Goodness knows, I am not a fan of Ann Coulter. My dad thinks she’s cute – I’m unconvinced. Rather, I find her offensive, ill informed, un-objective and, well, not very bright.
Still, a person’a a person, no matter how brash!
This week, Ann Coulter is going to be embarrassing conservatives in Canada by speaking at 3 Universities. You’d think that after the ‘Bash-a-Jew’ week most Canadian Universities held in March, they’d let up a bit on the anti-Jewish rhetoric on campus…
But no, no such luck!
Ms. ‘Jews-are-unperfected-Christians’ Coulter has been invited to demonstrate her ‘selective intelligence’ at 3 Canadian Universities this week.
And why not?
Why should ALL the anti-Semitism at our Universities come exclusively from the left of the political spectrum? A little right-wing anti-Semitism brings ‘diversity’ to those institutions we entrust with shaping our young, bright minds!
Still, I do think that it is great that she gets to give her speech, do her bit. I may not like her views – and diss her mercilessly for her open contempt for anyone not Christian, but, she has just as much right to speak her mind (if you can stretch the meaning of the word ‘mind’) as you or I or anyone else. Freedom of speech must be given the greatest possible precedence because, just like with an infected cut: when you hide odious ideas out of sight, they don’t just ‘go away’ – they fester.
Therefore, anything short of immediately and directly inciting violence (notice I did not add ‘hate’ there) must be permitted. If – and only if – the speaker had already said/written things which were ‘slanderous/defamatory’ or in breech of a law in another way (revealing state or trade secrets, etc.), legal action (criminal and/or civil) can and should be taken against him/her. Not before!
What is interesting, though, is the reaction from the Universities themselves!
While all care was taken to ‘protect’ the left-wing ‘JewsZionists-are-baby-killers’ anti-semites who were left-wing and/or Muslim from any criticism of their rhetoric and from putting limits on their freedom of speech, making sure nobody was permitted to say anything which might hurt their feelings as they call for the murder of citizens of Israel, the right-wing Christian anti-Semite has been threatened with legal action – should she not self-censor her words sufficiently to some unspecified level – before she even got here!
A Houle in the moral fabric of Ottawa University – François Houle, Vice-recteur aux études / Vice-President Academic and Provost, Université d’Ottawa / University of Ottawa, 550, rue Cumberland Street, Ottawa (ON) K1N 6N5, téléphone / telephone : 613 562-5737, télécopieur / fax : 613 562-5103, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org – that Houle, to be specific, has sent Ms. ‘Jews-have-to-obey-religious-laws-but-Christians-don’t-because-Jesus-will-Fed-Ex-their-souls-right-to-heaven’ Coulter, bullying her with the threat of lawfare if he does not approve of her message.
I’m not sure if you have picked up on my subtle hints: I think that Ms. Coulter is a personification of much of what is wrong with the ‘right wing’. Voices like hers drown out sane voices, like, say Thomas Sowell, and cause many, many people to reject any and all messages coming from the right’. But…
Freedom of speech is freedom of speech!