Wednesday, 24 March 2010

University of Ottawa's Shame: Houle Canada's new Censor in Chief? *updated see below*

Well François Houle of the University of Ottawa must be proud of himself this morning. After sending a Stasi style letter, containing veiled threats to Ann Coulter, the University of Ottawa last night cancelled her appearance amid 'security concerns.' Media reports are still swirling about a Western student, who coincidentally belonged to a group calling for the destruction of Israel (surprise!) who Ann allegedly offended. Funny, I have yet to read an MSM report mentioning her affiliation with this group. As I mentioned in previous posts - as long as you are insulting Jews or Christians nobody cares.

The University of Ottawa wakes up today knowing that it no longer represents freedom of thought of freedom of expression. It is instead a brainwashing institution for those who want to be told what and how to think, run by a cowardly man who considers himself its Censor-in-Chief. C'est de toi que je parle, M. Houle.

Now that we know Ann Coulter is not acceptable to the University of Ottawa, let's have a look at what is. Remember the below - THIS is the University of Ottawa:

Letters sent by University of Ottawa Faculty Members denouncing the Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism. Why are they denouncing a coalition against anti-semitism? They are worried it will impact their freedom of expression:
However, we are concerned that the way that “new anti-Semitism” is being interpreted by this committee might be used to curtail the academic freedom and freedom of speech of faculty and students regarding the Israel/Palestine conflict.

Next we have a letter from Francine Page, the director of the Centre d'équité des droits de la personne de l'université (basically director of equality and human rights at UofO) which she sent to Radio Canada after they published an article suggesting there was anti-semitism on campus during IAW week. Ms. Page wrote a letter defending the univeristy's right to hold the week. The full text of the article and her letter are in French and can be viewed here. I have translated her letter below:

As Director of CEDP, I was invited to participate in a parliamentary inquiry comission on anti-semitism in universities, organized by the Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism on Tuesday 24 November 2009.

Because I consider it an integral part of my role to participate in all public inquiries, throughout the entire morning I shared the expertise that CEDP has to offer on the subject, including information on discrimination and harassment in general as they are described in the Ontario Code of Human Rights.

It is important to note that Radio-Canada's article very poorly represented the perspectives I put forward in my testimony, and I would like to counter.

Following questions specifically regarding anti-semitism, I effectively indicated that CEDP had received complaints. Some complaints were made by members of the university community during "Israel Apartheid Week," and other during different periods. All complaints/investigations made by CEDP with regards to human rights are confidential, and so it is impossible for me to share with you more ample information with regards to this topic. The controversy surrounding the posters (for IAW) was the only example I could give, because it had already been reported by the media and widely discussed in public.

I also made it clear that the history of complaints received by CEDP could not lead us to believe that anti-semitism was a general problem on campus. Finally, I reinforced the point that no student should be subjected to any kind of discrimination or harassment based on any discriminatory motive.

I must also make mention of the fact that, with discussion relating to "Israel Apartheid Week," I reminded the audience of the importance of open discussions on controversial debates/topics, particularly within a university context.

The deliberations were recorded and transcribed in French and English, and the first transcriptions should be available in early 2010.

University of Ottawa Professor Hassan Diab has been arrested on charges that he was involved in the 1980 bombing of Paris synagogue which killed four people.
Diab, a part-time sociology professor at the University of Ottawa who also taught at Carleton University, is a suspect in a bombing on Oct. 3, 1980, outside the Copernic Street synagogue in Paris. The explosion killed four people, three French and one Israeli.
According to Agence-France Presse, French police, who are conducting the investigation, accuse Diab, a Lebanese-Canadian, of building the explosive device hidden inside a motorcycle parked a few metres from the synagogue
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Carleton University did fire Diab, but as far as I can tell Ottawa did not. Up until this summer he was listed as part of their staff directory, and perhaps the reason he is not listed now is because his contract expired, or more likely because his extradition hearing is underway.

These are the people University of Ottawa has no problem employing or supporting. But a blond, Christian, American, woman who might tell a few offensive jokes: NOT WELCOME.

Ann's response to all this:
“The University of Ottawa is really easy to get into, isn’t it?” she said in an interview after the cancelled event. “I never get any trouble at the Ivy League schools. It’s always the bush league schools.” Ms. Coulter said she has been speaking regularly at university campuses for a decade. While she has certainly been heckled, she said this is the first time an engagement has been cancelled because of protesters.“This has never, ever, ever happened before — even at the stupidest American university,” she said. Ms. Coulter remarked on the reception she has had since entering the country. “Since I’ve arrived in Canada, I’ve been denounced on the floor of Parliament — which, by the way, is on my bucket list — my posters have been banned, I’ve been accused of committing a crime in a speech that I have not yet given, I was banned by the student council, so welcome to Canada!”

Heh.

Updated: Flea is hopping mad like me!
Exit question: If the police will not defend conservative voices against the mob, it is only a matter of time before conservative voices arm themselves against the mob. And the police. Once again, this is a prediction, not a prescription. Far better by far would be for the police to defend everyone's right to peaceable assembly.
Also: Mr. Harper, it is time for you to do your damn job, not to mention your duty. You allowed this to happen. I don't blame the mob for being a mob; they are violent retards acting out a violent, retarded fantasy. You know better, Mr. Harper. With your education, you could probably name better precedents for the problem than I could.


Closet Conservative weighs in:
The protesters are such pussies, that they are scared of letting a woman talk on campus. How progressive. I guess they figure that a woman's words-or their hormones-or maybe their blond highlights will overpower the brains of everyone in the room or something, and make us all think bad thoughts-or worse-make everyone turn into right-wing conservatives?
The Ottawa police and the campus police should be ashamed of themselves, along with the administration of the university.
They are feeding the beast. The protesters are emboldened-the stakes will get higher and higher.
Is there not a single male in Ottawa that has not been castrated?