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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Rudeness as Principle

Mr Coren goes to Kingston:

What you think of the issue is up to you — we live in a free society where difference of opinion is respected. Or at least is supposed to be.

The organizers of the event were obliged to hire security guards after threats were made.

These were taken seriously as pro-life speakers have been shouted down, meetings broken up and people assaulted several times in recent years.

All that happened this time was a dozen people stood up holding posters, some reading that I was shameful. I could have told them that myself!

What was most apparent, however, was the contrast between the pro-life and the pro-abortion students. The former were attractive, bright-eyed, compassionate. The latter dull, angry, so lacking in humanity and, it has to be said, intelligence.

Now, you're saying, to Old Publius, why the heck are you taking Michael Coren seriously? He's a Christian apologist! He's a 'pro-life' fanatic! So on and so forth. What he says, however, is true to life. Pro-abortion activists tends to belong to the militant Left on university campuses - there are, of course exceptions. The militant Left has since the 1960s adopted the tactics of the fascists. Shouting down and mocking your opponents is standard operating procedure. 

The point is not debate, they are not interested in debate, they are interested in power. One of the ways of obtaining power is by projecting it, even if you don't in fact have any. By shouting down your opponents, by suggesting physical force, you insure the supremacy of your opinions. Many, perhaps even the majority, may not agree with you, but they will regard any opposition as at best futile, at worst dangerous. I'm not quite willing to accept Coren's soft focus view of the anti-abortionists. I've met a few snarling "pro-lifers" as well, but they are usually the minority. 

Whence comes theses humourless fanatics that Mr Coren met at Queen's? The typical university undergrad will have spent the previous fourteen years of his, or her, short existence within the confines of the public education system. They have existed in a self righteous echo chamber since knee-pants, alternative opinions are alien to them. The very word "conservative" in modern universities is a synonym with racism, cruelty and oppression. To be a conservative is the same thing as being a member of the KKK, I was told more than once. Few of these victims of public education have meet a real, decent and intelligent advocate of an opposing view. An education system that idolizes diversity in all the non-essentials of life - skin colour, ethnic background - while insisting on rigid conformity with one set of ideological principles. Like deep sea creatures brought to the surface, they cannot survive when faced with an intelligent critic of their long-ago taught mantras.

Posted by Richard Anderson on February 10, 2010 | Permalink


Indeed there is a common thread running through all radical activists and that is virulent hate. They are the same be they pro-abortionists, environmentalists, radical feminists or radical homosexuals. Since none of them are able to promote their cause through reasonable and civil debate, they resort to shutting down dissenters through any means, including violence. In fact they behave much in the same way as militant Islamists.

Posted by: Alain | 2010-02-10 12:10:34 PM

Alain, bang on. They don't see that they are more intolerant than those they oppose.

Posted by: TM | 2010-02-10 9:04:06 PM

The pro life groups feel they are driven by a higher power.
The pro choice groups feel they are the power.
Both sides know they, and only they, are right. Only black or white. No shades of gray. No going back. No surrender. No resolution. No political will to make changes in the status quo.

Posted by: peterj | 2010-02-11 9:45:32 PM

Peter, you appear to see the pro-life and pro-abort groups as equal. However, I have yet to encounter anyone who is pro-life being filled and consumed with rage or hate. Most of the pro-abortionists however are from my own experience, especially the activist types. Personally I am repelled by any movement or ideology motivated by rage or raw hate. I am of course basing this on my own personal experience, so it is possible that you have had a different experience.

Posted by: Alain | 2010-02-12 6:57:06 PM

possible that you have had a different experience.

Posted by: Alain | 2010-02-12 6:57:06 PM

No Alain, I agree with you completely. As a foot note I should state I have seen hate on both sides. Pro life side has murdered doctors who have performed abortions and there have been countless altercations between the opposing sides. All I was trying to convey is that there is no middle ground between the two sides. Just yes or no. All politicians see the whole subject as quicksand.

Posted by: peterj | 2010-02-12 10:30:59 PM

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