able some of the time, and for some people?

I'm just saying.

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