Ann Coulter is scheduled to speak next week at The College of New Jersey, and, as usual, we’re getting a chance to be taught that “free speech and tolerance” is the cornerstone of our nation — but only if you’re liberal.
The classic liberal “reasoning” is evidenced in a letter to the editor of the school paper, “The Signal,” written by a walking paradox named Mike Kowalczyk, who advises the school not to tolerate Coulter because of her intolerance:
I write today regarding the College’s decision to invite a particular speaker to our campus. This decision to invite her on behalf of the College is one that involves our whole campus and signals that we as a whole will receive her openly.
Unfortunately, I am certain she will not receive many of us so kindly. I’m speaking of Ann Coulter, and I am advising you to rescind her invitation.
The United States is a nation that prides itself on acceptance and diversity and refuses to accept any less. The same holds true for the College. We are proud of the fact that ethnically diverse students comprise more than one third of our campus population, that 60 percent of our students are females and that we have a multiplicity of students of different religions, political views, abilities and sexual orientations.
Yet, Coulter has insulted people in each of these groups.
How can we reconcile our attempts to shape a new generation of students who are tolerant, accepting and aware of those who are different from us when we invite as a guest a person who refers to our students as she does?
The entire letter is here.
Bottom line: “We can’t possibly teach our students the merits of free speech and tolerance by practicing it here.”
If the school does indeed believe in free speech and tolerance, Mr. Kowalczyk’s letter will accomplish nothing — save perhaps for prompting Coulter to add a Polish joke to her repertoire.