Diary Of A Hollywood Refugee

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Hate Speech, Rita Valeriano & Ottawa University

Re: Ann Coulter's appearance at University of Ottawa

I was just worried that things were going to be said about certain groups of people that were going to make them feel very unsafe and very uncomfortable and we promise our students here at the University of Ottawa a safe, positive space,” said Rita Valeriano, a second-year sociology and women’s studies student.

Yet Rita Valeriano was not the least bit worried about things that were going to be said about " certain groups of people" last year during the University of Ottawa's participation in ISRAELI APARTHEID WEEK which featured a speech from Omar Barghouti, Palestinian researcher, commentator and "human rights activist", contributor to the book " "The New Intifada: Resisting Israel's Apartheid" and a raging hypocrite:

He spends his time hectoring anyone who has anything to do with Israeli academia, telling them that they are collaborating with a racist and apartheid regime.

But Barghouti has decided not to boycott Israeli academia himself. He is now enrolled to study for a PhD at Tel Aviv University. What is “imperative” for others is, apparently, not quite so “imperative” for himself.

Apparently The University's promise of a 'safe positive space' doesn't extend to Jews during Israeli Apartheid Week.

The fish stinks from the head down. Rita Valeriano's hypocrisy mirrors that of University of Ottawa academic vice-president François Houle. Unlike Ann Coulter's appearance, Omar Barghouti's appearance did not warrant a "cautionary" letter:
“I hereby encourage you to educate yourself, if need be, as to what is acceptable in Canada and to do so before your planned visit here,” University of Ottawa academic vice-president François Houle wrote.

“Promoting hatred against any identifiable group would not only be considered inappropriate, but could in fact lead to criminal charges.”

I'm still waiting for criminal charges to be laid against Francois Houle, Omar Barghouti, and the University of Ottawa for devoting an entire week to promoting hatred against an identifiable group of Israelis & Jews during "Israeli Apartheid Week".

Apparently tweeter Sharmeen Khan (http://twitter.com/colonizedmutant) feels that

instead of defending Coulters right to speak, how about we defend muslim communities from racist attack? where's the solidarity?

How about Sharmeen Khan demand that the Muslim communities stand up in Solidarity with non Muslims including Ann Coulter, who vociferously defend Irshad Manji, a lesbian Muslim reformist, against the racist attacks and viable death threats she receives daily from the Muslim community.

Ann Coulter's appearance at University of Ottawa was canceled.

Once again those on the left in partnership with the faux "we are the victims" members of the Muslim/Arabic community have succeed in silencing anyone who dares to speak the truth about their hypocrisy.

The haters on the left were victorious in their fight against the' hater' from the right.

There is no free speech in Canada anymore. There are only degrees of hate speech that are deemed acceptable or unacceptable.

The Canadian left has joined in solidarity with American left and their new mantra has become "Hate Speech From Me. Not From You."


  • At 2:50 PM, March 27, 2010, Blogger David Andolfatto said…

    Wonderful post. See also Ann Coulter's post "Oh Canada!"
    here: http://www.anncoulter.com/

  • At 8:34 AM, July 25, 2011, Blogger RickChiarelli said…

    We are now far enough away from this dispute to see what's real. Rita Valeriano made some points and, as an elected City Councillor, I can tell you that those points were repeated to me by many people out there. Maybe it is because Ms. Coulter was taken from her normal world of pop journalist and inserted into an academic environment where her stock was considerably lower? Maybe it had to do with national context? Regardless, people were uncomfortable and, while that doesn't always mean reversal, it should mean thinking about it. In other words, Rita Valeriano was reflecting many people. In hindsight, it would have been a good idea to deal with those points directly, rather than simply find a way to attack the person making the points. Maybe then there could have been some resolution. Instead, lines were drawn and...
    Rick Chiarelli, City Councillor


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