Ban on Anti-Abortion Groups at University Only Part of the Idiocy

Ban on Anti-Abortion Groups at University Only Part of the Idiocy

 

Idiocy aside, there are some problems here with what used to be known as good old hypocrisy. Just a few months ago the same young lady was one of the leaders of a campaign to allow the term "Israeli apartheid" to be used on Canadian campuses. Jewish students and the mass of their non-Jewish colleagues considered the phrase deeply offensive when applied to a democratic country founded by victims of international racism and genocide.

Reprinted from: http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Coren_Michael/2008/05/31/pf-5730906.html

 

By MICHAEL COREN

It’s the age-old question that all young Canadian university students have to face as they enjoy their publicly funded years at college retending to receive an education. How do we guarantee a woman’s right to abort a Zionist?

 

The issue is particularly troubling to Gilary Massa, vice-president external of the York Federation of Students in Toronto. She and her friends have introduced a ban on all student organizations that oppose abortion and believe that life begins at conception.

 

"You have to recognize that a woman has a choice over her own body", said Comrade Massa, presumably hoping to graduate in Hilarious Cliche Studies. "We think that these pro-life, anti-choice groups, they’re sexist in nature. Is this an issue of free speech? No, this is an issue of women’s rights."

 

Idiocy aside, there are some problems here with what used to be known as good old hypocrisy. Just a few months ago the same young lady was one of the leaders of a campaign to allow the term "Israeli apartheid" to be used on Canadian campuses. Jewish students and the mass of their non-Jewish colleagues considered the phrase deeply offensive when applied to a democratic country founded by victims of international racism and genocide.

 

Not, however, Ms. Massa. Because — yes, you’ve got it — it was all a matter of free speech. Students have a basic right, argued our new best buddy, to this sacred liberty.

 

"A basic commitment to freedom of expression and organization in the democratic context of the public university."

 

Um, just hold on one little Marxist moment. The right to organize and speak on campus — yeah, sure. Could be hurtful though. Comparing Jews to apartheid murderers. Perhaps just a little more provocative than arguing that life begins at conception and a handicapped unborn baby has a right not to be killed.

 

Then again, perhaps not. Explaining the Israel obsession Massa continued, "This strange and unprecedented ban is a blatant violation of democratic freedoms of speech and dissent, and an attack on students’ rights to organize. Universities are sites where discussions and debates about difficult questions should be promoted, not stifled."

 

Quite so. Quick rewind to the same commissar’s opinions about students on university sites arguing against abortion. "What is happening is anti-choice groups coming on to campus under the guise of debates or through student clubs, to promote anti-choice sentiments."

 

What you mean you dunderhead is that pro-life kids and speakers whom they invite are giving their opinion on the abortion issue. You and your gang don’t like their point of view so you’re banning them, just as pro-life groups have been banned in half a dozen other colleges in the country.

 

You do, however, like anti-Israel groups and speakers because the fashion among empty-headed leftists is to hate Israel. Abortion good, Israel bad. Gay marriage good, Christians bad. Cuba good, United States bad. And so on and so on.

 

To a large extent, of course, these under-achievers are irrelevant. Like most student leaders, they will go on to lives as accountants and property developers.

 

They are childish bores who act like robotic caricatures. But they are able to make life unpleasant for other young men and women who are entitled to something other than political and social oppression, particularly when taxpayers — their moms and dads — are funding a large part of the whole enterprise. Just a thought — while I’m still allowed.

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