Tuesday, 23 March 2010 19:00 B'nai Brith Canada Editorial Dept - Free Speech
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As Coulter on Campus Talk is Cancelled in Ottawa - B'nai Brith Canada has condemned the free speech double standard that exists on university campuses across Canada and has resulted in the cancellation of recent events due to safety concerns emanating from campus radicals.

Yesterday evening, an event featuring American right-wing pundit Ann Coulter was cancelled at the University of Ottawa due to the fact that thousands of protestors came out to protest the event and security could not adequately guarantee Coulter's safety.

In late February, York University cancelled an event planned by Imagine With Us, a B'nai Brith Canada-led multi-faith coalition of Christian and Jewish organizations focused on maintaining Canadian values, after the university, fearful of the actions of anti-Israel agitators on campus, said it could not guarantee the safety of the event's speakers without a large security and police presence paid for by the student organizers.

 

"The free speech double standard that we are witnessing on Canadian campuses has to stop," said Frank Dimant, Executive Vice President of B'nai Brith Canada.

"It seems to be the case that when a speaker tries to come on campus with views that campus left-wing radicals and anti-Israel agitators disagree with, our university administrators are cowed into either canceling the event altogether or placing insurmountable obstacles in the way of the organizers.

"Both York University, which cancelled our Imagine With Us event, and the University of Ottawa, the campus where agitators effectively shut down Coulter's opportunity to speak, this year hosted the hate-fest known as 'Israeli Apartheid Week.' A hate-fest which seeks to demonize and delegitimize the world's only Jewish state, and is condemned by politicians and legislatures across the country, is allowed to proceed unhindered, but digressing viewpoints are silenced. Something is definitely wrong here."

Image Courtesy of DayLife - Conservative author Ann Coulter addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington on Saturday Feb. 20,2010. - AP Photo

 



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