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Ann Coulter Uninvited to Speak at Fordham
The Observer ^ | 11/09/12 | IAN MCKENNA

Posted on 11/13/2012 10:55:39 PM PST by publius1

On Nov. 10 at 12:46pm, Fordham President Joseph M. McShane, S.J., released a new statement regarding the College Republicans decision to cancel the Ann Coulter event scheduled for Nov. 29 in light of recent student reactions.

Below is the entirety of McShane’s message:

University Statement | Ann Coulter Appearance Cancelled

November 10, 2012Late yesterday, Fordham received word that the College Republicans, a student club at the University, has rescinded its lecture invitation to Ann Coulter.

Allow me to give credit where it is due: the leadership of the College Republicans acted quickly, took responsibility for their decisions, and expressed their regretssincerely and eloquently. Most gratifying, I believe, is that they framed their decision in light of Fordham’s mission and values. There can be no finer testament to the value of a Fordham education and the caliber of our students.

Yesterday I wrote that the College Republicans provided Fordham with a test of its character. They, the University community, and our extended Fordham family passed the test with flying colors, engaging in impassioned but overwhelmingly civil debate on politics, academic freedom, and freedom of speech.

We can all be proud of Fordham today, and I am proud to serve you.

Joseph M. McShane, S.J., President

Below, originally posted: Nov. 9th, 6:05pm

“We have decided that it was in our best interest to cancel the event,” Theodore Conrad, Fordham College at Rose Hill ’14, said.

Conrad, president of College Republicans at Rose Hill, has announced that the club is canceling Ann Coulter’s scheduled appearance on Nov. 29 in the interest of the Fordham community.

(Excerpt) Read more at fordhamobserver.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: academicbias; blacklist; blacklisted; thoughtcrime
Bullied is how it looks to me. Free speech is ok, if it agrees with our liberal point of view. Shame on the College Republicans for caving to pressure.
1 posted on 11/13/2012 10:55:42 PM PST by publius1
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To: publius1

Spineless weinies..... always nice to know that you get an atta boy for capitulation. .... slouching toward Gommorah


2 posted on 11/13/2012 10:57:35 PM PST by Nifster
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To: publius1

If only Ann were for sticking scissors in babies’ necks and sucking out the brains. Not only would any Jesuit campus in the country welcome her, they’d raise campaign funds for her.


3 posted on 11/13/2012 11:03:46 PM PST by Arthur McGowan (If you're for sticking scissors in a baby girl's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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To: publius1

It’s my take they were coerced into ‘making the right choice’.

If a speaker comes on campus and rails on the U. S. non-stop for two hours, it’s enlightened.

If a speaker comes on campus and explains the evils of Socialism, it darn near criminal behavior.

If this is the way universities want to run their show, fine. Cut all federal funding, and don’t give out student loans for kids to attend these schools.

We have all sorts of standards so businesses can stay open, and they damn well better meat requirements if they want to be licensed.

Then it comes to universities, and they can run 90% socialist indoctrination centers, and it’s supposed to be okay even if federal dollars pay for it.

Why do our president allow this? Why isn’t the RNC speaking out? Why aren’t our House and Senate members making a huge deal of this?

If universities want to be accredited, they need to have a program that is as near politically neutral as it can be. Otherwise, it’s the end for them.


4 posted on 11/13/2012 11:14:24 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and 48 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: Nifster

Read the “Comments” attached to the formal announcement. Some are horrible; others are good. However, they give you an idea about the state of tolerance on a major university campus (sadly lacking and getting worse).

If they made a movie about the modern American university, it would be entitled “Night of the Living Dumb”.


5 posted on 11/13/2012 11:19:23 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: publius1

My wife knew a lady on the staff of a local university. The lady invited my wife to a musical program, and to be nice, my wife agreed to attend.

We showed up to the hall where the program was going to take place, were greeted by the lady, and went in and picked out some nice seats.

