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The times keep changing, for the better. A courageous group of College Republicans from Fordham University rescinded their invite to Ann Coulter after student protest and a blistering critique from Fordham President Joseph McShane -- who, while not prohibiting her from speaking, said she represents hate speech. Full text for the College Republicans after the jump.

"The College Republicans regret the controversy surrounding our planned lecture featuring Ann Coulter. The size and severity of opposition to this event have caught us by surprise and caused us to question our decision to welcome her to Rose Hill. Looking at the concerns raised about Ms. Coulter, many of them reasonable, we have determined that some of her comments do not represent the ideals of the College Republicans and are inconsistent with both our organization’s mission and the University’s. We regret that we failed to thoroughly research her before announcing; that is our error and we do not excuse ourselves for it. Consistent with our strong disagreement with certain comments by Ms. Coulter, we have chosen to cancel the event and rescind Ms. Coulter’s invitation to speak at Fordham.

We made this choice freely before Father McShane’s email was sent out and we became aware of his feelings – had the President simply reached out to us before releasing his statement, he would have learned that the event was being cancelled. We hope the University community will forgive the College Republicans for our error and continue to allow us to serve as its main voice of the sensible, compassionate, and conservative political movement that we strive to be. We fell short of that standard this time, and we offer our sincere apologies."

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  •  That's a very minor display of courage... (7+ / 0-)

    ....if you ask me.  It's College Democrats at places like Fordham who are showing some courage vs. their local overlords.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 11:30:36 AM PST

    •  Why do you think the Democrats have any (0+ / 0-)

      trouble at Fordham?

      •  Because the Archbishop says Catholics... (1+ / 0-)
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        wintergreen8694

        ...can't be associated with a party that's not pro-life in precisely the same way Republicans are and Democrats aren't.

        You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

        by Rich in PA on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 03:19:31 PM PST

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    •  Yup. Sounds like they didn't want the (10+ / 0-)

      bad publicity, and were unable to summon the chutzpah to stand behind their positions.

      Seriously: they weren't aware before they invited Ann Coulter that she would be an utterly polarizing presence on campus? The idea that they only belatedly discovered the bad things she'd been saying all these years -- ie., "We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity" -- is fatuous and unbelievable in the extreme.

      It looks like they just didn't have the guts to acknowledge where their sympathies actually lie. There's nothing too courageous about that.

      Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought. -- Milan Kundera

      by Dale on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 11:37:54 AM PST

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      •  I don't know about that... (2+ / 0-)
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        wintergreen8694, Late Boomer

        ...We just had this laugh-fest over a Republican woman on Twitter who didn't know the prime minister of Australia was an atheist woman.

        Even in the age of the Internet people can remain blissfully ignorant.

        Also, it's one thing to know that a pundit has a reputation, quite another to keep up with what the pundit says, and these kids are young enough that they probably weren't paying attention when she made that infamous remark you mentioned.  Even back then, as far as the adults were concerned, some folks had more important things to worry about than what that walking scarecrow had to say.

        It's so easy to get a reputation as a jerk or whatever, though.  Just say something the people reviewing you don't want you to say, and keep repeating it.  But that could be anything.  It doesn't have to be offensive.  It just happens to be offensive in Coulter's case.

    •  It was the local overlord (1+ / 0-)
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      grasshopper

      Who spoke out against her -- the president of the university.

      Springfield 07: What it must have felt like seeing JFK in 1959.

      by Hoosiercrat on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 12:53:33 PM PST

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    •  Hey, it's good as far as I'm concerned. (1+ / 0-)
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      Late Boomer

      It seemed there for a while as if Republicans were not capable of any displays of courage.  Between this and Governor Christie's actions post-Sandy, I'm starting to think there may be hope for the party.

      Especially as these are college-aged Republicans and, presumably, will be around for a while.

  •  Arguing from a demonstrably false premise (5+ / 0-)
    …the sensible, compassionate, and conservative political movement that we strive to be.
    Most of the words in that quote just simply do not belong together if they include "conservative".
    •  They could under certain circumstances (1+ / 0-)
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      Late Boomer

      "Conservative" is a relative term.  In its literal sense it means you're preserving the status quo.

