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Ann Coulter speech at Fordham cancelled after Univ. President attacks College Republicans

Ann Coulter speech at Fordham cancelled after Univ. President attacks College Republicans

This is a follow up to the “Shock the System” post yesterday.

As mentioned in that post, College Republicans at Fordham were attacked by the Fordham University President for inviting Ann Coulter to speak.

Now the College Republicans have rescinded the invitation. Details at College Insurrection, College Republicans at Fordham Rescind Invitation to Ann Coulter After Being Attacked by University President.

Whatever issues we have had with Ann Coulter over her attacks on Newt, she is the canary in the coal mine.  If they can take down Coulter over political correctness, it’s not long before others are driven from campus.

While I blame the Fordham administration first and foremost, it’s time for College Republicans groups to grow a backbone.


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I currently have 2 kids at Fordham and yesterday received the email from Fordham president, Fr. Mc.Shane that Ann Coulter’s invitation had been rescinded. I was deeply disappointed. I replied via email wondering if Fr. McShane was equally outraged when Cardinal Dolan was publicly back-slapping and laughing it up with pro abort Obama and foes of the Catholic Church at the Al Smith dinner.
My guess is no, he wasn’t. Hypocrites, all of them.
Ann Coulter is NOT the problem.

    maryom in reply to theresa1. | November 12, 2012 at 8:17 am

    I think the point of Fr. McShane is being missed here. It is not about championing Democratic values over Republican values. It is not about being conservative vs. liberal. It’s about recognizing vitriole and misinformation, created to garner high ratings. Ms. Coulter has proven herself to be very adept at understanding what draws certain viewers in. She does not discuss political issues in an intelligent, fair, educational manner. THAT is what Fr. McShane was objecting to — not that she has a viewpoint that opposes his. His point was that to buy into her vitriole is immature intellectually. As proven by a lot of the comments here.

      paulejb in reply to maryom. | November 12, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      Father McShane obviously has a fundamental lack of understanding of the concept enshrined in the First Amendment. It is disappointing that a man of God would align himself with the forces of censorship and totalitarianism.

        maryom in reply to paulejb. | November 13, 2012 at 1:22 pm

        This reminds me of when Rutgers invited Snooki to speak at the college and paid her $35,000. If you ask me, the president of Rutgers should have sent a similar email to those who invited her. There’s freedom of speech, and there’s stupidity. Sure people have the right to talk stupidly, but that shouldn’t be confused with differentiating between who’s good to pay to listen to and who you should just never hear at all because of the garbage that comes out of their mouths.

My guess is no, he wasn’t. Hypocrites, all of them.

Especially in the upper echelons of the Catholic Church. Look at Notre Dame and Georgetown, to cite two examples. After Notre Dame asked Obama to speak, I formally left the Catholic Church. I haven’t missed it for one day; in fact, I have a much deeper and more abiding faith.

    Frank Scarn in reply to herm2416. | November 11, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Notre Dame, Georgetown, plus my own alma mater Boston College were once Catholic schools. That’s the best that can be said of them. Today they are NO different than any large, secular college. Talk of betrayal! [BTW, these 3 named formerly Catholic schools are hardly alone; lots of other formerly Catholic institutions, from schools to hospitals to even dioceses, have abandoned the Faith and joined the worldly system.]

    Fortunately faith and salvation come through Christ, not through the institutions of this world.

    9thDistrictNeighbor in reply to herm2416. | November 11, 2012 at 10:08 am

    The Jesuits fancy themselves such intellectuals they couldn’t find their way out of a paper bag with a roadmap.

      Franco was willing to join and lead the chaos of the Spanish Civil War because the Socialist were murdering priests and nuns. Do the socialist priests think anyone will pick up a gun and risk their lives to defend them, when they are the socialists?

      I saw a leaflet on Catholic social teaching that said workers have the right to join unions and negotiate with employers. Fair enough. Do employers have the right to negotiate with unions which are not corrupt?

      Some orthodox Catholics can be found at New Advent.

    lalajonesy in reply to herm2416. | November 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    So it wasn’t all the child-raping that caused you to leave the Catholic Church but an invitation for Obama to speak at Notre Dame? You’re a hero.

    lalajonesy in reply to herm2416. | November 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Seriously, what a brave thing you did leaving the church because of your own personal political leanings. Screw those little children. They were asking for it!

    maryom in reply to herm2416. | November 12, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Now, really. Because Notre Dame asked the President of the United States to speak, you left the church? Such behavior doesn’t strike you at all as being intellectually immature? Not a tiny bit?

I guess these would be the same College Republicans who regularly call and mail fancy pieces to me seeking donations. They have seen their last check from me.

One of the things you should be learning in college is how to stand up for yourself, they’ve failed miserably. Fordham’s McShane should (in a rational world) be forced to resign, could you imagine the screams from the lefties if he’d used this hateful email telling college democrats to disinvite storm-and-death loving Matthews?

Shock indeed, we need to focus on who runs these schools, from 1st grade onward, to work hard to clean out the polluted minds who control the education of children today.

“Chilling” speech used to be a bad thing.

Now crushing it is the order of the Collective.

Breitbart that mother…

How can you expect College GOPE to have a spine when they’re in training for the GOPE which has none? Most likely, they are disdainful of Sarah Palin who quoted that great lovable sage who said “punch back, twice as hard.” Words to live by. They help you win elections.

BTW, I’d prefer if the GOPE grew a pair. That would help them to grow a spine. Castrati!

