Thursday, May 05, 2005

More Than Just Bad Manners

Drudge is flashing the news that the censorchimps have again been trying to exercise their peculiar brand of intolerance at yet another Ann Coulter speaking engagement, this time at the Austin campus of The University of Texas:

Incessant heckling and shouting culminated in an arrest Tuesday night during a speech by controversialist Ann Coulter at the University of Texas at Austin.

THE TEXAN reports: Shouts became so pervasive during the question-and-answer session that Coulter informed the organizers she would no longer take questions if the hecklers were not silenced.

For a time, the shouts were considerably lessened, until the issue of gay marriage was broached.Coulter said she supported the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman on the basis that a good woman civilizes and inspires a man to strive for something better, leading to a question that was met with a stunned silence.

"You say that you believe in the sanctity of marriage," said Ajai Raj, an English sophomore. "How do you feel about marriages where the man does nothing but f*@k his wife up the ass?"

UT Police officers approached Raj to arrest him, resulting in a mass exodus of protesters chanting, "Let him go."

"The person had been disruptive the entire event," said Matt Hardigree, former Student Events Center president. "He took the opportunity to say something lewd and offensive and then made masturbatory gestures as he exited."

Hardigree said that Cheryl Wood from the Office of the Dean of Students spoke with some of the protestors before the event, and assorted members of the Distinguished Speakers Committee asked them to sit in the back if they had signs and to leave quietly if they wanted to leave.

Police have charged Raj with disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor.

The booing began early into Coulter's speech, when she issued a joke to pro-choice advocates.

"I wonder why those 'I Heart Partial-Birth Abortion' T-shirts aren't selling better," she said, followed by a combination of cheers and jeers.

Ed's Note to Anti-Coulter "activists:" We are the first to admit that Ann Coulter utters some very provocative statements.

However, when "activists" (such as yourselves) attempt to stifle the free exchange of thoughts and ideas, those tactics do nothing but strengthen the resolve of your opponents and swell their numbers as folks will tend to sympathize with the person that you've just publicly attacked.

Your message would have had a much more lasting impact if you had lampooned Coulter with something similar
to this.

Y'all missed an opportunity.

Boorish behavior by university "students" (such as yourselves) who attempt to censor anyone's speech is simply inexcusable. It's not only a display of bad manners, but bad up-bringing as well.

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