NEW THREATS AND INTIMIDATION BY CARLETON UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION
Pro-Life Students Threatened With Disciplinary Action and Arrest
OTTAWA. On October 27, Carleton Administration threatened pro-life students with charges of non-academic misconduct when they stood with hand-held signs of aborted fetuses on their campus. See video here: http://www.carletonlifeline.wordpress.com
The University subsequently sent the students’ club, Carleton Lifeline, correspondence threatening them with arrest and disciplinary action. They said these could be consequences if the students did not comply with a strict set of rules which only applied to them; these provisions surround a designated zone created for Lifeline where few students travel in the winter, where they are not able to offer pamphlets or initiate conversations with students, and not being permitted to move if protestors block the signs.
“This act of ‘compromise’ on the part of the University is nothing more than an intimidation tactic limiting our expression on campus,” said club president Ruth Lobo, a Human Rights Major. “The definition of discrimination is differential treatment and that is what Lifeline is receiving.”
The university is no stranger to graphic images. In the past month, Holocaust imagery was displayed as part of an Awareness Campaign. Further, Animal Rights activists have also been seen on campus multiple times erecting large, graphic displays in the busiest parts of campus showing slaughtered animals with slogans such as “SHAME ON YOU.” Neither of these events were surrounded by warning signs or held in ‘restricted’ areas.
These campaigns did not result in non-academic misconduct threats or arrest-threats like the anti-abortion signs did. Arrest threats turned into actual arrests on October 4 when those same Carleton students were arrested for attempting to display the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) in the quad of the University. While GAP is a stationary exhibit consisting of 4×8-foot signs comparing abortion to the Holocaust, the most recent activity of Carleton Lifeline didn’t require a space booking and involved hand-held signs showing aborted fetuses with the word “Choice?”
James Shaw, Vice-President of Lifeline, questioned the University’s conduct asking, “Are students now being required to book standing space on campus? The University is taking a ‘Big Brother’ approach in their relationship with Lifeline. Frankly, we find this behavior more akin to 1984 than to the 2010.”
The following timeline summarizes the club’s 2-month-long controversy:
Oct. 4: Four Carleton students arrested for attempting to display the Genocide Awareness Project
OTTAWA —The only time Ruth Lobo felt afraid during her arrest on the Carleton University campus last October, was when the Ottawa police slammed the doors of the paddy wagon and left her inside alone.
“I didn’t know what was happening and I couldn’t see my team,” the 23-year-old student said. Until that moment she had felt “righteous anger” when she and five others were handcuffed after a confrontation with university authorities. Read the rest of this entry »
The Family Coalition Party is appealing to the President of Carleton University, after the Carleton Student Union (CUSA) banned the university pro-life club, Carleton Lifeline. On Monday, November 15, CUSA decertified the pro-life club stating that its stand against abortion was against CUSA’s anti-discriminatory policy….read more
As John pointed out a few days ago, L’Osservatore Romano, the official newspaper of the Vatican, stuck its foot in its mouth again over the Pope’s comments about condoms. This is not the first time that the newspaper screws up and makes the Holy See look bad. Things have gotten so bad that the status quo is not an option. Only two options exist: a major reform of the newspaper or simply abolishing it. Read the rest of this entry »
by Edward Pentin National Catholic Register Saturday, November 27, 2010 6:07 PM
St. Peter’s Basilica was packed with worshippers this evening for the prayer vigil for nascent human life – the first of its kind, and an express wish of Benedict XVI for the universal Church. The vigil also took place in parishes around the world.
In his homily, Pope Benedict spoke of “cultural tendencies that seek to anaesthetize consciences with misleading motivations. With regard to the embryo in the womb, science itself highlights its autonomy capable of interaction with the mother, the coordination of biological processes, the continuity of development, the growing complexity of the organism. This is not an accumulation of biological material, but a new living being, dynamic and wonderfully ordered, a new unique human being”. Read the rest of this entry »
Last month, an Alberta court ruled that the University of Calgary violated the freedom of speech of two students who were punished by the University for criticizing a professor on Facebook. Sounds ridiculous that we have to go to court to defend our Facebook status, but that’s the Canada we live in.
I will be ready to die A hero’s not afraid to give his life
A hero’s gonna save me just in time
Thank you everyone! Goal has been surpassed and we raised $3,000!
Further donations can be forwarded here:
#1: Donate specifically to legal fees:
Cheque payable to: Carleton Students Defense Fund
Vincent Dagenais Gibson LLP/s.r.l.
325 Dalhousie Street, Suite 600
Or: Donate online @ www.standwithcarleton.com
* Please ensure to C/O Albertos Polizogopolous (Lifeline’s lawyer) on all envelopes and in the MEMO section of all cheques
* Please be aware that charitable tax receipts cannot be issued as Vincent Dagenais Gibson is not a registered charity. If it is necessary for you to receive a charitable tax receipt or your organization requires it, please email: email@example.com
#2: Donate to Carleton Lifeline for future campus projects
If you would like to support Carleton Lifeline in future educational projects on Campus, please donate specifically to Carleton Lifeline:
Cheque payable to: Carleton Lifeline
Address: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for mailing address
C’mon everyone! Last day for da’ telethon. Let’s go out with a bang! Who’s gonna be the guy/gal who puts us over $3000? Who is it going to be?
