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March 24, 2010

Barbarians inside the gates

Filed under: The fall of the West — David Jenkins @ 10:48 am
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As Malcolm Muggeridge noted:

So the final conclusion would surely be that whereas other civilizations have been brought down by attacks of barbarians from without, ours had the unique distinction of training its own destroyers at its own educational institutions, and then providing them with facilities for propagating their destructive ideology far and wide, all at the public expense.   Thus did Western Man decide to abolish himself, creating his own boredom out of his own affluence, his own vulnerability out of his own strength, his own impotence out of his own erotomania, himself blowing the trumpet that brought the walls of his own city tumbling down, and having convinced himself that he was too numerous, labored with pill and scalpel and syringe to make himself fewer.  Until at last, having educated himself into imbecility, and polluted and drugged himself into stupefaction, he heeled over – a weary, battered old brontosaurus – and became extinct.

Canada is busy breeding a league of barbarians in the University of Ottawa under the tutelage of Provost, Francois Houle. When Ann Coulter tried to speak at the University of Ottawa, she was greeted by the Nazi tactics of intimidation and mindless chanting – the book burning will begin soon. Imagine what would have happened if something really controversial had taken place – oh, right, nothing.

From the National Post:

“Since I’ve arrived in Canada, I’ve been denounced on the floor of Parliament — which, by the way, is on my bucket list — my posters have been banned, I’ve been accused of committing a crime in a speech that I have not yet given, I was banned by the student council, so welcome to Canada!”

The “accusation” of which Ms. Coulter speaks is a reference to an email she received from University of Ottawa vice-president and provost Francois Houle on Friday, warning her that freedom of speech is defined differently in Canada than in the U.S. and that she should take care not to step over the line.

Ms. Coulter said that letter set the tone for and encouraged the protesters. She said it’s well known on the campus speaking circuit that conservatives need to travel with security staff, as she did.

“I’m pretty sure little Francois A-Houle does not need to travel with a bodyguard,” she said. “I would like to know when this sort of violence, this sort of protest, has been inflicted upon a Muslim — who appear to be, from what I’ve read of the human rights complaints, the only protected group in Canada. I think I’ll give my speech tomorrow night in a burka. That will protect me.”



  1. From the CBC news site, regarding Israel Apartheid Week, student leader Ben Saifer said…

    …But if you come to a university, you’ve got to be ready to be presented with material that challenges your existing beliefs.”

    How can these people look in the mirror without being disgusted at their own hypocrisy?

    Comment by John K — March 24, 2010 @ 6:14 pm

  2. THe CBC had something to say:

    Ezra Levant, clever bugger that he is, has just proved once again that you can count on Canada’s university crowd to behave like suckers.

    This time, his tool was Ann Coulter, the right-wing comedienne and thrower of stink bombs who used to be quite a sensation here in the United States.

    Levant, a conservative gadfly and former Reform Party official, made a good choice in deciding to use Coulter. She grabs attention, partly, as she herself has acknowledged, because of her looks.

    and later

    Finally, Levant, with an air of great regret, took the microphone to announce that “it would be physically dangerous for Ann Coulter to proceed with this event” and that “this is an embarrassing day for the University of Ottawa and its student body.”

    Coulter, after denouncing the school as “bush league,” pocketed her fee and moved on. So long, chumps.

    And Ezra Levant had once again made his point.

    Comment by Steve L. — March 26, 2010 @ 12:41 pm

  3. I think Coulter is a self aggrandizing publicity hound, who says the most unchristian things, and when called out uses the “joking” excuse, and the U of O students played right into her hands. They should have just ignored her.

    Comment by Kate — March 27, 2010 @ 7:49 pm

  4. Kate,
    I respectfully disagree. I follow the American “right” and Coulter is an often brilliant critic of the “left”. Yes, she frequently uses sarcasm and black humour to illustrate her points. However, those points are unerringly on the mark.

    Comment by Jim Muirhead — March 28, 2010 @ 5:04 pm

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