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
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.