Doing What It Takes to Protect Their Reputation

An interesting series of events recently in Ottawa, Canada:

  1. While on the radio, Shawn Menard, president of the Carleton University Students’ Association, accuses a pro-life group, the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, of denying the Holocaust.
  2. The CCBR threatens to sue Menard for making false statements and slandering their reputation.
  3. Menard goes back on the radio, and says that his previous statements accusing CCBR of denying the Holocaust were “unequivocally false”.

Stephanie Gray, executive director of CCBR, commented:

We refuse to take abuse. When people defame us and our reputation, we will confront them. Mr. Menard’s response shows that when we demand accountability for public statements, those who slander us will have to back down.

Read the whole thing. Sometimes, you’ve gotta play hardball. This was one of those times. Good for CCBR. *** It’s also worth mentioning that the Carleton University Students’ Association recently voted to place special restrictions on the school’s pro-life club:

The motion the Carleton University Students’ Association approved says “campaigns, distributions, solicitations, lobbying efforts, displays, events, etc. that seek to limit or remove a woman’s options in the event of pregnancy will not be supported.” That could effectively curtail the activities the campus pro-life group undertakes. Sarah Fletcher, president of Carleton Lifeline, responded to the decision with concern about the future of her organization and its free speech rights. “I’m not sure what’s going to happen to our club,” she told the Ottawa Citizen newspaper. “It means we no longer have the right to express our views in student space.”

The full story is here.

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