Liberal “tolerance” in action


The Young America’s Foundation reports on a disturbing instance of liberal “tolerance” on a college campus involving conservative writer Star Parker:

Herndon, VA – Liberal administrators at the University of St. Thomas, a Catholic university and private college in Minnesota, censored the appearance of prominent pro-life and black speaker Star Parker. On April 21, 2008, Star—the best-selling author of numerous books—was slated to speak on campus about the devastating impact abortion has on minority communities. UST Vice President of Student Affairs Jane Canney nixed the idea entirely, citing “concerns” that the lecture was being underwritten by Young America’s Foundation.

Katie Kieffer, a 2005 alumna of St. Thomas and founder of the independent conservative newspaper on campus, the St. Thomas Standard, as well as the non-profit Conservative Student News Inc., was an organizer of the Star Parker lecture. She confronted Canney on her refusal to allow Star on campus. “Our Catholic university has hosted two decidedly liberal speakers in the past year, Al Franken and Debra Davis, an outspoken transgender woman” Kieffer wrote in the St. Thomas Standard.

Why, then, won’t St. Thomas welcome Star Parker—a pro-life, Christian speaker?

Jane Canney told Katie and her sister, Amie Kieffer, a senior at St. Thomas and editor of the St. Thomas Standard, “As long as I am a vice president at St. Thomas, the Young America’s Foundation will not be allowed on campus.” Canney didn’t return the Foundation’s phone calls seeking comment. The Student Life Committee, on which Jane Canney resides, denied the Students for Human Life and the St. Thomas Standard a room on campus for Star Parker’s lecture. The young conservatives only needed a room and advertising space to host Parker, as Young America’s Foundation and Conservative Student News Inc. were covering all other costs.

Canney’s hostility toward Young America’s Foundation originated when the Foundation sponsored Ann Coulter at St. Thomas two years ago—an event attracting more than 750 students. Canney claimed she felt “uncomfortable” and “disturbed” while listening to Coulter, adding that she will never allow another Foundation-sponsored speaker on campus again

Scott Johnson at Powerline recaps the Coulter event in question:

After Ann Coulter addressed a standing room only crowd that mobbed the university”s O’Shaughnessy Auditorium in 2005, the school’s president — Father Dennis Dease — condemned Coulter’s talk as “hateful speech.” Father Dease was nowhere to be seen when Coulter appeared at St. Thomas, and couldn’t be troubled to specify how Coulter’s speech exceeded the bounds of civility at St. Thomas.

Father Dease expressed displeasure with Coulter’s “vitriolic criticism of ‘liberals'” and the allegedly “disrespectful and mean-spirited manner” with which she responded to “audience members who challenged her viewpoints.” One such challenge came from a member of the audience who had taken the microphone to tell Coulter “**** you” and salute her with the middle finger of both hands. Father Dease of course missed that, because he had missed the whole event. We covered the ensuing controversy in several posts including “Exceeding the bounds at UST,” “Hateful speech revisited,” “Drawing lines,” and “In which St. Thomas keeps digging.”

Now, I know that Coulter can be inflammatory, but instead of painting Parker with a broad brush by assuming she’s no different than AC, the powers that be should have judged her on the content of her character and what she’s written. Hmmm. Come to think of it, even if they had, the end result still would have been the same, considering how the far left typically treats opposing viewpoints on campus.

The school’s VP of Student Affairs reminds me of what David Horowitz wrote in his 2007 book Indoctrination U: The Left’s War Against Academic Freedom (emphasis added):

“By the time I began speaking on campuses at the end of the Eighties, the academic community had become a zone of agitation in a way that would have been unthinkable to earlier generations … Causes like ‘social justice’ were even inscribed in the mission statements of entire departments. More often than not the campus leaders of these political causes were members of the faculty. In parallel with these developments, there was a visibly diminishing presence of conservatives on faculties, as older generations retired and conservative replacements were not hired.

These new attitudes translated into an institutional hostility to conservative speakers visiting campus. As one of them, I rarely arrived at a school without being identified in advance as a ‘controversial’ figure, which meant that I constituted a threat to the prejudices faculty had designated ‘politically correct.’ When I addressed three hundred students at the University of Chicago in 2006, for example, the school’s Student Activities Coordinator, who was present, never introduced me. Instead, she stepped to the microphone before I spoke to inform students that a ‘safe room’ was available for anyone who might need it – in other words, relief was at hand for anyone traumatized by what I might have to say.”

Interestingly enough, as the YAF article points out, Canney appears to be in violation of both the college’s speaker policy and Mission, Vision and Convictions Statement:

Jane Canney is violating the school’s speaker policy to boot. The policy states that decisions to invite speakers are governed by “fairness and equity toward various conflicting views and interests, being mindful of the needs for wider information on the part of students and the larger community…Another factor governing speakers on campus is our concern that a wide variety of issues and viewpoints be given expression.”

She’s also violating her school’s expressed convictions, including “intellectual inquiry” “faith and reason” “the pursuit of truth” “diversity” and “meaningful dialogue.”

