Campus liberals get their fascism on.
DRUDGE: Flash: Ann Coulter Ottawa speech shut down… 2,000 protesters surrounding building with rocks and sticks — pulled fire alarm in building. Blogs calling for Coulter to be hurt. Cops shut it down! MPs were banned from going, Coulter denounced by an MP in the Parliament.
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OTTAWA — After protesters at the University of Ottawa prevented Ann Coulter from giving a speech Tuesday night, the American conservative writer said it proved the point she came to make — free speech in Canada leaves much to be desired.
Then she said what she really thought of the student protesters who surrounded Marion Hall, making it to unsafe, in the view of her bodyguard, for the pundit to attempt entry. “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.”
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.
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!”
The “accusation” of which Coulter speaks is a reference to an e-mail she received from University of Ottawa vice-president and provost Francois Houle on Friday, warning her that freedom of speech is defined differently in Canada than in the U.S. and that she should take care not to step over the line.
Coulter said that letter set the tone for and encouraged the protesters. She said it’s well known on the campus speaking circuit that conservatives need to travel with security staff, as she did.
“I’m pretty sure little Francois A-Houle does not need to travel with a bodyguard,” she said. “I would like to know when this sort of violence, this sort of protest, has been inflicted upon a Muslim — who appear to be, from what I’ve read of the human rights complaints, the only protected group in Canada. I think I’ll give my speech tomorrow night in a burka. That will protect me.”
Canadian conservative political commentator Ezra Levant, the other speaker travelling with Coulter on the three-city tour, presented by the International Free Press Society of Canada, told the half-filled hall that no more people would be able to enter and that Coulter had been advised it would not be safe for her to appear.
Coulter’s bodyguard ultimately made the judgment, after conferring with security staff on site.
In a short speech, Levant said Tuesday was “an embarrassing day for the University of Ottawa and their student body, who could not debate Ann Coulter . . . who chose to silence her through threats and intimidation, just like their vice-president did.”
Levant laid the blame squarely on Houle. “A fish rots from the head down,” he said. “Francois Houle got his wish. He telegraphed to the community that the University of Ottawa is not a place for free debate.” Houle could not be reached for comment Tuesday night. Levant said the spectacle showed “just how eroded our Canadian values of free speech have become” — especially on university campuses.
“I think this has turned into a teaching moment for the entire country, a reminder that freedom of speech is a Canadian value,” he said. Rita Valeriano was one of several protesters inside the hall who, with chants of “Coulter go home!” shouted down the International Free Press Society of Canada organizer who was addressing the crowd.
Valeriano, a 19-year-old sociology and women’s studies student, said later that she was happy Coulter was unable to speak the “hatred” she had planned to. “On campus, we promise our students a safe and positive space,” she said. “And that’s not what (Coulter) brings.”
Topan was pleased to hear the students behind her shout, “Hate speech cancelled!” in unison. “I think that’s great. I think we accomplished what we were here to do, to ensure that we don’t have her discriminatory rhetoric on our campus,” she said. Jonathan Reid, 18, a Carleton political science student and a fan of Coulter, brought a book to be signed.
Don’t forget, gentle readers, you are the violent and intolerant ones! lol That’s their story, and they’re sticking to it! But I get that Ann Coulter is a bomb thrower. I get why she pisses Libs off. She tweaks them and she provokes them. It’s obvious she isn’t trying to make nice with them. I get all that. But she’s not anymore controversial or offensive than, say, a Bill Maher is. He hates us, and we loathe him right back. End of story. I don’t see any conservatives driving him out or shutting him down, do you? That’s the difference between conservatives today (who are basically JFK Liberals), and what counter culture Liberalism has become. That’s why conservative speakers need bodyguards on a university campus, while nobody else does, not even Islamists. Can you imagine, an Islamist is safer on a university campus than a christian conservative? Truly we have lost the culture. We have lost the West. Long live the Caliphate.