Fifteen minutes later, this black group came on stage, and proceeded to play African native songs for about two hours. Folks, I’ve heard African groups sing. It’s actually inspiring and uplifted to see and hear. Picture that, and think 180 degrees in the opposite direction.

There was nothing remotely entertaining or enjoyable about the event. It was positively annoying.

During the whole program all I could think of, was the groups that make the college circuit rounds, making a living off doing things like this.

Not only do our kids get brainwashed, we actually have this circuit of Leftists making a handsome living off these university and college campuses.

What the hell is going on in this nation. I can see Leftist having a death wish for us, but where the hell are our advocates? Do we in fact have any?


6 posted on 11/13/2012 11:22:40 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and 48 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: publius1

Why we are losing the battle. Situations like this should be fought fang and claw.


7 posted on 11/13/2012 11:25:15 PM PST by ZULU (See video: http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-first-siege-of-vienna.html)
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To: publius1
Sooooo. If the students have a negative reaction to Calculus, will they cancel that, too?

Universities used to be the place for the provocation of thought, intellectual debate, and the advancement of knowledge.

Now they are parking places for over-credentialized knee-jerk Liberals on tenure, and rapidly becoming the eyesores of the intellectual landscape.

I think I'll offer to send the grands to trade schools instead.

8 posted on 11/13/2012 11:30:00 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: publius1

I’d like to see a list of speakers they’ve had recently that were welcomed on campus.


9 posted on 11/13/2012 11:33:58 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: publius1
What President of an FU College Republican group would not be familiar with Ann Coulter?

Really?

10 posted on 11/13/2012 11:45:40 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: publius1

Jesuits are just BARELY Catholic! RUN FROM THEM and dont let your kids be TAUGHT by them!


11 posted on 11/14/2012 12:18:01 AM PST by Ann Archy (AbORTION....the HUMAN sacrifice to the god of CONVIENCE.)
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To: publius1
They, the University community, and our extended Fordham family passed the test with flying colors, engaging in impassioned but overwhelmingly civil debate on politics, academic freedom, and freedom of speech.

Canceling Ann is freedom of speech. How odd. Must be the College RINO Club.

They can probably still get Ali Mazrui.

12 posted on 11/14/2012 12:22:57 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: DoughtyOne

“they damn well better meat requirements”

Given it’s so close to Thanksgiving, I recommend turkey.


13 posted on 11/14/2012 12:26:12 AM PST by gemoftheocean (...geez, this all seems so straight forward and logical to me...)
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To: DoughtyOne

They should name the group “Throw Up With People.”

I would like to see academia and the MSM locked in a knock down drag out lib war to see who can be the most leftist. Why even slightly pretend to be fair anymore.


14 posted on 11/14/2012 12:39:13 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: publius1
Sounds as though these students are ready to graduate and join Boehner in D.C.
15 posted on 11/14/2012 12:41:25 AM PST by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: publius1

Practicing for their future roles as part of the GOP establishment.


16 posted on 11/14/2012 12:43:35 AM PST by garbanzo (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine)
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To: publius1

The institutions of Media and Education, co-opted by the new Communist of America, are the death knell for the once great country.
Get use to it. It will never return to the America that I/we grew up in.
I pulled out, even before Obumbo was known outside of
Chicago slums.
I predict that it will get only worse.


17 posted on 11/14/2012 1:20:31 AM PST by AlexW
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To: publius1

Seems clear that it was not the Republican club that decided against Coulter but all the liberal screaming meemies who probably would have invaded the event and wrought havoc anyway.

Didn’t we go through this at Columbia? Oh, I forgot. Fordham is a Catholic university and all the students have been thoroughly indoctrinated at Sunday mass. And allowed to feel righteous about it.

How did everything get turned on its head like this? Ann’s books are some of the most moral books I have ever read.


18 posted on 11/14/2012 1:39:26 AM PST by firebrand
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To: publius1
We can all be proud of Fordham today, and I am proud to serve you.
Joseph M. McShane, S.J., President

Fr McShane, St Ignatius Loyola is ashamed of you.