Looks like the liberal myth about being “accepting” of alternative points of view has been turned on its ugly head – again.

Introducing the Iraq Status Report


U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class James Boucher smiles as an Iraqi child enjoys trying on his helmet and sunglassesAs both Gen. Petraeus and Amb. Crocker have been testifying before various Congressional committees this week, the mediots’ focus has been like a laser-beam (as usual) on any bits and pieces of the testimony with which they can use to beat the admin over the head.

With that in mind, it’s important to remind wavering family and friends who may hear, read, and believe the spin coming from The Usual Suspects that there is more to Iraq than just what they see in the news. There are many sites they can visit to get the 411 on Iraq, and many of them are linked in the military/milblog section in the left column of this blog.

I added another one tonight: the just-launched Iraq Status Report. Their “About” page states:

The Web site provides the only “one-stop-shop” on the Internet for news, commentary and analysis related to the U.S. Mission in Iraq. is the result of a collaborative effort by Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Institute for the Study of War, and The Long War Journal.

You can’t go wrong bookmarking/blogrolling them. Make sure to check the site often for updates. Lots of great, insightful voices to be read and heard – voices the mainstream media ignores all too often.

BTW, have you thanked General Petraeus yet?

Photo courtesy The caption: U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class James Boucher smiles as an Iraqi child enjoys trying on his helmet and sunglasses during a community outreach visit to the Al-Fahdl Clinic in Baghdad, March 21, 2008. Boucher is assigned to the 10th Mountain Division’s Troop A, 3rd Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, attached to Multinational Division – Baghdad. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Grant Okubo.

Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton: Separated at birth?


Photo: Dana Romanoff/Observer staffYesterday, I wrote about Mrs. Obama’s first visit to North Carolina – and in particular, some of the things she said while with a small panel of women at The Dixon Academy childcare center in Harrisburg, NC. I noted in a prior post how Harrisburg would be a perfect place for her to visit, considering the economic woes it has faced over the last several years, and how she could use the visit to not only make herself sound like someone who faces the same “struggles” as they do, but also to make her husband appear like their savior.

It appears since I last wrote about her visit to Harrisburg, the Charlotte Observer has a more updated version of the story, with some new quotes that make Mrs. O sound a whole lot like her husband’s arch rival:

Most Americans, she said, don’t want much.

“They don’t want the whole pie,” she told the women. “There are some who do, but most Americans feel blessed just being able to thrive a little bit. But that is becoming even more out of reach.”


Should she become first lady, she said she’d focus on family issues.

“If we don’t wake up as a nation with a new kind of leadership…for how we want this country to work, then we won’t get universal health care,” she said.

“The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more.”

Sound familiar? It should. Here’s a flashback from June 2004:

The leftiest big city on the Left Coast was Clinton country on Monday, with the former president continuing his blockbuster book tour and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton headlining a Democratic fund-raiser where she vowed to defeat the Republicans’ “extraordinarily ruthless machine.”

Headlining an appearance with other Democratic women senators on behalf of Sen. Barbara Boxer, who is up for re-election this year, Hillary Clinton told several hundred supporters – some of whom had ponied up as much as $10,000 to attend – to expect to lose some of the tax cuts passed by President Bush if Democrats win the White House and control of Congress.

“Many of you are well enough off that … the tax cuts may have helped you,” Sen. Clinton said. “We’re saying that for America to get back on track, we’re probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.”

More recently, La Clinton has said:

(Transcript (via “dollarsandsense” at YouTube)

“[B]ecause an uninsured person who goes to the hospital is more likely to die than an insured person. i mean, that is a fact. so what do we do? we have to build a political consensus. and that requires people giving up a little bit of their own turf in order to create this common ground. the same with energy. you know, we can’t keep talking about our dependence on foreign oil and the need to deal with global warming and the challenge that it poses to our climate and to god’s creation and just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people.”

And let’s not forget that the name of candidate Clintion’s 9-point economic plan is “Shared Prosperity.”

Keep this in mind next time someone tries to convince you that there are big differences between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Yes, I know this was Michelle Obama speaking, but it might as well have been her husband who, BTW, got to hang out with a few m/billionaires this past weekend (h/t: Melanie Morgan).

Socialists are always easy to spot. They’re the ones promising things will be so much better, just as soon as they can get their hands on someone else’s wallet.

Related: Gateway Pundit has a handy dandy partial list of quotes from Michelle Obama in which she expresses her negativity towards the US. That’s a good post to bookmark for future reference.

Photo courtesy: DANA ROMANOFF/Observer staff

Petraeus on the Hill, day 2


Yesterday, Important Senators got their chance to grill Gen. Petraeus and Amb. Ryan Crocker on how things were going in Iraq, and today House ‘leaders’ will get their chance as well. CSPAN, as always, will have live video of the statements and questioning as they unfold.

There’s no post up as of this writing, but I’m guessing Michelle Malkin will liveblog the House hearings like she did the Senate hearings yesterday.

I’ve got a busy day ahead, but hope to be able to check back in sometime this afternoon.