Coulter Speech Canceled After Student Protest

Rioting feared after she tells Muslims to 'take a camel' instead of flying
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2010 6:05 AM CDT
Updated Mar 24, 2010 7:34 AM CDT
Conservative author Ann Coulter addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington on Saturday Feb. 20,2010.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

(Newser) – On fears that "threatening" student protests would escalate into rioting, a Canadian university last night canceled a planned speech by Ann Coulter. Some 2,000 students protested at the University of Ottawa after Coulter told a Muslim student to "take a camel" as an alternative to flying—a variation on the right-wing pundit's previous quip that Muslims should be banned from airplanes and should ride on flying carpets instead, the New York Daily News reports.

"What Ann Coulter is practicing is not free speech, it's hate speech ," one of the student protesters said. "She's targeted the Jews, she's targeted the Muslims, she's targeted Canadians, homosexuals, women." Coulter responded by calling the University of Ottawa a "bush league" school. "I go to the best schools, Harvard, the Ivy League and those kids are too intellectually proud" to threaten speakers, she said.

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