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‘Not every opinion is valid:’ Carleton University free speech wall torn down within hoursOnly hours after students installed a “Free Speech Wall” at Carleton University to prove that campus free speech was alive and well, it was torn down by an activist who claimed the wall was an “act of violence,” against the gay community.“What we wanted to promote was competition of ideas, rather than ‘if I disagree with you I’ve got to censor you,’” said Ian CoKehyeng, founder of Carleton Students for Liberty, the creators of the wall.Installed on Monday in the Unicentre Galleria, one of campus’ most high-traffic areas, the wall was really more of a 1.2 x 1.8 meter wooden plank wrapped in paper and equipped with felt markers.By Tuesday morning the wall was gone, destroyed in an act of “forceful resistance,” by seventh-year human rights student Arun Smith.

‘Not every opinion is valid:’ Carleton University free speech wall torn down within hours
Only hours after students installed a “Free Speech Wall” at Carleton University to prove that campus free speech was alive and well, it was torn down by an activist who claimed the wall was an “act of violence,” against the gay community.

“What we wanted to promote was competition of ideas, rather than ‘if I disagree with you I’ve got to censor you,’” said Ian CoKehyeng, founder of Carleton Students for Liberty, the creators of the wall.

Installed on Monday in the Unicentre Galleria, one of campus’ most high-traffic areas, the wall was really more of a 1.2 x 1.8 meter wooden plank wrapped in paper and equipped with felt markers.

By Tuesday morning the wall was gone, destroyed in an act of “forceful resistance,” by seventh-year human rights student Arun Smith.

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  2. noliveking reblogged this from nationalpost and added:
    At first I was like “That’s a silly idea because some immature asshole will write something juvenile or stupid”. Then I...
  3. swingitandmiss reblogged this from scowlowl and added:
    All of this is driving me, honestly. It pains me to see that most of the commentary is regarding arun’s year status...
  4. scowlowl reblogged this from nationalpost and added:
    a) What the hell happened here. I thought the “we’re going to rush you until you hug us” anti-bullying people were bad...
  5. chnellociraptor reblogged this from knitpearls and added:
    Stay classy, alma mater.
  6. exceedinglytoosmall reblogged this from nationalpost and added:
    …a seventh year human rights major. Right. Super positive major media mention of my alma mater (that’s the first time...
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    THERES A NEW ONE NOW! :D
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    ‘Not every opinion is valid:’ Carleton University free speech wall torn down within hours Only hours after students...
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  17. mens-rea reblogged this from nationalpost and added:
    Keeping it classy, Carleton. This is why my donation money goes to my law school, not my undergraduate alma mater.
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  19. sandmtntexan reblogged this from nationalpost and added:
    I’d say it was torn down because of the two words written in the middle of the page. War Eagle, Arun Smith! :-)
  20. brownmonkeytheory reblogged this from ellobofilipino and added:
    You really have to wonder why his program would require at least seven years to finish.
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  22. cresell reblogged this from nationalpost and added:
    Love that this is happening in Ottawa, and even more that this ends with a seventh-year student.
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  25. rainmonkey reblogged this from nationalpost and added:
    Hmm.
  26. jonhenry reblogged this from nationalpost and added:
    i hate my gays sometimes
  27. sxoidmal reblogged this from nationalpost and added:
    This is hilarious. A soi-disant human rights activists tears down a public-access “free speech” banner. The best...
  28. maggiscool reblogged this from nationalpost and added:
    This issue goes on to prove that the idea of “freedom of speech” is a utopian vision set to empower those who feel that...
  29. ctinemc reblogged this from nationalpost and added:
    my school is famous! i could rant, but i’m not in the mood
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