Friday, May 30, 2008

Is This "Tolerance"? is discussing a recent student government decision at York University. She comments: "Canada is running amok with politically correct "tolerance." Certain opinions can't be expressed because they offend others. Thus a human rights commission that bypasses the usual legal system can rule on citizen's comments and mete out punishment. Criticisms and objections to Islam and homosexuality so far have been restricted. Now a campus group is ruling that pro-life views can't be expressed. People are free to express their views, as long as they don't express the wrong ones.

I guess one way to win the discussion is to rule the other point of view off limits.

In response to a series of controversies over abortion debates on Canadian campuses, the student government of York University in Toronto has tabled an outright ban on student clubs that are opposed to abortion.

Gilary Massa, vice-president external of the York Federation of Students, said student clubs will be free to discuss abortion in student space, as long as they do it "within a pro-choice realm," and that all clubs will be investigated to ensure compliance.

"You have to recognize that a woman has a choice over her own body," Ms. Massa said. "We think that these pro-life, these anti-choice groups, they're sexist in nature ... The way that they speak about women who decide to have abortions is demoralizing. They call them murderers, all of them do ... Is this an issue of free speech? No, this is an issue of women's rights."

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