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Monday, June 13, 2005

Offensive Graduation Speaker Invitees

There is a big controversy at The University of Western Ontario because on Thursday we will be honouring Henry Morgentaler, a pioneer abortionist. There will be thousands of protestor/praying folks outside the ceremony hall, and security has been beefed up considerably.

Even though I do not like abortion and I'm strongly opposed to late-term abortions, I am not too bothered by our university's decision to bestow this honour on him. I am much more bothered that we would honour someone who opposes the trend toward increased globalization. I consider the positions of Maude Barlow, who will be honoured Tuesday morning, not only morally questionable but intellectually bankrupt. Here is the UWO write-up about her:

Maude Barlow, activist, author and policy critic, is an outspoken crusader for Canadian sovereignty and citizens’ rights. She is the National Chairperson of The Council of Canadians, Canada’s largest citizen’s advocacy organization. She is a best-selling author and a director with the International Forum on Globalization, a San Francisco-based research and education institution opposed to economic globalization.
The anti-globalization folks have probably caused more death and misery in the world than the abortionists. And I have to sit through whatever drivel will spew forth in her address. I think I'll sleep instead.

Where are the free-market protestors and emoters? We need more folks to show speakers like her the folly of their ways.
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