It was bad enough when Carleton Lifeline members were arrested for trespassing when they erected their anti-abortion displays on the Carleton University campus, but now the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) has crossed the line. This from The National Post’s Charles Lewis.
The student association at Carleton University has decided that any club that is opposed to abortion has no place on campus and would have its funding as a student club cut off.
On Monday, Carleton Lifeline, an anti-abortion group, was told by CUSA, the Carleton University Student Association, that it was in violation of CUSA’s anti-discrimination policy.
The letter noted that Carleton Lifeline believes in the “equal rights of the unborn and firmly believes that abortion is a moral and legal wrong,” wrote Khaldoon Buhnaq of CUSA.
Therefore, because of CUSA’s commitment to choice, Carleton Lifeline can no longer promote activities on campus or even lobby in any way that would go against a pro-choice position.
“It is ironic that they support choice and do not see that they not having an abortion is a choice,” said Ruth Lobo, president of Carleton Lifeline.
The group’s lawyer, Albertos Polizogopoulos, said the CUSA decision “was appalling” as it violates the basic right to free speech. He and his clients are now considering possible legal action.
The CUSA letter does offer Carleton Lifeline a way out:
“We invite you to amend your constitution to create one that respects our anti-discrimination policy as laid out above. If you are able to resubmit a constitution that meets our criteria by Thursday, November 18th we will be able to certify your club for this semester.”
In my opinion, Ruth Lobo perfectly points out the hypocrisy of CUSA. Being pro-choice means that you must respect the decision the women makes regardless of whether it is to abort or not abort the fetus. Khaldoon Buhnaq demonstrates exactly what kind of students CUSA is made up of; dedicated leftists who are intolerant of any position that isn’t their own. While I would considering myself technically pro-choice, I find myself more often than not supporing the pro-life position, especially when it comes to late-term abortions. The pro-abortion position taken up by Buhnaq and CUSA is far different as it doesn’t allow anyone, including Charleton Lifeline, to question the morality of abortion. Whatever happened to freedom of speech on college and university campuses?
While I personally haven’t had many dealing with CUSA members, the impression I have gotten these last few years is that they are immature children pretending to be open-minded members of the political student body. Just last week, after finishing class, I was walking through the Uni Center when I was approached by a member of CUSA. He was hoping to get me to sign a petition against the Carleton University administration which had been denying them access to student funds because the administration wished for more of a say in how this money was spent. When I dared to question why CUSA had a right to spend tuition money to fund events I did not support, he threw a temper tantrum, swearing at me for raising my voice because he wouldn’t let me speak. If this immature twit is any indication of CUSA, then it is no wonder the university’s administration would want a say in their funding activities.
What we are seeing here is a student association that has gone unopposed for far too long. Instead of working in the best interesting of Carleton University students, it has lost control of itself, pushing its intolerant social and political positions by denying funds to groups it doesn’t agree with. If the university’s administration needed a reason to oversee how this organization spends student funds, this is it.