I seem to recall - vaguely! - universities as being forums for the open and frank discussion of ideas. Fordham U, shame on you too.

19 posted on 11/14/2012 1:51:39 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Ann Coulter, feared by hundreds of thousands....just for what she might utter in a random moment of observations? I think Ben Franklin would be rolling around on the ground laughing so much that he might even wet his pants. A mere blonde lass...threatening an entire university with her simple words....drawn only from the English language (not even utter a word or two of French). The Fordham folks have much to fear, if they react in this manner...weak with conviction and courage...they lack what it takes to function in the real world. I would question what a degree means at Fordham or if it’s worth the paper it’s printed on.


20 posted on 11/14/2012 2:17:01 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: publius1

The College Castrati have spoken.


21 posted on 11/14/2012 2:44:52 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: publius1

Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, or Bernadine Dohrn would fit right in with the academic aholes.


22 posted on 11/14/2012 2:54:05 AM PST by windsorknot
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To: publius1

Diversity at most colleges is skin deep.


23 posted on 11/14/2012 3:08:01 AM PST by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: publius1

Retards!


24 posted on 11/14/2012 3:09:04 AM PST by gotribe
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To: publius1

Public education, from K to college, has destroyed America. There is NO argument.


25 posted on 11/14/2012 3:14:52 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?

Public education, the media, Hollywood and the music industry. It’s amazing there are any conservatives at all.


26 posted on 11/14/2012 3:40:10 AM PST by JudyinCanada
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To: JudyinCanada

Couldn’t agree more...


27 posted on 11/14/2012 3:48:27 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: publius1

The left has controlled education for many years. This is how they’ve infiltrated every industry and institution.


28 posted on 11/14/2012 4:57:57 AM PST by GP100
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To: publius1

Maybe Conservatives should slow hiring from particular Universities, or look very closely at elective courses potential employees have taken.


29 posted on 11/14/2012 5:11:12 AM PST by Anima Mundi (You can lead a brain to facts but you can't make it think.)
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To: publius1
I remember in college it was popular amongst those who fancied themselves intellectuals to quote the old chestnut from Votaire about not agreeing with what you say but being willing to defend to the death your right to say it. Nice words, but they were saying wasn't that they welcomed dissent, it was more like "this is how it should be for me when I want to say anarchist things, you must accept my right to be heard". For example, when they'd throw the whole "no blood for oil" stuff out there and everyone on campus yawned, they'd claim since nobody cared about their baloney they were being suppressed somehow and roll out Voltaire.

But ask some lefties to listen to Ann Coulter and Voltaire is suddenly missing from the discussion. They ought to just change it to "You may not agree with what I say but you must defend to your death my right to determine the only view spoken."

30 posted on 11/14/2012 6:11:47 AM PST by pepsi_junkie (Who is John Galt?)
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To: publius1

I used to work at a very liberal university, and Ann Coulter was invited to speak by the college Republican group on campus. There were a few minor protests, mostly picketing, but there were no incidents. The president of the university responded to the e-mails and calls he had received objecting to her appearance and he sent a letter out to all that said that free speech and all viewpoints were welcome on campus, which I found surprising for a university as liberal as this one.


31 posted on 11/14/2012 8:34:23 AM PST by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: gemoftheocean

Yes, I saw that after I hit post. Isn’t that always the case...

Turkey indeed.


32 posted on 11/14/2012 8:57:36 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and 48 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Yeah, I admit to having thoughts like that.


33 posted on 11/14/2012 8:59:31 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and 48 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: Ann Archy

Not even barely! Remember that phony jesuit, Robert Drinan?


34 posted on 11/14/2012 2:38:38 PM PST by golf lover (going)
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To: golf lover

Amen...ALL the Jesuits I know are nothing but PROGRESSIVE LIBERALS....Jesus is NOT in their picture.


35 posted on 11/14/2012 2:54:12 PM PST by Ann Archy (ABORTION....the HUMAN sacrifice to the god of CONVIENCE.)
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