Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Anne Coulter...Denied

Up until yesterday, I don't think I have ever heard of Anne Coulter, and from what I have learned thus far, I don't think that I am particularly interested in following her. She seems sensationalist through and through (no press is bad press?!), but like I said, I know very little of her and my judgement of her is strictly first impression.  Mind you, the first thing that I heard of her was how she suggested Muslims not be allowed on any airplanes and fly "their flying carpets" instead...or as she told one Muslim woman who challenged her by saying that she didn't own a flying carpet, 'ride a camel instead.'

 You can perhaps see why I am a little put off by Ms. Coulter and have little respect for her (I'll say) public persona.

Ms. Coulter was suppose to speak at the University of Ottawa recently, but before she arrived, she received a letter from Francois Houle, vice-president academic and University of Ottawa’s provost, warning her to curtail her usual presentation by reminding her of Canada's political correctness protocols. "After mentioning the Charter of Rights and Canada’s free speech laws, Houle invited Coulter to “educate yourself, if need be, as to what is acceptable in Canada” and noted, by example, that “promoting hatred against any identifiable group would not only be considered inappropriate, but could in fact lead to criminal charges.”"

Apparently, the letter wasn't necessary. Protesters caused so much rukus that the much anticipated appearance was cancelled for safety reasons.

Now, some might say this is good because Ms. Coulter is a hate-filled sensationalist. Some might say that not allowing her speak is denying the right to freedom of speech. I am all for dialogue; however, to belittle people such as Ms. Coulter has by suggesting flying carpets and camels is unacceptable.

What do you think?


Michael said...

I don't know Anne Coulter, but hatred is a sign of ignorance, and wilful ignorance is a sign of (choosing) stupidity. If she's as you have heard, simply ignore her and encourage your friends to do their own thinking!

Carl said...

HI there..This is the first time I have visited you here..I like your post with the pic of those guys ..I have spent a fair about of time abroad and this type of behaviour reflects poorly on us all.I think that Anne Coulter has conservative views that would not be compatable with everyones viewpoint..She is a staterist often in a sharp or sarcastic way..She has spoken alot about Muslems inability or refusal to assemalate into western societies; the very societies that they have chosen to immigrate to..This may have been where she was coming from with the flying carpet comment.I am not sure.
I think you like her or hate her..and many people do not like her..I enjoyed your blog and look forward to reading you posts in the future.

MistiPearl said...

Hi Carl,
Thanks for stopping by and for your comment!
Ms.Coulter was only a momentary blip in the media here, just enough to boost her sales, I assume. I have heard nothing of her since. (Which could be a good or bad thing, depending on what she is up to next ;) )
Don't be a stranger,