Thursday, January 24, 2013

Free Speech for Me, But Not Thee

Only hours after students installed a “Free Speech Wall” at Carleton University to prove that campus free speech was alive and well, it was torn down by an activist who claimed the wall was an “act of violence,” against the gay community.

Installed on Monday in the Unicentre Galleria, one of campus’ most high-traffic areas, the wall was really more of  [sic; actually was] a 1.2 x 1.8 meter wooden plank wrapped in paper and equipped with felt markers.

By Tuesday morning the wall was gone, destroyed in an act of “forceful resistance,” by seventh-year human rights student Arun Smith.

“In organizing the ‘free speech wall,’ the Students for Liberty have forgotten that liberty requires liberation, and this liberation is prevented by providing space … for the expression of hate,” he wrote in a 600-word Facebook post in which he identified himself as an anti-homophobia campaigner.

Calling the area around the wall a “war zone,” he intimated that it was “but another in a series of acts of violence” against gay rights.
A truly dizzying display of Orwellian logic and ignorance. 

And what prompted Smith's vandalism and destruction of property (i.e., actual violence)? A lone statement that “traditional marriage is awesome.” 

Smith obviously hopes to intimidate heterosexuals, but I'm guessing that the University probably won't be taking any action against Smith for his hate speech.

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