For Immediate Release
February 9, 2009
University statement regarding Jose Ruba presentation
The University remains committed to academic freedom, diversity of opinion, and supports open debate in a forum that does not put the personal safety and rights of our community at risk. There is a balance that must be maintained among all of these.
Last Thursday, Feb. 5, protesters tried unsuccessfully to silence guest speaker, Jose Ruba, who had been invited by Saint Mary’s University students to make a presentation.
Protesters were asked to stop disrupting the event, but after more than an hour and a half, the presentation was relocated to a nearby location. Protesters were given the opportunity to ask questions and debate the speaker’s points, but they chose instead to shout slogans and prevented him from fully presenting.
Relocating the event, though regrettable, allowed the speaker to complete his presentation.
The University is currently reviewing the matter.
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Dear Mr. Patterson,
I wish to communicate in the strongest possible way my concern and disgust at the display of intolerant behaviour by the pro-abortion students. While the university cannot control the immaturity and totalitarian tendencies of those it seeks to educate, it most certainly does have the authority and ability to ensure a forum for open inquiry and debate on controversial topics.
Failure of the university to act swiftly against those students with appropriate disciplinary measures will send a strong message to the pro-life and Christian constituencies of your university and the country as a whole.
I trust the University understands that its very credibility as a place of inquiry and higher learning hangs in the balance. I doubt very much that SMU would want to be known as a shill for the pro-abortion and pro-censorship forces in the country.
Yours very truly,
Social Conservatives United