Cultural Revolutions

Persecuting Ann

Ann Coulter did not enjoy her stay in the land of Dudley Do-Right.  “Since arriving in Canada,” she wrote on her website on March 24, “I’ve been accused of thought crimes, threatened with criminal prosecution for speeches I hadn’t yet given, and denounced on the floor of the Parliament (which was nice because that one was on my ‘bucket list’).”

A few days before Coulter’s scheduled appearance at the University of Ottawa, where she had been invited to speak by the university’s Campus Conservatives, university vice-president academic and provost François Houle wrote a letter to “inform . . . or perhaps remind” the conservative vixen that Canada has laws that “delineate freedom of expression.”  Any lectures that promoted “hatred” against a particular group would be against Canadian law, and violation “could in fact lead to criminal charges.”

Houle’s threat was leaked to the media, and by the evening of March 23, when the talk was scheduled to take place, liberal students had worked themselves into an uproar.  Before Coulter was even on the scene, a number of them had gathered outside the building in protest.  According to Coulter, there was yelling, throwing of tables, and blocking of entryways, before someone finally pulled the fire alarm.  The talk was canceled, allegedly over concerns for Coulter’s...

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