We’ll Laugh With Ann…with or without the Approval of the University or the State

François Houle
Vice-recteur aux études / Vice-President Academic and Provost
Université d’Ottawa / University of Ottawa
550, rue Cumberland Street
Ottawa (ON) K1N 6N5
Telephone : (613) 562-5800 ext. 5737
Fax : (613) 562-5106
e-mail: francois.houle@uottawa.ca

Dear Mr. Houle,

I had the great misfortune of reading your ridiculous letter to Ann Coulter, attempting to silence her before she has even uttered one word on Canadian soil.   It’s typical, of course, of Canada’s university environment to attempt to squash any speech that does not conform to the suffocating liberal political dogma.  I bring to your attention the radical and brutish treatment of peaceful, pro-life students on university campuses as a prime example of the thuggery which liberal academia tolerates and tacitly approves of in this country, not to mention, of course, the hidden anti-Semitism at our universities which your colleagues in “Administration” don’t seem to be too bothered by.

It would be one thing, sir, if those who presume on themselves to regulate our speech would apply their beliefs fairly across the political spectrum, meting out such “speech crime” threats equally across the board.  But, as we all know, such minor equities seem to be lost in our “speech justice” system, with a rather near-total application of the speech justice jackboot on our Red Necks.

As one of the sponsors of Ms. Coulter’s trip and as a Canadian who still values free speech on University campuses, let me just say that I do not believe Canadians have a right not to be offended. In point of fact, it’s a great privilege and RIGHT indeed to live in a society where we can be offended, and I highly value that right indeed. I do not agree with everything which Ms. Coulter says or believes.  So I am hoping to be offended by something she says.  And, really, sir, just what does my interior emotion really have to do with you?

They once said that if you didn’t laugh at Stalin’s jokes, you might find yourself in Siberia the next day.  So everyone laughed…and on cue.  No doubt there wasn’t much controversy in his inner circle since everyone thought the same way and laughed or didn’t laugh at the same time…or at least tried to. ( I’m sure there were akward moments indeed as nervous politicians looked around to gauge whether they should laugh or not.)

For me, I prefer to laugh if the joke is funny…not because I am forced to laugh by the University establishment.  But even worse still is wanting to laugh but being prohibited from doing so by the University of Ottawa. 

John Pacheco
Ottawa

6 thoughts on “We’ll Laugh With Ann…with or without the Approval of the University or the State

  1. I felt compelled to give M. Houle a taste of his own medicine. I based my invitation to M. Houle to attend my upcoming family reunion on M. Houle’s correspondence to Ann Coulter. M. Houle will be reading this letter this mornning, I imagine. Here goes:

    Dear M. Houle:

    On behalf of my family, I wish to invite you to attend the MacGregor Family Reunion in Toronto on April 3, 2010. The MacGregor Family is always delighted to welcome guests to our reunions and hope that they will contribute positively to the meaningful exchange of ideas that is the hallmark of a great family reunions. Well-known American political commentator Ann Coulter may also attend this event.

    Mr. Houle, the MacGregor Family has a great respect for personal freedoms, and view same as fundamental to our way of life and protected by Canadian legislation/law. In extending this invitation to you, I would, however, like to remind you, that our domestic laws, both provincial and federal, extend particular protections to children, especially regarding sexual interference. Many MacGregor children – both male and female – will be in attendance at our Family Reunion. As such, I encourage you to educate yourself, if need be, as to what precise protections are extended to MacGregor children as young Canadians before you accept this invitation to attend the MacGregor Family Reunion. You will realize that Canadian law puts significant limits on adult sexual expression vis-a-vis children. For example, enticing a child with the promise of candy in order to secretly expose your genitalia to the child is not only considered inappropriate, but could in fact lead to criminal charges. I therefore ask you, should you choose to accept this invitation and attend the MacGregor Family Reunion, to weigh your words and behaviours with respect and civility in mind. There is a strong tradition in the MacGregor Family, and indeed in Canada, to respect and protect the innocence of children. Hopefully, you will understand and agree that what may, at first glance, seem like unnecessary restrictions on personal behaviours do, in fact, lead not only to a more civilized lifestyle, but to a more meaningful, reasoned and intelligent life overall.

    Please respond via email at your earliest convenience.

    Sincerely,

  2. Bravo, John !
    It is truly frightening that letters such as yours to those who control institutions of learning, protesting censoring of free speech and expression of opinion are becoming more and more necessary. Academia is headed in the wrong direction !

  3. Our universites are in dire need of reform, and it is up to Canadians to take a stand. However, in our comfortable, complacent society this in not likely to happen until it is too late.

  4. Thanks, John. Great letter! I will follow up with my own letter to the illustrious Mr. Houle. It’s not too often I get to correspond with left-wing/head in the clouds educators.

  5. Dear John,
    I am shocked to see the mob that took over Ottawa U to stop Ann Coulter from speaking. If it had been a conservative mob I believe the riot squad would have been called in to get rid of them.

    This morning on CTV they interviewed an anti-Coulter student activist and a pro-free speech student activist and of course they gave the last word to the liberal anti-Coulter man who totally misrepresented what she has said. In particular he said that she advocates the killing of abortion doctors, when in fact what she has said is that the killing of Dr. Tiller was no worse than the killing of unborn babies! They didn’t allow the pro-free speech man to correct the lie and cut him off.

    Where do we go from here with such blatant injustice???

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