Insufficiently Sensitive | November 11, 2012 at 10:01 am

What works for the Islamists and the campus lefties? Riots and violence. University presidents have followed Columbia’s precedent of deference to same since 1968. Blast Fr. McShane with some non-negotiable demands and loud noises – suitably filmed for YouTube, since the MSM will run and hide.

It’s all over folks… At least this chapter.

When the formative infrastructure has become infested with the cancerous year for free stuff as opposed to freedom, the course has been set, the seas have been calmed and the galley-slaves, (us), will bear the cost of the journey.

I’m just glad that I’m not one day older than I am…

This doesn’t seem like a next step over a line of political correctness and intolerance. It is hardly surprising, at least to me. Very few top academic administrators get or have gotten their position WITHOUT passing a test (even if indirectly) of their believe in or support of the current PC tenets. The only surprise and disappointment is the apparent unwillingness of the local College Republicans to fight at all.

The irony – if that is the correct label – is that Ann deliberately speaks and writes to be an ‘equal-and-opposite’ force to liberals. In other words, she expressly uses language and chooses topics that highlight their counterparts. If she were simply to advocate progressives but not change her tone whatsoever, she would be the most welcome on campus.

    Milwaukee in reply to casualobserver. | November 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    We used to have coupes in the Third World courtesy of sergeants and colonels. Those men had to demonstrate some competence to achieve their ranks. The military take overs weren’t by the generals. Generals need to be invested in the political system in order to be a general, and they were disinclined to upset the system which had rewarded them.

    el polacko in reply to casualobserver. | November 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    the lefties don’t get her sense of humor because the barbs are directed at THEM…they aren’t used to that happening…ever.
    shame on the repub group for cancelling. don’t they realize that they will continue to be demonized, with or without her?

Push Voter ID Laws In Every State. If liberals hate it, it must be good.

    LukeHandCool in reply to VotingFemale. | November 11, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Supposedly the U.N. election observers were stunned that here in the U.S.A. we don’t require picture ID to vote.

    Uncle Samuel in reply to VotingFemale. | November 11, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Heh – We have voter IDs in FL – but that didn’t stop the funny business in St. Lucie county. The whole country needs election regulation and computerized voter IDs.

    Many, many of Obama’s voters vote multiple times on variations of their names, registering in multiple districts, writing for absentee ballots, using former addresses, friends, old boyfriends addresses, etc. Illegal aliens voted.

      That sounds like something someone made up. There is a reason intelligent people understand that it is up to the accuser to prove their claim — you can’t just go around making accusations with absolutely no facts backing them up, other than message boards on the Internet.

The only question here is why anyone would pay Ann Coulter to speak. The rest is predictable: the same people in the same organizations, in the same settings, doing the same things, for the same reasons; with the same response from the same people, in the same organizations, in the same settings, for the same reasons. It’s fallen to the level of a Lindsey Lohan shoplifting story; it’ll all happen again, nothing will change, and we all know it.

    Milwaukee in reply to Owego. | November 11, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    The only question here is why anyone would pay Ann Coulter to speak.

    After all, she is a bona fide member of the Grand Old Party Establishment. She was an early supporter of Romney, and vicious in attacking other candidates. Perhaps these are, as others have suggested, just wannabee members of the GOPE, and their lacking spine or intestinal fortitude or integrity or character is appropriate. “Kiddies, see what it’s like to eat your own shit? As Establishment Republicans you’re gonna do that a lot.”

Political Correctness is selective. It is progressive corruption. It is one of the principal tactics used by the left to marginalize their competing interests. Others are semantics games, emotional extortion, a selective history, a selective science, and, generally, a selective reality. This is why they are capable of rationalizing policies such as eugenics, or its follow-on “Roe vs Wade” (i.e. generational suicide); denigration of individual dignity; environmentalism (i.e. fanatical advocacy), which shifts environmental and human impacts; and thereby commit civil and human rights violations. Their hypocrisy is unbounded.

Have they all been made Eunuch’s? Where are all the leaders?

JackRussellTerrierist | November 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm

These students seem like good little budding GOP’ers – fold, spindle and self-mutilate with the slightest pressure.

They’ll fit in well in the larger GOP scene.

Cowards all.

To the Fordham College Republicans: YOU BUNCH OF PUSSIES!!!

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Fordham is the Notre Dame of the East … flaccid Catholics who prefer convenience and PC to debate and critical thinking. My father would turn over in his grave to hear of such silencing. And to think that students there pay 50K + … to be taught how NOT to think.

    maryom in reply to Denis Ian. | November 12, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    I just don’t see it that way, that the students were taught NOT to think. I believe Coulter’s message is hate speech, deliberately meant to incite and misinform, because it gets ratings. (Why people buy into it all never ceases to amaze me.)

    I understand McShane’s message — there are many other people that can speak to the students, ones that speak with intelligence and facts. Coulter rhetoris is mud-slinging and hate mongering . You wonder how Jim Jones got all those people to drink the kool-aid, how Hitler got everyone to turn a blind eye to his slaughtering. Then you see all these Rush Limbaugh, Fox News followers, and you see it happening again.

    Personally, I would teach my kids the same thing McShane was trying to teach his students — be careful who you follow.

I think Ann Coulter should be permitted to speak at Fordham. I also think President Obama should have been permitted to speak at Notre Dame. Conservatives opposed Obama’s appearance at Notre Dame because he is prochoice. Coulter’s views are anathema to Catholic Social Teaching as espoused by Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and the U S Conference of Catholic Bishops. It is not morally consistent to oppose Obama speaking and support Coulter. Having said that, my greatest concern about Coulter is she is so rude and crass. I would be appalled if my adult children behaved like she does.