The College Republican branch at Fordham University invited a woman…..thats right a woman named Ann Coulter to speak at their campus on November 29. After finding out the speaker whom college republicans had invited was to be a woman, the university president Joeseph Mcshane said,
“The event is funded through student activity fees and is not open to the public nor the media. Student groups are allowed, and encouraged, to invite speakers who represent diverse, and sometimes unpopular, points of view, in keeping with the canons of academic freedom. Accordingly, the University will not block the College Republicans from hosting their speaker of choice on campus.
To say that I am disappointed with the judgment and maturity of the College Republicans, however, would be a tremendous understatement.”
Wow the president appalled at the college republicans maturity for inviting a woman.
Well I was only joking about the woman part the president is really “Disappointed” in the college republicans over their choice and thats just an “understatement”. I only added the woman twist to see what it feels like to be a liberal throwing out people to become poster minorities and use them to drum up supporters who want to silence free speech. Look this president hasn’t blocked the college republicans [CR’s] choice. Therefore no one should try and block the presidents choice to use his free speech in a method he wishes. The big issue people are raising in this story is thefact the president simultaneously knocks the CR’s conduct while bashing Ann Coulter as not being a legitimate voice for conservatism like he did here:
[“There are many people who can speak to the conservative point of view with integrity and conviction, but Ms. Coulter is not among them. Her rhetoric is often hateful and needlessly provocative—more heat than light—and her message is aimed squarely at the darker side of our nature.
As members of a Jesuit institution, we are called upon to deal with one another with civility and compassion, not to sling mud and impugn the motives of those with whom we disagree or to engage in racial or social stereotyping. In the wake of several bias incidents last spring, I told the University community that I hold out great contempt for anyone who would intentionally inflict pain on another human being because of their race, gender, sexual orientation, or creed.
“Disgust” was the word I used to sum up my feelings about those incidents. Hate speech, name-calling, and incivility are completely at odds with the Jesuit ideals that have always guided and animated Fordham.
Still, to prohibit Ms. Coulter from speaking at Fordham would be to do greater violence to the academy, and to the Jesuit tradition of fearless and robust engagement. Preventing Ms. Coulter from speaking would counter one wrong with another. The old saw goes that the answer to bad speech is more speech. This is especially true at a university, and I fully expect our students, faculty, alumni, parents, and staff to voice their opposition, civilly and respectfully, and forcefully.
The College Republicans have unwittingly provided Fordham with a test of its character: do we abandon our ideals in the face of repugnant speech and seek to stifle Ms. Coulter’s (and the student organizers’) opinions, or do we use her appearance as an opportunity to prove that our ideas are better and our faith in the academy—and one another—stronger? We have chosen the latter course, confident in our community, and in the power of decency and reason to overcome hatred and prejudice.
Joseph M. McShane, S.J., President”] see letter here
My Opinion= Consistency:
Look is the President an open progressive socialist? yes. Is the president anti-american? possibly. Has the president silence the CR’s? No.
And that last question is by far the most important one just as he encourages others not to silence the speech of other, we too must respect the presidents speech thanks to the great document that we call the constitution.
One last thing that I’d like to add is a memory from my college life. While I was attended college there was a time when I saw signs advertising a speaker who was coming to speak at my University and whom was invited by our local branch of college progressives (i can’t recall the group) and the man they were inviting was a black socialist progressive professor whom I had often seen on tv arguing with Sean Hannity. This mans beliefs, ideals, and rhetoric was often something that I found to be communistic, misguided, and offensive. The difference is I nor any CR’s on campus protested this mans coming. Just like in the Fordham case those progressives only sought to protect their free speech. Eventually CR’s invited the Genocide awareness project to campus and quickly received protests. Let me tell ou as someone whom was there at the tie the things the protestors were shouting about the CR’s were obscene however I wouldn’t have had them silenced because that would have violated the protesters right to speech. Now some non-obscene examples of what the protesters did were: shout into megaphones at people like myself who were just pasing by; started a petition to have the genocide awareness project removed fom campus; heck there were even guys wearing shirts that said I dig pro-choice chicks which to me just said he liked the easily open sex access with no responsibility…but again it was his right to say those things. See an article about that memory of mine here.
In closing my opinion/my point is this, I expect those who read this and those who may feel outrage toward the Fordham president don’t lash out at him instead encourage him and his speech while also encouraging the CR’s and ms. Coulter with their speech; it is by doing such that we carry on the dreams of our founding fathers.
Speak without fear,
Milton L. Jefferson