An anti-abortion speaker tried to give a presentation comparing legal abortion to the Holocaust – a gross trivialization of the Holocaust, in my opinion – at St. Mary’s University (a Catholic school) late last week. Since the purpose of a university is to ensure that no one has their deeply held beliefs challenged in any way, a mob of pro-choice activists shut him down:
A pro-life speaker is shocked that an aggressive protest shut down his lecture Thursday evening at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.
“If the university gives into this mob rule, then the mob gets to decide who gets to speak on campus,” Jojo Ruba said in an interview Sunday night.
Mr. Ruba is in the middle of a speaking tour in Atlantic Canada on behalf of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, a non-profit organization in Calgary that he helped to found.
His lecture is titled Echoes of the Holocaust. He draws similarities between abortion and the genocide of six million Jewish people during the Second World War.
Demonstrators from the Coalition for Choice arrived just as the lecture started and began chanting over Mr. Ruba’s words and eventually blocked his visual presentation on an overhead projector.
The protesters stayed for over 35 minutes until campus security and Halifax Regional Police arrived and the event was shut down.
Video here. With remarkable chutzpah, the people who got the demonstration canceled are considering – you guessed it! – a human-rights complaint against SMU:
Lesley-Anne Steeleworthy, who is chairwoman of the board at the women’s centre at the university, said the lecture topic was “anti-choice” and offensive on “a number of levels.”
“It is shocking,” Ms. Steeleworthy said Sunday. “It’s comparing women who want the right to choose to being as evil as Hitler.”
As a result, her group is considering a human rights complaint against the university chaplain for participating in the event. The chaplain is in his first year in the position.
“The chaplain is supposed to be there for all students on campus, and yet he’s advocating anti-choice,” Ms. Steeleworthy said.
“Organizing something so offensive, I think, is pretty rough coming from the chaplain’s office.”
Her group plans to hold an emergency meeting today to discuss the issue.
And there was more fallout from the lecture.
The head of the university’s pro-life society said he is also thinking about lodging a complaint against the school administrator who shut the lecture down.
Once, the fight was about ensuring that women had access to safe, legal abortion. Now, the fight is about making sure women attending university are protected from hearing any dissenting views.