Ann Coulter Not Wanted as Speaker on Ottowa Canada Campus, Her Speech Canceled Due to Riots

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Canadian students consider what Ann Coulter does to be explicit hate speech, and they have let her know in no uncertain terms that it’s not welcome on their college Campus:

Ann Coulter Speech Shut Down in Canada

Wednesday, 24 Mar 2010 10:35 AM

A protest by hundreds of students led organizers to cancel a Tuesday night speech by American conservative commentator Ann Coulter at the University of Ottawa.

A spokesman for the organizers said Coulter was advised against appearing after about 2,000 “threatening” students crowded the entrance to Marion Hall, posing a security threat.

“It would be physically dangerous for Ann Coulter to proceed with this event,” said conservative political activist Ezra Levant inside the hall. “This is an embarrassing day for the University of Ottawa and their student body . . . who chose to silence her through threats and intimidation.”

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.”

The announcement of the cancellation was greeted with shouts of “Shame” and “We want Ann” from about 100 people inside the hall. Outside protesters mockingly chanted “Goodbye Ann Coulter.”

About 10 Ottawa police cars were called to the scene, but there were no incidents.

Coulter expressed her outrage, calling the University of Ottawa a “bush league” institution in an interview for The Washington Times.

“This has never happened before,” she told the newspaper. “I go to the best schools, Harvard, the Ivy League and those kids are too intellectually proud” to threaten speakers.

Levant blamed the bedlam on university academic vice-president Francois Houle, who had written Coulter to warn her that Canadian laws make provisions for hate speech.

“Promoting hatred against any identifiable group would not only be considered inappropriate, but could in fact lead to criminal charges,” he warned her in the letter, which Coulter quickly leaked to the media.

The university has refused to comment since. Levant said Houle’s advice to Coulter had emboldened students to block her appearance.

Coulter, a best-selling author and syndicated columnist, was in the middle of a three-city tour of Canada, which began at the University of Western Ontario in London on Monday, and ends in Calgary on Thursday.

The event in London went without incident, but not without controversy.

When answering questions from students, Coulter told a 17-year-old Muslim student to “take a camel” instead of the flying carpet she has previously suggested Muslims use for transportation. Coulter later told CTV that the “camel” remark was a joke.

© Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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2 comments

  1. Dave

    Freedom of assembly is allowed in Canada. If Ann’s people decided to pull the plug that’s their choice. Don’t blame the kids.

    • CK Hunter

      Where do you infer that I am blaming the kids, or blaming anybody? I am simply reporting what took place. I applaud those kids for not wanting hate speech on their campus. I am a gay American, and I am sick of hate speech all around. If I would have been visiting that campus, I would have been supporting those kids all the way for not wanting that kind of talk in a speech on their campus. In this instance, the kids are right, and Ann is dead wrong. The conservatives are slipping dangerously close to their own kind of fascism when they shout expletives at the people they oppose. This kind of poor conduct in public i.e. “hate speech” MUST end and I will “out it” on this bog and my others every time I locate it. I don’t care if it comes from a democrat or a tea party dude or a gop person, it’s wrong, and it’s got to stop.

      Thanks for your comment and thanks for stopping by.

      Blessings.

      Chase

      Chase K. Hunter

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