$2500. That’s about the cost of D&P’s advertising campaign to ban water bottles. Sure is great to know we Catholics have our priorities straight.
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…from healthier times at the Canadian Human Rights Circus…
After putting away my camera, the CHRT functionary informed me that I was permitted to wait outside the hearing room in the lobby. So I walked down the corridor and entered the lobby outside the hearing room. On the door was a reminder for the public “NO CAMERAS ALLOWED”. Yeah, I know, I thought to myself. I certainly got that message. I had no sooner put my bag down then what did my wondering my eyes should appear but Mark Steyn himself!
I cordially introduced myself as the blogger for Socon or Bust and he was kind enough to show that he remembered the name. If he did or did not remember it, I don’t know, but Mark is too much of a gentleman and scholar to say he didn’t know my blog from a hill of beans.
We then proceeded to have a wonderful conversation about the whole Human Rights Racket for the next half hour. If you’ve never heard Mark Steyn in person, and you get an opportunity, I highly recommend you go and hear the man speak. He is just as entertaining in real life as he is in print. His humour and keen observations are so natural for him that it is easy to understand why he is such a successful columnist and author. The man just oozes dry wit and soft sarcasm. The fact that he will be the subject of one of these farcical human rights complaints makes Canada look worse than the banana republics that we like to castigate for their “human rights abuses”. The only significant human rights abuse going on right now in this country is the existence of the Human Rights Commissions and their lackeys pimping for and encouraging the attack on the most basic human right which is the right to free speech. It’s a national disgrace that Mark Steyn was covering a CHRT hearing today for Maclean’s. In June, he is going to be the one covered.
Oh yes, one more point. Mark said that his foray into Kangaroo Land might cost Maclean’s up to a million buckaroos. For him, it will be a bargain at a cool $250K. Blimey at least it’s not in pounds! (Source)
(Inset picture: courtesy of Deborah Gyapong. Middle: Mark Steyn; to his immediate left, Connie Wilkins and Mark Fournier of Free Dominion then Dr. John Baglow from Dawg’s Blog on the far left; to his immediate right, CFRB/CJAD Radio Reporter Brian Lilley; and yours truly on the far right. Notice my attire? It wasn’t a real court so I didn’t dress like it was.)
To mark the beginning of Advent and preparations for Christmas, the Holy Father has invited all dioceses, parishes, religious communities, movements and associations throughout the world to join him in a Solemn Vigil for All Nascent Human Life. This will be celebrated on first vespers for the First Sunday of Advent. The vigil is to thank God for the Incarnation of his Son and for the gift of Life, and to ask for the Lord’s protection over every human being called into existence. Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate the Vigil for All Nascent Human Life at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome on the evening of 27 November 2010. Contact your Diocese to find out more about activities planned for your region. (Source)
There’s not exactly fireworks going off over there at the CCCB about this historic event, but we must be thankful for at least small blessings just the same.
Thank you to the CCCB for getting with the program. Let us pray that they don’t drop the ball the next time. We will remind them if they do.
Now we know for sure that climate paranoia is running wild.
Or maybe this is just the sound of desperate academics trying to get their government research grants renewed.
Colder winters possible due to climate change-study
16 Nov 2010 14:52:16 GMT
“These anomalies could triple the probability of cold winter extremes in Europe and northern Asia,” he said. “Recent severe winters like last year’s or the one of 2005/06 do not conflict with the global warming picture but rather supplement it.”
* Colder winters possible in northern regions
* Shrinking sea ice causes airstream anomalies
* Finding does not conflict with global warming
BERLIN, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Climate change could lead to colder winters in northern regions, according to a study by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research on Tuesday.
Vladimir Petoukhov, lead author of the study, said a shrinking of sea ice in the eastern Arctic causes some regional warming of lower air levels and may lead to anomalies in atmospheric airstreams, triggering an overall cooling of the northern continents.
“These anomalies could triple the probability of cold winter extremes in Europe and northern Asia,” he said. “Recent severe winters like last year’s or the one of 2005/06 do not conflict with the global warming picture but rather supplement it.” (Source)
Thanks for everyone who has donated thusfar to the Socon or Bust fundraiser for the Carleton university students who are pushing the envelope on forcing our “higher education” to face the ugly truth about abortion. The “authorities” are also concurrently facing the ugly and inconvenient truth that they really don’t believe in free speech or expression, the very foundation of a secular university; its very reason for existence.
Your donation is much appreciated and you’re not even getting a tax receipt for it. You should be proud!
But we are only half way there to our goal of $2500. The campaign lasts until Friday.
Socon or Bust is upping the ante on our own personal donation to the fundraiser. We’re doubling our pledge from $100 to $200.
Catch us if you can!
Even if you can’t afford triple digits, how about $10? $10 is a lot of money if a lot of people donate it.
$10? Isn’t that the price of an expensive cup of coffee these days? Last time I was in a Starbucks, it almost cost that.
$10 for the unborn.
Go on, hit the Donate button near the bottom of our Fundraiser Page.