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Did University of Ottawa president almost invite Ann Coulter back?

Advisers talked Allan Rock out of another Coulter appearance


 

Allan Rock, the president of the University of Ottawa, consulted with a PR firm about whether to invite polarizing commentator Ann Coulter back to campus one day after protesters shut down her appearance. Mr. Rock said in an e-mail that he was considering the invite in order to demonstrate the school’s “unqualified commitment to freedom of expression.” The consultants cautioned against it, saying it would become an uncontrollable media circus. The controversy started when Coulter was warned by the university’s vice-president academic to review Canada’s hate speech law before speaking at the university in March. Rock is apparently not a fan of Coulter, having called her “a mean-spirited, small-minded, foul-mouthed poltroon,” in a recent e-mail. Coulter is known to stir the pot, having suggested that Muslim countries should be conquered and Christianized. On the day after the Ottawa speech was cancelled, she told a Muslim student at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont. that if she didn’t have a magic carpet, she could “take a camel.”

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Did University of Ottawa president almost invite Ann Coulter back?

  1. On the day after the Ottawa speech was cancelled, she told a Muslim student at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont. that if she didn't have a magic carpet, she could “take a camel.”

    HA. Ann is funny.

  2. Ah McLean, why is your news not complete? As it was reported in National Post, the Provost was actually urged by the President Allan Rock to write that letter. Allan Rocks's email is an ugly representation of the narrow mindedness and meaness of its President- which really portray and represent what becomes of University of Otawa. He wanted to reinvite Ann to protect his name not the University. And the shame of it all, was he just watched when the provost took the fall. What a Guy…That is the kind of guy you want to watch your back eh?

    • Open_Democracy, because she may not share your views means she's not allowed to speak in our country. It's becoming very hard to be a proud canadian when things like this are happening, when we have a law the SUPPRESSES speech. Without freedom of speech, it won't be long before other freedoms that we have will be gone as well. Freedom of speech means that you should be free to say what you will, and people have the freedom to listen or criticize your speech, if no one liked what Ms. Coulter had to say, there was nothing preventing them from leaving, but to not let her speak at all, that in no way is remotely right, this will be the start of a dark chapter in canadian history.

      • I don't believe Ms. Coulter was ever banned from speaking. She was warned that her typical behaviour MAY be illegal in Canada, saw a whole bunch of protesters, and went home.

        • Exactly. "but to not let her speak" is wrong. She chose( was advised) not to go ahead. VERY different.

      • I suppose its ok for a KKK leader to make a speech about burning black men, and that they are inferior to whites? its also OK to say such things as Muslims should fly on their flying carpet( a non existence) which is clearly an insult to begin with, and then another insult go ride your camel. What about telling Jews they need to be "perfected" and convert to Christianity instead?

        She wants to cause more chaos than the world already has? why should she be given a right to speak?

  3. Allan Rock is “a mean-spirited, small-minded, foul-mouthed poltroon,” . He should be fired immediately.

  4. "Allan Rock, the president of the University of Ottawa, consulted with a PR firm about whether to invite polarizing commentator Ann Coulter back to campus one day after protesters shut down her appearance. Mr. Rock said in an e-mail that he was considering the invite in order to demonstrate the school's “unqualified commitment to freedom of expression.” "
    Then they remembered that they don't really support freedom of expression for people who disagree with them.

    The fascists take over bit by bit while good people try to compromise with them. With every compromise we give up another freedom. Some times we need a pit bull like Ann to show us how much ground we have lost to government inspired censorship.

  5. So Coulter could go off on one of her self-serving, poisonous rants again? No, the President was not narrow minded just aware that the colleges' reputation carried more weight than provision of a convenient platform for a unconscionable opportunist whose only reason for being beloved of the Neanderthal Right is that she hasn't turned her Poltroonery (Good word Mr Rock) upon them(yet). Anyhow Coulter and freedom of speech make for strange bedfellows. There is freedom of speech, and the price of such freedom is constant vigilance. One of the collectively understood requirements of this freedom is the recognition of personal self imposed limitations we use that make the whole thing work. From time to time we all unconsciously bite our tongues. While we all may have an opinion Coulter et al use this somewhat grey area as a form of malfeasant playground. Because her agenda includes taking it away from people she hates (most everyone) the college had every good reason to call it off. So they made a dog's breakfast of it, so what? Show me a bureaucracy that hasn't.

  6. Coulter puts on a show to demonstrate hypocrisy. She won going away.

    Backstory: Canada, 3 years previously, had tried to charge the man who brought her to Canada with criminal hate speech for merely printing the news stories reporting the Danish muslim cartoons and the death and violence that ensued. A news story! All because an Imam complained. After 3 years and much money spent, he was found innocent. The two of them showed Canada they are intolerant of free speech and engage in state sanctioned speech.

    In an unrelated incident, two Canadians flew an airplane with a banner that read "Jesus Sucks" in the skies over a major Canadian city, and…nothing. But try flying one that says "Mohammad Sucks," and the RCM thought police will hold them down so the muslims can cut off their heads. And they would.

    Has Canada become the country of mean-spirited, small minded, foul-mouthed Dhimmi poltroons? We hold these morons to be self-evident.