York (Dork) University’s student council voted earlier this month to ban funding to anti-abortion groups on campus.
As reported by the Toronto Star, this means “that groups promoting anti-abortion ideas will not be reimbursed by the student union but will still be allowed to operate on campus, said Gilary Massa, vice-president external of the York Federation of Students. ‘This policy does not apply to religious organizations,’ said Massa. ‘It only applies to groups whose sole purpose is to spew anti-choice rhetoric on our campus.'”
And I say again…WHAT?!?!?!
My position: Pro Choice
My other position: Everyone else is allowed to have a position
EVERYONE ELSE IS ALLOWED TO HAVE A POSITION.
As long as these groups are not hurting anybody, they have the right to have their voice heard. Full stop. Just because what they’re saying does not follow the left wing, socialist mandate of Dork U does not give the student council the right to dictate who gets funding and who doesn’t, simply as a matter of opinion. The only reason this ruling doesn’t extend to religious groups is because they know it would be in front of the Human Rights Tribunal before the ink was dry on the mandate.
What next? Groups who support the war in Afghanistan won’t get funding? Groups who support the war in Iraq (gasp!) won’t get funding? Groups who support the Tories won’t get funding? Groups who support the distribution of Pez dispensers at political rallies as a sign of fun and good faith won’t get funding?
And this, my friends, is why I went to Schulich. Not Dork.