      What if the status quo were a democratic socialist nation where all classes of people had equal rights, the environment was protected, and people who needed help got it without aspersions being cast upon their character?

      Anyone wanting to maintain that status quo would be a conservative--and sensible, and compassionate.

      The trouble with the conservative movement in this country right now is that the status quo they want to preserve is their own.  The trouble is they can only have that status quo at everyone else's expense.  I don't think most of them understand the relationship between the one and the other.  Those who do understand are the elites and have good reason (from their perspective) not to care.

  •  Not snark - I am surprised (5+ / 0-)

    I actually Googled 'Coulter Fordham" before I was convinced this wasn't snark.

    Seeing that it is fact, I commend the Fordham college Republicans for rescinding their invite and I commend the University for speaking out directly against her hate speech - yet not preventing her from appearing.

  •  Wow! (5+ / 0-)
    The College Republicans regret the controversy surrounding our planned lecture featuring Ann Coulter. The size and severity of opposition to this event have caught us by surprise and caused us to question our decision to welcome her to Rose Hill.
    Talk about Republicans living in a bubble!

    “I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point--race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.” ― Molly Ivins

    by RoIn on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 12:29:23 PM PST

    •  These Fordham University Republicans (5+ / 0-)

      are obviously not readers of newspapers nor do they listen to or watch television. This woman has been spewing hate for years and they've only recently found out about it? Veerrry different from college students back in my days.

      •  I agree (3+ / 0-)
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        Naniboujou, Eric Twocents, RUNDOWN

        But that tells you how long Coulter has been allowed to pollute political discourse, how good her publicists are at positioning her as a serious voice, and how she is enable by the mainstream media -- she was on This Week not too long ago.

        Springfield 07: What it must have felt like seeing JFK in 1959.

        by Hoosiercrat on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 12:52:08 PM PST

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      •  9/11 happened 11 years ago and they're 18-22 (0+ / 0-)

        That means they were anywhere from seven to eleven years of age.  Tell me something:  how much did you pay attention to the news in that age range?

        They surely would have been more interested in the disaster itself than anything, although I would imagine most of their parents would have shielded them from the worst of it.

        And as I commented elsewhere here, just because someone has a reputation doesn't mean they've actually done anything horrible.  That may be where these kids were coming from--"oh, people just hate her because they don't agree with what she says."

        I run across liberals who don't know what all Rush Limbaugh has said over the years.  Some of them older than me (I'm 38).  And we'd have more reason to care than these guys would about Coulter.

      •  oh and in case I wasn't clear, sorry... (0+ / 0-)

        ...I mention 9/11 because that's when Coulter made her infamous "kill or convert all the Muslims" remark.  (paraphrasing)

        She's gotten up to dickens since but I really think that was the worst thing she ever said.

  •  I agree with may of the comments above, (2+ / 0-)
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    Hoosiercrat, wintergreen8694

    but this still represents real progress.

    When was the last time anybody heard of an apology from a republican that was not some sort of weak-tea no-pology.

    Regardless of the student republican's cluenessness/disingenousness/whatever, they took corrective action, accepted responsibility and offered a clear, concise apology.

    Regardless of their motives, this is a step in the right direction. Imagine - actual civility from republicans.

    No one will be more surprised than me if this kind of thing becomes a trend.

    Trickle-down theory; the less than elegant metaphor that if one feeds the horse enough oats, some will pass through to the road for the sparrows. - J.K. Galbraith

    by Eric Twocents on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 02:14:30 PM PST

  •  Cheap Apology (1+ / 0-)
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    malevola

    They just couldn't manage to put two paragraphs together without lobbing an insult. They'd have done so much better to just leave out this:

    We made this choice freely before Father McShane’s email was sent out and we became aware of his feelings – had the President simply reached out to us before releasing his statement, he would have learned that the event was being cancelled.
    When you invite someone like Coulter you don't get to dictate pre-clearance of the criticism that will obviously be coming your way. Here are a few of her book titles:

    Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism,

    Godless: The Church of Liberalism.

    If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans

    Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama

    They knew they'd take heat for this but they didn't care. Blaming their college President for not talking to them before he wrote a very reasonable letter is ridiculous.

    Apology = FAIL.

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