Ann Coulter has offended Muslims and Canadians. The American conservative writer and political pundit was scheduled for a lecture at the University of Ottawa, Canada, on Tuesday but was cancelled from the list of speakers in the wake of a very public anti-Muslim slur which occured Monday evening.
Sameena Topan, a twenty six year old conflict studies/human rights major at the University, described the incident and ensuing protest as: "We have a large group of students that can very clearly outline the difference between discourse and discrimination. We wanted to mobilize and make sure that’s clear on campus, that there’s a line between controversy and discrimination, and Ann Coulter has crossed it. Numerous times. We had concerns about (the event) at the beginning, but especially after we saw what happened at the University of Western Ontario, when she called out a Muslim girl there and was saying she needs to take a camel because Muslim people shouldn’t fly. That kind of stuff just reaffirmed everything that we were afraid of and that’s when . . . we really got worried.”
Coulter refuted: "This has never, ever, ever happened before — even at the stupidest American university" and insisted that Canadian citizens' right to free speech have been violated.
Coulter was warned via an email on Friday sent from the University of Ottawa's vice president, Francois Houle that Canada's freedom of speech principles differ vastly from those in the United States and that she should be very careful in her speech.
Coulter responded to the email, with her trademark of profanity: "I’m pretty sure little Francois A-Houle does not need to travel with a bodyguard. I would like to know when this sort of violence, this sort of protest, has been inflicted upon a Muslim — who appear to be, from what I’ve read of the human rights complaints, the only protected group in Canada. I think I’ll give my speech tomorrow night in a burka. That will protect me.” Later Coulter went on to say "Since I’ve arrived in Canada, I’ve been denounced on the floor of Parliament — which, by the way, is on my bucket list — my posters have been banned, I’ve been accused of committing a crime in a speech that I have not yet given, I was banned by the student council, so welcome to Canada!”