Free Canuckistan has received all sorts of worthwhile info and coverage on the recent Probort shout-down at an Atlantic Canadian University, St. Mary’s in Halifax.
Of note, the politically correct warrior-chants used to try and close down a free gathering of concerned people on an important if controversial issue. As reported by The Atlantic Catholic,
“About a dozen vocal protesters repeatedly accused Ruba, a visible minority, of “hate speech,” sexism and racism.” After some time Ruba resorted to communicating via the overhead projection system where his typed message could be seen. “I can’t be judged to be hateful if I haven’t even spoken,” he writes.
The fascistic tactics of such militant Progs are beyond irony– they view themselves as lonely crusaders for truth, and that the ends justify all means, even if said means are prejudicial, anti-democratic, hateful, and suppressive or real debate and discussion on the issues they supposedly feel so strongly about. It’s political violence, of a sort, and injures civil society, facts and reflection, and is an absolute assumption of rightness and righteousness on the protesters. This is a popular tactic of Jihadists, brownshirts, black shirts, Bolshevik students, ranting 60’s student bullies– not of those who want the free exchange of ideas in pursuit of truth.
But Wait! It Gets Worse
The brave Catholic University jumped to the defence of free speech and high principle… Here’s the university’s disgusting press release. Here’s the local newspaper report (and 91 comments so far). Word has it that Jeff Cusack, the news editor at The SMU Journal, is attempting to interview Bridget Brownlow, Terry Murphy, and Colin Dodds, as well as people who were at the presentation. Let’s hope there’s a good article in this Wednesday’s paper. Here’s a news-link from lifesite.
Combined with the anti-democratic debacle out at the University of Calgary over this same issue, perhaps it is fair to say that free speech and freedom of opinion are not alive and flourishing at all our Canucki Hallowed Halls Of Higher Learning.
The campus police and Halifax Regional Donut Squad should have warned, and thn carted these characters off campus, where they could protest to their heart’s content. Disturbing the peace is still a crime– back in my day as a campus cop, we’d have cleared the protesters out after 15 minutes of having their say, and then called the police on them and filed a complaint leading to arrest– and the next morning, they’d be under academic discipline. Ah, the more things change, the more they change for the worse. Now, our sensitivity-trained peace offices are inclusive facilitators of a caring and sharing open and honest dialogue about how everybody is feeling about the situation.
As in any circumstance like theis, the Proborts can hold their own event, or protest outside the event to make their feelings clear, handing out brochures with more info to further inform the wrong-headed people headed into an event. The mistake here is to allow them to control the gathering– like a tantrum gone postal– thereby not actually protesting, but preventing the open and free exchange of facts and ideas about abortion that– GASP!– might actually challenge the leftist, media and cultural elite status quo of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Question’ about the 100 000+ little boys and girls we send to medical incinerators in Canada every year.
There were ghosts in that room, too: roughly 30 000 little Nova Scotians have been lost in the 18-20 years that those university students grew up.. presumably some of them would have even attended SMU.
One Final Fascistical Trick
The protesters have learned bully opponents and to game the system well, however–
“As the Atlantic Catholic went to print other media sources reported that a pro-abortion group was considering launching a human rights complaint against the St. Mary’s University chaplain.”
We predict Father Kelly will be found not guilty, after a $75 000.00 Human Rights Tribunal under the supervision of NS-HRC Honcho Krista “Utopia Now!” Daley.
Here’s more on this situation by NS Scott, noted freespeechist agitator: SMU officials decided beforehand not to defend free speech. And Human rights complaint considered against pro-life speech. He sums it up well:
“What is SMU going to do to protect academic freedom on campus? The university’s reputation has already taken a beating” in this area. If it doesn’t denounce the hooligans and discipline any SMU students in the mob of little fascists, its credibility as an institution of higher learning will be in tatters.
To contact St. Mary’s University:
Dr. J. Colin Dodds, President
McNally Main 118A
923 Robie Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3H 3C3 Canada
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