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Orwell visits Queen’s University
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, November 20, 2008

Don't you dare to utter something which might offend another or you're in for a visit from "student facilitators".

Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario is enacting some rules to control speech. As with all of these rules, they're arbitrary, addressing only that speech which is found "offensive" to groups presently enjoying cultural favor - at the moment.
A sampling of some behaviour that could warrant attention from university-appointed student facilitators, tasked with policing students' offensive language at Queen's:

If a student uses the phrase "That's so gay" in conversation.

If a student calls someone or something "retarded."

If a student writes a homophobic, racist or other derogatory remark in a public space, such as on a residence poster or classmate's door.

If a student avoids a classmate's birthday party for faith-based reasons.
Most of us would call "university-appointed student facilitators" the "language police" in the real world. But the college campus rarely reflects the real world. And, dominated by the left, each seems to try to create it's own utopia by controlling more and more aspects of a student's life.

Imagine - you can't "avoid a classmate's birthday party for faith-based reasons."

Says who and by what right? Hmmm.

Of course these highly trained facilitators will certainly handle this with skill and aplomb. They've had an "intensive" 11 course you see.

If that's not Orwellian enough how about this?
But Mr. Laker said the new "intergroup dialogue program" focuses on respectful, non-confrontational discussions that don't impede freedoms.
I sometimes wonder if people like Mr. Laker every really think about what they say. How can monitoring speech and stepping in to "facilitate" conversations which will essentially stifle it not "impede freedoms"?

Whatever happened to "I may not like what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"?

Apparently, given their "human rights commissions", that doesn't apply in Canada.
 
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Under the new program, six student facilitators live and work within campus residences. Their mission is threefold: to engage students "spontaneously" by talking to them about an issue that has arisen, for instance, on campus or in the media; to hold movie nights, book readings or discussions on a range of social issues; and to step in when conflicts arise.
I can’t really decide if this is retarded or just gay, but I think I’d try to celebrate my birthday as far away from these people as possible.
 
Written By: Linda Morgan
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If a student uses the phrase "That’s so gay" in conversation.

If a student calls someone or something "retarded."
Yeah, it’s so lame when people do that.


(waiting...)
 
Written By: Kevin R
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Whoa! George Orwell is right! "Student Facilitators" is such a non-threatening term, isn’t it? Of course, beware of what you say, and how you say it.

If the students AND the parents of Queen’s University students don’t rise up and obliterate this nonsense then they are worthless.
 
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Under the new program, six student facilitators live and work within campus residences. Their mission is threefold: to engage students "spontaneously" by talking to them about an issue that has arisen, for instance, on campus or in the media; to hold movie nights, book readings or discussions on a range of social issues; and to step in when conflicts arise.
The way that reads to me is that the facilitators will begin controversial discussions. If the student does not respond in the approved manner they will be sent to a reeducation training program.
 
Written By: SkyWatch
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As some HRC commisar in Canada said, the 1st Ammendment is an "American Invention" that they pay no attention to.

Which is true.....thank god it IS ours.

Canada has been under the influence of a genteel fascism for quite some time now
 
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The way that reads to me is that the facilitators will begin controversial discussions. If the student does not respond in the approved manner they will be sent to a reeducation training program.
At the college in my town, a student leader decided that he was a libertarian, began advocating that students be allowed to carry firearms and start their own militia for such purposes as escorting students back to campus from the bars. He was also an advocate of psycho-active drug use. None of this had any real traction or presented much of a threat to the campus authorities, but then this guy won election as head of the student government association.

The threat that he represented was in the area of public relations, i.e., threatening the carefully cultivated image of the college.

Well, on a campus that never stops talking about "diversity," this guy was actually an example of the only real diversity there was at the place. So the response was to virtually declare him an Enemy of the State. He was gone after on many fronts, but I suppose the one that best makes my point was when he was rousted in a pre-dawn raid by campus police while he slept in his campus office.

He was cuffed and arrested on the charge of using a sleeping bag that didn’t belong to him. He had taken the bag from a closet in the corridor. It didn’t belong to anyone.

He was later suspended for a year for telling an administrator to "shut up" and videotaping her. She also went down into the town and had him charged with a real crime by the local police for which he was found guilty at a bench trial by a judge who, needing a particular element of the crime, declared an email he had sent asking the administrator to cease and desist from interferring in a student election as part of the "pattern" of harassment required for conviction. The email hadn’t even be put into evidence by the prosecution, and was clearly the most protected kind of speech: political speech.

This student did get back into school and I think he has finally graduated. But there was very little resistance to this abuse on the campus or in the town. Although the judge in question declined to run for re-election as town justice.
 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
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There’s no such thing as free speech on Private Property(tm). That’s why all property should be privatized. Wait whut?!
 
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We don’t need no education...
 
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If a student avoids a classmate’s birthday party for faith-based reasons.
How about if I hate the lil f*cker? Is it ok then?
 
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"If a student avoids a classmate’s birthday party for faith-based reasons."

Great. So if my party involves alcohol, all-pork snacks, and female strippers, I can charge the Jews, the Muslims, and the Gheys with hate crimes cuz they didn’t attend?

You will drink a bacon whiskey while getting lap-danced!

Maybe they can do something about those hot chicks who avoid geeks under the missile toe during the "Winter Holidays?"
 
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